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The daughters and grandson of the late Judge E.D. Holton, one of the pioneers of DeFuniak, recently arrived from their home in Milwaukee, Wis., to visit friends at DeFuniak Springs.  (Pensacola, The Pensacola News, 06 Feb 1900, p4.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

$25 Reward - Escaped from our stockade last Friday, George Brown, a ginger-cake colored negro, 5 feet eight inches high, weighs about 165 pounds, has bad teeth, two lower jaw teeth missing, bullet scar in left shoulder, flat nose, age about thirty.  The above reward will be paid for his capture and return.  Freeport Naval Stores Co., Freeport, Fla.  (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 21 Apr 1910.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

On the excursion train Saturday night a white man fell from the train at Ponce de Leon trestle.  He was picked up by the train crew and taken to Bonifay and turned over to a physician who patched up his bruises and left a man to watch him.  The nurse went to sleep and when he awoke the patient had vamoosed.  A negro woman fell from the same train on the Caryville trestle and broke her neck.  (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 21 Apr 1910.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

John Fletcher, colored of Argyle, went on the excursion to Pensacola Monday, and when he started back he had a skin full of mean liquor and an extra supply in a bottle which he insisted on drinking on the train after being warned by Conductor McVoy not to, and got pretty saucy about it.  This was in Santa Rosa county and the long Sheriff of that bailiwick being on the train placed a pair of bracelets on John's wrists and invited him to go back to Milton from Milligan.  It is needless to say that John went.  (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 21 Apr 1910.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mrs. Angus Brownell, whose husband died in the hospital at Montgomery, April 7th, is at home now with her father and brother Messrs. C.A. and N.P. Campbell.  (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 21 Apr 1910.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mr. Carlos Arrillaga, of Porto Rico, is here on a visit to the family of Dr. G.P. Morris.  Mr. Arrillaga comes from one of the most prominent families of the island, his brother, Dr. Morris' son-in-law, being one of the leading members of the Porto Rican legislature.  (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 21 Apr 1910.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Miss Eludia Jones returned home last week after spending several weeks in Unadilla, Ga., visiting friends and relatives.  (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 21 Apr 1910.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

M.M. Ferrell in whose company Albert Armstrong, who was burned in a blacksmith shop in Bonifay recently, was held by the coroner's jury without bail on a charge of murder, some circumstances having arisen to create the impression that he was murdered and the shop *red to hide the crime.  (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 21 Apr 1910.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

DeFuniak Springs, Aug. 1. - Following the lynching Saturday night of negroes charged with the assault and murder of little Bessie Morrison at Dady, Fla., another negro whose name is unknown, is reported to have been shot to death late today for alleged implication in the crime.  Telephone wires being down, it is impossible to get full details of the lynching but latest reports are to the effect that the citizens of Dady are greatly excited and contemplate forcing all negroes to leave the vicinity.  (Starke, Bradford County Telegraph, 12 Aug 1910, p3.  Transcribed by HEH)

Mr. Geo. E. Sidwell came down from Chicago Tuesday and returns this morning taking his father with him.  Mr. Sidwell, Sr. is in much better health than a few weeks ago.  (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 28 Apr 1910.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Ross Helm Badly Burned - Ross Helm, who is on the pitching staff of the Jacksonville team this year, is making his home in South Jacksonville, and one night last week was badly burned on the face and hands with carbolic acid.  You see Ross grew up in DeFuniak and was not used to mosquitoes and the pests that make life miserable even for the natives in that part of the state were more than he could stand.  He had provided himself with a bottle of some sort of lotion that was supposed to keep them off, and when they got so bad he could not stand them, got up in the dark to make an application of, but by mistake got hold of a bottle of carbolic acid and started to rub his face and hands with that, and was pretty badly burned.  (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 28 Apr 1910.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

