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Se rciIeste rda
A History
of
Levy County, Florida
Chapter Thirteen
MARCH 1983
Published By The
Levy County Archives Committee
Sponsored by the Levy County Board of Commissioners Bronson, Florida
A Bicentennial Publication




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THE LATEST NEWS, ABOUT A CENTURY AGO
As we may have already stated, the intent of The historically significant parts of the papers
SEARCH FOR YES TERDA Y is to look back in are presented here in notations along with a few
time at the people who have lived in Levy Coun- annotations. Four researchers worked indepenty. The usual format for the history of a county dently to assemble the presentation, which may
or town is a precisely organized account of the account for the abrupt shifts in writing styles.
parade of government officials, famous people, The nature of the material has produced a chopwealthy people, and powerful persons who exert- py and random format, but that is the way the
ed influence and caused events to happen; they events happened. Any attempt to organize all of
shaped the destinies of whole cultures, or at least this into a scholarly work would be an exercise in they appeared to do so. At the other end of the futility; the reality would be warped into a
historical spectrum were the peasants, peons, and distorted impression of itself. underdogs. Those in the middle lived out their Our excursion back into time may reveal some
lives at various levels between the two extremes, factors and people who reach across that irreverand they were anything but precisely organized. sible flow; we can imagine the proud little girl
The Archives Committee has researched a who made the honor roll in elementary school,
stack of old newspapers published at Bronson 71 years ago. Some of her classmates are now
during the 1880s through the early 1900s, and deceased but she still lives in Levy County.
that is what this chapter is about. People from And the structures they built, the faith they
all levels show up in it. Some of them are still lived by, the mistakes they made, the good acliving (1982). They were children during the times complishments of their lives, all those things are covered by some of the old papers, and a few of left as their contributions to the mortal existence.
the edifices they built are still standing. The We owe these old ones a lot, and we can look
newspaper was THE LEVY TIMES- back at them with respect and affection. Let us
DEMO CRA T. Its office building is still in not forget them.
existence at the corner of Masonic Street and
Court Street. On the front and on the south wall, Norene Andrews
up high and under several layers of white paint, S. E. Gunnell
the name is faintly discernable in large black let- Kathryn Harris
ters, TIMES-DEMOCRA T. Lindon Lindsey
The Times -Democrat was published from the first floor of this building for many years. Masonic Lodge No. 7, chartered in 1876 and now merged with the Chiefland
Lodge, occupied the top floor.




