The DeFuniak Herald – January 1, 1914

Mrs J H Reddick of Noma, Fla died in Hill’s Infirmary in Montgomery  Monday of last week, and her body was brought to her home for burial. Funeral was held from the family residence Rev. McGlaun conducting the services. Before her marriage she was Miss Ida Davis of Pt Washington. She was 27 yrs of age and survived by her husband who is in business in Noma.

[Compiled by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson]

The DeFuniak Herald — January 15, 1914 — Page 1

“Hub” Allen Dead

The many friends of D. Herbert Allen, “Hub” as he was affectionately called by his chums of the newspaper fraternity are deeply grieved to learn of his untimely death which occurred last week at El Paso, Texas, whither he had gone some months ago in search of health. He was president of the West Florida Press Association and one of Florida’s most brilliant young newspaper men. For several years he published the Milton Gazette, until failing health compelled him to give up the newspaper business. He was a genial, warm-hearted friend and a newspaper man who, if he ever felt resentment toward anyone, was too thorough a gentleman to who evidence of it in the columns of his paper. He was a man whom to know was to love as a brother, and The Herald, in common with the newspaper fraternity generally feels a distinct and abiding sense of loss in his death. To his sorrowing wife and other relatives we tender sincerest sympathy.

[Contributed by Michael Strickland]

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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 DeFuniak Herald – January 29, 1914 – General news

Contributed by Emily Petroskey



Knox Hill News (1)

  • Hon. W.C. McLean confined to his room for a few more days with la grippe
  • Mr. H.E. Wickersham brought Messrs. Perry and Harvey Henderson of DeFuniak down to his farm Monday, they are preparing to move their families here soon
    Dr. Bertrem was called to our town on professional business Saturday
  • Miss Ida Ray of DeFuniak Springs spent Saturday night and Sunday with home folks here
  • Dr. Lowery of Ponce de Leon was called to see Mrs. M.P. Rushing Saturday
  • Mr. &Mrs. C.A. Campbell were shopping in Ponce de Leon Friday
  • Mr. N.A. McLeod of Red bay passed through en route home Saturday night after having been to DeFuniak to take his civil service examination
  • Mr. Jerry Sutton of Ponce de Leon spent Saturday night and Sunday with friends here
  • Rev. R.Q. Barker of DeFuniak passed through Sunday to Red Bay where he preached that day and night
  • N. Gillis and son Angus spent Monday night at the County Hub
  • Callie Bowden of Beach Grove was in our burg Saturday on business
  • M.P. Rushing had a log rolling and clearing last Thursday
  • Mr. Carmen of Lockhart, AL is making preparations to build his farm here
  • P.D. McDonald of Pleasant Valley was a business visitor here last week
  • D.C. Morrison of Arcadia was in the surrounding vicinity last week cordially inviting us to work the road this week
  • Mr. Angus Gillis and Miss. Sallie Ray visited Ponce de Leon Saturday evening
  • S.G. Ward and Albert Adkison of Red Bay made a business trip here Friday
  • Jim Stewart and family of Beach Grove were guests of M.P. Rushing and family Thursday
  • Two candidates from Knox Hill are expected in the coming election
  • J.A. Gomillion spent last week at Miller’s Ferry and Bruce
  • General Spencer was an unusual visitor here Sunday
  • Rev. Griffin was in Mr. Harrell’s place in our mail route Saturday
  • M.P. Elmer transacted business in Ponce de Leon Tuesday
  • G.C. Gomillion called in Westville on Monday

Dorcas (1)

