Tag 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.

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]

Hearing to Fund the Courthouse in DeFuniak Springs

From Hearings Before a Special Subcommittee of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds, House of Representatives, on Bills for Public Buildings at [among other places] De Funiak Springs, Fla. (Statement of Mr. Kehoe), February 5 , 1919, Washington, D.C., page 50-52.

According to the Preface of this volume of transcripts, the hearings were held in anticipation of an omnibus public building bill. “Owing to the congested condition of the legislative calendar,” the Bill was not brought before Congress in this session of Congress, but it was anticipated that it would be reported out in the next session. It appears Congressman Kehoe was seeking funds for a new courthouse building although that is not clearly stated.




[Contributed by Robert Daniel]