Milton Gazette, August 1, 1913, p. 1


The many friends of Miss Nina McDavid will be pained to learn of her death which occurred in Bogalusie, La., Wednesday. The body was brought to her home at Chumucla and interred yesterday, a large number of her friends and relatives attending. Miss McDavid was only sixteen years of age, just entering womanhood, and her sad demise seems extremely hard to bear by her loved ones. Mr. D. T. Williams and wife and Mr. and Mrs. W. H. McLeod attended the funeral from Milton. We extend sincere sympathy to the bereaved.


Milton, Gazette, August 19, 1913, p. 3


A Special to Pensacola Journal of August 12 says:

D. T. Glasgow, a well-known citizen of Florala, died sometime before Midnight, Sunday at the home of G. H. Meinike, where he was living. Sunday afternoon,, Mr. Glasow seemed in the best of health and was on the street talking with friends. During the night, Mr. Meinike discovered that all was not right in Mr. Glasgow's room and although the hour was late he called in neighbors and they summoned a physician, who pronounced Mr. Glasgow dead. It is supposed that heart failure was the cause of his death. The deceased has numerous friends in this community and in West Florida towns that will regret his death. He came to Florala many years ago and worked as a mechanic with Capt. Eliot, now dead. Mr. Glasgow went from here to Vilas, Fla., where he did a great deal of work. He also accompanied Mr. Eliot to Milton, Fla., and was employed at his turpentine plant near there for quite a while, returning to Florala a few months ago. Although he had the happy faculty at all times and under all conditions attending strictly to his own affairs, the deceased was known as a generous man.

Mr. Glasgow's body is being held awaiting some message from Georgia or North Carolina as to what steps to take in regard to burial. His former home was Goldsboro, N.C.


Milton Gazette, August 26, 1913, p. 1


A Mrs. Weekly, who was visiting friends a few miles north of this city, died very suddenly Saturday night from heart failure. The body was shipped to her home at some point near her home Sunday.


Milton Gazette, September 5, 1913, p. 1


(Pensacola Journal, Monday.)

Henry Lindsay, seventeen years of age, son of Martin Lindsay of Mobile, was killed in an automobile accident late yesterday afternoon, when the car turned turtle near Floridatown. The young man was alone in the car and when assistance reached him he was still alive, but died within fifteen minutes of internal injuries. The father, who is a wealthy timberland a mill owner with heavy interests in this section, passed through Pensacola about ten o'clock last night no a special train, which he chartered in Mobile, as soon as he learned of the accident. The body will be placed on the train at Pace Junction and taken to Pollard for burial. According to what could be learned, Lindsay had started at Pace for Chumuckla Springs in his automobile and was going at a fast rate of speed when a tire broke out when a tire blew out, causing the wreck. The machine not only turned turtle, but turned almost in the direction from which it came when help arrived. Lindsay was found about 25 feet from the car, showing that he had been thrown a great deal from the machine. Dr. Alfred was summoned and the young man was living when he arrived but died within a few minutes of internal injuries. The first known in Pensacola about the accident was yesterday afternoon, when a telephone message was received by Pou's undertaking parlors for a coffin and embalmer. These went out on a fast motor boat and the body was prepared for burial.


Milton Gazette, September 16, 1913, p. 1


The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Work died at their home at Bagdad today. The remains were laid to rest in the Bagdad Cemetery. The parents have our sympathy.


Milton Gazette, September 19, 1913, p. 2


(Pensacola Journal, Friday)

Hon. E. P. Holley of Milton, who has been ill at the home of his daughter, Mr. E. P. Hanson, at the corner of Davis and Strong streets, expired last night at 9 o'clock, at the age of 74 years. The remains will be taken to Milton for interment, the funeral to take place there Saturday afternoon. Mr. Holley was known far and wide in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties, having been active in public life for many years. For 16 years he was mayor of Milton, and for a number of years served in the office of probate judge in Santa Rosa County. Many relatives survive him, many residing in Pensacola.

The scores of friends of Judge Holley in this city and county will be pained to hear of his death. He was one of our oldest and best liked citizens. He was an equable and sanguine temperament and always had a smile and kind word for everyone. The genial judge had been ill for quite a while, and his death, though a shock, was not unexpected.

Judge Holley was a citizen of the county for about 50 years, and held the office of county judge for 24 years. His wife died here about 7 years ago.


Milton Gazette, September 19, 1913, p. 1


(Pensacola Journal, Thursday)

Mrs. M. Beal, aged 100 years, died early yesterday near here home at Ferry Pass and the remains were interred yesterday afternoon at the Whitmire Cemetery in the Ferry Pass section. Four of five survive her, the oldest of whom has passed his 55th birthday anniversary. The cause of Mr. Beal's death was given as senility, and her age at the even century mark, on the burial certificate which was on the Pou's stables yesterday.

Deceased had numerous relatives and numbered friends and acquaintances throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, and they will be exceedingly pained to learn of the aged lady's demise, which however, was not unexpected on account of her age.

With one exception, this was one of the oldest white persons known to have lived in West Florida. Hardly a month passes but that some negro centenarian's death is reported, and one is now said to be alive in this city who claims to have been 100 years old 3 years ago. The only other white person know to have passed the century mark quite recently died several years ago in Santa Rosa county, down in the East Bay section, this being a man whose name was not on file at the undertaker's shop, but whose age was given at 113 years by relatives.


Milton Gazette, October 3, 1913, p. 1


Died at his home in Gonzales, Tuesday morning at 6 o'clock surrounded by relatives and friends, after an illness of several weeks of typhoid fever, Mr. Walter Rivenbark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. Rivenbark of Milton. His remains were brought over on the 7:30 train Wednesday night and carried to the home of his father where at 10 o'clock Thursday morning the funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. B. Rodgers, assisted by J. C. Harrison and Rev. McBride, Methodist minister of Robert's, who accompanied the remains to Milton. All that family love, devotion, attention and medical skill could do was done, but God wanted him now in his young manhood. We can't understand His ways but they are right and we have to submit to the inevitable, and say His will not ours be done.

He leaves a young wife of just a few years, a sweet little girl and baby boy, besides mother and father, five brothers and three sisters to mourn his loss.

Mr. Albert Jones, Terry Penton, Taylor Kelley, Malcolmb Fleming, Warner Urquhart, and Jewel Bass, close friends of the deceased, acted as pall-bears. The large number of friends and acquaintances present and the many beautiful floral tributes attest to the esteem to which he was held here.



Ely Pinkney Holley was born 4th of October 1838 some 3 miles east of Andalusia, Covington County, Ala., and when about 12 years of age moved to Andalusia where he lived until 1871. He then came to Florida and entered into sawmill business with his brother-in-law E. B. Riley, and continued in this business for about 12 years. In 1883 he moved to Milton, Fla., engaging in the mercantile business. He was appointed probate judge of Santa Rosa County, Fla., to fill an unexpired term of about three years caused by the death of Judge Ward, and for four terms of four years each he was chosen by popular vote to that office to that office, closing in January 1909, an administration of fourteen years as probate judge of this county. During the greater of time he was judge he was also mayor of Milton. In capacity of both probate judge and mayor, he always did what he believed was right and best. While he had great respect for healthy public sentiment for the opinions of his friends he had a high regard for his own opinions--as he was wont to express it: "What Holley thinks." Those proven guilty rarely escaped sentence when he was to decide from the evidence and his rulings were generally accepted as fair. Possibly the greatest objections ever mentioned against Judge Holley in the discharge of his official duties were his sentences; in but very few cases, if any, did he impose extreme penalties. He retired from public life, not seeking reelection, to happily spend his remaining days among his children and friends.

Early in life, during 1857, he was married to Miss. Sarah J. Riley, of Andalusia, Ala., and to them were born three daughters, Mrs. Neill Campbell Sr., of Jay, Fla., Mrs. R. T. McDavid of Hinson, Fla., and Mrs. D. M. Henderson of Pensacola, Fla.

Judge Holley was a member of the Baptist church and died embracing the faith of his church after a long and very consistent life. After an illness of several months, he died at the home of his daughter in Pensacola, Fla., about 9 p.m. Thursday September 18, 1913. His remains were brought by special train to Milton, Fla., on Saturday following and placed besides [sic] those of his wife in the presence of all his children, some of his children's children, and other relatives, very many citizens of Milton and surrounding country. As tokens of high esteem and respect, the business houses were closed during burial services, fellow ex-officials were pall-bearers, county and city officers attended in a body the last sad rights. The life of Judge Holley is worthy of emulation.


Milton Gazette, October 7, 1913, p. 1


Mrs. William Holt died at the family residence at Bagdad Saturday morning after a lingering illness.

Her remains were laid to rest in the Bagdad cemetery Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. J. C. Harrison of the Methodist church conducting the funeral services.

Deceased was thirty years old. She was reared in Santa Rosa County, but after her marriage resided in Alabama for a number of years, only returning to this county about a year ago. She was a good christian woman and had many friends among those who knew her.

She leaves a husband, one daughter, an aged mother and near relatives to mourn her demise.


Milton Gazette, October 10, 1913, p. 1


Ed. M. Pooley, 45 years of age, died last night at his home, 413 E. Cervantes street, after a long illness.

Funeral services will be conducted at Christ Church tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 o'clock by Grant Gnauff. The cortege will leave the residence at 3 o'clock and burial will be made in St. John's Cemetery.

The deceased was well known in Pensacola and throughout the county. He removed from Pensacola from Milton and had been a resident of the city for about 13 years.

The deceased is survived by his wife and three children, besides four sisters and two brothers. The children are Ed. M., Jr., Bertram and Annie Pooley.--Pensacola Journal, 9th.

Ed. Had many friends both in Milton and Bagdad who will regret to learn of his death, besides his relatives. He was raised in Bagdad, where he has now one brother and two sisters living, and has one brother and sister living here. He was married, his wife formerly being Miss Olevia Nelson, who born and raised in Bagdad. The Gazette tempers sympathy to the bereaved relatives.


