The    Okaloosa    News

Vol. 2.                                           Crestview, Okaloosa County, Florida, November 10, 1916                  No. 6
Kilcrease Elected Commissioner
Unofficial returns from all precincts in Okaloosa county show that George W. Kilcrease of near Galliver, has defeated R.A. Rozier of Milligan, for County

Commissioner of District Four by a small majority.

Miss Driggers Entertains.
  Miss Pauline May Driggers celebrated her Eighteenth Birthday with a Birthday Party Saturday evening.  The crowd gathered at the Driggers home at 8:00 P.M. and many games of various kinds were played until about ten o’clock when all were served with delicious refreshments.  Among those present were Misses Carey Rice, Anna Nelson, Opal Bush, Alma Johnson, Thelma Webb, Alphia Ansley, Alice Frater, and Florence Driggers.  Mrs. Webb and Ferdon, J.D. and Dallas Cobb, Mills Jordan, Hildra McSwain, Lance Richbourgh, Charles Ansley, J.W. Vanlandingham, Clyde Webb, Walker Douglas, J.H. Richbourgh, and C.B. Ferdon.
  Many presents were received by the Hostess and all expressed themselves as having spent a most enjoyable evening, and all joined in wishing Miss Driggers many happy returns of the day.


  In an address at an informal affair, the editor of a big newspaper told how he lost a friend through an editorial comment he had made the day before.  He told about it simply to show how easy it is to lose friends, as he put it.  But the editor was never more mistaken in his life than when he made the statement, for the reason that you cannot lose a friend.  The fellow whose friendship the editor believed he had lost was never a friend; otherwise he would not have lost him.  Friends stick by you when you make mistakes; that’s why they are friends.--Polk County Record
Republican State Chairman Rowell Concedes Election of Wilson by Large Majority--With Good Lead in New Mexico at Midnight, Wilson’s Position Safe Even With Reverses.
   New York, Nov. 10, 12:30 a.m.
--Fifty hours after the polls closed in California, Republican Chairman Rowell conceded the state to President Wilson. Thus the thirteen votes needed to assure Wilson’s majority in the electoral college, dropped into his column, apparently ending the suspense of the election which was unparallel in recent American political history.
   Republican National Chairman Wilcox said he had no comment to make.
   With 47 districts missing Wilson’s plurality in California is 3,018.  Barring wholly unexpected turn over the incomplete states leaning toward Wilson, the president has 269 electoral votes without New Mexico’s three.
   In New Mexico at midnight the president is leading by more than 2,600, and it is not thought that Hughes could overcome this lead.
   Conceding West Virginia, New Hampshire,  and Minnesota to Hughes, (and he is in lead in all three) only gives him 239 votes, seven less than a majority.  With 270 in sight Wilson has six to spare for possible New Mexican reversal or split in the California electors. 


