Tag Archive for DeFuniak Springs

Number Local Boys Enrolled In CCC At DeFuniak Camp, 11th

The Washington County News of Chipley, Florida, reported the following in its January 21, 1937, edition:

Sixteen white boys and eight colored boys from this county were enlisted in the CCC Camp at DeFuniak Springs on January 11th, through local relief agencies, it was announced this week.

These boys are new enrollees and were transfered [sic] to the Camp at DeFuniak Springs by army trucks furnished by the local CCC Camp.

[Civilian Conservation Corps scrapbook donated by Sue and Jesse Carter.]

Sunbright Manor

Sunbright Manor, DeFuniak Springs, Florida

James T. Sherman of Brodhead, Wisconsin, was the original owner of the home that is now known as Sunbright Manor. Construction started on the house about 1886, and it was finished around 1890. Sherman, who was a successful merchant, used the house as the winter residence for his family.

The Monroe [Wisconsin] Evening Times published this note on January 28, 1892:

Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Sherman will leave the first of next week for DeFunlae Springs, Florida to attend the Golden Wedding Anniversary of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Sherman which occurs Feb. 9.

The exterior of the house has a tower and multiple porches, which are supported by 33 columns and 1,600 spindles. There are four fireplaces throughout the house. In 1924, the house became the first in Walton County to have indoor bathrooms. That same year, the house was purchased by former Florida Governor Sidney Johnston Catts, who lived there until his death in 1936.

Obituary: W. C. Eddy

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).

Letter Written by Palmer College Teacher

[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.
Fla.
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.

Very sincerely
James Orr.

Tobacco Farms

The following item appeared in The Marlboro Democrat of Bennettsville, South Carolina, on July 19, 1889:

[Contributed by Robert Daniel]

The Talk of the Day

The item below appeared in the New York Tribune on September 17, 1886. The De Funiak Springs Signal was a newspaper.

[Contributed by Robert Daniel]

Independence Day

The following item appeared in the Richmond Dispatch on July 4, 1886:

[Contributed by Robert Daniel]

Colonial Chipley Memorial Service

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

[Contributed by Robert Daniel]

Confederate Reunion

The following 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]