DEDICATION
We are indebted to Mrs. Annie Sue Wellman High School and the University of Georgia, is
Otto, granddaughter of Johann Conrad married to Max Otto. Max and Annie Sue are
Christian Wellman, for the use of old the proud parents of Cherie and Walter Wellman
newspapers published in Bronson, dating back to Otto, both students at Valdosta State College. the 1880s. Annie Sue is the daughter of Sue Thank you, Annie Sue, for your wonderful
Wicker Wellman and the late Herman Wellman contribution to the history of Levy County!
of Williston. Annie Sue, graduate of Williston
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Annie Sue, Cherie, Walter, and Max Otto
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JOHANN CONRAD CHRISTIAN WELLMAN
Johann Conrad Christian Wellman (Wellman CHILDREN OF CONRAD WELLMAN
on birth certificate and many early records from 1. Lizzie B. b. 15 Mar 1883 d. 1 Jul 1970 Germany and Levy County) was born November m. Arthur F. McDonell (18765, 1844, Hamburg, Germany, and died Novem-192 ber 1, 1921. He came to America shortly after he192 graduated from a German school. He must have 2. Norma b. Feb 1887been about sixteen or seventeen years of age. In America, he joined an uncle for a while before 3. Bertha b. May 1892coming to Levy County. He became a citizen of this country on December 9, 1879, Levy County. 4. Martha b. 26 Nov 1893 d. 15 Jul 1912
Mr. Wellman was married three times. His first wife died in childbirth when very young. 5. Conrad b. Nov 1896 d. ca 1966
The baby died also. He was married a second time, July 4, 1882, Levy County, to Rebecca 6. Emma b. 9 Aug 1899Douglas. According to census records, Rebecca was born in 1862 in Scotland. The first two 7. Herman F. b. 6 Nov 1902 d. Apr 1976
children in the family listed below were by m. Sue Wicker of Montezuma,
Rebecca. His third wife, Pauline Hartman, was Ga.
born 1869 and died 1943. She is buried beside Conrad in the new Bronson Cemetery. Pauline 8. Carl b. 24 Jun 1905 20 Feb 1980
Hartman Wellman had the last eight children m. Lillie Maude Kimble, dau.
listed below, of Joseph P. Kimble
The old Conrad Wellman home still stands in 9. Max'D. b. 1 Oct 1907 d. 26 Oct 1967
Bronson on South Pennsylvania Avenue. It was originally the Shands home. 10. Otto R. b. Sep 1909 d. 7 Aug 1969
Part of the Conrad Wellman Family, about 1905. Back row: Martha, Bertha, Herman,
Norma. Front: Mr. Wellman (holding Carl), Emma, Mrs. Wellman (holding Max).
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THE LATEST NEWS, ABOUT A CENTURY AGO
From
THE LEVY TIMES-DEMOCRA T
22 OCTOBER 1896
*The Board of Levy County Commissioners met *S. H. Highsmith advertised horses and buggies
October 7. Commissioners present were: William for hire at his livery stable, located at W. H. M. Barton, Oliver H. P. Kirkland, John Brooks Bigham's old stand in Bronson. Lutterloh, and Elias Walker. The chairman,
Samuel Quincey was absent. Perry M. Colson *CHURCH DIRECTORY:
was granted $113.90 for payment to inspectors, Rev. James Perryman DePass and Rev. Joseph clerks, and deputy sheriffs for October. Edward Boothby, preachers, and Dr. James Maxwell H. Lambert was paid $49.20 for food for Jackson, Sunday School Superintendent, at the
prisoners. Mrs. Laura Garrison's pension was Methodist Church; Rev. J. S. Geiger, Pastor,
reduced from $6.00 to $4.00 per month, Mrs. and 0. J. Farmer, Superintendent of Sunday
Nancy Turner's from $7.00 to $5.00, and Mrs. School, at the Baptist Church; Rev. J. S. Geiger,
D. Criss was granted $3.00 per month. It was or- Pastor at Levyville; Dr. Samuel Bean, Pastor of dered that notice for bids to build Number Four the Evangelical Church; and Rev. W. M. Wambridge in Cedar Key be placed in the TIMES- bolt, Pastor of Albion Baptist Church.
DEMOCRAT until the fourth of November.
*The farmers and businessmen of Williston made
*OBIT: Samuel Hall Worthington, Age 75 a contribution of three barrels of meal and oneDespite demoralized conditions as a result of half barrel of sweet potatoes to the storm victims the storm, a large number of friends and of Cedar Key. W. H. Anderson is in charge of
relatives gathered to pay last respects to S. H. the distribution. More will be shipped in the near Worthington who died Sunday, October 11, and future.
was buried in Rocky Hammock.
S. H. Worthington was born July 15, 1821, on *James L. Cottrell of Cedar Key, John Peter the St. Mary's River in what is now Nassau Reddick and T. T. Reddick of Williston, Edwin
County. He moved to Levy County in 1851 or Louis Janney of Chiefland, Sam Hartman of Ot1852. ter Creek, Capt. William A. Hammond and his
He took part in the Indian War of 1835-1842 daughter, Gertrude, were in Bronson this week.
and hunted Indians from the Suwannee River to
the Withlacoochee River. He was also in the War *Mrs. Henry Benjamin Lloyd (nee Jennie of 1885. In addition, he was a Confederate Hogan) had a visit from Mrs. Granville H. Worsoldier, belonging to John C. Chambers' Com- thington of Rocky Hammock.
pany A-9th Florida, made up of Levy County
boys who used to rendezvous on the Wacasassa. *Everyone was concerned about the storm. Sam
In the Battle of Ocean Pond near Lake City, Hartman's house was lifted off its blocks. H.
Samuel was struck by a minie ball which pierced Suliyant of Needmore is contemplating moving eighteen thicknesses of cloth and a wooden but- because of the severe damage to his place. ton. The blow knocked him down, but stopped William P. Geiger of Double Sink reported that
short of the flesh. his people have gone to work with brave hearts
The deceased married Felicia Brown in 1844. to repair damages in his area.
In addition to his wife he is survived by the
following six daughters and one son: Mrs. C. K. *Mrs. William W. Watson of Judson presented Howard; Mrs. John Weeks; Mrs. W. E. Yearty; her husband with twins. These two and their
Mrs. Henry Sheppard; Mrs. John Creech; Mrs. other four little children are all the storm has left
E. C. Collier; and S. E. Worthington. A younger them. brother, Granville Worthington, and two sisters,
Mrs. Sasser of Bradford County and Mrs. Bryant
of Columbia County, also survive.
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30 OCTOBER 1902 melee, one of the shanties was fired into. It is
PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THE NEWS: said that Mr. McArthur stood bond for the
*J. E. Perryman and J. M. Prevatt from negroes involved and had the officer arrested.
Newtown; D. R. McElveen of Albion; J. N. Sheriff Sutton was wired for, but as he had gone
Horn of Judson; Capt. J. J. Johnson of to Fairbanks with a convict, Deputy Walker went
Williston; A. C. McCall of Bronson; I. W. to the scene of the trouble. We have no parRogers of Chiefland. ticulars.
BRONSON SCHOOL: 10 SEPTEMBER 1903
*Students making 100%o0 in Spelling: Fanny *County Commissioners had a report from J. R.
Dean, third grade; Bertha Willman, Fourth Willis who had been employed by the Board to
grade; Ira Cameron, Archie Campbell, Mary investigate ex-Sheriff Sutton in regard to the hire
Dean, Anna Fowler, Malcolm Graham, Con- of county convicts. That report showed a total
stance Jakobie, and Malcolm Sutton, fifth grade. shortage on the part of the ex-sheriff of $230.47.
*Students on the honor roll were: Thomas An- It is claimed that this amount is yet due the
derson, Ira Cameron, Archie Campbell, Mary county on money collected for the hire of conDean, Edgar Fletcher, Ollie Fletcher, Anna victs and fines. The bondsmen will appear at the
Fowler, Maude Graham, Annie Hatcher, Austin next meeting.
Hatcher, Avon Peacock, Annie Sale, Malcolm
Sutton, Jim Walker, and Bertha Wellman.
*Notice is hereby given that the undersigned who
BUSINESS NEWS: are qualified resident tax payers within Cedar
*A. L. Griffin and Homer Love have a business Key Special Tax School District No. 2 will
in Newtown. present to the Board of Public Instruction of
Levy County, Florida, at their regular meeting in
*Work has started on one of the big phosphate October, 1903, a petition asking that the present
plants to be erected for the Albion Chemical and Special Tax School District No. 2 be abolished. Export Company of Albion. This is one of the Signed: R. T. Walker, Joseph Booth, J. M.
richest phosphate companies in Florida, and a Pickett, J. B. Lutterloh, H. W. Steinhilper, W.
large force of hands will be employed. W. C. B. Hale, J. C. Hodges, W. R. Hodges, Frank
Adams is the manager. Cale, W. R. Hines, Jack Smith, W. T. McCreary, F. G. Bunker, E. J. Lutterloh, N.
*Other business and professionals mentioned are: Schlemmer, J. A. Williams, P. F. Kirchhain, J. Dr. William D. Hicks; Atty. E. A. Pinnell of L. Cottrell, J. R. Mitchell, C. W. Webster, G.
Bronson; Atty. Fred Cubberly and Atty. John R. W. McComber, Solomon Cannon, A. W. JohnWillis of Bronson; King and King, surveyors son, G. M. Rowland, J. B. Tooke, H. King, C.
from Lebanon; I. T. Fugate, surveyor from Alstin, A. W. Thompson, Frank Richburg, J. E.
Williston; Faircloth & Son, blacksmiths at Bron- Roland, William Canty, James Berry, R. W. son. Stapleton, Sol Bachman, and T. B. King.
MISC. NEWS:
J. H. Overstreet and Miss Mabel Porter were *A. B. Mott of Lebanon has completed the tram
united in marriage Friday. They went to Gulf road from Staten's still to Station B.
Hammock Saturday night.
Mr. Ford exhibited his stereopticon and *Rev. S. W. Sheffield has been conducting a
graphophone at the old school house in meeting in the eastern portion of the county.
Lebanon. Other news at Lebanon shows that W.
E. Weeks has been appointed Justice of the *The following schools are reported to be open:
Peace. Venable School with Miss Annie Colson as
teacher; Unity School, with Miss Jessie Guess as
*Mrs. H. B. Lloyd rented the Vingant house in teacher; Montbrook School with I. 0. Fender Albion. and Miss Josie Brooks, teachers; Deer Pen
School with Frank Swindel as teacher; Sand
*There was a rumor of considerable excitement Slough School with Charles C. Colson, teacher.
at Morriston Monday. Deputy Sheriff Chance
made a raid on about 20 gamblers and in the *Jacob Kelly lost his horse a few days since.
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*Others mentioned in the news: R. P. Priest, R. *The School Board met September 2 and granted T. King, and W. J. Folks of Lebanon; Jane the request of Otter Creek School to use one
Sneller and T. B. Morgan of Montbrook; W. G. month of the teacher's salary to complete the
Hudson and Miss Idabelle Clyatt of Chiefland; school house, provided it is agreeable with the
J. W. Adams of Judson; Judge G. T. Hill of teacher. The Board accepted a deed to the site
Morriston; Commodore Cottrell, Deputy Sheriff for Fort Clinch School. They agreed to furnish Gardner, Mrs. W. C. Ferriday of Cedar Key. three barrels of cement for a cistern at Hartman
School. Salary for the Emanuel School was set at
27 JUNE 1907 $30 for 5 months. The salary for Wylly School
was set at $30 for 6 months.
*Visitors to Bronson last week: I. T. Fugate, R.
M. Fugate, A. W. Smith, D. E. Williams, Bruce *Schools reported open are: Williston School, Tyner, A. H. Bateman, J. M. Gornto, F. T. with Prof. Culp as principal, Miss Grace Fielding
Herring, W. C. Davis, J. E. Robinson, Charles as first assistant and Miss Grace Pinnell as McDonell, S. J. Jirrel, F. M. Hester, Gus Mor- primary teacher; Bronson School opened Monton, H. L. Blitch, H. R. Roach, all of Williston; day with Prof. Finch as principal, Miss Ruth T. N. Smith of Wacahoota; W. H. H. Blitch, B. Burland as first assistant, and Miss Mary Guess J. Fountain, Emery Priest, Gabe Priest, of as teacher.
Morriston; W. E. McArthur of Montbrook; W.
T. Hood, Judge McDonell, George McDonell, *The Grand Jury report to Circuit Judge J. T.
and J. J. Bigham, of Shell Pond; and T. J. Cone Willis condemns the action of John R. Willis of Raleigh. who employed persons to canvass the county and
obtain the sentiments of persons whose names
*Business items included: Campbell's Soup for have been placed in the jury box as to the guilt sale, IOC per can, at S. L. Bean's Store; 0. N. hv enpae ntejr o st h ul
Sales & perCa, at S.l Beran' se 0or innocence of certain persons charged with Sanders & Co., a general merchandise store high crimes before the court. John R. Willis is a
located in Trenton; Beck and Guthrie's General local attorney. The Grand Jury also suggests that Store in Otter Creek; and S. Cannon's store in the County Commissioners get the logs out of Otter Creek. the roads.
*T. W. Shands and family left last Monday for *F. M. Hester, S. H. Blitch and J. P. Reddick Jacksonville. have new houses.
*Miss Maggie Dykes married Mr. W. I. Wilkin- *People mentioned in news items are: W. P.
son of Newtown Sunday. Scofield, C. A. Lindsey, Dr. T. D. Gunter, Jesse
Bean, Joe M. Prevatt, and E. A. Pinnell, all of
*J P. Strickland and his wife celebrated their 40- Bronson; J. R. and Ira J. Smith of Trenton; R. year wedding anniversary last Friday by the pic- T. King at Lebanon; E. H. Brewer of Williston; nic at Levyville. This is the first picnic they have W. M. Sheppard of Chiefland; George L. Meeks attended together since their marriage, of Ellzey; Mrs. M. Jolly and William Purvis of
*Dr. Gunter went to Archer Tuesday to assist Newtown; and J. J. Bigham of Archer.
Dr. DePass in an operation. *W. J. Epperson and daughters, Estelle and
Margaret, returned Thursday from a trip to
*Prof. T. W. Price, Mrs. W. D. Payne and Miss Jamestown. They also visited Washington City.
Kate Fielding of Williston went to Cedar Key Jaetw.Te _lovstdWsigo_ iy
Friday.
*David Yulee Reed, grandson of the late David 3 OCTOBER 1907 L. Yulee, is ill with thyphoid fever at Cedar Key. *Under school news: Miss Estelle Epperson has taken charge of the intermediate department of Bronson School,
26 SEPTEMBER 1907 relieving Miss Burland, who has accepted the
*President Theodore Roosevelt plans to stop Venable School. Miss Jessie Walker, teacher of
over in Louisiana to go bear hunting during his the Four Mile School, spent last week at home trip down the Mississippi to attend the Water- with her parents, the school being closed for a ways Convention in New Orleans. few days on account of a mumps scare.
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*W. C. Young, for several years past manager cff 23 APRIL 1908 the Otelia turpentine plant of J. L. Medlin & *CHURCH NEWS:
Co., has resigned his position to take up the Bro. Folks preached at the Cannon School house
study of medicine at Macon, Georgia. yesterday. Bro. Collier preaches on the third
*Burt Lindsay has purchased the livery stable Sunday night in each month at Otter Creek infrom W. H. Anderson & Co. stead of at Ellzey.
*There will be a picnic at Red Bug Hammock, or
*The stork made its eleventh visit Tuesday after- Cori C e il at of Janney, on
noon to the home of Conrad Wellman and left a May 15.
fine baby boy (Max D. Wellman). May 15.
*R. T. King's sawmill will soon be in operation
24 OCTOBER 1907 at Hickory Ford, on Ten Mile Creek. Another
item relating to businesses: Proctor and Smith of
*Recent visitors to Bronson: C. T. Abbott of Bronson are selling out.
Ellzey; Andrew H. Bateman, Hiram T. Mann, Alfred R. Smith, Gus A. Morton, and R. M. *Grandma Perryman is the heroine of these
Fugate, all of Williston. woods (Judson), having killed a mink in the
smokehouse and a large rattlesnake in the gar*Eugene Yearty of Otter Creek is in Atlanta to den. attend dental college.
*W. H. Anderson, W. J. Epperson, and Dr. Rice
*Judge Ethan Allen Pinnell and William J. Ep- have each bought a new horse.
person made a business trip to Gainesville Monday. *Other people mentioned in news items: W. H.
Clark and John Cox of Meredith; N. Slemmer,
*Levy County Courthouse souvenir post cards Col. J. A. Williams, and Judge Fred Cubberly of
are on sale at the store of William H. Whitehead Cedar Key; J. L. Crews of Rocky; S. Cannon of at 25' per dozen. Otter Creek; Louis Appel, Misses Lontine and
Audrie Barrow of Levyville; R. D. Westbrook
*Moses Fowler has moved his family from the and John Luke of Williston; and D. R.
Hammock to the Lewis Place. McElveen of Albion.
*Micajah Thomas Marshburn, W. T. Tuttle, and W. P. Pinnell spent several days in Gulf Ham- 7 MAY 1908
mock last week. *Miss Mace Bean, D. D. S., of Jacksonville, is
here on a visit to her old home.
*A Greek from Cedar Key was arrested for selling whiskey. *S. J. Gunn of Otter Creek was in Bronson
Monday.
*OBIT: John Williams *A. C. McDonald, former stiller of Cummer at
John Williams of Ellzey died 16 October Double Sink, has moved to Bronson with his
1907. He moved to Levy County in 1884, and is wife.
survived by the following children: John L. Williams of Ellzey; Mrs. Nancy K. Dorsett of *The sub-district school election held at Pine
Cedar Key; J. E. Williams of Ellzey; Mrs. Level resulted in the approval of three mills
Robert M. Ellzey of Tyler; George A. Williams being levied and in the election of W. H.
of Ellzey; Mrs. William Wofford Ellzey of Holbrook, John S. Drummond, and E. L. JanEllzey; and A. Berry Williams of Lukens. ney as trustees.
*Death of Charlie Webster, Jr., of Cedar Key *Col. John R. Willis and William Clements
was reported. Davis of Williston called on voters in the
Lebanon area last week.
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*In the Copper Sink area: C. B. Weeks is at 28 MAY 1908
home from Atlanta; R. R. Sanchez was seen *Burt Lindsay and Miss Maude Frank were
riding with his best girl yesterday; Mr. and Mrs. married in Stark and spent their honeymoon in Perryman have a nine pound baby boy; Mrs. Cedar Key.
William Robert Perryman has been confined to her bed with a bilious attack. *The annual Long Pond picnic held at Drum*OBIT: Mrs. Texanna Pinckston Sistrunk died mond's Landing was one of the best for this
April 26, 1908, at the home of her daughter, season.
Mrs. Jesse Mercer Willis of Williston. )this refers to Virginia Sistrunk who married Jesse Mercer *The Seaboard has returned the Early Bird
Willis, son of the Jesse Mercer Willis who found- passenger train service, connecting at Archer ed Williston.) with the Cedar Key-Jacksonville passenger line.
*Willard Carrier, the little Negro boy who shot 14 MAY 1908 and killed Warren Coleman, a Negro man at
*At this time, Oliver J. Farmer is editor of THE Rosewood, was given a preliminary hearing TIMES-DEMOCRA T. before Judge Friedman on Monday. Since he was
only about six years old, he was released under a
*Miss Lillie Eagin has been appointed agent for $200 bond. the S.A.L. railway at Meredith.
*In Williston, the Blitch Brothers are advertising *I. D. Thornton has a blacksmith shop in Brontheir furniture store and livery stable. The Meeks son. Brothers have an ad for their general store in Ellzey. T. J. Beck has a general store in Otter *Some people mentioned in news items: Mrs. M. Creek; W. H. Whitehead has one in Bronson. M. Yulee Reid of Cedar Key; T. N. Smith of
M. Clyatt has a store in Otter Creek. Proctor Wacahoota; C. E. Rodgers, J. L. Carter, and J.
and Smith advertise their "new brick store on the F. Taylor. corner" in Bronson. (Proctor was destined to remain in the partnership for only a few years. After his departure, the business continued as the 11 JUNE 1908 B. 0. Smith Store). E. A. Pinnell and W. P. *The kettle at the turpentine still belonging to C.
Pinnell have a law firm in Bronson known as E. Rodgers & Co. exploded one day last week
Pinnell & Son. King and King are timber and the plant came near burning up. Mr.
prospectors in Lebanon. Rodgers had a coppersmith from Jacksonville to
*OBIT: Mrs. William R. White repair the kettle.
Mrs. W. R. White of Cedar Key died May 5 and *The old Epperson store building occupied by
was buried at Archer next to the grave of her W. H. Whitehead is receiving much repairs.
daughter, Mrs. Willie McDonell.
*OBIT: Mrs. Sarah A. Stephens *For sale by J. P. Strickland: First class pair of
Mrs. Sarah A. Stephens, widow of the late Isham mules, 1000 and 1100 pounds, young, sound, and Stephens, died Sunday at the home of her in good condition.
daughter, Mrs. L. E. Faircloth, south of town.
*For sale by P. E. Saunders of Williston:
*The Baptist Aid Society of Montbrook adopted Spanish Jacks, 5 months old.
a resolution in memory of the late Mrs. J. S. Sistrunk. *People mentioned in the news: Dr. L. W.
Warren of Lukens; Dr. H. C. Turner; John Paul
*At Williston High School, winners of the Prevatt; 0. I. Highsmith.
reading contest are: Ted Williams, Gussie Mixon, Dorothy Willis, Charles Ellison, Laurie Ellison, 22 OCTOBER 1908 Mary Williams, and Pierce Harvey, all in the fif- *There are 1,270 qualified voters in Levy Counth grade; Katherine Smith, Jesse Harvey, David ty. Willis, Lula Hawkins, Harold Mixson, Ben Morton, Julia Gornto, and Bachman Tyner, seventh *The closed down sawmill of R. D. Medlin,
grade. Williston, burned last Thursday.
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*William J. Epperson and C. E. Rodgers atten- *Mr. R. D. Proctor, C. 0. Faircloth, Miss ded the meeting of turpentine operators in Estelle Epperson, Miss Mary Guess, Miss ConJacksonville. They report that the price of tur- stance Jacobie, and Miss Margaret Epperson pentine has advanced 2C. went to the Gulf Hammock Hotel Tuesday and
spent the day boating on the beautiful Wacasassa.
5 NOVEMBER 1908
*The election is over, and now it is time for *During his six years at school,'Conrad Wellman
hunting, canegrinding, and potato digging. has never missed a day.