   New York, Nov. 10, 1 a.m.--In an official statement to the press the democratic national committee claimed 272 votes for Wilson and a popular majority of from 200,000 to 300,000.
   “To say there will be any contest,” declared the statement, “is, an insult to the intelligence of the American people.”
   It probably still will be another day before the full reports are known from any of the four states in the doubtful column, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Hampshire, and West Virginia and certainly not until there is an official count in New Hampshire and possibly Minnesota.
   As Hughes is still leading in Minnesota and West Virginia and has a chance in these states could in no wise effect the result there may be no demand for extraordinary haste to bring about the recount demanded.
   Virtually all the states where the result is close are carried in the Hughes column and for that reason the democrats profess no apprehensive that any over turning could come from recount.
E. Porter Webb,
Physician and Surgeon.
Office in Laurel Hill Pharmacy.  All calls answered promptly--day or night, rain or shine.
Female Diseases Given  Special Attention.
Phone 7.          Laurel Hill, Florida.
DeFuniak Man Carries Okaloosa County by Something Over 200 and Will Carry State by at Least 12,000 Votes.
  Jacksonville, Nov. 9.--S.J. Catts up to noon today was leading W.V. Knott by a plurality of 9,300 votes, with the probability that this will be increased to 12,000 when all returns are accounted for.  The election of the West Florida man is conceded by at least ten thousand.
  Catts has carried, on the face of the unofficial returns, forty-two of the fifty-two counties of the state, and in some of them he received two and three votes to one for Knott.  Knott carried ten counties, among them, Santa Rosa, Escambia and Duval.
  Thirty-five counties are incomplete.  All of these are in the interior and to judge from the early returns from them are “Catts” strongholds and should materially increase the already tremendous lead of the DeFuniak man.
  The Third Congressional District went heavily for Catts, Knott carrying only four of the counties, Escambia, Leon, Gadsden and Santa Rosa, while all others went two to one for Catts.
  Catts has issued a statement thanking the people of Florida for his electing.
   I appreciate the fact that Florida is the “Playground of the Americas,” and I will be happy and content to continue its up building.  I am a broad-minded man, and not a fanatic, as has been so often charged in this heated campaign, and will work to up build, and not tear down, what is destined to be the greatest State in the Union.
   You can say for me that I will appoint every Democratic nominee, whether he be for judicial or administrative office, without exception, and will work for harmony and peace.  They will have my cooperation, and I shall expect their cooperation in return.
   I am very sorry that the State Democratic Executive Committee did not consider me a good Democrat, but if I am permitted I will show it--that I am just as loyal a Democrat as ever lived. In fact, I have always insisted that this was a family row. I have frowned upon, and would not tolerate, a negro vote coming in to settle a Democratic fuss.
   You have honored me by your vote, and whether you be Catholic or Protestant, gambler or saint, rich or poor, you will receive fair and considerate treatment at my hand. 
   I have no enemies to punish, and the people will find that my policy will be a broad, liberal and just one.  It would be ridiculous for anyone to believe that I would even attempt to force religious views upon the body politic.  I would rather have the people of the state to know at the beginning that my policy will be broad, philanthropic and for the best interest of all concerned, and that no sumptuary or blue laws of New England will ever find a place in my administration.
   People of Florida, now that the Governorship has been decided by you, it is best that we forget all differences and let the cordial spirit of cooperation permeate our great State.  I shall meet all  in the spirit of fairness and as I shall meet you on that basis I shall expect to have the same treatment.
                                 Sidney J. Catts.
Praetorians Organized.
   Comrade A.L. Hanks of Pensacola, District Organizer of The Modern Order of Praetorians Organized Crestview Council No. 1102 Crestview, Fla., Friday night, Nov. 23.  (Note--the 23 must be a mistake as this is the paper for Nov. 10th.  Maybe it was meant to read the 2nd or 3rd of  November?)  Great was the enthusiasm as all the members were present. 
    The following Officers were elected.
Sublime Augustus, Chas. C. Ansley; Seignior Tribune, Mrs. E.R. Marshburn; Junior Tribune, W.H. Parrish; Worthy Recorder, W.G. Wallace; Soothsayer, Joseph E. Steele; Lygian, Lawrence E. McLaughlin; Attorney, J.W. Vanlandingham; Second Centurion, R.D. Bush; Sentinel, Mrs. Minnie Bowers; Musician, Mrs. Minnie Ranaish; Praetorian Queen, Miss Thelma Webb.
   It was agreed that this Council would meet Friday, Dec. 1st at 7:30 P.M.  A large number of new members are expected to take the degree work in the next meeting.
John A. Stokes, Charlie Stewart, and W.L. Smith of Oak Grove, and Wm. Holland of near Baker, were here Sunday.  Needless to say that they are subscribers to The News--the best paper published in Okaloosa County.
  I want to thank each and every one of you who so loyally supported me for your Commissioner from District 5.
  Remember that I am your servant, and will always do as a majority of you want me to do, and I will be glad to hear from or discuss anything with you for the best interest of the county.
  Thanking you again for your vote and support, I beg to remain,
                                                Very Respectfully,
                                                B.P. Edge
W.V. Knott is dead in politics for the balance of his life.