At the regular drill last Monday night of Company K quite a number of new members were enlisted.  Those joining being, Grady Cook, Claude Beardsley, Maryin Richards, Cecil Turnipseed, Bose Caldwell, Seth Jernigan and W.M. Kochendorfer.  There will be no drill until Monday night, May 9.   (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 28 Apr 1910.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Dr. G.P. Morris accompanied Arch Bishop to Mobile Monday, where the latter went to have a tumorous growth removed from his neck.  (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 28 Apr 1910.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Dr. J.W. Walden has resigned the pastorate of the Presbyterian church to accept a call at Eutaw, Alabama, and will leave tomorrow.  The members of his church were very loth to give him up, but were unable to meet the more liberal offer of the Alabama congregation.  (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 28 Apr 1910.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Among those who attended church at the dismal stockade Sunday were Messrs. Wiley and Oliver Ward, Thos. Kennington, L. A. Davis, Chalmas McLean, Misses Callie, Lilla and Lura Ward, Hattie McLean, Ola and Eula Miller, Alice and Anna Kennington, and Ola Ward.  (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 28 Apr 1910.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

The thirteen members of Company K, who qualified as marksmen in the rifle competitions last year received the handsome bronze medals to which they were entitled, Monday.  The medal is in the form of a bronze bar pin with the inscription "marksman" in raised letters.  The members are naturally not a little proud of them, and there is not another company in the state with a higher percentage of members entitled to the honor. (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 16 Jun 1910.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

J. H. Givens, a prominent Laurel Hill citizen, was shot from ambush near Falco, Ala., Wednesday night of last week. A number of his relatives and friends with a pack of bloodhounds, went to the place where the shooting was done and took the trail which led to the store of J. W. Davis where a volley of shots was fired into them, wounding Alex Givens, Mr. Finley and Geo. Coxwell. A large number of arrests were made in connection with the affray, which is said to be the outgrowth of bad blood engendered some time back by a charge made against the Davis' for selling intoxicants. Another one of the thousands of instances of evil coming from the sale of liquor either legally or illegally. Remember this 8 November.  (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 7 July 1910, page 1. Transcribed by Heather Holley)

