Milton Press Gazette
Articles about Pace and Floridatown
Contributed by Myrtle Weekley
Used with permission from Milton Press-Gazette, Michael
FLORIDATOWN-FERRY PASS FERRY
AGAIN IN COMMISSION
Mr. J. R. M. Gates, who recently purchased the
Floridatown-Ferry Pass Ferry boat, and the privilege
of operating the same between these two points, was in
Milton this morning. Mr. Gates says he has had the
hull of this boat thoroughly remodeled, cleaned and
put in excellent order. He has also had the machinery
put in first class shape, and now has the boat in
service again after a few weeks off duty. This boat is
operated between Floridatown and Ferry Pass, and is
the original ferry connection between Escambia and
Santa Rosa counties.
Mr. Gates has arranged as convenient a schedule as
possible which is given in his advertisement found on
another page of this issue. This will be an added
convenience to the traveling public, as it will
furnish additional opportunities for crossing the
MOVE LANDING OF THE FLORIDATOWN FERRY
The Ferry Pass landing of the Floridatown ferry has
been moved to the end of the main road and is now
located at the point known as the old store house. The
change eliminates the sawdust road and was made to
facilitate auto traffic to and from the ferry.
RHOADES AND HARRISON PURCHASE FLORIDATOWN
Messrs. W. C. Rhoades and W. W. Harrison, who
recently purchased the Missing Link ferry at Mulat,
closed a deal last week with Mr. Murphy whereby they
became the owners of the Floridatown ferry also;
believing that they could better serve the public by
devoting their attention to the operation of one
ferry, they have discontinued the Missing Link and
will improve and enlarge the Floridatown ferry and
handle the business over it.
The schedule will remain the same as it has been
until the first of October, when it is probable that a
new schedule will be put on, which will be announced
in this paper.
FLORIDATOWN ON THE BAY
Floridatown, located nine miles from Milton and
about the same distance from Pensacola on the Escambia
Bay, is one of the beauty spots of West Florida. Here
fishing, oystering, hunting, boating, bathing and
camping out are enjoyed by hundreds. Floridatown is
coming more and more to be the resort of tile busy
business man, who can transact his business in either
Milton or Pensacola during the day and spend his
evenings and nights at his summer home on the bay. We
have to offer in Floridatown,
One block, choice water front property. $200.00 for
outside lots, $150 for inside lots and $100.00 for
lots not fronting bay.
MR. HAL BROSNAHAM HAS PURCHASED MULAT FERRY
The traveling public, as well as the friends of the
parties concerned in the transaction will be
interested in learning that Mr. H. A. Brosnaham, one
of the wide-awake saw mill, lumber and business men of
this section of the State, has purchased the
Floridatown and Mulat ferry interests from Mr. W. C.
Rhoades, who has been operating the same for some
months past. Mr. Brosnaham, who expects to give the
business his personal attention expects to take charge
of it at once, and will shortly arrange and announce a
new time schedule. However, the old schedule is still
in effect, and the ferry will be operated at present
as heretofore. Mr. Brosnaham is an energetic business
man and will doubtless make a success of this
NOT FLORIDATOWN FERRY IN CUSTODY
An admiralty proceeding against the Floridatown
ferry boat, the Missing Link, by which the boat was
taken in custody by the U. S. Marshal, was issued
yesterday from the office of Clerk F. W. Marsh of the
U. S. District Court.
This action was taken following the filing Monday
of a damage suit against the operators of the ferry,
Simon Otis, W. W. Harrison and W. C. Rhoades by Mrs.
Rosa Maddox and her husband. The boat will be held in
custody by the authorities. until $25,000 bond is
The proceeding grew out of an accident at the ferry
about a week ago when Mrs. Maddox and a lady friend
fell into the water and are alleged to have been
painfully injured, while going off the ferry. --
The above article published in several of the
papers of West Florida is misleading and works an
injustice to the present owners of the Floridatown
ferry, as it is distinctly the Missing Link, and in no
sense the Floridatown Ferry that is involved in this
difficulty. The Floridatown Ferry was not owned by
Messrs. Rhoades and Harrison at the time this accident
occurred, and is not owned by them now.
Mr. H. A. Brosnaham is the present owner of this
Ferry and states that it is making her regular runs
using the Mulat landing, however, instead of the
Floridatown landing, it being in better condition than
FLORIDATOWN FERRY RESUMES OPERATIONS SATURDAY,
After having been off duty for some little time
undergoing complete, repairs, the new Floridatown
Ferry will resume operations Saturday. The present
ferry is the largest and best ferry ever operated
across Escambia bay or river, and is so equipped that
the owners, Messrs. Harrison and Rhoades say it will
be possible to operate it in all kinds of weather and
upon the regular schedule.
The new run will be from Floridatown on the Santa
Rosa side to the old Missing Link landing on the
Escambia side of the bay. The trip now will be an
all-bay trip, not entering the river, as heretofore,
at all. This is the only ferry now being operated
between Santa Rosa and Escambia counties.
In order to keep the public informed of the
operations of this means of travel, the owners will
carry their schedule in the Gazette each issue.
THE FERRY TOLL
The following toll was prescribed by the Board of
County Commissioners at their meeting of January 9,
- Single team one way 25¢
- Single team two ways 40¢
- Double team one way 35¢
- Double team two ways 60¢
- Single horse one way 15¢
- Single horse two ways 25¢
- Log team 15¢ yoke and 25¢ for log
- Horses, beef cattle, sheep, hogs, goats,
5¢ each for 10 or more, for lots less than 10,
- Automobiles 35¢ one way 60¢ round
The above toll should be charged to the citizens
crossing the Ferry.
SUMMER OPENING OF HOTEL
COMFORT, FLORIDATOWN FLORIDA, JUNE 19TH
The Hotel Comfort of Floridatown, will commence the
season with a Grand Opening, Friday, June 19th, 1914.
