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The palatka new
SERIES VOL. XXV. NO. 4.
PALATKA, FLA., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1917.
$1.00 Per Year.
g ' " Palatka 's B Iggcst and Best."
President Wilson May Say WAR
ON GERMANY We Positively
j';Say CUT PRICES on CLOTHING
0r - WE, TODAY, INAUGURATE OUR
arid Overcoat Sale
Any Suit In
These Suits will have the labels of such well-known
lothing-makers as Hart, Schaffner & Marx, Kirschbaum
lothes, Hickey Freeman, Style Plus, High School Clothes,
t-recognized leaders in the clothing world. We control in
Palatka THE BEST MAKERS OF CLOTHING.
5 Fancy Suits
PINCH BACKS AND REGULARS.
NO Charges, No C O.D., No Alterations
during this sale CASH ONLY.
d iXTRA !
YOU KNOW THE STORE-THE BIG STORE
tlHi ; ON THE CORNER
Not Connected With Any Other Store in Palatka
ThoDssI Medium For Disbursements
Checking Accounts offer the best possible medium by
rhich the Business House, the Corporation or the Indi
idual may make disbursements.
(The Putnam National Bank invites Checking Accounts,
lrge or small
PUTNAM NATIONAL DANK
Copyright But 8ch2ner IMin
43 Fancy 3-piece Suits, values from $27.50 to $17.00.
56 Blue Serge 3-piece Suits, values from $27.50 to $17.00.
23 Pinch-Back Suits, values from 125.00 to $17.00.
53 Fancy 2-piece Suits, values from $25.00 to $17.00.
38 Blue Serge 2-piece Suits, values from $27.50 to $17.00.
This lot includes SLIMS, STOUTS and STUBS.
Any one of these 215 Suits
0,000 VOTES ON AUTO with each $12.75 Suit. 35,000
rOTES ON AUTO with each $8.75 Suit. PULL FOR
IOME EARLY AND GET THE PICK OF
:HE STOCK Starts Today Lasts 10 Davs
LEMON ane THIRD ST.
In Death or Mrs. Eliza Wad
dell Gray, Which Occurred
On 3d Inst.
Mrs. Eliza Waddell Gray, since 1852
a incident of Palatka, died a little
after midnight on Friday of last week.
Her death was not preceded by any
illness. . She had been up and about
her household duties all the day before
and had retired feeling in her usual
health. She passed peacefully away
surrounded by all the members of
her family living here.
The funeral was held at 3 o'clock
on Sunday afternoon from the home,
and the interment was in the family
lot in West View cemetery. Rev. Dr.
C. M. Alford pastor of the Presbyte
rian church officiated.
This ceremony was attended by a
large number of people, but particu
larly noticeable was the large number
of old residents. Beautiful floral tri
butes covered the casket and were
bunched about, mute testimonials of
the love and esteem in which thi3
good woman was held by the people
among whom she had lived for 65
Mrs. Gray was born November 8th,
1838. At the age of 14 she came to
Palatka from Columbia, S. C, and on
April 2d, 1857 was united in marriage
to Capt. Henry A. Gray, who proceed
ed her to the Better Land by some 21
years. Mrs. Gray was one of the
first to unite with the Presbyterian
church in Palatka after its organiza-
1 tion, and the first pastor of the church,
Rev. J. M. Quarterman, officiated at
As a bride, 60 years ago, on the arm
of her young husband, Mrs. Gray en
tered the home from which her body
was carred to the tomb last Sunday.
This home was newly built and had
been erected by Capt. Gray. This one
house had been her home all the years
of her wifehood and widowhood, ex
cept for the four years of the civil
war, when during her' husband's ab
sence on military duty, she resided
with other Palatkans of that day at
Orange Springs. This home, too, is
historic. Through its upper story a
shell from a Federal gun boat in
front of the town went shrieking
through, leaving a hole large enough
to push a head. In this home also
her children were born, and here for
many yor.rs, since several of them
have gone out to make homes for
! themselves, her children have come un-
to the third generation to spend hap
! py hours with mother, grandmother
land great grand-mother. Fortunate
lv nil nf her sr.rvivinsr children have
lived near, and "mother" never knew
what it was to be lonely. Her abode
was the family shrine.
There was great surprise and much
sorrow in Palatka over the sudden
death of Mrs. Gray. All old citizens
knew her and lifted their hats with
revermtial regard when passing her
on the streets or were otherwise in
her presence. Not only her own chil
dren ,but Palatkans generally will rise
up and call her blessed.
Mrs. Gray is survived by six chil
dren, Mrs. F. D. Ackerman, Mrs. R.
