The Okaloosa News
Vol. 2. Crestview, Okaloosa County, Florida, December 5, 1916 No. 11
A Man For The Good Of CountyB.P. Edge, Member of Board of Commissioners, Working for Upbuild of
B.P. Edge, commissioner from the southeast section of Okaloosa county, was in Crestview Tuesday on his way to Milligan to meet with the board of county commissioners in the regular monthly session.
Mr. Edge is a man of broad, liberal views and honest convictions on public questions and uses his vote and influence as a member of the county board for the best interests of the entire people of the county, regardless of any personal feeling which he may have against any particular individual living in any part thereof.
Niceville is Mr. Edge’s home community, a section of the county which he is proud to hail from, as a more law-abiding, industrious people cannot be found in the State of
The Niceville section promises to rival
“The only difficulty with this portion of
The Finishing Touches
Hotel Okaloosa is receiving the finishing touches of the carpenters and painters this week, and the whole hotel has an inviting appearance. The furnishings are expected to arrive at any time now, which will be of the best and latest design. It has not yet been announced who will be the manager of the Okaloosa, but Mr. Bowers is determined to have no one in charge that is not competent in the art of hotel management. The Okaloosa is going to be made a favorite resort for travelers to stop and enjoy life while in this section of
You Naughty, Bad Boys
“It has been reported to me that certain young men and boys, the names of whom I withhold for the present, assembled at the L & N depot last Sunday night and misbehaved so badly that ladies and others awaiting the train had to leave the depot in disgust and go to Crestview to catch the train.”
“These miscreants may not know that there is a law to punish such conduct, but if they will take the pains to read Sec. 3570 of the General Statutes of Florida they will see that loud, wanton and lascivious persons in speech or behavior, common railers and brawlers, are subject to be punished by fine of $250, or by imprisonment for six months, and the Sheriff is authorized to arrest such parties without warrant.”
“I certainly would regret to have a bunch of our town boys brought before me on such a serious charge, and if it does happen it will not be my fault, nor will I be responsible for the result. I hereby warn all parties disposed to act in such a manner that such conduct will only not be tolerated, but the names of the guilty parties will be made public.”
“Take due notice and govern yourself accordingly.”
It is to be regretted that the “beautiful city” of Milligan should be humiliated and harassed by a bunch of young fellows whose “loud, wanton and lascivious behavior” caused ladies and others to leave the depot and come to Crestview to catch the train, where such conduct on the part of our young men and boys is never indulged in, and at all times under all conditions the most profound respect is accorded the ladies.
Owing to the fact that Milligan is one of those “beautiful” unincorporated cities it is the duty of the county judge to take cognizance of such infractions of the state statutes, and from the tone of his warning it is to be presumed that if the boys are ever brought before his honor for trial that he will administer a dose that will have a salutary effect upon the future conduct of Milligan’s young men and boys.
L.C. Vaughn has begun the erection of a building on
Amazed At Progress
J.A. Hussey, one of Ponce DeLeon’s best and most progressive citizens, was in Crestview Monday. Mr. Hussey is not a citizen of Okaloosa but has many personal friends throughout the county, and naturally feels and interest in its development and prosperity. He is thinking seriously of becoming a citizen of Crestview, believing that it is destined to become the largest and best town in this section of our state. He was amazed at the rapid growth of Crestview within the past six months and says the town is attracting much attention.
Crestview is on the map as a good town. Help to keep it there.
Road Accepted By The Board
Highway Between Baker and Crestview Becomes
The board of county commissioners met in regular monthly session on Tuesday and transacted much important business, among which was the acceptance of bonds of county officers, also the designation of the bank of Laurel Hill as a depository for the general, fine and forfeiture, and outstanding indebtedness fund, and the bank of the Baker as a depository for the road and special bridge fund, said depositories furnishing sufficient surety bonds to the state comptroller before receiving such deposits from the county.
The road between Baker and Crestview, which was constructed with private donations and work from citizens of the two towns and people in the country through which the road passes was accepted by the board as one of the county’s established highways with the understanding that the road is not to receive any assistance from the 1916-17 road and bridge fund and its upkeep will have to be maintained by public spirited citizens. The road will used as one of the lateral routes of the Spanish Trail and where hard surfaced will be a favorite highway for farmers as well as auto tourists to travel over, as it traverses a country dotted with splendid farms and beautiful forests.
The board was in a complaisant mood, listening attentively to complaints and suggestions from those having business before the body. All members of the board were present--Messrs. Edge,
The people throughout Okaloosa county feel thankful to the commissioners for their kind consideration of the public welfare, and wish for each member separately and collectively a happy Christmas and prosperous new year.
A man by the name of Craig received the merciful sentence of 75 days in the county jail from Judge Mapoles for the familiar offense of selling blind Uger whiskey. Craig was given a jury trial, but being dissatisfied with the light sentence and good judgment of the jury appealed the case to the circuit court.