Okaloosa has more advantages and inducements to offer farmers than any other county in Florida.
The surprise in the County’s election Tuesday is just an opener as to what it will be in the Court House election.
Hurrah, the people of Florida have set down on the Courts and State Executive Committee endorsing and appointing their Governor.
Col. W.W. Flournay of DeFuniak Springs, can get a seat on the Supreme Court bench of this State two years from now simply by the asking; and he would make Florida one of the best judges she ever had.
Since Tuesday’s election it is said that property valuations in Okaloosa County have increased 10 per cent, if this be so, the value of the election to this county is something better than twenty-three thousand dollars.
If Czar Rainey’s assertion before the election should be true that every man who voted for Hon. Sidney J. Catts would be disfranchised from voting in the 1918 primary, there will not be very many primary votes cast.  What fools some mortals be.
Tuesday’s election was the greatest victory ever won by the common people of Florida.  They placed their stamp of stern disapproval on having the courts and pundits say who they should elect for the chief executive of the State.  Hurrah for the people of Florida.
While some of the boys had the horse laugh on us Tuesday night we have had it on them ever since, and it now appears we will have it on them for at least four more years.  But that is all right, it has all been forgotten, and each of us have as good a Governor as the other.
The defeat of R.A. Rozier for County Commissioner in last Tuesday’s election shows that the people of Okaloosa are opposed to being bossed and dictated to by men whom they have elected as their servants, and so, soon as time will permit they, the people will tell others the same thing.  Watch our prediction.
A squib editorial in the Marianna Times Courier last week intimated that Amos Lewis of Jackson County, who won much notoriety in his pernicious fight against Hon. Sidney J. Catts, would probably be a candidate for Congress two years from now.  Tort him out Oscar, the people of the Third Congressional District want to do him just like they have done Knott.
Immediately after the June Primary it was said that certain men were dead politically, which prediction may or may not be true, but the one good consolation is the people of Okaloosa County are, as a rule, above the average in intelligence, and they need hire no one to do their thinking or voting for them, and when their servants or officers have failed to do their duty, they know when to put them out, and they do it.
Okaloosa County Sunday School Convention
(The following was intended for last week’s issue but was left out on account of other matter.)
   It was my privilege and delight to attend the quarterly Convention of the Okaloosa County Sunday School Association held at Crestview Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28th & 29th.  This Association has been organized some eight months.  In that time great progress has been made in the Sunday School work of the County.  A splendid corps of officers was selected who have shown great interest and ability in laboring to elevate organization, cooperation and efficiency.  It is certainly a great pleasure to meet with such earnest Christian workers.  The program which had been carefully prepared was interesting and the speakers mostly present.  Perhaps about half the schools in the county were represented and all manifested unusual interest in the discussions.  One subject, “The Teacher” and the various phases of his  work was most pleasantly and intelligently discussed by Mr. E.V. Smith of Holt.  I am calling attention to this subject particularly on account of the importance of Officers and Teachers in attending the County Convention and getting information on matters of such vital importance to the work--”Catching the inspiration.”  Other topics of interest were discussed by the writer and others.
   The large audience present Sunday was encouraging and inspiring.  The next meeting will be held at Holt on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 & 29, 1917.  This action was taken by the body in view of the fact that the next meeting coming on 5th Sunday in December, only gives two months between also the State S.S. Convention, the meeting will be held at DeFuniak Springs, Nov. 20-23 and a great number will attend that meeting.  Especial attention is called this State Convention.  A splendid program is being mailed out over the State and such noted Sunday School experts as Mr. Alexander of Chicago, International Supt. of Seconday? Dept., Leon C. Palmer, Gen. Seely of Alabama and others will help Florida talent to make  the gathering most interesting and inspiring and instructive to all who may be able to attend.  Special rates have been secured over the roads and the good people of DeFuniak Springs are making great preparations to entertain all who attend most royally.  Rev. J.E. Each, Rev. D.F. Sutley, Mr. Spivey, Mr. D.C. Williams, Mr. Ed Smith, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. White, W.P. Miller, Mr. Bowers and Eula Miller were named as delegates at large from the County to the Convention.  A most cordial invitation is extended to all.
   I shall attend County meetings in Santa Rosa, Bay, Washington, and Walton before the State Convention.  Walton County is not yet organized, but will be on 8th inst.
   On behalf of those who attended Okaloosa County Convention, I want to extend to the good people of Crest- view our sincere thanks for their generous hospitality.  The dinner spread on the grounds Sunday was sumptuous and good enough for a King.  All enjoyed it to the fullest extent.
   To my host and hostess, Mayor and Mrs. W.R. White I extend my heartiest gratitude.  We are all adopted Floridians from the State of Tennessee, were neighbors there and their generous friendship is highly appreciated.
            W.A.J. Moore,
             Field Secty.

