The DeFuniak Herald – February 21, 1935 – Obituaries

The death of Mrs M A  Stinson, wife of the late Dr W H Stinson, who died in 1918, occurred Sunday morning at her home on Guava Street following an illness of about 2 weeks. Services were conducted from the home Monday morning at 11:00.  She was Missouri Ann Colquitt and a native of Alabama, having passed her 80th birthday, being born on Aug 5 1854. Dr & Mrs Stinson moved to DeFuniak from Rose Hill abt 35 yrs ago. Survivors are 3 children: W I & Cecil both of this place, and Mrs George Burkhart of St Petersburg, 4 gr children and nieces & nephews.

Hal Richardson died early Tuesday at his home on 12th street of pneumonia. Hal C Richardson was born in Sept 1890 at Darien, Ga., son of Mr & Mrs David Eugene Richardson. When he was eight yrs old his family moved to this place. In April 1922 he was married to Miss Christian Currie, daughter of Dr & Mrs D J Currie, paster of the local Presbyterian church for many years. A World War vet and member of post American Legion. Survivors are his widow, and one son, Hal Jr., one brother J P Richardson of this place and 5 sisters, Mary Richardson also of Defuniak, Mrs Quarterman McCaskill of Marianna; Mrs Reed Walker of Darien, Ga, Mrs Jim Northcutt of Notasulga, Ala and Mrs Robert Oliver of Centenary, S C.  Service on Wednesday and interment in family lot at Magnolia.

Mr Norman Gillis died on Friday, Feb 15, he was called “Uncle Norman” by many.  Funeral services were conducted on Saturday from Valley church, interment was in Magnolia cemetery. Norman Gillis was born 85 yrs ago at the Pensacola Navy Yard, a mere child when his family moved to Knox Hill, abt 1916 he moved to Defuniak.  He was married to Miss Nannie McSween and 4 children survive this union. Survivors are his widow, 2 brothers, Duncan of this place, Daniel of Panama City, a daughter Miss Kate and 3 sons, Alwyn of Orlando, Angus Of Akron, Oh. and Wm Campbell Gillis also of Akron, Oh.

Angus Davis aged abt 50 yrs killed himself shortly before midnight Tuesday at his home at Freeport, by a self-inflicted shotgun wound.  Davis made his home with a brother, William and a sister, Christine. Mr Davis had been in poor health and it was thought that he committed suicide in a fit of despondency over his condition.  Services were held Thursday, interment in the Davis cemetery, an old burial ground NW of Freeport.  He is survived by 3 brothers William, James & Alex Davis, sisters Christine & Mrs Arthur Stanley, niece, Dottie B Stanley.

[Contributed by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson]

The DeFuniak Herald – February 9, 1911

An approaching wedding of more than usual interest to DeFuniak people is that of Miss Gussie McCaskill to Mr Olin Campbell, will be solominized at the Presbyterian church on the evening of Wednesday Feb 15. The bride is the daughter of Mr and Mrs John J. McCaskill and the groom is the son of Hon and Mrs Daniel Campbell.

[Contributed by Rita Bridges]

The Breeze – May 9, 1912 – General News

Happenings in our Neighboring Villages

Pleasant Hill

  • Miss Daisie L Foreman, of Perate (sic), Ala. is spending a few days with her Uncle, WA Jernigan.
  • Riley Bass, who has been working at JN Booths leaves for his home in Ala., Monday.
  • All day sing at Davis School House, Sunday the 4th
  • WF  and DH Arnett & Giley Mason called at A Jernigans, Sunday
  • WJH Matthews called at WF Arnett’s Sunday evening
  • Hardy Davis called at AD Ward’s Sunday
  • Rev. Riley will preach at Pleasant Hill, Sunday

Bruce

  • Miss Callie Ward teaches here satisfactorily
  • Misses Lillie & Laura Ward are at home for a while
  • Ralph Snowden came from DeFuniak to visit home folks
  • Mrs ER Ward, of Freeport, spends the week with her mother at JJ Ward’s
  • M/M NS Townsend were shopping here Monday
  • John F Silcox has moved here
  • WA Ward was in Washington Co. last week
  • WF Commander was over from Ebro, Monday on business
  • M/M C Ward were here on business, Monday
  • Mr. Joe Ward is still confined to her bed for over a year at home of her sone JJ Ward
  • Dr. Strong was called to see John Bozeman’s wife and baby last week. Mrs. Bozeman is improving, but the baby died Saturday night
  • Henry Rogers continues to show “Hard Sense” in running the school – long article.

