Group Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
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Title: Inventory of industrial advantages
Physical Description: 6 v. : ; 39 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Florida State Advertising Commission
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee Fla
Publication Date: 1948-1949?]
General Note: Issued separately for Florida cities in cooperation with local chambers of commerce and varied agencies.
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Walton *county

Table of Contents

Part A---Natural Resources

1. Geography 2
2. Climate 2
3. Local Raw Materials 2

Part B---General Economy

1. Population 2
2. Labor 2
3. Retail Market 2
4. Manufacturing Industries 3
5. New Industries 3

Part C--Government

1. Administration 3
2. Finance 3

Part D---Community Facilities

1. Transportation Facilities 3
2. Power 4
3. Fuel 4
4. Sewage and Waste Disposal 4
5. Iater Supply 4
6. Communications Facilities 4
7. Educational Facilities 5
8. Health Facilities $
9. Recreational Facilities 5
10. Police Protection 5
11. Fire Protection 5
12* City Streets 5
13, Banking Facilities 6
14. Construction and Service Facilities 6
15. Retail Facilities 6
16. wholesale Facilities 6
17. Housing Conditions 6
18. Hotels and Restaurants 6
19. Newspapers 6
20. Laundries and Dry Cleaners 6
21. Civic Organizations 6
22. Churches

Prepared By:

DeFuniak Springs, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

311 North Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida .



Part A"--Natural Resources

1. Geograrhy:

Chief topographical features: Rolling. Elevation, 284 feet above sea level.

2. Climate:
Annual January April Ju October

Temperature averages 67.5 52.8 66.6 80,8 68.9
Rainfall averages 65.70 4.50 4.02 8.44 3.62

Growing season: Usual date of last killing frost in Spring',' March 2; usual
date of first killing frost in Fall, November 24; average length of growing
season, 267 days.

3. Local Raw Materials:

Timber: All types of timber are available two to 36 miles from town. Goodwin
Lumber Company and H. C. Hodge are the principal producers.

Minerals: Clays were formerly produced four to eight miles from town. Supply
is not believed to be exhausted.

Agricultural products: Principal agricultural products are poultry, eggs,
livestock, dairy products, corn, cotton, cane syrup, peanuts, sweet potatoes,
velvet beans, tung nuts, blueberries and feed crops,

Other: Fish and other seafood, tar wood, pulpwood and naval stores.

Part B---General Economy

1, Population:
Ept. 1947 14 19 19325 190.

County total 15,500 13,871 14,246 11,647 11,852
City total 2,624 2,570 2,646 2,636
Negroes in county ---- 1,996 1,995 2,208 2,724
Negroes in city 612 546 633 ---

Predominant nationalities: Native-born white; Negro,

2. Labor:

Unions: Employees of the Gulf Power Company are represented by the Inter-
national Brotherhood of Electrical TWorkers.

Female employment: Approximately 10% of the total employment is female.

Approximate hourly wages: Unskilled white male, 600; unskilled Negro male,
60; skilled white male, $1.00-$1.50; skilled Negro male, 754-$1.00; skilled
white female, 75Q; skilled Negro female, 600.

General: A reasonably adequate supply of labor (mostly unskilled) is avail-

3. Retail Market:

General: DeFuniak Springs serves as the retail trade center for Walton County
and vicinity.

1946 Effective Buying Income per family in county, $1,752.*
1946 Estimated retail food store sales in county, $1,005.*
1946 Estimated retail general merchandise store sales in county withheld to
avoid disclosure.
1946 Estimated retail drug store sales in county, $149,000' ,

*Copyright 1947, SALES MANAGEMENT Survey of Buying Power. Further reproduc-
tion not licensed.


4. Manufacturing Industries:

Gonerrl: Total number of manufacturing establishments, 12; total number
employed at all manufacturing plants, 216.

Principal manufacturing plants: Goodwin Lumber Company, lumber; H. C. Hodge,
lumber; Thompson Feed Store, mixed feeds; Henderson Feed Mill, mixed feeds;
Concrete Products Company, building blocks; and DeFuniak Naval Stores Com-
pany, naval stores.

5. New Industries:

General: One new industry, employing 11 persons, was established during 1946.

Part C---Government

1. Administration:

Type: Mayor-Council.

Officials: Mayor, Mh. 0. warren; City Attorney, A. G. Campbell, Jr.

Special departments: City has an active street department,

Zoning: City does not have a zoning ordinance.

2. Finances:

Current city tax rate: Operations, 18 mills; debt service, 9 mills.

Average city tax rate for last five years: Operations, 18 mills; debt
service, 9 mills.

City basis of assessment: 1007.

Total assessed value of real property in city: y1,2,103,000.

City license tax on manufacturing plant: Varies from full exemption up,
depending on the type of industry,

City utility tax: 6%.

Other major city taxes: Amusement taxes.

Current county tax rate: Operations and debt service, 32 mills.

Average county tax rate for last five years: Operations and debt service, 26

Bonded debt: City, /34,000; county, $53,000.

Other long-term obligations: None.

Part D---Communitv Facilities

1. Transportation Facilities:

Railroads: DeFuniak Springs is served by a Louisville-Nashville main line with
four passenger and two freight trains daily. Pick-up and delivery for less
than carload freight is not available.

Express: Railway Express Agency, Inc., provides rail express service. Free
pick-up and delivery for express is available. Direct air express service is
not available.

Highways: U, S. Highway 90 and Florida Highway 83 pass through DeFuniak Springs.

Local bus service: None.

Intercity bus service: DeFuniak Springs is served by Teche Greyhound Lines,
with 24 buses daily and Coastal Stages with six buses daily.