The following program has been arranged for the day:
Dinner from 12:20 until 2:00 p. m. Music and dancing
from 3:00 p. m. until 6 p.m. Supper from 6:30 until
8:00 p. m. Dancing from 8:00 p. m. until 11:00 p.m.
Bathing, fishing and boating from 2:00 p. m. until
11:00 p. m.
This offers a splendid opportunity to enjoy a
delightful day's outing at one of Florida's most
delightful Summer Resorts. Come out and enjoy the day
where Nature has displayed her highest art in making a
pleasant play-ground for young and old.
Good order will be preserved on the grounds.
pd adv* W. W. GEDDIS, Proprietor.
The Sunday school is holding its own despite the
winter weather which has prevailed for several Sundays
That new room promised by the county for the school
building is a long time showing up. This third room is
badly needed, the children being badly crowded in the
building. The enrollment is about one hundred. Prof.
Stripling and Miss Stewart are doing excellent work as
teachers in the public school here.
The Pilgrim, Captain Dilger's boat, which plies
between Floridatown and Pensacola is doing a nice
business of late.
Work on the ferry wharf is progressing nicely under
the supervision of Messrs. P. E. Heller and N. Land.
There will soon be little or no excuse for irregular
The big saw mill of the Nobles Timber Co., at Ferry
Pass is in full operation this winter. This splendid
plant turns out a great deal of lumber and timber. It
also affords employment for a goodly number of
Mrs. A. P. Harde has just returned from a very
pleasant trip to Alabama. The younger members of the
Harde family have also reached Floridatown and are
with their parents at the Bayview Hotel.
FLORIDATOWN FERRY WHARF BEING
The ferry wharf, at Floridatown, which the recent
low tides have demonstrated to be inadequate is now
being extended by the owner, Mr. R. E. Lewis. The idea
is now to extend the wharf two hundred and fifty feet
further out into the bay, reaching a point that will
insure a depth of water sufficient for the landing of
the Ferry at all times. This is a good move on the
part of Mr. Lewis, and one that will meet the hearty
approval of the traveling public.
NEW POST OFFICE OPENS AT FLORIDATOWN
Word was received at this office Thursday that the
office which was recently authorized by the Department
at Floridatown has been opened for the convenience of
the people of that locality. This is a good boost for
Floridatown, and we believe will be patronized by a
goodly number of people, as Floridatown is constantly
receiving new settlers and is rapidly becoming the
center of a very considerable population. Rev. J. C.
Harrison is the Postmaster of the new office.
COMMISSIONERS ENDORSE ACTION OF OLD BOARD
ON MATTER OF BRIDGE CONTRACT REQUEST LEGISLATORS TO
VALIDATE ACTION. OTHER MATTERS OF INTEREST TAKEN
The Board of County Commissioners which was in
session all day Tuesday transacted much business of
importance to the county.
The report of the county officials were received
and ordered filed.
Several petitions asking for permits to carry
firearms were received and acted upon, some being
granted while others were denied, there not appearing
to be a sufficient need in some cases to warrant the
granting of such permission. In this connection, the
Board passed a Resolution requiring all applicants
desiring permits to carry fire-arms, in the future, to
appear before the Board and present their petitions in
The Board endorsed a resolution to Santa Rosa
Legislators requesting them to oppose a division of
the County in any manner.
The question of tolls for the transporting of
passengers across Escambia from Floridatown to Ferry
Pass was taken up and the following rates fixed
- (Crossing One Way.)
- Foot Passenger 50¢.
- One man and horse $1.00.
- One man, horse and buggy $1.50.
- Two men, horse and buggy $1.75.
- One man, two horses and buggy or wagon
- One automobile roadster $1.50.
- One automobile, Touring car 6 passenger
- One log cart and one yoke of oxen $2.00
- One log cart and two yoke oxen $3.00.
- One log cart and three yoke of oxen $3.75.
- One log cart and four yoke of oxen $4.50.
- Each head of cattle, not exceeding ten head
25¢ per head.
- Each head of cattle not exceeding 100 head
20¢ per head.
- Each head of cattle exceeding 200 head 15¢
- Each head of hogs, goats, sheep not exceeding
50 head 15¢ per head.
- Each head of hogs, goats, sheep not exceeding
150 bead 10¢ per head.
STEAM FERRY FOR ESCAMBIA BAY IS
NOW NEARLY READY
By the end of the present month the big steam ferry
boat which is to ply between Floridatown and Ferry
Pass, affording a means of communication between
Escambia and Santa Rosa counties almost as effective
as a bridge, is expected to be completed and in
operation. The inauguration of this ferry service will
remove one of the obstacles in the way of the proposed
branch of the Dixie Highway from Pensacola to
The hull and upperworks of the big ferry boat,
which is the enterprise of R. E. Lewis, of
Floridatown, are complete and the craft will be ready
for operation as soon as the machinery is installed.
The big boat will be capable of carrying four or five
cars at a trip, and possibly twice as many buggies and
wagons can be accommodated at onetime.
Three Miles Wide.
The ferry will connect the graded road from Milton
to Floridatown with the hard road from Pensacola to
Ferry Pass. The width of the bay from Floridatown to
Ferry Pass is three miles and it is estimated that the
boat can make the trip in about thirty minutes, almost
as quickly as the river could be crossed on a
Mr. Lewis has secured a franchise for ten years and
will shortly furnish the bond required for the
enterprise. It is the intention of Mr. Lewis to put
vehicles across the river for a nominal fare. The
schedule of prices will be announced later.
The bridge across the Blackwater river at Milton
will enable autoists to go from Pensacola to
Jacksonville without getting off the direct line
mapped out for that branch of the Dixie Highway when
the Floridatown ferry is in operation.
Work is progressing here on every hand. Farms are
being cleared and fenced, land is being prepared for
vegetables and fruit trees. On every side there is the
appearance of hustle and business. Houses are being
erected, rebuilt, removed or remodeled here and there
and the whole appearance of things generally is being
changed from time to time.