*John L. Barrow and William Marion Prevatt of *ANNOUNCEMENTS: Picnic at Rodger's still, Chiefland were in Bronson this week. Saturday, June 12; Picnic and graveyard cleaning
at E. R. Hardee's. Cool drinks will be furnished Col Micajah Thomas Marshburn will be hunt- by I. P. Hardee.
ing down on the Suwannee River swamp this week. *People mentioned in news items: M. F. Collins,
*County Commissioners are: James David Hiers, James N. Harris, H. L. Wynn, S. W. Tew, all of
Chairman; J. E. Markham; Samuel Enos Wor- Double Sink; J. L. Crews of Ellzey; Mrs. W. H.
thington; John Brooks Lutterloh; and John Peter Clark of Meredith; J. N. Wood of Levyville; Dr. Reddick. L. W. Warren of Lukens; Joseph Boothby of
Cedar Key; and Mrs. J. W. Turner of Otter Creek.
12 NOVEMBER 1908
*Cane-grindings are all the go! 5 JANUARY 1911
*Montgomery M. Clyatt of Otter Creek was in *Hon. William J. Epperson went to Dunnellon
Bronson Saturday. Monday.
*The Levy County hen continues on strike; the *Mrs. Ella Davis moved to the Russell place on Thanksgiving cake will be eggless. the pond.
*John M. Wright, merchant at Rosewood, was in *K. P. Cook moved his family to a farm 4 miles town to register his son, Charlie, in the Bronson north of Bronson. School.
*Robert D. Proctor, Clarence A. Lindsay, and *Supt. Thomas W. Price returned from the state
Sheriff Walker left to go bear hunting in Suwan- teachers convention in Pensacola. nee Hammock.
*Dr. C. M. Purvis, formerly of Rosewood, is
*Micajah Thomas Marshburn, James M. Over- now located in Meredith.
street, James F. Taylor, and Joel P. Strickland are hunting bear on Tiger Island. The stories these boys will tell will make Roosevelt's African 24 AUGUST 1911 trip sound like a rabbit hunt! *A caravan of Indian Gypsies passed through on
their way from Oklahoma to the Everglades.
*OBIT: Dr. John H. Claywell Town horses were tied securely while town dogs
Dr. John H. Claywell died November 8, 1908, in made a racket. Cedar Key. Dr. Claywell, longtime resident of Levyville, was the oldest practicing physician in *Saturday afternoon, a log train of the Otter the county. Creek lumber company wrecked and one crew
member, Rafe West, was killed.
27 MAY 1909 *Hon. William Miller Barton and wife of
*Nearly 500 people went on the excursion to Williston spent a week at Indian Springs, Ga.
Cedar Key last Thursday. Two train coaches They visited the house which Chief McIntosh
were reserved for this trip. Col. S. C. Baylson, built in 1823 and in which he signed a treaty on Jr. was in charge. February 7, 1825, granting the lands to Georgia.
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This building, which is in fairly good shape, is *The school board had another "warm" session, owned by two old maids who have occupied it but managed to end politely. Attending were:
for years. Chairman Williams, W. W. Watson, and Lawton
Priest.
*T. J. Cone and son, A. J. Cone, of Raleigh
motored over to Gainesville Friday in their *Williston High School opened Monday with
Overland Model 42 automobile. Prof. M. E. Martin as principal, Miss Clifford
Parnell in the intermediate room, and Mrs. J. N.
*One of the oldest members of Ebenezer Baptist Willis in charge of music. Bronson High School Church, Mrs. Mary Jane Hodge, died recently. will open next Monday with Prof. Fogg, Mrs.
Fogg, and Miss Stapleton comprising the faculty.
*L. B. Rutland and family returned to Williston
after a visit with relatives in North Carolina.
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*Matthew A. Beck of Rocky celebrated his 79th *The annual report of Supt. T. W. Price shows birthday Sunday, July 30. He has eight living 70 schools in Levy County, with 1373 white children, one dead child, 57 grandchildren, and children enrolled and 801 blacks. The average 18 great-grandchildren. salary for the male teacher was $59.34, for
female white teachers, $44.84, and for black
*In Otter Creek, W. S. Yearty is having a great teachers, $30.75. clearance sale at his store.
*The school at Wylly opened September 4, with
*J. B. Smith and son, Malden, of Chiefland were 20 children and expecting 10 more. Miss Mabel in our area cow hunting. Worthington of Rosewood is the teacher.
*Teachers: Miss Iris Janney at Deer Pen; Miss *The Levyville school was reported to be doing Ottie Colson (at Bronson?); Miss Leila Creighton well under the management of Miss Alma at the Creech School; Prof. Wylley L. Tillis at Drummond. Otter Creek.
*People mentioned in news items: D. F.
*Sheriff Walker will sell a job lot of old pistols McElveen and Hon. J. L. Williams of Ellzey; at his office today. Mrs. Perkins and W. L. Tillis of Otter Creek; R.
D. Phillips of Meredith; S. L. Bean, Carl Hud*At Janney, E. L. Janney is selling out the inven- son, J. H. Lewis, Frank Garner, 0. J. Farmer, tory of his store at cost because of ill health. C. M. Rice, H. F. Spence, Miss Mary Guess, W.
B. Mozo, J. G. Folks, and C. E. Rodgers of
*Dr. J. N. Reddick, popular young dentist of Bronson; Wilda Marshburn of Cedar Key; W. T.
Williston, is doing some work here. Tindal of Levyville; W. P. Jones and W. P.
Geiger of Newtown.
*Clerk Albert Pearson Hardee, in the presence of
Judge Willis, has drawn the following jurors:
Haden Othor Drummond, J. M. Stephens, H. J. 21 SEPTEMBER 1911
Watkins, M. F. Collins, S. B. Raines, Silas *People mentioned in news items: B. B. Lowman
Langley Hardee, Solomon Osteen, J. S. Ingram, of Shell Pond; H. A. Stephens of Inglis; G. L. Alfred M. Dorsett, J. A. Overstreet, B. E. Fair- Meeks, Judge Will Yearty, T. C. Hogan, S. J. cloth, J. M. Clyatt, Percy Cone, and J. E. Gunn, Cabot Clyatt, all of Otter Creek; Louis
Markham. Perryman of Judson; Charles McDonell, W. 0.
Brewer, Mrs. Edna B. Peacock, L. S. Newsom,
*Cotton picking time is coming, but pindar L. C. Hester, Otis Hester, N. C. Landrum, all of
boiling time has "done come."~ Williston; C. B. Hudson and A. D. Perryman of
Janney; J. S. Blitch and Mont Brooks of Mont7 SE brook; W. S. Agnew of Rosewood; Deputy
FSEPTEME191711 Sheriff Richard, A. P. Schlemmer, F. E.
*The State Textbook Commission has adopted Wadley, Charlie Tindell, and H. G. Nelson of
an entire new set of books as far as Levy County Cedar Key. is concerned. Not one book in our schools will be
in future use.
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5 OCTOBER 1911 *Miss Lillie Bronson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
*W. H. Peacock took out an occupational license W. J. Bronson of Newtown, married Mr. Laring to open a grocery store in Rocky. Horne of Macon.
*OBIT: Mrs. Nancy P. Hodges *John Cook, brother of K. P. Cook of Bronson,
Mrs. N. P. (Nancy P., wid. of Dr. Andrew Elton died October 4 of consumption at the home of I. Hodges) died 30 September. She belonged to one C. S. Sheffield near Montbrook. He was buried of the old, prominent families of Levy County. at Pine Grove. She and her husband, the late Dr. Hodges, were
early settlers of Cedar Key. Survivors are: *Honor Roll at Bronson High School: Eunice
Culpepper J. Hodges, W. Randolph Hodges, Peacock, Christine Colson, Leona Colson,
Jules Hodges, Yulee Hodges, Mrs. P. F. Kir- Jaminie O'Berry, Norma Wellman, Theresa
chain, and Mrs. J. E. Hughes. Mrs. Hodges was Bevil, John Peacock, Annie Lee Farmer, Fred buried in Cedar Key. Colson, Aaron Baldree, Elizabeth Bean, Rosa
Taylor, Carl Wellman, Francis Thomas, Maggie
Thomas, Lenella Merchant, J. B. Anderson,
12 OCTOBER 1911 Ruie Sheppard, Virginia Colson.
*Mr. and Mrs. D. R. M Elveen spent Friday
night at Lukens. *The Bronson Literary Club plans a program for
the night of Friday 13. A quartet will sing "Gar*Prof. Fogg and Miss O'Berry spent Saturday in den of Roses". In the quartet are Margaret EpGainesville. person and Frank Marshburn. (They would have
been about 16 then. They were destined to get
*W. H. Hale of Cedar Key was here Saturday; J. married. She still lives in Bronson. He died a few S. Collier of Ellzey was here on Monday. years ago. Several of their great-grandchildren
live here. A lot of time has passed and many
*Mrs. W. H. Bigham visited her son J. J. things have happened since that night when those
Bigham at Shell Pond. young people sang their "Garden of Roses" in
Bronson, so long ago.)
*W. P. Jones, R. Hudson, and John Faircloth,
all of Newtown, were here Saturday. 19 OCTOBER 1911
*Miss Annie Colson, popular teacher at Ellzey, *J. M. Studstill, junior member of Clyatt & Co. spent the weekend with her parents. and popular manager of their mammoth store at
Cedar Key, was a business visitor here Monday.
*Misses Theresa Bevill and Annie Lee Farmer
visited Arredonda Saturday. *Deputy Sheriff John E. Robinson and Miss
Mollie Reddick drove over from Williston to be
*Z. B. Lanier recently paid a visit to his old married by County Judge John R. Willis. home in Wallace, North Carolina.
*The new brick store on the corner in Bronson is
*Tom Watson went to Otter Creek Tuesday to now operated by B. 0. Smith. I. D. Thornton is
see Dr. Eugene Yearty, the dentist, advertising his blacksmith shop; he makes a
specialty of wagon building.
*Mrs. W. T. Merchant spent Sunday at Meredith
with her sister, Mrs. S. J. Neal. *A To-Whom-It-May-Concern notice: Charles
Welk, the former cook at the Suwannee Inn
*Mrs. E. J. Peacock attended a Sunday School Hotel at Wylly, has been disposed for good and
Conference in Waldo. sufficient cause by the undersigned; the community is notified not to extend him or his
*E. T. Usher, with the Suwannee Turpentine Co. assistant woman helper any credit on our acat Janney, was here Saturday. count. --- Samuel B. Goldberg, Sec. & Treas.
*Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Smith of Williston were *Others mentioned in news items: P. W. Humhere Saturday. phreys, Capt. Laney, Capt. W. C. Brice, Avon
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Peacock, Annie and Otie Colson (teachers), Mrs. *In Willison, H. G. Carter is agent for the new J. L. Yeats, all of Bronson; A. L. Studstill of 1911 Hudson and Mitchell automobiles. Sumner; Cabot Clyatt of Otter Creek; M. F. Collins of Double Sink; J. R. Hudson, J. J. *Thomas B. Folks lives at Newtown.
Hudson, Sidney Gore, and Kinyon Gore, all of Janney; and P. P. Hill who resides four miles north of Bronson. 2 NOVEMBER 1911
*On Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock in the First Methodist Church at Wacahoota was one of 26 OCTOBER 1911 the prettiest weddings ever seen in this section,
*Mrs. W. E. Norton has returned from a visit when Miss Nannie Elizabeth Smith and Ralph with her son, Rev. W. C. Norton of Melrose. Camerson Epperson were married.
*James Willis Hare and his son, Lamar, are *H. T. Townsend (black), moderator of the New
leading farmers in the Chiefland area. Light Baptist Association, states that his people
are preparing to build a new house of worship in
*Mr. Cobb from Brooksville is arranging to open Bronson. They have also organized an orphanage a bottling works in Bronson. for the colored children of Levy County, to
which Sears, Roebuck & Co. has made a
*Joe M. Prevatt has consolidated his meat donation of $10.
market with the J. A. Dean Store, as the Lewis Store is being closed. *When Dr. Smith Turner and bride passed
through Bronson one night last week enroute to
*Miss Maude Graham is teaching at Cedar Key. Otter Creek, they were given a shower of rice, as the train stopped. That brought their thoughts
*J. S. Silas visited his sister, Mrs. S. L. Brock, at back to earth with a dull thud. The young friends Judson. of the doctor meant well, but we suggested that
they cook the rice.
*At the next meeting of the Bronson Literary Club, a debate will be staged on the subject of *Deputy Sheriff Tom Feming accidentally shot a which is more important, the scientific study of Negro at Otter Creek Saturday night. We are English or the scientific study of mathematics. told that the officer was in the act of striking a Putting up an argument for the affirmative will Negro, who was cursing and using vile language be Conrad Wellman and G. W. Fogg; for the in a public place, with a pistol, when without innegative, Dwight Yeats and S. L. Bean. tention the gun went off, wounding an innocent
bystander. Mr. Fleming came to Bronson Sunday
*Montbrook Junior High students who have not and surrendered himself to the sheriff, and Monbeen tardy for the past week: Lorene Sistrunk, day he was allowed to give bond until the Maude Ferguson, Gladys Limbaugh, Eddie Bur- wounded man gets well or dies.
ts, Ruby Greene, Mabel Scarborough, Alma LeviRubyEstheneilsoelScarboroug, Eunice *One of the most beautiful weddings seen in
Levine, Esther Wilson, Ruby Lennon, Eunice Waterboro, S.C., was that of Miss Edna McTier
Brooks, Odis Sistrunk, Burke Brooks, Martin of that city and Dr. Smith L. Turner of Otter
Greene, Leonard Collier, Frank Scarborough, Creek, Florida. It was held at the First Baptist
Stewart Tison, Clarence Wilson, Thomas Shef- Church, October 21, at high noon. field, Willie Sheffield, Eric Lennon.
*Honor Roll for Bronson High School: Christine Colson, Leona Colson, Norma Wellmann, 9 NOVEMBER 1911
Harriet Anderson, Sarah Polk, Margaret Epper- *W. T. Watson bought the meat market and cold son, Harry Colson, Conrad Wellmann, Jr., An- drink stand of J. A. Dean. nie K. Sale, lone Smith, Willie Jones, Rosa Taylori Aaron Baldree, Manilla Merchant, Em- *In Ellzey, Robert E. L. Phelps died November 4 ma Wellmann, Emma Jones, Cassie Colson, of malaria fever. He was buried at Galilee
Elizabeth Bean, Herman Wellmann, Lenilla Cemetery.
Merchant, Daisy Maxwell, Alma Jones, Cecil Colson, Georgia Neal, Madeline Taylor, Clark *The Bank of Levy County opened in Bronson Carter, J. B. Anderson, James Watson, Carl six months ago.
Wellmann, Lucile Hardee, and Lizzie Taylor.
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*The November 10 program for !The Williston therein. They are skilled workmen and will make
Literary Club will include a piano solo by Eva boiler making and sheet iron work a specialty.
Sullivan, a recitation by Leslie Beers, a duet by Eva Sullivan and Emma Peacock, a recitation by Marie Mixson, a solo by Maude Daughtery, a recitation by Mary Williams, and a quartette 8 FEBRUARY 1912
composed of Dollie Willis, Ruth Griffin, Allie *Political candidates to date are: J. Simeon BlitHester, and Laurie Ellison. ch for senator; A. P. Hardee for clerk; E.
Walker for sheriff; W. R. Coulter for tax
*In Williston, H. G. Carter has some "slightly assessor; John L. Carter, for tax collector; Chris
used cars" in stock: a 1910 Buick touring car, a W. McElroy for representative; John Willis and 1911 Hudson, a 1910 Cadillac, a 1910 Mitchell, W. H. Anderson for county judge; Thomas W.
and a 1910 Hupmobile Runabout. Price and Luther W. Callaway for school
superintendent.
*Mentioned in news items: S. E. Worthington of Rosewood; Joe McGowan of Newtown; and M. *The school board met February 5, and they or
F. Collins of Double Sink. dered the Verbenadale school house sold to Mrs.
E. B. Peacock for $35, hers being the highest bid.
14 DECEMBER 1911
*Col. John F. Jackson, Will Sheppard (Post- *Additional political candidates: Shelton Phillips
master), Darden and P. Faircloth went to Gulf for school superintendent; W. E. Horn for t.x
Hammock on a hunting and camping trip. Mr. collector; W. J. Epperson for representative; 1.
Sheppard had some new deer dogs that he was D. Bateman, Conrad Wellmann, and G.A.
anxious to try in the chase. Boyd, all for supervisor of registration; W. T.
Merchant for county judge; M. D. Dixon, J. H.
*J. G. Winningham went to Ellzey Tuesday to Collier, W. B. McElroy, 0. W. Berryhill, D. W.
break ground for the new turpentine plant of Blitch, F. E. Wadley, and Louis D. AbercromEpperson and Hardee. bie, all for county commissioner; J. L. Williams,
Lawton Priest, and J. A. Hawkins for school
*Kias Osteen and Frank Thomas killed a large board; W. P. Whitten and P. L. Jones for
wildcat on the pond. sheriff.
*Bronson School Honor Roll: Belle Baldree, Elizabeth Bean, Willie Jones, Fred Colson, Em- 21 MARCH 1912
ma Wellmann, Manilla Merchant, Emma Jones, *Several county schools annouce closing for
and Cassie Colson. summer. Janney reports that Prof. Swilley's
school had a poor average because the larger
*Wolf Sink School Honor Roll: Beulah Jordan, boys had to quit school to plant crops.
Gertrude Arrington, Ernest Crews, Sallie Watson, Joe Faircloth, and Collie Fralick. MAY 1912
*Annie Colson is teaching at Ellzey. *The primary election passed by quietly yesterday in Archer with 50 votes being polled.
11 JANUARY 1912 *The Archer Crate & Basket Company reports
*J. F. Cobb has most of the machinery for the the busiest year in its existence.
Bronson Bottling Works in place and will soon begin the manufacture of soda water and CocaCola. 30 MAY 1912
*Election results: Park M. Trammell, Governor "Sam Bryan of Raleigh has purchased a new of Florida; W. N. Sheats, State Superintendent
horse and buggy. Keep your eyes open, girls. of Schools; W. H. Anderson, Levy County
Judge; Shelton Phillips, Levy County Superintendent of Schools; E. D. Bateman, Levy County
*M. W. Smith and A. McAllum have rented the Supervisor of Registration; and Louis D. Aberold livery stable and opened a blacksmith shop crombie, County Commissioner for District 5.
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13 JUNE 1912 *OBIT: MARTHA WELLMAN
*On June 4, 1912, the Cedar Key State Bank was Martha Wellman, age 19, died at the home of formed with the following officers: W. Randolph her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Wellman, on Hodges, President; A. P. Schlemmer, Vice- July 15. She had been ill for several months from
President; W. H. Anderson, Jr., Cashier. The pellegra. Martha was born 26 November '1893.
board of directors is comprised of: W. R. She held a second grade teaching certificate and
Hodges; W. C. Bryce; A. P. Schlemmer; D. Y. gave great promise of being one of the most
Read; W. H. Anderson, Jr.; and H. E. Charpia. talented teachers in the county.
*A mder twostoy brck uildng ill e bilt*An application for a charter is underway for the Aoen totwostcorye bric n uldn willrbebits Cedar Key State Bank. Share holders are: W. R. onCtea nothestcreyf)eodad.tet Hodges, A. P. Schlemmer, D. Y. Read, W. C.
(CedarKey).Bryce, H. E. Charpia, all of Cedar Key; W. R.
*Several large sponge buyers have expressed the Gainesle and Moro Venbero, Arhr.,o desire to open a branch of their business in Gievle n oreVnbeo rhr
Cedar Key, but cannot do so without a bank. *In Ellzey, G. A. Calhoun and A. Hoover are in
business with a general repair shop: "We fix
*Cedar Key has submitted a bid for the anything that is broken; 18 years experience, give
Biological Station which is to be established us a trial."
somewhere on the west coast of Florida.. The
U.S. Commissioner of Fisheries has been notified *The delinquent tax list shows that the ownership that five acres of ground have been donated for of a surprisingly large number of parcels is the establishment of the station by the town of unknown. A person named Albert Otto owns Cedar Key and Eberhard Faber of Atsena Otie. about 20 sections, which translates into
something over 12,000 acres, mostly in the flat*The Standard Light Company of Jacksonville is woods between Bronson and Otter Creek. busy installing a gas light system for Cedar Key. *Under businesses, J. M. Studstill's general store There will be 19 lights of 150 candlepower at Sumner has a sale in progress; and M. M.
distributed over town. Clyatt's store at Otter Creek is featuring "Seed
Pinders $1.25." D. A. Andrews announces the
*The Cedar Key Board of Trade is actively annual stockholders' meeting of the Standard
engaged in trying to locate parties interested in Manufacturing Company in Cedar Key. The turestablishing an ice plant in the town. Much ice is pentine still of J. T. Peacock & Company at needed by the four large fish dealers and there is Honey Bluff (vicinity of Lebanon) was destroyed no doubt, but what quite a bit of ice can be by fire recently. E. T. Lucas has moved from
shipped up the road daily as far as Archer. Lebanon to Bronson, where he has a mail contract from Bronson to Judson.
*A committee from Cedar Key appeared before
the county commissioners at their June meeting *Woodrow Wilson, Democratic nominee for to propose a new road, above the high tide, be- president, is being censured by some Republicans tween Cedar Key and Lukens. The present road as being "an unreconstructed Rebel."
is, in some areas, under three feet of water. The *The ad writer for Dr. King's New Discovery for new road will cost about $2,500. Coughs and Colds predicts that this is an age of
*The commissioners declared the road which great discoveries and "soon we may see Uncle
runs parallel with the S. A. L. tracks between Sam's mail carriers flying in all directions, transBronson and Lukens to be the new county porting mail."
thoroughfare. *Lightning killed a cow belonging to Sol Osteen
_________________last Thursday.
18 JULY 1912
*The Levy County Board of County Coin- *Col. Marshburn of Cedar Key has recovered
missioners met July 1. Members present were: F. from his recent illness. E. Wadley, Chairman; J. H. Collier, W. B. *S. B. Humphrey of Meredith, "one of the best
McElroy, and D. W. Blitch. Bills read and or- old bachelors we ever knew," has resigned at
dered paid included: expenses for 37 paupers, Phillips & McEachin and left Saturday for his
$832.00; postage and express, $6.60; coffin, old home in Lumberton, North Carolina.
$3.00; grave digging, $1.00. __________15




