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The W. O. W Unveiling

The monument erected to the memory of our deceased sovereign S. B. Padgett, late a member of this camp, will be unveiled at Sandy Creek church on next Sunday, January 18th, 1914, at 12:30 o’clock p.m.  All camps and visiting members are cordially invited to attend and participate.

Duncan Wilks

Clerk Camp No. 46, W. O. W.

Ponce de Leon, Fla.

—The DeFuniak Herald, Jan 15, 1914; Page 1.


In Memoriam

That duties faithfully performed merit recognition is well understood, and because of a fidelity to the welfare of our little Library through a long term of years, the membership of the Ladies’ Library Association wish to thus publicly comemorate the name and good works of Mrs. Melvina Banfil.


She was a charter member of the Association and for many years both president and librarian, and to her continual watchfulness and attendance much of the success of the growing institution was due. Always ready with help or advice, the membership looked to her as the mainstay of the Association, and that her later years were clowded with the loneliness and misunderstandings of a failing intellect only makes more bright and sweet the memory of her unfailing efforts to further the work of our organization during the prime of her womanhood.


We are also called on by an All Wise creator to mourn the loss of the Honorable Wallace Bruce, a life honorary member, who contributed many choice volumes to our collection. What he meant to this community can only be appreciated to the full in the years that are to come, but in our hearts the memory of his encouragement and approval will ever remain. “Gone! Yes, but only on, The infinitudes of God to cos.”

  • Mrs. N. Manning, Pres’t.
  •    Pearl E. Stanley, Sec’r.

—The DeFuniak Herald, January 22, 1914; Page 2.




The hard road camp is located on the Glendale road, across the Old Mill creek, about a mile and a half north of town. The Herald walked out to the camp over the right-of-way Tuesday and found the men–about eighteen in number—in charge of “de walkin’ boss,” busily engaged in putting up tents and getting ready to commence active work on the road the next day.

The crew is in charge of Messrs. Gaddis and Noble. We did not see either of these gentlemen as they happened to be in town on business, but their “walkin’ boss” is a very intelligent colored man, who was able to tell us a whole lot we didn’t know about road-building.

The route of the road on which the crew is now at work runs through the west side of Mr. Hugh Prescott’s field.

—The DeFuniak Herald, December 19, 1912; Page 3.



Laban Martin, who edited the “Signal” in DeFuniak Springs twenty years ago, was in the city a day or two the first of the week. “Labe” is now in the tombstone and monument business, and doesn’t look a day older than he did the first we saw him. He looks as if he might be good for a hundred years yet, which is another proof of the truth of the old adage that “Only the good die young.”

—The DeFuniak Herald, December 19, 1912; Page 3.



A bunch of Gypsies were camped in the court house yard for several days the past week.

—The DeFuniak Herald, December 26, 1912; Page 1.



Mr. W. Crawford, knowing the editor’s fondness for the ‘possum, brought us the biggest and fattest one last Saturday that we ever saw. Weighed about twenty-two pounds, and as fat as butter.

—The DeFuniak Herald, December 26, 1912; Page 1.


The editor of this fierce and un-terrified periodical was too poor to afford a turkey for Christmas this year, but our old friend Cilty Crawford, from over on Alaqua, brought us about the biggest ‘possum last Saturday we have “ever hiern tell of.” The aforesaid marsupial will grace our table just as soon as our father gets down from Birmingham, which will probably be next Thursday.

The DeFuniak Herald, December 26, 1912; Page 1.



Boys Corn Club School


A Boys’ Corn Club School will be held at Columbia, S. C., at the time of the meeting of the National Corn Show, January 27th, to February 8th, 1913. Two boys from every county in the Southern States are eligible to attend. More than 1000 boys are expected. Arrangements have been made for caring for the boys in every way, even to the best of medical attention. The boys will be assembled in groups of 20 and placed directly under a man charged with their care. Reduced rates have been secured from the following named places to Columbia and return:

  • Jacksonville……….$ 9.65
  • Lake Butler………… $11.20
  • Lake City……………   $9.90
  • Madison…………….  $10.05
  • Pensacola………….  $17.05
  • Plant City…………… $15.35
  • River Junction…  $12.20
  • Trilby………………….  $14.60

The expenses after arriving in Columbia will not exceed $12.00 for everything. It would be an easy matter to raise the small amount necessary to send one or two boys from each county. Almost every citizen would contribute.