The recent work of Mr. J. M. Snead and others on
the main road from Floridatown to Mulat is being
highly commended. This road is being graded and
widened and will intersect the graded road from Pace
to Mulat at a print about two miles from Floridatown,
thus, going a splendid road for automobiles or other
The new ferry of Mr. R. E. Lewis' will be ready for
launching in about thirty days. This ferry will leave
from Floridatown and Ferry Pass on regular schedule
and will put teams or autos across the upper bay in a
very short time. It is estimated that only about
thirty minutes will be required to make a crossing.
The ferry will be large enough to carry at least four
automobiles across at one time. It goes without saying
that the venture will be a paying proposition.
Work is being finished on one nice residence this
week. Work is to be commenced upon another very fine
residence within the present week. Other residences
are in contemplation for the near future and business
houses will be built within a short while.
The Floridatown Sunday School is growing rapidly.
Mr. Heller is making a splendid superintendent. The
average attendance is about 75 and interest is good
all the time. all the time. Rev. J. C. Harrison or
Rev. W. L. Graves preaches each Sunday to our people.
They expect to open the big Seashore Camp Meeting
about the first of June. It is expected that by that
date many people will be here for the summer.
Fishing is opening up here after a lag on account
of the cold weather. Red fish are biting again and
some water trout are being caught occasionally.
Fishing will continue to get better from this time on
to late in the fall.
The work on the big steam ferry which is to cross
the bay at this point is progressing rapidly. The
framing is almost completed and shortly the work of
installing the machinery will be commenced. The
channel has been dredged out and the wharf has been
almost completed. In all probability the ferry will be
ready for regular service within three weeks. This
will be far the greatest adjuncts to general
development in this section that has ever been
arranged for. It will form what has heretofore been a
missing link in private travel between the sections
east and west and north and south Of Escambia Bay. Mr.
Nathan Land is overseeing the work of constructing the
ferry boat, and he is having it done to a nicety. Mr.
David Lewis will superintend the machinery
Mrs. F. H. Townsend, of Cleveland, 0., who has
spent much of the winter has recently returned to her
northern home. While here Mrs. Townsend purchased two
of Floridatown's choicest residence lots and will
erect a handsome winter home upon them in the late
Dr. Z. V. Johnston and his father-in-law, Mr.
Talbert, paid Floridatown a pleasant visit
Miss Vesta Lee Dilger, who is attending the
Pensacola High School, is spending the week-end with
her parents, Capt. and Mrs. R. L. Dilger. in
Floridatown, much to the delight of her many
Mrs. C. L. Batchelor, who has been spending much of
the past winter with Mr. and Mrs. Otis Chapman at
Pace, will leave shortly for her home in Birmingham.
Ala., to spend several weeks. Mrs. Batchelor is a
trained nurse and she has made many warm friends in
Mrs. Morganthaler of Cleveland, 0., who has been
the guest of Mrs. Townsend at the Bayview Hotel here,
left this week for her home.
Mr. P. E. Heller and Mr. Ottis Chapman had the
misfortune to have quite a number of their beautiful
young orange trees stolen last week. This is a new
sort of thievery which has recently be started in
several sections of West Florida. A sharp lookout is
being kept for the thieves.
Miss Floy Harrison's private school will be treated
to a picnic in the woods near Floridatown Saturday.
This is the first picnic of the season and the little
folks who attend her school will no doubt enjoy do the
The wild flowers are in full bloom here at present
and the woodland presents a beautiful appearance. No
place can boast of prettier scenery that
EXTENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS TO BE
MADE AT FLORIDATOWN
Mr. A. P. Hardee of Alabama who recently purchased
the Floridatown hotel from Rev. J. C. Harrison, after
having sold to Harrison and Graves the entire
Floridatown holdings some months ago, was a Milton
visitor Monday. Mr. Hardee, says he expects to move
his family to Floridatown in the near future, and that
he is contemplating making extensive improvements
there. He expects to build a two-story pavilion out
over the bay that will be dedicated to amusements. The
first story will consist of bath apartments equipped
on the most modern, up-to-date lines, while the upper
story will consist of a dancing and lounging pavilion.
Mr. Hardee is a firm believer in the future
possibilities of Floridatown as a pleasure resort, and
expects to devote a good deal of time and money in
meeting Nature in making this one of the most
delightful resorts in West Florida.
FLORIDATOWN SCHOOL OPENED MONDAY WITH NEARLY
The Floridatown schools opened Monday with an
enrollment of 83, the largest that it has ever had. In
fact the enrollment is so large that it will be
necessary to employ the third teacher to take care of
the schools. This speaks well for this progressive
INTERESTING NEWS NOTES FROM FLORIDATOWN
Mr. Joe Lewis has the wharf rebuilt for the ferry.
The "liter" is crossing on schedule now.
The public school was honored by visits from
Messrs. Diamond and Sheats, the county and state
superintendents of education last Friday. Mr. Sheats
conducted a spelling match and addressed the school.
The children say they had a fine time in school Friday
afternoon. Minnie Lewis stood up the longest in the
spelling match. Bertha Sampley and Ruth Graves were
complimented by Mr. Sheats for good penmanship.
Mr. Stripling and Miss Stewart are making good in
the schools at Floridatown. More than eighty pupils
answer roll call each day. Another room is needed.
Rev. J. C. Harrison and children are recovering
from dengue fever.
Quite a lot of development is going on here at
present. Among those having their tracts put in
condition for immediate cultivation might be mentioned
Mr. E. J. Fillingim, Rev. A. F. Phenix, Mr. T. J.
Coleman and others
Duck shooting has been the order of the day here
for the past fifteen days. Quite a number of nice
fowls have been killed by the sportsmen who indulge in
The death of Mr. Bud Ard at the family residence
here last Thursday night cast a shadow over the
community. Mr. Ard was one of the oldest citizens of
Santa Rosa county and had been quite ill for some
time. His death was not unexpected. He has resided
near Floridatown all his life, having been born here
about 70 years ago. He leaves a widow and several
grown sons and daughters to mourn his death. He was
buried near Chumuckla Saturday.
