Archive for Florida Chautauqua

Wallace Bruce at the Chautauqua Hotel

Wallace Bruce
In one of her “Bits and Pieces of Walton County History” columns, Anna Reardon wrote: “Wallace Bruce was born in Hillsdale, N.Y. on January 10, 1844. He was well-educated, graduating with honors from Yale University about 1868. . . . He married Anna Becker of Scodak Depot, N.Y. about 1870. . . . Wallace Bruce was a scholar, author, poet and lecturer. He was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison to serve as U.S. Consul to Edinborough, Scotland, where the family lived from 1889 to 1893. . . . After Wallace Bruce returned to this country, he continued his career, lecturing throughout the country.” Wallace Bruce was president of the Florida Chautauqua from 1893 until his death in 1914. The photograph above shows him in his later years. It is believed it depicts his study at the Chautauqua Hotel where he lived while the Octagon House was being readied for him.

Colonial Chipley Memorial Service

The following item appeared in The Chipley Banner on February 26, 1898:

[Contributed by Robert Daniel]

Veterans’ Day at Chautauqua

This item appeared in The Chipley Banner on March 11, 1899:

[Contributed by Robert Daniel]

Daughters and Veterans at DeFuniak

The following item appeared in The Pensacola Journal on March 27, 1908:


[Contributed by Robert Daniel]

San Jose Scale on Deciduous Fruit Trees

The following report appeared in The San Jose Scale: Its Occurrences in the United States by L. O. Howard and C. L. Marlatt, published in Washington by the Government Printing Office, 1896, pages 19-20.

Prof. Rolfs was in charge of the experiment station in DeFuniak Springs when he discovered the outbreak of San Jose scale. He gave a speach about Diversifed Farming at the Florida Chautauqua as part of the annual Farmers Institute held in DeFuniak Springs. When the DeFuniak Springs station closed, he was tranferred to the experiment station in Gainesville.

[Contributed by Robert Daniel]

Out of the Mouths of Babes