How DeFuniak Springs Acquired Its Name

By Anna Reardon, Staff Writer, DeFuniak Springs Herald-Breeze, December 28, 1972, Page 1Published by the Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County, Volume XIX, Number 66, Winter 1995, Pages 52-53. The man for whom the town of DeFuniak Springs was named, was a Frenchman, according to his grandson, Colonel William Q. DeFuniak… Continue reading

Stuart Knox Gillis

Stuart Knox  Gillis, seventh son and eleventh child of John and Christian McIntosh Gillis, was born at  Knox  Hill, Walton County, Florida on  July 28, 1866. He,  like his older brothers, attended school at the Old Knox  Hill Academy. As did many of his Gillis kin, Knox  Gillis taught school in his younger… Continue reading

Hygeia Coca-Cola Bottling Plant

In June 1903, L. G. Crosby became the sole owner of the new Pensacola Coca-Cola franchise. In September of that year, he produced the first bottle of Coca-Cola in the Pensacola plant. By 1924, Crosby had succeeded in running his competitors out of business and had the only bottling plant… Continue reading

Movie Theaters in DeFuniak Springs

The Murray Theatre was built in 1921 and later became the Ritz Theater. “Requiem for a Heavyweight” was distributed in 1962, so this photograph is most likely from that era. The theater is still on Baldwin Avenue and is called the Chautauqua Theater. It is used for theatrical performances. The… Continue reading

812 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs

An advertisement appeared in the DeFuniak Springs Herald on August 24, 2017, congratulating “Alex Alexander, sales associate with Naylor Realty & Associates, on the sale of the home located at 812 Circle Drive.” The ad continued: “The new owner plans to do a total restoration on one of the most… Continue reading