22 SEPTEMBER 1915 Company, has returned from a visit to his family
*Fisheries known as Reddy's Landing on Cow in Meredith. W. N" Long of Gulf Hammock,
Creek and Burns Landing on the Wacasassa most famous violini t in Levy County, visited his
River are now open---will exchange fish for sister, Mrs. M. M. Taylor, in Lukens. Mrs. H.
bacon, lard, sweet potatoes, and syrup. Contact C. Arneson and daughter, Eunice, of Cedar Key Williams Bros. of Ellzey; Clyde Williams, Mgr. were guests of Mrs W. C. Smyth of Lukens.
Bob Ishie was in port with his yacht Saturday.
*Election to determine whether part of the coun- Dr. Cannon of Sumner was in Lukens Saturday. ty should be cut off to form Bloxham County:
Raleigh had 76 yes and 2 no votes; Williston, 210 *From the Cedar Key Column: Mrs. W. H. yes and 23 no; Montbrook, 17 yes and 42 no; Crevasse gave a party for her daughter Abaline's
Inglis, 5 yes and 23 no; Gulf Hammock 2 yes sixteenth birthday. Mr. J. P. Ambrose is Cedar
and 13 no votes. Key's best rod and reel fisherman.
*P. B. Butler takes over the position of editor *From the Gritsville Column: (Gritsville seems to from F. E. Robbins at The Levy Times- be the area around Deer Pen). Prof. Ogden is
Democrat. Farewell from Robbins: "With this running the Markham School. Mr. J. A. Chesser
issue, I sever my connection with The Levy killed a wildcat on October 2, and Mr. A. L.
Times-Democrat, over the destiny of which I Long killed one the same week. Mr. Chaimus
have presided for nine months. I have had a call Huff made a trip to Montbrook this week. elsewhere--the call of the almighty dollar, which
few men will not heed." *J. C. Sale has an ad for his real estate and abstract business and says that the name
*A large number of young people at Deer Pen "Wacasassa" comes from an Indian word
enjoyed a nice hay ride Sunday evening, meaning "Fat Cattle."
*Other people in the news: H. J. Garner of
Newtown; T. J. Lightfoot of Levyville; L. A. 21 OCTOBER 1915
Tolar, postmaster of Cedar Key; Franklin *The new editor, P. B. Butler, has made his first
Rodgers of Otter Creek; A. P. Markham of trip out of Bronson in his announced program to
Montbrook; Mrs. Mary Page and Mrs. Bame visit every section of the county. Saturday, he
both of Lukens. rode the train to Cedar Key and had the pleasure
of meeting the conductor, Capt. John Bryce.
*INFORMATION WANTED: I will thank Butler noted that the only pound net fishing in
anyone to let me know the whereabouts of the state is done offshore from Cedar Key. UnDaniel G. Page, a small man about 60 years of der the present law, it can be done only outside age, slightly bald, with streaky gray hair and the state waters. This means the pound nets are deep blue eyes. Have not heard from him since operated six to eight miles out in the Gulf. The he left Chiefland, Florida, about February 9, editor also noted a few of the Cedar Key business 1914. establishments: M. E. Feinburg's Store; J. B.
Lutterloh's Store; Schlemmer & Sons; F. E.
*Deer Pen School is progressing nicely under the Wadley & Son; W. L. Markham's Market; the control of Prof. J. D. Hiers. drug store of J. P. Ambrose & Co.; Williams
Bros.; Fred Whitman; Dan Lewis' Store; Mr.
*Over 100 head of cattle were driven through Sewell; L. A. Tolar; Hodges Bros.; T. W.
town one day this week. 0. C. Markham and V. Brewer; the restaurants of W. B. Ellis, Mrs. E.
L. Anthony bought the cattle from S. K. San- T. Ellis, and Mrs. Blitch; the Marshburn House
chez, G. A. Boyd, B. 0. Smith, Elias Walker, (hotel); the White House; and the Schlemmer
Joe M. Prevatt, J. D. Hiers, and Mrs. John Hotel.
Smith, all of Levy County. It is said that the cattle brought $20.00 per head. *At Vista, T. J. Yearty is installing machinery to
manufacture automobile tires from palmetto.
Tests have indicated that these tires are more
14 OCTOBER 1915 durable than pneumatic tires. These palmetto
*From the Lukens Personals: Mr. C. W. Wright, tires will never wear out. Pneumatic tires will engineer on the logging tramway of the Tilghman become a thing of the past.
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*Cummer Cypress Company now has a railroad *Mr. Anderson is postmaster at Inglis.
from Vista to the S. A. L. road at Sumner, eight miles from Cedar Key.
30 DECEMBER 1915
*There are 22 school districts in the county. *Mrs. S. C. Clyatt died Monday in Otter Creek.
Cedar Key and Williston have brick buildings, and Bronson will soon have one. *Mrs. J. H. Collier was buried Sunday in the
*Dr. J. Roy Hawkins has written a letter to the Levyville Cemetery. editor endorsing the idea of a County Board of *Miss Elizabeth Sheffield married William Trade. Ferguson of Avon Park last Saturday.
*News from Lightsey: Folks are having a lot of *Misses Rhoda and Montie Highsmith came over peanut boilings around here. The school has an from Newtown Monday. enrollment of 18 pupils. Mr. M. M. Clyatt was visited by his father, S. Clyatt of Trenton. Mr. *Prof F. H. Toennies will arrive this week from M. Clyatt made a business trip to Hardee last Tampa to open the spring term of Bronson High
Saturday. Hardee is a thriving little town of School.
which we are proud. Mr. C. Durrance and son, Morris, attended church at Long Pond last Sunday. Cotton picking is most over around Lightsey and the crop was unusually large. Mr. J. P. 13 JANUARY 1916 Owens visited Trenton last Thursday and reports *Henry and Francis Coultr want bicycles and that Trenton is a busy place. *er n rni ole atbcce n
will sell their donkey, cart, and harness at a
*In Verbena Dale: Prof. Hardee runs the school. bargain. Mrs. Hatch left for Live Oak to visit her son. I. S. C. Sheffield left Thursday on a trip to South *Mr. o. J. Farmer spent Tuesday here in the inFlorida. (Vervena Dale still exists in 1982 as a community. It is located about 4 miles west of *Cedar Key News: Capt. and Mrs. Butts are Williston on the Bronson road). visiting in Jacksonville. Mr. Yulee Kerchain,
*At Gritsville: The Markham School is in a cashier of the State Bank of Cedar Key, is
flourishing condition with 20 pupils. Mr. Oscar making several improvements at the picture show Markham from Bronson visited relatives here last this week. David Cannon and Carl Hudson of week. Mr. H. Morgan, in charge of J. S. Fisher's Chiefland were callers at the office of the new Convict Camp, has bought himself a fine new Florida Normal College and Business Institute in
Ford car. Other people living in the Gritsville Cedar Key. Sam White of Cedar Key visited area are: J. M. Stephens, J. M. Chesser, J. E. Gainesville last Saturday to hear the lecture of Markham, and W. C. Chesser. the noted William Jennings Bryan and for other
purposes also, but these he would not explain.
*Back at Bronson: Manager Hoffman of the Sumner Hotel was a business visitor here last *Summer News: Mrs. Recie Bass has returned week. The moving picture man came up from from a visit to Madison, Florida. J. C. Taylor
Sumner and put on a show here Tuesday night. killed two deer recently. Miss Gertie McCumber
Mr. A. P. Carswell went over to Jacksonville. has returned to her home in Cedar Key after Burt Hughes, Jesse Dixon, and John Peacock visiting her sister, Mrs. McElviene.
spent yesterday hunting in Gulf Hammock. Miss Maidie Sasser is agent-operator for the S. A. L. here. Mr. G. Thompkins of Otter Creek, while *James R. Hudson of Janney is filing for
returning from Fort White last Sunday, had a breakdown with his car at Meredith. Mr. J. F.
breadow wih hs cr atMerdit. M. J F.*Foreclosure proceedings are being processed by (Shug) Faircloth, the garage man here, went over *Frcouepoednsaebigpoesdb Monday and got the car in working order. Peninsular Naval Stores against the Knight Turpentine Company.
*In Williston: The store owned by G. P. Tyner and J. R. Miller is in bankruptcy.
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17 FEBRUARY 1916 *The north-bound passenger train was delayed
*Editorial: A walk around Bronson will convince several hours Monday on account of the trestle anyone that in this community can be found being burned at Otter Creek.
some of the finest truck and vegetable lands to
be seen anywhere in the state. *M. T. Milton of the west side was in Bronson
this week.
*Bronson is making a move on the painting and
sign business. Those businesses newly decorated *At Gritsville, the school is being conducted by with paint and signs are: Bronson Drug Store; Prof. J. D. Ogden.
M. D. Dixon's Store; G. C. Darden's Store; and
the office of G. C. Sale and C. S. Bean. *The primary election is coming up this spring.
Candidates are: Raddie Davis of Cedar Key, A.
*The Levy County Board of Trade was organized H. Ellzey, J. M. Roach, Jr., of Williston, and E.
this week to help promote growth and industry in Walker (incumbent) for sheriff; John R. Willis Levy County. Officers are: W. J. Epperson, (incumbent) for county judge; L. W. Drummond
president; P. B. Butler, vice-president; J. C. of Raleigh for clerk; John C. Weimer, Sr., for Sale, secretary; and B. 0. Smith, treasurer. representative; John M. Gornto and F. E.
Wadley for state senator; W. F. Osteen and T.
*WOODLAKE STOCK FARM: Less than a year W. Price for school superintendent; William R.
ago, Mr. T. J. Cone of Gainesville started Coulter (incumbent) for tax assessor; R. M.
Woodlake Stock Farm fifteen miles south of Fugate (incumbent) for tax collector; and H. E.
Gainesville in Levy County. A substantial fence Sheppard for commissioner of District 2. was put around over 4,000 acres of land, and (Something was going on about "county
$20,000 was spent on improved stock and division". Each candidate for senator or
equipment. 850 acres were planted in forage representative energetically announced that he
crops. This is one of the first large stock farms in was against it. This seems to have stemmed from the state, and it is being watched with much in- the attempt to form Bloxham County from part terest. Its success will show the value of Florida of Levy County and part of Marion County). weather and growing conditions, and will help
promote such large operations in the state. 2 MARCH 1916
*Bill Simpkins is farming out on Chunky Pond.
*A visitor, B. A. Pedrick of Montbrook, was
showing a large one-cent piece made in 1972. It *Cedar Key News: The White House Hotel was a curiosity to some who had never seen a caught fire from a defective chimney, but the
"copper" quite so large. While looking at it, Tin Bucket Brigade arrived and extinguished the
Conrad Wellman showed a half-dollar dated fire. Miss Gertie McCumber, Miss Velma Clyatt,
1819. Miss Lamar Clyatt, with Alf Dorsett and Clyton
Clapo were visitors in Sumner Sunday. L. A.
Toler is postmaster in Cedar Key.
24 FEBRUARY 1916
*The Long Pond School and community enjoyed *In Otter Creek, the Florida Scrub Brush Coman oyster roast at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. pany is making the "famous Peerless Floor A. Beck on February 11, it being the close of Scrub" from corn shucks.
school. The young people of Long Pond had
another party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. *From Bronson, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Fisher, son
M. Beck Thursday night. Frank, Dr. W. H. Spires and Mr. G. A. Boyd
went over to Green Cove Springs last Sunday.
*Arthur Miles of Morriston returned from South Other news from Bronson: Many people from Florida with his bride, here attended the Chautauqua at Williston last
week.
*Among the students entering the college at
Cedar Key last week were Mabel and Lynda
Cason, Velma Clyatt, Verney and Earley Horn, 6 APRIL 1916
all of Chiefland; Alf Dorsett of Sumner; Ruth *Dedication of the new school building at Cedar
Berry, Ben Curry, John Richburg, Sam Joseph, Key will be held April 7, 1916.
Alex Kapote, Noel Solomon, all of Cedar Key.
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*Monday, U. S. Senator Nathan P. Bryan and who enjoy bathing will bring along their bathing
ex-Governor Albert W. Gilchrist will make suits. (Mr. Jones apparently intended to tolerate
political speeches at Bronson. Another candidate no skinny-dipping candidates at his picnic. for U.S. Senator, Hon. Perry G. Wall, delivered People in those days went bathing, not swima speech here some weeks ago. The other ming. Language does change.)
aspirant, Gov. Trammell, will probably be along soon. *Levy County's per capita indebtedness is 40C as
compared with Manatee's $85.10. Only Lafayette
* Last Thursday, eighteen houses burned at Cedar County with its 9C is lower. Key. The Episcopal Church was also destroyed.
*Mr. Sam S. White, proprietor of the White
*The bank of Williston, oldest and largest bank House Hotel in Cedar Key, and Miss Olivia in the county, pays 407 on time deposits. The Colson were married Sunday afternoon.
directors are: E. A. Osborne, H. H. King, J. E. Paslay, T. L. Williams, H. G. Nelson, J. K. *Prof. and Mrs. Osteen left Cedar Key Monday
Harrison, W. M. Barton, I. T. Fugate, J. A. to visit her people in Leon County. Prof. Osteen
Harvey. is a candidate for Superintendent of Levy County
Schools.
*Among the visitors to Bronson last week were: P. D. Jerkins and W. J. Whitehurst of Raleigh;8JU E16
Sr.,of Wilrison.obeSik n .Rah *The greatest naval battle in the world's history
Sr.,of Wllison.was fought off the Danish coast between the
*Persons currently homesteading land are British and German fleets. About 150 warships
William H. Koon of Inglis, James M. Surls of were involved and 10,000 lives were lost. The
Sumner, Frank Frier of Wilcox, and William S. British won.
Sheppard of Chiefland.
* President Wilson attended the memorial exer*The town of Cedar Key has a spread in this cises held in the Confederate section of Arlington
issue welcoming visitors. The population is given National Cemetery. as being about 1,000. A list of businesses and other aspects of the town include: 3 meat *County primary elections have ended. Remarkets, 5 fish houses, 3 oyster houses, 1 elected officials are: E. Walker, Sheriff; William
bakery, 1 fiber factory, .3 wood yards, 3 chur- R. Coulter, Tax Assessor; R. M. Fugate, Tax ches, 1 successful bank, 1 theatre, a good high Collector; W. J. Epperson, Representative; John school, a college, 10 grocery stores, 5 dry goods R. Willis, Judge. W. F. Osteen was elected stores, I millinery shop, 3 barber shops, a pool Superintendent of Schools and Luther W. room, pressing clubs, good bathing places, the Drummond beat incumbent A. P. Hardee as city hall, a bottling works, 2 large cedar mills, 4 Clerk. hotels, boarding houses, a secret society (Masonic), W. 0. W., 2 drug stores, delightful *Fletcher Drug Store in Williston has an ad: "A climate, good yachts. "Cedar Key has all it takes call at this place will show you that trading here to come back if you come once." is a pleasure."
*Edward F. Zetrouer has a law practice in Bron11 MAY 1916 sn
*Emery and Newton Priest announce a picnic *Miss Bertha Wellman, who taught at Port
with political speeches May 19 at Center School Orange, is at home for the summer. House, situated about 2 miles south of Morriston. *A great deal of cotton has been planted on the
west side.
*A Sunday School picnic will be held on May 27 at Wolf Sink School House. *May Mercantile Company in Hardee has an ad
listing 12 pounds of sugar for $1.00; 7 / pounds
*A Gulf Hammock picnic will be hosted by F. of coffee for $1.00; and 12 cans of tomatoes for
W. Jones on the banks of Wekiva Run on May $1.00.
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15 JUNE 1916 Unity, Miss Niblack; Rosewood, Miss Gertrude
*An editorial mentions that Bronson is not an Drummond; Meredith, Allison Janney; Billups, incorporated town. It was known to have been Austin Baird. The others have not been selected
incorporated in the 1880's (from cords of a yet.
lawsuit), so it has apparently gone to an unincorporated status since then.
6 JULY 1916
*Judson is to have a picnic June 23. They say the *In Lebanon, the ten year-old daughter of Edpicnic is to be staged after the election in order ward McCain died of malaria fever. to "avoid political excitement."
*The editor, P. B. Butler, went out in company
*In Lebanon News: Mr. C. E. Robinson has a with Col. E. F. Zetrouer a few days ago and had
fine crop; and the work of Ridman Lumber his first sight of Blue Springs near Bronson.
Company is progressing over in the Sand Slough
area. *Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Myers, with their
children, Ada and Lewis, have recently come
*In Bronson News: Outstanding gardens are from Maryland to settle in Levy County. Mr.
being grown by G. C. Darden, H. B. Hughes, I. Myers bought a farm near Chiefland and already W. Faircloth, and M. D. Dixon. Dr. J. M. has it in production.
Boling, brother of Mrs. W. J. Epperson, died in
Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he resided. *Recent visitors in Bronson: T. J. Yearty of
Vista; C. C. Calloway of Morriston; C. C.
Gaines, H. L. Coleman, George Cannon, all of
22 JUNE 1916 Lebanon; Hustus Studstill, W. G. Hudson, and
*W. M. Nicholls and Miss Emma Young were Hon. John C. Weimer of Chiefland; T. J. Fairmarried Sunday at the bride's home near the cloth of Judson; Dr. J. M. Goode, T. L.
Fiber Factory. Williams, George M. Willis, and J. H. Jacobie
of Williston; Miss Louise Sanders of Shell Pond;
*Mentioned in news items: C. C. Gaines, Mrs. D. P. Wilkerson of Sumner; Samuel Hartman,
R. T. King, Mrs. R. M. King, Mrs. Henry Can- Jackson Watkins, G. L. Meeks, Boston Jones,
non, and Mrs. George Cannon, all of Lebanon. all of Gulf Hammock; A. B. Sanchez of Judson;
T. L. Williams, Charles Tindale, G. A. Calhoun.
all of Ellzey; Joe F. McGowan of Levyville; Ben
30 JUNE 1916 Curry and J. F. Taylor of Cedar Key; G. W.
*The editor, his wife, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Har- Roberts of Red Hollow; W. D. Wynn of Janney. dee and two of their little sons took a trip Friday
through the west side. The trip was made in *R. R. Carroll of Ocala is distributor for the
Hon. Hardee's auto and went from Bronson to Maxwell automobile. According to his ad, the
Judson. From Judson, the run was made over new 1917 Maxwell holds the record for longest
part of the Newtown rogd, leaving that road and running of the engine without a moment's stop, coming back into the Judson-to-Bronson road at 44 days and nights, and the greatest continuous a point beyond the Iron Bridge. mileage without repairs or stops except for gas,
*Schools and their principals selected for next oil, and water, 22,000 miles. The new Maxwell term: Bronson, Miss Irene Brewer; Lebanon, sells for $650. (Gunnell's note: I remember seeing
Miss Maide Churchill; Chiefland, L. L. Callaway one of them in storage. It had a flathead 6with Miss Inez Hardee as assistant; Center, Miss cylinder engine, magneto ignition, acetylene gas Mollie Nogle; Four Mile, Miss Louise Barrow; headlights, 4-speeds forward, right side steering,
Montbrook, Miss Mary Guess; Double Sink, with the shift lever and parking brake handle
Miss Rosa Hiers; Wolf Sink, Mrs. Susie Hardee mounted outside on the running board. Old with Miss Mary Arrington as assistant; Deer Pen, Timers may recall that the Jack Benny radio Lora Wynn; Red Hollow, F. E. Crews; Copper series during the thirties and forties featured Mr.
Sink, Miss Maude Home; Ebenezer, Miss Lamar Benny's mythical Maxwell with sound effects by
Clyatt; Raleigh, Mrs. Anna Snyder; Long Pond, Mel Blanc. The 1917 Maxwell never developed Ollie Owens; Inglis, Miss Frankie Home; Cason, battery problems; it had no battery.) Miss Delma Hiers; Creech, Miss Eugenia Hayes;
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13 JULY 1916 at Vista, Florida. The building is to be 24 ft. x 32
*Alec Markham and family from near Romeo ft., walls 10 ft., weatherboarded with shingles;
have been visiting relatives in Gritsville last week. floored but not ceiled.
*A young man from Hickory Island, Culpepper
Hodges, is visiting the R. T. King family at 26 OCTOBER 1916
Lebanon. Probably something around Lebanon *The Waccassasa news correspondent starts the
has attracted Cul's attention, column with, "Hurrach for Sidney J. Catts!"
and ends the column with the same. Mr. Catts is
*Some other people mentioned in the news: W. a candidate for governor, opposed by W. V.
B. Lukens of Rosewood; Mr. L. C. Hester, Knott. There is much flap going on as to who is
president of the Williston Mfg. Co.; and J. J. the rightful Democratic Party nominee. The Bigelow, vice-president of Port Inglis Terminal State Democratic Committee designates Mr. Company. Knott while the rank-and-file citizens seem to
prefer Mr. Catts. Other news in this column: Ed
*W. L. Hafelee of Thomas County, Georgia, is Williams School has Miss Hattie Pinner as
visiting his mother on their farm south of Bron- teacher; people can buy mullet at 3C at the son. fisheries on Cow Creek and the Waccasassa
River; and a large crowd attended the box sup*Two excursions to Cedar Key have been called per at Ellzey Saturday night. of on account of the railroads moving troops to
the Mexican border.
2 NOVEMBER 1916
*Shocking news comes from Chiefland early this
3 AUGUST 1916 morning that one of the boilers at the sawmill
*The editor wishes all those returning fishermen exploded and killed John Dees, his son, and a to understand a new policy around here. If the negro man. Details of the awful accident have editor is to stop work and listen to all those long- not yet been learned. winded accounts of the fish caught, then the
editor expects to be presented with some of those *The law requires all automobile owners to fish. produce license and tag numbers for their cars
beginning October 1 of each year. Prices are:
,Tax Assessor William R. Coulter has 50 acres $3.00 for 1-3 passenger cars; $5.00 for 3-5 planted in velvet beans, passengers; and $10.00 for 6-10 passengers.
*Dr. W. H. Spires is moving to Chattahoochee *Others mentioned in news items: Jesse L. Kenand will be replaced at Bronson by Dr. McLeod nedy, L. Z. Watson, and J. W. Hodgens of from Georgia. Inglis; W. H. McCain, Willis McCain of Cedar
Key; Leo Brian, A. S. Osteen, A. L. Long, P. S.
Lancaster, and E. T. Long of Gunntown.
12 OCTOBER 1916
*George B. Bailey and Alice Nichols were
married Sunday at the home of the bride in 9 NOVEMBER 1916
Lebanon. Bro. Wadkins conducted the services. *The western part of the county has been enjoying a boom lately. A number of progressive
*William E. Rivers has moved from High farmers from near Fitzgerald, Georgia, have
Springs to open a law office in Bronson. bought land just a little more than a mile east of
Chiefland and Hardee. These farmers are Henry
*Deer Pen School Honor Roll: Britton and Clara M. Berry, John W. Fountain, and Phillip C. Lewis, 5th grade; Zacherious Lew and Wallace Paulk. In addition to the above land, they have
Richardson, 4th grade; Sebron Chesser, Elmer rented the entire farm of H. Studstill.
Richardson, and Lawrence Richardson, all 3rd
grade; Mae Richardson, 2nd grade; and Estelle *P. B. Butler, manager of The Times-Democrat, Fowler, Chart Class. has servered his connections with the paper. The
new editor-PUBLISHER AND MANAGER IS
*Bid Notice: Bids will be accepted until the 4th J. C. Sale. Conrad Wellman, Jr. is chief boss of day of September, 1916, to build a schoolhouse the mechanical department.
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*A group of local citizens has formed a commit- I. S. C. Sheffield will move from the home he tee to make Bronson the "Community now occupies just north of town to the old
Beautiful." Coultier residence of Bronson.
*It has been suggested that Jackson's Island, the picnic grounds owned by the Methodist Church, 7 DECEMBER 1916
be used as the annual camp meeting ground *S. S. Smith of Newtown has put up a corn mill.
where assemblages and chautauquas can be held.
*Judge John R. Willis lost his horse Monday, the
*OBIT: DR. J. M. GOOD animal having died from overeating velvet beans.
Dr. J. M. Good of Williston died yesterday as a result of injuries suffered from being hit by a *Roadwork is to begin in earnest between Brontrain in Raleigh. Dr. Good practiced medicine in son and Williston. It will be a hard surface road. Williston and was highly thought of in the coun- There are three routes to pick from. After the ty. Bronson-Williston road is completed, a new one
will be started from Bronson to the Alachua County Line.
23 NOVEMBER 1916
* Sidney J. Catts was elected governor by a 30% *A party of Cedar Key citizens are talking of margin, going to Tallahassee by boat to witness the
inauguration of the new governor. They plan to
*Mrs. A. G. Fletcher of Meredith thanks her go up the coast to St. Marks, where they will anfriends for being so kind to her following the chor their boats, going on to Tallahassee by rail. demise of her husband. This will be one of the prettiest as well as one of
the most interesting trips made by any party. The
*Mrs. E. F. Sargent, daughter of W. T. Watson, writer wishes, by all powers of politics, that he lives in Delta, Colorado. Mrs. D. D. Musgrove, could be one of that party. daughter of Mrs. Annie Sale, lives in Lake City.
14 DECEMBER 1916
30 NOVEMBER 1916 *Stockholders of the Bank of Levy County elect*Attorney John R. Willis has applied for a par- ed the following: W. J. Epperson, President; don for Sallie Shaw who was indicted for murder John R. Willis, Vice-President; J. C. McEachin, of one Sam Shaw of Double Sink. Cashier. Directors are: the above officers, A. P.
Hardee, E. Walker, Leroy Wood.
*J. E. Morris and family moved to Bronson from Morriston to take charge of the agency here *People in the news: Charlie Hoffman of Otter for the S. A. L. The M. M. Morris family has Creek; Samuel Hartmanof Gulf Hammock; A.
moved from Bronson to Sumner. F. McDonell of Raleigh; and the W. J. Faulkner
family, recently moved to this county from
*People mentioned in news: Hon. J. S. Blitch, Berrien County, Georgia.
George Foreman, Milton Ashwood, Jim Sims, and Ed Armstrong, all of Montbrook; James P. Graham and T. C. Hogan of Janney; Getts 21 DECEMBER 1916
Drummond and H. 0. Drummond of Chiefland. *0. F. Hester, secretary and treasurer of the
Williston Mfg. Co., has announced the annual
*Andrew J. Beck of Chiefland made homestead stockholders meeting.
entry on 30 October 1913. Witnesses were Frank Frier, C. Durrance, M. Clyatt, and W. S. Lee, *James P. Graham of Janney and Sidney S.
all of Chiefland. White of Bronson have filed for homesteads in
the county.
*Jesse L. Kennedy of Inglish made homestead entry on 14 December 1910. Witnesses were: J. *The Trenton Telephone Company is installing
W. Hudgens and L. Z. Watson of Inglish; W. H. their lines to Bell, Old Town, Eugene, Coss
Willis McCain of Cedar Key. City, Wilcox, Hardee, and Chiefland, with exchanges in Trenton and Brosnon. Charges will be G. H. Maxwell and his mother have moved to '$3.00 per month for business lines and $2.00 per
their home about a mile northeast of Bronson. month for residence phones.
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*Lewis Days of Montbrock has filed for *Emmet Thomas of Janney has filed for
homestead. homestead.
*People in the news items: Steve Johnson, Porter *The steam powered sawmill of G. B. Sanchez at White, Alfred Wilkerson, and Sidney S. White of Double Sink is being sold at auction following a Bronson; T. C. Hogan of Janney; Oscar S. court decision.
Sheppard, G. M. Willis, G. B. Thomas, Q. H. Thomas, and Paul Willis of Williston. *William H. Anderson, Jr., is administrator of
the estate of his father, William H. Anderson, Sr.
28 DECEMBER 1916
*W.S. Stephens will go in a few days to Lunkens *The Cedar Key State Bank has capital assets of where he will accept a position with the big lum- $51,594.77. Y. H. Kirchhain is cashier. Directors ber company located there. are J. W. Turner, W. C. Bryce, and Y. H. Kirchhain. The Citizens Bank of Williston assets of
*Bronson people gladly welcome the soon to be $64,565.58 arrival of Prof. and Mrs. W. F. Osteen. Mr. Osteen comes to take charge as County Superin- *Other people in the news: Dr. R. F. McLeod of tendent of Schools. Otter Creek; Mr. Samuel Hartman of Gunntown; and C. E. Rogers of Chiefland.
22 FEBRUARY 1917 *Miss Gornto of Williston was in Bronson last
*Mrs. Mary Renfroe has died, leaving two sons week working in the interest of the Chautauqua. by her first husband. They are Thomas and Miss Opal Blitch and Miss Irene Brewer attended
Alfred Wilkerson. She was buried at Ebenezer, the Williston Chautauqua. services by I. S. C. Sheffeild.
*Miss Mae Berryhill married Mr. W. T. Taylor 1 MARCH 1917
of Ocala on February 12. *Gus Morton of Williston has already shipped 3
carloads from his 65 acres of cabbage.
*The 14 year-old son of Mrs. J. L. Carter, Clarke Carter, droped his shotgun through a *Miss Violet Wallace, popular teacher at Shell
crack in the Wacassassa River Bridge. The gun Pond School, married Mr. Alex McDonald of
fired, striking his left arm and igniting his Williston recently. clothes. Some other boys extinguished the fire.
*The wife of Martin Huggins was buried at
*J. H. Dixon has bought the large refrigerator Orange Hill Cemetery last week. and other fixtures 6f the market formerly belonging to R. Bronson who has operated a *At Lebanon, the orange trees show poor
market here for some time. Mr. Dixon will prospect for an orange crop.
operate the market now in connecton with his father's store. He will have the market screened *Rev. Denton is pastor of Bronson Methodist from floor to ceiling, making it free from flies Church. and will also make it otherwise perfectly sanitary.
*The convict gang was brought up Tuesday from
*The bank of Levy County at Bronson has near Cedar Key to build the hard surface road
capital assets of $153,259.51. between Bronson and Williston. Their camp will
be at Wolf Spring.
*An ad for Thetford's Black-Draught says that the patent medicine is for "Constipation, indigestion, headache, dizziness, malaria, chills 8 MARCH 1917 and fever, billiousness, and all similar ailments." *OBIT: Mrs. W. T. Merchant Bean's Store is advertising $100 worth of Mrs. W. T. Merchant
Mrs. W. T. Merchant, age 52, died at her
presents to be given to those customers who spend the most money with us" during a spe- from South Carolina years ago.
cified time.
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*Clerk of Court L. W. Drummond and family Nelson, John M. Gornto, D. E. Williams, J. A.
have moved to Bronson from Raleigh. For the Hawkins, H. C. Henderson, Jr., T. L. Williams,
present they will occupy some rooms in the par- L. J. Griffin; from Morriston, E. F. Mitchell, C. sonage. C. Calloway, John Parker, Jesse Peterson, Isaac
Munden, and Lawton Priest; from Inglish, Frank
*Dr. M. R. Markey and his family moved to Butler; from Newtown, D. L. Wilkerson; from
Bronson from Pierson the first of the week. He Cedar Key, J. B. Lutterloh, Tyler Hodges, H. has bought the home of J. H. Collier in the W. Crevasse, R. W. Stapleton, W. B. Ellis, E. F.
north part of town. Wadley, T. B. Wallace, I. E. Hughes, E. S.
White, T. W. Brewer, L. C. Campbell, and Y.
*D. P. Coffin, who was recently appointed farm H. Kirchhain; from Raleigh, P. E. Saunders and demonstration agent for Levy County, arrived in B. B. Lowman; from Levyville, R. P. Philpot; Bronson a few days ago. from Otter Creek, W. C. Cobb, D. L. Pope, Dr.
R. J. McLeod and Charlie Hoffman; from Vista,
*Brown Lodge No. 51 F. & A. M. at Chiefland T. H. Yearty; from Chiefland, Dr. W. C. Young
will dedicate the new building March 17. and C. E. Rogers; from Gulf Hammock, H. G.
Watkins; from Judson, A. B. Sanchez; from Rocky Hammock, N. J. Cason and W. H. 22 MARCH 1917 Peacock; from Lebanon, U. D. Munroe, F. M.
*H. B. Hughes has sold his ice cream parlor in Robinson, and E. E. Robinson; from Double Bronson to S. L. Cox. The Cox family comes Sink, W. H. Highsmith, John M. Hiers, W. M.
from Arkansas. Stockman, J. F. Stockman; from Rosewood, J.
M. Wright; from Montbrock, Mont Brooks and H. G. Strickland.
29 MARCH 1917
*Again, an attempt is being made to establish Bloxham County from parts of Levy and Marion 12 APRIL 1917 Counties. *Mrs. A. F. Brady was recently buried at Montbrook.
*The Kirstin stump puller is advertised in almost every issue. This is a winch mechanism powered *S. S. Smith and J. C. Pons live in Newtown. by a team of horses. Miss Bertha Smith lives in Meredith.
*The Wekiva Farming Company is being incorporated by George L. Meeks, Avarilla Meeks, 19 APRIL 1917
Franklin M. DeVoe, and Idalia DeVoe. *Mrs. Finlayson of Jacksonville visited with her
brother and his wife Mr. and Mrs. H. B.
5 APRIL 1917 Hughes, last week.
*OBIT: Mr. G. E. Reeves
G. E. Reeves, age 72, died at his home a few *Mrs. Davidson of Chiefland visited here with miles south of Bronson Sunday. He was a Con- her daughter, Mrs. E. Walker. federate veteran, having enlisted in his native State of South Carolina. He worked for many IMrnd rs. Fr Marshburn ca e o
years for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, was Inen e Fridy M rs. M r i to injured on the job and never did fully recover, spend some time with her mother, Mrs. W. J.
Epperson.
*Foreclosure proceddings are being brought against the sawmill of G. B. Sanchez at Double Sink. 17 MAY 1917
*People mnews: *Col. and Mrs. W. E. Rivers are rejoicing over
*epementioned in the nw:From Sumner, the arrival of a ten-pound boy. The Col. wears
W. B. Mozo, Dr. Porter Hudson, T. H. Holt, C. the tal on-ome o. J. Miller, J. S. Ingram, Frank Ingram, L. L. smile that won't come off. Jones, L. P. Smallwood, D. P. Wilkerson, Jesse
*B. C. Wadley was re-elected Mayor of Cedar Ford, and M. Norris; from Williston, J. R. Key.
Fugate, E. S. Mixson, J. M. Mixson, George J. Blitch, L. C. Hester, A. L. Griffin, H. G.
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24 MAY 1917 31 MAY 1917
*Deputy Sheriff D. P. Wilkerson of Sumner brought in a man for violation of the "Wells *Foreclosure of the Durden Lumber & Crate
Bone Dry Law" last Saturday. Company at Williston is being processed by the
Southern Pine Company of Georgia.
*A party for the young people of Hardee and Chiefland was held at the home of J. S. Hardee *O. R. Medlin of Gainesville has accepted the on Friday evening. Mr. F. T. Davidson won a position of assistant cashier of the Bank of Levy
prize, a sack of peas, for carring twelve peas, one County at Bronson. Oscar is a Levy County boy, at a time, across the room on a toothpick. Others having grown up at Williston. attending were: Vida Hardee, Inez Hardee, Emma Lee Hardee, Longene and Thelma Marshall, *As many as 17 full cars of cucumbers per day
Opal Morgan, Gertrude Dykes, Annabelle Smith, are being shipped out of Williston.
E. C. Hardee, G. P. Harper, Carlos Evans, Orvil and Otis Smith, Purdie and Herbert Rogers, *Others mentioned in the news: Jack English and
John S. Keel, L. E. Berry, Pasco Durrance, A. A. B. King of Sumner; W. W. Moore of Janney;
L. Studstill, Elmer Dykes, Dr. W. L. Tillis, and A.O0. Munn, J. M. Southard, and A. K. Hatcher Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Arrington. of Newtown; N. F. Collins of Double Sink; M.
M. Smith and Mike Clancey of Williston; C. L.
*NOTICE: On June 3, Judson W. 0. W. Camp Tindale of Gunntown; W. J. Tindale of Raleigh;
No. .301 will unveil the monument of the late R. 0.N. Harper and C. W. Evans of Chiefland. Tison at the cemetery near Hardee. There will be dinner on the ground and the unveiling ceremony later on at 3:00 P.M. 14 JUNE 1917
*Miss Thelma Odom and Dr. R. F. McLeod of
*Dr. W. L. Willis and Miss Mabel Cason were Otter Creek will be married June 17.
married at the bride's home near Rocky on Saturday evening, May 20. *There will be a picnic at Wolf Sink School on
June 14. Prof. Ganus is expected to conduct the
*H. B. Hughes has established a cool drink singing.
establishment at Chiefland in the drug store of Dr. W. C. Young. *Melons are being loaded and shipped from
Bronson. This is something new for Bronson.
*E. L. Cowart lives at Meredith, William Purvis One car sold for $200 and one for $150. at Newtown.
*County Commissioners: J. S. Fisher, Chairman;
*Fred Davidson is the "garage man at Amon Ward, T. L. Williams, M. M. Clyatt, and
Chiefland." Y. H. Kirchhain.
*W. P. Jones, J. C. Pons, and John Faircloth live at Newtown.
*Mrs. Candacy Waterson and son, Epperson 17 JUNE 1917
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this section, reports that he sold a wagon load of
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purchased a new Ford from the Bronson Sales This is certainly a good profit
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A History of Levy County, Florida & & & Chapter Thirteen & & & MARCH -1983 Published By The Levy County Archives Committee Sponsored by the Levy County Board of Commissioners Bronson, Florida A Bicentennial Publication