Milton Gazette, October 10, 1913, p. 3


Mr. Nick Williams of Milton received a telegram Tuesday of last week, announcing the serious illness of his father, S. P. Williams of Bonifay, Fla. Immediately upon receipt, he left for his father's bedside, arriving some little time before the end came. Mrs. B. D. Williams and Miss Sarah, two of Mr. Williams' sister, came from Riceville, Ga., arriving Wednesday night following their father's death in the morning.


Milton Gazette, November 4, 1913, p. 1


We copy the following account of the sudden death of Mrs. A. F. Mallory from the Pensacola Journal of Thursday. Mrs. Mallory well-known and esteemed here. She was a sister of Chas. Simpson of the Arcadia farms, and was raised to womanhood there. The Journal says:

The city was shocked yesterday by the news of the death of Mrs. A. F. Mallory, who died suddenly at noon at the family home, corner of Lee and Palafox streets, after a short illness. While Mrs. Mallory had not been very strong for some time, having just returned from Chumukla Spring, where she had been spending a few days for her health, she was not considered at all ill, and her death came as a severe shock to her family and friends. She had a fainting spell at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning and remained in a comatose condition until she passed away at noon.

She was the widow of the late Attala F. Mallory, brother of Senator Stephen R. Mallory, and the son of the secretary of the Confederate navy. She had been along [sic]resident of Pensacola and is survived by her mother Mrs. S. F. Simpson of Arcadia, Fla., and by six children, Mrs. S. Pasco Jr., Mrs. William Fisher, Miss Cora Mallory, Miss Kathleen Mallory, Miss Ida Mallory, and Mr. S. R. Mallory. Brothers and sisters who survive the deceased are Mr. Joseph Simpson, New Orleans; Dr. H. L. Simpson, Pensacola; Frank Simpson, Bagdad; Charles Simpson, Arcadia; R. B. Simpson, Pensacola; Arthur Simpson, Massachusetts; Mrs. Fred Bushnell, Boston; Mrs. W. M. Roberts, Pensacola; Miss Ellie Simpson, Arcadia.


Milton Gazette, November 7, 1913, p. 4


Mrs. Hooks died very unexpectedly at the family residence at Bay Point Wednesday. She was about 55 years old and was thought to be in fairly good health until Wednesday morning about 10 o'clock when she became suddenly ill and died in a very short time period. Deceased is survived by her husband, who has the sympathy of his many friends in his great and unexpected bereavement.


Milton Gazette, January 6, 1914, p. 1


Mr. Chas. E. Jernigan, a well known citizen of this county, died at the home of his sister, Mr. Beale, at DeFuniak Springs, where he had gone for his health, Sunday morning, January 4th. The remains were brought to this city for interment and the funeral took place this morning at the Milton cemetery at 10:30 o'clock.

Mr. Jernigan was about 45 years of age, and was born and raised in Santa Rosa County. He leaves a number of relatives, among whom are the following: Mr. Oliver Jernigan of Milton, Fla., Mr. Howard Jernigan of Pensacola, Fla., Mr. Rufus Jernigan of Tulsa, Okla., Mr. Joseph Jernigan of Andalusia, Ala., all of whom are brothers. And the following sisters, Mrs. Lawrence Brown of Milton, Fla., Mrs. Beale of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., Mrs. Woodruff of River Falls, Ala. He also had a son and daughter living in Mobile.


Milton Gazette, January 16, 1914, p. 1


Mrs. Mary McGuyre died of heart failure at home on East Belmont street Tuesday night at 9 o'clock. The deceased is survived by several sons and daughters and a number of distant relatives. Pensacola News, Wednesday.

The remains arrived in the city on the 7:30 train Thursday morning. The funeral services were conducted at the Baptist church at 3:30 in the afternoon, and taken to the Milton cemetery for interment.

Mrs. McGuyre was an old citizen of Milton, having lived here for many years. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Helen Norsworthy of Pensacola, and Mrs. Laura . . . also of Pensacola, and two brothers, Bud Stokes of Laurel Hill and "Babe" Stokes of this city.


Milton Gazette, February 3, 1914, p. 1


After over a week of most intense suffering, caused by burns received while at the bedside of her daughter, Mrs. John Boswell, Mrs. D. W. Whitworth was relieved by death Saturday afternoon about 5 o'clock at her home in Bagdad. Mrs. Whitworth was a daughter of Rebecca, and a lady having a large circle of most devoted friends, who sympathized with her in sufferings, and did all in their power to help her bear her sad misfortune.

The funeral took place at Bagdad Sunday afternoon at Bagdad, the interment being in the Bagdad cemetery and the Sisters of Rebecca taking part in the services. Dr. H. C. Harrison was the minister in charge. Mrs. Whitworth is survived by two brothers, Henry and Robert Pooley, two sisters, Mrs. William Sweeting of Bagdad and Mrs. M. H. Savelle of Mobile. There are also four daughters, all residents of Mobile.


Milton Gazette, February 20, 1914, p. 1


The death of Mrs. Susan B. Beebe, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary E. Johnson, Wednesday, removes another old-time resident of the county. Death was caused by a stroke of paralysis.

Mrs. Beebe was 75 years of age and had lived a life of Christian piety and devotion to her loved ones. She was formerly Miss Susan Amos, sister of Mr. Richard Amos of this city, and was twice married. First to Mr. Spencer, who was the father of Mr. J. E. Spencer of this city, and Mr. R. M. Spencer of Mississippi. After his death she married Mr. Beebe, who also died several years ago. Besides the two sons mentioned, she left four other children, Mr. Allie Beebe of Millview, Mr. Cartie Beebe of this county, Mrs. Mary E. Johnson, and Mrs. Dora Button.

The funeral took place at the West School House cemetery near Coldwater Thursday.

Mrs. Beebe was a member of the Latter Day Saints, and was consecrated to her religious views and duties.

We deeply sympathize with the bereaved family and relatives.


Milton Gazette, February 27, 1914, p. 3


Dr. Phelps, a highly-esteemed citizen of the Garzon Point section of Santa Rosa county, died at the residence of his niece and nephew, Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Dickerson, at Dickerson City, Monday afternoon. Dr. Phelps came to Santa Rosa a few years ago from the north and since his residence in this state has formed many warm friendships among our people. His remains were laid to rest in Black Hammock cemetery Wednesday. Rev. C. W. Humphries conducting the obsequies.


Milton Gazette, March 1, 1914, p. 1


Bettie, the 11-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Harter of Milton, died Saturday morning at the family residence. She had been violently ill for several days with appendicitis, which later caused complications and produced death with terrible suffering. The funeral was conducted from the residence Sunday morning by Rev. J. C. Harrison, pastor of the Methodist church.


Milton Gazette, March 3, 1914, p. 1


Mr. E. H. Guernsey, an old resident of this county, and a highly respected citizen, died at the home of his son, at Pace, Sunday morning. Although being a great suffering for a number of years, Mr. Guernsey lived to what would be considered a mature age. He leaves two sons, two daughters, some grandchildren and other relatives, besides a host of friends to mourn his lost.

He was buried in the Bagdad cemetery yesterday morning, Rev. J. B. Rodgers, pastor of the First Baptist church of Milton, officiating. Our sympathies to out to the bereaved in this time of sorrow.


Milton Gazette, March 6, 1914, p. 1


The 2-month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Cannon of Bagdad died Wednesday night. The little one had been slightly ill with cold during Wednesday, but no one thought its condition at all serious. However, on waking Thursday morning, the fond parents were horrified to find the dear little cherub had died during the night, most likely from congestion of the lung. The funeral was conducted from the family residence Thursday afternoon, the Rev. J. B. Rodgers performing the last sad rites.


Milton Gazette, March 6, 1914, pg.


Mrs. Joseph St. Mary died at the family residence in Bagdad Wednesday night at 9:30 o'clock after having been ill for several days. While her death was not wholly unlooked for by those who had been apprised of her serious illness, yet it was quite a shock to her many friends and acquaintances. Mrs. St. Mary was about 75 years of age and had resided in Santa Rosa county all of her life. Before her marriage, she was Miss Elizabeth Lewis. She was married first to Benjamin Land, who died about eight months after their marriage. About the close of the Civil War, she was married to Joseph St. Mary, then only a few years from Portugal, who survives her. They settled near Blackwater Bay and have lived a quiet life, forming many warm friendships among a large circle of people who knew them. To them were born six children, five of whom are still living. They are Frank St. Mary, Mrs. Pauline Lewis, Mrs. Josephine Lewis, Joseph St. Mary Jr., all of Bagdad, Fla., and Mrs. Dell Kimmons of Tuscaloosa, Ala. One daughter, Mrs. Rosa Powell died seven years ago leaving two young children who have resided with their grandparents.

Deceased was for many years a consecrated and consistent member of the Methodist church and will be sorely missed in her daily ministrations to the sick and sorrowing of the community. The funeral was conducted from the family residence Thursday afternoon by Rev. J. C. Harrison.


Milton Gazette, March 6, 1914, p. 1


Mr. James Emmett, a well known and highly respected citizen of Santa Rosa County, died at Mulat Wednesday. He had not been ill for some time and his demise was sudden and wholly unexpected. A funeral was conducted from Mulat Thursday afternoon, Rev. C. W. Humphries conducting services.


Milton Gazette, March 6, 1914, p. 1


Dr. O. S. Phelps died at the home of his niece, Mrs. T. G. Dickerson, Dickerson City, Fla., Feb. 23, 1914, at the age of seventy years and eight months.

The Dr. was a graduate of the University of Michigan and spent an active and useful life in the medical and surgical profession.

He had spent several years along the line of institutional and sanatorium work, retiring about four years ago to Florida to escape the severe northern winters.

He leaves to mourn his loss one daughter Ruth Ella Phelps of Jackson, Mich., and three sisters, Mrs. Julia A. Reed, Dickerson City, Fla., Mrs. David Gardner, Ypsilanti, Mich., and Mrs. J. E. Lamb, of Eureka, California, besides a host of other living relatives and friends.