  • Uncle Alex was doing business in Deerland Monday
  • Allen Hart and Rev. W.P. Brunk drove to DeFuniak Monday, did their shopping, attended business and returned the same day.  Allen says he likes the good roads
  • Work on the Parsonage is progressing nicely
  • J. Matthew Miller and little daughter Lula visited DeFuniak Monday
  • Miss. Maggie Coley, accompanied by Mr. Sutton of Laurel Hill, were at church here Sunday
  • Mrs. P.M. Griffith and son Arzo were shopping in DeFuniak Monday
  • Farmers are getting land ready for spring crops
  • Mr. Elijah Bowdoin of Pink, AL, who recently purchased the Durham property, has moved his family here and expects to open a store soon, which is much needed and appreciated
  • Mr. A. McDonald left Monday for Eucheeanna where he expects to spend a few days visiting relatives
  • J.M. Miller has planted a number of fruit trees this season and expects to plant more

Local News (1)

  • Mrs. F.E. Brawner, of Pensacola, arrived last Saturday to visit her friend, Mrs. D.L. Campbell
  • Dr. Harley Cawthon is now located in the sanitary and completely equipped dental office in the north room of the Photo building, and having discontinued his trips to Freeport, will hereafter devote his entire time to practice here
  • Miss. Katie Walter, a niece of Mrs. Hunt, who is stopping with Miss. Mollie Richardson on the Circle, arrived last week from St. Louis, Missouri to spend a few weeks
  • Miss. Sarah Beal, of Miamisburg, Ohio arrived last week to visit her friend, Mrs. Hunt, who is stopping with Miss. Mollie Richardson on the Circle
  • Mrs. A.W. Dannelly of Glendale passed through our city last Tuesday en route to Mobile for business
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ed McCraken of Point Washington, were in town last Saturday

Local News Continued on Page 2

  • Mrs. D.H. King left yesterday morning for Clintonville, Al to visit her mother, Mrs. Joe Sawyer, who is quite ill
  • Miss. Mary Richardson is expected home tomorrow fro Evergreen, AL, where she has been spending a few days with her sister, Mrs. S.M. Northcutt
  • The tourists are having a meeting at the Alpine Park this afternoon from 2:30-5. We hope that all the people of our little city will join them and make them feel at home
  • Mr. & Mrs. James are pleasantly located at Mrs. Sue Gillis’
  • Miss. Grace Brown, who has been nursing a patient at Bonifay, expects to return to DeFuniak this week.
  • The many friends of Mrs. Catts are glad to know that she is able to be up and around the house after her long illness of several weeks
  • Mrs. John Cameron, of Pensacola, after a pleasant visit to Mrs. Sue Gillis, returned home last week.

