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- ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. ;UBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. :"~' " i; ........ ESTABLISHED IN 1900 LAKE JACKSON AND GATEWAY TO THE GULF COAST LOCATION OF 105 CONSECUTIVE ANNUAL MASONIC CELEBRATIONS S YEAR NUMBER 14 FLORALA, ALABAMA 36442 COVINGTON COUNTY THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 1975 15c PER SINGLE COPY !/!iiiiii iiiii~ilil ~ i MASONIC KING, QUEEN AND HER COURT PIC- ,LOWING CROWNING CEREMONIES MONDAY NIGHT. left, Secretary Walter L. Stinson, Fidelity Lodge members of the court, Mike Welch and Angela Brad- and Beverly Adams, out-going Worshipful Mas- ter Marion Causey, Fidelity Lodge #685, King Rusty Peters, Queen Lynne Denney, Past Grand Master Joseph D. Brackin, Larry Thrower and Sheila Henderson, Donnie Franklin and Sue Jenniugs. JUDGE RICHARD EMMETT, Potentate, AI- in Montgomery, attends 105th Masonic Celebra- to masons, congratulating them on the continu- worthy tradition. NOBLE A. HERMAN LURIE, newly elected and installed Wor- shipful Master of Fidelity Lodge #685 F&AM, anda member of the Alcazar Temple Fire Chiefs of Montgomery, is pictured as he plays. the calliope in the colorful 105th Masonic Pa~rade,'June 24th.i With him is Fire Chief Member Gorman Lindsey, also of Flo: rala. THE WEATHER MAN SMILED ON THE CITY OF FLO- RALA Tuesday, June 24th, with a beautiful sun shiny day, just perfect for the 105th Annual Consecutive Masonic Cele- bration. This is truly a tradition worth continuing and one for which Fidelity Lodge #685 should be justly proud. Possibly more dignitaries attended this celebration than any other in recent years. Lodges represented at the Monday night Annual 3rd degree, with the second section being ad- ministered by the Scottish Rite Team of Mobile, included Alabama, Florida, France, Scotland, Germany, Texas, and Georgia. 150 people or more attended this function. Grand Lodge officers attending the night of the ZJrd and public installation services for newly elected officers of Fide- lity Lodge #685 F&AM and others in the surrounding area Tuesday, the 24th, included the following: Wilbur O. Harden, Junior Grand Warden of Titus; from the Committee on Work, Richard H. Mallows, Montgomery and Robert C. Coley, Mo- bile; Committee on Credentials, Walter L. Stinson, Jr., Flo- rala; Masonic Home Board of Control, Past Grand Master Joseph D. Brackin, Dotban; Public Relations Committee, C. V. McLain, Jr., Chairman, of Mobile; District Lecturers Herron A. Casady, District 30 of Andalusia, and Alfred O. Wimpee, District 3Z of Satsuma. Other visiting dignitaries the night of the 23rd were Arthur R. Goolsby, District Deputy Grand Master, Dist. 2, State of Florida; Pete Benson, Director of the Scotish Rite Team, Mobile, Alabama; Aubrey E. Simpler, Past Grand Marshall, State of Alabama; Roy Brittingham, Jr., Worshipful Naval Lodge, Warrington, Florida. Among the Alcazar Shrine Temple representatives flying in from Montgomery for public installation services Tuesday were the Honorable Judge Richard Emmett, Potentate; C. F. Halstead, Chief of Rabban; Dee Dee Baker, Assistant Rab- ban, and (Connie) Connell, Golf 'N Nobles. Other special guests for both activities wee the Sabre Jet Team of Fort Walton Beach, Florida. They were guests of the Lamar Mitchells on Monday night and participated in events throughout the day Tuesday, including the gay and colorful parade. The dignitaries and all those attending Monday night ac- tivities were served dinner by members of Florala Chapter OES #441 and on Tuesday, the wives of masons prepared a delicious home cooked meal. Visiting shriners from Alcazar Temple in Montgomery and Hadji Temple in Pen- sacola, had dinner at McDaniel Motor Company, in air con- ditioned comfort. These kind gestures were certainly appre- ciated by members of Fidelity Lodge #685 F&AM. The parade, as always, was one of the main attractions of the day and boasted Z5 or more units, which included the Florala Wildcat Marching Band, the Fort Rucker Marching and and Flag Corp with flags from all 50 states repre- sented - a really great addition this year. Other units were the Sabre Jets of Fort Walton Beach, Hadji Temple Horse Posse from Pensacola, Covington County Mounted Posse, Brownie troops from Paxton and Laurel