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 – October 12, 1911 – Pages 4, 5, & 8




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.

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.

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.)

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




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 – February 16, 1911 – Pages 1 & 5



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


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]

The Breeze – February 23, 1911 – Page 2

A Pretty Wedding Last Wednesday Night [February 15, 1911]

DeFuniak weddings are always pretty, and to say that one is prettier than an other, is hard to do and tell the truth, but that of Miss Gussie McCaskill and William Olin Campbell which was solemnized at the Presbyterian church last Wednesday night, was at least one of the prettiest, and handsome decorations, brilliant illuminations, the large crowd of relatives and guests altogether made it an occasion long to be remembered.

An organ prelude by Mrs. Ecker announced the coming of the bridal party, and this was followed by a solo by Miss Lucile Jordan, and the party entered to the strains of Mendelshon’s wedding march, led by the ushers, Walter McLeod, W. Ide Stinson, W. D. C. Campbell and Gillis Douglass, the groomsmen being H. L. Cawthon, Dudley McCaskill and J. L. McKinnon Jr., while the bridesmaids were Misses Annie Campbell, Mary Campbell, Erma Ecker, the maid of honor was Miss Marie Lewis and the best man J. H. Morrison.

The pretty little flower girls were Mary Hope Cawthon and Emma Belle McKinnon while little Angeline McCaskill bore the ring on a dainty satin cushion.

The charming bride attractively gowned in brocaded satin trimmed in lace and pearls, with veil caught with orange blossoms and carried a shower bouquet of white roses, entered on the arm of her father and was met at the altar where the ceremony was impressively performed by Rev. Lynn R. Walker, the pastor.

The happy pair left on the evening train for a trip to New Orleans and on their return will occupy a cozy cottage on the east side of the lake.

[Contributed by Michael Strickland]