Local News Continued on Page 4

  • Mrs. F.M. Neel, of Union, was in town last Thursday visiting her sister, Mrs. John M. Laird
  • Mrs. D.W. Haskew, and son, Lawrence, are visiting relatives this week in DeFuniak Springs and Ponce de Leon – Florala News Democrat
  • Messrs. W.F. Meigs and Howard L. Cawthon, of DeFuniak Springs were in the city a short while last Monday morning – Florala News Democrat
  • Mrs. & Mrs. White, of Lakewood, arrived last week to visit their son, J.A. White and family for a few days
  • Mr. L.H. Nelson of Ponce de Leon was in town last Saturday on business
  • Mrs. Edney, of Florala, AL, who has been visiting her mother, Mrs. J.C. Walden, Sr. returned to her home last Saturday
  • Mrs. Brocks, of Brockton, AL, who has been here visiting her mother, Mrs. J.C. Walden Sr. returned to her home last Saturday morning
  • Mr. Baldwin and family of Pensacola moved here and are occupying A.F. Paderick’s residence on Live Oak Avenue
  • Miss. Ruth Davis, of Marianna, arrived last Friday night to spend a few days with her friend, Miss. Susie May Walden
  • Mr. Wilkes, of Ponce de Leon, was in town last Saturday on business
  • Mr. Neel McLeod, of Red Bay, was in town last Saturday visiting friends
  • County Commissioner, Hermon Bludworth, of Argyle, was in town last Saturday
  • Rev. West, of Ponce de Leon, was in town last Saturday on business
  • Miss. Steptoe Campbell, who is a teacher at the Industrial School, spent last Saturday with her friends, Mr. & Mrs. H. Thornber at Bide-a-Wee
  • Mrs. Jewel Adams, of Paxton, was in town last Saturday on business
  • Mrs. Davis, of Chipley, who has been visiting her brother, Mr. D.F. Wooten and children, left for home last Saturday
  • Mrs. J.C. Douglas, of Argyle, was in town last Saturday visiting relatives
  • Mr. Frank Wilkes, of Ponce de Leon, was in town last Saturday on business
  • Miss. Cebelle Green visited friends at Ponce de Leon last Saturday
  • J.W. Pool, of Lucedale, Mississippi, visited this section last week with a view to locating here.  He has gone to DeFuniak for a visit but may return here – Panama City Pilot
  • Mr. & Mrs. Sturdevant, of Crown Point, Ind. Arrived last Saturday to visit their daughter, Mrs. John Prescott
  • J.C. Smith of Glendale, was in town last Saturday on business
  • Mrs.  Martin Buskin, who has been visiting her parents, Mr. & Mrs. C.W. Jones, left for her home in Pensacola last Saturday night
  • Miss. Jimmie Lou Burkes, who is teaching in Crestview, was in town last Saturday visiting her parents
  • Mrs. L.P. Campbell left Wednesday for Marianna to visit her brother, Mr. Guss Lewis and family
  • Mr. R.P. Winslett visited Dorcas last Friday in the interest of the Telephone Company
  • Mr. & Mrs. B.H. Sutton and children of DeFuniak visited Mr. Sutton’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. J.B. Sutton, at this place last Saturday and Sunday – Laurel Hill News
  • Miss. Corine Mickler, of Ponce de Leon, was in town last Saturday visiting friends
  • J.D. Anderson of Argyle was in town last Saturday on business
  • Mr. Cleve Prescott of Milligan was in town last Monday visiting relatives and friends
  • Mr. & Mrs. Dannelly left last Sunday for Samson, AL to visit their daughter, Mrs. W.S. McDuffie, who is quite ill
  • Mr. A.D. Smith, of Marion, Indiana, arrived last Sunday and is stopping at the Walton Hotel
  • Mr. & Mrs. H.W. McConnell of Rock Hill were in town last Monday visiting relatives
