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 DeFuniak Woman’s club has voted to accept $5,000 for 50 x 80 feet, vacant, at southeast corner of Sixth and Nelson avenue, site for a gas filling station. The club paid $1,500 for 50 x 140 less than three years ago.

The filling station to be erected at Seventh and Nelson by the Standard Oil Company of Kentucky will be one of the finest in the state. For architectural beauty it will excel that of any filling station in West Florida.

Work will begin in October on the new sawmill, dry-kiln, planer, etc., which the DeFuniak Manufacturing Company, now licensed to do business, will erect.

The United States government has started work on hard-surfaced highway connecting DeFuniak with all the coast country to the southwest. This road will follow the historic Old Military road, surveyed and made passable when General Andrew Jackson invaded Florida.

Hundreds of acres have prepared to set out blueberries, Satsumas, pecans, pears, and other fruit.

The Cottrell home, on the Trail east of town, now under construction, will be one of the nicest residences in West Florida. A Chicago man will soon start on a residence 1,000 feet west, that will equal the Cottrell villa.

There are rumors of another large hotel to be erected soon in DeFuniak.

[Source: The Pensacola Journal, September 6, 1924, Page 20.]

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