C. Howell and Mrs. Wm. H. Hoyt,
Harry A. Gray, postmaster, of Pa
latka, Edward Wurtz Gray and Judge
DeWitt T. Gray of Jacksonville. The
grandchildren are Mrs. Annie Gray
Davis, Mrs. E. W. Elliott, Mrs. M. M.
Vickers, Osborne P. Gray, Mary Gray,
Nancy Eliza Gray and Henry J. Gray;
and three great grand children, Mer
cer Gray Davis, Dorothy Anne Davis
and Ola Deare Vickers.
Mrs. Gray's death was due to heart
VON ENGELKEN RESIGNS
AS DIRECTOR OF MINT
A Washington dispatch on Wednes
day stated that F. J. H. von Engelken,
formerly of East Palatka on Tuesday
resigned as director of the United
Mr. von Engelken's resignation was
tendered in order that he might ac
cept the presidency of the Farm Loan
Bank at Columbia, S. C, for which
place he expects to leave to begin
his duties on the 15th. It is not yet
known who will succeed Mr. von En
gelken as director of the mint, but
dozens of applications the dispatch
had already been filed for the place.
Naval Stores Men Suffer Loss.
TVio in toner rnl i of l.ist Fridav and
I Saturday nights resulted in serious
injury to naval stores operators in
I this county, costing them many thous
lands of dollars in the breaking of
Mr. Goss Mattox of Bostwick states
that the rain which preceded the cold
left water in the cups, which froze.
I This caused the cups to break. He
' lost a total of 63,000 cups. These
' cups cost three and a half cents a
piece. Besides the loss of the cups
would be the spilling of contents and
; the loss of time required to replace
them. , ,
C. E. Currie of Interlachen was al
so a heavy loser, 'tis said. Allen &
Ganas of Huntington are reported to
have last over $7,000 by this recent
freeze. Other operators throughout
the county will also be heavy losers.
STATE WIDE FREEZE CAUSES SERIOUS
LOSS, ESPECIALLY IN SOUTH
TRUCKERS ALL OVER STATE WILL BE OBLIGED
Citrus Fruit Remaining on Trees Generally Frosted
Damage to Trees Not Thought Serious Except
in South Florida.
Freezing weather hit Florida last
Friday night, coming in from the
northwest astride a wind which
amounted to a 60 mile an hour gale.
Before sunup the following morn
ing the mercury in every part of
Florida had dropped from six to 12
points below freezing.
.On Saturday night, while there was
an absence of wind, there was little
if any rise in the temperature. The
before dawn temperature throughout
Florida averaged about the same as
on the previous night.
The damage wrought in this State
by these two nights of extreme cold
can scarce be computed, but it will
run into the hundreds of thousands of
dollars, perhaps millions.
Of course semi-tropical South Flori
da suffered the greater damages. The
great east coast tomato and truck
fields were a total loss. One tomato
planter in Dade county with 500 acres
of tomatoes will have to reset the en
tire acreage. He is only one of hun
dreds. . In the East Palatka-Federal Point
Hastings potato section just east of
this city, there are, as has been con
servatively estimated, fully 12,000
acres planted in potatoes. Of course
all this acreage has been cut to the
ground. But the great part of it had
only began to show above ground;
the tubers had not formed. There
will have to be no replanting, except
on a few acres at Federal Point, where
the tubers are as large as English
walnuts. Federal Point is usually
from ten days to two weeks in ad
vance of the other potato sections.
This year it will be coming in about
the same time, and in some instances
a little later. The opinion is gen
eral among the big potato growers
that very little of the acreage will
have to be replanted.
Citrus fruit groves in East Palatka
have been slightly injured or set back.
In some instances a few trees have
been put out of business. W. G.
Tilghman's Satsuma trees appear to
Perhaps Mr. Warner of the Esper
enza grove is the heaviest grower of
citrus fruits in this end oi me coun
ty; he had fires going all through the
nights and it is reported that in so
doing he saved about 50 per cent of
the fruit left on his trees. He had
shipped fully one-half of his crop.
San Mateo groves have been dam
aged, but to what extent can not be
determined under a week. The con
sensus of opinion is that the damage
is not serious. Much of the fruit
had been shipped.
There is comparatively little fruit
erown in this part of Putnam county.
The fruit section is mostly confined
to the peninsular end of the county.
Crescent City in the extreme south
of the peninsular, and only three or
four miles from the Volusia county
line, in a citrus growing section ex
clusively. This place has the record
for being the most extensive shipper
of citrus fruits in all Florida. Here
probably four-fifths of the crop had
heen marketed. A large part of the
fruit remaininr; on the trees has
been regarded as still marketable.
The e-rowers there while admitting
that the trees have been injured, are
united in the opinion that the damage
is only slight, and confined to a cur
tnilment of the coming year's cron.
