Saturday, March 28, 2015

Genealogy for Santa Rosa County

The Genealogical Society of Santa Rosa County has monthly meetings at the Milton Library.  There is a Facebook page at .

The Genealogical Society of Santa Rosa County meets the third Saturday of the month at 10 am at the Milton Public Library, 5541 Alabama St., Milton FL. Meetings are open to the public. Those wishing to join, dues are $15 a year. (Guests are welcome at every meeting)
The March 2015 Meeting was a presentation by LL Scott who volunteers with the Family Research Center in Pensacola. More of her presentation will be made available later but for now - here are some sites she recommends for research.

Cheryl Nugent, LL Scott, Patricia Wariner(Pres)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Tom Reynolds Fundraiser

Photos and story here:  FISH FRY

If Perfectly Agreeable - Book by Anne Sims


There are many regional authors that touch on Chumuckla.  Anne Stanton Sims is a writer who descended from people who lived at Coon Hill in the 1870's-1890's.  In her book,  "IF PERFECTLY AGREEABLE" she revives the letters between two who courted by way of letters and a ferry  across the river to McDavid.  


Both communities were hotbeds of commerce - Coon Hill and McDavid.  Today, both are quiet remote backwaters.  Coon Hill, as most know, is the seed community of Chumuckla ... gradually clawing its way to the current position as the tree harvest edged South.  So, Coon Hill is about 6 miles almost Northwest of the Current Chumuckla School.  


(always ask permission to go there.  Family members are always happy to provide at daytime tour - Trespassers will be prosecuted)

Next ingredient is
1-2 tablespoons of  dried granulated garlic powder ... 
Use a pack of McCormicks Chili Season Package. (half a pack to the whole thing - your choice)

CHECK out our TEESPRING Chumuckla Heritage Store and see if you can find a TeeShirt or mug or something that you love. 
Those sales will provide profit toward the scholarship funds for MS Marilyn's Little Olives.  Scholarship checks will be given to Ms. Marilyn's Little Olives who are in college now.

The LAST post of course will include the 
SECRET INGREDIENT !    Help this move along. 
See the store link below. Share the link to start the
scavenger hunt.


Here are some items you will find there. There are more. One my favorites is the poster of the 1912 Advertisement to attract tourists to the Chumuckla Springs Hotel !

A BOOK REVIEW of "Perfectly Agreeable"

(by Vic Campbell)
A RIVER RUNS BETWEEN THEM.  Two young people find a spark of interest. But their stoic lives in pioneer Florida require only the most formal of exchanges - as they meet and correspond with each other all dependent on the level of the river and the seasons of the year.  Letters begin to flow back and forth from one side of the river and back.  Church visits in public were a start. Then after church family dinners.  

TO arrange these social suarez -  The letters from the Village of McMillan - only four miles distant by river crossing,  were always signed "If it is perfectly agreeable" . And answered - that it was "indeed agreeable.  

This is not a fictitious love story. It is an actual exchange of letters that were written with fine hands tuned to the language, with all courtesies and flourish.  It was a love story taking place in pioneer villages, where times were in reconstruction - and the  19th century industrial age was in full swing for the main industry of logging for the region.  

The letters color in the activities of communities near the turn of the century and warm the heart to a more civil  and genteel age.   For the people in the area - there are many genealogical webs woven as this love story shapes up and moves into a married life in the early 1900's.   The graves rest in a backwater cemetery - cared for by loving descendents over the following century and more.  

One of the towns no longer exits with only the cemetery to indicate it once did teem with life.   The other town - across the river - rose to prominence and then faded to a small sustaining village of bedrooms and small farms supporting the main city to the South - Pensacola.   

McDavid and Coon Hill . Villages in History. And a moment in time - preserved in these jewels of letters.  Read the book.  Step back in time.     down by the river

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hazel Hunsucker 1928 - 2015

Hazel Helzia Kell Hunsucker was born July 6, 1928 in Pensacola, Florida, and passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015. 

She lived a good life, loved her family, and fought a good fight against cancer. She enjoyed studying, preparing for and teaching her Bible study and Sunday school classes, cooking favorites for each family member, and encouraging and helping others "be the best they could be." 

She was the daughter of the late Cora and Roy Kell. Hazel was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Julian Woodrow "Woody" Hunsucker. 

Hazel was a teacher and counselor for the Santa Rosa County School System for over 20 years. She taught special education classes, and after earning her Master's Degree from the University of West Florida in Counseling, became a counselor at Berryhill Elementary School, where she retired. 

She is survived by her son Wayne, and his wife Pat, of Augusta, Georgia; Rick and his wife Marian, of Chumuckla, Florida; and Randy and his wife Susan, of Pensacola, Florida; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 20, 2015, at First Baptist Church of Milton with Dr. Wayne Hunsucker and Dr. David Spencer officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., prior to the service. Lewis Funeral Home, Milton, has been entrusted with arrangements. 

Her grandsons, Scott, Jason, Chad, Justin and Greg Hunsucker, Andy Bell, and Ryan Whitwell, will serve as pallbearers. 

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in her memory to the ministry of your choice at First Baptist Church (6797 Caroline Street, Milton, Florida, 32570) 

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Arthur Edward "Hacky" Rutherford

Arthur Edward "Hacky" Rutherford of Pace, Florida, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the age of 88, leaving behind a family who loved and cherished him dearly. He attended Chumuckla School; and worked many years with Salter’s Construction Company. He found great joy in taking care of his farm animals and fishing. Arthur is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Ethel Rolena Rutherford; sons, Jimmie Rutherford, Seaborn (Sylvia) Rutherford, Earl Rutherford, Alton (Karen) Rutherford, and Steve (Teresa) Rutherford, of Pace; daughters, Joyce (Frank) Kolb of Pace, and Audrey (Lamar) Brown of Andalusia, Alabama; 22 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Seaborn and Susie Rutherford; sisters, Lorene McCall and Faye Melvin, of Pace; son, Arthur Dennis Rutherford; and granddaughter, Debra Elaine Cotton. Arthur’s grandsons will be the pallbearers. Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2015, at Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel, with Rev. Frederick Barrow officiating. Burial will follow in Elizabeth Chapel Community Cemetery, Chumuckla, Florida. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., prior to the service. The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words, thoughts and prayers during this time.