Many thanks to local historian Mark Curenton for providing us with many of the answers to last week’s questions about the old
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
“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
On June 12, the Times reported that four carloads of
In September, a hurricane struck
In the Oct. 23, 1915, issue of The Apalachicola Times there was a brief mention about the old school being converted into cottages under “News Chips” that said: Thursday, Mr. Rudolph Marshall was busy placing in position a cottage for Mr. W. A. Roberts on the vacant lot adjoining Mr. Chas. (Chicken) Robinson’s residence. A second cottage will be placed adjoining the Roberts cottage for Mr. Geo. H. Marshall who will offer it for rent. These cottages are part of the old
Frank and Frances Cook said the Robinson residence was on
In answer to the question of when the city first installed public water, Curenton wrote, “The city waterworks did not begin until after the fire of 1906. There was a notice in the newspaper on April 7, 1906 that Mr. W. C. VanFleet, the contractor to bore the well of the waterworks, would arrive within the next 10 days with his well boring rig. In the Sept. 18, 1906 newspaper, there was an article about the water system. The well was producing 110 gallons per minute, there was a 100,000-gallon brick reservoir at the well, a 100,000 gallon steel water tower at Avenue D and
That water tower was later destroyed in a storm. It was empty at the time.