The school will be conducted under the auspices of the Exposition and the United States Agricultural Department authorities. The school will be one of instruction and pleasure. The State Agent of the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs will be there and look after the Florida boys.

Every county in Florida having a Boys Corn Club should be represented at this great gathering of boys from all over the South.

—The DeFuniak Herald, December 26, 1912; Page 1.




Concerning the sale of fourteen thousand acres of land in northwest Walton county, to be used for colonization purposes, the Pensacola Evening News of last Thursday has this to say:

West Florida lands are selling now like hot cakes on a cold morning, and with each and every sale an increase in the value of the property in this section of the state is noticed. Recent deals evidence the fact that the capitalists and promoters who have been developing other sections of the country are now directing their efforts to this section of the South, especially West Florida.

The very latest of the big deals involving West Florida acreage was that which was consummated in Florala last night by John Allyn Campbell, of Chicago and W. M. Cram and Henry Hollman, of  Berlin, Ont., the latter two representing Canadian colonizers. Mr. Campbell, who is a very frequent visitor of Pensacola by reason of the fact that he is the holder of much West Florida land, arrived here this morning in company with the Canadian buyers, and to a few of his most intimate friends made known the facts that he had disposed of fourteen thousand acres of land in Walton county, near Crestview.

The tract includes the town of Garden City, a new settlement that is being developed by Mr. Campbell, and an area of land extending for seven or eight miles on both sides of the railroad extending from Crestview to Florala. It is understood that the lands brought from five and a half to seven dollars an acre, averaging six dollars an acre for the whole tract. $84,000 in cash changed hands.



The big tract of Walton county land was purchased by a number of rich German farmers in Berlin, Ontario, Canada, through Mr. W. M. Cram, an attorney of Berlin and Henry Hollman, also of Berlin. When seen this morning

by an Evening News representative Mr. Campbell, who is land agent for the Mobile and Ohio railroad, having headquarters in the Congress Hotel, Chicago, stated that the purchasers of the lands are well to do. Many of them

will move to this section to develop their land. Mr. Cram, the purchasers attorney, who arrived here this morning with Mr. Campbell, will leave tonight for Berlin, Ontario. Mr. Hollman left this morning. Mr. Campbell, however, will remain here for several days.

—The DeFuniak Herald, January 4, 1912; Page 2.



Mr. Archie Ray, of Rat Head, was visiting in the city [DeFuniak Springs] Saturday.

—The DeFuniak Herald, January 1, 1913; Page 1.



An Augury

If Newyears Day dawns faire and cleare,

It doth betide a happy yeare;

But if, perchance, it then should raine,

It doth make deare all kinds of graine.”


This is an old English rhyme which probably means about as much as “Chick-my-craney-crow,” but who shall attempt to say how many people anxiously regard the state of the weather each Newyears Day as an augury of the succeeding three hundred and sixty-five days? We confess to being just confortably superstitious, as any fellow has a perfect right to be who was raised in the “back woods” of middle Alabama. We are not quite so superstitious now as we used to be, nor can we now recall to mind one half the “signs” and omens with which we were perfectly familiar thirty years ago. It is now possible for us to pass a graveyard at night without an attack of “buck ague,” and we can even listen to the inspiring twitter of the screech-owl without conjuring up a string of dire consequences “too numerous to mention.” We can now look at the new moon over our left shoulder with a perfectly steady nerve, yet we wouldn’t have been guilty of such wanton recklessness thirty years ago for a page advertisement and a dozen cash subscribers.

“Signs” never failed in those days. If a dog howled at night, and there wasn’t a death in the neighborhood within three days, it simply proved that the neighbors were contrary. It didn’t injure the reputation of the “sign” a particle.

But most of the delightful superstitions of our boyhood have gone glimmering. Our little city has been very aptly termed “The Boston of the South” on account of the superior intelligence and refinement of its people. For twenty years we have lived in DeFuniak, shed our dazzling intellectual radiance over its people, attended the Florida Chautauqua, and imbibed culture and other family groceries till we have shed most of the entrancing superstitions that clustered around our early youth. We have actually absorbed “culture” till we could scrape it off our person with a splinter and have come to regard even the existence of a “bogie man” with a great deal of skepticism. But we still cling to our fondness for possum and buttermilk, and hold to our belief in the auguries of Newyears Day with a tenacity that would do credit to the most confirmed haruspices of ancient Rome, and we are not going to believe that a day as perfect as this Newyear could be the harbinger of anything but the year of happiness and prosperity that such a perfect day should portend, and to show our faith by our works, we shall today have for dinner at Chateau de Cleveland a feast of hog jowl and peas, as this is said to be a potent charm against evil spirits, “hants” and other vermin.

