The DeFuniak Herald – February 5, 1914 – Page 2


  • The health of the community is generally good- only colds.
  • Most farmers are preparing their land for farming, though some say it is too early. By the looks of it, spring is here.
  • Mr. Leonard Bell made a business trip to Florala last week.
  • The debate at Liberty last Thursday night was fine and enjoyed by all.
  • J.R. Turner and daughter Miss Vivian went to Mossy Head last Saturday.
  • The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Connie Jones is quite ill.
  • Mr. Tom Price, who moved here from Waycross, Ga., some two weeks ago returned last week. They leave but they have to come back to Florala.
  • Miss S.E. Ray spent Saturday and Sunday with home folks.
  • Miss Ruth Shelly left Saturday for Bonifay to visit her sister. BHer friends were sorry to see her leave, especially some of the boys.
  • Charlie Prater and Jesse Tompson were at DeFuniak last Friday.
  • Murie Bell and wife, from Glendale, were visiting their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Turner, last Friday.
  • Notwithstanding the rain last Friday night the debate at Gum Creek was fine and enjoyed by all.

[Compiled by Emily Petroskey]

The Breeze – December 28, 1911 – Pages 1, 2, & 5


Andrew Price was brought to town Monday charged with threatening to kill his wife and mother-in-law on Saturday while under the influence of liquor.

Little Mary Burke was pretty badly burned on Christmas morning by a fire cracker that exploded in her face. One of her eyes was pretty badly burned and it was feared at first that the sight was destroyed.

Uncle Bullie Cawthon, healthy and hearty in spite of his 82 years, came down from his home near Florala to spend the Christmas time with his children here. He has known DeFuniak from its babyhood, digging with his own hands the first grave in the cemetary here, but always expresses surprise at its growth. No man in the county stands higher with his friends and neighbors than he, no man possesses a broader charity than this grand ol’ man and there is none other whose life of sobriety affords a better exam.


  • How much can the pullet?
  • The tomato can but will it?
  • A rat in the trap is worth two in the hair.
  • At any rate the clam knows enough to shut up.
  • It is useless to advise the aviator not to “go up in the air,” for that is his business.
  • Home-made things are often the best. Especially is this true of the home-made man.
  • The man with his all invested in mining stock is seldom in a position to rest on his ore.
  • Many a woman sits up late at night before Christmas making a hem for him.
  • Too often the profits of farming are less than the prophets of farming: more’s the pity.
  • If, as alleged, the main business of life is making money, it is amazing the number of people who make a failure at it.
  • The farmers of this country are fast reaching the conclusion that the parcels post is a good post to hitch to.
  • The ostrich is only partly responsible for the big millinery bills. He does not part with his feathers willingly.
  • It is reported that in some sections last summer the robins roosted on the ground in order to reduce the high cost of living.
  • Speaking of aids to agriculture, there is a cut worm who volunteers to cut the farmer’s corn long before he is ready to have it done.
  • The genius is the man who thinks of something that immediately sets all other men to wondering why they had not thought of it before.
  • Before you kick the fellow for not bringing home the borrowed maul, look behind the barn door and see if his borrowed axe is not there.
  • Things are not always what they seem. When Johnnie at the door is told to “wipe his feet,” what is really meant is that he must clean his shoes.

–From January Farm Journal

Big-hearted Harry Murray was responsible for the prisoners in the county jail having a treat of oranges and nuts on Christmas, and others provided some cigars and tobacco, while Sheriff Bell gave them a big dinner. As one of them expressed it, they fared better in jail than they would if they had been out.

[Contributed by Michael Strickland]

The Breeze – October 5, 1911 – Page 8

(VERNON NEWS) Mr. Walker Green of Argyle and his bride of a few days, stopped over night at the Jones Hotel here (in Vernon) Tuesday night. Mrs. Green is a Walton county lady, and sister to Sheriff Bell, of that county. They were on their bridal tour and will visit Southport, Panama City, and Carrabelle and Mr. Green will inspect some timber on the trip with a view to locating a turpentine still, thus combining business with pleasure.


Contributed by Michael Strickland