Mr. Lewis has the ferry in regular operation again
between Floridatown and Ferry Pass. The wharf will
soon be completed out to deep water on the Floridatown
side and there will be no inconvenience as heretofore
caused by the grounding of the ferry.
Mr. Hubert Gillespie is at home from Andalusia for
Several families are expected to arrive from
Alabama within the next few days to take up their
abode here. Floridatown extends a cordial welcome to
all good citizens.
Mr. Seaborn Land got two young coons up one tree
one day last week near here and captured both of them.
He expects to sell them in Pensacola as "Florida
A crowd of huntsmen from Pensacola and Escambia
county came out via the ferry Thanksgiving and
succeeding in bagging about two hundred birds, so the
reports have it. Look out, boys, the game warden is
hot on your trail.
Several local people are setting out cabbage plants
for the early spring market. No land like this coast
land for vegetables and fruit.
Quite a large crowd of Milton people were out
Sunday afternoon, despite the inclement weather. The
graded road between Floridatown and Milton appeals to
autoists as one of the best in the state.
The improvements that have been made by Mr. Hardee
at the Bayview Hotel are attracting much attention and
causing favorable comment. The water works, lavatories
and other modern conveniences add much to the comfort
of the guests. The big hotel has been painted inside
and is now one of the most attractive hostelries on
the gulf coast.
The Floridatown postoffice is doing a nice little
business and is proving a great convenience to all the
The Floridatown public school, though greatly
crowded, is doing a splendid work. Another room ought
to be added to the building and another teacher on the
teaching force. Three teachers are badly needed all
the time in the school here.
A Clean Place for Clean
The New "Hotel Comfort,"
Everything New and Sanitary. Rates $2.00 per day,
$7.50 per week.
A. P. HARDEE, Proprietor
Go To Floridatown
THE POPULAR BAY SHORE RESORT WHERE YOU
ENJOY THE COOL BREEZES OFF THE
Fishing, Boating, Salt Water Bathing, Dancing
and a general good time. Everything conducted in a
decent and orderly manner. The big Bay View Hotel now
open for the summer season with modern conveniences.
For weekly rates and reservations, write
A. P. HARDEE, FLORIDATOWN, FLA.
Week End Rates - - - $1.50 Per Day
BIG DANCE AT FLORIDATOWN FRIDAY NIGHT
There will be a big dance on the new Floridatown
Pavilion Friday night, May 21st. A fine floor and good
music assures a good time to all who enjoy dancing.
Everybody cordially invited to come.
Floridatown, June 2 -- The steam ferry boat which
is to ply regularly between Floridatown and Ferry Pass
is expected to go into commission Saturday, June 5th.
She is receiving the finishing touches and her
machinery has been installed. Messrs. Dave Lewis and
Nathan Land have had charge of the construction work.
They have been ably assisted by Mr. Elmer Guernsey and
others. Mr. Lewis announces that he will be very
reasonable in his charges when the ferry is placed in
operation. He says he will charge $1.25 for a roadster
automobile and $2.00 for a big touring car. Other
vehicles will be about in accordance with the above
prices. The ferry will make trips every day between
Floridatown and Ferry Pass. Eight to ten automobiles
can be accommodated at a single trip.
Mrs. H. G. Gallespie and daughter, Miss Estelle,
are expected to arrive at home this week from Brewton,
where they have been spending the past few weeks with
relatives and friends.
Floridatown's crack base ball team played the Mulat
team at that place Saturday afternoon. The score was
decided in favor of the Floridatown bunch. The boys
report having had a very enjoyable trip to Mulat.
Miss Jennie Heller, who has been teaching school at
Jeddo, Ala., for past eight months, is spending her
vacation in Floridatown visiting her brother, Mr. P.
Mr. Ray Dilger of Birmingham, Ala., is spending the
summer with the family of his brother, Capt. R. L.
Dilger, much to the delight of our young people.
Mr. Peter Nowling and family are among the recent
families to move into Floridatown.
Several parties have been spending some time in and
around Floridatown, fishing and recreating. Fish are
biting again after quite a spell of "watchful
Messrs. Wiley Land and W. L. Graves have become
quite famous recently for bee tree experiences. They
cut one bee tree out of which they took about 125
pounds of fine honey. Others will be cut as soon as
they "fill up." Stings not counted.
The setting out of sweet potatoes is fast becoming
an art in this section. We are learning how to do it
successfully without much rain. The rains have been
conspicuous by their absence this spring.
General F. E. Day of Milton and Messrs. Harry Day,
McCreary and Gaillard of Evergreen were visitors to
Floridatown this week.
Blackberries and huckleberries are excellent. Come
out, Mr. Editor, and help yourself.
When the steam ferry boat was mad ready for her
initial trip Friday afternoon an unfortunate break
occurred which will delay the maiden voyage until
sometime during the present week. The steam was turned
on the big stern wheel which had made only a few
revolutions when the chain cog wheel crashed into
several pieces. This caused another to b necessary and
this is being made at the foundry, which will require
three or four more days. It is expected that all will
be in readiness for regular business by the last of
this week. Mr. Lewis has greatly reduced the charges
fixed by the county commissioners as a maximum rate of
toll and it is predicted that he will do a splendid
business from the very first opening of the ferry
line. The ferry boat is capable of carrying ten small
or eight large automobiles at a single trip and other
vehicles in proportion.
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. C. Newton have reached
Floridatown and taken up their abode at the Newton
summer camp "Egeria" for the opening summer.
Mrs. D. G. Gallespie and daughter, Miss Estelle,
returned Saturday from a visit of several weeks at
General Frank E. Day, Messrs. McCreary, Gaillard
and Harry Day of Evergreen, Ala.; Mr. George Adams,
Mrs. Adams, and daughter and Mr. Grady Adams of
Andalusia, Ala.; Mr. Reynolds and wife and Miss Sallie
Adams of Atlanta, Ga.; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cunningham
and son, Arthur, of Evergreen, Ala., spent much of the
past week in Floridatown.