Milton Gazette, March 13, 1914, p. 1


Mrs. M. D. Pearson died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Caroline Newman, in Milton, last Saturday. She had been quite ill for several weeks and her demise was not unexpected. Mrs. Pearson was in the 88th year of her age and had resided in West Florida much of her life. She was the mother of several children, but only three survive her. They are Mrs. Newman and Mrs. F. B. Gentry of Milton and Mrs. Price of Mobile.

The funeral was conducted at the Newman Home on Monday by Rev. Smith of the Episcopal church.


Milton Gazette, March 13, 1914, p. 1


Mrs. W. A. Barnes died Wednesday at her home in the north part of Milton and was buried Thursday afternoon, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. Jordan, of the Holiness church.

Deceased was about forty five years old, the mother eight children, five boys and three girls, and a lifelong resident of Milton, where she was highly esteemed by all her knew her. Death was a result of tetnus [sic], or lockjaw, induced by a nail puncture, she having stepped on a nail Sunday night and tetnus [sic] made its appearance Monday night.

The many friends of the family extend their sympathy to the bereaved family in their great loss.


Milton Gazette, March 13, 1914, p. 2


John G. Ward, comptroller the city of Pensacola, died suddenly this morning at 5:45 o'clock at his home, corner of Jackson and Barcelona streets. Mr. Ward was at his office, as usual, yesterday and worked until the closing hours, says the Pensacola News of Wednesday. Dr. G. Whiting Hargis was summoned to Mr. Ward's home this morning shortly after five o'clock, but the deceased had passed away when the physician arrived. Death was due to heart complications. The deceased was sixty four years of age and is survived by his wife, one brother, Obode Ward of Molino, two sisters, Mrs. E. C. Calkins and Mrs. Frank Johnson of Hosford, Fla., two daughters, Miss Ella Ward of Pensacola, and Miss Mamie Ward of New Orleans, and one son, Beverly Ward, of Houston, Tex., and a number of other relatives in Virginia.

Mr. Ward married Miss Ella Potter, daughter of the late W. W. Potter of Milton, in 1872. Mr. Ward was well known throughout the state, having been elected delegate to several congressional and state conventions.

For a number of years, the deceased was a resident of Milton, where he was employed by the W. J. Keyser-Judah Company as an accountant. Mr. Ward was an accountant of great ability and was several times appointed special auditor by the judge of the circuit court of this circuit in civil suits involving large sums of money.

Before his connection with the city government of Pensacola, Mr. Ward was editor of the Pensacola News for three years. His father was James Beverly Ward.

The deceased was well known in Milton, and has scores of friends here, who will regret to learn of his death.


Milton Gazette, March 17, 1914, p. 1


Mr. Louis Miller, of Bagdad, died at his home in that place last Friday, from hemorrhage. He was said to be a good old man. He came to Florida bout forty years ago with Mr. L. M. Rhoda. He was for a while a Congregationalist minister, and was much beloved by everyone. He was buried last Saturday, the services being held by Rev. Dr. C. W. Humphries, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Bagdad.


Milton Gazette, March 17, 1914, p. 1


News has been received here that Mr. Edward Jernigan of Baker, one of the oldest citizens of Santa Rosa County, died there last Saturday. He was an old Confederate veteran, and is well known in the county, having many relatives and friends in different portions of the county. Mr. J. J. Jernigan of Milton is a son of the deceased.


Milton Gazette, April 7, 1914, p. 1


The many friends and acquaintances of Mrs. Harriett S. Keyser will be pained, if not surprised, to learn of her death which took place Monday, which took place at the home of her son, W. S. Keyser in Pensacola, where she has been critically ill for several weeks. She was 97 years old, having been born at Springfield, Mass., in 1817.

Mrs. Keyser was for most of her life a beloved resident of Milton and she controlled large interests here, as did her husband, Wm. Judah Keyser, during his life. She took great interest in every movement, looking to the moral, educational and commercial uplift of West Florida and gave much attention to public affairs generally. She was one of the promoters and leading spirits in the Florida Chautauqua in DeFuniak. She never failed to do all in her power to promote the interests of that undertaking. The funeral services were conducted from Christ Church, Pensacola, on Thursday, with interment at St. Johns Cemetery. Rev. John Brown of that city, conducted the services.

The following gentlemen acted as pall-bearers, H. H. Thornton, W. K. Hyer, Jr., Hobart Cross, D. B. McMillan, William H. Knowles, R. M. Cary.


Milton Gazette, April 7, 1914, p. 1


Mr. Sam Dixon passed away on March 25th at his residence in Dixonville. The deceased leaves a companion and several children and a host of friends to mourn his death.

The funeral was held at Alaflora church by elder Hall W. Smith, of Independence, Missouri, elder of the Latter Day Saints church. About four hundred friends attended the services.


Milton Gazette, April 14, 1914, p. 4


Mrs. Martha Watson, aged 84 years, died at the residence of her son-in-law, W. J. Norwood, Friday night of last week. This venerable lady had been a great sufferer for a long time. She had been confined to her bed for the past six or eight months. She leaves two sons, four daughters, several grandchildren and a great other many relatives to mourn her death. She was laid to rest in the Milton cemetery Saturday afternoon, Rev. J. B. Rodgers, pastor of the First Baptist church officiating. To all the grief stricken ones we extend sympathy.


Milton Gazette, April 21, 1914, p. 1


The numerous friends and relatives of Mrs. L. F. West, of this city, were called upon to sorrow over her death and their great loss Sunday morning. Deceased passed away at the beautiful West home, in this city, between 12 and 1 o'clock Sunday morning, surrounded and ministered to by her devoted husband and her loving sons and daughters, as well as other friends and relatives. Miss Fanny E. McArthur was born on the old McArthur homestead near Berrydale, Santa Rosa County, sixty years ago. Growing to young womanhood in the parental home, at the age of fourteen she gave her heart and hand in marriage to Mr. L. Frank West, one of the county's most promising young men. For forty six years she was the companion and helpmate of one of Santa Rosa's best known citizens and when she was finally laid to rest, she was mourned as a sincere friend by hundreds of people throughout the county.

Deceased was the mother of nine children, two of whom have preceded her to the Great Beyond, while seven remain to revere her memory here. The living children are: Hon. Thomas West of Tallahassee, Fred A., Calvin C., and George D. West, of this county, and Mrs. W. W. Clarke, Mrs. L. C. Fisher, and Miss Bessie West all of this city. The deceased children were Miss Bertie, and Mrs. Wade Allen.

The funeral services were conducted at the family cemetery, within sight of her old home, near Coldwater, about twelve miles from Milton. The funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. Clark Botts, pastor of the Church of Latter Day Saints, of which church the deceased was a devoted and consistent member. A large number of friends and relatives assembled at the grave, as the earthly remains of their beloved one was laid to rest in the little cemetery where rest the remains of her father and mother, grandfather and grandmother. Mrs. West's death is mourned as a personal loss by a large number of Milton people, who, although sorrowing themselves extend their sympathy and condolence to the sorrowing members of the family.


Milton Gazette, May 1, 1914, p. 1


Mr. A. H. Green, Sr., aged 72 years, died at the residence of his son, A. H. Green, Jr., in Pensacola, Sunday evening. The remains were brought to Bagdad on the Tampa Monday evening, where interment was made beside his wife, who had passed beyond some ten years previous.

The deceased is survived by two sons and one daughter, Messrs. George C. and A. H., Jr., and Mrs. E. B. Calhoun. Two other daughters reside in Alabama, while his eldest son, Prof. Edwin L. Green, is in Virginia holding a professorship at a college.

For many years deceased was a prominent figure in the commercial and political affairs of Santa Rosa county, having been engaged in Bagdad nearly forty years ago. He served this county several years as tax assessor, was an old Confederate veteran, and was most highly esteemed by all who knew him. For the past few years he has been making his home at Mulat, where he ahs been in the employ of Mr. Sim. Otis, the well-known lumber operator of that section.

A large circle of friends mourn his departure and will miss his genial smile and hearty hand shake.


Milton Gazette, May 5, 1914, p. 4


Mr. J. J. Crain died Tuesday night near Pinewood and was buried Wednesday afternoon, at the Ward's Basin cemetery. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Crain. He left a wife and five children, one brother, and a host of friends to mourn his death. Both families deserve and have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement.

Milton Gazette, May 22, 1914, p. 1



Jim Powers, one of the Negro men who has been working in Milton for several months, assisting in laying a good deal of the water and sewage pipe, has been laid in the city, dropped dead in the Negro quarters Wednesday night. Powers had been working until about 9 o'clock in the morning, after which he went to the Emancipation picnic. Returning from the picnic, he went to the dance, dropping dead while there. The Coroner's inquest assigns heart failure as the probable cause of death.


Milton Gazette, May 29, 1914, p. 1


Mr. B. L. Moreland, well known to many of our people, having done a good deal of paperhanging and interior decorating here in the past, died at Fort White, Fla., May 12th.


Milton Gazette, July 9, 1914, p. 1


One of the largest funeral concourses that this city has witnessed in a long time occurred Monday afternoon, practically in masse [sic] to pay their last tributes of respect, esteem, and love to one of her best known citizens, Mr. David Mitchell.

David Mitchell was born in Santa Rosa County in April 1859, and has resided here all his life, taking an active part in the development of his native state and county. He was united in marriage November 25, 1883 to Miss Sarah Florence Hinote, also of this county. Of this union, four children have grown to be an honor to the community and a blessing to their parents. They are Mrs. M. N. Fisher, Miss Bessie and Miss Myrtle and their brother, Henry Mitchell, all of whom, together with their mother, survive the deceased.

Growing to manhood here in his native county, Mr. Mitchell has taken an active part in the material and political development of this section of the state. For twelve years he served the county of Santa Rosa as its sheriff. Until about seven years ago he took an active part in the political affairs of the county, but in these last few years he has devoted the major part of his time to his large land and livestock interests. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, also the Knights of Pythias, and the Methodist Church.