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Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2018 with funding from University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries https://archive.org/details/searchforyesterd1319levy

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THE LATEST NEWS, ABOUT A CENTURY AGO As we may have already stated, the intent of SEARCH FOR YESTERDAY is to look back in time at the people who have lived in Levy Coun ty. The usual format for the history of a county or town is a precisely organized account of the parade of government officials, famous people, wealthy people, and powerful persons who exert ed influence and caused events to happen; they shaped the destinies of whole cultures, or at least they appeared to do so. At the other end of the historical spectrum were the peasants, peons, and underdogs. Those in the middle lived out their lives at various levels between the two extremes, and they were anything but precisely organized. The Archives Committee has researched a stack of old newspapers published at Bronson during the 1880s through the early 1900s, and that is what this chapter is about. People from all levels show up in it. Some of them are still living (1982). They were children during the times covered by some of the old papers, and a few of the edifices they built are still standing. The newspaper was THE LEVY TIMESDEMOCRA T. Its office building is still in existence at the corner of Masonic Street and Court Street. On the front and on the south wall, up high and under several layers of white paint, the name is faintly discernable in large black let ters, TIMES-DEMOCRAT. The historically significant parts of the papers are presented here in notations along with a few annotations. Four researchers worked indepen dently to assemble the presentation, which may account for the abrupt shifts in writing styles. The nature of the material has produced a chop py and random format, but that is the way the events happened. Any attempt to organize all of this into a scholarly work would be an exercise in futility; the reality would be warped into a distorted impression of itself. Our excursion back into time may reveal some factors and people who reach across that irrever sible flow; we can imagine the proud little girl who made the honor roll in elementary school, 71 years ago. Some of her classmates are now deceased but she still lives in Levy County. And the structures they built, the faith they lived by, the mistakes they made, the good ac complishments of their lives, all those things are left as their contributions to the mortal existence. We owe these old ones a lot, and we can look back at them with respect and affection. Let us not forget them. Norene Andrews S. E. Gunnell Kathryn Harris Lindon Lindsey The Times Democrat was published from the first floor of this building for many years. Masonic Lodge No. 7, chartered in 1876 and now merged with the Chiefland Lodge, occupied the top floor. 1

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DEDICATION We are indebted to Mrs. Annie Sue Wellman Otto, granddaughter of Johann Conrad Christian Wellman, for the use of old newspapers published in Bronson, dating back to the 1880s. Annie Sue is the daughter of Sue Wicker Wellman and the late Herman Wellman of Williston. Annie Sue, graduate of Williston High School and the University of Georgia, is married to Max Otto. Max and Annie Sue are the proud parents of Cherie and Walter Wellman Otto, both students at Valdosta State College. Thank you, Annie Sue, for your wonderful contribution to the history of Levy County! Annie Sue, Cherie, Walter, and Max Otto ( 2

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JOHANN CONRAD CHRISTIAN WELLMAN Johann Conrad Christian Wellman (Wellman on birth certificate and many early records from Germany and Levy County) was born November 5, 1844, Hamburg, Germany, and died Novem ber 1, 1921. He came to America shortly after he graduated from a German school. He must have been about sixteen or seventeen years of age. In America, he joined an uncle for a while before coming to Levy County. He became a citizen of this country on December 9, 1879, Levy County. Mr. Wellman was married three times. His first wife died in childbirth when very young. The baby died also. He was married a second time, July 4, 1882, Levy County, to Rebecca Douglas. According to census records, Rebecca was born in 1862 in Scotland. The first two children in the family listed below were by Rebecca. His third wife, Pauline Hartman, was born 1869 and died 1943. She is buried beside Conrad in the new Bronson Cemetery. Pauline Hartman Wellman had the last eight children listed below. CHILDREN OF CONRAD WELLMAN 1. Lizzie B. 2. Norma 3. Bertha 4. Martha 5. Conrad 6. Emma 7. Herman F. 8. Carl b. 15 Mar 1883 d. 1 Jul 1970 m. Arthur F. McDonell (18761952) b. Feb 1887b. May 1892b. 26 Nov 1893 d. 15 Jul 1912 b. Nov 1896 d. ca 1966 b. 9 Aug 1899b. 6 Nov 1902 d. Apr 1976 m. Sue Wicker of Montezuma, Ga. b. 24 Jun 1905 20 Feb 1980 m. Lillie Maude Kimble, dau. of Joseph P. Kimble The old Conrad Wellman home still stands in Bronson on South Pennsylvania Avenue. It was originally the Shands home. 9. Max D. b. 1 Oct 1907 d. 26 Oct 1967 10. Otto R. b. Sep 1909 d. 7 Aug 1969 Part of the Conrad Wellman Family, about 1905. Back row: Martha, Bertha, Herman, Norma. Front: Mr. Wellman (holding Carl), Emma, Mrs. Wellman (holding Max). 3

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The Conrad Wellman House in Bronson, 1982. The person propped against the post is Mr. Gun nell, Archives Member. Mr. Conrad Wellman and his home in Bronson, sometime in the late 1800Â’s. Before the Wellmans, this was the Shands home. The identity of the original owners is not known. The house still exists, with the trees grown old and large. 4

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THE LATEST NEWS, ABOUT A CENTURY AGO From THE LEVY TIMES-DEMOCRAT 22 OCTOBER 1896 &f The Board of Levy County Commissioners met October 7. Commissioners present were: William M. Barton, Oliver H. P. Kirkland, John Brooks Lutterloh, and Elias Walker. The chairman, Samuel Quincey was absent. Perry M. Colson was granted $113.90 for payment to inspectors, clerks, and deputy sheriffs for October. Edward H. Lambert was paid $49.20 for food for prisoners. Mrs. Laura GarrisonÂ’s pension was reduced from $6.00 to $4.00 per month, Mrs. Nancy TurnerÂ’s from $7.00 to $5.00, and Mrs. D. Criss was granted $3.00 per month. It was or dered that notice for bids to build Number Four bridge in Cedar Key be placed in the TIMESDEMOCRAT until the fourth of November. &f O B I T: Samuel Hall Worthington, Age 75 Despite demoralized conditions as a result of the storm, a large number of friends and relatives gathered to pay last respects to S. H. Worthington who died Sunday, October 11, and was buried in Rocky Hammock. S. H. Worthington was born July 15, 1821, on the St. MaryÂ’s River in what is now Nassau County. He moved to Levy County in 1851 or 1852. He took part in the Indian War of 1835-1842 and hunted Indians from the Suwannee River to the Withlacoochee River. He was also in the War of 1885. In addition, he was a Confederate soldier, belonging to John C. ChambersÂ’ Com pany A-9th Florida, made up of Levy County boys who used to rendezvous on the Wacasassa. In the Battle of Ocean Pond near Lake City, Samuel was struck by a minie ball which pierced eighteen thicknesses of cloth and a wooden but ton. The blow knocked him down, but stopped short of the flesh. The deceased married Felicia Brown in 1844. In addition to his wife he is survived by the following six daughters and one son: Mrs. C. K. Howard; Mrs. John Weeks; Mrs. W. E. Yearty; Mrs. Henry Sheppard; Mrs. John Creech; Mrs. E. C. Collier; and S. E. Worthington. A younger brother, Granville Worthington, and two sisters, Mrs. Sasser of Bradford County and Mrs. Bryant of Columbia County, also survive. *S. H. Highsmith advertised horses and buggies for hire at his livery stable, located at W. H. BighamÂ’s old stand in Bronson. &f C HURCH DIRECTORY: Rev. James Perryman DePass and Rev. Joseph Boothby, preachers, and Dr. James Maxwell Jackson, Sunday School Superintendent, at the Methodist Church; Rev. J. S. Geiger, Pastor, and O. J. Farmer, Superintendent of Sunday School, at the Baptist Church; Rev. J. S. Geiger, Pastor at Levyville; Dr. Samuel Bean, Pastor of the Evangelical Church; and Rev. W. M. Wambolt, Pastor of Albion Baptist Church. &f T he farmers and businessmen of Williston made a contribution of three barrels of meal and onehalf barrel of sweet potatoes to the storm victims of Cedar Key. W. H. Anderson is in charge of the distribution. More will be shipped in the near future. &f J a mes L. Cottrell of Cedar Key, John Peter Reddick and T. T. Reddick of Williston, Edwin Louis Janney of Chiefland, Sam Hartman of Ot ter Creek, Capt. William A. Hammond and his daughter, Gertrude, were in Bronson this week. &f M rs. Henry Benjamin Lloyd (nee Jennie Hogan) had a visit from Mrs. Granville H. Wor thington of Rocky Hammock. &f E veryone was concerned about the storm. Sam HartmanÂ’s house was lifted off its blocks. H. Suliyant of Needmore is contemplating moving because of the severe damage to his place. William P. Geiger of Double Sink reported that his people have gone to work with brave hearts to repair damages in his area. &f M rs. William W. Watson of Judson presented her husband with twins. These two and their other four little children are all the storm has left them. 5

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30 OCTOBER 1902 PEOPLE MENTIONED IN THE NEWS: •J. E. Perryman and J. M. Prevatt from Newtown; D. R. McElveen of Albion; J. N. Horn of Judson; Capt. J. J. Johnson of Williston; A. C. McCall of Bronson; I. W. Rogers of Chiefland. BRONSON SCHOOL: &f S tudents making 100*% in Spelling: Fanny Dean, third grade; Bertha Willman, Fourth grade; Ira Cameron, Archie Campbell, Mary Dean, Anna Fowler, Malcolm Graham, Con stance Jakobie, and Malcolm Sutton, fifth grade. •Students on the honor roll were: Thomas An derson, Ira Cameron, Archie Campbell, Mary Dean, Edgar Fletcher, Ollie Fletcher, Anna Fowler, Maude Graham, Annie Hatcher, Austin Hatcher, Avon Peacock, Annie Sale, Malcolm Sutton, Jim Walker, and Bertha Wellman. BUSINESS NEWS: •A. L. Griffin and Homer Love have a business in Newtown. •Work has started on one of the big phosphate plants to be erected for the Albion Chemical and Export Company of Albion. This is one of the richest phosphate companies in Florida, and a large force of hands will be employed. W. C. Adams is the manager. •Other business and professionals mentioned are: Dr. William D. Hicks; Atty. E. A. Pinnell of Bronson; Atty. Fred Cubberly and Atty. John R. Willis of Bronson; King and King, surveyors from Lebanon; I. T. Fugate, surveyor from Williston; Faircloth & Son, blacksmiths at Bron son. MISC. NEWS: •J. H. Overstreet and Miss Mabel Porter were united in marriage Friday. They went to Gulf Hammock Saturday night. •Mr. Ford exhibited his stereopticon and graphophone at the old school house in Lebanon. Other news at Lebanon shows that W. E. Weeks has been appointed Justice of the Peace. •Mrs. H, B. Lloyd rented the Vingant house in Albion. •There was a rumor of considerable excitement at Morriston Monday. Deputy Sheriff Chance made a raid on about 20 gamblers and in the melee, one of the shanties was fired into. It is said that Mr. McArthur stood bond for the negroes involved and had the officer arrested. Sheriff Sutton was wired for, but as he had gone to Fairbanks with a convict, Deputy Walker went to the scene of the trouble. We have no par ticulars. 10 SEPTEMBER 1903 •County Commissioners had a report from J. R. Willis who had been employed by the Board to investigate ex-Sheriff Sutton in regard to the hire of county convicts. That report showed a total shortage on the part of the ex-sheriff of $230.47. It is claimed that this amount is yet due the county on money collected for the hire of con victs and fines. The bondsmen will appear at the next meeting. •Notice is hereby given that the undersigned who are qualified resident tax payers within Cedar Key Special Tax School District No. 2 will present to the Board of Public Instruction of Levy County, Florida, at their regular meeting in October, 1903, a petition asking that the present Special Tax School District No. 2 be abolished. Signed: R. T. Walker, Joseph Booth, J. M. Pickett, J. B. Lutterloh, H. W. Steinhilper, W. B. Hale, J. C. Hodges, W. R. Hodges, Frank Cale, W. R. Hines, Jack Smith, W. T. Mc Creary, F. G. Bunker, E. J. Lutterloh, N. Schlemmer, J. A. Williams, P. F. Kirchhain, J. L. Cottrell, J. R. Mitchell, C. W. Webster, G. W. McComber, Solomon Cannon, A. W. John son, G. M. Rowland, J. B. Tooke, H. King, C. Alstin, A. W. Thompson, Frank Richburg, J. E. Roland, William Canty, James Berry, R. W. Stapleton, Sol Bachman, and T. B. King. •A. B. Mott of Lebanon has completed the tram road from Staten’s still to Station B. •Rev. S. W. Sheffield has been conducting a meeting in the eastern portion of the county. •The following schools are reported to be open: Venable School with Miss Annie Colson as teacher; Unity School, with Miss Jessie Guess as teacher; Montbrook School with I. O. Fender and Miss Josie Brooks, teachers; Deer Pen School with Frank Swindel as teacher; Sand Slough School with Charles C. Colson, teacher. 6 •Jacob Kelly lost his horse a few days since.

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&f O thers mentioned in the news: R. P. Priest, R. T. King, and W. J. Folks of Lebanon; Jane Sneller and T. B. Morgan of Montbrook; W. G. Hudson and Miss Idabelle Clyatt of Chiefland; J. W. Adams of Judson; Judge G. T. Hill of Morriston; Commodore Cottrell, Deputy Sheriff Gardner, Mrs. W. C. Ferriday of Cedar Key. 27 JUNE 1907 &f V isitors to Bronson last week: I. T. Fugate, R. M. Fugate, A. W. Smith, D. E. Williams, Bruce Tyner, A. H. Bateman, J. M. Gornto, F. T. Herring, W. C. Davis, J. E. Robinson, Charles McDonell, S. J. Jirrel, F. M. Hester, Gus Mor ton, H. L. Blitch, H. R. Roach, all of Williston; T. N. Smith of Wacahoota; W. H. H. Blitch, B. J. Fountain, Emery Priest, Gabe Priest, of Morriston; W. E. McArthur of Montbrook; W. T. Hood, Judge McDonell, George McDonell, and J. J. Bigham, of Shell Pond; and T. J. Cone of Raleigh. &f B usiness items included: CampbellÂ’s Soup for sale, 10C per can, at S. L. BeanÂ’s Store; O. N. Sanders & Co., a general merchandise store located in Trenton; Beck and GuthrieÂ’s General Store in Otter Creek; and S. CannonÂ’s store in Otter Creek. *T. W. Shands and family left last Monday for Jacksonville. &f M iss Maggie Dykes married Mr. W. I. Wilkin son of Newtown Sunday. *J. P. Strickland and his wife celebrated their 40year wedding anniversary last Friday by the pic nic at Levyville. This is the first picnic they have attended together since their marriage. &f D r. Gunter went to Archer Tuesday to assist Dr. DePass in an operation. &f P rof. T. W. Price, Mrs. W. D. Payne and Miss Kate Fielding of Williston went to Cedar Key Friday. &f D avid Yulee Reed, grandson of the late David L. Yulee, is ill with thyphoid fever at Cedar Key. 26 SEPTEMBER 1907 &f P resident Theodore Roosevelt plans to stop over in Louisiana to go bear hunting during his trip down the Mississippi to attend the Water ways Convention in New Orleans. &f The School Board met September 2 and granted the request of Otter Creek School to use one month of the teacherÂ’s salary to complete the school house, provided it is agreeable with the teacher. The Board accepted a deed to the site for Fort Clinch School. They agreed to furnish three barrels of cement for a cistern at Hartman School. Salary for the Emanuel School was set at $30 for 5 months. The salary for Wylly School was set at $30 for 6 months. &f S chools reported open are: Williston School, with Prof. Culp as principal, Miss Grace Fielding as first assistant,and Miss Grace Pinnell as primary teacher; Bronson School opened Mon day with Prof. Finch as principal, Miss Ruth Burland as first assistant, and Miss Mary Guess as teacher. &f T he Grand Jury report to Circuit Judge J. T. Willis condemns the action of John R. Willis who employed persons to canvass the county and obtain the sentiments of persons whose names have been placed in the jury box as to the guilt or innocence of certain persons charged with high crimes before the court. John R. Willis is a local attorney. The Grand Jury also suggests that the County Commissioners get the logs out of the roads. *F. M. Hester, S. H. Blitch and J. P. Reddick have new houses. &f P eople mentioned in news items are: W. P. Scofield, C. A. Lindsey, Dr. T. D. Gunter, Jesse Bean, Joe M. Prevatt, and E. A. Pinnell, all of Bronson; J. R. and Ira J. Smith of Trenton; R. T. King at Lebanon; E. H. Brewer of Williston; W. M. Sheppard of Chiefland; George L. Meeks of Ellzey; Mrs. M. Jolly and William Purvis of Newtown; and J. J. Bigham of Archer. *W. J. Epperson and daughters, Estelle and Margaret, returned Thursday from a trip to Jamestown. They also visited Washington City. 3 OCTOBER 1907 &f U nder school news: Miss Estelle Epperson has taken charge of the in termediate department of Bronson School, relieving Miss Burland, who has accepted the Venable School. Miss Jessie Walker, teacher of the Four Mile School, spent last week at home with her parents, the school being closed for a few days on account of a mumps scare. 7