Local News

  • AJ Loudermilk came up from Pt. Washington, Monday
  • RE McCaskill was in Pensacola Monday & Tuesday
  • WF Croft was in Crestview on business Sunday night
  • CA Moreland of the Brown Hotel was in Pensacola, Monday
  • “If feed goes much higher the dairymen will have to raise the price or dilute the milk.”
  • Doctor Adams & John Henderson of Glendale were here Monday
  • Henry Jernigan was here Monday on his way to Veteran’s reunion in Macon
  • MC Braswell is back from Florala where he ran a lunch stand during the Chautauqua
  • Unusual number attended the Commissioner’s meeting Monday.
  • Col. Flournoy left last night for Jacksonville meeting of State Executive Committee
  • WK Jennings bought the Saunders cottage just west of Mrs/ Mannings and will move in soon
  • Dr. Frank Cawthon has caught the fishing fever
  • JW Kelly of Portland was here Monday
  • WH Kennington of Red Bay was here Monday
  • NO Straughn of Florala was here first of the week
  • Quarterman McCaskill was here on business Monday
  • EW Richardson has opened a colored grocery store in the east end of town
  • M/M Herman Bludworth of Eucheeanna were in town Monday
  • AF Paderick continues to offer his house for rent or sale
  • JT McKinnon continues to offer pur bred Jersey Duroc pigs for sale
  • Joe Allen of the Breeze has the measles.
  • Major Harley Cawthon & Lt. Stinson are attending school for officers at St Augustine this week
  • Mr Biddle, chairman of the street committee, is having work done on the streets
  • Miss Gladys Storrs had a birthday party with 25 friends, Tuesday afternoon
  • Theo. Tharp now with the Crown Bottling Works at DeFuniak Springs came up Tuesday and spent Wednesday here with friends and relatives – Chipley Verdict
  • Rev. ACS Smythe purchased the WB McLeod farm east of town and will reside there with his sons, who will arrive about the first of the year
  • Dr & Mrs. WG Wade, spending winter with Capt. & Mrs. Lason, returned to their home in Monmouth, Maine thi week
  • County Commissioners: Monday approved firearms bonds for JW Taunton & JH Poole; notary bonds for SK Gillis & JH Warren; referring pension application of JE Owens to the UVC for examination; paid Dan Geohagan $25 for road right of way.
  • M/M MA Warren and daughter Myrtie held a graduation party for the seniors of Walton High School
  • Complete results of first Democratic primary, 30 April 1912 is printed.

Meeting of Ex. Comm.

Voting canvass – lengthy article; people named: SK Miller, WP Balkom, Peck Cawthon, Mr. McCrimmon, JG Churchwell, NO Straughn, JK Spradley, JD Howell, Herman Bludworth, Campbell, Henderson, Jeff Richbourg, Col. Steele, CD Meigs Mapoles

City Council meeting: ordinance regarding pool rooms – fixed age at 18 and laid out rules for operation. Sales of soft drinks, etc. on Sunday was tabled till next meeting. Delinquent taxes sale set for first Monday in July. Police docket addressed

The Schooner Thos. W. Knight, employed by Standard Oil, is at Pt. Tampa for a couple of weeks while Capt. TL Parrish visits home folks.

JH Richbourg thanks for support in vote and reminds public that he will be in second primary and asks for support, then; several others did same.

Teacher’s exams will be held at High School 4 June 1912 – books are listed from which questions will be asked

FT Nolin, one of Darlington’s leading farmers, in town Monday says the rain is hampering planting as well as ruing crops.

[Contributed by Mary Ellen Wexler]

The Breeze – October 12, 1911 – Pages 4, 5, & 8

GENERAL NEWS

 

 

BEARHEAD POST OFFICE DISCONTINUED (p. 4)
The post office at Bearhead has been discontinued on account of the resignation of Mr. Blue as postmaster, and the large number of people in the Alaqua section who have been getting their mail there are very much inconvenienced. Some of them have had their mail sent to Mossyhead and others here (DFS). There has been a movement on foot for some time to have a rural route established through the upper Alaqua settlement, but nothing definite has come of it.

FIRE AT FREEPORT (p. 5)
The Freeport Hotel, kept by Chas. McCaskill, was destroyed by fire last Friday night (Oct 6, 1911), which originated in the kitchen, evidently from a defective flue. Philip Drake, who was boarding there, was awakened by the noise of the roof of the kitchen falling in and gave the alarm in time for the other occupants to escape with but little else but their night clothes. The house and the major part of the furniture belonged to the J. J. McCaskill Co., and was partially insured, but Mr. McCaskill had no insurance on his furniture or clothing and lost practically every thing. It leaves Freeport almost without a stopping place for transients, and puts the regulars to hunting a new boarding place.