Governor-Elect Wires President

Catts Send Congratulatory Telegram to President Wilson.
   Governor-elect Sidney J. Catts this morning sent a telegram of congratulations to President Wilson, congrat- ulating him on his re-election. Mr. Catts declared himself delighted with the indicated success of the Democratic party in the national election, and asserts that despite what his political opponents may have claimed, he is and has always been a Democrat and will continue to be such.
   The text of Governor-elect Catts’ telegram to President Wilson followes:
Hon. Woodrow Wilson
Washington, D.C.:
   Having just been honored by the citizens of Florida as their next chief executive of the State, I want to send you my best wishes upon your re-election, and believe as we are working in a common cause, for the best interest of our people, we will keep in close sympathetic touch for the next four years.
(Signed)                       Sidney J. Catts,
The Deutschland Returns
   No matter what your sympathies may be in the European war, no man can but admire the performance of Capt. Koeing and the German merchant submarine Deutschland.
   Twice he has crossed the Atlantic ocean to the United States with valuable cargoes of dye-stuff in defiance of  the combined fleets of the allied powers who were watching for him.  It is said the cargo is worth $10,000,000.
Well Known Okaloosa Operators Are Bound Over On Peonage Charge, After Hearing Before U.S. Commissioner.
   W.F. Holloman and J.H. Williams, turpentine operators at Metz, in Okaloosa County, were given a hearing this morning by U.S. Commissioner Sullivan, at this office in the Thiesen Building, upon the charge of holding in a condition of peonage and a conspiracy to commit peonage in connection with a colored woman named Gertha Haids.  At the conclusion of the evidence offered by the government, the accused men failed to take the stand as witnesses in their own behalf and Commissioner Sullivan promptly bound them over to the grand jury at the next term of the U.S. District Court at this place, which convenes in this city on Thursday, Nov. 9th.

Woman Testifies

   Gertha Haids, alleged to have been held in a condition of peonage, testified in substance that she went to Holloman’s turpentine still at Metz Company with a man named Cleveland Holt, where the two lived in illicit relations, as well as other members of her race, which is alleged to be the practice at Holloman’s Still with his knowledge and encouragement.  That Holt became indebted to Holloman, so the latter claimed, and when Gertha wanted to leave she was told that she could not leave until she paid one-third of Holt’s alleged indebtedness, and that she was forced to agree to comply with this suggestion.  That, shortly afterwards she received transportation from her mother in Moultrie, Ga., and started to her Georgia home; that, when she was about to board a train at Galliver, Williams took hold of her and falsely claimed that he had a warrant for her arrest.  It appears that Williams is an employee of Holloman.  Gertha Haids claims that Williams forced her to accompany him on the west bound train as far as Harold, but that Mr. Holloman boarded the train at Holt and joined the party; that she was taken from the train at Holt by Williams and Holloman and forcibly returned to Holloman’s Still at Metz, and on the way Holloman unmercifully beat her with a stick; that, she was forced by Holloman and Williams to remain a the still at Metz from Oct. 3rd, to Nov. 3rd, when she was taken from the place by Deputy United States Marshal C.P. McMillian, under directions of Assistant District Attorney Phillip D.