Mr. Mitchell's death occurred at eleven o'clock Saturday night at the Inge-Bondurant Sanitarium in Mobile, Ala., where he had been taken some time before to undergo a serious surgical operation. The remains were brought back to Milton on the evening train Sunday.

The funeral services were conducted at the home of the deceased of this city, by Rev. J. C. Harrison, pastor of the First Methodist church, after which the remains were turned over to the Masons and escorted by them to the Milton cemetery, where surrounded by hundreds of sorrowing friends from all over the county, in accord with the sacred solemn ritual of the order, his memory was cherished into the hearts of his brothers, his spirit committed to the God who gave it, and his body consigned to the grave.

In the death of Mr. Mitchell, the family loses a devoted husband and father, and Milton loses a worthy and progressive citizen, while hundreds of men and women throughout the county realize that they have lost a sincere and true friend.

The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the grief stricken family in this their great bereavement.


Milton Gazette, June 16, 1914, p. 1


The sudden death of Mr. Edward Arthur of Bagdad, removed from this locality one of the oldest lumbermen and most widely known citizens of this entire community. Mr. Arthur has been in poor health for a number of months, but was thought to be in the men recently. Saturday afternoon he drove into Milton, as has been his habit, and returned home in the evening when just as he was preparing to go from the barn to the house, he dropped dead.

Deceased was born in Alabama about sixty-five years ago. He came to this locality something like thirty five years ago, and has been closely identified with the local business here ever since, until a short time ago, when he became too feeble to continue his work. He was a nephew of General Wade Hampton of Virginia and a man of superior education.

Funeral services were held at the home of an adopted daughter, Mrs. Simmons, where he had been making his home for some time, Rev. J. C. Harrison conducting the services. Following the services at the house, the body was taken in charge by the members of the Santa Rosa Lodge, F & AM of which lodge he was an emeritus member, having been an active member of the lodge for many years. The remains were conveyed to the Bagdad cemetery where surrounded by a large concourse of friends, the last sad rites were paid to memory of a friend a brother, according to the ritual of the order of free masons.


Milton Gazette, June 23, 1914, p. 4


On Wednesday night, June 17th, at 10:30 o'clock, the angels came to bear the spirit of Mrs. Eula Salter home. She had been a patient sufferer for several weeks, having had several doctors at her bedside, but nothing could be done. It was her time to leave this unfriendly world and go to her heavenly home. She was a noble and estimable lady. She joined the Methodist church in her tenth year, and has lived a Christian life and being a good worker in the church and Sunday school, serving as a teacher in the latter for several years.

She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. R. Cobb, was married to Mr. Chas. Salter nine years ago.

She leaves a husband, one child, father, mother, four brothers and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her death.

Her remains were laid to rest in the Juniper Grove cemetery Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock.

It was hard to give her up, but we feel our loss is Heaven's gain and a broken heart will heal at a touch of the "Great Physician."

A Friend


Milton Gazette, June 26, 1914, p. 8


After a long siege of typhoid fever, Mr. W. F. Cawthorn, one of the well known citizens of Bagdad, died at his home early Thursday morning. Deceased had been a resident of this county for many years and of Bagdad for the past ten years, and was well known and highly esteemed by a large circle of friends.

He leaves a wife and six children, as well as numerous other relatives to mourn his death.

Interment was made in the Bagdad cemetery Thursday afternoon.


Milton Gazette, June 30, 1914, p. 4


Mrs. Pauline Ridlehoover, wife of A. J. Ridlehover, died at the family residence one mile east of Milton, Friday June 16, and was buried at the Milton cemetery Saturday afternoon, Rev. J. C. Harrison, conducting the funeral service.

Mrs. Ridlehoover was in the seventy-seventh year of her age and having resided there about eighteen years, having come to this country from North Carolina, her native state. She had many warm friends among her acquaintances and will be greatly missed by those who knew her. Her husband, four sons, and one daughter, and a large number of other relatives survive her.


Milton Gazette, July 3, 1914, p. 1


The sad news of the death of Miss Allie McArthur of Berrydale, reached here this morning. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McArthur of Berrydale. She was a most charming young lady in the prime of her youth, being in her nineteenth year. She had been ill for a short time only, and her death comes as a complete shock to her family and friends.


Milton Gazette, July 14, 1914, p. 1


Miss Hennie Mints, one of Santa Rosa county's well known ladies, having been born and raised in Milton, where she has spent the greater part of her nearly three score years, died at the Sanitarium in Pensacola, Monday. Following a funeral service conducted at the sanitarium by the Rev. M. H. Holt, of the Methodist church, of which faith deceased was a loyal and consistent member, the remains were brought to Milton for interment, a short service being held here by Rev. Holt, who accompanied the funeral party, assisted by Rev. J. C. Harrison of this city.

Miss Mints had a large circle of friends in Milton and throughout Santa Rosa County, who will learn of her demise with sincere regrets.


Milton Gazette, July 21, 1914, p. 1


The funeral of Mr. Ernest Archibald, who died at the family residence in Pensacola Monday night, will be conducted from the Milton depot Wednesday morning immediately after the arrival of the morning train from the west.

Mr. Archibald was a well known mechanical engineer and had many friends in this section where he has been foreman of several contracts, among them being the putting up of the island mill at Bagdad. He was the son-in-law of Rev. T. Y. Abernathy, now pastor of the Methodist Church at Eutaw, Alabama, but who was for the past few years the pastor of the Gadsden Street church in Pensacola.

Rev. J. C. Harrison will conduct the funeral from the Milton depot tomorrow morning.


Milton Gazette, August 14, 1914, p. 4


Mrs. Mary Patterson, a well known lady of Botts, passed away August 1st, and was laid to rest in the Pine Grove cemetery, Monday, August 3rd. The funeral was conducted by Rev. W. N. Taylor.

Mrs. Patterson was sixty eight years old, and had been a member of the Baptist church for fifty years, and had lived a Christian life. She was loved by all that knew her. She leaves a husband and two sons, Ben and Hick, and three daughters, Mrs. Frances Neese, Mrs. Buner Gunter, and Miss Donna Patterson, and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her death. But God knew best and called her home.

A Friend


Milton Gazette, August 25, 1914, p. 1


Little ----- May, the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Pendleton, Jr., formerly of Milton but now living in Tallahassee, was laid to rest in the Milton cemetery Monday afternoon. The little one was born in Tallahassee December 4, 1911, and was called to heaven August 23, 1914. The remains were brought back to the old home town of the Pendletons and laid to rest in the family burial plot. The funeral services being conducted from the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Pendleton, Jr., of this city. The grief stricken parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their great loss.


Milton Gazette, August 28, 1914, p. 1


The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Berryhan will be grieved to learn of the death of their little nine-month old girl. The little one passed away Wednesday evening, and was laid to rest in the Milton cemetery Thursday at 4 o'clock, Rev. C. W. Humphries performing the ceremonies.


Milton Gazette, September 11, 1914, p. 1


The two-months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Cooper of Bagdad, was laid to rest in the Bagdad cemetery Thursday morning, the funeral services being performed by the Rev. C. W. Humphries. The little one had been ill a short time before passing away.

The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their great sorrow.


Milton Gazette, September 29, 1914, p. 4


R. J. Whitmire, familiarly known throughout Escambia County as "Tim" Whitmire, died last night about 8 o'clock, number 802 West Belmont St., death coming after an illness dating back almost a year. He had reached the age of seventy years and had spent practically all of his life in this county, living for years at Ferry Pass, where he was engaged in business. The deceased is known by many of the older residents of the city and county, who will regret to learn of his death. He is survived by a wife and seven children, many of whom reside in other states. On this account and to give them time to reach the city, the date of the funeral will not be announced until they arrive. The body will buried in the Milton cemetery.--Pensacola Journal

Mr. Whitmire was a resident of Santa Rosa county for many years, and is a brother to county commissioner W. A. Whitmire and a brother-in-law of Mr. C. E. Hamilton and Mr. George Hamilton.

The remains of the deceased were brought to Milton Tuesday morning and conveyed to the home of Mr. George Hamilton, where the funeral services were conducted by Rev. Dr. C. W. Humphries of Bagdad, interment was made in the Bagdad cemetery.


Milton Gazette, September 29, 1914, p. 1


The infant daughter of Mr. Webster of this city, died at the family residence on Canal street, Saturday night and was buried Sunday afternoon, Revs. Harrison and Senderfit conducted the funeral service. The mother of the babe died when the little one was only a month old and the health of the baby has never been very good, though fond hopes were entertained that she would live to become a strong child. Thursday night cholera infantum set in upon the little sufferer and she died two days later. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of the loved ones in their grief.


Milton Gazette, October 13, 1914, p. 1


It is with many regrets that we chronicle the death of one of Milton's oldest and best known citizens. Mr. Montgomery Allen, well known throughout Santa Rosa County, died at his home on Pond Creek about seven miles north of Milton Monday evening at ten o'clock. The funeral services were held at the Milton cemetery at four o'clock this afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev. F. M. Slover of Missouri, a missionary of the Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints, of which church deceased had been a consistent member.

Deceased, who was reared in Santa Rosa County, was the son of Professor I. E. Allen, now residing in Escambia county, at the age of eighty-seven years. He was born a little over sixty years ago and leaves a wife and three children, Miss. Pomilla, Mr. Rodney and little Virgie Allen to mourn his death. He is also survived by five brothers, Stephen Decatur, Alexandria [sic] Hamilton, Ellie, Buford and Johnson Allen, and three sisters, Mrs. L. A. Barnes, Mrs. Tom Robinson, and Mrs. Annie Barker, all of whom together with the aged father, reside in Santa Rosa county or Escambia county.

In the death of Mr. Allen Santa Rosa loses an honest energetic citizen, his family loses a good father and a loving husband, while his soul goes into the great beyond with full assurance that the God whom he has served is abundantly able to care for him.

The sympathy of Milton citizens is extended to the bereaved family.


