Monday, March 02, 2020
AVis P. Polk - June 22 - 1927 - Feb 27, 2020
She was born on June 22, 1927 in Laurel Hill, Florida.
Avis was the youngest of a large farming family. She moved to the Chumuckla community at a very young age, lost her mother Ada when she was only 16, and lost her father in 1964. She has lost all of her siblings over the years as well. She was the baby of her family and the last of them to leave us.
Avis graduated from Chumuckla high school in 1946, where she played the lead character in Cinderella in her senior year. She also taught 1st grade there for a short time the following year after she graduated. She married Jack Green in 1949 and raised a family of 5 children. They were a military family for more than 20 years, traveling to several duty stations along the way. After his retirement in 1968, they moved to the Pace community where they ran several produce markets.
She was as most mothers of her era, a stay at home mom. She enjoyed that part of her life, cooking, cleaning and caring for her family. She made sure we attended church and school regularly. If you did miss it would mean you had a fever or an obvious sore throat. You couldn’t get much over on her watch.
She did not learn how to drive until her mid 30’s. She had always been a passenger up until then. I don’t think she was comfortable at driving, since she only did drive about 20 years. She said that traffic made her nervous.
Avis moved back to the Chumuckla community in 1998, where she continued to live with her daughter and son in law, Donna and Danny, until her death. She was a member of the Chumuckla Community Church. She loved the group of ladies that met to do projects and enjoyed their other outings each week. She was very thankful for all of the ladies that were able to give her transportation to and from these outings as well.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Ada; her father, Oscar Gavin; two sons, Larry and Amos Green; all of her brothers: Gene, Alliston. Alton. Willie Gavin; and her sisters, Mary and Gladys.
She is survived by one son, Jimmy Green of Wooster, OH; 3 daughters: Reba (Peter) Peters of Lillian AL, Donna (Danny) Melvin of Chumuckla, and Shirlene (Steve) Kelly of Milton; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until the funeral service begins at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Chumuckla Community Church.
Burial will follow at Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery.
We her family are very grateful to have the love and support of our good neighbors, friends and coworkers in our time of sorrow. She will be missed greatly and loved forever.Read Less
Friday, February 28, 2020
Bloody Pillow Spots - Cracking Scalp
All problems I have. I tend to have dry skin anyway. And washing hair too frequently was a big cause of my dry scalp and flaking. But Not washing enough left the dandruff and itching to build up too. Some thirty years ago I began to try blending some easily found over the counter ingredients that could help my scalp. After all this time, I am now comfortable with the formula I arrived at. For now, I make it with the commercially available over the counter ingredients that include tea tree oil and mouthwash and witch hazel among other things.
The formula ingredients will be listed on the label. But the percentages in the blend matter. The ingredients each have their own purpose and contribute to a healthy - breathable - scalp and control of cracked skin and scabbing.
Uncle Vic's Scalp Tonic -
................ Inspired by the events at Fort Mims in 1813
Price - $30 - shipping is free. Allow ten days. This is currently home-made.
At this time - hand mixed and bottled in 8 oz squirt top bottles.
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Place 4 - 8 drops of tonic on top of scalp (using the squirt top to apply). Massage the tonic into the scalp using a mild - blunt tipped - soft plastic brush. This spreads the thin tonic around the scalp. Use key drops on problem areas before the massage. The alcohol and witch hazel in the formula help to spread out the tea tree oil (onto the scalp) . Tea tree oil is known for its therapeutic value - while the solution provides some extra antiseptic value. Salicylic acid is included in a low concentration and helps to calm some of the itching. It is an analgesic. A veterinary surgical scrub and wound dressing with chlorhexidine is in low percentage also . It adds greatly to antiseptic protection and is not affected by the other organic ingredients. There is a mild medicinal odor to the treatment. This dissipates as the tonic dries out. The medicinal odor is mainly the tea tree oil.
Use 3-4 times a week. More early on if the problem is severe. Use it after a shower so it has a chance to stay in place for a day. IF possible wash your hair less often a few days while the initial treatments are taking affect. My 8 oz bottles have lasted as long as 60 days or as little as a month.
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Sunday, November 17, 2019
Marvin Lee raised his family in NOMA Florida near my mom's Carswell family. Louise was a bit older than my mom and some of the younger Carswell children were actually taught in the old Noma School by Louise when she began her teaching career.
