In 1936 the town was getting ready for Christmas; Henry Grady, an important citizen, is mourned and the automobile age was causing some problems.

Our Chasing Shadows question, “Can anyone put a name to the unknown faces in the photograph of Apalachicola men?” If you know, please contact the Times at 653-8868 or Lois Swoboda at

Death takes a beloved citizen

“So may it be perchance, when down the tide,

Our dear ones vanish; Peacefully glide, On level seas, mark the unknown bound,

We call it death—to them tis life beyond.”

In the quiet of the evening of November 24, the spirit of Henry L. Grady passed into the great Beyond.

With the passing of this distinguished and beloved citizen, Apalachicola and all of Florida has suffered a great loss. Always ready to serve his friends, town and state in any capacity, he will be greatly missed. His devotion to his family was one of the outstanding characteristics showing his loveable nature and unselfish disposition. His life of 88 years, altho’ completed on this Earth will forever live on in the minds of those who were privileged to know him.

Mr. Grady was born here May 14, 1848, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Grady pioneer residents. He was active in making Florida history until he was forced to retire from public life three years ago because of ill health.

He served as Franklin County’s representative in legislature under the administration of Governor G. F. Drew and Gov. William D. Bloxam and for more than 40 years was a member of the state Democratic executive committee from this county. The legislature of 1935 passed a resolution of congratulation upon his 87th birthday, showing with what high regard he was held throughout the state. The resolution provided that a committee of three members of the legislature personally prefer the congratulations. He served as clerk of the state senate when but a young man.

For many years Mr. Grady was in the hardware and ship chandlery business, the firm being established by him and his brother, the late John Grady.

As a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church, he was prominent in church circles throughout the state and served as senior warden at Trinity Church for 55 years.

In the passing of Mr. Grady, an authority of note has been taken, for he was versed in the pioneer history of Florida and took keen interest in reading and gathering information pertaining to the growth of this section of the state. He was a member of the Florida Historical society and it was through his efforts that much valuable information was preserved for posterity.

He was never married and is survived by his sister, Miss Elizabeth Grady of this city; two nieces, Mrs. J. H. Hodges of Apalachicola and Mrs. Elroy Neate of Bowling Green Kentucky; and one nephew, C. G. Parlin of Washington D. C. and by 13 great nieces and nephews, Mrs. Teresa Parlin Graves Gainesville; Miss May Burrill Graves of New York; Misses Ermine and Eloise Neate of Bowling Green, Ky.; Alice Claire Hodges of Apalachicola; Bonsil Parlin of Ocean Springs, Miss; John Grady Hodges of Washington D. C.; J. H. Hodges jr. of West Point, N.Y.; Chas Parlin Groves of N. Y.; Henry Grady Graves of Sacramento Ca.; Clay and Charles Parlin of Ocean Springs, Miss and Elroy Neate of Bowling Green, Ky.

Funeral arrangements were in charge of V. G. Sangaree and Sons and the services were held from Trinity Episcopal Church on Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock with the Reverend Joseph R. Walker and Reverend Geo E. Benedict of Tallahassee officiating. Interment was in Chestnut Street Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were; J. P. Hickey, Charles Witherspoon, Dave Maddox, Phillip Brown, S. E. Teague, Dr. A. s. Ham, Rodman Porter, Dwight Marshall.

Honorary pallbearers were: Mannie Brash, Fred Sawyer, Joe Moore, J. B. Spear, C. M. Butterfield, G. F. Marshall, John Wakefield, August Hoppe, A. L. wing, Dr. A. E. Conter, Jim Anderson, H. L. Oliver, M. Risitano, Paul Snelgrove, Will Sawyer, W. P. Dodd, W. J. Lovett, A. J. Zingarelli, John Marshall, V. M. Anderson, John Maddox, Joe Nedley, Joe Messina, W. J. Oven, J. S. Hall, John Brown, Frank Vincent, Gus Hensler, S. E. Montgomery, R. Don McLeod, W. D. Buzzett.

The book is closed and the prayers are said,

And we are a part of the countless dead.

