The DeFuniak Herald, February 7, 1946

The body of J Carey Steward, asst. cashier of Milton bank, who has been missing since Jan 16 was found in the Yellow River Tuesday.  Stewart’s auto was found with the key in car, with no signs of violence, an immediate search was organized.  Officials of the bank declared his records were in order and there no known reason for his disappearance. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons, 2 daughters, 2 sisters and brother, Sam D Stewart who is city clerk of Milton.

[Contributed by Lois Danley and Sharon Watson]

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 Breeze – June 8, 1911 – Page 6

“Aunt Sallie Cummings” Dead

Mrs. Sallie E. Cummings formerly of this place died in Pensacola, last Thursday night, the following of her demise being taken from the Journal of last Friday [June 2, 1911]:

“Aunt” Sallie Cummings, a unique character and a familiar figure on the streets of Pensacola for the past five years, was found dead at Big Bayou last night and by her body were found two boxes of morphine, one of which was nearly empty, pointing to suicide, though the coronor has not rendered a verdict and no physician was called in. The body was turned over the Undertaker Pou by the coronor. The body was found on the ground, where she had lain down, and she had evidently been dead for some time.

[Contributed by Michael Strickland]

According to statements, she went out ot visit Dairyman Frost, who resides on Big Bayou, yesterday afternoon and remained there during the afternoon. Just about dark she complained of not feeling well and told Mr. Frost that she intended lying down out in the yard a few minutes.

About 9:39 o’clock, Mr. Frost went out to investigate what had become of her and found her dead.

But little is known of the family of the deceased. She had been a resident of Pensacola for a number of years, and prior to that time resided in Milton and De Funiak for several years.”

Mrs. Cummings came to De Funiak something over twenty years ago, and at one time owned considerable property here. She was a character of many sides, never seemingly quite so happy as when in a law suit with some one over matters of property rights, shrewd in bargaining, and not always exactly following the path of rectitude in her dealings, but charitable to a degree to those in distress.

How she lived no one ever knew, but she always seemed to have plenty of money when she needed it. There were many rumors as to her past life, but this she never discussed. She is supposed to have a niece living somewhere in Virginia, and her husband, Dr. Theron Cummings died several years ago in California.

There are doubtless a great many better people in the world than “Aunt Sallie,” and also a great many worse ones. As she once tersely put it, “if only those talked about me who are better than I am, there would be a lot of breath saved.”

“Aunt Sallie” is dead. Peace she never knew here, may she have found it over yonder.

The Breeze – March 16, 1911 – Page 4

Mrs. M. C. Pittman, nee, Miss [illegible] Douglass, a cousin of Mrs. Jas. A. McLean and Gillis Douglass died in Milton Saturday from strychnine poisoning, and her husband narrowly escaped death from the same cause. It is not known how the drug came to be taken, and there is a certain amount of mystery surrounding the whole affair. No inquest was [conducted,] the body being taken to Westville for burial.

[Contributed by Michael Strickland]

The Breeze – December 8, 1910 – Page 1


Felix Corbin, the man who was recently prominent in Pensacola and later in Georgia, by reason of the fact that it was he whom the federal government claimed had been deprived of his rights as a citizen by Sheriff Collins of Milton, and Sherriff Field of Georgia, was assassinated in Milton at an early hour last night. This information first reached Pensacola when the train from the east arrived, and later it was confirmed over the long distance telephone by residents of Milton.

According to these reports, Corbin, who was at his home, was called to his front door and shot dead: five bullets entering the body and producing almost instant death. When relatives reached him life was extinct and no clue could be obtained as to the assassins.

The assassination occurred early in the night, and it created intense excitement, according to what little information that could be gleaned. Residents of the place showed no disposition to give information relative to the shooting and preferred not to be questioned.

[Contributed by Michael Strickland]