To Investigate Conditions.
   The government expects to make a full and complete investigation into the operations in and around the Holloman Still, and all witnesses who know of abuses and oppression there will be summoned before the grand jury.  The District Attorney’s office claims to have a list of persons who claim to have been beaten by Holloman and his employees, kept in a condition of peonage and in slavery, and of persons arrested in the Petty Courts at the instance of Holloman upon trumped up charges when they attempted to leave his place against his will.  It is claimed by the government, will show that Holloman detained laborers at his place against their will, worked them until after midnight, refused to pay money earned, by force and intimidation and by beating them and arresting them on trumped up charges. 
   District Attorney, Jno. L. Neeley, and his assistant, Phillip D. Beall, are at work on this case.
Local and Personal
  Mrs. C.B. Ferdon was a business visitor to Pensacola the first of the week.
The Woman’s Missionary Meeting will meet Tuesday afternoon at the home of Mrs. E.R. Marsburn.
Mrs. W.P. Johnson came from Milton last night to spend awhile with her daughter, Mrs. W.H. Mapoles.
I.S. Jones and his son, Allen, George Cain nd R.J. Diamond attended the Catts political rally in DeFuniak Monday night.
Hon. John L. Moore, State Senator from Walton County, and Ralph Campbell, Esq., of DeFuniak, passed through here Monday.
The two nice new bungalows just erected for Mr. C.B. Ferdon by Contractor D.F. Herring, makes that section of the city show up mighty fine.
J.W. Vanlandingham, the efficient saleman in the Brett-Rucker Furniture and Hardware Store, is attending United States Court in Pensacola this week.
Mr. L.C. Vaughn has moved his family here from Florala, and they are now domiciled in their nice new home on the South side.  We welcome these good people into our midst.

Rev. Brown of Freeport, came up from Niceville, on the daily car Monday evening, on his way back to Freeport, where he filled his regular appointment at that place.  While here he stated that Niceville was soon to erect a new Methodist Church, hurrah! For the smart and industrious people of that place.

