Headline = The Okaloosa News

Vol. 1 Crestview, Okaloosa County, Florida  May 5, 1916
No. 31

A Special Edition of Five Thousand Copies to Be Issued May 24
  The News—the official organ of Okaloosa County—and by far the best and most influential news paper in the county—will have a special addition of 5,000 copies about May 26th.
  This addition will not be a “Candidate’s Grafting” edition by any means, but will be a booster’s edition of Okaloosa County, setting forth all the facts and natural conditions of the county—telling of its great agricultural possibilities, its naval stores, industries, lumbering, etc., with a lot of nice cuts interspersed showing some of the most beautiful scenes in Florida.
  The advertising space for this special issue will cost 15 cents per inch, which will make a quarter page, which is twenty-one inches costs $3.15, half page, or 42 inches, $6.30; three quarters of a page, or 63 inches, $8.45; a whole page, or 85 inches $12.75.
  This issue of The News will go into the home of every man, woman and child in Okaloosa County, and will be one of the best mediums of advertising ever put forth in this county.  It will reach the homes in plenty of time for a careful perusal of the contents before the day of the primary, and the candidate or business man who fails to avail himself with a reasonable amount of space in its columns will miss the best opportunity of a life time to tell the people of Okaloosa County their wants.
  All advertising copy must be in this office not later than the 15th day of May.
  It was through the kindness of Mr. C.B. Ferdon last Saturday morning that the editor was enabled to make a hurried business trip to Deerland. It was in making this trip we learned that Commissioner W. J. Davis is having the sandy streak of road through Shoal River swamp thoroughly clayed and put in first-class condition.  This was a very much needed piece of work and Mr. Davis is to be commended for having it done.
To the Citizens of Okaloosa County
  I have no desire for newspaper notoriety, but I feel it a duty I owe to my county to correct certain false rumors which are being circulated on me in the northern part of the west side of the county and perhaps elsewhere.
  I want to say to begin with that I do not believe any one of my opponents is responsible for this falsehood.  They are all nice clean men, who live above the level of such dirtiness and I assure them of a clean race on my part.  But some unscrupulous individual who has more time to meddle with other men’s business than to attend to his own has generated and set afloat things that are hurtful to me and unjust to my friends.
  One of the untrue things is that I am accused of making a clearing campaign against “blind tigers” in a certain town in our county and associating one of my opponents in the “booze ring.”
  This is absolutely untrue the opponent who has been classed up with me in the political falsehood is a clean man, just as the rest of my opponents are.  The clearing campaign that I made was simply discharging my duty as your sheriff and just as I will continue to do should you endorse me for a full term in the office.
  Another of these untrue rumors is that I am making a Court House race and that I have been instrumental in the registering of negroes in the Bay county for the purpose of voting them in the Court House election.  This is emphatically untrue.  The fact of the business is I am making the race for Sheriff and not for the Court House, neither am I making the race for Governor, President or County Commissioner.
  I am a white man and stand for the white man’s government, but I firmly believe that “stage frightened” parties are making a premature fight.  Please let me and my opponents make the race for sheriff now, and Baker, Milligan, Crestview and Laurel Hill can make the race for the Court House later.  It’s not their time to run yet and I will assure them that either one of us will reside at the county seat wherever they put it.
B. H. Sutton (Pd. Adv.)
  Notwithstanding the bragging assertions that they—the Milligan baseball team needed no practice to beat the Crestview boys, the Crestview boys went down Saturday evening and crossed bats with them on their home diamond and beat them to the tune of six to nothing, the Milligan team never reaching farther than first except one time, when the right fielder for Crestview, threw the ball fifty yards over the first baseman’s head, thus enabling Milligan to get a man on third with no outs.  It was here that things got real interesting for a few minutes and our boys did some real playing.  The first two men up after this fanned the air in short order and the third man was an easy mark in an effort to bunt.
  The battery for Crestview was Jordan pitcher and Tappan catcher. 
  Milligan, Mapoles pitcher and Baggett catcher.
  E. L. Penny umpired the game and we believe gave perfect satisfaction.
  The Milligan team is composed of a nice set of young men, and while out matched by far, played a fair, clean and gentlemanly game, and we will welcome them on our diamond for the second game Saturday.  Let everybody go out and see the game.