A Killing at Milligan - As the outgrowth of an old grudge wherein an arrest for the illegal sale of whiskey was a large factor, two men named Mason and Daily had an altercation in a drug store at Milligan Saturday afternoon. Both were drinking and the affair culminated in Mason shooting Daily three times with a revolver. Both were men with families and when sober were apparently good friends, but when full of booze, the result was one family deprived of its head and protector by death, and the other by even worse. Remember this when you go to vote on 8 November. Your vote may be the means of saving your wife and children from a like or worse fate. (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 14 July 1910. Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Shooting Scrap at Chipley - News was received here Monday morning of a shooting affray in which United States Deputy Marshal I. L. Whiddon shot and instantly killed S. B. Barfield at Chipley. It seems that there have been some trouble between the parties which was settled in this manner. Whiddon was commanded to jail to await the action of the courts. (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 28 July 1910. Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Miss Edna Meigs returned last Friday evening from Biloxi, Miss., where she attended the Epworth League School of methods of Christian work. (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, August 1910. Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mill Near Mossy Head Blown Up: The Boiler of the Nichols Mill Blown Up - Two Men Killed and Two Badly Injured.
As the result of an accident which occurred Tuesday morning about ten o'clock near Mossy Head, and which resulted in the instant death of a man by the name of Shelly and John Hulion, who died about four hours after the accident and two more who received injuries, one of which was a man by the name of Harlow, who was firing at the time was badly burned and the other was John Hinote, who received a broken thigh and other injuries and who was sent to Pensacola that evening for treatment. How the accident occurred is at present not known, but the explosion was of such force that it was heard for miles around. Dr. Simmons and Dr. McKinnon left here for the scene as soon as the news reached this place and immediately attended the injured. Up to the time of going to press, no other particulars can be learned though an effort has been made by us to do so. We understand that the mill was the property of Chas. Mitchell, John Hinote and Will Fowler, all of whom, like those receiving the injuries, being well-known in this section. There was a large crew of men at work when the explosion occurred and it is a wonder that more were not seriously injured. The boiler is a total wreck, both ends of it being blown out. 
  (DeFuniak Springs, The Breeze, 25 August 1910. Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Prof. Zeek has gone to England and will enter Oxford University.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, Sep 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mrs. Bigelow, of Minnesota, is here on a visit to her daughter, Mrs. Oscar Rogers.
  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, 19 Sep 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mrs. Wm. Flournoy and little children returned from their trip to North Carolina last Thursday.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, 15 Sep 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Miss Celia Myrover Robinson, of the Pensacolian staff, has been appointed poet laureate of the Florida Division Daughters of the Confederacy.  Miss Robinson is one of Florida's brightest daughters and her poems have attracted wide attention.  She is a frequent contributor to the leading magazines of the country.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, 22 Sep 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mr. McDonald and son, Charlie, happened to a very serious accident last week.  Their mule ran away and damaged things considerably.  Mr. Mc. (McDonald) received several bruises while Charlie's skull was fractured.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, 22 Sep 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mr. S.A. Simmons and family, of Ponce de Leon, attended the wedding at Mr. Perdues' residence Sunday.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, 22 Sep 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Ice Factory - Mr. W.F. Crofoot, of Atlanta, was here last week trying to interest our people in the establishment of an ice factory.  He met with considerable encouragement and will return soon to go into the matter more thoroughly.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, Oct 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Card of Thanks - We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to our friends of DeFuniak Springs for their kindness and words of comfort to us in our bereavement in the death of Mr. Hoyt.  Very truly, Mrs. Hoyt, Mrs. Robison, Miss Newcomb.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, 13 Oct 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Lost Thumb - Mr. Turner Coppedge, an employee of Beach, Rogers & Co., lost one of his thumbs and had his hand pretty badly cut up by a small saw at the plainer last Friday afternoon.  Dr. McKinnon attended the injured man and he seems to be getting along nicely.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, 2* Oct 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mr. James Nipe arrived Tuesday night from Muscogee, where he has been visiting his daughter, Mrs. Oscar Williams.  He will spend the winter here with Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, 03 Nov 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Henton, of El Dorado Springs, Mo., are among the most recent arrivals in DeFuniak.  They are here for the winter and have rooms with Mr. and Mrs. George F. Carden.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, 01 Dec 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Herrick and the children, of Scottville, Michigan, arrived in the city last Friday night and are now at home in the Buck residence on Twelfth street.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, 01 Dec 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mrs. Hutch Cawthon and daughter, Miss Ashley, left last Saturday for Notasulga, Ala., in response to news of the serious illness of Dr. J.C. Burruss.  Dr. Burruss is Mrs. Cawthon's father.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, 01 Dec 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mr. Thad Bell, who has spent the past several months in Missouri and Arkansas, is home on a visit.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, Dec 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mr. Frank Gallagher, who, with his family, recently moved here from Georgia, suffered a stroke of apoplexy at his home on Live Oak avenue last Tuesday and is now in a critical condition.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, Dec 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mr. and Mrs. Gammage, of Chicago, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. R.E.L. McCaskill last Sunday.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, Dec 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mr. J.J. McCaskill went to Knox Hill last Monday to attend the funeral of Mr. P.D. McSween, who died there Sunday.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, Dec 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mrs. C.E. Morgan, with her two nieces, of West Virginia, are here to spend the winter.  They are at home in the Landrum Cottage.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, Dec 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Miss Willie Jeanne Landrum left last Saturday for Jacksonville, where she will take a position as pharmacist with the O'Donald Drug Co.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, Dec 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mr. J.E. Brown, another of our most substantial citizens, has moved to Lyntham, Miss.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, 22 Dec 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

The following new officers were elected by the local lodge of Masons at their last meeting:

J.R. Brown, W.M.
A.G. Campbell, S.W.
A.G. Thalimer, J.W.
W.L. Cawthon, Treasurer
Wm. Rogers, Secretary
J.C. McSween, Chaplain
G.B. Campbell, S.D.
H. Thornber, J.D.
B.P. Morris, S.S.
G.F. Carden, J.S.
C. *. Stewart, Tyler

It is the purpose of this lodge to have a public installation of officers on January 3rd.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, 22 Dec 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Mrs. Wright, of Ohio, is here to spend the winter with her nephew, Mr. A.L. Beach.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, 22 Dec 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Miss Beulah Caldwell left Tuesday for Plant City, Fla., where she has accepted a position as a stenographer.  (DeFuniak, The DeFuniak Herald, 22 Dec 1910, Transcribed by Heather Holley)