She and Hugh married in 1939 but family was slow to come since there was a war about to take off. Hugh served in the CBI theater in the ArmyAir Corps. He was a very intelligent man and finished a career in the Army. He retired, I think, as a Major.
Hugh had two brothers, REX AND Seaborn Linton Howell who each married Carswell sisters - Amy and Onie B. They were older sisters to my mom, Myrtle. This explains why Hugh and Louise were regularly present at the Carswell gatherings in Bonifay. It was years before I realized they were not actually related to me but were Uncle and Aunt to some of my own first cousins. And their son, VIncent was about our age ... so we had an extra buddy to run around Bonifay with during the boring family conversations among the elders.
I regret those conversations were seldom given the time of day by we - the young of the family.
I learned some Chumuckla and Allentown history ... much later in life ... as it related to Hugh and Louise.
Louis's dad, Marvin Lee decided to leave NOMA in the very early 30's and move to Allentown, NOrth of Milton. He built a farmhouse on Jesse Allen Road and planted a magnificent Pecan orchard. (Both the house and the orchard are no longer there - Marvin and much earlier - his wife, passed on, the house rotted down - It was a classic depression era house of good quality and average size)
Marvin wrote back to NOMA and told his friends about Santa Rosa County and the great farmland. The next to arrive here was Solomon (Sling Shot) Davis who built near Chumuckla Crossroads. About a mile East toward Allentown. The old Davis house and Sling Shot are gone now too. I remember picking cotton for him in the early 60's. It was a picturesque farm house with a hand pump for water in the house and a well outside.
More word of good farmland drifted back to NOMA and the next family to take the bait was the CARSWELL family. My grandfather Carswell (whom I never knew) and my Granny Carswell, moved to a farmhouse near the UF Ag Experiment Station on Allentown Highway. Their youngest FOUR children came and finished school at Allentown. I Think they arrived at Allentown about 1935. E.W. Carswell was the older of these children and he left school a year or two to make money for the family with the CCC. When he came back, he was 20 or nearly that age and the senior class took him in so he could get his diploma. Then he went to Louisiana for a couple years of college before the war. He became a journalist and began writing stories for his unit newspaper in North Africa and Italy. He became a respected Panhandle journalist for the Pensacola News Journal and was a well known historian for the region.
Bobby Carswell graduated Allentown. He went to the Army but got pneumonia which wrecked his health and they sent him home. He became a city leader in Panama City, FL and was a barber there for 70 years. He practically died at the chair. He married a Milton girl named Louise Chavers who grew up on Park Ave in Milton - part of a prolific an well known Chavers family. They never had any children - and Louise was remembered by her nieces and nephews at the Bonifay Cemetery in Nov, 2019. She was the last of the Carswell family of children and their spouses. It was solemn but happy too. They blessed us and the whole Carswell family blessed us.
Very few of the Carswell relatives spent more than a night or two in jail.
Ronald Victor Carswell (I was named for him - he died the year I was born-1949) died very young. He was barely 20 and died of a heart ailment and pneumonia. He was remembered to me by one of his Allentown Classmates when I attended a reunion there in memory of my mom. Mr. Bowers remembered him being very dapper and trying to impress the girls. He studied to be a barber, like Bobby. But sickness was a shadow and his love of cars and girls ... would not have a chance to bloom.
My mom - Myrtle Carswell - was a bit older than R.V but younger than Bobby. Jay High School had a fire about 1937 and My dad, who was a student there - was transferred to Allentown to complete his diploma. I am thinking Chumuckla (the classic brick school) was at that point serving only as an elementary school. It may have only reclaimed high school status about 1939 and dad finished Allentown HS about 1938 - worked a few years as a surveyor assistant. One of the projects he worked on was the boundaries of what was to become WHITING FIELD. Then the war. Mom and Dad had met at Allentown. She finished school a couple years later and a few years into the war, they found an opportunity to get married.
It was never clear to me how my mom knew so many Allentown people until long after adulthood. Wards, Allens, Crutchfields, Pentons .... the list goes on. Gradually - this story of family migration in the depression years took shape. A whole history of times and people was in development.
Hugh and Louis' son, Vincent Howell, joined us in Bonifay this week. Louise Chavers Carswell was a much his "aunt" as she was ours. We remembered her . And we remembered a whole lot of the Carswells that made our growing years colorful.
Louise Ann Lee Howell, age 92, passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2007. Mrs. Howell was born in Noma, (Holmes County) Florida on July 30, 1915, to David Marvin Lee and Clara Estelle (Dyson) Lee.