  • Miss. Ida Ray visited home folks at Knox Hill last Sunday
  • Mr. Charlie Henderson of Ponce de Leon was in town last Saturday on business
  • Mr. C.H. Gordon visited his parents at Gordon on Sunday
  • Mr. Mapoles, editor of the Laurel Hill News was in town last Saturday visiting friends
  • Miss. Lottie Alford, who is here attending Palmer College, left last Saturday for Chipley to visit her mother
  • Misses Margurette and Nanye McFadden, of Louisville, KY, arrived last Monday and are stopping at the Walton Hotel.
  • Mr. F.E. Brawner, of Pensacola, who has been here visiting Dr. D.L. Campbell and family returned home last Sunday night
  • Mrs. Powell and children, of Crestview, who have been here visiting Mrs. Powell’s parents, Mr. & Mrs. A.R. Campbell, returned to her home last Sunday night
  • Miss. Ada Campbell, who is teaching at Campbell’s Rest, was in town last Sunday visiting her parents
  • Mr. G.W. Keen Jr., of Mossy Head, was in town last Saturday on business
  • Miss. Flora McLean visited her parents at Eucheeanna last Sunday
  • Mrs. C.E. Hewett and daughters visited Mr. Hewett at Antioch last Sunday
  • Mrs. Matthew Miller of Dorcas was in town last Monday visiting friends
  • Mr. & Mrs. W.D. McLean of Argyle were in town last Sunday visiting their niece, Mrs. W.K. Jennings
  • Mrs. Griffith and children, of Dorcas, were in town last Monday visiting friends
  • Rev. Sanders left last Friday for the North in the interests of Palmer College
  • Miss. Irene Brown, of Red Bay, who is here attending the Industrial School, left last Monday morning to visit her parents, Mr. & Mrs. J.N. Brown for a few days
  • Messrs. E. Murphy, J.W. Wilkerson, Alex Wilkerson, W.M. Henly, of Glendale, were in town last Monday on business
  • Messrs. John Levin and J. Laird, of Union, were in town last Monday on business
  • Mr. J.B. Alford, of Alaqua, was in town last Monday
  • Allen Hart, of Dorcas, was in town last Monday on business
  • Mr. Bowden, of Knox Hill, was in town last Monday on business
  • Mr. Fate Bell, of Knox Hill, was in town last Monday on business
  • Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Davis of Deerland, were in town last Sunday visiting friends
  • Mrs. Ousley, of Notasulga, AL, arrived last Thursday to visit her daughter, Mrs. D.E. Burkes
  • Mrs. J.T. Richardson and son, who have been visiting relatives in Pensacola, returned home last Monday
  • Mr. W.J. Henderson and son, of Luanna, were in town last Monday on business
  • The W.C.T.U. will meet at the home of Mrs. Johnny Richardson next Tuesday February 3 at 3 P.M.  All members and those interested are invited
  • The A-Muse U postponed its opening from last Friday to this Friday – January 30, from 6 to 10 PM at the Hotel Walton
  • Mrs. J.E. Clark and baby, of Mossy Head, were in town last Tuesday visiting friends
  • Mr. T.P. Andrews, a prosperous merchant of Ponce de Leon, was in town last Tuesday on business
  • Mr. J.L. Edwards of Glendale was in town last Tuesday on business
  • Mr. L. Smith, of Mossy Head, was in town last Tuesday on business
  • Sheriff Bell and sister, Miss. Mattie, visited their parents at Eucheeanna last Tuesday
  • Mr. D.R. Moore, a prominent merchant of Laurel Hill was in town last Tuesday on business
  • Mr. W.S. Shepherd visited Deerland last Tuesday on business
  • Mr. D. Haskill, of Laurel Hill was in town last Tuesday on business
  • Mr. A.F. Bullard visited Pensacola last Tuesday
  • Mr. W.F. Graves visited Pensacola last Tuesday on business