Becky Rudd Places in National Arabian Horse Show in Florida
In Winter Haven, Florida, an all-Arabian Horse Show took place Thanksgiving week in 1973.  There were 450 horses competing from the whole United States.  This show included pure and half Arabians.  Becky Rudd entered the competition for half-Arabians with Raffwan, owned by Harry Seymour of DeFuniak Springs.  This was the first show for Raffwan and the first time for Becky to be in a competition for Western Pleasure.  They both finished very well by winning the second class half-Arabian Western Pleasure, and fifth in the Championship Class.  Becky's own mare, Daisan, a pure Arabian, made a successful showing for the first time also, winning third in Hunt Seat Medal Class and second in Arabian Jumping.  Daisan really walked off with the brass when she won the Championship Stakes in the Open Jumper Class.  This qualifies the mare to compete in the National Show up in Albuquerque next summer.  Kifhali, a registered pure gelding shown by Becky in thirteen classes and won nine ribbons.  (The DeFuniak Herald, 24 January 1974, p11.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Beware of Flim-Flam Artist Urges Campbell
Sheriff Sam Campbell Warns the public against flim-flam artists.   Every year about this time, the flim-flam artists get moving and they are on the prowl in Walton County at this time.  They have already attempted to fleece some senior citizens.  "Help your Sheriff's office apprehend these detestable characters.  Do not let them enter your home on any pretext.  Do not even talk to them on any subject!  Tell the crooks you are going to call the sheriff.  Get a good description of the subjects.  Get their tag number, and any other information you can so the Sheriff's office may catch these robbers and bring them to justice," Campbell says.  (The Defuniak Herald, 10 January 1974, p4.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Million Dollar Damage, Barge Destroys 350' of Bay Bridge
On February 21, 1974, at approximately 11:00 p.m., a barge from the Brent Co. struck the Bay Bridge in South Walton County.  The bridge was constructed sometime between 1938 and 1940.  It has received major damage once before around 1945.  According to the T.S. Spangenberg of the State Road Department in Chipley, negotiations are being made to remove the old spans and debris from the water so water traffic can resume.  A ferry is also being considered for temporary transportation for persons, not vehicles.  Spangenberg also stated an estimated damage could not be given at the present--only a guess of one million dollars.  It would depend upon if construction comes from the foundation up or just the roadway of the bride.  Divers have not been able to determine complete damage because of the debris and unsafe condition of the bridge.  There is approximately 350 feet of bridge missing.  All of the damage was done to the south side of the draw bridge and the north side is still standing firm.  Traffic has been routed by highways 79 and 85.  This is through West Bay or Fort Walton.  When the bridge was struck, the bridge tenders house was also destroyed.  The tender at the time of the accident was W.C. McCarter of Bay Grove.  His body has not been found as of five days later.  (The Defuniak Herald, 28 February 1974, p1.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)


Karger's Book nears top in competition
Professor Del Karger's new book Advanced Work Measurement is one of three books remaining in the competition for the Institute of Industrial Engineers "Book of the Year Award."  Advanced Work Measurement was published by the Industrial Press of New York City in May, 1982.  It is the only published text covering advanced work measurement techniques.  Topics covered include Worker Selection and Training, Learning Curve Methodologies, Fatigue Allowances, Decision Times, Chapters on the Higher Level Methods-Time Measurement Systems, etc.  The winning book will be announced at the 1983 Annual International Conference of Industrial Engineers.  Mr. Karger is a resident of DeFuniak Springs and a professor-on-leave from the University of West Florida.  (DeFuniak Springs Herald Breeze, 13 January 1983, p 11.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

 Passengers escape - Accident kills Manning
Twenty-two year old James S. Manning of Route 1 Ponce de Leon died January 7 in a one vehicle accident on Alaqua Road.  Official report from the Florida Highway Patrol states the accident occurred at 6:05 p.m. as Manning was northbound on the road.  According to the FHP's Crestview office, Manning apparently applied the brakes of his 1980 Bronco as he approached the German Mill Creek bridge on Alaqua Road and the vehicle then traveled off the east side of the bridge, and flipped over, landing on the roof in approximately seven feet of water.  Passengers in the Manning vehicle, sixteen year old Tammy Currington of Ponce de Leon and twenty-two year old Robert Scanlon of DeFuniak were able to escape, but authorities say Scanlon was unable to free Manning from the wrecked vehicle.  (DeFuniak Springs Herald Breeze, 13 January 1983, p 11.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)

