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 – 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 – November 9, 1911 – Page 5




The Rev. Mr. Vaughn of Gretna, came over yesterday morning to be present at the installation of Mr. Walker as pastor of the Presbyterian Church.

W. L. Cawton is having toilet rooms and bath built in an addition to the old Florida House, having the building wired for electric lights and otherwise putting the building in first class shape.


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

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]