Important Information For Candidates and Voters
  Below we give the dates on which the State Primary of June 6 hinges.  They are of importance to candidates and voters and should be remembered.
  All precincts registration books close on April 3rd.
  The County Registration Officer will close his books at the Court House May 1st.
  Your poll tax for the years of 1914 and 1915 must be paid by May 13th.
  Candidates for county office must file statement as to their eligibility for office and pay filing fee by May 17th.
  Candidates for state office must file statement and pay filing fee by May 6th.
  All candidates must file three sworn statements as to their expense accounts:
  First, between the 6th and 11th day of May.
  Second, between the 13th and 25th day of May.
  Third, 16th day of June.
The Summer School of the State College For Women Opens June 12th
  From June 12 to August 6, the State Summer School for teachers will be in session in Tallahassee at the Florida State College for Women.  This school is co-educational.  It will prepare for all grades of certificates:  County, State and Primary.  It will prepare men and women for positions as teachers, principals, and superintendents.  The courses in Education and Psychology will be ample and valuable.  Courses in Home Economics, Manual Training, Drawing and Penmanship will give full opportunity for preparation in handwork.  Courses in Physical training, Games and Plays will provide preparation in motor activities. Special emphasis will be given Primary Work.
  Teachers who attend the full term will have their present certificate extended for one year. 
  No tuition whatsoever is charged; board and room $4.00 per week.
  Students who are especially interested in professional work will be able to choose Education courses from the following; School Administration, Psychology of High School subjects, and History of Education.  They will have in Psychology a choice of subjects from General Psychology, Experimental Psychology, and Social Psychology.  The new Psychological Laboratory will be accessible to all professional students this summer.  The entire equipment of the college will be at the service of the Summer School.  A special dormitory will be set apart for the men attending.
  The campus of the Florida State College for Women is always beautiful but excels itself in the summer season.  The hills of the surrounding country lend a charm to the college that really makes it a delightful summer resort.  Perhaps no part of the state is healthier or more beautiful in the summer time than the Hill City of Florida.
  Graduate students will be able to make as many as four credits in the summer school, and in a series of summers will soon accumulate enough credits for their Master’s degree.  Summer school work may be extended by correspondence courses.
Will Make Round Trip Each Day From Crestview to Camp Walton.  Fare $4.00 Round Trip.
  It was through a contract with the L. & N. Railroad Company to route passengers to our Gulf Coast via Crestview that Messrs. John Q. and Obie Adams of DeFuniak Springs, put on three autos Monday morning under a contract with the said L. & N. Railroad Company to make at least one round trip per day with a good five passenger auto from Crestview to Camp Walton.
  The contract between the two parties specifies that all passengers routed to Camp Walton over the L. & N. road are to be given immediate passage at a reasonable fare on good cars to be run on a regular schedule time.
  The car or cars, as necessity may make it, will leave Crestview at 9 o’clock a.m. sharp, and will return at 7 p.m. the same day.  The fare will be $4.00.
  This arrangement will make it possible for everybody wanting to visit any point in the Bay Country—let it be Camp Walton, Mary Esther, Harris or Niceville, to go and come with but very little inconvenience, for after they have once reached Camp Walton, they can take boats and go where they please up and down the Gulf front but with little expense.
  It is estimated by the L. & N. people that there will be at least two thousand people to pass over this route this summer, and of course this will mean a great deal for Crestview and our Gulf Coast section of Okaloosa County.
To All Candidates
  We now have plenty of cards of all sizes and kinds, and have the necessary machinery and printing materials to get them ready within a few minutes.
  Cards printed by The News job office are vote getters.  So don’t fail to give us your next order.
For Sale or Trade—a 6 H.P. International Gasoline Engine to go at a bargain for cash or will trade it for a steam engine.  A. L. Hart, Dorcas, Fla.
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Jefferson D. Stephens
The Times-Courier, Published at Marianna, Fla., Col. Stephen’s Home Town, Under Date of April 27th, 1916, Says Editorially.
  Some of the things Col. Stephens stands for and will work to secure when sent to Congress from the Third District of Florida:
Liberal appropriations to improve our bay, rivers and harbors.