1 Transbortation Facilities: (Cont.)

Intercity trucking facilities: M. R. & R. Trucking Company serves Northwest
Florid.. Pensacbla, Atlanta, Montgomery, Birmingham, mobile, Chattanooga,
Nashville, Iemphis and New Orleans are the principal cities that can be
reached by an over-night truck haul.

Air: DeFuniak Springs Airport, privately-owned, is two
field is open to private planes. Charter cross country

2. Power:

The distributing and generating system is owned by Gulf
system is interconnected with Alabama Power Company and

4. Fuel:

Coal: Coal is not used in this section.

Gas: Neither natural nor artificial gas is available.

Bottled gas: Bottled gas is available,

miles from town. The
flights are available.

Power Company. The
Florida Power Corpo-

Sewage and VJaste Disnosal:

Sewage: Storm and sanitary sewers are installed. Sewage is emptied into

Garbage: Garbage is collected daily in the business district and weekly in
the residential districts,

6. Father Supply:

Source: ellss. Present source is considered adequate for expansion.

Treatment: Chlorinated.

Chemical analysis:

PA P, M.

Free Carbon Dioxide, 002
Non-Carbonate Hardness
Total Hardness
Total Solids at 1800 C
Silica, Sio2
Ferric Oxide, Fe203
(Iron, Fe: 0..005 PPM)
Alumina, Al203



Calcium, Ca
Magnesium, Mg
Sodium and Potassium, Na
Carbonate, 003
Bi-Carbonate, HCO3
Sulphate, SO
Chloride, Cl
Nitrate, NO
Fluorine, F

Remarks: Color, 0; Odor, 0. A relatively soft water, of very
suitable for any domestic purpose.


Per 1,000 Gallons

First 4,000 gallons, U1.50 minimum
Next 5,000 gallons
Next 5,000 gallons
Next 16,000 gallons
From 30,000 to 100,000 gallons
From 100,000 to 200,000 gallons
All over 200,000 gallons


A discount of 25% is allowed on all water consumed above $10.

7. Communications Facilities:

Telephone service: Southeastern Telechone Company operates a manual exchange
serving 400 company-owned slLcticns ". d 3 toll circuits.


high quality,

7. Commagcotions Faqilittes: ((ont.)

Telegraph service: -estern Union has office hours of 9 .m. to noon. and
1:30 to 5 p.m. on weekdays and is closed on Sundays and holidays.

8. Educational Facilities;

Elementary Junior Hi!ih li.h


Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 630 256 335
Present capacity 450 250 300


Number of schools 1 1 1
Present enrollment 158 85 84
Present capacity 180 100 100

Vocational training for white students: Fome economics, vocational agricul-
ture, industrial arts, r&dio telegraphy, and commercial subjects.

Voc .tional training for L'earo students: home economics, vocational agricul-
ture and commercial subjects.

Libraries: None.

9. Health Facilities:

City health department: None.

County health department: Staff of one part-time doctor and two nurses.
Operates general clinics in Freeport, Red Bay, Point Washington, Gaskin,
Paxton and DeFuniak Springs.

Hospitals: Lakeside Clinic, a privately-owned hospital, is the only hospital
in DeFuniak Springs, but bonds for a have been issued
with contemplated construction to begin about N1ovember 1, 1947.

10. Recreational Facilities:

Public parks: Henry Park has a band stand and Lake DeFuniak has piers for
fishing and swimming. Several small parks are scattered throughout the city.

Athletic fields: Harbeson Field has a grandstand, bleachers and is lighted.

Other: City Auditorium is used for basketball.

11. Police Protection:

City: Force consists of three policemen. Police cars are not equipped with
radios. Patrolmen are uniformed. Regular beats are maintained at night.

County: Police protection outside the city limits is provided by the county
sheriff and deputies.

12. Fire Protection:

City: DeFuniak Springs has a volunteer fire department. City has one
engine and one station.

Insurance rating: SEAU, Class 2; NBFU, Class 7.

County: No fire protection is available outside the pity limits.

tl City Streets:

Mileage: Paved, about 10 miles; gravelled, about 5 miles.

General: Concrete and asphalt are the principal types of pavement. About
25% of the streets are curbed and about 40% have sidewalks. Approximately
20% of the streets should be rebuilt or extensively repaired during the
next five years.

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14. Banking Facilities:

Name Total Resources

First National Bank $2,900,000
Cawthon State Bank 2,005,000

15. Construction and Service Facilities:

Type and number: General contractors, 5; architects, 0; land surveyors, 1;
general machine shops, 1; machine repair facilities, 0; foundries, 0; auto-
motive repair facilities, 7; consulting engineers, 0.

16. Retail Facilities:

Type and number: Dry goods stores, 2; department stores, 3; grocery stores,
12; drug stores, 3.

Parking: City has no parking:.meters and no parking lots.

Vacant stores: There were no vacant stores in the business district at the
time of this survey.

17. Wholesale Facilities:

General: DeFuniak Springs is not considered a wholesale distribution center.
Special markets are operated for the sale of livestock and vegetables. Com-
mercial cold storage facilities are available but not adequate.

Deficiencies: City needs general wholesale store to supply town and county.

18. Housing Conditions:

General: More houses are needed.

19. Hotels and Restaurants:

Hotels: Number, 3; rooms, 98. (One has dining room that seats 60 to 100

Restaurants: Number, 4; seating capacity, 80.

20. Newspapers:

Name e e Circulation

DeFuniak Herald Weekly 1,465
The Breeze Weekly 1,650

21. Laundries and Dry Cleaners:

Commercial laundries: Number, 1.

Self-service laundries: Number, 2.

Commercial dry cleaners: Number, 3.

22. Civic Organizations:

Name and name of president: Kiwanis, Adrien Rivard; VJomans Club and Pilot

23. Churches:

Denominations: Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian and Catholic.



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