Solved, the Chapman outhouse

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

In September, a hurricane struck Apalachicola . The Times reported that, “The new school building in course of construction received some damages to the roof and windows, although the damages will not amount to a great deal in money.”

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 Chapman School .”

Frank and Frances Cook said the Robinson residence was on Seventh Street between Avenues C and D. The cottage erected there doesn’t appear to have survived but the Cooks said the second cottage is on 15 th Street and still standing. It is currently owned by Amy Friedman.

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 6th Street , and three miles of pipe in the city.”

That water tower was later destroyed in a storm. It was empty at the time. 

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