Rev. W. L Graves and several members of his family
together with Miss Geneva James and the family of Mr.
Jim Lee spent Sunday visiting down on Trout Bayou.
The friends of Mr. Hubert Gallespie are enjoying
his said boat very much these hot days. The launches
are also kept very busy.
The Holiness preacher immersed several members of
their church in the waters of Escambia Bay at the
Bayview Hotel wharf Sunday afternoon in the presence
of a large crowd of people.
The hail Sunday afternoon did only slight damage to
growing garden truck in this community.
Mr. P. E. Heller has been on the sick list for the
past several days suffering from an old case of
Miss Jennie Heller, who has been principal of the
public school at Jeddo, Ala., for the past eight
months is visiting her brother, Mr. P. Heller, in
Mr. Ward and family of Pine Barron, Fla., are
camping on the bay front for the summer. Mr. Ward has
purchased a half interest in a big launch which is
being built in Pensacola for bay trading service.
Mr. J. P. Whitley, Mr. Brunner, Miss Liela Brunner,
Miss Ruth Ballentine and Mr. J. F. Poore were recent
visitors to Floridatown.
The extremely hot weather of the past three weeks
has caused a great many to come this way to "dip in
A great many Milton people have been out here
during the past two weeks. Several of them "have a
weather eye on Floridatown."
Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Whitley and Miss Ruth Ballentine
have been holding down the Whitley bungalow in the
beautiful grove lying along Santa Rosa Street. They
are enjoying their stay very much. Quite a number of
Milton people have been out to spend some time with
Mr. C. H. Simpson and bride passed through
Floridatown Monday en route to Pensacola. They crossed
to Ferry Pass on the big steam ferry boat.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sowell went over to Pensacola in
their auto Saturday and came back Sunday, having used
Messrs. Nowling have been busy for several days
removing the old Hardee house to a lot across the
street from whom it formerly stood. They have about
completed the job.
Work on the summer home of Hon. L. P. Goson has
been commenced. Mr. Charles Emmett has the contract
and will push the work to completion. This house will
face the bay and the park.
The rain Sunday kept many from Sunday school and
Mr. and Mrs. Snead are again at Floridatown after
an extended stay in Andalusia.
Now that the steam ferry boat is making regular
trips the traveling public will shortly "come into its
own." Already there are many signs which point to the
success of the ferry movement. Many inquiries are made
every day concerning the ferry and many are already
taking advantage of the enterprise. The regular
schedule for each day is as follows: Leave Floridatown
wharf at 8 a. m. and leave Ferry Pass at 9:30 a. m.
Leave Floridatown wharf at 3 p. m. and leave Ferry
Pass at 4:30 p. m. Special trips will be made if
notification is given in due time. The ferry is amply
large and very safe for travel of all kinds. The price
for an automobile and party one way is $1.25. Both
ways $2. Mr. Lewis reports a very flattering business
thus far, even though much trouble was experienced at
first in getting the machinery all adjusted. All
defects having been overcome there is now no good
reason why the ferry should not be a great convenience
Quite a crowd of Santa Rosa people is expected out
here Saturday, July 3. People out here also expect to
get the first view of Milton's aeroplanes Monday on
their way from the Navy Yard to the Milton tournament.
It is expected they will pass this way.
ANNUAL Basket PICNIC!
For more than 30 years it has been the custom
to hold a picnic at Floridatown on the Fourth. The
Custom will be kept up this year, and the best Picnic
of that period will be held here on that
Come Where the Cooling Breezes
Come where the salt bathing is
Come where the boating will be
Come where there will be all day
Under the shades of the Grand
MUSIC BY PENSACOLA'S BAND
EVERYBODY CORDIALLY INVITED TO COME AND
BRING WELL FILLED BASKETS
FLORIDATOWN, THE MECCA FOR SUMMER TOURISTS
Floridatown, Fla., June 26 -- Floridatown has been
gay with many visitors from Alabama and Georgia, and
Florida for the past few weeks. One of the latest
crowds to arrive here from Brewton and other South
Alabama points was that headed by Mr. McPhaul and Mr.
E. M. Lovelace, of Brewton. About fifty members of
this party have camped along the bay front and a
number of others have taken rooms at the hotel while
still others have been lodging with private families.
All are having a gay time and enjoying the bathing and
boating and fishing very much. The brisk sea breezes
have helped to make the spot a veritable paradise for
all visitors, especially for those who have come here
from inland towns and cities.
Among those who have come here during the past ten
days, many of whom will remain indefinitely are: Oscar
Corley and Sam Sowell, Brewton; A. D. McPhaul and four
sons, Brewton; James Crossley and daughters, Misses
Annie and Mary and son, Malone, Missed Ella and
Rebecca Malone, Mrs. Eaton and daughter, Miss
Marguerite, Albert Smith and family, Chas. Rankin and
Buck Smith, Miss Julie Park, Frank Scott, all of
Brewton, Ala.; J. E. Hubart and family, Lakeland,
Fla., A. B. McPhaul, mother and sister, Miss Hattie,
Bay Minette, Ala.; R. Bassett and wife, Jacksonville,
Fla.; J. C. Hill and wife, Andalusia, Ala.; Mrs.
Lucille McCrory, Macon, Ga.; Mrs. W. B. Folmar and
Miss Ida Murphree, Troy, Ala.; Mrs. W. M. Knox and
Miss Mary Knox, Andalusia, Ala.; Mr. Ernest Grider,
Andalusia, Ala.; Miss Bessie Faircloth, Miss Lily Dhu
Kirkpatrick, Miss Mary Emma McDaniel, Milton; Miss
Ivan Mayfield, Holland, Texas; Miss Marie Rozier, Opp,
Ala.; E. M. Lovelace, wife and son, Brewton; J. M.
Robinson, Andalusia, Byron Pennington, Andalusia; M.
P. Watson, wife and son, Pollard; Miss Clyde Whitmire,
Milton; T. A. Jennings, Misses Mary and Katherine
Jennings, Pensacola; W. C. Salter, J. Massey Salter,
R. A. McGeachy, Harry W. Thompson, Milton.
One of the largest crowds that ever cam out here
assembled Sunday afternoon along the bay front.
