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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. PAGE 4 THE FLORALA NEWS - THURSDAY, APRIL 8, Mayor Evans Gives Study Club Program The Study Club met on March 24 at the Dinner Bell, with Mrs. Paul Petrey as hostess. The club room was decorated with beautiful spring flowers from Mrs. Petrey's yard. Present were fifteen active 1, 1976. Mrs. Jack Zorn, Club Presi- dent, thanked Mrs. Petrey for the club meeting, for her hos- pilality and for her interesting program. members, one honorary•em- ber, two associate members. Mrs. Barbara Stovall, and Mayor and Mrs. Joe Evans. A delicious dessert plate was ser- ved by Mrs. Petrey. Program leader, Mrs. Pet- rey, introduced Mayor Evaes, who gave a very informative program on the Bicentennial celebration of our nation. He explained the emblem adopted by our country for this great event and listed ways that dif- ferent people and states were going to celebrate. He urged each of us to join in and help celebrate our great country's birthday. Our white elephant sale'sdate was moved to April 30 and May • FLORALA HISTORY CLUB TO MEET WITH MRS. BALDWIN The Florala History Club will meet in the home of Mrs. John Baldwin in Paxton this Thurs- day, April 8th at 3:30 p.m. The program, "America's Million Dollar Pastime: Sports," will be given by a guest speaker Jim Sullivan. Jim is an authority on Sports and we are looking forward to hear- ip~ h~m.. PAXTON KAY GOMILLION I=IRE NAMED TO PLANNING COMMrrrEE Audrey Kay Gomillion. a se- nior at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, has been named to the planning committee for the annual Homecoming cele- bration scheduled for April g4. The theme for the 1976 Home- coming is "America on Pa- rade", and is a musical salute to ZOO years of American his- tory. Kay is the daughter of Mr. Joel Gomillion and Mrs. Betty Gomillion. REPORT During the month of March, the Paxton Fire Department, respondeu to two fires, both out of the city and county. The first one was a three alarm fire, located on the Dor- cas Highway, a frame house, which was beyond control when the Paxton, Florala and Lau- rel Hill department's arrived. The next one, being a two alarm, at Randy Goodwin's house trailer, located by the Dairy King in Florala. A total of 16 man hours ex- pended this month with 26 mil- es driven on the truck and 3 hours on the equipment. NEWS OF INTEREST Cont.From Front prepared the ground with the tiller, hating every minute of it. I think he really likes the rose, itself, but hates the thorns. If he can help it, hewon'thelpme plant an~hir~ if it has stickers. What really started this whole project was a little ad placed in The Florala News by the young men wno nave purchased Dean's Nursery, Jack and Jimmy Thompson, natives of Laurel Hill. Their rose bushes were a little late arriving, so they ran a special, selling them at $1.80 a bush. Even though it was March and Morn and I knew the roses should have been planted much earlier, we decided to try our luck. We should never have gone to the nur- sery together. Either one of us goes overboard bad enough if we are shopping alone. Together, we don't use a bit of sense. Jack brought out the pictures of the rose bushes they had on hand and naturally, the pictures were so pretty, we wanted some of everything he had. We ended upgetting three or four of most -- 60 bushes in all. Let me tell you, if that son of mine had not been home for spring break from his studies at AU, I don't think Mom and I would ever have gotten those rose bushes out. We were trying hard to do the job right.., mulching well and mixing the soil and fertilizer to perfection, etc. That night, I got one of the gardening books out and began read- ing on care of roses and found that we should have prepared the ground at least a couple of weeks in advance, giving the ground time to settle and that the dirt around the roots should be packed very firmly• You talk about getting up bright and early and doing some tall packing, but I did it the next morning. Mack came dragging out about 6:30 and said - "What in the world are you doing up here so early?" I told him I was packing the dirt around those rose bushes. He thought I had lost my mind. I was so proud of all that tilling of the soil Larry had done and thought that was just what we needed. But, that is not what the book said. I will be in for a rude awakening if growing roses is like growing babies -- It is much better most of the time to throw by Jasper Davis "Almarante" and "Laurel Hill", are two historical land- marks that are so synonymous and entwined in the history of this North Okaloosa County area, that in all fairness both must be included in an overall report. The settling and naming of Laurel Hill has been very well established by records passed down from the early settlers, but the exact date Almarante was settled, or how it's name came about is not known for sure, but the general thoughts places the time it was settled in the early 1800's, or possibly earlier. This is based too, in part on information handed down from gbneration to generation and available recorded records. A state map of 1849 shows the community to be well establish- ed at a vital crossroads that entered the community from the Euchee Valley and Marianna areas, to Pensacola and South Alabama areas. It's also said to have been a stage coach stop for passengers traveling to, and through the area. It's also said that a spring on the west side of the community supplied water for the