Richbourgs travel to Tallahassee

Traveling to Tallahassee this week at the invitation of the State Department of Natural resources are Judge and Mrs. William D. Richbourg.  They will give a presentation to the Conservation and Recreation Lands Selection Committee regarding "Florida's Highest Point," 245' above Sea Level, which is located in Lakewood.  They hope to convince the Committee that a State park at this interesting site would be a worthy project for the State to develop and manage as one of the finest examples of our natural heritage.  This beautiful highland is actually a plateau, a large one - approximately 400' x 900' on 17 plus acres.  It is covered with tall pine trees, wild flowers, songbirds, squirrels, rabbits, raccoon, dove, quail and deer, with several nature trails through it.  It is hoped that this dependent wildlife can be protected, continuing to live in its own natural habitat, and that this small parcel of our own Northwest Florida can be preserved for this and future generations.  (DeFuniak Springs Herald Breeze, 13 January 1983, p 6-B.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)


Georgia residents saved from Gulf
Four Georgia residents:  Jerry Lassetter, 47, of Riverdale; Terry Lassetter, 22, of Doraville; Buren Lassetter, 41, of Newman; and Darrell Sims, 48 of Marbelton, were rescued Friday morning after spending Thursday night clinging to their capsized 26-foot boat.  The three men and one woman were found 10 miles south of Destin by a shrimp boat which reported the finding to the Coast Guard.  The four were in good condition.  The mishap was caused when a hose to the boat's live well became disconnected and filled the boat with water.  Sims said that he had been fishing the Gulf for fourteen years, but he wasn't sure he would do it again.  (DeFuniak Springs Herald Breeze, 04 July 1985, p 3. Transcribed by Heather Holley)

March against hunger
"We can change the world if we want to," said 51 year old Frank Giles last week as he made an overnight stop in DeFuniak Springs part of his 1,700 mile trek to Washington D.C.  Giles, a Korean War veteran from Forest Hill, Louisiana, is one and one-half months into a six month walk against hunger that he hopes will ultimately bring him face to face with President Ronald Reagan sometime in November.  "The United States is capable of feeding the world," says Giles.  "We could raise enormous quantities of food - enough to feed all of the hungry people in the world.  The only problem is that many countries who need our food cannot pay the market price for enough of it to feed all the hungry people."  Giles says he wants the United States to declare war on hunger and set out to whip it by the year 2000.  Stating that he was not trying to sell capitalism overseas, just prosperity, Giles says he would like to see a worldwide standard of living where everyone could support themselves.

"We worry about foreign trade, i.e. imports taking jobs away from Americans, and our money going overseas and never coming back," says Giles.  "We worry about farmers going broke because they cannot get enough for their crops to pay the cost of raising them.  We worry about our image abroad and having to keep a huge military to keep the whole world from falling to communism."  But Giles feels all of these problems could be solved, or at least reduced substantially, if the United States would take a slightly different approach.  Giles says he wouldn't hand out free or cheap food to any foreign government just because they had hungry people because he understands that some of these governments would just take the food and sell it at a profit, and then the people would still be hungry.  However, he says he want to ensure that the food got to the right people.  He would want the United States to strictly supervise the distribution of surplus food and acknowledged that in some countries that would mean we might even have to set up our own distribution centers and man them with our own people.

"The government would not have to even hire too many new people to carry out this program," says Giles.  "The military could be used for this.  We have to keep a huge military at this time to ward off an attack, but with no war going on, they don't have much to do."  Instead Giles says utilize a portion of the military to distribute surplus food that farmers raise.  To accomplish these results, Giles suggests that the United States government should pull out all the stops" and order farmers to produce as much as they can, with the government providing them with everything they need - loans, price supports, etc., to get this nation's agriculture to maximum production.  Giles then explains that the government should buy up all the surplus to keep the prices high enough that the farmers can earn a fair profit.  He says the surplus foods should then be sold to needy countries at a reduced price.  Asked what he will do if he is unable to sell President Reagan on his plan, Giles said he will just continue working to bring the plight of the world's hungry before the public because he feels a public outcry can change the course of events.  (DeFuniak Springs Herald Breeze, 25 Jul 1985, section B.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)



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