In 1907, 110 years ago, Franklin County was thriving. The Cypress Lumber Company competed for business in Boston, New York and abroad, the town ladies improved their minds with lectures on travel, and Apalachicola was getting sewers!
The following is a clipping from Boston Transcript and will be of interest to many Apalachicolans, especially to the friends of Capt. W. E. Rutledge, of the Schooner Wellfleet. The three vessels mentioned here were all loaded by the Cypress Lumber Company of this city and consigned to the A. T. Stearns Lumber Company of Boston, Mass. The combined capacities of the three was 15,000,000 foot of lumber. Although the Wellfleet was the last one to sail, she arrived in Boston ahead of the others.
Even coastwise schooners plying their regular carrying traffic between this and Southern ports, once in a while become sportive and do a little racing, usually with some goal in sight. Thus it was with schooners Wellfleet, Sedgwick and Fulton, which started from Vineyard Haven yesterday for Boston Harbor. The goal was a berth at the A. T. Stearns wharf, whither all three were consigned. The first one to enter the harbor gets the berth and the others must await their turn anchored in the stream. Before they had traversed half the distance it became apparent that the Fulton was out of the race but the Wellfleet and the Sedgwick came along bow to bow. Out in the bay were tugs looking for business and the schooner Wellfleet had just enough lead to pick up the tug James Wooley and take a tow in by Hull. The Sedgwick came in by Hull half an hour later in tow of the tug H. A. Mathis.
On the thirteenth of December the Philaco Club met with Mrs. W. W. Pooser, when the programme for the day was fully carried out. Six Grand Duchesses – five Duchesses and seven principalities formed the subject of Mrs. Moody’s sketch which was aptly handled and rendered the more interesting by the assistance of her map illustrations.
Four German Kingdoms – Essay by Mrs. S. E. Rice was equally interesting and certainly did credit to the close study of the subject by our estimable member.
The National and Provincial Characteristics was booked for Mrs. J. W. Wakefield but on account of a severe cold, Mrs. George Ruge kindly read the amusing and entertaining selections of Mrs. Wakefield.
A rising salute of welcome was accorded Mrs. G. F. Wefing on her return to the club and its duties. After a short discussion of club matters, adjournment was in order to meet with Mrs. Annie Marks on December twenty seventh.
The Christmas Programme
“Christmas customs in many lands” Mrs. Wefing
“The story of the Field of Angels” Mrs. F. B. Wakefield
“The Wonderful Christmas Pudding” Mrs. G. F. Ruge
Music – “Christmas Carols” Mrs. Ellen Pierce
It is needless to add that each number of the programme was splendidly handled by the talented ladies who responded.
The chairman of Education – Mrs. Wefing, reported eminent success in obtaining subscribers to the fund for continuing study of music in the public school and that the teacher had received her salary in full to date.
As there was no other business of importance the club adjourned to meet January Tenth at the residence of Mrs. F. B. Wakefield.
The announcement of the romantic marriage of Professor H. Areher Ferrell and Miss Bessie Chappell, of Americus, was received as a pleasant surprise to Prof. Ferrell’s many friends in this city. Prof. Ferrell formerly resident at Seale Ala. and he is well and most favorably known. His marriage occurred in Waycross, Ga., some time ago but was so well guarded that the secret was not known until a few days ago. She is the daughter of Dr. T. A. Chappell of Americus and she is a highly accomplished and charming young lady. She is graduate of the Georgia Normal School at Milledgeville and was engaged in teaching at Ocilla, Ga. for a short time where she had charge of the high school. Prof. Ferrell is one of the foremost going educators in Florida. For several years he taught in Terrell County Ga. And later he came to Apalachicola where he was head of the high school for several years. About two years ago he was elected principal of the high school at Fernandina and has been there ever since. – Columbus Ledger.
Mishap to the Steamer Manteo
Many people standing on the Lafayette Street Bridge this morning were glad to see the big steamer Manteo which was adrift on Monday last, towed into port by the powerful tug James H. Clark, says the Tampa Times. The vessel will at once be repaired and replaced in commission.
According to one of the crew, while the Manteo was riding a very heavy sea in the gulf her tail shaft broke on Monday morning rendering her the vessel temporarily helpless. The small amount of sail that the vessel carries for balancing however was run up and the vessel began to drift toward the Florida coast landing at Little Inlet at 11 o’clock Christmas day. The pilot at that place was signaled and the purser was taken to Punta Gorda from which point a wire was sent to Local Agent Bowyer, who sent the Clark after the steamer. The Clark arrived yesterday just as the crew and passengers were sitting down to lunch and the return trip began shortly afterwards.
Baptism at Baptist Church
On last Sunday evening Rev. George Hyman at the Baptist church, baptized ten new converts to Christianity. The pastor, who has been sick for the last two weeks, is well again and preached Sunday evening on the subject, “Ring Out the Old.” He will preach the coming Sunday on “Ring In the New.” Large audiences attend the services at the Baptist Church. All are welcomed and given comfortable seats.
The masquerade ball opened with the grand march at the Armory on the evening of December 25th with twenty-five couples in masque, led by Oliver and Miss Marks. At the conclusion of the grand march dancing was indulged in by the maskers until 11:30, much enjoyment being had by the maskers. Among the maskers there were many altogether handsome costumes which elicited much favorable comment from the onlookers, several costumes, in fact, attracting marked attention. At 11:30 the masks were removed when those who were not in costume participated in the dancing. The success of the entertainment was largely due to the efforts of Mrs. J. P. Hickey who was charmingly gowned as Marguarite.
FOR SALE. Furniture and house furnishings. Apply at residence of Mrs. C. F. Buffum.
For a stylish Buggy Harness see Hoppe.
R. D. Fryer of Alligator Point visited the city during the week.
Mr. Stone of the Pensacola News is a visitor to the city.
Mr. T. W. Helme of the Florida Corporation forces is in the city.
Mr. James Fannin spent Christmas with his mother at Blountstown.
Yes I have lanterns you want and also globes and burners at Hoppe’s.
Mr. O. R. Harding of Panama City was a visitor to the city during the holidays.
The County and City Dads met in regular session Tuesday and Wednesday.
The sewer contractor is busy laying the city sewers commencing on Water Street.
The Schooner “Tifton” capacity 600,000 feet arrived in port the first inst. Consigned to the Cypress Lumber Company.
Let us have those pictures framed. Prices right and satisfaction guaranteed. Murrow & Duggar. The Frame Shop.
Mrs. Fenn after a visit to her daughter, Mrs. David T. Brown and Mr. and Mrs. Bert Pierce, has returned home.
Did you ever stop and think what a nice thing the Tabord Inn Library is and how much you save by belonging to it? Ask us. Murrow and Duggar. Exchange Depot.
Apalachicola will take a pull on the rope when the bell of prosperity is ringing in 1907.
A telegram was received Tuesday by Mrs. Eldridge announcing the illness with appendicitis of her son Dr. Henry Eldridge at Mobile Ala. The many friends of Dr. Eldridge will be pleased to learn that he is rapidly recovering from the operation performed at Mobile Hospital.
It is but just to say that Apalachicola realty has an upward tendency.
The trouble with the schedule business is there are not enough railroads in the South to handle the business. Another trouble is poor equipment of southern roads – rotten cross-ties and light rails, small and disabled engines and rickety cars and overworked train crews. The South needs more railroads and better railroads.