Milton Gazette, October 27, 1914, p. 1


Mr. Jeb Norris, who fell from the engine of one of the Coldwater log trains last week, had had both his feet mangled in such a manner that their amputation became necessary, died at his home Saturday and was laid to rest in the Milton cemetery Sunday.

Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Norris of Indian Ford, and was a most exemplary young man in every way, and was a most exemplary young man, and his untimely and tragic death is mourned by a large circle of friends.

Interment was made in the Milton cemetery at one o'clock Sunday, Rev. C. W. Humphries performing the services. The funeral was attended by a large concourse of people, who in this way, paid their respects to the memory of a young man of whom his friends and acquaintances had a right to expect much had he lived.

The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved family and other relatives in their sorrow.


Milton Gazette, October 30, 1914, p. 4


After a lingering illness of several months, Mr. Robert Robinson, better known as "Pat" Robinson to all his friends, passed away at his home five miles west of Milton, Wednesday morning at five thirty o'clock.

Deceased was regarded as one of Santa Rosa's most substantial citizens, having always taken an active part in the development of his community. At the time of his death he was serving his county as tax assessor to which responsible position he would have been re-elected next Tuesday, having been nominated to succeed himself by a handsome majority in the Democratic primary last June.

Deceased leaves a wife and four children, as well as many other relatives to grieve over his untimely end.

Interment was made in the Milton cemetery, under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias and Odd Fellows, of which orders he was a beloved member. The religious service were performed by Rev. J. C. Harrison of this city.

The funeral was largely attended and the entire community extends its sympathy to the bereaved family in their time of sorrow.


Milton Gazette, November 6, 1914, p. 1


Mr. William H. Deloach, one of the oldest residents of Santa Rosa County, died at Gasson [sic] Point, Wednesday night, after an illness of some time. Deceased was born in Bryon County, Georgia at eighty-five years ago and for many years was connected with the manufacturing of the Deloach saw mill. He has resided in Santa Rosa county for a short time, having come here about six months. Deceased leaves one son in this county, Mr. A. G. Deloach, well known to many of our citizens. The remains were taken in charge by the undertaker, John H. Collins, of this city, and prepared for shipment, being sent to Atlanta, Ga., for interment


Milton Gazette, November 20, 1914, p. 1


Who departed this life September 27, 1914. He was born near Camden, Ala., 1844, his parents moved to Milton, Fla., when he was quite small. He was reared and education in Florida the land of flowers and oranges.

He was but a youth when our Civil War broke out, yet at the first sound of fife and drum calling for volunteers, his young heart was aglow for patriotic zeal for which he felt were his country's rights--he went out with the first company of volunteers that went from Milton, Fla. He remained in the army through the war--he was in many dangerous places in battle and elsewhere, but Our Loving Lord, send [sic] a guardian angel that stood by him and warded off shot and shell and brought him home to his loved ones.

He leaves a wife and several sons and several daughters and a brother to mourn his loss--When the writer last saw him he was in the vigor of health how little did we dream then that we would see him no more until we would meet him up yonder where there is no suffering. He spent the last few years of his life in Pensacola and when the curtains of time were gently closing around his earthly existence, he was surrounded by loved ones and friends, yet all that kind hearts and loving hearts could do could not keep him with us any longer, he had a mission on earth and when it was ended God took him.

We commend all that loved Him to the care of Him that doeth all things well,--he is gone and can not come back to us, but we can go to him, for we are marching through Emanuels fairer worlds' on high.

An Aged relative that loved him.


Milton Gazette, November 27, 1914, p. 1


The death of Mrs. Peter Anderson, who lived across the river, Tuesday afternoon. The news of her death was a great shock to the people of the entire community, as she was sick only about an hour before her death.

She leaves a husband, Mr. Peter Anderson, and one son Willie.

Interment was made in the Milton cemetery Wednesday afternoon. The Boy Scouts, of which organization, Willie assisted in conducting the funeral services, meeting the boat bearing the remains, serving as pall-bearers both at the boat and at the cemetery. They also prepared a handsome floral wreath which was placed on the coffin.

The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved family.


Milton Gazette, December 8, 1914, p. 1


Little Totsie Payne, living near Berrydale, has passed away, after an illness of about two weeks. Although everything that medical skill and loving care could do to keep the little life here by doctors, friends and parents was done, the Death Angel's summons came Saturday evening, November 29,and took the little spirit to rest in its heavenly home.

She leaves a fond father and a loving mother, as well as two sisters and four brothers to mourn her departure. The family have the heartfelt sympathies of the entire community in their great sorrow.


Milton Gazette, December 11, 1914, p. 1


Ruth J. Harvell, born January 17, 1869, and died December 6, 1914, was united in marriage to J. H. Harvell July 12, 1885, was baptized into the fellowship of East Bay Baptist church by the pastor, J. E. Holley, in September 11, 1891. Sister Harvell died as she had lived a Christian. She was the daughter of Calvin and Caroline Broxton, her parents were some of the oldest settlers of Santa Rosa county, Fla. Sister Harvell was the mother of twelve children. She leaves her husband and seven children with a mother-in-law with other relatives and friends to mourn her loss. But we feel assured that what is their loss is her Eternal gain, and I heard a voice from heaven say unto me write "Blessed are the dead who live in the Lord sayeth the Spirit, for they do rest from their labors and their works do follow them"--Rev. 14:13.

Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep, from which none ever wakes to weep.

Your pastor,

J.E. Holley


Milton Gazette, December 18, 1914, p. 1


The remains of Mr. "Kim" J. Whitmire, was laid to rest in the Milton cemetery Thursday morning. The funeral services was held at the home of his uncle, Mr. C. E. Mamilton [sic], where his mother, Mr. Mamilton's sister also resides, at ten o'clock. The services were conducted by Rev. Fred B. Smith, of the Presbyterian church of this city.

Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. K. J. Whitmire, and was born and reared in this section of the state, and was well known to most of the people of Milton and the surrounding community. He leaves a wife and one child, a mother and other relatives to mourn his death.


Milton Gazette, January 22, 1915, p. 2


The Creator and Ruler of the universe who doeth all things well, and at whose will we should all humbly bow in submission, saw fit, on October 28, A. D. 1914 to take from among us one that we dearly loved and respected, not only as a brother of our great order bounded together for the betterment and elevation of mankind, but as a citizen , as an official, as a father, and a husband, one who had but few equals and no superiors. Generous, brave and true, and one who we believed knew the end was near yet showed no signs of weakness or fear of the future under the trying ordeal of severing his connection with all that was near and dear unto him, trusting in Him who gave to take away.

Therefore, be it resolved by Milton Lodge No. 29, Knights of Pythias, that in the loss of Robt. Johnson, Milton Lodge has lost a faithful brother, the county a splendid and efficient official, the community a good citizen, and the family a devoted husband and father.


Milton Gazette, February 2, 1915, p. 1


In the death of Col. Frank L. Mayes, of Pensacola, which occurred early Monday morning, West Florida looses one of her most progressive citizens and the newspaper profession of the State one of its most brilliant minds. Although but a young man, Mr. Mayes, had already won a reputation as a progressive business man and luminous writer, that extended far beyond the confines of his own state, and had he lived, it would have been but a matter of time, when his voice would have been heard in the councils of the Nation. While he has gone to his reward, his influence remains for good in the State and in the profession where was honored alike by is ability, integrity, and influence loyalty to the principles of truth.


Milton Gazette, February 16, 1915, p. 1


Mr. Uriah Chavers, Sr., one of Milton's oldest and best known farmers and citizens died at his home eight miles from town at seven-thirty o'clock Monday morning and was buried in the Milton cemetery at eleven o'clock today.

Mr. Chavers has resided in this section of the state for a number of years and has been closely identified with the development of this county, having taken an active part in all things, looking to its betterment.

Deceased leaves a wife and several children, as well as many friends who mourn his departure.


Milton Gazette, February 19 1915, p. 1


The twelve year old daughter of Mr. Abbie Wolfe, of near Spring Hill, who was brought here some few days ago to be treated for blood poisoning, died yesterday afternoon. Her loss was a sad one indeed, being a bright healthy young girl just blossoming into young womanhood, only to be cut down almost without warning. She had been ill but a few days, her trouble starting with a small pimple on the side of the face which soon developed blood poisoning from which there was little or no hope from the beginning.

Mr. Wolfe, while a good substantial citizen, was like many another at this time, almost totally without money, and in his extremity be it said to the credit of the people of Milton a purse of nearly fifty dollars was raised for him and his daughter the first of the week which was presented to them, with the sympathy of the friends and others who knew of their misfortune.

The remains of the young girl were taken back to her home community for interment.


Milton Gazette, February 23, 1915, p. 4


Miss Lena Wolfe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Wolfe, died Wednesday, February 17, 1915. Lena was 18 years old. She had just grown into womanhood and it is very hard for her many friends and associates to live her up. She had a most kind disposition, her face was always bright with a smile, she was a sunbeam in her home, she was loved by all who knew her.

Lena thou art gone but not forgotten, no, we miss thee, yes it is hard to realize that we will see you no more among us here but we know that our loss is your great gain. We greatly sympathize with her parents and brothers and sisters in their hour of great trouble, but we can only say to them that it is in their power to meet her gain beyond this life of tears and troubles. Yes you all can see Lena again.

A Friend


Milton Gazette, March 5, 1915, p. 1


The people of Milton and Bagdad were shocked Wednesday evening by the death of Mr. Chas. McCurley, one o the most highly esteemed young men of this community. Charles McCurley was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John McCurley, Sr. He was born in Bagdad about twenty years ago and grew to manhood in the town of his birth. He had been employed in the electrical department of the Bagdad Land and Lumber Company's works, where he was recognized as a young man of sterling work and integrity.

He was taken ill Thursday, February 25th. His difficulty rapidly developed into Pneumonia, and despite the best effort of physicians and nurses he succumbed to this fatal malady Wednesday evening at 4:30 o'clock.

Interment was made in the Bagdad cemetery Thursday afternoon at three o'clock, the funeral being attended by a large concourse of friends of the deceased, both from Milton and Bagdad.