OUT OF THE GINGER JAR (p. 5)
The last man is pretty certain to fall behind.
What three vowels express trouble? I. O. U.
It will probably never be known what the hand-saw.
Be sure you are right and then don’t make a fuss about it.
There is many a man who is not worth what it costs him to live.
Every dog has his day, and a good many of them have their nights also.
The blacksmith may be an expert forger without being arrest for it.
Nature is a good doctor, but she makes her pay to the last cent.
What the corn heard with its own ears the potato saw with its own eyes.
Few man know what is good for them until some wise woman has told them.
The money that a woman spends
Is never for the bonnet,
But always for the fancy things
The milliner puts upon it.
The rich are always known by their dollars, but the humble onion by its scent.
The farmer who lost his half-bushel measure was in more than a peck of trouble.
The foolish trust to the safety pin but the wise see to it that the buttons are well sewed on.
Sometimes a man is pretending to be looking for a wife, when he is merely looking for a good cook. Beware of such.
(Note: The Breeze occasionally carries The Ginger column.)

NOTE OF INTEREST (p. VIII)
The word scissors was spelled without the initial ‘s’ in 1911, and the question, “Are your cissors sharp?” occurs several times in the paper.

 

Contributed by Michael Strickland

The Breeze – September 21, 1911 – Pages 3 & 5

GENERAL NEWS

 

 

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.

ELECTRIC LIGHTS (p. 5)

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

CEMETERY ITEM (p.5)
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.

WEATHER MATTER (p.5)
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.

ATTEND FUNERAL (p. 5)
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 – February 16, 1911 – Pages 1 & 5

WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

HOBBS/ANDERSON: (page 1) Ted Balkom of Union and Miss Viola Anderson attended the Hobbs/Anderson marriage on Sunday.

 

MCCASKILL/CAMPBELL: (page 5) Society has been all agog this week in preparation for the McCaskill/Campbell wedding, which took place at the Presbyterian Church last night (February 15, 1911).

 

Contributed by Michael Strickland

The Breeze – February 2, 1911 – Page 4

WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT

Friends of the young folks, and that includes about everybody in this part of the world, received handsomely engraved invitations this week reading like this: “Mr. and Mrs. John Jett McCaskill will give in marriage their daughter, Gussie, to Mr. William Olin Campbell on the evening of Wednesday the 15th of February at 6 o’clock, Presbyterian Church, DeFuniak Springs, FL. The honor of your presence is requested.”

The bride has grown up from childhood in this section and is known and loved by all, while the groom is the son of the Hon. and Mrs. Daniel Campbell, and holds the responsible position of assistant cashier in the First National Bank. On their return from an extended wedding tour, they will occupy a cozy cottage on the east side of the lake.

 

Contributed by Michael Strickland

The Breeze – April 27, 1911 – Page 4

The Baptist church was transformed into a bower of beauty last Wednesday night, with white and green in honor of the wedding of two of De Funiak’s most popular young people, Miss Florence, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Monroe Laird and Glen, the eldest son of Mayor A. L. Beach, who plighted their troth in the presence of a crowd that filled the church to to doors in spite of the showers that dropt nearly all the afternoon, Rev. D. P. Slaughter, of the Methodist church, performing the ceremony, assisted by Mr. Catts, the Baptist pastor.

The coming of the bridal party was heralded by the singing of  “O Fair, O Sweet, O Holy”  by Mrs. Harley Cawthon, Miss Annie Burke Landrum playing the accompaniment with violin obligato by Rosby Brown, and the strains of Mendelshon”s wedding march announced their entrance into the church, Miss Beaulah Morris being the bridesmaid, with Mrs. B. P. Morris as matron of honor, and the best man Lancelot  Hughes. The bride’s other attendants were Misses Jimmie Lou Burkes, Mary Vic Bole, Minni McCaskill, Ossie Berry and Ethel Chapman, while G. D. Campbell, Waverly Wadsworth, Ralph Campbell and Angus McKinnon were the groomsmen. Geo. Cawthon and C. A. Landrum were the ushers, little Walton Flournoy the page and Mark Burk and Gracie Flournoy the flower girls.

After the ceremony the immediate bridal party with a few of the more intimate friiends repaired to the Brown House where a luncheon was served before the arrival of the train on which the happy pair left for an extended tour to New Orleans and other points. On their return they will be at home in the Beach cottage on Live Oak avenue which was the gift of the groom’s father.

[Contributed by Michael Strickland]