Mrs. Howell graduated from Florida State College for Women (FSU). Teaching was her career as well as her passion.
Mrs. Howell married E. Hugh Howell on November 17, 1939 in Panama City, Florida. After living in Florida, Utah and for many years in Atlanta, Georgia they retired to Milton, Florida in 1971.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Milton and the Willing Workers Sunday School Class. She enjoyed gardening and flowers and was a member of the Milton Garden Club for many years.
Mrs. Howell is survived by her son, Vincent Howell, of Milton; her cousins, Debbie, Randy and Lindsay Bassett, of Milton; uncles, Alton (Laura) Dyson, of Bonifay, FL, Jimmy (Betty) Dyson, of Atlanta, GA, Joe (Rose Ann) Dyson, of Cocoa Beach, FL; aunts, Mary Dell Collins and Nell (Ed) Austin, of Pensacola, FL.
A very special thank you to Carol, Emily, Gloria and all of the wonderful staff at the Forsyth House in Milton, for their excellent and loving care while she was "at home" there. Maureen, Valerie, Betty, and Evelyn with Emerald Coast Hospice for their care and compassion and the ladies from Caregivers for Seniors for their around the clock care for the last three weeks.
Funeral services for Mrs. Howell will be 11:00AM, Saturday, November 24, 2007 at First United Methodist Church in Milton with the Rev. Gerald Shelton officiating. Burial will follow in Serenity Gardens with LEWIS FUNERAL HOME directing. Visitation will begin at 10:00AM, prior to service at the church.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Willing Workers Sunday School Class.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 6819 Berryhill Street, Milton, FL 32570.
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Thursday, September 12, 2019
2-4 PM SATURDAY 9/14
- FIRST EVER TC
- Community Stories - Talent
- Relax and learn
- Visit - Ask Questions
- A BRIEF HISTORY OF CHUMUCKLA
By Vic Campbell
- Stuart Pooley was a country music groupie and is a poet - a couple of his featured poems from youtube. (Hank Locklin)
- Audience Q & A
- Roy Allen - some family stories
Wednesday, May 01, 2019
we feel like it. IF you want to post a coffee visit - time and location.
JUST POST IT
on the Chumuckla group FB page
If people want to show up. They will. IF not. Be sure you have good coffee.
random new people - usually new in the area.
It's all in good fun. Meet some people around you.
Saturday, April 06, 2019
You can order a large or small poster or a canvas print. Enjoy. (use the link)
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
From: Diane Merkel
Panhandle Historic Preservation Alliance members and friends:
The Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood Foundation is sponsoring a Glamour Photo session to raise funds for the restoration of the historic Chautauqua Building. Tickets are only $9.95 and include a free 8” x 10” photo, makeup, hair styling, and more. The photo sessions will be on May 8 through May 11 at the DeFuniak Springs campus of Northwest Florida State College. Please call Voncille McLeod (850-892-7625) or Marie Hinson (850-830-9625) for reservations and information. What fun!
Panhandle Historic Preservation Alliance (PHPA)
Tallahassee – Reception and Lecture: “Spanish Culture Alive in Florida: The Impact of Spain’s Heritage Today” presented by the Consul General of Spain, Candido Creis Estrada, at Mission San Luis, 2100 W. Tennessee Street, 5:30-7:30 p.m. EDT – FREE -https://www.facebook.com/events/586222565120719/
Chipley – Rock the Falls Music Festival at Falling Waters State Park, 1130 State Park Road, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. – $5 per vehicle park entry fee - https://www.facebook.com/RocktheFallsMusic/
Pensacola – Pensacola Archaeological Society Annual Dinner at the Argo Athletic Club, University of West Florida Campus, 6:00 p.m. – Ticket Required - http://fpan.us/uploads/nwrc/2018-19%20PAS%20lecture%20series%20flyer.pdf
ON-GOING EVENTS & EXHIBITS:
Pensacola – The FPAN Public Archaeology Lab will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. through May 1. Volunteers are not required to commit to more than one day at a time.http://flpublicarchaeology.org/nwrc/volunteer.php
Pensacola – Jacksonian Guard Colors Ceremony in Plaza Ferdinand on Palafox Street the third Saturday of each month, 12:00-12:30 p.m.https://downtownpensacola.com/businesses/jacksonian-guard
UPCOMING EVENTS: If you want your events mentioned, send them to me! For more information about the events below, see the PHPA Calendar.
