James McLean

There are several James McLeans in the early history of Walton County. This one is discussed in John Love McKinnon’s book, History of Walton County. A gentleman named Anthony Brownell built a large hotel near what we now know as Ponce de Leon State Park. The hotel did well for

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Small Bore Rifle Targets

Rifle targets such as that pictured below were distributed by King & Company, a general merchandise store at the corner of Baldwin Avenue and 6th Street. The building still stands. [Accession No. 2015-6-1: Donated by Stephen McBroom]

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Take Stock in the Clock

The First National Bank clock was placed in service in 1924 but, by 2010, had fallen into disrepair. A group from the Walton County Heritage Association, led by former president Ken Little, developed a campaign to pay for the repair of the clock. Those who donated to the campaign were

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The Storm at Grayton Beach

Uncle Blue Colvin was up from the bay country last week and gave us a graphic description of the scene at Grayton Beach during the storm. He staid in his house until the waves began washing in the front door when he opened the doors and windows and bid it

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Book: “Gone . . . but Not Forgotten”

This book was compiled by a committee of people whose families lived in the former Alice Creek and New Hope communities until the early 1940s. The two villages and the surrounding area were confiscated by the United States government for use by Eglin Field. The families received nominal amounts for

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Gillis House, 772 Circle Drive

This American Classical design house was built about 1901 for Stuart Knox Gillis, a teacher and prominent attorney. Mrs. Gillis stenciled the walls of the first floor rooms, which was unusual as was the French red tile roof. Mr. and Mrs. Gillis died within a week of each other, and

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Forward Movement Is Still Going Strong in DeFuniak

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Sept. 6 — (Special).–DeFuniak Springs continues to move forward. The pace: The Hygeia people will put in a large plant to manufacture, bottle and distribute their product, Coca-Cola. This plant will supply Crestview, Chlpley and surrounding towns, and DeFuniak Springs and Walton county. Daily capacity 1,20O cases. The

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