livestock and horses that pulled the stage con- . .......... ches. Mrs. Louise Cox, speaking at a recent meeting of the Oka- loosa-Walton Historical Society meeting at the historicalla~- " ,~, ~ .... i i! !:/ii mark site, reported the results of researching on early set- tlers, said that a Steele family moved to the area in 1818, and a Barrow family before or around 1826. The Barrow family operated the Barrow Ferry at Oak Grove where tra- velers passing through the area crossed Yellow River. The official establishment of a post office at Almarante was not confirmed, but Cox said she believed there was one due to entry's found in the Florida Territorial records dealing with the settlers of the area. These records shows, according to the report, that a petition dated November 6, 1826, was submitted requesting a Federal Land Office be established in Pensacola, as Tallabassee was too far away for travel by " settlers. Eighteen men signed the document, with two being identified as John Barrow and Peter H. Steele. Also, a petition dated January 1639 asking for funds for roads and canals, with the request being granted in the amount of $500.00 on March 3, 1839. Then on June 4, 1842, another petition to Congress was submitted, requesting $15,000 for use in clear- ing Yellow River of logs and rafts, so it could be used for steam and kneel navigation, with 89 men signing the document, the first name being John B. Meigs. Other names appearing, were well-known names of the early settlers - Barrows, Campbells, Steeles, Harts, Johnstons, Baggets, Clarys, Sen- terfitts, Gaskins and Smiths to name a few. The documents were headed up "Almarante, Walton County, West Florida", as was the address's of those document signors. Mrs. Cox also told the group that in her research several years ago of the churches in Almarunte, she was told that a log building was built, and the Presbyterians worshipped there between 1850 and 1860, and the first person buried there was a young lady about lZ years of age by the name of Effie Camp- bell, sister to "Honest John" Campbell, well-known early set- tler in the area. According to the report she was also told that there were 26 graves lost since the graveyard was esta- blished near the church building. Also the building could have been used as a community meeting place. Other grave markers of the early settlers show these dates: D.H. Henderson, 1871; Infant Chance, 1874; Louise Chance, 1878; Dorcus Sanders, 1891; Annie Gertrude Give~s, 1892~ I. L. Coon, 189~-; W. Perry Sanders, 1892; Jndie Steele, 1893; James Elbert Martin, 1898, and Allen Sanders, age 104, 1898. The. deed for the property, she told the group, was made on June 19, 1905 and signed by W. B. Wright and Company. The Baptist Church was also organized there in 1896, later moving to Laurel Hill. Mrs. Mack Tyner told the assembled group of attending school at Almarante until it was consolidated with Laurel Hill School in 1906. Students from Svea and immediate areas attended, according to the report. Many factors could have contributed to the people moving from Almarante, among them being when the railroad was built it was several yards away, even though a station was nearby, possibly in conjunction with logging line that extended west from the main toward the Falco, Alabama area. In this ' : iiil, .i ' i : i the book away and go on woman's intuition. I just hope that we grow some roses so that I can be on the particular area where the lines were laid, the depression is giving end, rather than receiving. Green shoots have popped out still visible, even though the property has been cleared and on all but one and the stem on it is still green. So, we're hoping farmed for a number of years. Too, the closing of the school, , , to have 60 producing rose bushes and a bouquet for Easter. But, I or the need of a larger cemetery area, prompted the move. ~ ! ": don't think they are going to quite make that deadline. For many years the cleaning of the cemetery fell to the lot ~" ~ i ~ Everything depends on Morn, now. She is suppose to do the of those llwng m the wnicity, and oftenthis was carried out by ~ , spraying and fertilize regularly. This special care will tell the "work days", when those interested would meet and carry out : • story of whether we have roses or not. And when the weather this work, as would the individual families. Then in June 1946, gets really hot, we tend to get careless about weeding, spraying, a group of citizens met and decided the need for a chapel existed fertilizing, etc. for the purpose of conducting funerals, singings, family reuions, I just hope we have as good luck as Mildred Kendrick has had. and other community related usuage. This meeting resulted in • She started a rose garden this year and just this morning (Tues- the election of a board of trustees consisting of members from day) brought the News Staffthree beautiful specimen blooms. One, the four denominations in the area. They were Calvin Wiikins, an orange colored variety, was open and measured 6 inches across. The Assembly of God; Alston Campbell, Baptist; Malcolm Mor- rigon, Presbyterian, and Reverend David Miller, Methodist. tery shifted again in 1971 when the Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners through Legislative authority appointed a five member committee to carry on this very important community function. Named were J. D. Sanders, Cortez Steele, Douglas Rogers, G. W. Grover, and Miss McDonald Campbell. Rogers has recently resigned leaving four to carry out the work. The