Several hundred people came from all directions in
their cars and the scene was one of the most striking
ever witnessed here. It would be next to impossible to
record the names of all who came and went in
FLORIDATOWN SCHOOL OPENED MONDAY WITH NEARLY
The Floridatown schools opened Monday with an
enrollment of 83, the largest that it has ever had. In
fact the enrollment is so large that it will be
necessary to employ the third teacher to take care of
the schools. This speaks well for this progressive
STORM SWEEPS BAY FRONT AT FLORIDATOWN
Reports from Floridatown state that the storm
Wednesday swept clean the Bay front at Floridatown,
utterly destroying everything along the front. The
Escambia Mill Company's wharves, tracks, and store
houses together with a large amount of lumber,
spirits, and rosin which were on the loading wharf and
in the store house are scattered along the beach, or
washed out into the bay. The Ferry that has been in
operation between Floridatown and Ferry Pass for
sometime is also wrecked having been driven several
hundred feet inland and covered with a large amount of
debris. Nothing Is left of the bathing pavilion
operated by the Bayview Hotel, except a few leaning
REPAIR WORK PROGRESSING RAPIDLY AT
The customary large crowd of pleasure seekers, were
out at Floridatown Sunday, there being not less than
fifty to seventy-five cars of people to that Popular
resort during the day.
While the results of the storm which swept away all
improvements on the water front have temporarily put a
stop to the bathing, we were assured by Mr. Hardee,
the proprietor of the bathing pavilion, that he would
have a temporarily Pavilion up again by the time the
water of the bay had cleared sufficiently to permit
The beach is strewn as far as the eye can see with
drift wood and other flotsam that makes a heavy fringe
around the bay. This drift will soon be removed at
Floridatown, as the owners of the wood and timber are
already making a move to collect what they can of
their property. After the remainder of the debris has
dried out it will be burned and the bay front will
again be as clean and attractive as before the
Work of repairing the damages to the Escambia
piers, tracks and warehouses is already underway, new
stringers being laid for the railroad tracks out on
the piers, and other signs of rapid repairs being in
In spite of the fact that this was the worst storm
of many years, the damage done to this resort, outside
of that done on the water front itself was ail, no
trees were blown down and not a single house was
damaged, while the water lacked from six to ten feet
of reaching the level of the ground where the village
proper is located. This speaks well for the location
of this resort, and is something that cannot be
reported of many sections located on the bay as it
FLORIDATOWN WHARVES AGAIN REBUILT AND RESORT IN
Traffic has been good between Milton and Pensacola
this week by way of Floridatown and the ferry. Capt.
Evans with the gasoline barge Freshwater, has been
placed on the ferry run for the present and is making
the regular schedule. The railroad wharves at
Floridatown have been rebuilt and the regular trips of
the big boats from Pensacola have been resumed.
The drift wood strewn along the beautiful
Floridatown beach by the recent storm is being removed
and soon everything will be in good shape for the army
of bathers and summer visitors that has been anxiously
awaiting another opportunity to spend some of the glad
vacation time at this popular seaside resort.
FLORIDATOWN IS NOW MOVING WITH A RUSH
Word comes from Floridatown, the seaside resort
known as the halfway stop-over on the Old Spanish
Trail between Milton and Pensacola that much travel is
Passing through there at present and business is
humming in many ways.
The Floridatown public school building is being
completely renovated by the county school board. The
Old Spanish Trail highway between Milton and
Floridatown has been clayed and put in tip top
condition under the supervision of Messrs. Jim Stewart
and Charles McDougal. Several of the homes along the
highway have been enlarged and a number of premises
cleared up so that travelers from a distance get a
better idea of Florida's thrifty citizenship than
The work of renovating the Floridatown school
building has been done by Messrs. Arthur Jernigan and
Chas. Emmett of Milton under the direction of Chairman
J. F. Poore of the Santa Rosa school board. It is
expected that the school house will be beautifully
painted within the next few days, thus adding still
more to the view of strangers who travel over the
already famous Old Spanish Trail between San Francisco
It is now no unusual sight for three or four cars
from the Pacific northwest to pass through Floridatown
in a single day, while many more than this number come
every few days. It is expected that several hundred
cars will pass over this route seeking winter quarters
in Florida within the next two months. Many
expressions are heard from tourists praising the
beauties of Floridatown and other towns along the Old
FERRY BOAT LINE AT FLORIDATOWN BOUGHT BY CAPT. J.
Floridatown, Nov. 20-- The purchase of the
Floridatown-Ferry Pass ferry boat franchise from
Messrs. Lewis & Sons has been made by Capt. J. R.
Evans, one of the veteran boatmen of this section.
Capt. Evans is having erected one of the best
wharves ever built for such purposes in this section
of Florida and expects to have it completed by the
last of the present week. This wharf parallels the
railroad wharf of the Escambia Land and Manufacturing
Co., for more than half the length of the latter and
is being made a part of that structure to such an
extent as to make it well able to stand practically
any storm tide that may come.
The fast ferry boat "Freshwater," which did such
splendid and satisfactory service on the Floridatown
-Ferry Pass run for some four weeks immediately
following the last July storm will again be placed
upon the run, and will make the trips across, as
before, in approximately twenty minutes.
The schedule to be maintained for the present is as
- Leave Ferry Pass 6:30 a. m., 10:20 a. m. 5 p.
- Leave Floridatown 8 a. m., 3 p. m., at will on
last trip to Ferry Pass.
The Freshwater has been equipped to carry eight
automobiles at a single trip and when it is understood
that she is the fastest boat doing service on any of
the tributaries of the Gulf of Mexico the public will
not be slow to appreciate the efforts of Capt. Evans
and his associates to establish a record ferry
The new line will be ready for regular operation by
the 26th inst.