To all of our readers we extend our heartiest wishes that the year may contain all of the perfection of happiness of which such a beautiful day should be typical. May you be prosperous enough, and honest enough, to pay your debts, thus enabling the other fellow to pay his, so that we may all enjoy a happy new year.

—The DeFuniak Herald, January 1, 1913; Page 2.



Hon. John H. Pedigo, speaking of the trials and tribulations of the country editor who only has about ‘steen pounds of type with which to set his paper, tells this one on Lee Payne of the Touchet Pioneer: A tramp printer dropped into the office and Lee put him on the case. Then the editor rolled up his sleeves, took a hitch in his belt and began grinding out two and three liners chronicling the fact that Gaiser, Hanson, Harmon, Seachris, Pritchett and a score or more other notables had visited Walla-Walla on certain days of the week. “I am out of cap W’s,” remarked the printer. “Change Walla-Walla to Garden city,” remarked the editor. In an hour or so the printer made known the fact that the cap G’s were exhausted. “Change Garden City to county seat, lower case,” said the managing editor,” who continued grinding until his usual two columns of departures for and returns from Walla-Walla  were completed.

— Exchange.

—The DeFuniak Herald, January 1, 1913; Page 2.



The Grand Jury

To the honorable J. Emmet Wolfe, Judge of the Circuit Court of the First Judicial Circuit of Florida in and for Walton County.


We, the Grand Jurors of the State of Florida, lawfully selected, empanneled and sworn, inquiring in and for the body of the county of Walton, having completed our labors at the Winter term of the Circuit Court for said county, respectfully beg leave to present this our final report and ask to be discharged. We have diligently enquired into matters that have come to our attention, and in all cases where the evidence justified it we have found true bills in all other cases we have found no bills. We have examined into the manner and method of conducting the public business in the Court House and in the County Jail. We found that the officers having offices in the Court House keep their records and papers in a neat and businesslike manner. We would recommend, however, that the tax collector be provided with a suitable vault in which to safely keep the records and papers of his office. In the event of fire the records and papers of his office would be a severe loss to the county. We also found that the county jail is neatly and cleanly kept, the prisoners are well fed and cared for. We also visited the poor farm of the county and found that the farm is properly conducted and everything kept in a sanitary condition. We found there are seven inmates at the farm and that the sum of $56.00 per month is set apart for the up keep of these people. This small sum is entirely inadequate for this purpose. Some of the inmates are invalids and all of them are entitled to more than they are getting. We would recommend that the board of County Commissioners set apart and provide at least $10.00 per inmate per month for their upkeep, totaling $70.00 for the upkeep of the seven inmates now at the farm. The invalids at the farm are also in need of medical attention; two of them are kept in one small room from which an offensive odor comes. These two inmates could be separated and separate rooms provided for them. Also, there is need at the farm for three additional comforts, three bedsheets, three pillow slips and one chamber. These things should be provided by the board of County Commissioners at once. We wish also in conclusion to thank the officers of the court for the many courtesies and attentions show us in our deliberations.

Respectfully submitted,

  • Allen L. Hart, Foreman
  • W. F. Hall, Clerk

—The DeFuniak Herald, January 22, 1914; Page 1.



