In 1927, Independence Day was celebrated with beach parties and boating, much as we do today, but baseball was also prominent in the Panhandle. With no television, the movies and Victrola were important forms of entertainment. With no air conditioning, everybody who could afford to headed for the hills during the summer, literally.

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Fourth of July celebrated in various ways

The Fourth of July, falling on Monday this year proved ideal for weekend parties and Apalachicolans were quick to take advantage of it. Apalachicola took on a deserted appearance Monday when many citizens were celebration Independence Day at the Lagoon, Port St. Joe and other nearby cities.

All stores, banks and offices were closed at noon, if not for the whole day. The Customs House and Post Office were also closed for the day.

As part of the observance of the Fourth, Port St. Joe staged a double header baseball; both games being between the Port St. Joe team and a Bainbridge team. In the first game, a close one, Port St. Joe held the Georgia nine, 5-4; a total shut-out, 7-0 gave Port team the other game. The superior playing of the victorious team proved that they were whipped into excellent condition. Several Apalachicola boys were on the team and it goes to show that our players are in good shape.

After the ball game the crowd moved on to the pier where swimming and other water sports were enjoyed in beautiful St. Joseph’s Bay.

A dance for the benefit of the Woman’s’ Club of Port St. Joe was held the night of the Fourth at the Port Inn, the Chattahoochee Orchestra furnishing the music. This was perhaps the largest and beast dance held in Port St. Joe in a long time. People from Panama City, Wewahitchka, Blountstown, Apalachicola and vicinities were among those “stepping out”.

The day proved a delightful one form such a celebration although light showers fell Monday night. No serious accidents were reported from the Lagoon or St. Joe.



Earl Solomon of Carrabelle was a weekend visitor in the city.


Mr. Geo Wefing of Atlanta was visiting in the city for several days the first part of the week.


Miss Katherine Floyd of Tallahassee was the guest of her mother Mrs. Elinor Floyd on the Fourth.


Miss Monica Conter left Sunday for Hendersonville, N.C. for several weeks with Mr. and Mrs. Chas Doyle.


Miss Clyde Browne spent several days the first of the week as the guest of Miss Louise Austin.


Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Fannin and Elizabeth Wing were among those motoring to Wewahitchka Thursday.


Mr. and Mrs. George E. Benedict were guests of Mrs. Benedict’s mother Mrs. C. Nightingale.


Mrs. Will Shepherd and little son Will Jr. of Fort Lauderdale arrived Tuesday and will be guests of relatives for several days.


Mr. Dave Browne and Dave Jr. motored to Wewahitchka to attend the opening of the new Gulf County courthouse on Thursday.


Mrs. Oma Chestnut of Bowling Green, Ky. arrived Monday to visit her parents Mr. and Mrs. John Wakefield.


Messrs. Malcolm Bruce, G. A. Berman, Johnnie Sullivan, Work and Lebert spent several days in the city organizing an Odd Fellows Lodge John D. Gorrie No. 93.


Friday of last week, while crabbing and bathing at Five Mile Beach with a number of small boys, James Anderson, grandson of R. M. Yent was stung by a sting ray. The stinger entered the lower part of James’ foot and inflicted a painful but not serious wound. Mr. Yent and Miss Sue Yent who were with the boys rushed him to the doctor. He is in the care of Dr. Conter and is improving nicely.


Mrs. Mindigo Browne and daughter Maxine left Wednesday for Jacksonville where they will join Roland Browne of Melbourne for a motor trip to Ashville, N. C. where they will spend several weeks.


Mrs. E. S. Wefing and daughter Merriday will motor to Atlanta, Monday where they will meet Mrs. Geo Wefing and Miss Dorothy Wefing who will accompany them to Asheville N. C. where they will spend the summer.


Mrs. Joseph Messina, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Messina jr. and Miss Louise Messina left Friday morning via auto for Greenville, S. C. where they will be guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kivet for several weeks. Mr. Messina will join them at a later date.