Hon. W.H. Mapoles, editor of the Okaloosa News, and one of the most astute as well as successful politicians in
Five thousand population for Crestview by the year 1920.
Thinks Well Of Crestview
T.C. Kenington of
Believes In System
C.B. Ferdon is one those men who believes in “system” for everything which he does or is in any way connected with. Around his turpentine still, situated about one and half miles from Crestview, neatness and cleanliness is the one feature of the business that most attracts the visitor’s attention. At this place everything moves along with military precision, no waste of time or material is tolerated, and every man connected with the working of turpentine and rosin performs his duty with an accuracy. It is a pleasure to visit Ferdon’s still.
Christmas Week Program
The churches and schools of Crestview will give a community program and tree on Saturday evening, December 23. The place for the entertainment has not been definitely decided upon, but is presumed that one of the churches will be selected. The program will be rendered by the school children mainly, consisting of a Mother Goose set by the primary grades, Dickens’ Christmas Carol by the grammar-grades. Songs and recitations will fill in the intervals between scenes, and close with “A Pageant of the Nativity” by the adult Bible classes. Then Santa Claus will arrive and distribute gifts from his sleigh and the tree. All are cordially invited to attend and assist in making the occasion a joyful success.
Many New Signs
A traveling sign painter has been busy in Crestview this week placing signs on show windows and buildings. He is “on to his job” as a painter, which is attested by the neat work with his trade mark. The Crestview Hardware Co., the Okaloosa Hotel and several smaller signs were placed by the painter.
Mayo Ferdon, one of the brightest and most promising young boys of Okaloosa county, and who is attending college in DeFuniak at the present time, visited his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Ferdon, at their country home near Crestview last Sunday. Mayo is making splendid progress in his college work, but takes an interest in the current
events of the world, keeping posted through the daily papers on the progress of the war in Europe, the proceedings of congress in
Help your town and the town will help you.
On Her Own Terms But the Allied Countries Are Not Ready To Submit To the Kaiser’s Dictation
Germany has proposed peace, but with the tacit understanding that she is to have conceded to her all of the territory gained by conquest and the remaining portion of Europe to be forever under the dictatorship of the German government, which the Allies will never agree to, and means a continuation of the struggle to the “last ditch.” Read
The restoration of
The restoration of occupied portions of northern
Domination of Mesopotamia by
To award to
The attitude of the Balkan nations of Germany allies, it is expected will be set forth in the notes which have been dispatched from Sofia and Constantinople and nothing of them is known at the Balkan legislations here, except that Bulgaria probably will expect to get Macedonia and Dobradja, which formerly belonged to her, making the Danube the boundary between Bulgaria and Romania and shutting the latter from the Black Sea.
The actual procedure in conveying
The state department then will forward it to the American ambassador resident in the country to be addressed and he in turn presents it to the government acting in the interest of
One immediate effect of peace developments upon the
The new submarine issue with
“After God had finished the rattlesnake, the toad and the vampire He had some substance left with which He made a knocker. Judas Iscariot was a gentleman compared to a knocker, for after betraying his Master he had enough character to hang himself, and a knocker has not.--Exchange.
Postage stamps are the only articles of necessity that have not advanced with soaring prices.
Four at $12 per barrel is not, as high as when selling for $6, provided you have the purchasing difference. We have heard of no family in this section being deprived of their time-honored Sunday biscuit.
It is to be hoped the highbrows who will constitute the next legislature of
General Blacksmithing and Horse Shoeing
Auto Repairing a Specialty. All kind of Tinkering--repairing guns, pistols, etc.
All Work Guaranteed
Prices Reasonable Your Patronage Solicited
Located In the Douglas old livery stable building north of the depot.
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Gillis are visiting the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Edge, this week.
J. A. Jordan is visiting at Baker for a few days.
Johnnie Sapp and Lance Richbourg and Misses Florence Driggers and Alphis Ansley visited Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Sapp Sunday.
Mrs. Jennie Whitehead is visiting her brother, Mr. George Edge.
Hayse Jones was a pleasant visitor to George Edge’s Saturday night and Sunday.
Mrs. Laura Thomas and daughters, Lily and Cora, visited C.S. Jones Sunday.
Mr. A.P. Edge and Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Raley visited Mrs. Fannie Edge Sunday.
Mrs. W.B. Sapp visited her parents Mr. And Mrs. G.W. Edge Sunday.
The Mizell Family visited Geo.
The patrons of the school noticed “The word to the knocker,“ in the last issue of the News, and say they will be ready with their hammers to knock the next, unfair “secret” that comes up and they say they are glad to be knockers and not secret workers.
Leon Helms of Harold, was visitor here Sunday.