Contributed by Michael Strickland

The Breeze – January 25, 1912 – Local notes

Local Notes

  • JJ McCaskill went to Pensacola on business on Tuesday.
  • Hon. WW Flournoy was in Pensacola on Monday.
  • M/M Storrs entertained friends on Thursday night.
  • Bob McCaskill put up an iron fence around his property on the circle.
  • Dr. Earley Cawthon was ill this last week.
  • AF Paderick selling house and lot on Live Oak Avenue.
  • Frank Richbourg visited Laurel Hill on Tuesday.
  • Parish & Co. has big clearance sale.
  • The Baptist Church Ladies will hold an Oyster Supper next Saturday night in the old Racket Store, next to the First National Bank.
  • Col & Mrs. Evan Jones of Hannibal, MO arrived here last week; he is 76 years old.
  • WL Cawthon, JC McSween, and AG Campbell attended the Masonic Grand Lodge in Jacksonville last week.
  • JM Broston is down from Louanna on Tuesday.
  • Howard Cawthon was in Pensacola yesterday.
  • John Mc Sween will not run for the position of Tax Collector.
  • M&H garage shows the Torpedo Body Roadster – $620, complete.
  • JJ Raughton selling wood at Laird’s store.
  • Ladies Library Association meets Saturday.
  • Mrs. AM Lewis returned from Louisville on Monday after visiting an ill relative.
  • Dr. Bryon W King holds classes at the Chautauqua School.
  • Rooms – Mrs. Landrum, Live Oak Ave.
  • Tom McCallum was up from Dorcas yesterday.
  • WH Daniels of Freeport Drug Co., was here on Monday.
  • Miss Jeannette McKinnon is improving after a severe attack of rheumatism.
  • Mr. Crehore is expected from Tlyria, Ohio to spend time with his wife and child at the Scott Cottage.
  • HE Wiskersham’s parents arrived Monday from Indiana.
  • Dr. Harley Cawthon is renovating the Chambliss’s house that he recently bought.
  • JI Langley’s family is among the many with measles.
  • Long distance telephone connections are to be made this week.
  • Judge Daniel Campbell was called to Pensacola on urgent business.
  • BH Cohran here from Santa Rosa, yesterday.
  • From Laurel Hill News: Dr. OO Enzor who has been residing at Freeport for the past 3 years, having purchased the drug business formerly belonging to Jas. M Brown and will be practicing medicine there; he moved his family to Cobb.
  • Precincts 1912: Knox Hill; Eucheeanna, 2; Sandy Creek, 3; Darlington, 4; McDade’s, 5; Yellow River, 6; Shoal River, 7; Alaqua, 8; Boggy, 9; Freeport, 11; Portland, 11 (sic, I do not know which is right); Mossy Bend, 12; Bruce, 13; Crestview, 15; Mossy Head, 16; Ealum, 17; Laurel Hill, 18; Moores, 19; Gaskin, 20 – as per Tax Assessor; JR Anderson.


Contributed by Mary Ellen Wexler

The Breeze – January 25, 1912 – Publication notices




  • 15 February 1912 – Nathan Cobb, Santa Rosa, makes final proof on Homestead #06638 for Lot 3 or W1/2 of SW ¼ Section 21 & W ½ of NW ¼, Section 24, T2S, R20W; Witnesses: Alex A Campbell, HG Waldrop, GR Stanley, LW Wells all of Santa Rosa, Fla.; Register, Henry S Chubb.
  • Napoleon B. Rushing, of Redbay, third notice on Timber and Stone claim.
  • Third notice for Minnie L. Rushing, of Redbay on Timber and Stone claim.
  • William A Wooten, Union, Fla. To make final proof on Timber and Stone application for NE ¼ of NW ¼ Sec. 30, T4N, R18W.
  • Third notice – Special Masters Sale: GG Cosson, complainant; GW Keen, Jr. and wife Sallie, respondents; HL Grace, Sp. Master; WT Bludworth, Atty. For Comp.; Hon. J Emmett Wolfe, Judge – S ½ lot 95 & W ½ of south ½ lot 96 in Mossy Head; 5 Feb. 1912.
  • Sheriff’s Sale – 5 Feb 1912 – Perry L. Biddle against Jim Barnett, sale of Lots 1 & 2 in block 4 sub-division in Defuniak; JM Bell, Sheriff.
  • Third notice – Gordon McDonald, convicted of false impersonation applies for conditional pardon (sentenced for one year in penitentiary 26 Aug 1911).
  • Third notice – Sheriff’s Sale: 8 November BB Barker, plaintiff; John Miller, def.; JM Bell to sell Miller’s 25 Bu. Corn, 1112 lb. seed cotton at Barker’s place.  Daniel Campbell And Son, Attys for Plaintiff.
  • Third notice – Sheriff’s Sale: Pensacola Grocery Co., Plaintiff vs DB Powell, Def., 5 Feb 1912, Blocks 25 & 29 in Woodruff’s addition to town of Crestview, Vankirk’s Plat; mortgage made by TJ Sapp for $220, recorded in Vol. 11, pg 274, 12 April 1911, Walton Co. Clerk’s Ofc.; JM Bell Sheriff; Daniel Campbell And Son, Attys for Plaintiff.
  • Second notice – Mark H. Senterfitt, Portland, Fla. – NE ¼, Sec. 24, T1N, R29W; Witnesses: from Portland, Warren Wright, Wade Wright, Josiah Howell, Thomas Cosson; Henry S. Chubb, Register.
  • Grazing permits for the Florida National Forest to be filed in Pensacola, before 12 Feb 1912 [this would be a good source, if one can find it, for family timelines]; I? Eldredge, Supervisor.
  • CD Monroe, deceased; Julia Monroe Admin.; creditors are advised to present bills within 2 years from 9 October 1911.
  • Eva Young vs. Isaac Young, Divorce; Chas. H Gordon Clerk of Circuit Court, by Miles Warren, Deputy Clerk; D Campbell & Son, Sols. For Complt.
  • Herman Bludworth to sell W ½ of the SW ¼ of Sec. 1, T3N, R17W to settle estate of RP Bludworth.


