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Vol 1 Panama City Washington County Florida May 30 1907 No J
Beach Combings
Capt Raymond Sheppard brought
a tow of logs for the mill from East
Bay on Friday last
Capt Frank Witherill has been busy
of late in putting the finishing touches
on the Old town wharf
The Tarpon on Friday brought in
n large consignment of shingles from
Apaluchicola for G B Thompson
Panama City lays claim to having I
the beBfc public school in Washington i
County And we are prepared to prove
our claim A
Mr Boutelle our popular artist of
the brush has been putting some fin
ishing touches on buildings here dur
ing the past week
Mr Sasser foreman of the telephone
crew states that on Friday last the
crew put in 150 poles A days work
that they can brag over
Already the red fish or channel bass
are beginning to bite around the
wharf hero and at the Blab dock and
many good catches are reported
Mr E Ayars our pioneer architect
and builder has been helping during
tho past few days to get the fittings of
the PILOT ofllce in running order
Mr Wx FY Gregory of the West End
landed it throb foot trout at the mill
dock Friday last Up country fisher
men take notice The harvest 1ms
Mr M B Jenks is planing upon the
erection of a cottage on lot 8 in block
9 facing Magnolia avenue There is
a great and constantly increasing call
for houses in our growing city
Correspondents and advertisers will
please note that we go to press Thurs
day morning All communications
and advertisements should be in our
hands by Wednesday forenoon
Now is the season when the fes
tive sea turtle takes n night off and
deposits at one sitting i from one
hundred to one hundred and fifty
Jogg8 Turtle parties lire fioVi in
order i
Panama City and the entire Bay
country require an Up to date laundry
There is ample business for one and
there would be good money in the
business from the start Who will
start it
A very pleasurable little dancing
party was held at the Panama City I
Hotel on Thursday evening of last i
week It was participated in by
many of our own people as well as
by the guests of the hotel
Mr E W Masker has gotten out
six pretty post cards with colored
views of various points of interest at
Panama City MeKenie Co will
havo them on sale here and they can
bo obtained in large quantities of Mr
Mr David Davis formerly of Chip
ley is busily engaged in clearing up
his residence lot upon the point on
the bayou and getting the house in
readiness to move into Hereafter
Dave can be counted upon as one of
the hustlers of Panama City
Green IIogeboom have been busy
of late in getting out cement blocks
for various foundations fire places
chimniv and gate posts This pro
duct ohvs a perfect substitute for the
best of limestone and for fire places
and chimnies is superior to it
Postmaster Taylor Poston informs
us that the Department have notified
him that beginning with July 1st
this will be a money order office Our
people have been handicapped for
the lack of this necessity and will
rejoice to know that their wants will
soon be supplied
Mr A Hogeboom has of late been
engaged in putting in two fire places
and a large chimney at the residence
of G M West at Old Town building
a fire place for A Elliston and plac
ing the foundation for the house
of M B Jenks Ai is a hustler and
is doing some fine work in the above
The tug Simpson last week brought
to Mjllville the Corliss engine for the
new mlli for the German American
Lumber Co His the Irrgest engine
hereabouts being of 750 horse power
and has a id r i > fly wheel Mr
Boyer nfonrsJ us that the erection of
their new null is moving along very
satisfactorily and there is a prospect
of their having it in running order
much sooner than vas thought possi
ble at the time tie old mill was
Improvements in Magnolia Park
still continue The old cannon which
was cast in Falkirk Scotland long
ago and used on shipboard during
the civil war has been mounted on a
stone pedastal at the entrance and
I adds much to the attractiveness of
I that portion of the grounds This
park is one Of the prettiest places on
the entire bay and being Bo accessi
ble and centrally located it will soon
become the place for all picnics and
public gatherings on this section of
the bay
I Mr T Watts of Chipley owner of
the long distance line from Dothan
to Chipley and other telephone lines
has been here the past week with a
crew of men extending his line from
Anderson to Gay Millville Q Panama
City and St Andrew When the
I work is completed Mr Watts will
have a first class line in every respect
I and our citizens will have the benefit
of a line that can be used in conjunc
tion with the Bell service where Mi
Watts line connects with it reaching
about every portion of the country
The office here will be in McKenzie
Bros store
It is time that the question of where
j the 4th of July shall be celebrated
on the Bay should be settled and I
preparations began foY a proper cele
f bration of the day Panaitfa City is I
centrally located and if the choice of I
the people of this section every one i
here will lend a helping hand to get
up such a programme as will be pleasing I
ing and interesting to all comers j
Shall it be Panama City
Mr Ernest Wood of Atlanta has been
appointed engineer in charge of the
work on the A St ABR R
55 ft
View of Bayou from foot of Second Street Panama City i
Mr A lldgeboom has purchased a
lot in the south part of block 1 near
the M E church corner and will
build thereon two cottages Work on I
them will be started at dried and they
will be offered for rent as soon as
completed This is a very nice resi
dence district and houses SiLefo will
certainly be in great demand 1
Mr M B Jenks is erecting very
fine two story dwelling house on the I