Hill, and 8 beauti- ful floats. The Alcazar Fire Chiefs of Montgomery spon- sored a unit with Florala's own Herman Lurie playing the calliope, which is a musical instrument consisting of a series of crude steam or air whistles used on riverboats and in circuses and carnivals. Also, Little League ball teams, fire units from Florala, Paxton, and Lockhart. and dozens of others, too numerous to mention. "A unit tha~ was very much missed this year was the Hadji Temple Orential Band from Pensacola. They had become like a member of the family, but due to the celebration falling on a week-day, they were ' unable to attend. Another main attraction was the traditional water battle. This year is was between Paxton and Opp, with Opp winning, and Florala and Lockhart. Florala winning. And, of course, for the youngsters throughout the day, there were egg re- lays, sack race, chicken chase, egg throwing, watermelon seed spitting, and finally, calf roping and calf scramble at Florala City School playground. The names and winners of these special events will be published next week, if you don't find them in this edition. Deserving a lot of credit and a big round of applause for the excellent handling of special events, goes out to Mr. Jess Willette and his team - sons, Larry and William, and his grandchildren. They did a beautiful job. And, any time you might be inclined to think that isn't a job, try following them around for 12 hours -- from 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. - that's when the calf roping event ended and the beautiful fire works display over Beautiful Lake Jackson commensed, thus end- ing a near perfect 105th 24th of June Celebration. An added attraction throughout the day this year, was the comedy of a local boy who used to farm out Damascus way- CONT. TO PAGE 7 'i/ DIGNITARIES ATTEND 3RD DEGREE CEREMONIES MONDAY Public Relations; Joseph D. Brack|n, Past Grand Master, F&AM NIGHT. Dignitaries attending Fidelity Lodge#685, F&AM, Monday of Alabama; gentleman not identified; Herron A. Casady, Dis- night were, (pictured, from left) Marion Causey, out-going Wor- trict Lecturer, D.L. 30, group 6; Arthur R. Goolsby, District shipfal Master Fidelity Lodge #685; R. W. Wilbur O. Harden, Deputy Grand Master, State of Florida; Roy Brittingham, Jr., Grand Warden, F&AM of Alabama; Aubrey Simpler, Past Grand Worshipful Master of Naval Lodge #Z4, Warrington, Florida. Marshall, Dotban; C. V. McLain, Jr., Chairman of Committee on r THIRD DEGREE SCOTTISH RITE TEAM from Mobile is pictured with candidate, front center, Jerry Lee Birp. THREE BROTHERS ARRESTED IN MURDER LCH, Miss June Z4th, !9,74.0f DeFuniak Springs, Miss Joan Beard, a lovely blonde beauty She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shinn. Left to Joan is Miss Llmne Denney, first alternate, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James Denney of Florala, and at right, Miss Carrie Savage, 2rid alternate, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curt Savage of Florala. Three brothers have been charged with first degree mur- der in connection with the shooting death of the owner of a Paxton beer tavern last Wed- nesday morning. BABE RUTH BASEBALL ATTENTION, all youth, bet- ween the ages of 13and 15 years of age, who wish to partici- pate in Babe Ruth League Base- ball. Contact Fate Dukes, or meet with Mr. Dukes at the Flo- rain High School Ballfield at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26. All interested parents, please accompany their children at this meeting. Charges were filed late last week against Leon Judson Tld- well, 30, FrederickTidwell, 9-5, and Bruce Alan Tidwell, Z4, all of Okaloosa County. Though the victim, Aubrey Tedder, owner-manager of Tndder's Playhouse, was shot only once, all three were said to be involved in the crime and are being held without bond on the same charge. The incident occured at ap- proximately Z:40 a.m. Wednes- day morning, June 18, about 40 minutes after closing. Tedder had apparently left the main room of the establishment briefly and, upon returning, spotted two men trying to rifle the pay pool table, accordingto reports. OES SWEETHEART, Miss Aqela Peters, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Peters, is presented to Fidelity Lodge #685 by Worthy Matron Martha Hattaway in ceremonies Monday night.