Contributed by Mary Ellen Wexler

The Breeze – January 25, 1912 – Political Announcements



  • BH Lindsey of Bonifay was here last week to announce for State Senator.
  • Hon. John P Stokes of Pensacola announces for States Attorney (photo and Bio); also C Moreno Jones.
  • W Gordon Smith & AR Campbell – Clerk of Criminal Court.
  • Emmett Wilson – Congress.
  • Murray S. Cawthon & JD McCrimmon – Tax Collector.
  • DW Commander – Co. Commissioner.
  • WF Jones – Co. Treasurer.
  • County Superintendent of Public Instruction – WE Bell; John L Mckinnon; Daniel N Trotman.
  • Tax Assessor – JR Anderson.
  • Wm. W Flournoy; photo – Congress.
  • Representative – JF Richbourg.


Contributed by Mary Ellen Wexler

The Breeze – January 25, 1912 – Obituaries

Mrs. Wm. C. Cutts, formerly Ida Hinote, daughter of TJ Hinote, died 18 January 1912, in Crestview. She was born in Milligan and was 26 years old. She was a member of the ME Church. Survived by her husband & 2 week old daughter, father, six sisters, and four brothers. Interment at Dorcas, beside her mother, the Rev. WG Miller officiating.


A lengthy obituary for Miss Jeannette McKinnon, daughter of the Hon. & Mrs. John L. McKinnon, who passed away on Saturday. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Sunday School. Services were held at the church and were conducted by the pastors, Rev. Lynn R Walker & Rev. RQ Baker; interment to follow at the Valley Cemetery. Baptist, Episcopal, Christian & Universalist churches suspended services so congregations may attend.


Contributed by Mary Ellen Wexler

The Breeze – January 25, 1912 – General News




Pleasant Hill

  • Mrs. William Cutts died last Thursday night.
  • WA Jernigan visited WF Arnett’s Saturday.
  • Willia & SG Settles at Crestview on business, Saturday.
  • Stephan Manning putting up saw mill on Will Wright’s spring branch.
  • M/M Tom Davis passed through on the way to Crestview, Saturday.
  • Rev. WF Arnett is sick this week.
  • Bammer Hutto is visiting his sister Mary Settles this week.



  • AJ Bolton went to Claroy Saturday on Notary business.
  • Bud & Joe Bass left for Holts Saturday.
  • Hardy Davis, of Laurel Hill, spending the past week in bay country visited here Sunday.
  • Harry Livingston, of Milligan visited relatives here this weekend.
  • There was a log rolling and Soshel (sic) at Jernigan’s house Thursday.
  • OA Higgins, of Arkansas was buying land, with intention of moving here.
  • Oliver typewriter stolen from Deerland Improvement Co. office, Saturday. Sheriff Bell brought dogs, but failed to find scent.
  • JT Byrd visited first of week.
  • Powell Mill Co. shipping lumber, Mon. & Tues.
  • Rev. WG Miller at Cobb, this weekend.