  • Notice (2)
    • In Circuit Court of Walton County, First Judicial Circuit of Florida
    • T.M. McConnell vs. J.A. Myers Company, a corporation
    • Corporation is required to appear on or before the rule day in April, 1914
    • Chas. H. Gordon, Clerk Circuit Court
    • D. Stuart Gillis, Solicitor for Plaintiff
  • Call for Special School Tax District at Dorcas, FL (2 & 4)
    • Election will be held at Dorcas to decide whether or not to create a special school tax district
    • J.M. Mirler, T.A. McCallum, Wilkes Powell, Managers
    • Done by order of the Board of Public Instruction, J.E. Bowers, Chairman, Dan. Tratman, Secretary
  • Notice (2)
    • Mary J. King, Administratrix of the Estate of W.M. King, deceased, will apply for final discharge from administratrix duties on January 15th at the offices of the Hon. W.E. Parish, County Judge of Walton County
  • Notice of Sheriff’s Sale (2 & 4)
    • J.M. Bell, Sheriff
    • Sections of real estate for sale due to a court case involving Star Cooperate, B. Boothe, C.D. Powell and R.A. Bell
    • Terms of sale cash, deeds at cost of purchase
  • Tax Notice (4)
    • A.D. Gillis, Tax Assessor of Walton County, and James A McLean, Tax Collector of Walton County, will be assessing taxes for 1914 at the following times and places
    • Glendale on February 4, Darlington on February 5, and Gaskin on February 6
  • Notice of Publication (4)
    • U.S. Land office at Gainesville, FL
    • Berry Morrell of Mossy Head, FL on February 8, 1909 made a homestead entry sered No. 05125, has now filed notice of intention to make 5 year proof to establish claim before the Clerk of the Circuit Court at DeFuniak Springs on March 10, 1914
    • Claimant names as witnesses C.D. Meigs, S.R. Richardson, J.W. Richardson, and F.M. Turner, all of Mossy Head
    • Henry S. Chubb, Register
  • Special Master’s Sale (4)
    • Real Estate auction will be held on March 2, 1914 as a result of the case between J.W. Wilkerson, complainant, and S.F. and Amanda Rice, respondents
    • D. Stuart Gillis, Special Master in Chancery, will conduct the auction
  • Notice (4)
    • John W. Barnett, guardian of the estate of Rudolph Barnett, Mabel Barnett and Gertrude Barnett, minor children of the late Ada Barnett, will apply to Hon. W.E. Parish, County Judge of Walton County, for leave to sell at a private sale sections of real estate in the interest of the minor children
    • D. Stuart Gillis, Guardian’s attorney
  • Notice for the Application for tax deed under Section 8 of Chapter 4888, Laws of Florida (4)
    • L.F. Campbell, purchaser of tax certificate
    • Witnessed by Chas. H. Gordon, Clerk Circuit Court Walton County, FL
  • Petition to the Honorable School Board of Walton County (4)
    • Taxpayers are calling for the creation of a sub-school district, the Argyle Sub School District
    • Signed by TS Merritt, CK Anderson, DW Vaughn, CM Bishop, JF Bishop, MG Whitton, WD McLean, JD Nobles, JR Crenshaw, Henry Casty,, Hermon Bludworth
    • By order of the Board of Public Instruction, Walton County, D.N. Trotman
  • Announcements (4)
    • L.H. Cawthon announces candidacy for the office of Treasurer of Walton County
    • Miles Warren announces candidacy for the office of Treasurer of Walton County
    • J.E. Wooten announces candidacy for the office of Treasurer of Walton County, subject to the Democratic Primary of June, 1914
    • J.A. Richbourg announces candidacy for the office of County Commissioner for the Fourth District of Walton County, subject to the action of the Democratic Primary