FLORIDATOWN NEWSY NOTES
Travel through here over the Old Spanish Trail has
been brisk since shortly after Christmas. A number of
cars from far-distant states have been among the many
that Ferryman Evans has crossed on the Floridatown
ferry during the past three weeks. The splendid work
which County Commissioner Kean has had done on the
road between Milton and Floridatown has called forth
much favorable comment already.
J. M. Snead of Andalusia, Ala., was a recent
visitor to Floridatown. He still owns considerable
real estate here and is a great believer in the future
prosperity of Floridatown, where he and his estimable
wife spend their summers.
Mr. A. H. Allen and family now occupy the beautiful
bungalow on Main Street which was formerly occupied by
the Gallasple family. Mr. Allen is master mechanic in
the shops of the Escambia Mill Co. at Pace and prefers
to reside among the beauties of Floridatown.
Work on the beautiful and commodious Dilger Hotel
is progressing rapidly, the building being almost
ready for the work of shingling. This hotel promises
much for Floridatown, it being both comfortable and
convenient. The building will contain a store room,
pavilion, cloak room, ice cream parlor and servant's
room down stairs. There will be six model bed rooms
and two up-to-date sleeping porches up stairs while a
roomy hallway will run through the center of both
stories with inside stairway beautifully finished to
add to the general appearance and convenience of the
building. Mr. R. L. Dilger, the owner, expects to have
the hotel completed in ample time to handle his share
of the spring and summer business.
Mr. Hyde recently moved here from Michigan and is
occupying a residence on Main Street. He is preparing
to embark in the poultry business, with which he is
well acquainted. He believes Floridatown possesses
many advantages for the raising of poultry, owing to
the splendid climatic conditions prevailing here both
winter and summer.
Mr. A. Davis and family have taken the Ben Snead
residence on Main street for the year. This residence
was occupied during the past year by Mrs. McCaskill,
who is at present running the hotel at Pace.
The Floridatown school building has just received
two coats of paint and now presents a tidy appearance
to all travelers along the Old Spanish Trail. Mr. John
T. Coleman did a good job when he painted this
building. He and the young people who procured the
funds to complete this job deserve much praise.
A number of our young people enjoyed a dance at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. A. Davis Saturday evening.
A large crowd of our young people attended choir
practice at the residence of Mr. R. F. Lewis Friday
night. These practice meetings are held each Friday
night at the residence of some member of the Sunday
School. This week the meeting will be with Mr. and
Mrs. J. C. Harrison.
Gardening is commencing in earnest in Floridatown.
From all appearances there will be plenty of
vegetables to "go round" this year.
The Floridatown public school, which has been
presided over very successfully by Miss Hardee and
Miss Stewart will. close after another four weeks.
Several gentlemen who contemplate erecting summer
cottages along the bay front were prospecting here
last week. They are to return in ample time to
complete their cottages before the hot weather.
Mr. and Mrs. Z. T. Blackman and Mrs. Kuhl and
children have returned from an extended holiday visit
to Muligan and other points.
FLORIDATOWN NEWS NOTES
There has been a number of seekers after
Floridatown land during the recent past. Many persons
of the great "middle class," the real back bone of the
country, have become interested in the splendid farm
tracts which are being sold here. A special low price
is being made to any person desiring to cultivate the
land and small payments are all that is necessary in
order that the land may be bought. Mr. J. C. Harrison,
owner of most of the Floridatown property is urging
the growing of food crops by all persons who feel able
to do so. He reports many interested persons since the
war scare came up and offers his property on very easy
payments in order to encourage agriculture.
Mr. Price and family now occupy the Newton cottage
on the bay front. Mr. Price is night superintendent of
the Escambia Mill Co., at Pace.
Word has been received here from Hon. Walter Kehoe
to the effect that his efforts to secure the location
of a government beacon light to aid the Floridatown
ferry boat has been rewarded. The light will be placed
at the intersection of the East river mouth and
Escambia bay, right alongside of the ferry boat
channel between Floridatown and Ferry Pass, at an
early date. This will be good news to the many people
who travel over The Old Spanish Trail to the east or
west. It will enable the ferry--boat captain to
traverse the waters of the upper bay at all times of
the night with perfect safety. Mr. Kehoe has the
thanks of the public for his hard work in this and
Mr. Livingston is among the new comers to
Floridatown. He came over from Pensacola and bought a
nice home here. We welcome him to our midst.
Capt. R. L Dilger made a business trip to Pensacola
Capt. Nick Weakley's new boat, the Monroe W., which
has been greatly enlarged and beautified recently is
doing a good business between Floridatown and
Pensacola these spring days.
The new Dilger Hotel will be thrown open to the
public May 1. This is to be one of the best hotels in
the gulf coast country. Thus Floridatown will shortly
posses two modern resort hotels.
The private school of Miss Ethel Lewis at the
Floridatown school house is progressing nicely. She is
manifesting considerable talent as one of Santa Rosa's
Fishing on the headwaters is reported to be better
with the warm days.
The usual Sunday crowd came out to Floridatown from
all directions Sunday and Sunday night.
Some of our people are eating new Irish potatoes
grown in Floridatown. This is as it should be. Let
everybody grow all the foodstuffs possible.
The Dilger Hotel opened most auspiciously last
Wednesday and is now fully prepared to give the public
accommodations such as will satisfy the most exacting.
The opening ball was attended by several hundred
people from different parts of the country, a large
number having come from Milton and Pensacola. In
connection with the new hotel Mr. Dilger will operate
a fancy grocery store and confectionery store of
Mr. Hobart and party of Lakeland. Fla., and Mrs.
Miller and party of Brewton, Ala., who have been
camping for the past two weeks in the park here,
returned to their home.
Mr. W. B. Folmar and party consisting of his wife,
his son, Emmett and his daughter- in- law, Mrs. Emmett
Folmar, of Troy, Ala., spent several days here the
latter part of last week. They drove down from Troy in
their auto and report the roads in good condition,
except the dust, which has been caused by the present
Mr. J. J. Long, of Bladon Springs. Ala., was a
recent visitor to Floridatown.