April 13 – Crestview – Strawberry Festival
April 16 – Navarre – Heritage Monitoring Scouts Meet-up
April 17 – Eastpoint – Lecture: “Pirates! The Last Scourge of the Gulf”
April 17 – Fort Walton Beach – Workshop: Interpretation of the National Heritage Area
April 20 – Pensacola – Lunch & Lecture: “Secrets of the Tale of the Christ: Ben-Hur, the Book and the Movie”
April 27 – St. Teresa – Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory Open House
April 27 – Santa Rosa Beach – Earth Day Festival
April 29 – Baker – PHPA Quarterly Meeting
April 30 – Crawfordville – Florida Panhandle Maritime National Heritage Area Meeting
May 4 – Century – Sawmill Day Festival and Car Show
May 4 – Crestview – Military Appreciation Day
Sunday, February 10, 2019
By Denise Fritz
Today makes 5 yrs from my Dad's passing....I know he's in with our Father.
THIS may get long and I'm not apologizing if it does, but I CHOOSE not to Grieve today, instead I choose to remember things I've learned from him. He taught me so much in this walk in life.
WORK Ethics from a young age, pumping gas,⛽ working at our store Frank & Allen's! Cleaning trailers in our trailer park, cutting pickets, building fences, piers,🔨 pallets and so much more. Learning to drive...a push mower, 🤣 finally a riding mower,🚜 then the truck (stick shift without power steering) only then, a car.🚗 I was fortunate that he provided a vehicle for me. When he told me he was buying a car, I thought wow, a new car! To my surprise I got a brand new... that is new to me, a '66 Catalina in '77. At first I hated it, 🤔 it took me on many rides to school, all my ball games & practices, college, and jobs. Soon there were many adventures in this car because you could fit
about 8 teenagers in it comfortably!😁 I think this was a time I truly realized his sense of humor!! Mike & Eddie can attest to this...in this car I once ran out of gas ⛽ which was
MISTAKE #1....When your dad owned 2 stations, one of which was within a mile of your home and the other within a mile of school😱!!
In teaching me this lesson in life, he thought it might be a good idea to ride the bus again for several days. This is when Mike & Eddie decided to help me out! While trying to put gas in the car it just wouldn't get to the motor due to the incline, a little gas ⛽ on
the carburetor might help.
Well old cars had fiberglass insulated hoods and a little fire🔥ensued promptly burning any of the rubber hoses and who knows what else except for Mr. German!!
MISTAKE #2, Again... don't run out of gas and the let your friend and boyfriend try to help you out! I think Eddie is still traumatized, but he never said a word to either of them. Following this incident my dad never raised his voice about the whole ordeal (which was sort of scary I thought) and I wake up with a cartoon taped to my door and at the very end it shows a guy tinkering on his car and everything in flames🔥!!
🤣HUMOR was a BIG Thing in my dad's life, this was just one in particular for me I guess, because by then I was the last kid at home. Most anyone that knew my dad had a funny story regarding his humor. One of his many good traits.
Deciding he needed a new vehicle, into the dealership he goes after working outside, in the heat of summer in his t-shirt, tattered blue jean shorts and probably no shoes. All the men thinking, he can't possibly buy what he was looking at, sending out a young lady fairly new to selling cars.....BIG mistake for them!!! BIG commission for the young lady!😃
DADDY was a GENEROUS man and sometimes to a fault, but he tried to trust people. After all a hand-shake is good as a contract as far as he was concerned. But I can't tell you how many people from school that worked in our backyard, whether it was sawing, hammering, or hauling in some form or fashion of a job. Or even living with us from time to time, family or not.
HE NEVER Met a STRANGER, something I know for sure I inherited from him. Some may think this isn't necessarily a good thing, but I've found in my life it truly has been. After Mike joining the Air Force, with our moving around, meeting new people, making new friends, working as a nurse, it sure came in handy! I could go on, and on, and on, and I have.
SICKNESS!! Unfortunately it happens and Daddy had a long time of it starting in ’91. We came close to losing him several times before it he finally passed on. We all want our parents alive, here with us, but we also don't want to see them suffering. Daddy was miserable not being able to get outside and just work, walk around, go, live untethered but breathing wasn't easy. He'd head out sit in the chair and watch as would delegate what and how to do what he no longer could. He did love to delegate and he did a lot!