There was approximately 90,000
boxes of grapefruit and oranges left
on the trees.
In West Putnam the damage to
trees has been greater, but except for
Interlachen and one or two other
points, little attention has been given
to the cultivation of citrus crops for
the past twenty years.
Considerable trucking is done in
this section of the county, and the
losses to such growers hns been great.
Cabbage at Putnam Hall showed dam
nre, while a few miles away, at Gran
din, a big cabbage acreage showed up
in fine condition on Wednesday morn
ing. Florahome is nuite used to set
backs, but its people have again been
hit and hit hard. The trucking losses
here have been great.
Over at Bnnnerville a number of
farmers had bandad for a big acre
age in strawberries. The cold was
so severe that in some instances even
the plants have been destroyed. Some
13 acres in berries here were showing
berries just about ready for ship
Putnam county with all its losses.
is not in it however to the extent of
some of the counties south of us, even
to the extreme southern limits of the
State. Our citrus trees were more
dormant and therefore better prepared
to stand the ewtreme cold.
Reports from The South.
The Palatka News is not going to
eive much hearsay evidence concern
ing the cold in the southern parts of
the State. It is going to make up
its report principally from clippings
from newspapers in the different sec
However, at some points like Tam
pa, where only weather bureau tem
peratures, taken from the tops of high
buildings, are given, it is going to
give the tree level temperatures as
reported to us by men who were on
One man who was in Tampa on
Friday and Saturday and Sunday,
stated that the temperature on Satur
day morning before sunup was 23.
That of Sunday morning was but a
fraction higher. The Tampa Times
of Saturday evening said:
"High winds, which may have help
ed to save the crops, cut off commu
nication with many sections, and the
extent of the damage wrought could
not be ascertained early today.
"At 6:30 o'clock this morning the
thermometer at Jacksonville register
ed 16 degrees, and Tampa 'unofficial
ly' reported 26. Among points cut
off from wire communication this
morning were Orlando, Ocala, Dayto
na, DeLand and Tallahassee."
The Miami Temperature.
The Miami Metropolis of Saturday
evening in its report of the weather
conditions there said:
"All records for low temperatures
at the local station of the weather
bureau were broken by the dip last
night. The official minimum tem
perature was 27 degrees, which was
two degrees less than the previous
record. This temperature was se
cured by the official instrument on
the top of the government building,
which, owing to its elevated location,
was not situated advantageously to
secure a particularly low reading.
From reports received at the weather
st;'tio this morning from reliable
sources temperatures in the vicinity
of Miami reached minimums ranging
from 22 to 24 degrees. Temperatures
in this low range were reported from
Cocoanut Grove, Allapattah, Biseayne
Heights and even in some of the wes
tern part of the city."
At Plant City.
Plant City is but a few miles west
of Tampa. The Courier of that place
in its issue of Tuesday, Feb. 6th, in
its articles describing the cold, said:
"Florida has been gripped since Fri
day by the most severe cold wave in
many years in fact, no such temper
atures have been recorded in this im
mediate section since 1909, and it came
near the devastating freeze of 1894
and '95, when many millions were lost
in two nights.
"The present cold was preceded bv
a heavy rain and high north-to-northwest
winds last Thursday night, and
the mercury dropped from 50 on Fri
day to 24 degrees above zero Satur
day morning. Sunday morning
brought a further drop, 23 1-2 being
the lowest recorded by the govern
Conditions at Orlando.
Next to Crescent City, Orlando is.
with the possible exception cf Avar':?.,
the second largest citrus shipping
pcint in Florida.
Mr. A. J. Nye, a heavy orange
shipper at that place is reported n"
making the statement that a larae
number of trees in the Orlando ppf
tion are showing trunks with split
bark, which means dead trees.. How
ever this is only hearsay.. The Or
lando Reporter-Star, one of the most
accurate, carefully edited papers in
Florida, in discussing conditions there
"The extent of the damace done by
the freezing weather last night in dif
ficult to arrive at, for the reason that
opinions differ and several days will
be requried to ascertain for certain
if the citrus cron on the trees was
frozen, as some claim, or if it escaped,
as others assert. It is noticeable
that the oldest growers are the most
ontimistic. At 6 o'clock last even'nrr
the temperature was 39, and it fell a
degree an hour, on an average until
midnight. Pome claim that the mer
cury descended as low as 21. A. D.
Zangen reported the lowest register
and stated that all his nursery s("ck
was killed. The official register was
23 1-2." ,
The Lakeland Evening Telegram of
"Last night Florida was visited by
the coldest weather the State has ex
perienced in twelve years, the gov
ernment thermometer in the City
Park registering a minimum of 21
degrees. Today the temperature is
slowly rising, and it is not thought it
will go below 28 tonight.