Oppose any plan to reduce the South’s representation in Congress.

Extension of the rural mail service.

Have soil and other surveys made in every county in the district, to ascertain the composition of the soil and its requirements, and to determine whether there are any minerals, oil, coal or other valuable deposits beneath the surface.

Work for the advancement of our district, its various and wonderful resources, encourage the investment of capital and new industries.

United States aid for good roads and bridges.

The establishment of an agricultural district, so that the farmers may obtain all information desired in regard to their farms and livestock.

National aid to destroy all pests that retard the growth and development of all livestock and crops.

Endeavor to locate markets where the various products of the district may be sold at good profits.

Rural credits.

To put the Pensacola Navy Yard, the aviation station and other defenses in the first class.

The extension of the coastal canal system through our district.

By reason of my experience during the past seven years at Washington as private secretary for the congressmen from the district, and my knowledge of national and international relations, the needs of the district, the working of congress and the various department, I will be in a position to render valuable aid to the district, state and nation from the first day on, to the termination of my service.
  Vote for the “working” and “winning” candidate for congress, who is Jefferson D. Stephens.
  “For the benefit of new comers to Jackson County, with whom we take great pleasure in dividing our rights and liberties as citizens, and who for lack of knowledge of his past, wonder why the great masses of our citizens are so loyal to Col. Jefferson D. Stephens, we herewith give a short, true biography of his life:  
  Jefferson D. Stephens was born in the pine woods of Jackson County, Florida, in 1871, of poor but sturdy parents.  Shortly after his eighth birthday it fell to his lot to fall in behind a faithful family ox and become a regular plow hand on his father’s farm, and when the evening shadows had fallen across his new made furrows, he walked proudly home to receive the cheering reward of being patted on the head by his invalid mother and called her little man.  What time is was not necessary for him to stay at home and plow, hoe, pull fodder and other farm work he attended the short term public schools in the country at that time.  When sixteen he connected himself with the Baptist Church and has ever since lived a consistent, Christian life.
  At an early age he craved an education, putting in his noon hours, nights and rainy days at his books.  At nineteen he was called back to teach the school which he had attended, and each year thereafter, until twenty-five, he taught the then four months term of school, working the other eight months on the farm.  During this time he took up the study of law, afterward reading several months in Hon. C.L. Wilson’s law office in Marianna.  He was then admitted to the bar and began the practice of his profession in this city in 1903.  Soon after locating here he became an enthusiastic member of the State Militia.  His honest dealings with his fellow soldiers won for him their confidence, and by a unanimous vote he was chosen Second Lieutenant, and efficient was he that promotions came rapidly, and within two years he had attained the rank of Colonel.
  In 1904 he was elected to the Florida Legislature and served during the session of 1905, adding greatly to his record for loyalty and faithfulness to the masses.  He fought with determination an effort to saddle a County Court on this County, though same might have been to his personal interest as a lawyer.  He succeeded in hanging to this bill the first referendum clause ever attached to a bill in this state, and thereby submitted it to a vote of the people of the County who backed him up by a vote of four to one.  He led the fight against and defeated a bill introduced by a member of the Legislature giving a lawyer a lien on all the property of his client the moment employed regardless of the amount the lawyer might decide to charge.  His attention was called to the fact this bill would be to his own interest as a young lawyer, but he replied that he was elected to look after the interest of the people and not his own.
  After serving in the Legislature, he ran for Congress and though defeated received a handsome majority in the four counties adjoining his won and got a very complimentary vote in other counties.
  He is a man of family, having been happily married in 1901 to Miss May Yarborough of this county, and their union has been blessed with two bright little girls.  
  Seven years ago he was appointed by Congressman Mays as the Private Secretary, and on account of his efficiency and knowledge of Congressional affairs, he was reappointed to this responsible position by Congressman Wilson when he succeeded Mr. Mays.  While in Washington he continued the study of law, and graduated with honors from one of the greatest law universities of the country.
  With seven years experience as Secretary to the Congressman from the Third District, together with the valuable information he must have gained of the workings of Congress, he is now in position to make an efficient Congressman, and if the people of the Third District learn to know him, they will vote for him as do the people of his own county.
  If Col. Stephens is elected, and we believe he will be, it will be another incentive to the thousands and thousands of poor boys through out the country to bestir themselves, secure an education and thus open the way to higher positions of either private or public life.” (Pd. Adv.)
M. M. Sullivan
Milligan, Florida
Means rising at six o’clock in the morning, living on a dollar a day if can earn two--minding your own business and not meddling with other people’s.  Luck means appointments you have never failed to keep--the trains you have never failed to catch. Luck means trusting in God and your own resources.
The man with a bank account and a check book in his pocket is considered lucky.  This kind of luck is within your reach.  Many of our best customers started with a small deposit. So can you.
Capital, Surplus and Undivided Profits over $50,000
DeFuniak Springs, Florida
  Has always been and is now, a value-giving store.
  It has always been a store that set the standard of value on hundreds of articles.
  Prices at other stores were judged by the prices prevailing at Finlayson’s store.
  This store has always advertised a saving of 10 cts. on the dollar on numbers of items carrying a “regular” price, and carried this advertisement out to the letter.
  This inducement to trade here still holds good.
  Items sold regularly at 50 cents and $1.00 elsewhere, you can buy at Finlayson’s Store for 45 and 90 cents.
  Ginghams, percales, cheviots, shirting and a great many other goods selling regularly for 10 cents a yard, you can by at Finlayson’s Store for 9 cents a yard.
  In addition to these inducements, you will find here valuable premiums which I give free after you purchase a certain amount.
  These premiums consist of clocks, mirrors, rugs, or anything else equally valuable which you may prefer out of our stock.
  Summer is here—the temperature reached the one hundred mark Tuesday.
  Mrs. John Crain is improving rapidly, the hospital authorities say she will be able to return home within a few days.
  Mrs. Lane is reported as being very sick.
  Purest drugs and toilet articles at Dixie Drug Store.
   Rev. D. F. Sutley filled his regular appointment here Saturday and Sunday.  A good congregation enjoyed every sermon.
  Joe Shofner and family attended services here Sunday.
  D. J. Renfoe went to Pensacola Sunday to see his son in law, Geo. Siegler, who is in a serious condition.
  Ice cold drinks served at Dixie Drug Store.
  The citizens of Holt are getting up a barbecue for the candidates.  The date has not as yet been set.
  The Civic League is still doing some commendable work in our little village.
  Everybody here wants Crestview to have the Court House.
  A big broad smile given at every purchase at Dixie Drug Store.  Come in and look whether you purchase or not.
  James Senterfitt is very sick from becoming over heated.