Miss Graves honored

Honoring their attractive guest Miss Catherine Ann Graves, of Quincy, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Graves Jr. and Mrs. C. A. Marks entertained a very enjoyable bay trip in the palatial yacht Annabelle owned by J. E. Graves, Sr.

The party left the wharf of the Crystal Ice Company promptly at 3 o’clock, Wednesday afternoon, for St. George Island. Immediately on arrival at the island, the party hurried to the beach for a dip in the surf.

On returning to the boat the hostesses served ice cold watermelon. A cruise on the bay was then enjoyed during which lunch was served. Music on the Victrola was very entertaining throughout the evening. About 9 o’clock the party returned to the wharf all voting this one of the most delightful parties ever given to the younger set.

Those enjoying this party were; Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Graves, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Homer Marks, Mrs. Aubrey Marks and H. D. Marks, Misses Mildred Sawyer, Dorothy Wing, Catherine Ann Robbins, Margaret Hall, Margaret Harrison, Marjorie Duggar, Messrs. Burke Floyd, Paul Ploeger, P. J. Lovett, Phillip Browne, Brooks, John Hodges, Frederick Sawyer.


Richard Porter playing good ball with Pensacola

The Pensacola Fliers continued the shake-up in their ranks Wednesday with the suspending of one outfielder and the signing of another chaser.

Porter has been signed to fill the shoes of Pete Susko, who was put on the ineligible list when he developed a charleyhorse as the Fliers took to the road. He is not expected to be out of the lineup for more than several days. Richard Porter is an Apalachicola boy and a former University of Florida star. He has many supporters in Pensacola who are anxious to see him back in the ranks and they are predicting that he’ll make Manager “Doc” Johnson sit up and take notice.

The Fliers will take on Albany, Savannah and Jacksonville after their stay in Saint Park.

Ned Porter is still property of the Giants and is being farmed out to Birmingham, Ala. Latest reports concerning Ned state that hi is playing good ball. Apalachicola friends will be glad to learn the boys are doing so well.


Speckled trout biting rapidly

By the number of parties going to Lafayette Park to enjoy the trout fishing in the early morning, that sport seems to have gained prestige. With the true Waltonian spirit several parties have been fishing off the end of the pier with hook and line and several large catches have been made.

One party caught 42 trout Tuesday morning; while another made a splendid catch of 65 Wednesday. The trout come in with salt water and leave when the muddy water comes in.


Warning to motorists

Much has been done during recent years to warn automobile drivers of highway perils by erecting signs calling their attention to intersection of streets, bad curves, etc. Many cities are going to considerable expense in erecting traffic beacons, which warn the driver to go slow or stop, keep to the right, etc.

If you were to place near some traffic beacon which says “Stop and enter” you would fail; to slacken their speed at all. Many of them seem to pay no attention whatever such notices.

The excuse would be given that the attention of the drivers was so occupied with looking after street traffic, pedestrians, police officers, etc. that it is too much to expect them, in many cases, to also read what these signs say. Also there is a tendency to put up too many of these notices.


Good pictures feature program

Presenting the “Dark Angel” Wednesday and Thursday nights, Manager Fortunas of the Dixie Theatre scored a hit with movie fans, as this was one of the best pictures shown on the screen in several months.

Ronald Coleman, the screen’s “Perfect Lover” and Vilma Banky, the beautiful blonde of Budapest, starred in this spectacular epic of the screen.

Monday night, Zane Grey’s “Desert Gold”, starring Neil Hamilton and Shirley Mason will be the feature picture.

In as far as Romance is concerned the picture again strikes the one hundred percent mark. What is more romantic than the love story which revolves around a handsome young army officer and a girl of the desert? It also involves a third angle, when the son of a rich man comes to the border for adventure and finds plenty of it. Falling in love with the girl and she with him, the lieutenant gives her up to his chum.

Wednesday night, “Tin Hats,” post-war comedy with Conrad Negel, Claire Windsor, Bert Roach and Tom O’Brian will be featured.