Fifty years ago in 1967 the bridge to St. George Island was open and Labor Day was chosen as the date for a gala dedication ceremony. The 4.08-mile bridge was, and is, the third longest in Florida, eclipsed only by Seven Mile Bridge in the Keys and Tampa’s Sunshine Skyway, 4.14 miles. The event was celebrated with dune buggy races, a mullet dinner and sky diving.

The Vietnam war was raging and Franklin County sent her share of boys to join the fight.

Our Chasing Shadows question this week, “Does anybody know who won the first ever Jaycees Dune Buggy Derby held in 1967?” If you know, please contact the Times at 653-8868 or Lois Swoboda at


Labor Day Celebration Fact Sheet

Labor Day is the big day for the dedication of Bryant Patton Bridge to St. George Island, Beach Buggy Derby, Sky Diving and an Old Fashioned Apalachicola Fish Fry sponsored by the Apalachicola Jaycees.

TIME: 11 a.m. Bryant Patton Bridge Dedication

PLACE: Mainland, entrance onto Bryant Patton Bridge near Eastpoint, Florida.

EVENT: Official Dedication of Bryant Patton Bridge.

Principal Speaker – Honorable Don Fuqua, U.S. Representative Ninth Congressional District

Master of Ceremonies – Mr. James Lee, District 3 Road Board Member Crestview, Florida

TIME: 12 a.m. Noon Until----

PLACE: South End of the Bridge on St. George Island

EVENT: SEAFOOD DINNER - -Mullet, Hush Puppies, Salad, Misc. Price: - Adults $1 Children 50 cents

TIME: 1:45 p.m.

PLACE: Beach Buggy Derby Site

EVENT: Sky Diving

TIME: 2 p.m.

PLACE: East End of St. George, Developed Section Island

EVENT: Beach Buggy Derby

There will be trophies awarded to First, Second and Third place winners. There will be one trophy awarded for the most original entry.

There will be FREE PASSAGE to St. George Island from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m..



Major Rhodes awarded Bronze Star for heroism

Major Cephus S. Rhodes of Apalachicola, Florida was recently awarded the Bronze Star for heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force. The citation reads in part, “the battalion was subjected to a heavy barrage of mortar, small arms and automatic weapons fire from a numerically superior Viet Cong force. Seeing a wounded man lying in the enemy kill zone, Major Rhodes unhesitatingly ran to him, administered first aid and pulled him to safety. Major Rhodes then spotted another friendly casualty lying exposed to hostile fire. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Major Rhodes re-entered the kill zone and assisted in carrying the man to a medical aid station…”

Major Rhodes is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester S. Rhodes of Apalachicola, Florida. He entered the army in 1953, after being commissioned and graduating from Hampton Institute. He earned the Masters Degree at Florida A. & M. in 1965.

Major Rhodes’ other decorations include two Bronze Stars for Achievement, the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation medal for service and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star.

His wife, Mrs. Rebecca J. Rhodes and family reside at 520 Campbell Street, Tallahassee, Florida.

Upon completion of his Vietnam tour Major Rhodes will be assigned to staff and faculty, Fort Bliss, Texas.


In the Service

Seaman Howard H. Horton, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis H. Horton of Philaco Shores and husband of the former Miss Gwendolyn Williams of Avenue G, all of Apalachicola, Fla. is on “Yankee Station” in the Gulf of Tonkin off the coast of Vietnam serving aboard the attack carrier USS Oriskany.

His ship is a unit of the Seventh Fleet’s Task Force 77 and is the flagship of Commander Carrier Division Nine.

The Oriskany, on her third combat cruise to Vietnam, launches aircraft on daily bombing raids against a variety of targets in North Vietnam.

The carrier recently played a major role in providing firefighting and medical assistance to the carrier USS Forrestal during the latter’s disastrous fire in waters off Viet Nam.

The Oriskany provided airlift assistance with her helicopters transporting medical teams and supplies, firefighting equipment and food to the stricken carrier.

Army Private John W. Grice, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Grice of Carrabelle, Fla. completed eight weeks of advanced training as a combat engineer Aug. 18 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

During his training he received instruction in combat squad tactics, use of infantry weapons and engineer reconnaissance.

He also was trained in the techniques of road and bridge building, camouflage and demolitions.

Grice’s wife, Nancy, lives at 150 Walker Avenue, Greenacres City, Fla.


Taxpayer’s Lament

A constituent of Rep. George Hansen (R. Idaho) sent him a poem expressing the plight of the taxpayers. The poem follows:

Tax him! Tax him all you can,

Tax his house and tax his bed,

Tax the bald spot on his head.

Tax his bread and tax his meat,

Tax the shoes clear off his feet.

Tax his pipe and tax his smoke,

Teach him government is no joke.


Tax the farmer, tax his fowl,

Tax the dog and tax his howl,

Tax his plow and tax his clothes,

Tax the rags that wipe his nose,

Tax the pig and tax his squeal,

Tax his boots run down at the heel.


Tax his cow and tax his calf,

Tax him if he dares to laugh,

Tax his barns and tax his lands,

Tax the blisters on his hands.

Tax the water and tax the air,

Tax the sunshine, if you dare,

Tax the living, tax the dead,

Tax the unborn before they’re fed.


Tax them all and tax them well,

And do your best to make life hell!


Apalachicola Jaycees to sponsor Beach Buggy Derby

The Apalachicola Jaycees will sponsor a Beach Buggy Rodeo after the dedication ceremonies of the Bryant Patton Bridge. Beach buggies will be timed through a selected route over and around sand dunes. Trophies will be awarded to the first, second and third best times. A fourth trophy will be presented to the participant whose buggy is judged the most unique in design.

Beach buggy owners who wish to participate in the derby should register with chapter members Buck Siprell or Earl Duggar on or before August 28. There will be a five dollar entry fee paid, preferably by a sponsoring merchant.

There will be no toll on the bridge from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Kenny Patterson

Publicity Chairman

Labor Day Celebration


Holy Family School registration set

Holy Family Catholic School of Apalachicola will hold formal registration on Wednesday, August 30, during the morning from 9 – 11 a.m. and in the evening from 7-8 p.m. at the Holy Family church rectory.

Parents of children attending or starting this year at Holy Family School are asked to register at the hours given above.

Full day classes will begin on Thursday, August 31. The school will be in session two days before Labor Day and will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 5.


Uncontrolled radiation from electronic products threatens to sterilize the population

Rep. Tim Carter, R-Ky., a doctor in private life, urged the registration of television sets as one safeguard for an unprotected public. A House subcommittee holding hearings on radiation dangers from domestic products learned from expert witnesses that:

The risk of producing children with mongolism appears greater among radar technicians, implying the possibility of harmful genetic effects from microwaves.

Television repairman can provide a better picture by increasing voltage and unknowingly raising the radiation level from a set to 200,000 times what is acceptable.

DEFECTIVE General Electric regulator tubes are still on sale nationwide despite the Public Health Service’s being “particularly emphatic that the company should take special efforts” to remove them from the market.

Amateur scientific devices and toys are beginning to use or generate higher voltages.

Quantitative knowledge of human tolerance the expanding use of laser beams” is virtually nonexistent.”

Hearings were prompted by U.S. Rep. Paul Rogers, West Palm Beach Democrat, after it was discovered that more than 100,000 General Electric Color TV sets sold after Sept. 1, 1966, had dangerous radiation levels. Last week 1,877 sets were still uncorrected.