Mr. Johnnie Sullivan, of DeFuniak Springs, who has been for some time in Cleveland, Ohio, and other points in that State, where he has been employed by Mr. Geo. Standen, of that place, but who resides during the winter months at his home in DeFuniak Springs, motored back home last week, and then came down to Crestview, and also to Laurel Hill, to visit relatives and friends.
    Church at New Traveler’s Rest was well attended Sunday all present report a nice time.
Noma and Snowy Steele, spent a short while with Bertha and Carlie Steele, Sunday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. C.R. McIntosh are visiting the latter’s parents Mr. J.J. Moore a few days.
Mrs. J.S. Moore visited her mother Wednesday.
J.J. Moore made a business trip to Laurel Hill Saturday afternoon.
E.R. McIntosh made a business trip to town Saturday.
J.D. Steele made a flying trip to town Saturday afternoon.
Uncle Daniel Stewart is no better at this writing, but I am sure everybody will be delighted to hear that he is improving.
Mrs. Caroline Johnson died last Thursday and was laid to rest in the Ebenezer Cemetery Friday afternoon.  She leaves a host of friends and dear ones to mourn her death.
Cathon Steel was the guest of Birdie Moore, a short while Friday afternoon.
Master Mallory Steele was the guest of Master James and Robert Moore, Sunday.
Little Nancy Moore called on Little Lois Moore Sunday morning.
J.J. Moore’s children have been absent from school a few days, but are all anxious to return soon.
Mrs. Cutts was the guest of her granddaughter, Mrs. W.J. Davis Friday.
Sallie Moore called on Lizzie Steele Saturday afternoon.
Well if this escapes Mr. Mapoles waste basket we will come again with all good wishes to the Okaloosa News and it’s many readers.
  The Election past over here very quiet.
Mrs. Nie and children of South Carolina, arrived here Friday and are visiting her brother, Mr. L.L. Shaw.
Mr. W.N. Hartgove of Garniers made a speech at the Shaw & Sessions Store Saturday night.
Rev. Brown filled his regular appointment here Saturday and Sunday which made his two years as our pastor.  He has done good work here and will be glad if we have him next year.
Mr. E.V. Terry of Holt, spent Sunday here with friends.
Miss Lena White of White Pine, Tenn., is visiting her niece here, Mrs. Geo. Allen.
Mr. and Mrs. White motored here Sunday and spent the day with Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Allen.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred McGriff made a business trip to Mariana this week.
  Syrup making is now in full swing and “new syrup” is staple article of diet.  Farmers are anxious to get their cane made up before a full grown freeze comes.
Will McCallum was a visitor to Crestview Tuesday.
Malcom Griffith and family visited the formers parents in Alabama last Saturday and Sunday.
Alex McCallum has been spending a few days with relatives in Alabama.
Born--To Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Miller, a boy, on Monday morning.  Dr. Marshburn made the presentation speech and mother and babe are doing well.  It is also thought that the father will recover.
Our school reopens  this Monday morning.  We are glad to welcome the Principal, W.D. Diamond back to our community.
Sunday was American-Syrian Relief Day here and over $10.00 was raised a the morning church service for that purpose.
Mt. Olive
  Cane grinding is the order of the day.
Minnie and Nora Ward attended church at Pleasant Hill Sunday, they were accompanied by D.S. Arnett.
G.R. Pippins, and G.J. Ward were callers at Dorcas Sunday.
Anzel Mathews and his Step-Mother, Mrs. Bill Mathews, was callers at A.J. Bolton’s Sunday.
Rev. J.L. Mathews and wife and baby attended Church at Culver Saturday and Sunday.
Mrs. J.E. Ward called on Mrs. Mary Ward Sunday afternoon.
Frank Evridge visited home folks Saturday and Sunday.
The telephone working was put off on the account of the Dorcas people failing to come to help.
Had the First Place.
   A prominent lawyer tells this story:
   “I remember 30 years ago there were about 15 or 18 of us--all lawyers--seated about a fireplace at a hotel.  A bedraggled stranger, wet to the bide, came in tired to get accommodations, and was told there was not a room left.  The nearest other place was quite a distance away.  Shivering, the stranger looked at the fire, but we formed such a solid line about it that he turned regretfully aside.  Then one of the lawyers in a spirit of frivolity turned to him and said:
   “My friend, are you a traveler.”  “I am sir.  I have been all over the world.”
   “You don’t say!  Been in Germany, Egypt, Japan, Africa, and Asia?”
   “All of them, been everywhere.”
   “Ever been in hell?”
   “Oh, yes, been there twice in my life.”
   “How did you find things there?”
   “Oh, much the same as here--lawyers all next to the fire.”
--West C. Union.
Lost.  Somewhere between Deerland and Crestview the shoe for the left foot of a seven year old girl.  Finder return same to L.E. Bower’s store and receive reasonable reward.
Paco Hart.
Fourth Class Postmaster Examination, Saturday, November 25, 1916.
Examination To Be Held At 10:30 A.M.
    The United States Civil Service Commission announces that on the date named above an examination will be held at Milligan, Florida, as a result of which it is expected to make a certification to fill a contemplated vacancy in the position of fourth class postmaster at Niceville and other vacancies as they may occur at that office, unless it shall be decided in the interest of the service to fill the vacancy by reinstatement.  The compensation of the postmaster at this office was $264 for the last fiscal year.
   Age limit, 21 years and over on the date of the examination, with the exception that in a State where women are declared by statute to be of full age for all purposes at 18 years, women 18 years of age on the date of the examination will be admitted.
    Applicants must reside within the territory supplied by the post office for which the examination is announced.
    The examination is open to all citizens of the United States who can comply with the requirements.
    Application forms and full information concerning the requirements of the examination can be secured from the postmaster at Niceville or from the U.S. Civil Service Commission, Washington, D.C.
    Applications should be properly executed and filed with the Commission at Washington 7 days before the date of the examination, otherwise it may be impracticable to examine the applicants.
    U.S. Civil Service Commission
To the Farmers of Okaloosa County
   If you wish to borrow money at a low rate of interest on a loan, if you will meet me at Crestview at one o’clock Second Saturday in November, it is my purpose that day to organize a farm loan association. I have sent to Washington today for several copies of the Rural Credit law and for Bulletins, explaining the advantages of the Rural Credit Law.
   Tell your neighbor farmer about it, and let’s have a good turn out on that day and I will tell you some other advantages that might be a help to the farmers through the association.
L.P. Gordon
Laurel Hill, Fla.

The News has made and won a good fight for the people of Okaloosa County, and now we are going to ask the people to make a fight for us in seeing that the paper’s circulation in increased another thousand in paid subscribers between this and the first day of January 1917.  Will you do it?  If so send us a dollar yourself and have your neighbors to do likewise.
   This is to notify all parties who are due to pay an occupation or license tax for doing business in Okaloosa County, that unless said tax is paid on or before the 15th day of this month, (November) that I will be forced to arrest and carry them before the County Judge to show cause if any they have, for not paying such license. 
B.H. Sutton, Sheriff Okaloosa County.

  Under and by penalty of the law you are warned not to trespass on any of my land either by cutting lightwood, oak wood, or in any other way whatsoever.
C.B. Ferdon