In August 1936, Apalachicola didn’t seem to be suffering too much as the Great Depression eased for a bit. There was nothing in the Apalachicola Times about the Summer Olympics in Berlin or the heat wave that killed hundreds in the Midwest but there was plenty about fishing and parties.
Our Chasing Shadows question for this week comes from local historian Mark Curenton: Does anybody know the origin of the name Bloody Bluff? If you have an answer, or a good idea for Chasing Shadows, call Lois Swoboda at 653-1819, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Champion mullet catcher toppled from throne
After wearing the belt as champion cast net thrower and mullet catcher of this section for a number of years, Jean Austin was at last toppled from his throne by Charles Brown, mechanic extraordinaire and fisherman superb.
Friday afternoon of last week Champion Austin and Dr. A. S. Ham, who also throws a mean cast net, invited about 25 of their friends to a fish fry on the Gorrie bridge fill. As a precautionary measure they brought along Charlie Brown and Fay Shearer to help the catch in case the fish were more elusive than usual. The champion and his able assistant, Dr. Ham, proceeded to the Porter’s Bar area while Brown and Shearer were left to shift for themselves.
The guests all assembled on the fill and waited for the fishermen to return with the catch. The first to put in an appearance was Dr. Ham and Champion Austin and when their catch was counted it was found their total catch was seven small mullet. They made all kinds of excuses, but the crowd would not accept them. Finally Brown and Shearer returned and when their catch was counted it was found they had succeeded in catching 98 fine, large-size mullet.
The crowd proceeded to razz the fallen champion and his assistant and escorted Brown and Shearer to Gorrie filling station where an abundance of fried fish were enjoyed by the crowd.
Charlie Brown was born and raised in Apalachicola and has always been mullet conscious. Fay Shearer came here several years ago from the tall corn country of Southern Alabama and has developed into a fisherman of unusual ability.
Sporting News placed in Philaco Library
Miss Sarah Nedley, Philaco librarian received a notice Wednesday that the library would receive a courtesy copy of the Fiftieth Anniversary issue of The Sporting News devoted exclusively to baseball and will be of interest to readers of America’s favorite pastime. This news is not available in any other publication.
Two of the important items featured in this issue are “History of the Major Leagues,” by John B. Foster and Clark Griffith’s “Fifty Years in Baseball.”
Ferry “Floridatown” transferred
The Ferry Boat Floridatown which was used across Apalachicola Bay before the completion of the Gorrie Bridge was ordered to Stewart, Fla. for services there. Geo L. Wing assisted by Lloyd Smith and Roland Mahon were in charge of transportation.
Mrs. Fay Shearer entertains at the Grill
The Comus Bridge Club was entertained Tuesday afternoon at The Grill by Mrs. Fay Shearer. Games of progressive contract were played and prizes were won by Miss Margaret Harrison, high and Miss Emily Porter, second high.
Tempting refreshments were served after the games.
Those present were; Miss Mary Carol Rice, Mrs. Will Norton, Miss Emily Porter, Miss Margaret Harrison, Mrs. Shaw Buck, Mrs. Hal Hoffman, Mrs. W. H. Marshall, Mrs. Charles L. Robbins, Mrs. E. R. Hays, Mrs. J. A. Shuler, Mrs. Harry Sawyer, Mrs. Edgar Maddox, Miss Ruth Shephard, Miss Norma Anderson, Mrs. E. S. Wefing, Mrs. Kale Keller.
Willie Norred turns nine
A most enjoyable event of Tuesday was the birthday party given by Mrs. J.W. Norred honoring her son, Willie Leon, who celebrated his ninth birthday anniversary.
About twenty of his little playmates were invited to this lovely affair.
The home was decorated with a profusion of summer flowers.
Several interesting contests amused the guests, prizes being awarded for the one finding the most peanuts and also for guessing games.
The pink and green color scheme was effectively carried out in the dining room; the table was covered with a lace cloth and centered with a beautiful heart shape birthday cake holding nine lighted candles.
At each place, individual green cupcakes with lighted pink candles formed a pretty border. Graceful pink vine and fern were used around the center.
Ice cream, cake, candy and peanuts were served.
Mrs. Norred was assisted in caring for the little guests by her daughter, Miss Maurice Norred, Miss Nina Scott, Miss Catherine DeCosmo and Mrs. C. t. Lanier.
Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Goodson of Kissimmee, Florida spent ten days visiting their relatives and many friends having more than twenty years as valued residents here, they left twelve years ago.
Prof and Mrs. William Burns of Oak Hill are spending a while with Capt. G. S. Kersey and family.
The Bass family of Albany, Georgia are spending two weeks in Carrabelle using a tent as all cottages are occupied. Young Bass is a taxidermist and is mounting a variety of sea curios.
Here and There
Miss Regina Buzzett left this week for Gainesville where she will resume her studies in pharmacy.
The industrial art class at Chapman is putting out some really classy work. We heard about a display of ornamental yard ducks and other trinkets made that should be praised.
Apalachicola Fire Department always on the job. One fire this week and before we could locate the fire it was out.
J. Sol Hall is the new manager of the White Kitchen with William Murray assistant and Mrs. Ida Coburn, waitress.
Fish Warden A. T. Everitt returned Tuesday from a trip in the line of duty to South Florida reports tourist crop good prospect and most excellent citrus fruit crop good and moving slowly, the fishing season he says is anybody’s guess.
Capt. John H. Campbell has had several Georgia parties out this week fishing and made good catches.
Advice from the traffic cop
Highway Traffic Cop has had several up before the big Judge for violations of law. Boys, men and women heed this advice:
The speed cop must always defend,
All laws foes or special friend;
In the future be certain to drive with care,
Then the unsuspecting you will spare.
Several receive injuries in wreck
Wednesday night while driving four members from prayer meeting, about nine o’clock, Rev. E. H. Garrett ran into a palm tree in the center of the street near the baseball park, wrecking his car and injuring passengers. He was blinded by rain which caused a mist over the windshield. D. B. Maddox, Mrs. Ola Bennett, Mrs. C. L. Shephard and daughter Neva Carl were driving with Rev Garrett.
Rev Garrett received bruises on his chest caused by the steering wheel.
D. B. Maddox who occupied the front seat with the driver is suffering with face and head lacerations.
Mrs. C. L. Shephard and little daughter, Neva Carl were not injured.