The DeFuniak Herald – January 29, 1914 – Article excerpts

Contributed by Emily Petroskey


Article Excerpts

  • Bradley Land (1)
    • Book review/summary of “The North Pole and Bradley Land” by Mr. Edwin Swift Blach
    • “an energetic attempt to rehabilitate the character of Dr. Frederick Cook” and prove he may have been the first to reach the north pole after all
    • Cook’s discovery of a land he calls, “Bradley Land” can by confirmed by future explorers
    • Cook’s claims can’t be disproved, so Blach concludes they must be true
  • Chautauqua: A Great Educational Rally (1)
    • Will be held March 5, 6, and 7, according to the resolution passed at a meeting held by the teachers of West Florida and Superintendents of the counties
    • 300-400 teachers expected Thursday and Friday, and 1000 on Saturday
    • Opportunity for teachers to meet and exchange ideas
    • Hon. Henry Houck will be a speaker, he has been prominently connected to educational matters of the State of Pennsylvania for 30 years and is a friend of Dr. Byron W. King and Mr. Bruce
    • Dr. Byron W. King will also speak, he is very popular at education rallies and has spoken at more than 100 events over the past 40 years
    • Mr. Crane of Mississippi will be conducting work on the development of the child mind, “Child Psychology”
    • Lectures on “Child Labor” and “Progressivism” will be given by Gertrude Valdemar
    • Chautauqua orchestra, soloists and readers will perform
    • Walton county schools will close so teachers can attend, but will be paid for the days off.  Other West Florida counties considering closing as well
    • Special rates available for teachers at hotels and boarding houses, and all West Florida teachers will receive a complimentary ticket
    • For more information contact D. Trotman, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Walton County, FL
    • Program of events printed below
  • Graceful Act (2)
    • Glen Saint Marry Nurseries gave a ½ price discount on Satsuma orange trees to the Thomas Industrial Institute and made Miss. Steptoe Campbell a gift of 42 ornamental trees and shrubs for the institute
    • It was a graceful and much appreciated gesture
  • Cawthon State Bank (2)
    • The January edition of the Southern Banker included a positive description of the new Cawthon State Bank building
    • The banking room is the handsomest in West Florida, and the new building is both bank and office
    • The business began in 1908 as W.L. Cawthon private bank, incorporated in April, 1913, deposits are now $125,000
    • W.L. Cawthon is founder and president, Chas. H. Gordon is vice-president, and Howard L. Cawthon is cashier
    • New building is floored with mosaic tile, has marble baseboard surmounted by wainscoting of dark oak, perfect lighting and ventilation; the vault, safe and other safekeeping equipment are of the latest and most modern designs
  • This New Medicine Saves You Money (2)
    • Local druggists make money off the drug business, but not because they enjoy people suffering.  They want to cure it.
    • They don’t recommend cure-alls, or believe they even exist
    • They understand many people get small wages, so they don’t want them spending more than they have to, and when they’re sick and stop working they don’t get any wages.
    • To prevent missed work and the loss of pay, Rexall Olive Oil Emulsion is recommended.  It is a remedy for feeling word down, and prevents illness from taking hold
    • Rexall is a preventative medicine, it slowly builds up strength and health, is a real nerve food tonic, builds good blood, strong muscle, good digestion
    • Contains hypophosphites, which tone the nerves, and pure olive oil, which nourishes the nerves, blood, and entire system
    • Pleasant to take, no alcohol or habit-forming drugs
    • Satisfaction guaranteed or money back
    • Only available in this area at the DeFuniak Drug Co. for $1.00
  • Church Directory (1)
    • Listing of location, events and times for local churches
    • Methodist Church
      • C.S. Talley, pastor
    • Baptist Church
      • Rev. Sidney J. Catts, pastor
    • Presbyterian church
      • Rev. Lynn R. Walker, D.D., pastor
    • Universalist Church
      • Rev. Thomas Chapman, pastor
    • Episcopal Church
      • Rev. A.C.S. Smith, rector