  • Rev. Morrison preached on the east side, Sunday.
  • John Edge & Doc Davis, of DeFuniak were here this week.
  • Mrs. John Allen returned home from Crestview, Monday.
  • WJ Harley, ER McKee, Ella & Ellen Parish and Miss Ellen Destin attended dance at Freeport, Wednesday night.
  • JA Jordan, of Crestview, visited this week.
  • JE Allen, of Garneir’s (sic), spent Tuesday night with home folks.
  • Mrs. JE Thomas is ill.
  • IF Eldridge and Mr. Peck, of Pensacola, spent a few days at the Rocky ranger station.
  • John Early is very ill and is being treated in Pensacola.



Red Bay

  • Rev. Sellars, of DeFuniak, preached here Saturday night & Sunday.
  • John G Ward, occupying TC Kennington’s the past few months, has moved away; Rev. TF Ward & family took over the residence.
  • Rev. Peacock, one of the very old Methodist ministers of this place, attended services, Sunday.
  • WH Kennington in Ponce de Leon on business, Monday & Tuesday.
  • PI Hain(?) moved to Dr. McKinnon’s from JP Kennington’s where Bennet Evans now lives.
  • Miss Ada Campbell returned home to her home in DeFuniak – school where she taught closed, Tuesday.
  • ER Ward was taking pictures here Saturday.
  • Mrs. McLeod & Alice Kennington, “made music” at the sing at NA MCLeod’s Sunday night.




  • M/M AJ Ward visiting in Ebro.
  • Geo. T Chesser and JJ Ward have improved from illness last week.
  • Martin Hare returned after 6 months absence.
  • Mrs. AL Miller and Mrs. Addie Ward visited here last week.
  • M/M John G Ward visited JJ Ward, Sunday.
  • Rev. TF Ward moved to Red Bay.
  • M/M Frank Stapleton, Miss Pallie Miles & Miss Malzie Ward visited the Dismal stockade, Sunday.
  • Misses Carl (sic) Commander & Victoria Strickland visited at Shilo, Sunday.
  • Mrs. JJ Ward was very sick and attended by Dr. Strong.
  • Allen Fowler moved back to Seven Runs.
  • M/M John Pate in DeFuniak on business, Monday.
  • Jasper & AL Ward went to Freeport, Monday.


Contributed by Mary Ellen Wexler

The Breeze – January 25, 1912 – Ads.




  • Murray’s
  • The First National Bank, DeFuniak Springs, Fla.
  • The Racket, shoes & clothing, WK Jennings, prop.
  • Sheesly Amusement Co. will have performances this week.
  • Walton Land & Timber Co., paying cash for syrup.
  • WW Flournoy, real estate DeFuniak Springs, Graceville.
  • JL Edwards, Gen. Merchandise, Glendale.
  • The New Grocery, John M. Laird & Co., just back of Cawthon’s Bank.
  • Beach-Rogers & Co., lumber, shingles, paint.
  • Sanitary Plumbing, Rudolph Rogers, DeFuniak Springs.
  • Choctawhatchee Lumber Company, general merchandise, near Pt. Washington.
  • DGMcLeod, Stationery, North of Gillis Building.
  • Dr. H Cawthon, dentist, Ofc in McCaskill Block, DeFuniak Springs.
  • WT Bludworth, Atty. 6th Street.
  • HE Wickersham, Funeral Director, Licensed Embalmer, DeFuniak Springs.
  • Dr. CB McKinnon, Phys, Surgeon.
  • Dr. Olin O Enzor, Phys, Surgeon, Freeport.
  • DH Simmons, MD, Phys, Surgeon, DeFuniak Drug Co.
  • Dr. JD Rayborn, Phys, Surgeon, Rooms 12 & 14 McCaskill Block.
  • DeFuniak Lodge F & AM #170, Wm. Rogers, Sec.; JR Brown, WM.
  • Magnolia Camp #10 WOW, meets in Oddfellow’s Hall, 2nd & 4th Thursday night.
  • CE Thompson, MD, McLean Building.
  • City Pressing Club, James Horne, Prop.
  • Southern Salvage Co. of Freeport selling People’s Cash Store inventory, Feb. 1, 1912.
  • Circle Store, fresh groceries, shoes.
  • The Pure Food Store, Douglass & McKinnon.
  • WL Cawthon, Banker, DeFuniak Springs.
  • OPCH (One Price Cash House), clothing & material, McCaskill Block, DeFuniak.
  • Palmer College, DeFuniak Springs.
  • Empire Laundry, Douglass & McKinnon, agents.
  • Hartford Insurance, Chas. Murray, Jr.
  • City Market, meats, HP Prescott, Prop.
  • Buckeye Laundry, GA Reisinger, Prop.
  • Mutual Life Ins. Co, Campbell & Morrison, Agents.
  • The New Grocery, John M. Laird & Co.
  • JL Edwards, Glendale, Fla., Gen. Merchandise.