Thrice happy, if then some soul can say,

“I live, because he has passed my way.” -- M. R. O.


Second week of Hidden Check Hunt

The Apalachicola Times will hide another Five Dollar check today—who will be the lucky one?

Information will be found as before. All you have to do is read the advertisements on “Find the Hidden Check” page. In most of these ads a misplaced word will be found and if you read the merchant’s massage carefully and put these extra words together, in their sequence they will tell you just about where and when the check may be found.

Charles Marks won last week’s check. Four more will be hidden, so study the ads carefully and be the lucky one.


Make the Christmas Season Colorful

With the approaching holiday season, let us consider ways and means of making our city reflect the spirit, the happiness and the good will of this great time of year.

Merchants get busy and plan for an appealing presentation of your holiday merchandise. Make your window displays original and place attractive decorations in your stores. The spirit of the season depends largely upon the business section and an early start will make it more colorful. A uniform decoration idea should be planned. Nothing is more interesting to a visitor than a colorfully lighted town at Christmas time. We might consider a community program to bring the inspiration of the season to all our citizens. A program that will reach far and bring happiness to all.

The spirit of gaiety can be encouraged also by home owners by lighting of evergreens on the lawn and placing of wreaths in the windows.

Are we early in our suggestions? Let’s get together—work together and put the spirit of the Christmas season into a worthy community.


News from Carrabelle

By Ira Sanborn


Capt. C. J. Campbell carried a large party to Rock Island for sport in a big and small game on the Rambler. From supply of ship stores we are not expecting them to return very soon. The parties were made up of Georgia sportsmen.


Captain C. L. Willis loaded his yacht High Bluff with everything needed for comfort and pleasure and to tease the appetite and a dozen of his friends from Spartanburg, S. C. and Dr. Chapman Dykes, C. P. Wathen and instructed Capt. Jackson to head for the best shooti9ng, angling and the greatest sport and he knows the right spot to go. Capt. Willis knows how to entertain and never fails to please the party that are his guests.


Last Saturday there was an election held for Mayor. E. M. Witherspoon received 104 votes and M. B. Jones 6 votes. Mr. Jones’ friends wrote his name in as it was not printed on the ballot.


Last Sunday morning friends for Sam Seaborn borrowed his Ford for a ride and after a spin around the town and out west of the city they started back. Making the west end curve, the driver, Ned Ferguson lost control o0f the car. It turned over several times and bruised Dan and Teenan Putnal and Caspar Allgood but not seriously. The Ford was completely demolished.


Miss Myrt Booth spent last Sunday with her Tallahassee friends.


Mr. J. I. Barr spent several days in the city in the interest of the Apalachicola Times this week.


Mayor Witherspoon informed us that the city hall and jail will be rushed to completion and that a night policemen would be added to the force and other improvements made at an early date.


Emmett and Edward Winchester were severely shaken up Wednesday when the oil truck of the Gulf Refining Corporation and a cross tie truck had a collision at a side road east of Sopchoppy. Three Negroes that were on the tie truck were bruised and lacerated but not seriously. The cross tie truck came out of the side road directly in front of the oil truck.


Neel Mattair and Ira Sanborn jr. spent last Sunday in Tallahassee seeing the movies but we surmise that the most attractive scenery and brightest stars moved around college hill.


Cap Sam Chason makes frequent trips out with his boat taking many pleasure parties that come for the sport this vicinity affords.


The ladies of the Baptist Church served Brunswick stew, chicken dinners and hot coffee Tuesday night at the High School building to raise funds for a parsonage.


Carrabelle Civic Club was entertained by Prof. Leo L. Boles programme that pleased them all. Vice President Brown presided in the absence of Secretary and minute book and all business was suspended to give time to Prof F. Boles programme that was interesting and instructive parts well rendered and Miss Atkinson is commended for the careful preparation of the second grade pupils that she instructed.


Carrabelle needs more every day that 100 room hotel as many have to move on account of not being able to get accommodations. Tourist travel is increasing daily.