committee has no funds, having to rely on donations from the public. Bill Hurston was later named to fill the vacancy of the late G. W. Grover. Thanks to the unknown number of persons over the many years who bare contributed their time and funds to the task of keeping North Okaloosa County's historical land mark, AI- marante Cemetery clean and presentable to the traveling pub- lic as seen from Highway 85, or walking through the area. , Now; that is a nice rose. We appreciate Mildred remembering us... makes us feel like VIPs. The by-laws specified that no one would be denied the right to conduct funerals, regardless of denomination. The construction of the building was finished in due time GARDENING HAS BEEN FUN with the generous donations of manpower, supplies and cash, The weather was so pretty early thisyear that Larry and I just and was dedicated in the summer of 1951 with Congressman : couldn't stay out of the garden. We started early in January with Bob Sikes as principal speaker. , our Irish potatoes, English peas, turnips, rutabagas, mustard, The Board of Trustees named the representatives from the i onions, radishes, carrots, cabb~{ge, etc. Larry has already been four denominations to conduct the chapel affairs, and elected d|gging in the potatoes and found potatoes about the size of a 50˘ several different committees during the interim time the cha- i~ iI piece or larger. Our English peas are blooming and looking real pel was active, with the main purpose being to care for the good. We have been eating all kinds of greens for months, cemetery. Among those elected to the committees were W. D. This is the first time we have grown rutabagas and they have Douglas, J. D. Thomas, Phillip Johns, J. L. White, James M. just been beautiful with such rich, pretty foliage. We have found Pate, Sr., P. P. Cadenhead, Sr., H. T. Adams, Louis Reeves, that the rutabaga greens is better than all the other greens put Ollie Luke, B. F. Edenfield, Cortez Steele, Donnell Harrison, together. So, if you have an opportunity - don't throw the rutabaga Jim Strickland, T. A. Hughes, W. L. Kilpatrick, Miss Mande greens away. Stem them and cook them as you would collards Campbell, and M. E. Stronse. with your favorite seasoning. I have been using bacon drippings The building served its intended purpose for about 23 years, , and they are really flttin'. When our children, Gary and Sherry, but "' '~. time passed interest declined, and with the moving were home for Spring vacation, we bad rutabagas one mgnt for aw ",v to other communities and passingof many more, dinner and they asked me to please fix some again the next night, tht was more or less left to the elements and vandals 1t And, then had me to gather some of everything to send hack to wb: ,ually brought on a degrading condition and eye- Auburn with them with instructions as to how to cook them. Gary sort the community, and was demolished and the site ' ' was even inquiring as to how to cook the corn pones, cleaned up, within the last couple of years, with the able assis- l We now have pole snap beans and butter beans up, okra, sweet tance of the Okaloosa County Board of Commissioners. corn (several varieties), butter peas, and several varieties of field FoP a number of years following the inactivity of the peas, Thursday we plan to plant most everything in the melon Trustees and committees, as noted above, again the care- family. Monday and Tuesday was listed in my Farmers Almanac taking chores fell to the lot of interested family and friends as Twin days. They don't recommend planting anything but string of the area, until the Laurel Hill Ruritan Club, through the beans and cucumbers on this day and I was anxious to try it out. efforts of the late G. W. Grover, became in(erested and took But, if good planting days fall on Monday and Tuesday, I am usually over this community duty as' a club project. In conjunction , out of luck. Too often this is just what happens, with those interested in the community, the club cleared ad- :! You can't imagine the ribbing I takefromLarry and Mack about ditional space, made and installed concrete street boundary i my wanting to plant when the moon is right. I kept waiting for a posts, and other work that contributed to the upkeep of the good time to plant the English peas until finally, Mack talked me cemetery. ' i into planting just two rows one Saturday, which was listed as the The responsibility of cleaning and maintaining the ceme- i most barren of alldays for planting -- he and Larry just can't wait to rub it in if, and when those English peas make as much or more than the ones planted under the sign listed as most productive of all days for planting. Sometimes Larry goes ahead and plants, regardless of what the moon says. But he doesn't get mucbbelp from me when the moon i is not sitting right. I don't know all that much about farming and planting. 1 only know that my dad always planted by tbe almanac and we had plenty of good things, to eat - enough for our family and all the neighbors. That being able to share with the neighbors is the most fun of all. So, I want my time and efforts in planting to pay in big dividends. ! And, just to be in our second year of gardening, we aren't doing bad at all. We are still eating vegetables out of the freezer made and frozen last year. And we have had enough to share with our friends - - This makes gnrdeningreally worthwhile. • . . View of Almarante : !ili;ii iiii:i!i:¸ ! .............. ( / qt '~ • • . • Thought to be sight of old spring