A number of picnic and bathing parties have been
visiting Floridatown during the last two weeks. The
breezes here have attracted many people to our bay
Mr. Hyde, one of Floridatown's most thrifty
truckers, went over to Pensacola Monday to dispose of
his Irish potato crop. He has one of the best truck
farms of this section. His potatoes of which he will
have possibly fifty bushels are bringing a good price
and are finding a ready sale.
Mr. D. W. Bell is having his launch the Teal,
repaired for use this summer. Mr. Gordon is doing the
Capt. John Evans, of the Old Spanish Trail ferry
boat has had some very attractive road signs placed
along the old Spanish Trail highway. He has been
putting a large number of cars across the bay between
Floridatown and Ferry Pass within the last month.
Mr. E. J. Fillingim is having the sleeping porch
annexed to his residence at the Whitley cottage near
the bay front.
Mr. Ellison Livingston is at home again in
Floridatown after a very serious attack of blood
poisoning at the home of his mother and sister in
Pensacola. His friends will be glad to know he is
Mr. John Fredericks recently sold his residence in
Floridatown to Mr. Jim Hinote and the latter will
occupy in the future. Mr. Fredericks goes to Pensacola
to accept a position with the L/ & N. as baggage
Ripe tomatoes home grown are among the present day
luxuries of Floridatown life. The gardens need rain,
but they are looking good to visitors from other parts
of the country where rain is needed worse.
A large barge of 12x12 pine timber is being loaded
at the wharf here for immediate shipment to around the
world, via Mobile, Ala. This shipment will amount to
nearly half million feet.
L. & N. MAY ROUTE LINE VIA FLORIDATOWN
(Special to The Gazette)
It is stated upon good authority that the narrow
gauged railroad of the Escambia Land &
Manufacturing Company, which has large wharfage
facilities here, will shortly be made a standard gauge
railroad. This road will most likely connect with the
L. & N. at or near Pollard, Ala. In that case the
road will cross the Escambia Bay at Floridatown and
will go directly into Pensacola over the hill route
west of Escambia Bay. This route was surveyed by the
L. & N. Railroad after the big storms of last year
and had proven the impracticability of the road's
present route near the water front. It is understood
here that the branch road extending from Pace to Pace
Junction will most likely be discontinued as soon as
the broad-gauged railroad is finished. The present
railroad of the E. L. & Mfg. Co. has a good
roadbed and the work of widening the road will not be
as great a task as it would seem at first glance. With
this railroad and the big bridge across the Escambia
bay Floridatown will be able to keep up her rapid
strides of prosperity.
FLORIDATOWN-MILTON PUBLIC ROAD RECEIVING SOME
The crew of public road constructors under the
direction and supervision of County
Commissioner Kean and Superintendent Lewis is doing
some excellent work on the Floridatown-Milton division
of the Old Spanish Trail Highway. The road crew is
using the heavy scrapers and graders for the
improvement work and they are so thoroughly
accomplishing their part of the undertaking that is
will doubtless be many months before this road will
need any further repairing after they finish their
The work of finishing the residence of Mr. J.
McGraney is progressing very satisfactorily.
Mr. Bailey is a recent arrival in Floridatown,
where he will make his home for the future.
Mr. R. L. Dilger, proprietor of the New Dilger
Hotel, has received his splendid electric lighting
plant and is installing it at his hotel. He is also
arranging a splendid water system for his
The Floridatown public school will open September
3rd, for the 1917-18 session. Prof. Hardy of Chipley,
Fla., will be principal and Miss Jernigan will be
Mrs. R. L. Seals is visiting in Mississippi, where
her son will enter school for the coming winter. Mr.
Seals will remain here as night superintendent of the
Escambia Mill Co.
Miss Lottie Belle Harrison, who is attending a
private school in Pensacola for the summer was
visiting hone folks here Saturday and Sunday.
Dr. James Thames, company physician for the
Escambia Mills Co., has arrived with his family and
taken the residence at Floridatown recently vacated by
Mr. A. H. Allen, who has removed to Brewton. Mr. Allen
was master mechanic for the Escambia Mill Co. for the
past year, but recently resigned to accept a more
lucrative position at Brewton, his old home.
A number of fishing parties have visited
Floridatown recently. They report good catches while
the head waters are not too muddy.
A large party from the Baghdad School House
neighborhood served a goodly supper on the beach here
Saturday night. The party was handled by Messrs. Tom
Robinson and H. Whitehead. All report a nice time.
The Sunday School is being enjoyed by our
FLORIDATOWN FERRY IS BOUGHT BY J. W. GATES--WILL
The well known ferry boat line which has been
operating for the past two years between Floridatown
and Ferry Pass on the Milton to Pensacola link of the
Old Spanish Trail Highway was this week purchased by
Mr. John W. Gates of Escambia County, who will greatly
improve the line and continue to operate it.
Mr. Gates is dredging out the big bar which has
been a source of considerable trouble to the ferry,
especially at very low tides. He will improve the
ferry and add special engine power so that the trip
can be made across the bay in about fifteen to twenty
minutes, thus greatly facilitating travel over the
trail both east and west.
The new owner of the ferry line has secured the use
of the big bayou on the Ferry Pass side and will
follow that to the foot of the hill at the old Ferry
Pass commissary, thus entirely avoiding the necessity
of using the sawdust road through the marsh as has
been done heretofore.
The county commissioners of Escambia county have
clayed The Old Spanish Trail to the bayou, where the
ferry will land in the future. By this excellent work
the cars will be able to hit the hard clay as soon as
they roll off the ferry boat on the Ferry Pass side
and will be able to make the run to Pensacola in a
very few minutes.
Travelers over the Old Spanish trail are
enthusiastic over the purchase of the Floridatown
Ferry by Mr. Gates, who is amply able to Install
whatever equipment he needs to give the public extra
Mr. Gates has added another trip to the daily
schedule, which will give four regular round trips
every day with extra trips as desired.
Work on the Floridatown road is putting that road
in excellent condition, much to the liking of Milton