Deceased leaves a mother, father, three brothers, and four sisters to mourn his death and their loss.


Milton Gazette, March 5, 1915, p. 3


At the home of his son, L. T. Hardee on Broad street on March 3rd, at 1:50 p.m.

Mr. Hardee was born in Hany County, S.C., on April 20th 1844. Served 4 continues years in the Confederate army.

He was married to Miss Martha Gerrald on December 28th, 1865.

He leaves three children, A. P. Hardee of Roy, Ala., L. T. Hardee of this place, with whom he had made his home for the past seven years and Mrs. W. J. Sluyper of Jardonville, S.C. also eleven grand children and nine great grand children. He spent his life until 20 years of age in his native state. He then came to Holmes County, Florida, after spending eight years there he moved to this county and being pleased with this county settled here for the balance of his life.

Mr. Hardee had been a consistent member of the Missionary Baptist church for over forty-five years, taking an active part in church work.

He was stricken with paralysis on July 2nd, 1913 and had been in very poor health from that time, but able to be up most of the time until last Friday he was confined to his bed from which he never arose.

Mr. Hardee was particularly noted for his soberness and honesty and the close careful way of closing each transaction as he went along through life, and when he saw that his time was about spent, arranged all of his business affairs.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. Wyche, who was pastor of the church of which deceased was a member.

Interment was made in the Milton cemetery, the following gentlemen acting as pall-bearers, Messrs. J.D. Smith, T. B. McGraw, R. A. McGeachy, H. A. Ray, D. H. Melvin and T. W. Jones.

The funeral was attended by a number of friends who had known and esteemed the deceased during the years of his residence in this locality.


Milton Gazette, March 12, 1915, p. 3


Joseph Franklin Barnes was born May 21st, 1852 and departed this life February 24th, 1915, aged 65 years, 9 months, and 3 days. He was the oldest child of Isaiah and Mary Barnes. He was married 1st to Mary Collins, oldest daughter of William Collins, and wife. After her death he married Eliza Owens, and his 3rd and last wife was the widow Bailey whose maiden name was Laura Allen, daughter of Prof. I. E. Allen. He was a member of the Methodist church when he died, and had been a member 27 years. He was a good neighbor and a good kind husband. He leaves a wife and two brothers and other relatives to mourn his loss. He had been in bad health for several years.

Mrs. Laura A. Barnes.


Milton Gazette, March 16, 1915, p. 3


Mr. Arthur Bailey, one of Santa Rosa county's oldest citizens died near Chumuckla Springs, Monday morning. Deceased has resided in Santa Rosa county for many years where he has reared a large family, and done his share toward the development of the community in which he lived.

His death will be mourned by a large circle of friends and relatives.


Milton Gazette, March 23, 1915, p. 1


The many friends and acquaintances of Mrs. James Chadwick will learn with regret of her death which occurred on the 15th of March at her home in New Orleans. She will be better remembered by the older citizens as Miss Mary Jane Landrum, the daughter of Judge James Landrum. She came to Milton as a girl, and grew into a charming brilliant woman, one who endeared herself to both old and young by her loving genial disposition. She was one of the pioneer teachers in Santa Rosa county's public schools. About thirty years ago she was married to Mr. James Chadwick and later moved to New Orleans where she has since resided. It is with deep regret that we chronicle her death.


Milton Gazette, April 9, 1915, p. 1


News was received from Pensacola just as we are going to press of the death of Mrs. W. Y. Lewis of that city. Death occurred at noon today after a short illness. Deceased is survived by a husband and four sons, as well as other relatives.

Deceased was a McClellan of Bagdad and her death will cause sorrow to a large circle of friends there and in Milton as well as in her present home. The funeral services will be held at the residence in Pensacola, Sunday afternoon at three o'clock.


Milton Gazette, April 30, 1915, p. 1


On Sunday evening, April 25th, just as the shades of night were falling the Spirit of Mrs. Angus Nicholson passed away into the Great Beyond.

So quiet and peaceful was the end that those who had witnessed her suffering could not wish her back again.

Minnie Monroe was born in Geneva, Ala., but came with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Monroe, to Milton while a small child. She has lived here most of her life with the exception of seven years spent in Cleburne, Texas and a few years in Pensacola and Molino. She was married to Mr. Angus Nicholson in Molino, Fla., twenty-five years ago and these have indeed been years of love and untiring devotion on both sides. She leaves no children, but is survived by her husband.

She loved the beauty in all things, especially in music and flowers, and the influence of her noble life will be felt for years.

During her weeks of illness her many friends and relatives held to a fervent hope that she could recover, but this was not to be. Dr. Humphries conducted the funeral services at the residence. A large concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives followed her to her last resting place and just as the sun was sinking in the West, the many beautiful floral offerings were placed by loving hands on her grave, which was completely covered.


Milton Gazette, June 1, 1915, p. 3

Mr. I. E. Allen, one of the oldest and best known citizens of West Florida was found dead in his bed at his home in Escambia county this Tuesday morning, death presumably resulting from heart failure.

"Professor Allen," is as he was known to a wide circle of friends in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. Although born in Georgia, was in reality a Floridian, having been brought to this section of this state by his parents, when but a year old and has resided here for more than eighty-five years, being in his eighty-seventh year at the time of his death. He was a man of more than ordinary ability, having received a good education, and been a teacher in Florida schools for many years, through which work he had earned the title of "Professor." He was a man of a happy genial disposition always seeing the bright side of life, and carrying Sunshine with him wherever he went. Although recently residing in Escambia County, he spent a good deal of time in Milton and Santa Rosa County, where he has several children, including Hon. A. H. Allen, Santa Rosa's efficient tax collector. In fact, it is but a week since he was in Milton greeting his many friends here.

He was apparently in excellent health up to the time of his death, and had intended going with the Veterans to the Reunion at Richmond but must have been persuaded not to go at the last moment, as his death occurred at his home at almost the time he would have reached Richmond, had he gone.

Deceases leaves eight children, five boys and three girls, and his wife to mourn his death.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon ,and interment made in the Poplin Grove cemetery near his home in Escambia County.

The Gazette not only extends sympathy to the family of the deceased in their great grief, but sorrows over the death of this fine old gentleman, realizing that we have lost of our truest friends.


Milton Gazette, June 4, 1915, p. 3

Milligan, June 2-On last Sunday night the Death Angel came and took away Little Ruby Chestnut, age 5 years and 6 months, daughter of W. J. and Mrs. Chestnut. The little one had been ill for several weeks. The entire town and community mingle their tears of sympathy with the sorrowing father and mother. Funeral services were held in the sad home at 7:30 p.m. Monday by Rev. D. F. Sutley, pastor of the Baptist church here. The pastor and congregation accompanied the family with the little body to the depot where they took the West bound train for their old home in Alabama where the little girl will be laid t rest in the home cemetery.


Milton Gazette, June 11, 1915, p. 3


Last Monday morning the soul of our beloved Sister Gay, wife of W. H. Gay, took its flights to the Heavenly world, to take possession of the Mansion that Jesus had prepared for her. Sister Gay was united in Holy Matrimony with her husband in 1881. To this happy union was born seven children, four girls and three boys. Three of her children have preceded her to the realms of bliss, the other four, with her husband, together with a host of sorrowing friends, are left here to keep the lower lights burning.

Sister Gay united with the Baptist church at Milton, Florida when quite a girl, remaining with that church until twenty-three years ago, when she transferred her church membership t the Baptist church at Milligan, Florida, where she has lived a consistent and faithful member all these years. All of her children, except her baby girl of fourteen years of age have accepted their mother's Christ, and have united with the Baptist church.

Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist church here Tuesday afternoon by the Pastor. Sister Gay died as she had lived, beckoning her friends and loved ones to follow her. The great sorrow is mutual, every one who knew her loved her. Our temporary loss is her eternal gain. While we are crushed with grief and sorrow, we are comforted with the thought of the beautiful, "Hereafter."


Milton Gazette, June 11, 1915, p. 3


Last Sunday afternoon a few minutes after three o'clock the Death Angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Jones and called away their sweet little two-year-old daughter, Merle. She was stricken early Monday morning, May 24th, with cholra infantum [sic], and after two weeks of intense suffering, during which time there came recurring periods of hope and despair, the cold hand of death was laid upon her infant brow, and her baby spirit was borne away, upon the snow-white wings of the heavenly angels. All was done for her that loving hands could do, yet she was too fair for this world and nothing could stay God's winning smile and beckoning hand.

Our hearts are filled with the deepest sorrow, yet we cannot question the infinite wisdom of God as he looked down upon the myriads of earth's beautiful flowers and plucked one of its tenderest and liveliest blossoms.


Milton Gazette, June 18, 1915, p. 4


Mr. Frank Gunn, a white man who was employed by the Bagdad Land and Lumber Co., at Bagdad, unloading logs, was struck on the head and shoulders by a log today at about ten o'clock, and sustained injuries from which he died about two hours later. Deceased was about twenty-eight years old, and leaves a wife and three children. Funeral services will probably be held tomorrow.


Milton Gazette, June 25, 1915, p. 1


This community was greatly shocked by the almost sudden death of Mrs. Mary Harvell, mother of Sheriff J. H. Harvell of this city, this morning. Mrs. Harvell had been in usual health until Tuesday evening about four o'clock, when she was taken ill, and despite the utmost efforts of physicians and family she grew steadily worse until about seven o'clock this morning when she passed away.

Deceased was about sixty-five years old, and had resided in this community for twenty-five or thirty years being for many years a member in the family of her son Capt. J. H. Harvell. She was a consistent member of the Baptist church, a loving mother and a lady highly esteemed by all who knew her. She is survived by her son, Capt. Harvell and the members of his family.

The funeral service will be held at the Baptist church in this city, Saturday morning, at ten o'clock and interment will be made in the Bagdad cemetery.

The sympathy of the entire community goes out to Mr. Harvell and family in this, their second great loss within the year, the wife and mother of the family having passed away about a year ago.