I think for me, having been a nurse, I get it. I'm not saying it was easy for me to watch him deteriorate but I understood it. I stayed with him those last minutes before his passing.
IT'S not easy watching others perform CPR on your on your dad, but I did, I ty watched furiously, 3 times, as he fought a valiant battle of wanting to stay on this Earth just a little longer.
I'M thankful I was there,
I'M THANKFUL it took my mom a little longer to arrive, because she didn't want to have to say to the Dr....no more and let the love of her life go.💕
AS I reflect, I Learned so much from him. Trust, love, discipline (we won't go there😉), kindness, humility, generosity, humor, honor, and I could keep going but
THE MOST IMPORTANT thing though is LOVE!
The love of my dad, but more importantly the love of Our Heavenly Father.... for this I am eternally grateful to him and my mom!!!
Today I CHOOSE NOT to
Love you Dad!💕
Monday, January 28, 2019
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
MILITARY AND HISTORICAL DVDS and Amazon Streaming
AS advertised in the PX section of MILITARY (magazine -- see end of this post)
PUBLIC SERVICE MESSAGE - WASH YOUR HANDS ( Flu and Corona are in the News )
The Save the Collards Foundation is proud to support a world of conflict free collards. Eat your collards in peace. Drink the "pot likker" - not the "kewlaide".
BUZZCREEK.com Chumuckla.com InCountry ME3tv (youtube channel) Jay Historical
TEE-SPRING CHUMUCKLA STORE -
T-Shirts - Coffee Cups - Posters All Chumuckla All the time
A Marine finds Chumuckla ... and more (from "in Country with Uncle Vic" )
USS O'Callahan - a USN Veteran site for "green" sailors
Explaining THE IRISH BLESSING
The IRISH SONG STORE (tee spring)
USS Houston the LAST STAND ... in memory
........... more -- books
Save a Collard - Eat a Collard.
THE JCT197 Farm - 9019 Chumuckla Hwy (ACREAGE)
The Case for a Grocery in Chumuckla Dollar General Now Here
........... Piggly Wiggly coming to Wallace Lake Road.
........... Worm Farm and Cappuccino Boutique sought for the village.
...........CAMPBELLS LOOK BACK at 2019 (pictures)
WME3.NET a time tunnel to other things (vic's youtube channel)
Use it after every shave (on the blade).
Ask about Uncle Vic's Fort Mims Inspired Scalp Recovery Tonic
(made in Chumuckla - 30 years in development and personal testing - inquire )
/////////// THE STORE of DVD's Books
CHUMUCKLA dot com - a place on earth.
CHUMUCKLA NEWS .. recent news
FOUND A ROCK? CLICK HERE or HERE
a Facebook window to more than a little
JAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - where surprises appear regularly
Dr. Brian Rucker - History ... Patagonia Press
FB Page. (History that is local)
More Books and Resources - local
|J. Lee Campbell's favorite Bible Quote (1920-2003)|
PANHANDLE PIONEERS - Florida Panhandle people looking at roots
Voted BEST News Feed (John Platt)
You need to get on the list for daily updates.
LOOK OUT FOR FARM MACHINERY ON OUR ROADS !
Share the Road Initiative - Jay FFA Photos - Drive YOUR TRACTOR to school Day!
JUDGING SHADOWS - a blog researching old unsolved murders in our very own backyard -- Florida Panhandle.
Dr. Brian Rucker - History ... Patagonia Press
FB Page. (History that is local)
More Books and Resources - local
Sharon Marsh - NW FLORIDA History Blog
IVO Duvall, "A Boy In Alaska"
A WW2 Vet and Alaska pioneer writer.
............... Ivo talks about the disaster of Convoy PQ17
TWO SITES I like for Wide Overview of News
First European to describe North America as he stumbled through Florida to Texas and California over a 9 year ordeal. He passed by Escambia Bay at one point. He and couple others were all that survived the ill-fated Narvaez expedition that started near Punta Gorda, FL. One of the most amazing tales ever told.
The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years she served my family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found....Calvin TrillinCucumber should be well sliced, dressed with vinegar and pepper and then thrown out....Samuel JohnsonAmericans will eat garbage provided you sprinkle it liberally with ketchup....Henry JamesNouvelle cuisine, roughly translated, means: I can't believe I paid ninety-six dollars and I'm still hungry....Mike KalinMy doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people....Orsen Welles
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