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*W. C. Young, for several years past manager o'f the Otelia turpentine plant of J. L. Medlin & Co., has resigned his position to take up the study of medicine at Macon, Georgia. &f B urt Lindsay has purchased the livery stable from W. H. Anderson & Co. The stork made its eleventh visit Tuesday after noon to the home of Conrad Wellman and left a fine baby boy (.Max D. Wellman). 24 OCTOBER 1907 &f R ecent visitors to Bronson: C. T. Abbott of Ellzey; Andrew H. Bateman, Hiram T. Mann, Alfred R. Smith, Gus A. Morton, and R. M. Fugate, all of Williston. &f Eugene Yearty of Otter Creek is in Atlanta to attend dental college. &f J udge Ethan Allen Pinnell and William J. Ep person made a business trip to Gainesville Mon day. &f L evy County Courthouse souvenir post cards are on sale at the store of William H. Whitehead at 25C per dozen. &f M oses Fowler has moved his family from the Hammock to the Lewis Place. &f M icajah Thomas Marshburn, W. T. Tuttle, and W. P. Pinnell spent several days in Gulf Ham mock last week. &f A Greek from Cedar Key was arrested for selling whiskey. &f O BIT: John Williams John Williams of Ellzey died 16 October 1907. He moved to Levy County in 1884, and is survived by the following children: John L. Williams of Ellzey; Mrs. Nancy K. Dorsett of Cedar Key; J. E. Williams of Ellzey; Mrs. Robert M. Ellzey of Tyler; George A. Williams of Ellzey; Mrs. William Wofford Ellzey of Ellzey; and A. Berry Williams of Lukens. &f D eath of Charlie Webster, Jr., of Cedar Key was reported. 23 APRIL 1908 &f CHURCH NEWS: Bro. Folks preached at the Cannon School house yesterday. Bro. Collier preaches on the third Sunday night in each month at Otter Creek in stead of at Ellzey. &f There will be a picnic at Red Bug Hammock, or Corinth Church one mile east of Janney, on May 15. &f R T. KingÂ’s sawmill will soon be in operation at Hickory Ford, on Ten Mile Creek. Another item relating to businesses: Proctor and Smith of Bronson are selling out. &f Grandma Perryman is the heroine of these woods (Judson), having killed a mink in the smokehouse and a large rattlesnake in the gar den. &f W. H. Anderson, W. J. Epperson, and Dr. Rice have each bought a new horse. &f Other people mentioned in news items: W. H. Clark and John Cox of Meredith; N. Slemmer, Col. J. A. Williams, and Judge Fred Cubberly of Cedar Key; J. L. Crews of Rocky; S. Cannon of Otter Creek; Louis Appel, Misses Lontine and Audrie Barrow of Levyville; R. D. Westbrook and John Luke of Williston; and D. R. McElveen of Albion. 7 MAY 1908 &f M iss Mace Bean, D. D. S., of Jacksonville, is here on a visit to her old home. *S. J. Gunn of Otter Creek was in Bronson Monday. &f A. C. McDonald, former stiller of Cummer at Double Sink, has moved to Bronson with his wife. &f The sub-district school election held at Pine Level resulted in the approval of three mills being levied and in the election of W. H. Holbrook, John S. Drummond, and E. L. Jan ney as trustees. &f Col. John R. Willis and William Clements Davis of Williston called on voters in the Lebanon area last week. 8

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&f I n the Copper Sink area: C. B. Weeks is at home from Atlanta; R. R. Sanchez was seen riding with his best girl yesterday; Mr. and Mrs. Perryman have a nine pound baby boy; Mrs. William Robert Perryman has been confined to her bed with a bilious attack. &f O BIT: Mrs. Texanna Pinckston Sistrunk died April 26, 1908, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jesse Mercer Willis of Williston. )this refers to Virginia Sistrunk who married Jesse Mercer Willis, son of the Jesse Mercer Willis who found ed Williston.) 14 MAY 1908 &f At this time, Oliver J. Farmer is editor of THE TIMES-DEMOCRA T. &f M iss Lillie Eagin has been appointed agent for the S.A.L. railway at Meredith. &f I n Williston, the Blitch Brothers are advertising their furniture store and livery stable. The Meeks Brothers have an ad for their general store in Ellzey. T. J. Beck has a general store in Otter Creek; W. H. Whitehead has one in Bronson. M. M. Clyatt has a store in Otter Creek. Proctor and Smith advertise their “new brick store on the corner” in Bronson. {Proctor was destined to remain in the partnership for only a few years. After his departure, the business continued as the B. O. Smith Store). E. A. Pinnell and W. P. Pinnell have a law firm in Bronson known as Pinnell & Son. King and King are timber prospectors in Lebanon. &f OBIT: Mrs. William R. White Mrs. W. R. White of Cedar Key died May 5 and was buried at Archer next to the grave of her daughter, Mrs. Willie McDonell. &f OBIT: Mrs. Sarah A. Stephens Mrs. Sarah A. Stephens, widow of the late Isham Stephens, died Sunday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. E. Faircloth, south of town. &f The Baptist Aid Society of Montbrook adopted a resolution in memory of the late Mrs. J. S. Sistrunk. &f At Williston High School, winners of the reading contest are: Ted Williams, Gussie Mixon, Dorothy Willis, Charles Ellison, Laurie Ellison, Mary Williams, and Pierce Harvey, all in the fif th grade; Katherine Smith, Jesse Harvey, David Willis, Lula Hawkins, Harold Mixson, Ben Mor ton, Julia Gornto, and Bachman Tyner, seventh grade. 28 MAY 1908 &f B urt Lindsay and Miss Maude Frank were married in Stark and spent their honeymoon in Cedar Key. &f The annual Long Pond picnic held at Drum mond’s Landing was one of the best for this season. &f The Seaboard has returned the Early Bird passenger train service, connecting at Archer with the Cedar Key-Jacksonville passenger line. &f W illard Carrier, the little Negro boy who shot and killed Warren Coleman, a Negro man at Rosewood, was given a preliminary hearing before Judge Friedman on Monday. Since he was only about six years old, he was released under a $200 bond. &f I D. Thornton has a blacksmith shop in Bron son. &f S ome people mentioned in news items: Mrs. M. Yulee Reid of Cedar Key; T. N. Smith of Wacahoota; C. E. Rodgers, J. L. Carter, and J. F. Taylor. 11 JUNE 1908 &f The kettle at the turpentine still belonging to C. E. Rodgers & Co. exploded one day last week and the plant came near burning up. Mr. Rodgers had a coppersmith from Jacksonville to repair the kettle. &f The old Epperson store building occupied by W. H. Whitehead is receiving much repairs. &f F or sale by J. P. Strickland: First class pair of mules, 1000 and 1100 pounds, young, sound, and in good condition. &f F or sale by P. E. Saunders of Williston: Spanish Jacks, 5 months old. &f P eople mentioned in the news: Dr. L. W. Warren of Lukens; Dr. H. C. Turner; John Paul Prevatt; O. I. Highsmith. 22 OCTOBER 1908 &f There are 1,270 qualified voters in Levy Coun ty. &f The closed down sawmill of R. D. Medlin, Williston, burned last Thursday. 9

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•William J. Epperson and C. E. Rodgers atten ded the meeting of turpentine operators in Jacksonville. They report that the price of tur pentine has advanced 2
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This building, which is in fairly good shape, is owned by two old maids who have occupied it for years. *T. J. Cone and son, A. J. Cone, of Raleigh motored over to Gainesville Friday in their Overland Model 42 automobile. *One of the oldest members of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Mrs. Mary Jane Hodge, died recently. •L. B. Rutland and family returned to Williston after a visit with relatives in North Carolina. •Matthew A. Beck of Rocky celebrated his 79th birthday Sunday, July 30. He has eight living children, one dead child, 57 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. •In Otter Creek, W. S. Yearty is having a great clearance sale at his store. •J. B. Smith and son, Malden, of Chiefland were in our area cow hunting. •Teachers: Miss Iris Janney at Deer Pen; Miss Ottie Colson (at Bronson?); Miss Leila Creighton at the Creech School; Prof. Wylley L. Tillis at Otter Creek. •Sheriff Walker will sell a job lot of old pistols at his office today. •At Janney, E. L. Janney is selling out the inven tory of his store at cost because of ill health. •Dr. J. N. Reddick, popular young dentist of Williston, is doing some work here. •Clerk Albert Pearson Hardee, in the presence of Judge Willis, has drawn the following jurors: Haden Othor Drummond, J. M. Stephens, H. J. Watkins, M. F. Collins, S. B. Raines, Silas Langley Hardee, Solomon Osteen, J. S. Ingram, Alfred M. Dorsett, J. A. Overstreet, B. E. Faircloth, J. M. Clyatt, Percy Cone, and J. E. Markham. •Cotton picking time is coming, but pindar boiling time has “done come.” 7 SEPTEMBER 1911 •The State Textbook Commission has adopted an entire new set of books as far as Levy County is concerned. Not one book in our schools will be in future use. •The school board had another “warm” session, but managed to end politely. Attending were: Chairman Williams, W. W. Watson, and Lawton Priest. •Williston High School opened Monday with Prof. M. E. Martin as principal, Miss Clifford Parnell in the intermediate room, and Mrs. J. N. Willis in charge of music. Bronson High School will open next Monday with Prof. Fogg, Mrs. Fogg, and Miss Stapleton comprising the faculty. 14 OCTOBER 1911 •The annual report of Supt. T. W. Price shows 70 schools in Levy County, with 1373 white children enrolled and 801 blacks. The average salary for the male teacher was $59.34, for female white teachers, $44.84, and for black teachers, $30.75. •The school at Wylly opened September 4, with 20 children and expecting 10 more. Miss Mabel Worthington of Rosewood is the teacher. •The Levyville school was reported to be doing well under the management of Miss Alma Drummond. •People mentioned in news items: D. F. McElveen and Hon. J. L. Williams of Ellzey; Mrs. Perkins and W. L. Tillis of Otter Creek; R. D. Phillips of Meredith; S. L. Bean, Carl Hud son, J. H. Lewis, Frank Garner, O. J. Farmer, C. M. Rice, H. F. Spence, Miss Mary Guess, W. B. Mozo, J. G. Folks, and C. E. Rodgers of Bronson; Wilda Marshburn of Cedar Key; W. T. Tindal of Levyville; W. P. Jones and W. P. Geiger of Newtown. 21 SEPTEMBER 1911 •People mentioned in news items: B. B. Lowman of Shell Pond; H. A. Stephens of Inglis; G. L. Meeks, Judge Will Yearty, T. C. Hogan, S. J. Gunn, Cabot Clyatt, all of Otter Creek; Louis Perryman of Judson; Charles McDonell, W. O. Brewer, Mrs. Edna B. Peacock, L. S. Newsom, L. C. Hester, Otis Hester, N. C. Landrum, all of Williston; C. B. Hudson and A. D. Perryman of Janney; J. S. Blitch and Mont Brooks of Montbrook; W. S. Agnew of Rosewood; Deputy Sheriff Richard, A. P. Schlemmer, F. E. Wadley, Charlie Tindell, and H. G. Nelson of Cedar Key. 11

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5 OCTOBER 1911 *W. H. Peacock took out an occupational license to open a grocery store in Rocky. *OBIT: Mrs. Nancy P. Hodges Mrs. N. P. ( Nancy P., wid. of Dr. Andrew Elton Hodges) died 30 September. She belonged to one of the old, prominent families of Levy County. She and her husband, the late Dr. Hodges, were early settlers of Cedar Key. Survivors are: Culpepper J. Hodges, W. Randolph Hodges, Jules Hodges, Yulee Hodges, Mrs. P. F. Kirchain, and Mrs. J. E. Hughes. Mrs. Hodges was buried in Cedar Key. 12 OCTOBER 1911 &f Mr. and Mrs. D. R. McElveen spent Friday night at Lukens. &f P rof. Fogg and Miss O’Berry spent Saturday in Gainesville. *W. H. Hale of Cedar Key was here Saturday; J. S. Collier of Ellzey was here on Monday. &f M rs. W. H. Bigham visited her son J. J. Bigham at Shell Pond. *W. P. Jones, R. Hudson, and John Faircloth, all of Newtown, were here Saturday. &f M iss Annie Colson, popular teacher at Ellzey, spent the weekend with her parents. &f M isses Theresa Bevill and Annie Lee Farmer visited Arredonda Saturday. *Z. B. Lanier recently paid a visit to his old home in Wallace, North Carolina. &f Tom Watson went to Otter Creek Tuesday to see Dr. Eugene Yearty, the dentist. &f Mrs. W. T. Merchant spent Sunday at Meredith with her sister, Mrs. S. J. Neal. &f Mrs. E. J. Peacock attended a Sunday School Conference in Waldo. *E. T. Usher, with the Suwannee Turpentine Co. at Janney, was here Saturday. &f M r. and Mrs. W. S. Smith of Williston were here Saturday. &f M iss Lillie Bronson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Bronson of Newtown, married Mr. Laring Horne of Macon. &f J ohn Cook, brother of K. P. Cook of Bronson, died October 4 of consumption at the home of I. C. S. Sheffield near Montbrook. He was buried at Pine Grove. &f H onor Roll at Bronson High School: Eunice Peacock, Christine Colson, Leona Colson, Jaminie O’Berry, Norma Wellman, Theresa Bevil, John Peacock, Annie Lee Farmer, Fred Colson, Aaron Baldree, Elizabeth Bean, Rosa Taylor, Carl Wellman, Francis Thomas, Maggie Thomas, Lenella Merchant, J. B. Anderson, Ruie Sheppard, Virginia Colson. &f The Bronson Literary Club plans a program for the night of Friday 13. A quartet will sing “Gar den of Roses”. In the quartet are Margaret Ep person and Frank Marshburn. ( T hey would have been about 16 then. They were destined to get married. She still lives in Bronson. He died a few years ago. Several of their great-grandchildren live here. A lot of time has passed and many things have happened since that night when those young people sang their “Garden of Roses” in Bronson, so long ago.) 19 OCTOBER 1911 &f J M. Studstill, junior member of Clyatt & Co. and popular manager of their mammoth store at Cedar Key, was a business visitor here Monday. &f D eputy Sheriff John E. Robinson and Miss Mollie Reddick drove over from Williston to be married by County Judge John R. Willis. &f The new brick store on the corner in Bronson is now operated by B. O. Smith. I. D. Thornton is advertising his blacksmith shop; he makes a specialty of wagon building. &f A To-Whom-It-May-Concern notice: Charles Welk, the former cook at the Suwannee Inn Hotel at Wylly, has been disposed for good and sufficient cause by the undersigned; the com munity is notified not to extend him or his assistant woman helper any credit on our ac count. — Samuel B. Goldberg, Sec. & Treas. &f Others mentioned in news items: P. W. Hum phreys, Capt. Laney, Capt. W. C. Brice, Avon 12

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Peacock, Annie and Otie Colson (teachers), Mrs. J. L. Yeats, all of Bronson; A. L. Studstill of Sumner; Cabot Clyatt of Otter Creek; M. F. Collins of Double Sink; J. R. Hudson, J. J. Hudson, Sidney Gore, and Kinyon Gore, all of Janney; and P. P. Hill who resides four miles north of Bronson. 26 OCTOBER 1911 &f M rs. W. E. Norton has returned from a visit with her son, Rev. W. C. Norton of Melrose. &f J ames Willis Hare and his son, Lamar, are leading farmers in the Chiefland area. &f M r. Cobb from Brooksville is arranging to open a bottling works in Bronson. &f J oe M. Prevatt has consolidated his meat market with the J. A. Dean Store, as the Lewis Store is being closed. &f M iss Maude Graham is teaching at Cedar Key. &f J S. Silas visited his sister, Mrs. S. L. Brock, at Judson. &f At the next meeting of the Bronson Literary Club, a debate will be staged on the subject of which is more important, the scientific study of English or the scientific study of mathematics. Putting up an argument for the affirmative will be Conrad Wellman and G. W. Fogg; for the negative, Dwight Yeats and S. L. Bean. &f M ontbrook Junior High students who have not been tardy for the past week: Lorene Sistrunk, Maude Ferguson, Gladys Limbaugh, Eddie Bur ts, Ruby Greene, Mabel Scarborough, Alma Levine, Esther Wilson, Ruby Lennon, Eunice Brooks, Odis Sistrunk, Burke Brooks, Martin Greene, Leonard Collier, Frank Scarborough, Stewart Tison, Clarence Wilson, Thomas Shef field, Willie Sheffield, Eric Lennon. &f H onor Roll for Bronson High School: Christine Colson, Leona Colson, Norma Wellmann, Harriet Anderson, Sarah Polk, Margaret Epper son, Harry Colson, Conrad Wellmann, Jr., An nie K. Sale, lone Smith, Willie Jones, Rosa Taylor, Aaron Baldree, Manilla Merchant, Em ma Wellmann, Emma Jones, Cassie Colson, Elizabeth Bean, Herman Wellmann, Lenilla Merchant, Daisy Maxwell, Alma Jones, Cecil Colson, Georgia Neal, Madeline Taylor, Clark Carter, J. B. Anderson, James Watson, Carl Wellmann, Lucile Hardee, and Lizzie Taylor. &f I n Willison, H. G. Carter is agent for the new 1911 Hudson and Mitchell automobiles. &f Thomas B. Folks lives at Newtown. 2 NOVEMBER 1911 &f On Wednesday morning at 10:30 oÂ’clock in the First Methodist Church at Wacahoota was one of the prettiest weddings ever seen in this section, when Miss Nannie Elizabeth Smith and Ralph Camerson Epperson were married. &f H T. Townsend (black), moderator of the New Light Baptist Association, states that his people are preparing to build a new house of worship in Bronson. They have also organized an orphanage for the colored children of Levy County, to which Sears, Roebuck & Co. has made a donation of $10. &f When Dr. Smith Turner and bride passed through Bronson one night last week enroute to Otter Creek, they were given a shower of rice, as the train stopped. That brought their thoughts back to earth with a dull thud. The young friends of the doctor meant well, but we suggested that they cook the rice. &f D eputy Sheriff Tom Feming accidentally shot a Negro at Otter Creek Saturday night. We are told that the officer was in the act of striking a Negro, who was cursing and using vile language in a public place, with a pistol, when without in tention the gun went off, wounding an innocent bystander. Mr. Fleming came to Bronson Sunday and surrendered himself to the sheriff, and Mon day he was allowed to give bond until the wounded man gets well or dies. &f One of the most beautiful weddings seen in Waterboro, S.C., was that of Miss Edna McTier of that city and Dr. Smith L. Turner of Otter Creek, Florida. It was held at the First Baptist Church, October 21, at high noon. 9 NOVEMBER 1911 *W. T. Watson bought the meat market and cold drink stand of J. A. Dean. &f I n Ellzey, Robert E. L. Phelps died November 4 of malaria fever. He was buried at Galilee Cemetery. &f The Bank of Levy County opened in Bronson six months ago. 13

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&f The November 10 program for The Williston Literary Club will include a piano solo by Eva Sullivan, a recitation by Leslie Beers, a duet by Eva Sullivan and Emma Peacock, a recitation by Marie Mixson, a solo by Matide Daughtery, a recitation by Mary Williams, and a quartette composed of Dollie Willis, Ruth Griffin, Allie Hester, and Laurie Ellison. •In Williston, H. G. Carter has some “slightly used cars” in stock: a 1910 Buick touring car, a 1911 Hudson, a 1910 Cadillac, a 1910 Mitchell, and a 1910 Hupmobile Runabout. &f Mentioned in news items: S. E. Worthington of Rosewood; Joe McGowan of Newtown; and M. F. Collins of Double Sink. 14 DECEMBER 1911 •Col. John F. Jackson, Will Sheppard (Post master), Darden and P. Faircloth went to Gulf Hammock on a hunting and camping trip. Mr. Sheppard had some new deer dogs that he was anxious to try in the chase. *J. G. Winningham went to Ellzey Tuesday to break ground for the new turpentine plant of Epperson and Hardee. •Kias Osteen and Frank Thomas killed a large wildcat on the pond. •Bronson School Honor Roll: Belle Baldree, Elizabeth Bean, Willie Jones, Fred Colson, Em ma Wellmann, Manilla Merchant, Emma Jones, and Cassie Colson. •Wolf Sink School Honor Roll: Beulah Jordan, Gertrude Arrington, Ernest Crews, Sallie Wat son, Joe Faircloth, and Collie Fralick. •Annie Colson is teaching at Ellzey • 11 JANUARY 1912 *J. F. Cobb has most of the machinery for the Bronson Bottling Works in place and will soon begin the manufacture of soda water and CocaCola. •Sam Bryan of Raleigh has purchased a new horse and buggy. Keep your eyes open, girls. *M. W. Smith and A. McAllum have rented the old livery stable and opened a blacksmith shop therein. They are skilled workmen and will make boiler making and sheet iron work a specialty. 8 FEBRUARY 1912 •Political candidates to date are: J. Simeon Blitch for senator; A. P. Hardee for clerk; E. Walker for sheriff; W. R. Coulter for tax assessor; John L. Carter for tax collector; Chris W. McElroy for representative; John Willis and W. H. Anderson for county judge; Thomas W. Price and Luther W. Callaway for school superintendent. •The school board met February 5, and they or dered the Verbenadale school house sold to Mrs. E. B. Peacock for $35, hers being the highest bid. •Additional political candidates: Shelton Phillips for school superintendent; W. E. Horn for tax collector; W. J. Epperson for representative; g. D. Bateman, Conrad Wellmann, and G. A. Boyd, all for supervisor of registration; W. T. Merchant for county judge; M. D. Dixon, J. H. Collier, W. B. McElroy, O. W. Berryhill, D. W. Blitch, F. E. Wadley, and Louis D. Abercrom bie, all for county commissioner; J. L. Williams, Lawton Priest, and J. A. Hawkins for school board; W. P. Whitten and P. L. Jones for sheriff. 21 MARCH 1912 •Several county schools annouce closing for summer. Janney reports that Prof. Swilley’s school had a poor average because the larger boys had to quit school to plant crops. 2 MAY 1912 •The primary election passed by quietly yester day in Archer with 50 votes being polled. •The Archer Crate & Basket Company reports the busiest year in its existence. 30 MAY 1912 •Election results: Park M. Trammell, Governor of Florida; W. N. Sheats, State Superintendent of Schools; W. H. Anderson, Levy County Judge; Shelton Phillips, Levy County Superin tendent of Schools; E. D. Bateman, Levy County Supervisor of Registration; and Louis D. Aber crombie, County Commissioner for District 5. 14