Milton Gazette, June 25, 1915, p. 3


Mr. Dan Wooten, formerly of DeFuniak, but for some time employed at Bagdad died in Bagdad, Tuesday night, from typhoid fever, from which he had been suffering for some time. Mr. Wooten was a young man well liked by all who knew him, and his death is being mourned by a considerable circle of Milton and Bagdad friends.

Undertaker J. H. Collins, was notified of the death and prepared the body for shipment and burial. The remains were taken to DeFuniak Springs, where the funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Presbyterian church, the body later being intered [sic] in the DeFuniak cemetery.


Milton Gazette, July 2, 1915, p. 1


Mr. H. C. Collins received a telegram yesterday from Mr. D. H. Amos of Clayborn, Texas, announcing the death of his wife, at the Sanitarium in Temple, Texas, at 3 a.m., Thursday morning as a result of an operation. Mr. Amos is a former Milton man, having resided here for a number of years, and is well known to a large number of our readers.


Milton Gazette, July 23, 1915, p. 4


Mr. Shepard (Shep) Hardy, one of the well known and valued employees of the Pace Turpentine Company, who is well known to many of our readers, died at his home near Jay, Friday, July 16th, of typhoid fever. Deceased was about thirty years old and leaves a widow t mourn his death. His death comes as a decided shock to him many friends, as he had recently been in Milton and elsewhere about his duties in all the vigor of his young manhood.


Milton Gazette, July 23, 1915, p. 4


The news of the death of Mr. "Hall" McArthur, of Bay Point, will come as a decided shock to the large number of friends that he and his parents have among the readers of the Gazette. "Hall" was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. P. M. McArthur, who have resided at Bay Point for many years, where Mr. McArthur has long been a bookkeeper for the Bay Point Lumber Company. Deceased, who was just entering into young manhood and highly esteemed by all who knew him, was stricken sometime ago with typhoid fever and although every effort and attention possible was give him, he succumbed to the mandate of the great Reaper Wednesday morning.

Funeral services were held at the home, and interment made in the Bagdad cemetery Thursday afternoon.


Milton Gazette, August 3, 1915, p. 1


In the death of Capt. John Rourk, of Bagdad, last Friday morning, from a stroke of paralysis, Santa Rosa county loses one of her oldest and best known citizens.

Born in Pennsylvania, seventy-two year ago, John Rourk was moved by him [sic] family to Virginia at the age of six years where he grew to manhood and from which state he enlisted in the cause of the Confederacy early in the war, serving with fidelity and distinguished bravery until its close.

In 1866, Capt. John Rourk came to Santa Rosa county, beginning as many others have done, in the saw-mill he worked his way up until, in the course of a few years he went into business for himself, and has occupied a place in the business world of West Florida until the time of his death, being engaged in the retail grocery business when the Death Messenger called.

As a citizen, neighbor or friend Capt. Rourk had few equals and no peers. He was a man well informed upon all general subjects, a man of absolute business integrity, and one whom everybody who knew respected and admired.

The remains were intered [sic] in the Bagdad cemetery Friday afternoon, Rev. J. P. Roberts, pastor of the Milton and Bagdad Methodist churches, preaching the funeral sermon. The funeral services were conducted under the auspices of the Odd Fellow and Rebecka [sic] Lodges, of which he was a loyal member.

Deceased leaves a loving wife to mourn his death, to whom the sympathy of the entire community is extended at this time.


Milton Gazette, August 6, 1915


Mrs. Henchie Moore, wife of Mr. Ashley Moore, of near Pollard, Ala., had been suffering on the bed of affliction with a dread disease for several weeks when on last Sunday she past [sic] away. From what we learned of Mrs. Moore we understand that she was a Christian woman and her hope for Heaven was bright. Mrs. Moore was quietly laid to rest in the Shady Grove Cemetery Monday afternoon. The funeral services were performed by Rev. Bellah. We sympathize with her loved ones in the loss of her. "To them that love the Lord all things work together for good."


Milton Gazette, August 17, 1915, p. 3


Milton, August 2, 1915

Whereas the Bagdad Troop No. 1, Boy Scouts of America, have suffered the loss of Allen Ingram, one of their most consistent workers and members, by the Angel of Death.

And Whereas; The Milton Boy Scouts Troop, realizing their great loss sustained in the death of Scout Allen Ingram by his family and Troop No. 1, in this their hour of bereavement extend to them our heartfelt sympathy.

(Signed) Boy Scouts of Milton Troop No. 1

P. M. Bruner, Scout Master

Moses H. Rosenhouse

Edward E. Fleming

Robert Harvell

Moses Cohen,



Milton Gazette, August 20, 1915, p. 1


Death claimed one of Santa Rosa county's well known citizens last Tuesday, when Mr. Q. B. Bryant of Jay, passed away at 10:30 in the morning.

Q. B. Bryant was born in North Carolina, in 1859, but has been a resident of Santa Rosa county since 1897, making his home in the northern part of this county in the vicinity of Jay. He had long been afflicted with rheumatism, his death, however, resulting from heart troubles.

Deceased leaves a wife and three children, two brothers, J. A. and R. L. Bryant, living in this county and one brother and five sisters living in North Carolina, to mourn his death.

Deceased was a consistent member of the Baptist church and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.

Interment was made in the cemetery at Jay Wednesday afternoon.


Milton Gazette, August 27, 1915


Died At Mobile Infirmary Following Operation--Funeral Services

Being Held in Pensacola Today

Will Be Buried In St. Michael's Cemetery

It is probably that never in the history of Milton has the death of a single individual caused as great a loss to the progress, development and up-building of all that is for the good of the community, and as genuine and wide spread sorrow among all classes, as has the death of Mr. S. J. Harvey. While many knew that he was not enjoying the best of health, and doubtless his most intimate friends were aware of the fact that his troubles were more or less serious, the message announcing his death, Wednesday morning, came as a great shock to everyone.

Several weeks ago, Mr. Harvey, upon the advice of his physicians, went to Mobile where he entered the infirmary and remained for a few weeks, returning much improved in his health and as both he and his friends hoped, soon to be able to resume actively his place in the business world. However he did not regain strength as rapidly as he had hoped, and was planning for a rest of several months, but nevertheless he was devoting considerable time to his business affairs, being in the Bank several hours daily. Saturday he went to Pensacola to visit friends, as he was often accustomed to do. There he was taken with a sudden attack, due to a complication of kidney and liver troubles and was hastened to Mobile, where an operation was performed Tuesday night. But he had either waited too long or human aid was not sufficient to repel the Grim Reaper, and he for whom thousands mourn today, passed away Wednesday morning at 6:30.

Mr. Harvey was a thorough Irish gentleman, than which the world holds no higher type. He was born in County Cork, Irland [sic], where he has a mother to mourn the death, and rejoice in the success of her son. He also has a brother in Douglass, Arizona, and a sister in Texas.

Coming to American a little less than twenty years ago, when a mere youth, he became in fact as well as in name an American citizen laying his life, time, talent and service upon the altar of the Nation and Community of his adoption. Shortly after reaching American he enlisted in the American Navy, where by his honesty, integrity and attention to the duties at hand he advanced from "Blue Jacket" "Steve Harvey" to the position of Paymaster Clerk. He remained in the Navy for about thirteen years, a portion of which time he was stationed at Pensacola. After the Abandonment of activities at the Pensacola Navy Yard by the Government, Mr. Harvey secured a position with the American National Bank of Pensacola. Later when the First National Bank of Milton was founded and the directors and stock holders began casting about for a suitable man to take charge of it, they demonstrated their foresight and wisdom by selecting Steve J. Harvey for this important position. From the position of Cashier he soon rose to the Presidency of the First National Bank of Milton, which has been one of the most potant [sic] factors in the development and upbuilding of Santa Rosa county.

With his entrance into the financial life of this community began a new era of progress for Milton and Santa Rosa county, that bears the stamp of the constructive genius of a man of far more than ordinary ability. Much that Milton is today she owes to the creative force of Steven J. Harvey. To him more than to any other man is due the fact that the First National Bank building is what it is, a building that would be a credit t any city in the state, rather than what men of less daring optomism [sic] would have had it. To him is due the fact that Milton has one of the finest brick auditoriums in West Florida, which would be a valuable asset to almost any city. To his indomitable will and persistent energy is due the fact that today Milton has a system of water works., sewers and electric lights second t none in the state. Nor were his progressive energies limited to these larger developments, but he extended a helping hand to every phase of life in the city and county. It was Steven J. Harvey who sought to encourage better work in the schools, by offering gold medals for certain lines or effort. It was Harvey who sought to improve the agricultural conditions of the county by helping the farmers to secure better seed, cheaper fertilizer and better markets. Through his efforts the Santa Rosa Producers Association was formed and carried on successfully, as long as he was able to look after it. Through the establishment of the Christmas Saving Department by Mr. Harvey, hundreds of children and grown folk, too, for that matter, enjoyed a happy Chritmas [sic], last year, who, otherwise would have nothing to enjoy. Is hand was ever open to help the poor, needy and distressed. Neither church, nor school nor public improvement, nor social uplift appealed to "Harvey" and went away empty handed.

While never seeking political preferment, he was elected to, and held until the day of his death the important position of Chairman of the City Council, and has had more than any other man, or set of men to do with the shaping the city's course during the past few years.

In addition t his ability as a promoter, of constructive work, Mr. Harvey had the additional faculty of being a man thoroughly approachable and one in whom one instinctively felt they could place perfect confidence. This feature of his life in Milton is strongly demonstrated by the statement, in slightly varied form that is heard on all sdes [sic], from old and young, high and low, black and wihte [sic], wherever his death is discussed, "Yes Harvey's death is a great loss to Milton, but you know it is much more than that to me, as Harvey was one of my warmest personal friends," Hence in this entire community his death is not only looked upon as a great loss to the community but is looked upon as a personal loss by thousands in Santa Rosa county whose life has been made happier, by the man who had traveled the rugged road of life, and new [sic] the value of a friendly smile, a pleasant word, and a helping hand.

