The DeFuniak Herald – February 5, 1914 – Page 3

Local News Items: Social and Personal Notes of Local Interest

  • Rev. D. F. Slaughter of Ozark, Ala., was in the city Monday shaking hands with old friends who are always glad to see his genial face.
  • Mrs. Ceal and son, of Birmingham, Ala., who have been here visiting her sister, Mrs. Geo. Davis, left for Jacksonville last Sunday night.
  • Mr. D. E. Richardson returned from Jacksonville last Friday where he had been to attend the Re Union.
  • Mrs. J. C. Walden Sr. was over from Andalusia, Ala., the first of the week to visit home folks.
  • Mrs. Dear left for Miss. last Friday. Mrs. Dear has a host of friends here who hope to see her again soon.
  • Mr. Wm. L. Campbell, of Bruce, was in the city the first of the week.
  • Mr. Pink Ward, of Red Bay, is in the city this week, much to the joy of his many friends here.
  • Mr. Patterson of Atmore, Ala., who has been here visiting his sister, Mrs. Kenneth Bruce, returned to his home last Sunday.
  • Mrs. Lancelot Hughes and daughter, who have been here visiting her parents, Dr. and Mrs. G. P. Morris, left for their home in Ponce de Leon last Friday.
  • Mrs. Seyfrit who has been here visiting her daughter, Mrs. Geo Davis, left for Bonifay last Tuesday.
  • Mr. J. C. Ward, of Union, was in our city last Friday on business.
  • Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Davis and daughter of Deerland were in our city last Saturday visiting friends.
  • Mr. J. M. Wilson and family attended preaching at Gum Creek last Sunday.
  • Rev. and Mrs. Buttrum of Freeport passed through our city last Friday enroute home after a visit to various cities in the county.
  • Miss Ruby Cawthon and brother Mr. Lewis visited Gum Creek last Sunday.
  • Mr. Amos Lewis of Marianna was in the city the first of the week.
  • Mr. Frank attended church at Gum Creek last Sunday.
  • Mr. Walker Green of Argyle was in our city last Friday and made a pleasant call at the Herald Office.
  • Dr. G. P. Morris returned from Carrabelle last Thursday night after spending a few days with friends.
  • Mrs. Obie Adams and daughter visited relatives at Freeport last Sunday.
  • Mrs. T. N. Townsend and children who have been here visiting Dr. E. L. Townsend and family left for their home at Carrabelle last Saturday.
  • Rev. P. M. Scott of Ponce de Leon was in our city last Saturday.
  • Miss Martha Morrison [of] Euchee Valley was in town last Saturday visiting friends and relatives.
  • Mr. D. H. King and mother Mrs. M. King attended preaching at Gum Creek last Sunday.
  • Mr. J. E. Clark of Mossy Head was in town on business last Saturday.
  • Mrs. J. C. Walden Sr. visited her sister Mrs. McLean at Freeport last Friday and Saturday.
  • Mr. and Mrs. L. I. Langley of Alaqua were in town last Saturday.
  • J. C. Walden Jr. visited relatives at Freeport last Saturday.
  • John Fountain of Lakewood was in town last Tuesday.
  • Mrs. Lowell, of Pensacola, arrived last Sunday to visit her friend, Mrs. M. A. Cawthon, [for] a few days.
  • Mr. Frank McLean of Pensacola arrived last night to visit his niece, Mrs. W. K. Jennings.
  • Mrs. Ratclift left last Friday for her home in Gloster, Miss.
  • Dr. C. Thompson received the sad news of the death of his sister, Mrs. Rose Albee, at St. Thomas, Ontario, last Thursday morning.
  • The W. C. T. U. will meet next Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the home of Mrs. Robert Buchanan.
  • Mr. H. Jernigan, of Portland, is in town visiting his daughter, Mr. Geo. Ward.
  • Dr. Mitchell left last night for Panama City on business.
  • Mrs. Claude Meigs visited friends at Ponce de Leon last Tuesday.
  • Mr. G. W. Parish of Niceville was in town yesterday to visit relatives.
  • Miss Anna Parish left last night for Lucedale, Miss., to attend the graduating exercises of her niece, Miss Hazel Jones.
  • Mrs. Ellen Ames of Texas arrived last Sunday to visit her friend, Mrs. M. A. Cawthon.
  • Mr. D. C. Campbell of Jacksonville was in our city yesterday to visit his father Dr. D. L. Campbell.
  • Mr. Bowers Campbell and family have rented Mrs. Sprague Cottage on the Circle and expect to move in as soon as some repairing is done.
  • By order of the Chancellor Commander of the Felton Lodge K. of P. [Knights of Pythias] there will be a special meeting Monday night the 18th to confer ranks. All members are earnestly requested to be present at this meeting.
  • Dr. S. E. Stephens of Mossy Head was in town on business Tuesday.
  • Mr. Dave Adams, of Paxton, was in our city the first of the week on business.
  • Mr. J. J. Meigs of Mossy Head visited our city on business Monday.
  • Messrs. R. E. L. Jones, D. Jones and John Cortney of Ealum were in town the first of the week.
  • Mr. Geo. Keene of Mossy Head was in town last Monday.
  • Messrs. Bud Adams and Allen Jones of Ealum were in town the first of the week.
  • Mr. Oscar Helms of Mossy Head was in town Tuesday.
  • Mr. H. E. Wickersham and family visited relatives at Knox Hill Sunday afternoon.
  • Mr. Norman Gillis of Knox Hill was in town the first of the week.
  • Mrs. A. D. Douglass and son Curry of Pleasant Ridge were in town Wednesday.
  • Mr. Chas. McIver, of Bruce, was in our city the first of the week.
  • Messrs. J. N. Boothe and W. D. McCallum of Dorcas were in our city last Tuesday.
  • Mrs. Miller and son Arthur of Bonifay visited relatives here Monday.
  • D. G. Ray and Alvin Gillis visited friends at Westville last Sunday
  • Mr. R. P. Winslett visited Bonifay, Caryville and Westville looking after Telephone business last Saturday.
  • Mesdames Chas. and Harvey Turner and son visited relatives at Mossy Head last Thursday.
  • Mrs. Jim Brigman of Westville returned to her home Wednesday after spending several days with her sister, Mrs. T. J. Miller.