It is too early yet to figure on the
damage to the citrus fruit industry.
Much of the fruit on the trees, it is
thought, is frozen, but in many pro
tected groves the fruit is not injured.
Many large growers were prepared
for the cold with henting apparatus,
and the fires were lighted in these
last night, therby saving the fruit in
groves thus protected. Much bloom
undoubtedly is killed. There is time
for another bloom to take the place
Let to the Cornwall Con
struction Co. of Tampa,
Possibly the most important act of
the board of county commissioners rt
fhe February meeting this week was
the letting of a contract for the Rodman-Orange
Springs Road, in road
and bridge district No. 3, to the Corn
well Construction Company of Tampa
for a total of $70,663. This was what
is termed an alternate bid. That is
to say, it was for the building of a
road of material different than what
was called for in the invitation for
bids. The cost of building a road
such as had been advertised, was
much higher than the amount for
which the district was bonded.
The Luten Bridge Co. also of Tarn
pa was awarded a contract for build
ing the Deep Creek bridge on this
road, the same to be of reinforced
concrete arch over span on main chan
nel and with two reinforced concrete
culverts over the slough on east end
of the bridge. The cost of this work
will be $5,483.
After the contract had been let and
arrangements for the construction ac
cording to the plans and specifications
under the supervision of Engin
eer Fagan, some of the board thought
it possible that they had done an il
legal act in letting a contract for a
road different than that advertised for.
They then wanted to rescind the con
tract; but a recess meeting was called
for the 21st, at which time the par
ties at interest will all be present, and
if it in then found that the act was
legal it will be allowed to stand.
B. G. Sykes for the past year su
perintendent of the county poor farm,
tendered his resignation, which was
Services conducted by the pastor,
Rev. C. M. Alford, D. D. Sunday at
11 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Sunday
school at 9:30 a. m., F. T. Merrill, su
perintendent. Mid-week prayer ser
vice, Wednesday evening at - 7:30
o'clock. A cordial welcome to all
Mrs. O'Haver's Brother Dies.
William H. McNitt, brother of Mrs.
Robert S. O'Haver of this city, died
suddenly on Sunday afternoon last at
his home in South Bend, Ind. Mr.
McNitt was ticket agent for the Penn
sylvania Lines at South Bend, and
was 45 years of age. He and his
wife visited Palatka a year ago last
September. Mrs. O'Haver also visi
ted her brother at his Indiana home
last summer. The news came as a
severe shock to Mrs. O'Haver, as her
brother had been in perfect health
when she last heard from him. The
cause of death is to her unknown.
Some Rare Newspapers.
There is on exhibit at the Acker-man-Stewart
drug store this week,
and to continue for some days, a doz
en or more newspapers from far off
These newspapers were sent to The
Palatka News by the Chamberlin Med
:eine Co. of Des Moines, Iowa, and
vcre received by that company for
becking purposes the company be
;ng an advertiser of its well-known
remedies in all quarters of the globe.
Among the papers to be seen at
the Aekermnn-Stewart store are:
The North China Daily News of Shan
ghai; The Burma Herald from Rnn
eoon; The Sindhi of Sukkur; The
Times of Ceylon; The Bataviaasch
Nieuwsblad of Batavia: The North
ern Post of Aliwal North, Cipe Prov
ince, South Africa; The Bengalee of
Calcutta; The Indian Daily Telegraph
of Lucknow; The Friend, of Bloemfon
tein: Daily Dispatch of East London,
South Africa, and two or three print
ed in language that we defy John Mal
lem or any other man in this town who
has been accustomed to reading a
language written backside first to de
cipher. Anyway those papers will prove a
curiosity to anyone and should be
seen. After being on exhibition for
a time at the Aekerman-Stewart store,
they will be given to the Palatka Pub
of the present, and at the worst, there
win only be a curtailment of next sea
son's crop, which, in view of the in
creased prices, will not be a great ca
lamity. The set-back to trees by rea
son of killing tender young growth
will be only temporary."
At Bartow a minimum temperature
of 24 deg. is reported.
Great Damage at Sanford.
The Sanford Herald of Tuesday
"That a large percentage of the or
ange crop still on the trees was frost
ed and that young groves were badly
iamr.ged is certain, but to what ex
tent the damage extends cannot be
stated with much certainty at this
time. The still cold of Saturday
night was more disastrous than that
which preceded it Friday night though
it is stated by experienced observers
that the thorough chilling which the
fruit sustained Friday night put it in
prime condition to be frosted by the
cold the night following. Truck
crops are about wiped out, and the
strawberry growers of this section
were considerably damaged and disheartened."