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13 JUNE 1912 &f On June 4, 1912, the Cedar Key State Bank was formed with the following officers: W. Randolph Hodges, President; A. P. Schlemmer, VicePresident; W. H. Anderson, Jr., Cashier. The board of directors is comprised of: W. R. Hodges; W. C. Bryce; A. P. Schlemmer; D. Y. Read; W. H. Anderson, Jr.; and H. E. Charpia. &f A modern two-story brick building will be built on the northwest corner of Second and C Streets (Cedar Key). &f S everal large sponge buyers have expressed the desire to open a branch of their business in Cedar Key, but cannot do so without a bank. &f C edar Key has submitted a bid for the Biological Station which is to be established somewhere on the west coast of Florida. The U.S. Commissioner of Fisheries has been notified that five acres of ground have been donated for the establishment of the station by the town of Cedar Key and Eberhard Faber of Atsena Otie. &f The Standard Light Company of Jacksonville is busy installing a gas light system for Cedar Key. There will be 19 lights of 150 candlepower distributed over town. &f The Cedar Key Board of Trade is actively engaged in trying to locate parties interested in establishing an ice plant in the town. Much ice is needed by the four large fish dealers and there is no doubt, but what quite a bit of ice can be shipped up the road daily as far as Archer. &f A committee from Cedar Key appeared before the county commissioners at their June meeting to propose a new road, above the high tide, be tween Cedar Key and Lukens. The present road is, in some areas, under three feet of water. The new road will cost about $2,500. &f The commissioners declared the road which runs parallel with the S. A. L. tracks between Bronson and Lukens to be the new county thoroughfare. 18 JULY 1912 &f The Levy County Board of County Com missioners met July 1. Members present were: F. E. Wadley, Chairman; J. H. Collier, W. B. McElroy, and D. W. Blitch. Bills read and or dered paid included: expenses for 37 paupers, $832.00; postage and express, $6.60; coffin, $3.00; grave digging, $1.00. &f OBIT: MARTHA WELLMAN Martha Wellman, age 19, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Wellman, on July 15. She had been ill for several months from pellegra. Martha was born 26 November 1893. She held a second grade teaching certificate and gave great promise of being one of the most talented teachers in the county. &f An application for a charter is underway for the Cedar Key State Bank. Share holders are: W. R. Hodges, A. P. Schlemmer, D. Y. Read, W. C. Bryce, H. E. Charpia, till of Cedar Key; W. R. Thomas and W. H. Anderson, Jr., of Gainesville; and Monroe Venable of Archer. &f I n Ellzey, G. A. Calhoun and A. Hoover are in business with a general repair shop: “We fix anything that is broken; 18 years experience, give us a trial.” &f The delinquent tax list shows that the ownership of a surprisingly large number of parcels is unknown. A person named Albert Otto owns about 20 sections, which translates into something over 12,000 acres, mostly in the flatwoods between Bronson and Otter Creek. &f U nder businesses, J. M. StudstilPs general store at Sumner has a sale in progress; and M. M. Clyatt’s store at Otter Creek is featuring “Seed Pinders $1.25.” D. A. Andrews announces the annual stockholders’ meeting of the Standard Manufacturing Company in Cedar Key. The tur pentine still of J. T. Peacock & Company at Honey Bluff (vicinity of Lebanon) was destroyed by fire recently. E. T. Lucas has moved from Lebanon to Bronson, where he has a mail con tract from Bronson to Judson. &f Woodrow Wilson, Democratic nominee for president, is being censured by some Republicans as being “an unreconstructed Rebel.” &f The ad writer for Dr. King’s New Discovery for Coughs and Colds predicts that this is an age of great discoveries and “soon we may see Uncle Sam’s mail carriers flying in all directions, trans porting mail.” &f L ightning killed a cow belonging to Sol Osteen last Thursday. &f C ol. Marshburn of Cedar Key has recovered from his recent illness. *S. B. Humphrey of Meredith, “one of the best old bachelors we ever knew,” has resigned at Phillips & McEachin and left Saturday for his old home in Lumberton, North Carolina. 15

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22 SEPTEMBER 1915 &f Fisheries known as Reddy’s Landing on Cow Creek and Burns Landing on the Wacasassa River are now open—will exchange fish for bacon, lard, sweet potatoes, and syrup. Contact Williams Bros, of Ellzey; Clyde Williams, Mgr. &f E lection to determine whether part of the coun ty should be cut off to form Bloxham County: Raleigh had 76 yes and 2 no votes; Williston, 210 yes and 23 no; Montbrook, 17 yes and 42 no; Inglis, 5 yes and 23 no; Gulf Hammock 2 yes and 13 no votes. *P. B. Butler takes over the position of editor from F. E. Robbins at The Levy TimesDemocrat. Farewell from Robbins: “With this issue, I sever my connection with The Levy Times-Democrat, over the destiny of which I have presided for nine months. I have had a call elsewhere-the call of the almighty dollar, which few men will not heed.” &f A large number of young people at Deer Pen enjoyed a nice hay ride Sunday evening. &f Other people in the news: H. J. Garner of Newtown; T. J. Lightfoot of Levyville; L. A. Tolar, postmaster of Cedar Key; Franklin Rodgers of Otter Creek; A. P. Markham of Montbrook; Mrs. Mary Page and Mrs. Bame both of Lukens. &f I NFORMATION WANTED: I will thank anyone to let me know the whereabouts of Daniel G. Page, a small man about 60 years of age, slightly bald, with streaky gray hair and deep blue eyes. Have not heard from him since he left Chiefland, Florida, about February 9, 1914. &f D eer Pen School is progressing nicely under the control of Prof. J. D. Hiers. &f Over 100 head of cattle were driven through town one day this week. O. C. Markham and V. L. Anthony bought the cattle from S. K. San chez, G. A. Boyd, B. O. Smith, Elias Walker, Joe M. Prevatt, J. D. Hiers, and Mrs. John Smith, all of Levy County. It is said that the cat tle brought $20.00 per head. 14 OCTOBER 1915 &f F rom the Lukens Personals: Mr. C. W. Wright, engineer on the logging tramway of the Tilghman Company, has returned from a visit to his family in Meredith. W. M. Long of Gulf Hammock, most famous violinist in Levy County, visited his sister, Mrs. M. M. Taylor, in Lukens. Mrs. H. C. Arneson and daughter, Eunice, of Cedar Key were guests of Mrs: W. C. Smyth of Lukens. Bob Ishie was in port with his yacht Saturday. Dr. Cannon of Sumner was in Lukens Saturday. &f From the Cedar Key Column: Mrs. W. H. Crevasse gave a party for her daughter Abaline’s sixteenth birthday. Mr. J. P. Ambrose is Cedar Key’s best rod and reel fisherman. &f From the Gritsville Column: (Gritsville seems to be the area around Deer Pen). Prof. Ogden is running the Markham School. Mr. J. A. Chesser killed a wildcat on October 2, and Mr. A. L. Long killed one the same week. Mr. Chaimus Huff made a trip to Montbrook this week. &f J. C. Sale has an ad for his real estate and ab stract business and says that the name “Wacasassa” comes from an Indian word meaning “Fat Cattle.” 21 OCTOBER 1915 &f The new editor, P. B. Butler, has made his first trip out of Bronson in his announced program to visit every section of the county. Saturday, he rode the train to Cedar Key and had the pleasure of meeting the conductor, Capt. John Bryce. Butler noted that the only pound net fishing in the state is done offshore from Cedar Key. Un der the present law, it can be done only outside the state waters. This means the pound nets are operated six to eight miles out in the Gulf. The editor also noted a few of the Cedar Key business establishments: M. E. Feinburg’s Store; J. B. Lutterloh’s Store; Schlemmer & Sons; F. E. Wadley & Son; W. L. Markham’s Market; the drug store of J. P. Ambrose & Co.; Williams Bros.; Fred Whitman; Dan Lewis’ Store; Mr. Sewell; L. A. Tolar; Hodges Bros.; T. W. Brewer; the restaurants of W. B. Ellis, Mrs. E. T. Ellis, and Mrs. Blitch; the Marshburn House (hotel); the White House; and the Schlemmer Hotel. &f At Vista, T. J. Yearty is installing machinery to manufacture automobile tires from palmetto. Tests have indicated that these tires are more durable than pneumatic tires. These palmetto tires will never wear out. Pneumatic tires will become a thing of the past. 16

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&f C ummer Cypress Company now has a railroad from Vista to the S. A. L. road at Sumner, eight miles from Cedar Key. &f There are 22 school districts in the county. Cedar Key and Williston have brick buildings, and Bronson will soon have one. &f D r. J. Roy Hawkins has written a letter to the editor endorsing the idea of a County Board of Trade. &f N ews from Lightsey: Folks are having a lot of peanut boilings around here. The school has an enrollment of 18 pupils. Mr. M. M. Clyatt was visited by his father, S. Clyatt of Trenton. Mr. M. Clyatt made a business trip to Hardee last Saturday. Hardee is a thriving little town of which we are proud. Mr. C. Durrance and son, Morris, attended church at Long Pond last Sun day. Cotton picking is most over around Light sey and the crop was unusually large. Mr. J. P. Owens visited Trenton last Thursday and reports that Trenton is a busy place. &f I n Verbena Dale: Prof. Hardee runs the school. Mrs. Hatch left for Live Oak to visit her son. I. S. C. Sheffield left Thursday on a trip to South Florida. (Vervena Dale still exists in 1982 as a community. It is located about 4 miles west of Williston on the Bronson road). &f At Gritsville: The Markham School is in a flourishing condition with 20 pupils. Mr. Oscar Markham from Bronson visited relatives here last week. Mr. H. Morgan, in charge of J. S. FisherÂ’s Convict Camp, has bought himself a fine new Ford car. Other people living in the Gritsville area are: J. M. Stephens, J. M. Chesser, J. E. Markham, and W. C. Chesser. &f B ack at Bronson: Manager Hoffman of the Sumner Hotel was a business visitor here last week. The moving picture man came up from Sumner and put on a show here Tuesday night. Mr. A. P. Carswell went over to Jacksonville. Burt Hughes, Jesse Dixon, and John Peacock spent yesterday hunting in Gulf Hammock. Miss Maidie Sasser is agent-operator for the S. A. L. here. Mr. G. Thompkins of Otter Creek, while returning from Fort White last Sunday, had a breakdown with his car at Meredith. Mr. J. F. (Shug) Faircloth, the garage man here, went over Monday and got the car in working order. &f I n Williston: The store owned by G. P. Tyner and J. R. Miller is in bankruptcy. &f M r. Anderson is postmaster at Inglis. 30 DECEMBER 1915 &f M rs. S. C. Clyatt died Monday in Otter Creek. &f Mrs. J. H. Collier was buried Sunday in the Levyville Cemetery. &f M iss Elizabeth Sheffield married William Ferguson of Avon Park last Saturday. &f M isses Rhoda and Montie Highsmith came over from Newtown Monday. &f P rof. F. H. Toennies will arrive this week from Tampa to open the spring term of Bronson High School. 13 JANUARY 1916 &f H enry and Francis Coulter want bicycles and will sell their donkey, cart, and harness at a bargain. &f M r. O. J. Farmer spent Tuesday here in the in terest of the Florida Times Union. &f C edar Key News: Capt. and Mrs. Butts are visiting in Jacksonville. Mr. Yulee Kerchain, cashier of the State Bank of Cedar Key, is making several improvements at the picture show this week. David Cannon and Carl Hudson of Chiefland were callers at the office of the new Florida Normal College and Business Institute in Cedar Key. Sam White of Cedar Key visited Gainesville last Saturday to hear the lecture of the noted William Jennings Bryan and for other purposes also, but these he would not explain. &f S ummer News: Mrs. Recie Bass has returned from a visit to Madison, Florida. J. C. Taylor killed two deer recently. Miss Gertie McCumber has returned to her home in Cedar Key after visiting her sister, Mrs. McElviene. &f J ames R. Hudson of Janney is filing for homestead. &f Foreclosure proceedings are being processed by Peninsular Naval Stores against the Knight Tur pentine Company. 17

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17 FEBRUARY 1916 •Editorial: A walk around Bronson will convince anyone that in this community can be found some of the finest truck and vegetable lands to be seen anywhere in the state. •Bronson is making a move on the painting and sign business. Those businesses newly decorated with paint and signs are: Bronson Drug Store; M. D. Dixon’s Store; G. C. Darden’s Store; and the office of G. C. Sale and C. S. Bean. •The Levy County Board of Trade was organized this week to help promote growth and industry in Levy County. Officers are: W. J. Epperson, president; P. B. Butler, vice-president; J. C. Sale, secretary; and B. O. Smith, treasurer. •WOODLAKE STOCK FARM: Less than a year ago, Mr. T. J. Cone of Gainesville started Woodlake Stock Farm fifteen miles south of Gainesville in Levy County. A substantial fence was put around over 4,000 acres of land, and $20,000 was spent on improved stock and equipment. 850 acres were planted in forage crops. This is one of the first large stock farms in the state, and it is being watched with much in terest. Its success will show the value of Florida weather and growing conditions, and will help promote such large operations in the state. •A visitor, B. A. Pedrick of Montbrook, was showing a large one-cent piece made in 1972. It was a curiosity to some who had never seen a “copper” quite so large. While looking at it, Conrad Wellman showed a half-dollar dated 1819. 24 FEBRUARY 1916 •The Long Pond School and community enjoyed an oyster roast at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Beck on February 11, it being the close of school. The young people of Long Pond had another party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Beck Thursday night. •Arthur Miles of Morriston returned from South Florida with his bride. •Among the students entering the college at Cedar Key last week were Mabel and Lynda Cason, Velma Clyatt, Verney and Earley Horn, all of Chiefland; Alf Dorsett of Sumner; Ruth Berry, Ben Curry, John Richburg, Sam Joseph, Alex Kapote, Noel Solomon, all of Cedar Key. •The north-bound passenger train was delayed several hours Monday on account of the trestle being burned at Otter Creek. *M. T. Milton of the west side was in Bronson this week. •At Gritsville, the school is being conducted by Prof. J. D. Ogden. •The primary election is coming up this spring. Candidates are: Raddie Davis of Cedar Key, A. H. Ellzey, J. M. Roach, Jr., of Williston, and E. Walker (incumbent) for sheriff; John R. Willis (incumbent) for county judge; L. W. Drummond of Raleigh for clerk; John C. Weimer, Sr., for representative; John M. Gornto and F. E. Wadley for state senator; W. F. Osteen and T. W. Price for school superintendent; William R. Coulter (incumbent) for tax assessor; R. M. Fugate (incumbent) for tax collector; and H. E. Sheppard for commissioner of District 2. (Something was going on about “county division”. Each candidate for senator or representative energetically announced that he was against it. This seems to have stemmed from the attempt to form Bloxham County from part of Levy County and part of Marion County). 2 MARCH 1916 •Bill Simpkins is farming out on Chunky Pond. •Cedar Key News: The White House Hotel caught fire from a defective chimney, but the Tin Bucket Brigade arrived and extinguished the fire. Miss Gertie McCumber, Miss Velma Clyatt, Miss Lamar Clyatt, with Alf Dorsett and Clyton Clapo were visitors in Sumner Sunday. L. A. Toler is postmaster in Cedar Key. •In Otter Creek, the Florida Scrub Brush Com pany is making the “famous Peerless Floor Scrub” from corn shucks. •From Bronson, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Fisher, son Frank, Dr. W. H. Spires and Mr. G. A. Boyd went over to Green Cove Springs last Sunday. Other news from Bronson: Many people from here attended the Chautauqua at Williston last week. 6 APRIL 1916 •Dedication of the new school building at Cedar Key will be held April 7, 1916. 18

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•Monday, U. S. Senator Nathan P. Bryan and ex-Governor Albert W. Gilchrist will make political speeches at Bronson. Another candidate for U.S. Senator, Hon. Perry G. Wall, delivered a speech here some weeks ago. The other aspirant, Gov. Trammell, will probably be along soon. •Last Thursday, eighteen houses burned at Cedar Key. The Episcopal Church was also destroyed. •The bank of Williston, oldest and largest bank in the county, pays 4% on time deposits. The directors are: E. A. Osborne, H. H. King, J. E. Paslay, T. L. Williams, H. G. Nelson, J. K. Harrison, W. M. Barton, I. T. Fugate, J. A. Harvey. •Among the visitors to Bronson last week were: P. D. Jerkins and W. J. Whitehurst of Raleigh; Amon Ward of Double Sink; and J. M. Roach, Sr., of Williston. •Persons currently homesteading land are William H. Koon of Inglis, James M. Surls of Sumner, Frank Frier of Wilcox, and William S. Sheppard of Chiefland. •The town of Cedar Key has a spread in this issue welcoming visitors. The population is given as being about 1,000. A list of businesses and other aspects of the town include: 3 meat markets, 5 fish houses, 3 oyster houses, 1 bakery, 1 fiber factory, 3 wood yards, 3 chur ches, 1 successful bank, 1 theatre, a good high school, a college, 10 grocery stores, 5 dry goods stores, 1 millinery shop, 3 barber shops, a pool room, pressing clubs, good bathing places, the city hall, a bottling works, 2 large cedar mills, 4 hotels, boarding houses, a secret society (Masonic), W. O. W., 2 drug stores, delightful climate, good yachts. “Cedar Key has all it takes to come back if you come once.” 11 MAY 1916 •Emery and Newton Priest announce a picnic with political speeches May 19 at Center School House, situated about 2 miles south of Morriston. •A Sunday School picnic will be held on May 27 at Wolf Sink School House. *A Gulf Hammock picnic will be hosted by F. W. Jones on the banks of Wekiva Run on May 19. All candidates are invited to come and all who enjoy bathing will bring along their bathing suits. (Mr. Jones apparently intended to tolerate no skinny-dipping candidates at his picnic. People in those days went bathing, not swim ming. Language does change.) •Levy County’s per capita indebtedness is 40C as compared with Manatee’s $85.10. Only Lafayette County with its 9C is lower. •Mr. Sam S. White, proprietor of the White House Hotel in Cedar Key, and Miss Olivia Colson were married Sunday afternoon. •Prof, and Mrs. Osteen left Cedar Key Monday to visit her people in Leon County. Prof. Osteen is a candidate for Superintendent of Levy County Schools. 8 JUNE 1916 •The greatest naval battle in the world’s history was fought off the Danish coast between the British and German fleets. About 150 warships were involved and 10,000 lives were lost. The British won. •President Wilson attended the memorial exer cises held in the Confederate section of Arlington National Cemetery. •County primary elections have ended. Re elected officials are: E. Walker, Sheriff; William R. Coulter, Tax Assessor; R. M. Fugate, Tax Collector; W. J. Epperson, Representative; John R. Willis, Judge. W. F. Osteen was elected Superintendent of Schools and Luther W. Drummond beat incumbent A. P. Hardee as Clerk. •Fletcher Drug Store in Williston has an ad: “A call at this place will show you that trading here is a pleasure.” •Edward F. Zetrouer has a law practice in Bron son. •Miss Bertha Wellman, who taught at Port Orange, is at home for the summer. •A great deal of cotton has been planted on the west side. •May Mercantile Company in Hardee has an ad listing 12 pounds of sugar for $1.00; IVi pounds of coffee for $1.00; and 12 cans of tomatoes for $1.00. 19