north east corner of block 18 at the
corner of 2nd st and Luverne avenue
Cement blocks have boon used for the
foundation and when completed this
house will make a very choice home
for some one Mr Dixon is the ar
chitect and builder
Mr Frank McGill who has been the
1 Woods and Railway Manager of the
i German American Lumber Co for
i the past year and a half has resigned
I and will on Friday remove to Carra
belle with his family Mr McGill has
1 made many friends while residing in
i this section all of whom wish him
abundant success In his new home
I An Epwortli League will beformed
at St Andrew next Wednesday night
Mr J J Ward of this place will take
part in instituting the same
i The Tarpon arrived early on Friday
I last from the east and reached
i Punama City at 12 noon yoslerclay on
I her way Westward Since coming
out of the dock newly painted and
repaired the steamship makes a very
I neat and substantial appearance
Several launch parties have been
i visiting the Gulf beach during the
past week There is hardly a day
passes but what some of our citizens
or visitors spend a part of the day on
the outer beach shell gathering
bathing and picnicing There is no
finer sport to be had on allot evening
than to take a dip in the surf there
Mr J L Neill and Mr truest Wood
I of the engineer corps of the A St
A B R R reached here last even
ing on their monthly trip making es
timates of the work done on this end
of the line They report good pro
gress being made on the north end
the steam shovel being busily engaged
near White pond and the rail laid to
the big cut at that point
At the picnic on Tuesday our base
ball boys the young chaps assisted
by the St Andrew boys cleaned out
the Millville club Now that they
have demonstrated their ability to
play ball our fans are preparing to
equip them with uniforms and then
we shall expect a better exposition
of the National game than ever Why
dot have a series of games here on
the 4th
Twenty four inches in length
twenty six and then as long as from
the water to the dock floor arc the
varying reports 01 sizes of fish caught
from off the dock here this week Of
course the big ores got away with
hook and line and one porpoise had
the nerve to catch a jumping mullet
three feet bove the water and before
I getting under taking Mr R L Mc
Kenzies lead and a portion of his
line with which he was fishing at that
point Possibly the porpoise had
I I heard of the lead cure for poor di
gestion >
t Largely Attended
No more perfect day could have
been wished for than was that select
or 1 by the Sunder F pinte n f Rnjfnt
Andrews Panama City Millville and
Cromanton on Tuesday for their
annual picnic It was clear delight
fully cool and breezy and such a
day as makes the old young again
i and the young fully satisfied with
i their annual picnic
1 Early in the day delegations began
I to arriyp by tf1am and boat from
I various points and li1l LL m all
who participated were on hand Pre
I parations had been made in the Park
j in the way of tables and seats so
that all were well eared for in that
way and the young people had en
joyment in swinging games and the
1 younger boys in a game of base ball
At noon the tables were spread with
the whitest of linen and fairly cover
ed with such an abundance of delicious
ous eatables that when all had par
i taken as only people eat at picnic
I dinners there was enough left to have
provided for another crowd of the
same size
The Cleopatra Capt Otway Ware
1 brought the largest number from
Saint Andrew the remainder b
on launches of Capt Raymond Shep
pard Bert Ware and DeShazo
I Among those from there were Rev E
W Roberts and family Rev F Wine
man Mr J R Thompson Mrs M B
Jenks Mrs L E Ware and daughters
i Mrs Day Mrs J II Drummond and
1 son Mrs Capt Alexander Mrs Eln
i mons Mrs Kester Mrs Saunders
Mr Oscar Sheppard Mr Ed Day the
Misses Maud and Essie Gainer Ethel
and Birdie Purcell Eba llasselburg
and many others
From Milville we noted Mr J M
Barrow wife and son Mr U M B
1 Harries and wife Mr Win Prows and
wife Mrs Bo vis and daughters Salina
Bessie and Inez Mrs W B Gray
Mr W J Jones and ian ly Mrs
Spiva Mrs Will Spiva Mrs iV A
j Brown and children and many others
Mr Charles Forbes brought over many
of the above party in his launch
while others came with teams
Mr Mosher and Master Johnnie
Bailey were among those from Cro
Mr and Mrs Villis amid daughter
and son were present from McKeuzies
The PILOT is very anxious to have
a correspondent in every portion of
the Bay country This weeks issue
goe forth under the disadvantages
usual lo getting out i first number
100 irhes away from any point where
supplies can be ob tilled but we
promise our readers that we shall try
to improve with each number and
we must have your help to set before
the world our iinparalled advantages
i and let them know what those art
1 doing who are here
m I
Good Progress Made
From the Chipley Verdict we glean
the following items regarding the
progress made by the Atlanta St i
Andrews Pay R R and the B C I
St A B R Ii I
Major Gordan lrf ident and I
Chief Engineer Wm II Euifiger and I
assistants of the B C St A B
Ry arrived here yesterday Busi
ness is now brisk on that line which I
will be pushed through to the Bay 1
Several construction cars coaches
and another engine are en route as I
is also many carloads of iron and i
other supplies The early completion I
of the road is now a certainly I
The rmirs Fountain correspon i
dent states that the engineeringcorps
of the A St A B RR are located
I there and expect to make that their
I headquarters for some time From
Round Lake comes the statement that
the road will reach there in another
week or so and that both there and
at Compass Pond settlers are coming
in rapidly and both places are fast
building up