Contributed by Mary Ellen Wexler

The Breeze – December 21, 1911 – Pages 1, 2, 4, & 5




(NICEVILLE) Some Alabama fox hunters are in our vicinity this week. B. P., and J. A. Edge, and others have been out with them and they have captured seven of the sharpies.

The following is the official report of the population of Walton county by precincts as given by the census of last year.

  • Alaqua – 366
  • Boggy Bayou – 732 (Niceville)
  • Bruce – 376
  • Crestview – 1094
  • DeFuniak Springs – 2816
  • DeFuniak Sp’s town – 2017
  • Ealum – 500
  • Eucheeanna – 654
  • Freeport – 1248
  • Knox Hill – 629
  • Lakewood town – 360
  • Laurel Hill – 1124
  • Laurel Hill town – 316
  • Limestone – 1161
  • McDades Pond – 2178
  • Moore’s – 193
  • Mossy Bend – 287
  • Mossy Head – 761
  • Sandy Creek – 840
  • Shoal River – 500
  • Yellow River – 485

Limestone includes the population of Gaskin, the precincts not being divided until after the arrangements for taking the census were made.

Today (Dec 21) is the shortest day in the year according to the almanac. Next Tuesday (Dec 26, day after Christmas) will be the shortest day according to the pocketbook.

On Monday night, an unknown negro broke into E. A. Campbell’s house at Laurel Hill, and when Mr. Campbell’s son got a gun to drive him out the negro jerked the gun away from him and struck him with it. Mr. Campbell came home about this time and the negro ran away and was followed to a negro house near by where he tried to break in and was shot and died the next morning.
A large number of the negroes of that section saw him after he was shot but none of them knew him or had ever seen him before.
From his actions it is evident that he was either drunk or crazed with cocoaine, most likely the latter.

(LOCAL NOTES) The Breeze job office has the minutes of the Graves Baptist Association in hand and they will be rushed to completion.

Permission is hereby given to all parties to discharge fireworks within the corporate limits of the town of De Funiak Springs from six o’clock A. M., until ten o’clock P. J., on Monday, Dec. 25, A. D. 1911, due care being taken to prevent damage or danger to property and to prevent frightening animals.
By authority of ordinance No 69. this Dec. 19, A. D. 1911.
—A. L. Beach, Mayor


Contributed by Michael Strickland

The Breeze – January 4, 1912

4 Jan. 1912: George C. of Redbay makes final proof of homestead. Witness: Phillip, Neill McKinnon, Phillip Russ, England Lavelle, all of Red Bay; Henry B. Chubb, registrar.

5 Jan. 1912: Payton of Pt. Washington makes final proof of Hd. #06657 for NE 1/4, Section 27, T3S, R15W; Wit: R.M. Mydleton, H.F. Wise, R. Blackshear, F.W. Evans, all of Pt. Washington; Henry B. Chubb, registrar.

31 Jan. 1912: Mark H. Senterfitt, Hd. #36606 for NE 1/4, Section 24 T1N, R20W; Wit: Warren Wright, Wade Wright, Josiah, Thomas Cosson, all of Portland; Henry B. Chubb, registrar.

20 Feb 1912: Napoleon B. Rushing, Redbay, Hd. # for S 1/2 of NW 1/4 & W 1/2 of SW 1/4, Section __, T2N, R17W, Timber and Stone; Henry B. Chubb, registrar.

__ Feb. 1912: Minnie L. Rushing, Redbay, Hd. #09214 for SE 1/2 of NE 1/4 & N 1/2 of SE 1/4, Section 30, T2N, R17W, Timber and Stone deed by William A. Wooten; Henry B. Chubb, registrar.

Timber and Stone deed by William A. Wooten; Henry B. Chubb, registrar.


Contributed by Mary Ellen Wexler