Santa Rosa County – West Florida’s Garden Spot – 27 April 1913

We are back to visiting the past through sections of The Pensacola Journal. This post will look at Santa Rosa County just before a large section of the eastern part of the county went to form Okaloosa County. I will admit, upfront, that I have a soft spot for Santa Rosa County so I will … Continue reading Santa Rosa County – West Florida’s Garden Spot – 27 April 1913

Malaria in the Florida Panhandle

This post will explore a part of our panhandle history that is often not thought about when considering our ancestors’ lives. Acute illnesses were ever present for our ancestors. From Yellow Fever to Tuberculosis to Rheumatic Fever to Pneumonia, our ancestors struggled with these diseases because there wasn’t a good understanding of how they occurred … Continue reading Malaria in the Florida Panhandle

“Welcome Awaits You in Holmes County, Florida: The Garden Spot of West Florida” – 17 May 1914

The Holmes County edition of The Pensacola Journal, dated 17 May 1914, is not only a significant part of the newspaper for that edition but a wealth of information on Holmes County in 1914. Holmes County takes up two sections of the newspaper and runs for 20 pages. Photos of homes and businesses, names of … Continue reading “Welcome Awaits You in Holmes County, Florida: The Garden Spot of West Florida” – 17 May 1914

Washington County: Highlights from the 1907 Pensacola Journal newspaper

A few months ago I was browsing early Pensacola Journal newspapers at the Chronicling America website and discovered that they would occasionally do a whole section of the paper on a Florida Panhandle county with ads and articles about the county. I quickly got sidetracked from what I had gone there to look for and … Continue reading Washington County: Highlights from the 1907 Pensacola Journal newspaper

Some Upper Yellow River Area Women Through History – A Video

Bonus April posting - The original rendition of this video was created for my Mom's 90th birthday party.  I've added a number of women to the video to create a video celebrating Mother's Day.  The song is Mother's Patience by RimskyMusic.  If you have a documented photo of any of the women who are included without … Continue reading Some Upper Yellow River Area Women Through History – A Video

Lois Brett Marsh Sims: Hard and Soft in a Tiny Package

Finishing up my posts on Women in the Florida panhandle for Women's History Month, I would like to introduce you to my paternal grandmother.  My Florida panhandle ancestors go back to around 1820, but that is on my Mom’s side of the family. My Dad’s Florida lines began moving into Florida around 1848 and that … Continue reading Lois Brett Marsh Sims: Hard and Soft in a Tiny Package