Late August was an exciting time in Franklin County, 110 years ago, in 1906.Apparently loose living was on the rise but the respectable folks of the county tended their gardens and planned refined entertainments.

Our Chasing Shadow’s question for this week: Where is Tom’s Island? If you know, please contact the Times at 653-8868 or Lois Swoboda at


An Ordinance

Imposing and prescribing certain restrictions upon persons of ill fame, prostitutes, lewd, bawdy, rowdy or drunken women prohibiting their reception or entertainment in certain public places named herein and prescribing penalty for the violation thereof.

Be it ordained by the City Council of the city of Apalachicola, Florida.

Sec. 1 That from and after the passage of this ordinance it shall be unlawful for any person of ill fame or any prostitute, lewd, bawdy, rowdy or drunken women to knowingly enter or to remain in after entering or to frequent, board or lodge in any licensed saloon, pool or billiard room, hotel, boarding house or restaurant within the limits of the city of Apalachicola.

Sec. 2 That from and after the passage of this ordinance it shall be unlawful for any licensed saloon keeper, billiard or pool room keeper boarding house keeper, hotel keeper, restaurant keeper or any clerk waiter or employee thereof to sell or serve without selling to any person of ill fame or any prostitute, lewd, bawdy, rowdy or drunken women any intoxicating liquors, wines or beer in or on the premises of any saloon, pool or billiard room, hotel, boarding house or restaurant within the limits of the city of Apalachicola.

Sec. 3 That any person guilty of a violation of this ordinance or any provision therein contained shall be punished by a fine not exceeding Fifty Dollars or imprisonment in the city jail not exceeding 60 days or both at the discrimination of the Mayor.

Sec. 4 This ordinance shall go into effect immediately after its passage and approval of the mayor.

Passed in open session at the regular meeting of the City Council, this August 1, A.D. 1906.

S. J. Johnson, President Council.

Attest: W. D. Buzzett, Clerk and Treasurer

Approved by me this August 2, A. D. 1906

H. W. Johnson, Mayor.


Information Wanted

Of the whereabouts of Henry Libert, my husband. A slim, black man – a West Indian.

LIZZIE LIBERT, Apalachicola, Florida


Den of rattlesnakes

Mr. Green Roberts of McIntyre writing to the Times under the date of the 20th inst. Says: Messers Elias Nicholls and John Sangston visited Tom’s Island recently and had an exciting experience – one they will not forget. A mound on the island has on its summit an uprooted oak tree and beneath the roots of the tree is a snake retreat or den where snakes galore were found by the visitors. With Club Axe Messrs. Nicholls and Sangston slayed 68 rattlesnakes themselves on the mound – both large and small. The snakes attempted to reach their den beneath the roots of the fallen oak but quick and furious work with the axes cut short their existence.


Shot by gamblers

Lincoln Phillips, colored, lies at his home dangerously wounded and Prince Haygood and Frank Gainer, colored, are in the county jail charged with the shooting of Phillips. A gambling game was on at full blast in a house at Old Woman’s Bluff last Saturday night. A row began during the game by Haygood and Gainer, each of whom left the house and armed themselves with shotguns. A fusillade of small shot followed in the yard.

Lincoln Phillips, an innocent bystander, being the only one hurt. A number of small shot from a gun handled by one of the quarreling men struck him in the face. One ear was shot off and most of the flesh from the jaw followed suit.

The man is dangerously wounded, but the attending physician thinks he may pull through.

Haygood and Gainer will be placed on trial as soon as the wounded man is able to attend the trial. There were several men in the house where the gambling was in progress, every one of whom scampered into the yard when Haygood and Gainer began quarreling.

Gainer says Haygood shot Phillips and Haygood says Gainer did the shooting.



On the evening of the 22nd of August the marriage of Miss Ethel Pickett, of this city, and Mr. Richard Hartwell King of Leighton, Alabama, took place at the Methodist Episcopal Church at 8:30 and the church was filled to overflowing long before the sound of wedding bells.

The church was beautifully decorated in palms, ferns and English ivy, the whole effect being white and green.

The ushers were W. J. Owen and S. E. Teague.

Just before the entrance of the bridal party, a beautiful wedding chorus was rendered by Mrs. S. E. Rice, Jr. The wedding party entered by the strains of Lohengrin’s wedding march, played by organist, Miss Lillian Wing, accompanied by Messers Guest and Murat, violinists.

First entered the little flower girls, Misses Myrtle Willis and Sunshine Gibson, gowned in white point DuEsprit over white silk. Next entered the bride leaning on the arm of her cousin, Miss Eva Fowler, while the bride-groom came up the opposite aisle with his best man, Mr. Joseph B. Spear, meeting his bride at the altar, where the ceremony was performed by Rev. J. S. Crandell in a very impressive manner.

The young bride looked lovely gowned in white embroidered silk colleen, carrying a shower of white roses. The brides-maid was charmingly gowned in white silk muslin, carrying a shower of pink roses.

After the wedding, the bridal party repaired to the home of the bride, where delicious refreshments were served.

The bridal presents were numerous and beautiful.

The bride and groom left on the morning of the 23rd for their future home in Leighton, Alabama, the home of the bride-groom.

The Times wishes them a long, happy and prosperous life.


Five StoryBuilding

“You should make it a five story building,” remarked an observing traveling man Monday evening, referring to the proposal to form a stock company and build a lodge room and office building. Said the visitor, “I am satisfied that the growth of this city will be so rapid that you will need a five story building, every room of which would be occupied. You people have got a boom coming your way the size of which will astonish you.


News Chips

MITTIE ALLEN, colored, has shown faith in the future greatness of Apalachicola by investing liberally in paying property. Her latest investment is to be an elegant residence on “The Hill” containing some ten rooms. The design of the building is up to date and when finished the building will be one of the handsome homes of the city. Recently she had some difficulty with the carpenters employed on the building and the work is suspended awaiting the arrival of carpenters.




MR. H. G. RUGE has in his garden a “Ponderosa” Wonder Lemon tree that is bearing its first crop and the fruit is a wonder sure enough. There are at present sixteen lemons on the tree one of which measures 13 ½ inches by 6 ½ inches. There are four other lemons of this size on the tree at present. The skin is thin and smooth. One of these lemons contains as much juice as six ordinary lemons.




The sharp-shooters of the Franklin Guards while not asking favors, did expect that at the shoot for the trophy at St. Augustine, they would be treated impartially. The squad from here think they have not been given a square deal. Perhaps if they could not hit a barn door at a range of 100 yards, they would have been allowed to show off their prowess.




The Rathbone Sisters held an interesting meeting Thursday evening in the Lodge room. Light refreshments were served in honor of Mesdames McGlynn and Snellgrove who leave for their future home in Los Angeles, Cal., Monday next. The best wishes of Orion Temple No. 5 go with these ladies to their future home.




“Speaking of rapid steamers,” remarked Mr. Wm. Knickmyer, “I remember when the ‘Ogeechee’ made the run from Chattahoochee to Apalachico9la in seven hours; and she made 15 mail landings on the trip. Spates was chugging the engine and I was twisting the wheel. Fellers, I tell you, that Ogeechee could run – no two ways about it, Spates used to say that he believed she could outrun a cotton tail rabbit that was pursued by a greyhound. F