In faith, Mr. Harvey was a consistent and devout Catholic and is said to have viewed the end of his life's journey [sic] with calm assurance that his faith was well founded.

The remains were brought from Mobile to Pensacola this morning on an early train and conveyed to the St. Michael's church, where the funeral services were conducted at 10:30. Interment was made in the St. Michael's Cemetery in Pensacola. The services throughout were under the auspices of the Knights of Columbus, of which order Mr. Harvey was a devout and honored member.

The Pall Bearers were Mr. S. G. Collins, of Milton;; Mr. C. H. Simpson, of Arcadia Farms; Mr. Peter Rosasco, of Bay Point; Messrs Philip D. Beal, C. W. Lamar and T. W. Brent of Pensacola.

A large delegation of Milton friends went to Pensacola to attend the last rites and ceremonies over the body of their beloved friend.


Milton Gazette, September 18, 1915, p. 1


Capt. Perry Burlison, son of Capt. And Mrs. W. H. Burlison of this city, died at the home of his parents Wednesday morning, at 1 o'clock, after a protracted illness. Deceased was almost twenty-five years old, and was born and reared in this locality. He was a boatman by training, having secured his captain's papers several years ago.

The funeral services were held at the home, Rev. J. P. Roberts of the Methodist church officiating. Interment was made in the Milton cemetery, Thursday afternoon.

Deceased leaves a wife and one child, father, mother, two sisters, and four brothers to mourn his loss.


Milton Gazette, September 28, 1915, p. 4


My wife, Mrs. Clarce Flemming, the jewell [sic] of my home, was taken from me by the Grim Reaper at12 o'clock Monday, the 20th inst. After an illness of several weeks. She leaves a babe 17 days old, a boy three and a half years old, a mother and sister and other relatives and many friends to mourn her death. She was a woman who was loved by all who knew her.

We had been married five years, during which time she was an ideal wife, loving, devoted and kind. Her death came very unexpected to me. I had often told her that I could never give her up. But now I will have to learn t live without my dear little Clarce, my beloved wife.

L. A. Flemming

Rock Creek, Fla.


Milton Gazette, October 19, 1915


Mr. Sam Peaden of Red Rock, one of the oldest citizens of Santa Rosa county, died at his home, Thursday and was buried Friday. Deceased was in his nintieth [sic] year, and was the father of several of the leading citizens in the east part of the county, including Hon. A. J. Peaden, candidate for the State Senate.

Deceased was a successful business man and had an active part in the development of Santa Rosa County. He will be mourned by a large number of friends and relatives.


Milton Gazette, October 22, 1915, p. 1

Our aged friend, "Uncle Same" or Death Angle [sic] entered the quiet, peaceful home of one of Santa Rosa's oldest citizens, Mr. Samuel Peaden, and claimed the spirit of this venerable gentleman at 1:15 am.

Our aged fried [sic] "Uncle Same" or "Grandpa" as his host of friends loved to call him, had been lingering between life and death, it was believed, since sometime last winter, when he was taken suddenly ill, and had not been able to leave his bed since.

Samuel Peaden has been a resident of Santa Rosa county all his life, and had resided at his place of death for almost 25 or 30 years.

He was born October 5th, 1827 being at the ripe old age of 88 years at the time of his death.

The remains were laid to rest beside his former wife, who preceded him about seven year ago. He had married again, however, his present wife being the former Mrs. Kilcrease, sister of Rev. A. W. Langley, of Baker.

The pall bearers were: J. A. Bass, C. D. Bass, A. Pittman, L. D. Power, J. H. Thompkins and K. Summerlin.

This dear old man had made many friends during his stay on earth, who unite with his loved ones in mourning his death, although it is a happy thought to know that he is relieved from suffering.

Mr. Peaden was a member of the Spring Hill Baptist church, with which body he became affiliated some years ago.

Although he had reached a ripe old age, he leaves vacancy in the home that can never be filled.

He leaves the following children to mourn his death: D. J. Peaden, of Thelma; T. B. and W. E. Peaden, of Red Rock, Mrs. D. G. Gardey of Munson and Mrs. Manning of Florala, besides a sorrowing wife and scores of grandchildren and great grandchildren and numerous other relatives.


Milton Gazette, October 29, 1915


Mr. Samuel Adams, a former Santa Rosian, and son of one of the county's best pioneers, Mr. A. J. Adams, died at his home in Shreveport, Louisiana, Sunday after a brief illness. Deceased leaves father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Adams, now of Los Angeles, California, and four brothers, Chas. Grady, Creary and Geo. W. Adams, and three sisters, Misses Sallie, Annie and Gypsie Adams of Andalusia, Alabama to mourn his departure.

Interment was made in the Milton cemetery Wednesday, in the old family burying grounds.

Deceased was a bright, congenial, progressive business man, well though of wherever he landed and his death will be a genuine loss to the community in which he resides.


Milton Gazette, October 29, 1915, p. 1


Mrs. H. L. Taylor, the beloved wife of Rev. H. L. Taylor of Red Rock, while rounding out her three score years and then passed away at her home at the midnight hour Sunday, October 24. Deceased had been sick and suffering for about eighteen months, and death comes as a relief, she being assured of the fact that He is able to save that which she had committed to Him.

Deceased leaves a husband and three boys ad one daughter to mourn her death. The sons are Geo. W., O. W., and F. L. Taylor and the daughter is Mrs. Hattie Dey, of Coffee County, Alabama.

Interment was made in the Berrydale cemetery Tuesday morning, a large number of friends and relatives being in attendance.


Milton Gazette, November 12, 1915, p. 1


One more Death has entered a Milton home and taken away a good citizen, a loving father and a devoted husband.

Dr. Sharit died at the Sanitarium in Pensacola Thursday at 12:40, with his wife and six year old daughter and other relatives surrounding his bed, he having been taken there Wednesday evening for a surgical operation. The operation which was a most difficult one was unable to stay the hand of the Grim Reaper. The Doctor was conscious until the last, and conversed with his family up until a few moments before passing away, giving them words of comfort and council, realizing that he was soon to pass on. He said he was ready to go and unafraid to meet his Maker, and would be awaiting his loved ones, whom he was compelled to tell good bye for the time being.

Death came after an illness of less than a week, and after all that the skill of physicians and the loving ministrations of friends could do he passed on out of his suffering.

He was buried in the Milton cemetery Friday morning on the forty-fourth anniversary of his birth, and just one year to a day after the death of his twin brother, Edward.

Deceased was married to Miss Ida Hilson June 4th, at Milton, and is survived by his wife and little six year old daughter, Marie. He also leaves a father, two brothers, and one sister, living in Jacksonville, and a devoted aunt, Mrs. Mason, of this city, to mourn his untimely death.

The funeral services were conducted by the Modern Woodmen, of which order he was an honored member. The religious service being conducted by Rev. J. P. Roberts, of this city.

The pall bearers were Messrs. W. J. Williams, Jr., L. P. Golson, F. B. McGraw, of Milton and L. R. Haymen, W. E. Reach and Dave Metcalf of Bagdad

Of Dr. Sharit, it may be truthfully said, he walked his way among men quietly, loved devotedly by his family and those who knew him best, and ministered through his profession to those especially whose need was greatest, often receiving only the greatful [sic] thanks f an appreciative heart. In the words of the poet he had:

"So lived that when the inevitable hour came, he wrapped the draperies of his couch about him and lay down to pleasant dreams.


Milton Gazette, November 30, 1915, p. 1


The death of Mrs. V. V. Chaffin, which was announced here Monday, will cause universal regret throughout this county, where deceased formerly resided, and where she had many warm friends.

Deceased was the widow of the late J. A. Chaffin, founder of the Chaffin interests of this county, and mother of the present owner of these interests, Mr. Frank Chaffin. She was nearly eighty years old and had spent the best part of her life in Santa Rosa county, although she had been away from the county for several years prior to her death.

The funeral will occur Wednesday, at eleven o'clock, at the Presbyterian church. Interment will be made in the Milton cemetery.


Milton Gazette, December 10, 1915, p. 3


Mrs. Anna Abbott died at her home near Jay, Sunday, Nov. 21. She was a middle aged lady of thirty-five years. Mrs. Abbott was born in Marengo county, Alabama, Oct. 17, 1880 and when about ten years of age she, with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cannon, moved to Santa Rosa county, Fla. On Dec 13, 1900 she was married to Mr. Jno. W. Abbott, who is a very prominent mill operator and business man of the Cora vicinity, near Jay. She has been a member of the Baptist church from girlhood. The deceased leaves a husband, four girl children, the oldest of which is only fourteen years of age, a father and mother and a brother to mourn her death, besides a great host of friends who loved her and will long remember her.

In speaking of her handsome new home which was just nearing completion, and which they had lately moved into she had said several times that she would not live to enjoy it with the rest of her loved ones, but that she was going to a better home on High "to that Home where dwells all happiness, all completeness, where there is no more pain, sorrow nor crying, but where all is peace and love forever," and when entering death's door the last comforting thought was a sweet smile and then she was gone.

By a Friend.


Milton Gazette, December 17, 1915, p. 1


Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Brittenham, of Munson, are mourning over the death of their little three year old daughter which occurred Wednesday afternoon. Death was the result of burns sustained about a week ago when the little one's clothing caught fire while playing around a bon-fire in the yard.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. P. Roberts, Thursday afternoon at three thirty, and the remains of the little one were laid t rest in the Bagdad cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Brittenham are well-known both in Milton and Bagdad and have a host of friends who will share their great sorrow.


Milton Gazette, December 17, 1915


The seven week old infant of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Williams of Munson, died in Milton at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Fenn, shortly after one o'clock Sunday. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Dr. C. W. Humphreys Monday, and the little ones remains laid to rest in the Milton cemetery.

Mr. Williams, the father of the little child, is a partner of Mr. Fenn's in the Naval Stores firm of Fenn, Williams & Co., of Munson, and he and Ms. Williams have many friends here whose tears will be mingled with theirs in their deep sorrow.