The attention of our readers is directed to the new advertisements of H.E. King and W.H. Parish appearing elsewhere in this issue. They are both good men and are deserving of a share of your trade and patronage.
T.J. Spears of
W. E. Fuller, known to most every man, woman and child in the eastern half of the county, was here yesterday and paid our office a visit. He says that he is agreeably surprised at the rapid growth which Crestview is making.
For Sale 600 acres of good farming land 6 miles north of Crestview, with sufficient turpentine timber to cut one and a half million feet of lumber, together with a saw mill capacitated to cut 13 thousand feet. Will sell either or both. Address W.H. Mapoles,
Send us your job printing, we do it right at the right kind of prices. (Adv.)
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The regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners met here today with all members present.
Minutes of previous meeting read and approved.
Reports of all county officers were filed, examined and approved.
Quite a number of bills were examined, approved and ordered paid.
Bonds of all county officers were examined and approved.
The Banks of Laurel Hill and Baker were designated as depositories for all the county’s funds for the year 1917, said banks to furnish surety bonds to the Comptroller of State as requested by before receiving each deposit.
Ordered that all parties having maps of subdivisions or parcels of land or town lots living in Okaloosa county be requested to file a copy of same with Clerk of Circuit Court.
Ordered that in future no bills be paid that have not been filed with the Clerk on or before the first Monday in the month, and that said bills be not considered until the next regular meeting of the board.
Report of viewing committee on Griffith Ferry Road received and accepted and ordered that road be made public, but not subject to any appropriations or taxes for the year 1916-17.
Ordered that the $13,000.00 bond issue for
Mr. Murrow, a representative from the Comptroller’s office met with the Board and advised that he was assisting the Tax Collector in arriving at the taxes that have been paid on the 1915 assessment roll and that in January the Comptroller would order a tax sale of all property that appeared unpaid, said that this was the only practical method for the Tax Collector to pursue in order to arrive at a settlement.
Elsewhere in this issue of The News will be found a notice from Tax Collector J. A. Richbourg, which was ordered published by the board of county commissioners and the comptroller of the state, requesting that all tax receipts, numbering from twelve to fourteen hundred, be returned to the tax collector. It was made necessary to publish this notice on account of the tax books being stolen, so that the tax collector can ascertain who has and who has not paid taxes for the years of 1915 and 1916. It will not cost you but two cents to send your tax receipts in that the collector may get a duplicate of same, and he will return same promptly, wherein if you don’t do it, it may cause your land to be advertised for its taxes. Of course your land would not sell, but still it would cost the
county a good deal financially, besides an immense lot of trouble and worry. So the best way to save all of this worry and trouble is to send in your receipts to the tax collector so that he may get a duplicate of same and know who have paid and who have not paid their taxes.
Strayed or Stolen--From my place at Baker, Fla., November 19, 1916, one dark bay pony mare, weight about 700 pounds; about 7 or 8 years old. For any information of whereabouts I will pay reasonable reward. Notify postmaster, Baker,
Local and Personal
Sheriff Sutton was on our streets _____ while Wednesday morning.
W.J. Rice, Esq. was a special visitor to Milligan Tuesday.
Hon. T.R. James of Laurel Hill, was on our streets a short while on Thursday.
Mr. and Mrs. Obie Adams and Mrs. W.H. Mapoles were visitors to DeFuniak Monday.
W.H. Kenington of Ponce DeLeon was a business visitor to Crestview last Monday.
D.E. Burke was here from DeFuniak Saturday and paid our office a pleasant and appreciative visit.
H.E. King, one of our town’s most progressive merchants was a business visitor to DeFuniak Wednesday.
A.L. Wallace who has been visiting his brother, W.G. Wallace of this place for the past month returning to his home in Rockingham, North Carolina last Sunday night.
Miss Elsie, the charming daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Rice of DeFuniak spent several days here the first of the week visiting her sisters, Mrs. R.R. Rocker and Miss _rie Rice.
Miss Fronia Harrison, of Florala, was the guest of Mrs. W.E. Webb on Wednesday. She returned the same evening to the sad disappointment of the certain young fellow of Crestview.
Mr. Edney, of DeFuniak, who is ____ interested in the new garage at this place for selling and distributing Ford cars, was here Wednesday and informed us that the company would open up for business next Monday morning.
Made under Sect. 24. Chapter 4322, Laws of Florida, 1895, showing the amount of taxes charged to the Tax Collector of Okaloosa County, Florida, to be collected for the year 1915 and the apportionment of same to the several funds for which such taxes have been collected up to Nov. 1st, A.D. 1916.