[Compiled by Emily Petroskey]

The DeFuniak Herald — November 28, 1912 — Page 1

Captain John T. Stubbs, who suffered a stroke of paralysis nearly five years ago, died at his home in this city last Monday at the age of seventy-seven years and ten months. He was born at Marlboro District, S. C., January 25th, 1835. He served with distinction in the Confederate army in the war between the states, having attained the rank of Captain of Company C, 1st Alabama Regiment. He was a gallant soldier in war and a most honorable and estimable citizen in peace. He was married to Miss Emily L. Gerkey, on June 15, 1860 and reared a family of 8 children, 4 daughters and 4 sons, wife and six children of whom survive him.

When sixteen years old, Captain Stubbs, with the rest of his father’s family, removed to Alabama and located at Fort Deposit, where he resided until 1873, when he removed with his family to Milton, Fla. He removed to DeFuniak in 1883 and engaged with Mr. Murray Cawthon in the lumber business, afterward conducting the State Experimental Farm, just south of town, relinquishing this position to acquire and operate The DeFuniak Herald, which he did successfully up to five years ago, when a stroke of paralysis disqualified him for active newspaper work. He was a member of the Methodist church and was an earnest, consecrated Christian gentleman. He bore his affliction heroically and expressed no fear of the death which he has known was near for some weeks. All the members of his immediate family, except the eldest son, were present at the time of his death. The funeral services, which were under the auspices of the local camp of Confederate Veterans, of which organization he was a member, were conducted by Rev. D. P. Slaughter, assisted by Rev. R. Q. Baker and Rev. R. R. Ellison. The funeral, which was held at the home on Thirteenth street, was largely attended, and the casket was literally covered with beautiful floral offerings, paying mute, though eloquent tribute to the love in which the people held this good man, who has resided among us for thirty years.

[Contributed by Michael Strickland]

The DeFuniak Herald – January 29, 1914 – 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

[Contributed 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 – September 21, 1911 – Pages 3 & 5




NOTICE (p. 3)
I, J. S. Scarbough, hereby notify Bill Alford and Ella Woodard to stay off of my place, not to come on it at no time, and upon no account. I forbid any tresspassing on my premises after dark, outside of the public road. – J. S. Scarbough.


Mrs. Henry’s residence, at the corner of the circle and Live Oak, has been wired for electric lights.

The new fence at the cemetery when completed, will add much to the appearance of things in that vicinity. It is owing to the liberality of Mr. Richardson that the work was done, he advancing the necessary money for it.

A number of the turpentine men lost valuable mules last week from over-heating, among the losers being The Walton Land & Timber Co., who lost two; J. M. Reynolds one and the J. J. McCaskill Co., one.

W. J. Cawthon and his sons Carl and Curry came down from Florala on Sunday to the funeral of their niece and cousin.



Contributed by Michael Strickland

The Breeze – September 21, 1911 – Page 2




Mrs. M. Steverson, an aged lady who has lived alone for several years at the old Parmalee place on the south side of town, died Monday afternoon, after a short illness. She has no relatives in this section and her niece who lives in St. Louis, and who was telegraphed for when the illness became serious, did not arrive here until Tuesday.


Sunday afternoon as the sun was sinking behind the western horizon all that was mortal of Miss Fannie Lou Cawthon was placed in its last resting place in the City Cemetery, she having passed away Saturday afternoon (Sept 16, 1911), after an illness of some two weeks from typhoid fever. Lovely, loving and loved in all that those words imply her death is felt as a personal loss by the entire community in which she grew up, and the attendance at the funeral which was held at the Universalist church, of which she was a devoted member, was attended by the largest crowd ever at a funeral of any lady in DeFuniak, the services being conducted by the pastor, Rev. Thomas Chapman, assisted by Rev. Lynn R. Walker, of the Presbyterian church. It is not ours to question the ways of Infinity, but to finite mortality it seems hard that one so young, with such bright prospects before her of happiness and usefulness to her family, the community and her church, should be taken away, but we know that He doeth all things well for those who love and serve Him as did she. As a member of society, a worker in the church and Sunday school, and a teacher in the public school she will be missed more than anyone else we could name. Human sympathy in times like this sounds like hollow mockery, and nothing that we can say will express for the bereaved family the heartfelt sorrow of every one who knew her.


Contributed by Michael Strickland

The Breeze – July 6, 1911 – Page 1

“The Honeymoon Route to the Gulf.”

The following telegram which was sent to the DeFuniak delegates at Moultrie last Friday created no little amusement when read by Mr. Storrs, in his argument before the committee:

“All the world loves a lover” as the good old adage goes, and as Walton county furnished the first bridal couple to traverse the proposed highway, we move that the highway, Moultrie to Pensacola, be established on this the shortest route, and be christened “the honey moon route to the gulf.”

It was signed by the DeFuniak Springs Commercial Club and sounds very much like W. L. Cawthon.

[Contributed by Michael Strickland]