Saturday, November 25, 2023

Sandy Wyatt 1952-2023

Sandy Wyatt
1952 - 2023

Sandy Wyatt, a pillar of our community, passed away peacefully at the age of 71 on Wednesday, November 22, 2023. He leaves behind a legacy of compassion, leadership, love, and humility that has touched the lives of countless individuals.

Born on May 23, 1952, Sandy was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and cherished friend. His impact on our community was profound, and his memory will forever be etched in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him.
Sandy dedicated his life to making a positive difference in the lives of others. Many were impacted by his passion for music which he used to show love to thousands through his ministry at The Farmers’ Opry in Chumuckla.  Over 100 nationally renowned country music artists from around the world performed at the Opry; Sandy and his family served nearly half a million people during the Opry tenure.  His influence and connections within the musical industry helped launch the music careers of numerous artists and musicians.

Whether through his involvement in local organizations (he loved Santa Rosa County), charity work, or simply lending a helping hand to neighbors in need, he demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the well-being of those around him. His selflessness and generosity were unparalleled, and he leaves behind a legacy of kindness that will continue to inspire generations to come.  

Beyond his leadership roles, Sandy was the epitome of humility. Despite his numerous accomplishments, he remained a humble and down-to-earth individual, always putting others before himself. His ability to connect with people and make them feel valued was a testament to his genuine and warm-hearted nature.

One of Sandy's greatest gifts was his ability to touch the lives of thousands. As a mentor, friend, and confidant, he had a unique way of making everyone feel seen and heard. The impact of his kindness rippled through the community, leaving behind a legacy of love, unity, and a shared sense of purpose.

Some of Sandy’s favorite pastimes include fishing for bream and crappie with his close friends and growing tomatoes to share with those he loved.

Sandy was a beloved family man. He leaves behind his wife, Nancy; two children, Jeremy (Rilee) Wyatt and Rhonda (Billy) Mayne; two sisters, Tammy (Scott) Day and Shirley (Tom) Moody; nephew, Don Braley; and four grandchildren: Chase, Cameron, Cort, and Salter, who will forever cherish the memories of his wisdom, love, and guidance.  Sandy also leaves behind his sister-in-law, Lana (Mike) Martin; and brothers-in-law, Jimmy (Sharon) Howell, Stephen (Gail) Howell, and Gordan (Lana) Howell, who was like a brother to him – they were business partners for 40 years.  Sandy is preceded in death by his mother, Martha Carpenter; his father, William Wyatt; brother, Wade Wyatt; sister, Linda Sue Reeves; niece, Jennifer Bryant; and beloved grandfather, Morgan Wyatt.

Visitors are welcome to pay their honors at Immanuel Baptist Church in Pace (4187 US-90) on Tuesday afternoon, November 28, 2023, from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm.  A memorial service will be held immediately afterward at 4:00 pm with a private burial to follow on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 for family only.  Dress is casual – Sandy requested blue jeans and t-shirts.  

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Santa Rosa Kids House (

Sunday, November 19, 2023

2023 Santa Rosa Creek Fest

Nov. 18-19 the Creek Band of Santa Rosa County briught their culture to life. The band also, for the first time. Re-enacted the "Battle of Chumuckla" (essentially a skirmish to flush out some hostile Creeks that only recently had evaded and survived the Battle at Horshoe Bend.  Americans and their allied Indians fell upon the Chumuckla village. The main target in the villae was 9 renegades that did not accept the peace treaty. The last were eventually cornered in Pensacola and were killed. One source says the surviving village members were sent by the Spanish to Galveston, Texas. Many of the local band escaped calture and their bloodlines are still among us.
The Battle and more from the day are featured in the ALBUM linked here. Video included.


Monday, June 12, 2023

Your 8th Grade Exam (can you pass?)

What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895...

Remember when grandparents and great-grandparents stated that they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895?

This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina , Kansas , USA . It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society
and Library in Salina , and reprinted by the Salina Journal.

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina , KS - 1895 

Grammar (Time, one hour)
1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph.
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of 'lie,''play,' and 'run.'
5. Define case; illustrate each case.
6 What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.
7 - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time,1 hour 15 minutes)
1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. Deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. Wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3,942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1,050 lbs. For tare?
4. District No 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find the cost of 6,720 lbs. Coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft.. Long at $20 per metre?
8. Find the bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)
1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States 
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas. 
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton , Bell , Lincoln , Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour) 
[Do we even know what this is??]
1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication.
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals
4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u.' (HUH?)
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane , vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks
and by syllabication.

Geography (Time, one hour)
1 What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas ?
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of North America 
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa , Denver,  Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco. 
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

Notice that the exam took FIVE HOURS to complete. 
Gives the saying 'he only had an 8th grade education' a whole new meaning, doesn't it?!

Tuesday, April 04, 2023

Gardening the Panhandle - Florida Extension Service

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Saturday, February 04, 2023



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