The DeFuniak Herald – January 29, 1914 – Advertisements

Contributed by Emily Petroskey



  • Cawthon State Bank (1)
  • First National Bank (1)
  • Carl Gumph, Music Lessons (1)
    • Violin lessons available from Carl Gumph, who studied for 2.5 years at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Leipsie, Germany, under Hans Becker
  • Will Return in February (1)
    • Around February 18, J. Conrad Scott will be in DeFuniak, to repair and tune everyone’s piano and organ, first class work at regular city prices
  • The Venomous Snake (1)
    • See Newsham for jobbing work
  • Parish’s (1)
    • ½ price reduction on all ready-to-wear goods
    • New spring linens available
  • The Racket (2)
    • Men’s 10¢ sox (sic) for 3 cents
    • Cluett dress shirts worth $1.50 and $2 for 90¢
    • $1 hats for 60¢; $1.50 hats for 75¢
    • Men’s hemstitch handkerchiefs (sic) for 2¢
    • Mr. J.W. Trammel, salesman of the Kahn Bros, tailor-made suits of Chicago, is at the Racket taking orders
  • Fresh Jersey Cream Milk (2)
    • Ring 92
  • Best Market, Native & Western Beef (2)
    • Back of First National Bank
  • Circle Store (2)
    • W.T. May
    • Carries vegetables, fruits and fancy groceries
  • DeFuniak Drug Company, Prescriptions, Druggists and Manufacturing Pharmacists (3)
    • The past year was the biggest in the history of the business
  • Star Theatre, A.H. Hamilton, Manager (3)
    • Change of program every night; clean, moral & elevating, well-heated & well-ventilated, Prices: 5¢ & 10¢
  • Palmer College and Academy for Boys and Girls (3)
    • Rev. Lynn Walker, D.D. & Prof. W.M. Kemper, Principal
    • Located in DeFuniak Springs, Seat of Winter Chautauqua, highest altitude in Florida, no malaria, unprecedented health record
    • Well equipped school buildings, two dorms, careful oversight, moderate expenses
    • Devoted distinctly to genuine happy home life, thorough education and character building through personal attention and competent instruction
    • Departments: Elementary, Music, Art, Elocution, Physical Culture, Gymnasium, Outdoor Sports- Tennis, Baseball, Baseball(?)
    • Enrollment increased last year 78%
  • John M. Laird, Family Groceries (3)
    • New Store Room in Cawthon State Bank Building
  • King’s Drug Store- Salves Can’t Cure Eczema (3)
    • J.F. King, Proprietor
    • Recommends D.D.D. Prescription
  • James A. McLean, Firs Insurance Agent (3)
  • The City Wood & Coal Co. (3)
    • Pine or oak wood and coal delivered, strictly cash
    • New firm seeking patrons
  • E.L. Townsend, Dentist (3)
    • White Patronage solicited
    • Crown & bridge work a specialty
  • The Big Store (3)
    • Mohawk Tires
  • H.L. Grace, Attorney at Law (3)
    • Room 9, McCaskill Block
    • Practices in all courts except criminal in Walton County
  • Drs. Raborn Bertrem, Physicians & Surgeons (3)
    • Freeport, FL, Office in J.J. McCaskill Building
  • Dr. C.B. McKinnon, Physician & Surgeon (3)
  • Dixie Auto Shop (3)
  • Boarding House (3)
    • Mrs. Callie Sellars, Proprietress
    • Clean beds, clean towels, plenty to eat, meals 25¢
    • Rate by week or month, North 9th St
  • D.H. Simmons, M.D. Physician & Surgeon (3)
    • Office Hours: 10 to 12 AM, 2:00-5:00 PM
    • Office: DeFuniak Drug Co.
  • DeFuniak Drug Co. (4)
    • Rexall Olive Oil Emulsion
      • Alleviates weakness, prevents illness, guaranteed
    • Latest novelties in sterling silver, Parisian ivory
    • Any doctors prescription filled by an experienced/registered pharmacist
    • All latest drinks served hot or cold by an expert soda dispenser
  • The Buckeye Laundry (4)
    • Phone 132, send laundry by parcel post, will pay return postage,
    • Prices right and work guaranteed
  • For Sale: 2 Good Horses (4)
    • L.H. Cawthon
  • Furnished Rooms (4)
    • At Mr. S.A. Cawthon’s residence on Crescent St.
  • Stenographer and Typewriter (4)
    • Orders will receive prompt attention if referred to William E. Smith, Phone 144, Residence East End

The DeFuniak Herald – January 22, 1914 – General news

Contributed by Emily Petroskey




  • Misses Eola & Nora Powell of Dorcas entered DeFuniak High School (1)
  • Mr. W.J. Davis, of Deerland, was in town last Friday on business (1)
  • The Big Store has been improved by a new coat of paint and a new sign on the west side of the building (1)
  • Notice (1)
    • Mrs. W.C. Winsborough of Kansas City, Mo., the Superintendent of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Presbyterian Church of the United States will pass through DeFuniak Monday on her way to Gainesville to organize the Synonical of Florida
    • She will stop in DeFuniak to address the ladies
    • All women of all denominations are invited to hear her speak at the Presbyterian Church next Monday at 3:30
  • Announcements (1)
    • L.H. Cawthon announces candidacy for Treasurer of Walton County
    • Miles Warren announces candidacy for Treasurer of Walton County
  • Local Blurbs (2)
    • Pensacola Evening News went bankrupt, the Herald hopes for financial recovery
    • The usual diversity of opinion is holding up a decision regarding the paving of Baldwin avenue
    • Shorthanded week at the Herald has resulted in a “shy” news week
    • The Herald refuses to publish material under fake names, “you do not need to come and ask up to ‘daddy’ your rot”
  • Notice (2)
    • Of application for tax deed under Section 8. Of Chapter 4888 of the Laws of Florida
    • By Chas. H. Gordon, Clerk Circuit Court of Walton County
  • Call of Special School Tax District at Dorcas, Florida February 14, 1914
    • Election will be held at Dorcas to decide whether or not to create a special school tax district
    • J.M. Mirler, T.A. McCallum, Wilkes Powell, Managers
    • Done by order of the Board of Public Instruction, J.E. Bowers, Chairman, Dan. Tratman, Secretary
  • Apportionment of Funds (2)
    • Lists the balance, amount paid and amount due to the Walton County Tax collector
    • Funds Listed: General Revenue, School Fund, Road and Bridge Fund, Fine and Forfeiture, Sub-School District Fund, Polls, Special Road and Bridge District no. 1
    • Lists the tax years of 1911, 1912, and 1913

