Ninety-five years ago in 1921 William Lee Popham was the toast of the town and everyone was dancing to his tune. Franklin County was gaining a national reputation as the nation dove into the roaring '20s. There had only been one “world war” and automobiles were just coming into style.
This week's Chasing Shadows question: Does anyone have a picture of the lovely Lillian Sangaree who is featured in the Times in both poetry and prose in the early 20th century. If you can help please contact the Times at 653-8868 or Lois Swoboda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unveiling of monument
This monument is erected to the memory of Lt. Willoughby R. Marks and the other gallant young men who enlisted from Franklin county during the world war and it is a fitting testimonial of their brave deeds and a testimonial from those who see in their service the highest type of citizenship.
The Marks Memorial Association invite all citizens to attend this unveiling, extend a special invitation to the relatives of enlisted soldiers.
Presentation of monument to the city………………………….R. D. McLeod, Jr.
Unveiling……………………………………………………………Steppie Rice and Charles Marks, Jr.
Acceptance on behalf of the city…………………………………Mayor Cook
Star Spangled Banner……………………………………………..Citizens
Fire at Eleven Mile
Mr. Clay took a lighted lantern in the commissary of the Indian Pass Oyster Company Thursday night, situated at the Eleven Mile on Apalachicola bay. An explosion resulted from gasoline fumes and the commissary was consumed. Fortunately Mr. Clay was not injured.
In Honor of Miss Sangaree
Miss Frances Murphy entertained Wednesday evening at an oyster roast in honor of Miss Lillian Sangaree, bride-elect. The happy party left the residence of Mrs. Henry Murphy promptly at seven o’clock for the Eleven Mile, where a big bonfire was soon burning brightly. After the oyster roast a chicken dinner was served for twelve. At a late hour the merry party returned tired but happy.
Local and Personal
Tanlac the celebrated medicine is now sold by Buzzett’s Pharmacy.
Apalachicola’s business needs a little pep—a little printer’s ink to make it hum.
Engraved wedding invitations and calling cards at the Times office. The best work in the county. Call and see samples.
The boys of Orion Lodge K. of P. are having interesting meetings every Monday. Those who fail to attend are missing something really worthwhile.
All styles of Lady Beaver Sailors at Mrs. Brash’s, the Ladies Store.
Mr. and Mrs. John G. Ruge left for New York Monday night.
Hon. Mayor J. H. Cook will address the extension class on citizenship November 9, Chapman High School auditorium 3:30 o’clock. Everybody welcome.
Mr. T. E. Mash having decided to locate elsewhere has resigned as Justice of the Peace at Carrabelle. Mr. Mash is visiting his daughter Mrs. A. B. Porter of this city.
The World’s Temperance Day program at the Baptist church last Sunday was enjoyed by many people. Every number of the program was good, bringing most favorable comment.
H. I Talley stopping at Franklin Hotel wishes man with automobile to represent automobile company sell stock on a fifty-fifty basis. Call for particulars.
The brilliant function at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Whiteside yesterday afternoon complimenting Miss Lamar Hickey was one of the social events of the season.
A letter received in Apalachicola conveys the information that Mr. Alex Fortunas expected to arrive in New York city yesterday en route to Apalachicola.
Florida Oyster to be Nationally Known
Florida, the land of “the golden orange,” is to be advertised in 5,000 newspapers for three years among 100,000,000 subscribers in the United States also as the land of the “big juicy oyster,” and this gigantic advertising campaign has already been started by the Oyster Growers’ Co-Operative Association, with headquarters at Apalachicola, Fla., that concern announces.
This association, with an authorized capital of $425,000, and already with more than 700 stockholders in 48 American states, was founded by William Lee Popham, formerly of Kentucky, but Florida’s adopted son since 1912 and Mr. Popham is also its president.
A perpetual lease-title to 500 acres of oyster bottom in the Apalachicola bay was gotten from the state of Florida by Mr. Popham in 1920 and during the present year Mr. Popham has planted this 500-acre bottom for the Oyster Growers’ Co-Operative Association, 100,000 barrels of live oysters and shell for seed purposes and will resume planting next spring (1922) for the planting of another 100,000 barrels on the aforesaid 500 acres.
In the spring of 1921 the Oyster Growers Co-Operative Association built its own planting fleet of boats and barges at a cost of $5,000 for its seafood factory site where oysters will be prepared for shipping, both canned and raw, from its 500-acre oyster farm.