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15 JUNE 1916 •An editorial mentions that Bronson is not an incorporated town. It was known to have been incorporated in the 1880’s (from cords of a lawsuit), so it has apparently gone to an unin corporated status since then. •Judson is to have a picnic June 23. They say the picnic is to be staged after the election in order to “avoid political excitement.” •In Lebanon News: Mr. C. E. Robinson has a fine crop; and the work of Ridman Lumber Company is progressing over in the Sand Slough area. •In Bronson News: Outstanding gardens are being grown by G. C. Darden, H. B. Hughes, I. W. Faircloth, and M. D. Dixon. Dr. J. M. Boling, brother of Mrs. W. J. Epperson, died in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he resided. 22 JUNE 1916 *W. M. Nicholls and Miss Emma Young were married Sunday at the bride’s home near the Fiber Factory. •Mentioned in news items: C. C. Gaines, Mrs. R. T. King, Mrs. R. M. King, Mrs. Henry Can non, and Mrs. George Cannon, all of Lebanon. 30 JUNE 1916 •The editor, his wife, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Har dee and two of their little sons took a trip Friday through the west side. The trip was made in Hon. Hardee’s auto and went from Bronson to Judson. From Judson, the run was made over part of the Newtown ro^d, leaving that road and coming back into the Judson-to-Bronson road at a point beyond the Iron Bridge. •Schools and their principals selected for next term: Bronson, Miss Irene Brewer; Lebanon, Miss Maide Churchill; Chiefland, L. L. Callaway with Miss Inez Hardee as assistant; Center, Miss Mollie Nogle; Four Mile, Miss Louise Barrow; Montbrook, Miss Mary Guess; Double Sink, Miss Rosa Hiers; Wolf Sink, Mrs. Susie Hardee with Miss Mary Arrington as assistant; Deer Pen, Lora Wynn; Red Hollow, F. E. Crews; Copper Sink, Miss Maude Horne; Ebenezer, Miss Lamar Clyatt; Raleigh, Mrs. Anna Snyder; Long Pond, Ollie Owens; inglis, Miss Frankie Horne; Cason, Miss Delma Hiers; Creech, Miss Eugenia Hayes; Unity, Miss Niblack; Rosewood, Miss Gertrude Drummond; Meredith, Allison Janney; Billups, Austin Baird. The others have not been selected yet. 6 JULY 1916 •In Lebanon, the ten year-old daughter of Ed ward McCain died of malaria fever. •The editor, P. B. Butler, went out in company with Col. E. F. Zetrouer a few days ago and had his first sight of Blue Springs near Bronson. •Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Myers, with their children, Ada and Lewis, have recently come from Maryland to settle in Levy County. Mr. Myers bought a farm near Chiefland and already has it in production. •Recent visitors in Bronson: T. J. Yearty of Vista; C. C. Calloway of Morriston; C. C. Gaines, H. L. Coleman, George Cannon, all of Lebanon; Hustus Studstill, W. G. Hudson, and Hon. John C. Weimer of Chiefland; T. J. Faircloth of Judson; Dr. J. M. Goode, T. L. Williams, George M. Willis, and J. H. Jacobie of Williston; Miss Louise Sanders of Shell Pond; D. P. Wilkerson of Sumner; Samuel Hartman, Jackson Watkins, G. L. Meeks, Boston Jones, all of Gulf Hammock; A. B. Sanchez of Judson; T. L. Williams, Charles Tindale, G. A. Calhoun, all of Ellzey; Joe F. McGowan of Levyville; Ben Curry and J. F. Taylor of Cedar Key; G. W. Roberts of Red Hollow; W. D. Wynn of Janney. •R. R. Carroll of Ocala is distributor for the Maxwell automobile. According to his ad, the new 1917 Maxwell holds the record for longest running of the engine without a moment’s stop, 44 days and nights, and the greatest continuous mileage without repairs or stops except for gas, oil, and water, 22,000 miles. The new Maxwell sells for $650. (Gunnell’s note: I remember seeing one of them in storage. It had a flathead 6cylinder engine, magneto ignition, acetylene gas headlights, 4-speeds forward, right side steering, with the shift lever and parking brake handle mounted outside on the running board. Old Timers may recall that the Jack Benny radio series during the thirties and forties featured Mr. Benny’s mythical Maxwell with sound effects by Mel Blanc. The 1917 Maxwell never developed battery problems; it had no battery.) 20

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13 JULY 1916 •Alec Markham and family from near Romeo have been visiting relatives in Gritsville last week. •A young man from Hickory Island, Culpepper Hodges, is visiting the R. T. King family at Lebanon. Probably something around Lebanon has attracted Cul’s attention. •Some other people mentioned in the news: W. B. Lukens of Rosewood; Mr. L. C. Hester, president of the Williston Mfg. Co.; and J. J. Bigelow, vice-president of Port Inglis Terminal Company. •W. L. Hafelee of Thomas County, Georgia, is visiting his mother on their farm south of Bron son. •Two excursions to Cedar Key have been called of on account of the railroads moving troops to the Mexican border. 3 AUGUST 1916 •The editor wishes all those returning fishermen to understand a new policy around here. If the editor is to stop work and listen to all those longwinded accounts of the fish caught, then the editor expects to be presented with some of those fish. •Tax Assessor William R. Coulter has 50 acres planted in velvet beans. •Dr. W. H. Spires is moving to Chattahoochee and will be replaced at Bronson by Dr. McLeod from Georgia. 12 OCTOBER 1916 •George B. Bailey and Alice Nichols were married Sunday at the home of the bride in Lebanon. Bro. Wadkins conducted the services. •William E. Rivers has moved from High Springs to open a law office in Bronson. •Deer Pen School Honor Roll: Britton and Clara Lewis, 5th grade; Zacherious Lew and Wallace Richardson, 4th grade; Sebron Chesser, Elmer Richardson, and Lawrence Richardson, all 3rd grade; Mae Richardson, 2nd grade; and Estelle Fowler, Chart Class. •Bid Notice: Bids will be accepted until the 4th day of September, 1916, to build a schoolhouse at Vista, Florida. The building is to be 24 ft. x 32 ft., walls 10 ft., weatherboarded with shingles; floored but not ceiled. 26 OCTOBER 1916 •The Waccassasa news correspondent starts the column with, “Hurrach for Sidney J. Catts!” and ends the column with the same. Mr. Catts is a candidate for governor, opposed by W. V. Knott. There is much flap going on as to who is the rightful Democratic Party nominee. The State Democratic Committee designates Mr. Knott while the rank-and-file citizens seem to prefer Mr. Catts. Other news in this column: Ed Williams School has Miss Hattie Pinner as teacher; people can buy mullet at 3


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•A group of local citizens has formed a commit tee to make Bronson the “Community Beautiful.” •It has been suggested that Jackson’s Island, the picnic grounds owned by the Methodist Church, be used as the annual camp meeting ground where assemblages and chautauquas can be held. •OBIT: DR. J. M. GOOD Dr. J. M. Good of Williston died yesterday as a result of injuries suffered from being hit by a train in Raleigh. Dr. Good practiced medicine in Williston and was highly thought of in the coun ty. 23 NOVEMBER 1916 Sidney J. Catts was elected governor by a 30% margin. •Mrs. A. G. Fletcher of Meredith thanks her friends for being so kind to her following the demise of her husband. •Mrs. E. F. Sargent, daughter of W. T. Watson, lives in Delta, Colorado. Mrs. D. D. Musgrove, daughter of Mrs. Annie Sale, lives in Lake City. 30 NOVEMBER 1916 •Attorney John R. Willis has applied for a par don for Sallie Shaw who was indicted for murder of one Sam Shaw of Double Sink. •J. E. Morris and family moved to Bronson from Morriston to take charge of the agency here for the S. A. L. The M. M. Morris family has moved from Bronson to Sumner. •People mentioned in news: Hon. J. S. Blitch, George Foreman, Milton Ashwood, Jim Sims, and Ed Armstrong, all of Montbrook; James P. Graham and T. C. Hogan of Janney; Getts Drummond and H. O. Drummond of Chiefland. •Andrew J. Beck of Chiefland made homestead entry on 30 October 1913. Witnesses were Frank Frier, C. Durrance, M. Clyatt, and W. S. Lee, all of Chiefland. •Jesse L. Kennedy of Inglish made homestead entry on 14 December 1910. Witnesses were: J. W. Hudgens and L. Z. Watson of Inglish; W. H. Willis McCain of Cedar Key. G. H. Maxwell and his mother have moved to their home about a mile northeast of Bronson. I. S. C. Sheffield will move from the home he now occupies just north of town to the old Coultier residence of Bronson. 7 DECEMBER 1916 *S. S. Smith of Newtown has put up a corn mill. •Judge John R. Willis lost his horse Monday, the animal having died from overeating velvet beans. •Roadwork is to begin in earnest between Bron son and Williston. It will be a hard surface road. There are three routes to pick from. After the Bronson-Williston road is completed, a new one will be started from Bronson to the Alachua County Line. •A party of Cedar Key citizens are talking of going to Tallahassee by boat to witness the inauguration of the new governor. They plan to go up the coast to St. Marks, where they will an chor their boats, going on to Tallahassee by rail. This will be one of the prettiest as well as one of the most interesting trips made by any party. The writer wishes, by all powers of politics, that he could be one of that party. 14 DECEMBER 1916 •Stockholders of the Bank of Levy County elect ed the following: W. J. Epperson, President; John R. Willis, Vice-President; J. C. McEachin, Cashier. Directors are: the above officers, A. P. Hardee, E. Walker, Leroy Wood. •People in the news: Charlie Hoffman of Otter Creek; Samuel Hartman, of Gulf Hammock; A. F. McDonell of Raleigh; and the W. J. Faulkner family, recently moved to this county from Berrien County, Georgia. 21 DECEMBER 1916 •O. F. Hester, secretary and treasurer of the Williston Mfg. Co., has announced the annual stockholders meeting. •James P. Graham of Janney and Sidney S. White of Bronson have filed for homesteads in the county. •The Trenton Telephone Company is installing their lines to Bell, Old Town, Eugene, Cross City, Wilcox, Hardee, and Chiefland, with ex changes in Trenton and Brosnon. Charges will be $3.00 per month for business lines and $2.00 per month for residence phones. 22

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*Lewis Days of Montbrock has filed for homestead. •People in the news items: Steve Johnson, Porter White, Alfred Wilkerson, and Sidney S. White of Bronson; T. C. Hogan of Janney; Oscar S. Sheppard, G. M. Willis, G. B. Thomas, Q. H. Thomas, and Paul Willis of Williston. 28 DECEMBER 1916 •W.S. Stephens will go in a few days to Lunkens where he will accept a position with the big lum ber company located there. •Bronson people gladly welcome the soon to be arrival of Prof, and Mrs. W. F. Osteen. Mr. Osteen comes to take charge as County Superin tendent of Schools. 22 FEBRUARY 1917 •Mrs. Mary Renfroe has died, leaving two sons by her first husband. They are Thomas and Alfred Wilkerson. She was buried at Ebenezer, services by I. S. C. Sheffeild. •Miss Mae Berryhill married Mr. W. T. Taylor of Ocala on February 12. •The 14 year-old son of Mrs. J. L. Carter, Clarke Carter, droped his shotgun through a crack in the Wacassassa River Bridge. The gun fired, striking his left arm and igniting his clothes. Some other boys extinguished the fire. *J. H. Dixon has bought the large refrigerator and other fixtures of the market formerly belonging to R. Bronson who has operated a market here for some time. Mr. Dixon will operate the market now in connecton with his father’s store. He will have the market screened from floor to ceiling, making it free from flies and will also make it otherwise perfectly sanitary. •The bank of Levy County at Bronson has capital assets of $153,259.51. •An ad for Thetford’s Black-Draught says that the patent medicine is for “Constipation, in digestion, headache, dizziness, malaria, chills and fever, billiousness, and all similar ailments.” Bean’s Store is advertising $100 worth of presents to be given to those customers who “spend the most money with us” during a spe cified time. •Emmet Thomas of Janney has filed for homestead. •The steam powered sawmill of G. B. Sanchez at Double Sink is being sold at auction following a court decision. •William H. Anderson, Jr., is administrator of the estate of his father, William H. Anderson, Sr. •The Cedar Key State Bank has capital assets of $51,594.77. Y. H. Kirchhain is cashier. Directors are J. W. Turner, W. C. Bryce, and Y. H. Kirch hain. The Citizens Bank of Williston assets of $64,565.58 •Other people in the news: Dr. R. F. McLeod of Otter Creek; Mr. Samuel Hartman of Gunntown; and C. E. Rogers of Chiefland. •Miss Gornto of Williston was in Bronson last week working in the interest of the Chautauqua. Miss Opal Blitch and Miss Irene Brewer attended the Williston Chautauqua. 1 MARCH 1917 •Gus Morton of Williston has already shipped 3 carloads from his 65 acres of cabbage. •Miss Violet Wallace, popular teacher at Shell Pond School, married Mr. Alex McDonald of Williston recently. •The wife of Martin Huggins was buried at Orange Hill Cemetery last week. •At Lebanon, the orange trees show poor prospect for an orange crop. •Rev. Denton is pastor of Bronson Methodist Church. •The convict gang was brought up Tuesday from near Cedar Key to build the hard surface road between Bronson and Williston. Their camp will be at Wolf Spring. 8 MARCH 1917 •OBIT: Mrs. W. T. Merchant Mrs. W. T. Merchant, age 52, died at her home here last Wednesday. The family came here from South Carolina years ago. 23

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&f C lerk of Court L. W. Drummond and family have moved to Bronson from Raleigh. For the present they will occupy some rooms in the par sonage. &f Dr. M. R. Markey and his family moved to Bronson from Pierson the first of the week. He has bought the home of J. H. Collier in the north part of town. *D. P. Coffin, who was recently appointed farm demonstration agent for Levy County, arrived in Bronson a few days ago. &f B rown Lodge No. 51 F. & A. M. at Chiefland will dedicate the new building March 17. 22 MARCH 1917 *H. B. Hughes has sold his ice cream parlor in Bronson to S. L. Cox. The Cox family comes from Arkansas. 29 MARCH 1917 &f Again, an attempt is being made to establish Bloxham County from parts of Levy and Marion Counties. &f The Kirstin stump puller is advertised in almost every issue. This is a winch mechanism powered by a team of horses. &f The Wekiva Farming Company is being incor porated by George L. Meeks, Avarilla Meeks, Franklin M. DeVoe, and Idalia DeVoe. 5 APRIL 1917 &f O BIT: Mr. G. E. Reeves G. E. Reeves, age 72, died at his home a few miles south of Bronson Sunday. He was a Con federate veteran, having enlisted in his native State of South Carolina. He worked for many years for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, was injured on the job and never did fully recover. &f Foreclosure proceddings are being brought against the sawmill of G. B. Sanchez at Double Sink. &f People mentioned in the news: From Sumner, W. B. Mozo, Dr. Porter Hudson, T. H. Holt, C. J. Miller, J. S. Ingram, Frank Ingram, L. L. Jones, L. P. Smallwood, D. P. Wilkerson, Jesse Ford, and M. Norris; from Williston, J. R. Fugate, E. S. Mixson, J. M. Mixson, George J. Blitch, L. C. Hester, A. L. Griffin, H. G. Nelson, John M. Gornto, D. E. Williams, J. A. Hawkins, H. C. Henderson, Jr., T. L. Williams, L. J. Griffin; from Morriston, E. F. Mitchell, C. C. Calloway, John Parker, Jesse Peterson, Isaac Munden, and Lawton Priest; from Inglish, Frank Butler; from Newtown, D. L. Wilkerson; from Cedar Key, J. B. Lutterloh, Tyler Hodges, H. W. Crevasse, R. W. Stapleton, W. B. Ellis, E. F. Wadley, T. B. Wallace, I. E. Hughes, E. S. White, T. W. Brewer, L. C. Campbell, and Y. H. Kirchhain; from Raleigh, P. E. Saunders and B. B. Lowman; from Levyville, R. P. Philpot; from Otter Creek, W. C. Cobb, D. L. Pope, Dr. R. J. McLeod and Charlie Hoffman; from Vista, T. H. Yearty; from Chiefland, Dr. W. C. Young and C. E. Rogers; from Gulf Hammock, H. G. Watkins; from Judson, A. B. Sanchez; from Rocky Hammock, N. J. Cason and W. H. Peacock; from Lebanon, U. D. Munroe, F. M. Robinson, and E. E. Robinson; from Double Sink, W. H. Highsmith, John M. Hiers, W. M. Stockman, J. F. Stockman; from Rosewood, J. M. Wright; from Montbrock, Mont Brooks and H. G. Strickland. 12 APRIL 1917 &f M rs. A. F. Brady was recently buried at Montbrook. &f S. S. Smith and J. C. Pons live in Newtown. Miss Bertha Smith lives in Meredith. 19 APRIL 1917 &f M rs. Finlayson of Jacksonville visited with her brother and his wife Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Hughes, last week. &f Mrs. Davidson of Chiefland visited here with her daughter, Mrs. E. Walker. &f M r. and Mrs. Frank Marshburn came up from Inverness Friday. Mrs. Marshburn remained to spend some time with her mother, Mrs. W. J. Epperson. 17 MAY 1917 &f C ol. and Mrs. W. E. Rivers are rejoicing over the arrival of a ten-pound boy. The Col. wears a smile that wonÂ’t come off. *B. C. Wadley was re-elected Mayor of Cedar Key. 24

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24 MAY 1917 &f D eputy Sheriff D. P. Wilkerson of Sumner brought in a man for violation of the “Wells Bone Dry Law” last Saturday. &f A party for the young people of Hardee and Chiefland was held at the home of J. S. Hardee on Friday evening. Mr. F. T. Davidson won a prize, a sack of peas, for carring twelve peas, one at a time, across the room on a toothpick. Others attending were: Vida Hardee, Inez Hardee, Em ma Lee Hardee, Longene and Thelma Marshall, Opal Morgan, Gertrude Dykes, Annabelle Smith, E. C. Hardee, G. P. Harper, Carlos Evans, Orvil and Otis Smith, Purdie and Herbert Rogers, John S. Keel, L. E. Berry, Pasco Durrance, A. L. Studstill, Elmer Dykes, Dr. W. L. Tillis, and Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Arrington. &f NOTICE: On June 3, Judson W. O. W. Camp No. 301 will unveil the monument of the late R. Tison at the cemetery near Hardee. There will be dinner on the ground and the unveiling ceremony later on at 3:00 P.M. &f Dr. W. L. Willis and Miss Mabel Cason were married at the bride’s home near Rocky on Saturday evening, May 20. *H. B. Hughes has established a cool drink establishment at Chiefland in the drug store of Dr. W. C. Young. &f E. L. Cowart lives at Meredith, William Purvis at Newtown. &f F red Davidson is the “garage man at Chiefland.” &f W. P. Jones, J. C. Pons, and John Faircloth live at Newtown. &f M rs. Candacy Waterson and son, Epperson Barrow, of Chiefland were here Saturday. *R. P. Carswell, the Coca-Cola man, has just purchased a new Ford from the Bronson Sales Company. 31 MAY 1917 &f F oreclosure of the Durden Lumber & Crate Company at Williston is being processed by the Southern Pine Company of Georgia. &f O. R. Medlin of Gainesville has accepted the position of assistant cashier of the Bank of Levy County at Bronson. Oscar is a Levy County boy, having grown up at Williston. &f As many as 17 full cars of cucumbers per day are being shipped out of Williston. &f O thers mentioned in the news: Jack English and A. B. King of Sumner; W. W. Moore of Janney; A. O. Munn, J. M. Southard, and A. K. Hatcher of Newtown; N. F. Collins of Double Sink; M. M. Smith and Mike Clancey of Williston; C. L. Tindale of Gunntown; W. J. Tindale of Raleigh; O. N. Harper and C. W. Evans of Chiefland. 14 JUNE 1917 &f M iss Thelma Odom and Dr. R. F. McLeod of Otter Creek will be married June 17. &f There will be a picnic at Wolf Sink School on June 14. Prof. Ganus is expected to conduct the singing. &f Melons are being loaded and shipped from Bronson. This is something new for Bronson. One car sold for $200 and one for $150. &f County Commissioners: J. S. Fisher, Chairman; Amon Ward, T. L. Williams, M. M. Clyatt, and Y. H. Kirchhain. 17 JUNE 1917 &f S ol Osteen, one of the progressive farmers of this section, reports that he sold a wagon load of watermelons today. They netted him 25
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27 At a Summer School for teachers in Bronson, about 1914. These schools were called “Normals”. Left to right: Mr. Mixon (rear) Miss Highsmith, Mr. Peacock, Miss Emma Jones (married Jesse Dixon), Miss Arrington, Miss Sarah France Philpot Mr. Tyson. Photo courtesy of Mrs. C. A. Daly of Venice, Florida.

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Map of Levy County, 1891. Courtesy of Mrs. C. A. Daly, 536 Center Road, Venice, Florida 33595. I 28

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