W. C. Eddy died last Saturday, February 27, 1926. He was born in Lancaster, Wisconsin, 73 years ago, and came to DeFuniak in 1884. He taught school for a while after coming to DeFuniak which was merely a settlement in the woods at that time. Being somewhat a carpenter, he helped to build our first Chautauqua Auditorium and also painted it. Later he engaged in the mercantile business and was postmaster at DeFuniak Springs, for a number of years — (Jan. 30, 1889 to March 28, 1889) and (Feb. 2, 1905 to May 6, 1913). He is survived by two sisters, both of whom live in the North. Mr. Eddy was never married. He was in good circumstances, and through his last long illness, he was looked after by Mr. Dee Work of this city.
DeFuniak Herald, March 4, 1926
Note by Jeanette Anderson McDonald: The 2 story house on Bay Ave. (106) was originally owned by Prof W. C. Eddy who had the first school in DeFuniak located on East Main St. House owned by Mrs. Alma Kirkland (1996).
[The following is a letter written by an English teacher who worked at Palmer College. “Hampden-Sidney” is a college in Virginia.]
De Funiak Sprgs.
Nov. 29, 1920.
Dear Mr Simpson: –
I am not sure as to whether I answered your letter of last January or not so I’ll answer a few of your questions. I like Dr Eggleston all right. I think he will do right much for Hampden-Sidney. Mr Watkins is just like he was when I first met him. Mr Massey is mighty nice but does not seem to be as popular with the boys as he might be. Dr Winston is the same old devil he always was. He will never grow old. He is one of the rarest fellows I have ever known. I took my degree at H.S. in June. I liked my work last year very well. I like what I have this year a lot better. This is a fairly good school. Mr Kemper, the dean, is one of the nicest fellows to work for that I have ever seen. He has the right ideas about the school too. The board holds him back some as they are a typical lot of in and in bred Scotch Irishmen. If they would take the elementary school and its nuisances off his hands as he wants them to he would be able to make a better thing of this. He wants to make it a real fine junior college and we could do it if we had the place to stow away the students, but half the dormitories are filled up with little kids. I teach five classes of English, three academy and two college classes. The college classes meet three times a week and the academy classes five times a week but the expression teacher takes one period a week of each academy class for oral English so I only have eighteen classes a week. That with the athletic work is a big job and keeps me going and going fast. The students are right nice but show beyond the shadow of a doubt that this climate takes the pep out of people. It shows in the English work and still more so in football.
Mr Lane, your old Christiansburg pastor was here not long ago. I told him to keep his eye on me for a teacher in Japan. I believe a teacher can do as much or more good than a preacher. I do not want to go to a hot climate like southern India though.
If you are coming home next spring I wish that you would by some means bring me a rug and a pair of window curtains from India. I like those oriental things. I’ll pay you whatever they cost plus something for your trouble.
Write me all about the work over there and I’ll be better about writing next time. I am not keeping up such a heavy correspondence this year as I was last so I’ll be in a better position to write.
The State Normal School in DeFuniak Springs opened on October 3, 1887, and had 16 students.
Source: “Students Ignore History” by Taheem Williamson, February 29, 2012, http://www.thefamuanonline.com/news/students-ignore-history-1.2708588
The Chipley Banner published this advertisement for the DeFuniak Springs Business College on January 28, 1899.
[Contributed by Robert Daniel]
This is a partial list of those who are known to have attended Palmer College (with the source of the information in parentheses).
Guy Green, shown left (daughter)
William “Bill Walker, 1932-1933 (son)
The Heritage Collection has copies of the War Whoop for the years 1927, 1969, and 1972.
The Heritage Collection includes copies of the Palmera for 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, and 1928. We often receive queries about people who attended Palmer College. We have not been able to locate the official records of the college, so the yearbooks provide an important means to verify attendance.