Attesting the fact that it “means business” in making “the Florida Oyster as famous as the Florida Orange,” the Oyster Growers’ Co-Operative has on deposit in one of the banks in its home town, $10,000 which has been set aside for the building of its seafood factory and which sum can be drawn on only in proportion as same is used for said purpose, under sworn statement. William Lee Popham is not only founder and president of the Oyster Growers’ Co-Operative Association but is author of “Poems of Truth, Love and Power,” “Silver Gems in Seas of Gold” and nearly a score of other copyrighted books with national reputation and is a Chautauqua lecturer of wide fame.
The Apalachicola bay is at least statewide famous for its large, fat oysters and the United States government spent approximately $10,000 in its survey and plat of the oyster bottoms in that vicinity in the midst of which area is located the 500-acre oyster farm of the association.
Reprinted from the Tampa Sunday Tribune, October 23, 1921.
Press Appreciations of William Lee Popham
Newspapers in every state in America speak in praise of William Lee Popham and his work as a poet, lecturer, author, orator and promoter but here is only room for the following comments:
GEORGIA—William Lee Popham the young Narcissus, poet-laureate and love singer of the ages, has charmed Kentucky and the South for a decade. – The Atlanta Georgian
It is not so much Mr. Popham’s eloquence – though so few men can out-elocudate him when it comes to subjects of love, romance and the light that never was on land sea—as it is the simple things that Mr. Popham tells about. Mr. Popham has made a success of life. In face of facts you can’t help wondering if the world wouldn’t be a good deal better if we had more Popham’s in it. –The Atlanta Journal
FLORIDA—The Kentucky poet and lecturer is regarded as one of the South’s most eloquent orators.—Evening Metropolis Jacksonville
For more than an hour, the orator and poet swayed his audience from tears to smiles.—The True Democrat, Tallahassee
People seldom have the opportunity to hear a poet and author of many books of fame and a large audience is expected to greet Mr. Popham. He brings good news, has the reputation of being a truthful man and has lectured and preached in many states.—DeSoto County News, Arcadia
The celebrated books from the pen of our distinguished visitor are read in every land. Mr. Popham has the rare distinction of having never failed to make his audience laugh in his many lectures numbering in every state in America. He is an irresistible wit. A crowded house is expected and we advise all persons desiring seats to be on time.—The Enterprise, Arcadia
KENTUCKY—He is a finished orator. His address was regarded as a gem of the first water. His work has been much praised especially by the religious press.
They listened to him as if they were spellbound. His address was sparkling and genuine oratory.—Louisville Herald
He has achieved considerable success on the lecture platform.—Baptist Argus
His lecture was a prose poem of sublimest eloquence. –Hopkinsville Kentuckian
Greeted by thousands.—Daily Glenner Henderson
Many of his poems contain touching and beautiful sentiments.—Christian Observer (Presbyterian)
The spirit of his verse is highly commendable. After eight months’ tour of 25 states, the Rev. William Lee Popham, evangelist, lecturer and author has returned home for a brief stay. Between lecture dates the Rev. Mr. Popham conducted revival meetings, the last being in Florida, where there were 100 converts.—Courier-Journal, Louisville
His poems are certainly original and appeal to the better nature of man.—Western Recorder (Baptist)
ALABAMA—As a lecturer, he commands an easy flow of eloquence. As a poet, he is a child of nature. A self made man.—Daily Siftings, Dothan
IOWA—He is popular and has made a splendid record.—Highland Nobles Herald, Des Moines
MICHIGAN—He is an orator who sways his audience at will.—Daily Star, Niles
NEW JERSEY—At his lofty strain we bare our head in silent admiration.—Newark Evening News
NEW YORK—His verse is of pleasing tenor.—Brooklyn Eagle
SOUTH CAROLINA—He spends his time in giving expression to beautiful thoughts to calm the waves of life’s great sea.—The News and Courier, Charleston
UTAH—He is a noted author and traveler, having visited all the great natural wonders of America.—Republican, Salt Lake City
CALIFORNIA—His work shows a grasp of facts such as few authors present. Delightful description, entertaining style.—Long Beach Daily Telegram
OKALHOMA—He is a remarkable success and has few equals in pictures of world painting.—The Daily Eagle, Enid
MASSACHUSETTS—He has come up from a choreboy and a plowboy on a Kentucky farm to a writer of tuneful verses. People are stirred by the baby’s smile, the mother’s croon, the wind in the trees and the melody of the birds mill read with pleasure the chimes in the “Poems of Truth, Love and Power.”—The Boston Globe
OHIO—The story writer, poet and preacher is an interesting speaker. He came highly recommended and made an excellent impression.—The Cincinnati Times-Star