Glendale (2)

  • Superintendent Trotman passed through Friday evening en route home from Gaskin where he had been on a visit to the school.
  • Miss. Etta Davis of Pleasant Grove visited our vicinity last week
  • The sing at Mr. Ealum’s Tuesday night was well attended and enjoyed.  Miss. Florence Turner of Ealum was a charming guest of some of the young folks here last week.
  • Mr. W.A. Underwood has enlarged a plantation by purchasing part of the Gressett place
  • Glendale W.O.W. camp was well represented at the unveiling at Sandy Creek Sunday
  • If you desire information as to the widowers here, just ask some of the girls
  • Commissioner McCullough has brought out one of the new road machines and expects to find its fitness on some of the roads
  • Mr. Dan Harper returned Saturday from a visit to relatives in Alabama

The DeFuniak Herald – January 22, 1914 – Article excerpts

Contributed by Emily Petroskey


Article Excerpts

  • The Grand Jury (1)
    • Requests discharge after fulfilling duties at the winter term of the Circuit Court
    • Addressed to the Hon. J. Emmet Wolfe, Judge of the First Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in and for Walton County
    • Inspected public business matters in the Court House and County Jail: officers in the court house keep records and papers well-ordered, recommends a suitable vault be provided for the county tax collector to safeguard against fires; the county jail is in order and prisoners are well-kept
    • Poor farm inspected and in good condition, but $56 per month is insufficient to provide enough care for severe inmates, especially the invalids, recommends $10 per person per month, and with 7 inmates, they need $70 per month.  Some invalids need medical attention, two were kept together in a small room with a foul odor, and they should be separated.  Three additional comforts needed- 3 bed sheets, 3 pillow slips and 1 chamber should be provided by the Board of County Commissioners at once
    • Signed Allen L. Hart, Foreman, W.F. Hall, Clerk
  • Gary, Indiana Has A Unique School System (2)
    • School hours from 8-5 (longer than average public school)
    • Teaches plumbing, painting, tinsmithing, carpentry, wall papering, tool making, and cabinet making; and for girls classes taught in sewing, millinery, music, house decoration, washing and ironing, dishwashing, cooking, dressmaking, stenography, library work, etc.
    • Desks replaced with lockers, few text books because students learn by doing, regular physical examinations given
    • Reading, spelling, geometry and other typical academic subjects are taught by games
    • Children don’t skip class because they are interested in their work, it’s a combination of play and study
    • Girls and boys take practically the same courses and have the same advantages.
    • In the manual training department, everything is done for a practical purpose, i.e. the higher grade boys make furniture for use in the school and at home
    • William Wert, formerly of Blufftown, Indiana, is the Superintendent
  • In Memoriam (2)
    • Mrs. Melvina Banfil is recognized by the members of the Ladies Library Association for years of service and good works
    • She was a charter member of the association, served as both president and librarian, a mainstay of the association.
    • Her later years were clouded by loneliness and misunderstandings of failing intellect
    • The Association also mourns the loss of the Hon. Wallace Bruce, an honorary member and contributor to the collection
    • Mrs. N. Manning, President; Pearl E. Stanley, Secretary