Solved, the Chapman outhouse

This city water tower, at left, at Avenue D and Sixth Street, was later destroyed in a storm

This city water tower, at left, at Avenue D and Sixth Street, was later destroyed in a storm

Florida Memory Project
Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 01:26 PM.

Many thanks to local historian Mark Curenton for providing us with many of the answers to last week’s questions about the old Chapman School and public water system in Apalachicola .

The former president of the Apalachicola Area Historical Society president wrote the following account after researching the school in back issues of the Times.

“The wooden Chapman school was torn down in 1915 and the three-story brick school was built in its place. M. V. Henry of Jacksonville was awarded the contract for construction of the new school building in Apalachicola in the amount of $20,800. The plumbing, fire escapes and heating system were each separate bids. (Apalachicola Times, May 8, 1915) George H. Marshall moved the old wooden school building to the front of the lot so the new building could be built. (Apalachicola Times, May 22, 1915) The contractor exceeded the time allowed in the contract to complete the building and the School Board took possession of the work site. (Apalachicola Times, Oct. 30, 1915) George H. Marshall was in charge of completing the building. The opening of school was delayed due to the building not being completed, but the first day of class was set for Monday, Nov. 8, 1915. (Apalachicola Times, November 6, 1915) 

“On May 29, 1915, the Times published the official school board minutes for May 1. Opening bids and awarding contracts for the new school was postponed until Monday, May 3. There were four bids for plumbing. Coons and Golder were awarded the plumbing contract for $1,508.

There were five bids for the general construction. W. V. Henry was awarded the general construction contract for $20,800. There were two bids for the four fire escapes. The board eliminated two of the fire escapes and awarded the bid to the Ford Roofing Co. if they would build the two fire escapes for $200 each. Three bids for the heating and ventilation were received. The low bid was $3,892, by Coons and Golder, but all bids were rejected and the contract was readvertised.

When the school board met again on May 3, six proposals for heating and ventilation were received. W. F. Martin, of Dothan , Ala. , was awarded the contract for $3,586.00.

On June 12, the Times reported that four carloads of Jacksonville bricks sent to Apalachicola for the new school building are condemned as worthless.



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