Total of all…………….………........$49,541.83
Total credits….…………………...... 38,934.81
Total uncollected……...…………… 10,607.04
Apportionment Of Funds
General Revenue Fund
Fine and Forfeiture
Balance uncollected………………….. 837.93
Balance uncollected………………….. 97.37
“Tater Roasting Frolic”
A party of young people, and a few of the old folks that wanted “time, oh time, in thy flight, make me a child just for tonight,” participated in a social gathering on the baseball diamond in Crestview Saturday night, but what highfalutin name to give the new order of amusement, we admit an inability to find the social vocabulary as appropriate appellation. But “that which is called a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” we shall designate the occasion as a “Tater Roasting Frolic.”
Bond fires were built on the diamond, and by 8 o’clock the crowd began to gather for the fun which had been anticipated by the originators and invited guests. Sweet potatoes, bacon, bread, etc., were brought in bountiful quantities by those who stood well with the grocery stores and markets. The old “has been’s” present amused themselves in the pleasant pastime of “roasting taters,” broiling meat and pathetically humming the old song “When You and I Were Young, Maggie,” while the young set indulged in various games of innocent amusement, such as “ring around roses, dropping the handkerchief, popping the whip, and chasing the bashful young fellows of the diamond.”
Everyone who attended the “Tater Roasting Frolic” speak in glowing terms of the occasion and are in favor of repeating the same as long as “taters” last and the weather permits. The ladies and gentlemen present were:
Misses Alma Johnson, Alphia Ansley, Anna Nelson, Opal Bush, Lola Powell, Gladys Powell, Ethel Neel, Thelma Webb,
Madams Graham, Webb, Nelson, Bush, Nelson, Rucker.
Messer Dan Cobb, Dallas Cobb, Charles Ausley, Leslie Wallace,
Jessie M. Jordan, engineer, at
Kills Twenty Birds (Article torn at this point.)
Several parties of Crestview are arranging to test the lands in this section with different kinds of grasses the coming spring. The Natal grass, which has proven to be a wonderful success in South Florida upon the sandy lands, will be given a thorough test, along with other varieties of hay making grasses. The
Mothers’ Teachers Club
Through the instrumentality of Miss Cary Rice much interest has been aroused for the betterment of the Crestview schools. Miss Rice has organized the mothers into a society to be known a “The Mothers Teachers Club,” the object of which is to induce parents to display more interest in the education of the youth. The following officers have been elected:
Mrs. E.R. Mashbourn, president; Mrs. A.P. Jones, vice-president; Mrs. L.E. Bowers, treasurer; Mrs. W.E. Webb, secretary. The first Friday night of each month is designated as the time for regular meetings, and it is desired that mothers who are interested in educational matters become members. No installation fees or dues are required to get on the membership roll, and much pleasure, as well as great good, can be accomplished through the society of mothers.
S.W. Locke has just completed in the northeast section of town a nice five-room bungalow, which he will occupy as a home. Every day inquiries are made for houses by people who are desirous of residing here and entering some line of business, and every day some one is reported as having made arrangements to build.
The Civic League (Article torn at this point.)
Residence Catches Fire
It was Wednesday about 12:40 o’clock that the top of the residence of Miss Agnes Frater was discovered on fire and the alarm given by Mrs. Obie Adams, and in spite of a rush by most every one of the town’s people for the scene of the fire in an effort to extinguish it, considerable damage was done to the top of the building before it could be put out. The fire was supposed to have started from the sparks of a stove flue.
A large number of Dorcas people went to Crestview Monday to see the exhibit train of the State Board of Health. The practical value of this will no doubt be seen in the years to come.
J.M. Miller, C.H. Powell, T.A. McCallum and Will McCalllum were business visitors at Milligan Tuesday.
Hosea Pickern, who had the misfortune to break his collar bone two weeks ago, is still suffering a great deal with it. We hope soon to see him around as usual.
W.A. McCallum is putting a new roof on his house and giving it a general repairing.
Mr. and Mrs. Miles Warren were visitors at the latter’s father, B.H. Hart, Wednesday.
B.H. Hart, Miss Mary Larrimore, Nora Powell, and H. McSwain took a spin over Crestview way Monday.
Henry Sweeney and Thos. Pickern were Crestview visitors Friday.
“Mama” Hinote is visiting with her daughter, Mrs. J.M. Miller. Her many friends were both surprised and pleased to see her able to be out.
Mr. and Mrs. White and Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Bowers, of Crestview, motored over to Dorcas and spent a short time with friends Sunday afternoon.
When You Are Ready To Do Your Christmas Shoppin’
Don’t Forget to see Me!
Why not buy your friends as well as your family a useful as well as ornamental Christmas present? I have a most beautiful line of Ties, Scarffs, etc. to select from. Also a most beautiful assortment of Aluminum Ware.
I have the exclusive agency for the famous all Leather Star Brand Shoes
My Dry Goods are as good as the best--Still I Sell Them for less.
Highest Prices Paid For Country Produce Of All Kinds.
Located North of News Office. (Adv.)