People Who Come and Go
Some That You Know and
Some That You Don’t Know.

  Allen Jones was a business visitor at Milligan Tuesday.
  C. B. Ferdon and R. J. Diamond were callers at Milligan Tuesday.
  See L. E. Bowers for your paint, brick and lime.
  S. J. Ausley of Baker visited his brother, J. R. Ausley, Tuesday.
  Commissioners Davis and Edge were in town Tuesday.

See Fisher and Hamilton of Milton, for your windows, doors, blinds.

  It was a “small package” indeed by which the Milligan ball team carried home the game.

  Rev. J. R. Ausley filled his regular appointment at Pine Chapel Tuesday.
  For the best of everything in hardware, see or write Fisher & Hamilton at Milton.

  Miss Jewell Mapoles of Milligan, spent Sunday here visiting friends and relatives.

  Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Nelson and Misses Anna Nelson and Opal Bush and R. D. Bush motored to Florala Sunday afternoon.

  Rev. Henby and wife of Pensacola spent the latter part of the week here.  While here Rev. Hemby preached at the Methodist Church.

  FOR SALE—80 acres of good farm land 2-1/2 miles East of Crestview.  Price 830.00.  Crestview Land Company.

  At the City Council Meeting last Thursday night Mr. Douglass was chosen marshal to succed Mr. Mathis.  Mr. Mathis having resigned.

  WANTED—To buy all kinds and sizes of hogs. Will pay 3-1/2 and 4 cents per pound gross for them.  A. R. Morris, Baker, Florida.

  Messrs. John and Obie Adams have moved their families from DeFuniak and have engaged rooms at the Crescent Hotel.  We welcome them to our city.

  Henry King of DeFuniak, was in our office a short while Monday morning.  He was en route to Camp Walton where he has recently opened up a general merchandise business.

  FOR SALE—40 acres of new Okaloosa soil with a good water well and two sets of rocks.  All in good condition.  5-1/2 miles north of Crestview.  Address S. W. Locke, Crestview, or call and see property.

  We were informed through the County Journal last week that the Milligan base ball team was going to carry off last Saturday’s game in a small package, but from the way it turned out they must have forgotten their package!

  Among those attending the ball game here Saturday from Milligan were Misses Pearl Garrett, Alma Edge, Emily Humphries and Ola Garrett, Messrs. Fritzhugh Long, Eben Garrett, Ellis Moore, Leon Garrett and Prof. I. Ross ______.

  Rev. J. H. Lott, District Superintendent of the Gulf District M. & E. Church arrived Monday night from St. Andrews.  He reports that the churches of that community are doing fine work.  Bro. Lott will hold the quarterly conference for this pastoral charge at Garden City, Friday and Saturday.

  Rev. Sellers filled his regular appointment here Sunday.

  Pilla Sellers of DeFuniak, was a visitor here Sunday.

Fisher & Hamilton of Milton, sells the best plows.

  Supt. W. C. Pryor was a visitor here Saturday.

  Frank Brasher left last Thursday for Donaldsonville, Ga., where he goes to enter school.

  The ball game Saturday was decided success—in favor of Crestview.

  John Sapp of DeFuniak, spent Saturday and Sunday with home folks.

  Prof. Franklin of Baker, was a visitor in Crestview Saturday afternoon.

