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IMAGE SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USE StJ~..IEC.~r~,=T-.O LI~:ENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. I"P,L] I~ N. THE FLORALA NEWS- THURSDAY, nnial nl un m /, THE ART SHOW, a popular event during the Masonic Centennial, drew exhibitors from throughout north west Florida and south Alabama. The picture displayed above is a crocheted art work of the American flag done by Mrs. Florence Taylor Caton in 1910. Mrs. Caton was the mother of Florala's Mrs. Bessie Flournoy and a sister to the late Dr. W. W. Taylor. Her needle work was truly an art as the above picture indicates. Pictured with Mrs. Flournoy at left is Mrs. Barrow Bullard, St. who always does a great job as chairman of the art show, and Mrs. Neal Cox. PHOTOS THIS PAGE BY THE FLORALA NEWS MASONIC CENTENNIAL SPEAKER of the day June 24, 1970, was the Honorable Bill Dickinson, Congressman of the 2nd Congressional District, State of Alabama, shown above address- ing the crowd of people attending the public installation of Masonic officers and the speaking. Shown at left seated is Jim Ingrain of Troy, acting Grand Master and Installation officer who has installed officers here for nearly forty years; Arthur Lindsey, Chaplain of Fidelity Lodge #685; Homer Presley of Opp; and Harold Albritton of Andalusia. THE ROYAL COURT. The Masonic King of Fidelity #685, F & AM, traditionally floats each year during the annual Masonic 24. The King and Queen of each celebration is Lodge. They must be a son and daughter of s selects her court. The King and Queen this Centennial Year was Jr. and Jo Ellen Geohagan, son and Victor Anderson, St., and Mr. and Mrs, The Queen's Court (shown above in front Misses Sara Mathews, Joyce Harrison, and AS TRADITIONAL as the pu- blic installation of Masonic of- ficers on June 24, is the water fight between the Florala and Lockhart fire departments. This year Lockhart won the water battle with 2 out of 3 "fights". The water battle started years ago as an entertaining event of the famed Masonic celebration in Florala. It per- haps draws more people than any other event during the day excepting the parade, of course. Fireworks closing the cele- bration each year is also an old event and draws thousands to the shores of Beautiful Lake Jackson to witness the array of colorful explosions. i i ?ii i/!i i : ? : : 'THE CENTENNIAL PARADE, with Mrs. Betty Denney as chairman, was a smashing success commencing at 11 o'clock June 24, 1970 and winding at least a mile long through the streets of downtown Florala. There were seven floats vying in the float competition with the Florala History Club capping top honors with their gigantic "Happy Birthday" cake wishing Fidelity Lodge #685 a happy "100 Great". The cake was done in luclous looking colors of pink and white with 100 candles and a Masonic emblem gracing the top. The American Legion and Auxiliary Float took 2nd place honors with "The Great Wars" as their theme. Their entry in the parade w~s as a unit composed of three parts: The Color Guard, composedof Mike Cox - Navy, Mal Braun- Air Force, Mike Birge - Marine, and Royce Thompson -Army; "Spirit of 1776", with Jimmy Denney and John Blackwell as drummers, mad Cathy Hall on the flute; the float, depicting the Civil War with Connie Jackson as a Confederate soldier, World War I with Tom Jones, World War II with Marion Mickelson, Korea and Vietnam service personnel featured Carlton Williams and Debbie Geohagan, and humanities featured the Rev. Fred White as Chaplain, Mrs. Katie Yates as a nurse, "and Archie MacDougal, as a medic. The float was decorated in the patriotic colors of Red, White and Blue. Displayed on the float were the Christian flag, American flag, Confederate flag, and the Alabama zlag. The Yellow Rose Saving Club won third place -the theme being "In The Good Ole Summer Time". i FLORALA'S BEAUTY was well represented during the M a s o n I c Centennial Parade, June 24. In top photo is the lovely Miss Sandra Moody, the reign- lng Miss Florala, and the daugh- ter of Mr. and Mrs. Ewtn Moody. In second photo is thevivacious Miss Debbie Davis, Jr. Miss F lorala, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Davis. Bottom photo shows Lit t 1 Miss Florala, Martha Savage, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hobson Savage. EVENING ENTERTAINMENT during the week-long Masonic Centennial dance competition from several clubs in south Alabama. Dozier, Georgiana and two clubs from {)pp. Winner in the square dance competition was the club from Georgians clubs winning second place honors. Couples from Georgiana are pictured in top photo, from left: Elizabeth and Travis Burkett, Frances and Ray Chastaln, Frances and standing in back is Harold and Phyllis Davis. J. L. "Jess" Willette did a superb Job acting as master of ceremonies tltive events during the week. On several occasions braving the for instance. The Florala News photographer made most of the events the storm during the pie eating...