The result of constructing both
roads will bo to build up many small
villages where now thorn are but
virgin forests and Washington County
will within two years double in popu
Portland Cement I
Official reports show the production I
of Portland Cement in the United
States for the year 1906 to have been
45010822 barrels In 1900 the pro
duction was but HlH 2020 barrels The
enormous yearly increase warrants
I the opinion of many that we are ap
proaching a cement age and that I
Portland Cement will soon supplant 1
stone and take the place of the fast
I disappearing timber supply Panama I
City lias the credit of being sthe firt j
place on this hay to introduce cement I
I as a building material for other than
I foundations c In the Fall of 1906
Messrs Green Hogeboom erected a
plant here for the manufacture of all
kinds oi cement blocks and other
cement products and have turned I
out some very fine work in that line
Thus far they have used only German
cement as that could be laid down i
here cheaper than the American pro
I duet This use of foreign cement is
common along the coast as freighters
use it as ballast west bound across
the Atlantic and this importation if
added to the American output would
increase quite considerably the
amount shown as used last year The
E Surber Brothers of Pretty Bayou have
also engaged in the manufacture of
cement blocks thus making two firms
now in the business on this bay With
the scarcity of brick and entire
i absence of stone in this section this
j material is bound to be used exten
sively in buildings fire places abut
rnients side lulks cisterns and foun
dations of all kinds
Another Industry Added
The McKenzie Brothers are erect
ing a building in which will be r
stalled the largest and finest bottlir
works in this section of the countr
They have purchased the most aj °
proved modern machines and acce
sories and secured a practic
operator of good experience to make
the product
These works will soon be in opera
tion when a representative of the
company will visit all points aroun
the bay and along the line of tho
road and solicit business They will
put out a grade of goods that cannot
be excelled and can promise prompt
and sure deliveries We bespeak for
this new industry a good and growing
New Banks
The long felt want of the Bay people
for banking facilities is about to be
quite fully supplied if the plans of
the organizers of the bank at St
Andrew and the one at Panama City
do not go awry It is to be hoped
that both these institutions will soon
be in running order as the increase
in population and business activity
hereabouts demands that banking
privileges be supplied those requiring
the same very speedily
In connection with the banking
business the following extract from
Bank Notes offers some very perti
nent suggestions that it might be well
for the bank officials hereaway to take
note of
After all banking is only about
one part abstruse mathematics and
the other nine parts executive ability
sound judgment and tact
The art of winning and holding the
hearts of the people for your bank is
worth more than great stores of the
wealth of knowledge concerning the
operations in Wall Street Good will
is an account that does not appear on
the ledger but wise is the banker and
I exceedingly large his deposit account
who places the proper value on public
approval of himself and his bank
I Collection of Taxes Restrained
In the United States Court for this
I District Judge Swayne on the 15th
rendered a decision in the case of the
i Jackson Lumber Co vs Charles F
i Turner Tax collector of Walton
county restraining the latter from
I advertising or selling any of the lands
I of the Jackson Lumber Co for the
I taxes assessed for the year 1905
The following extract from the
I decision shows the ground upon which
the decree is issued
the court finding that tluv
assessment law of Florida rela
tive to the assessment and collec
i tion of taxes upon real estate violates
the Federal constitution which guar
antees due process of law to its citi
zens and is unconstitutional
The contention of counsel for the
lumber company which drew forth
the above decision was that the
law allowed the tax asssessor
I to raise the assessment with
out giving the party assessed any op
portunity to appear and defend his
I rights either before the assessor or
the county hoard
The brief of the counsel for the
Lumber Company Col Wm W
Flourney of DeFuniak Springs is a
very able document and touches
upon various phases of the tax laws
of this state which have been ques
tioned and which require remodeling
before they are up to the standard
required by the courts of the country
This section of Washington county
is just now passing through a very un
pleasant and costly experience re
sulting from muddled assessments
and illegal tax sales and would re
i joice in any reformation in the tar
laws that would render a repetition
of present conditions impossible Of
course it would be possible for then
itoclo as the Jackson Lumber Co
i have done and undoubtedly the re
I suit would be the same but the parties
1 who are the sufferers in this case have
I not the means to enter into such
costly litigation nor should they be
I required to to preserve their rights
and property
i Mr J L Neiirwho has been in
I charge of the engineer forces on the
1 Atlanta St Andrew Bay R R since
its inception has resigned and will
soon leave the employ of this com
I pany lIr Neill is a most thorough
1 civil engineer with long experience
in railway work and the good align
ment end low grades of the Panama s
City line is an evidence of what he
can do in this way His many friends
here wish him the fullest measure of
success wherever he may locate

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