  D. F. Herring has just completed the job of adding an eighteen foot room on the nice residence of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Ferdon.

  “WANTED to buy any amount of young she cattle.”  Write me what you have to offer and your best cash price in first letter.  Address J. D. Anderson, Pensacola, Fla.

  Jas. L Clary was in attendance at the ball game Saturday.

  Chipley Henderson made a flying trip to Pensacola Saturday.

  J. D. Cobb was a visitor at Baker Friday.

  Sherman Cox of Robinson Point, was in town Sunday.

  Samuel Cox and family of Milton, spent Sunday in our city.

  Mr. George Wright of Wright, was transacting business in Crestview Wednesday.

  The ice cream supper given by the ladies for the benefit of the churches was well attended and enjoyed by all.

  Messrs. John Sapp, Pilla Sellars and Misses Pauline and Florence Driggers attended the sing at Milligan Sunday.

  See D. F. Herring for your carpenter work of all kinds.  Either day labor or contract work.  Satisfaction guaranteed.  Crestview Fla.  (Paid adv.)

  Messrs. Charles Ausley of this place, and Howard Gay of Milligan, took part in the debate at Baker Friday night.  The subject was resolved that the “Old Spanish Trail” should go the Southern route, and the judges decided it was a draw.

  Mr. E. A. Mooney of Garniers, was here Monday and handed in the announcement of Mr. D. J. Howell for Member of the School Board from District No. 3.  Mr. Mooney is a most pleasant entertainer and we are always glad to have him visit our office.  He’s a booster for Okaloosa county.

Card of Thanks
  Mrs. Mary Donaldson and family wish to thank the good people of Dorcas and vicinity who rendered all assistance possible during the recent illness and death of our beloved husband and father, W. H. H. Donaldson.  Praying that God will bless them for such kind deeds.
J. W. Donaldson
R. C. Donaldson
J. A. Donaldson


  W.A. Jernigan and family of Garden Cit, were pleasant callers at A.D. Ward’s Saturday afternoon.
  There was a delightful entertainment at M. A. Reeve’s Saturday night.  The house was beautifully decorated in pink and green.  All present had a delightful time.

  Several of the boys from Garden City took in the entertainment Saturday night.

  J.L. Pippin and wife and Miss Violet Infinger of Claroy, visited the Reeves House Saturday and Sunday.

  Dewey Booth, Grady Powell, Frank Evans and sister of Dorcas, enjoyed the entertainment Saturday night.

  J. E. Ward and son, George, visited R. Fowler and wife at Auburn Sunday.

  Isiah Matthews spent Saturday night and Sunday with his aunt.

  G. Pippins and Joe Everidge spent Saturday and Sunday at Portland.

  Will Bethea, D. Holford and J. C. Howell were pleasant callers at A. D. Ward’s Sunday afternoon.


  The Board of Directors of the Garniers Turpentine Co., had an important business meeting at Johnson’s still at the head of the Bayou last Saturday afternoon.  Among those present were Dr. E. P. Rose of Valdosta, Ga., R.M. Strickland of Howell, W. H. Spivey of Camp Walton, and other gentlemen, whose names we failed to learn were also present.

  W. R. Hartgrove, wife and son were Camp Walton visitors last Saturday.

  Miss Kate Crooks of Freeport, is the guest of her sister, Mrs. E.R. McKee of Camp Pinchot.

  Miss Julia Strickland of Point Washington is visiting her sister, Mrs. H. E. Rutan, here on the Bayou.

  Miss Eloise Gerry, of Madison, Wis., is stopping a while with W. N. Hartgrove and family.  Miss Gerry is connected with U.S.F.S. and we understand is here for the purpose of studying special features of the turpentine industry.

  George Walters of California, is stopping a while with P. L. Hand.

  Capt. W. H. Keeler visited at Five Mile and Camp Walton last Saturday.

  Mrs. M. A. Littlefield is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Lee Roberts of Howell at this writing.

  E. A. Mooney attended to business at Crestview and Milligan this week.
  L. W. Winkley left Saturday to visit relatives in Mobile, going to Pensacola on the steamer Capt. Fritz last Sunday.

  S. Gibson was a caller at Garniers last Tuesday, Mr. Gibson is formerly from Canada, but he with his family and some friends are seeking a permanent home in the Sunny South and they expect to interest others to come from Canada to locate, so far, Mr. Gibson appears most favorably impressed with climate and other conditions here.
Jefferson B. Browne
Candidate for Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida
Group Two
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E. P. Thagard
Of Marion County, Candidate for STATE COMPTROLLER
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