|St. Augustine Record
|St. Augustine Evening Record
May 10, 1910
Baby Girl Is Runaway Victim
Life of Little Child is Taken in Sad Accident.
Albert Solana, Bitten by Dog Last Week, Was Being Brought in for Treatment
Thrown from a carriage during a runaway and desperately cling to the front axle, life
being literally beaten out of her baby body by the pounding against the wheels and
against logs and stumps , little Alberta Solana, the five-year-old daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Albert Solana, died yesterday afternoon, the victim of one of the saddest accidents
that has occurred near St. Augustine in many months. She was still alive when rescued
by despite all that medical and surgical aid could do life left the bruised little baby body
before two hours had passed.
Little Alberta lived with her parents, who are among the best known people in the county,
at Turnbull Swamp, about eleven miles out on the Mill Creek road. She was bitten by a
dog one day last week and the bite had caused some trouble. To receive further medical
attention for this she was being brought in yesterday afternoon by her mother when the
They were driving along on the road to town when suddenly the horse became
frightened when they were near the spring at Oakland. The animal left the road,
throwing both Mrs. Solana and little Alberta from the seat and ran away at full gallop.
Mrs. Solana struck the ground near but the little girl fell almost beneath the front wheel
and clutched at the axle about which the baby hands fastened in a grip remarkable for a
person of so few years for its strength.
The horse dashed madly on and the baby body was swung to and fro, striking the
wheels and logs and stumps. They were nearly a quarter of a mile away when Alberta
was rescued. Her head had struck against a log or a stump and she had literally been
beaten unconscious and almost lifeless and her body was also terribly bruised. But still
the little hands clasped the axle tightly in a grip that proved to be her death grip.
She was hurriedly rushed to the city and taken to the Railroad Hospital. The accident
occurred shortly after 1 o'clock and death finally stilled the beating of the baby heart
despite all that earnest and willing hands could do. Death claimed her about 3 o'clock.
Mrs. Solana was herself badly bruised but in her anxiety for the baby that was the idol of
her heart she gave no thought to her own pain. The grief of both parents is most intense
and they have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends.
The funeral was held this morning at 10:30 o'clock from the Ponce undertaking
establishment and interment was in the Catholic cemetery.
May 11, 1910
Mr. Parmeter Found Dead
Had Been in Good Health-Heart Failure Supposed to be Cause.
Mr. Henry Parmenter was found dead yesterday by his son at the cottage which they
were occupying on Anastasia island. Heart failure is supposed to have caused death.
The discovery was a severe shock to his son and to his friends as he had been
seemingly in good health the day before.
The remains will be shipped today to the old home in the North. He is survived by his
wife, who is away, a son and a daughter, Mrs. Felix Fire. Mr. Parmeter came from New
York but had been residing here for some time. He was sixty-four years of age. He did
not appear as usual yesterday morning and an investigation by his son revealed the fact
that he was dead. He was a good musician and was well-known as the trap drummer at
the Jefferson theater during the past season.
To Prof. And Mrs. R. L. Parks at their home in North City a son, the tenth inst. The little
gentleman tips the scales at eight pounds.
Young Student Dies
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Middleton is a Victim of Typhoid Fever.
Mr. C. Brayden Purcell, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Middleton of Elkton, and one of
the best known men in the county, died yesterday morning at 9 o'clock at Gainesville
after a two weeks hard fight with typhoid fever. He was a student at the State university
where he was in his Freshman year. The funeral was held this morning at 11 o'clock
from the Ponce undertaking establishment, the Rev. Taylor, supply pastor for the First
M. E. Church, south, officiating. Interment was in Evergreen cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. Middleton were called to Gainesville by the serious illness of their son early
in the week. Everything possible was done for him but the fight was against impossible
odds. The remains were brought to St. Augustine yesterday evening and were
accompanied by Capt. Lynch of the University faculty and Mr. Louis Tenny of the
student body among others.
The funeral was largely attended by both Elkton and St. Augustine friends of the popular
young man. His popularity at the university was evidenced by the beautiful floral tributes
sent by the faculty and student body. The pallbearers were Capt. Lynch, and Messrs.
Tenny, James Masters, Jr., Allan Rowand, Edgar Pilgrim and W. B. Edminster.
May 12, 1910
Winners of the Democratic Primary
For County Tax Assessor C. D. Manucy
For County Tax Collector H. H. Floyd
For County Treasurer C. O. Pomar
For Supervisor Registration R. L. Ashton
Improvement for Plaza.
Council Orders Coquina Wall Built Around Fountain.
Following the recommendation of the mayor city council last night ordered a coquina wall
built around the fountain in the Plaza, replacing the present unsightly wire netting. The
improvement will add much to the appearance of the park.
The communication was as follows:
Honorable City Council, City of St. Augustine, Fla.:
Gentlemen-I would respectfully recommend to your honorable body that a wall three feet
in height and eight inches thick be erected around the fountain in the plaza in place of
the wire netting which now encloses this fountain. This wall is to be made from coquina.
The using of coquina for this wall will serve a double purpose: First, that it will make
more secure the 'gator in the fountain; second, being a natural rock to be found only in
St. Augustine, it will add as an attraction to those visiting our city.
I would also recommend that the fountain be divided by a brick or coquina wall, one half
being used for the large 'gator and the other half for smaller ones. Mr. Jos. T. Pacetti
has offered to place additional 'gators in the fountain provided that this fountain is so
Estimated cost of this work is about $75.00 and money necessary for this work is to be
appropriated from the permanent improvement fund.
Mr. Genovar in Tampa.
The many friends of Mr. Frank B. Genovar, formerly of the Ancient city, will be interested
in the following from the Tampa Tribune:
Among the distinguished visitors in the following from the Tampa Tribune:
Among the distinguished visitors in the city is Hon. Frank B. Genovar, late of St.
Augustine, but now a resident of Havana, Cuba, who is visiting his daughter, Mrs. N. H.
Harrison, wife of Mr. Harrison of the Seaboard Air Line Railway, at their residence on
Brevard avenue in Hyde Park.
Mr. Genovar was very prominent in public life in Florida and for sixteen years he
represented the people of St. Johns county as their senator, being the first senator to be
sent from that county to Tallahassee. He had the honor of placing the name of Hon.
Robt. W. Davis before the convention that nominated that gentleman for Congress for
his first term. For a number of years he was mayor of St. Augustine.
Mr. Genovar was very prominent in assisting the Cubans in their fight for freedom and at
the breaking out of the Spanish-American war he was appointed personal interpreter on
the staff of General Shafter and served in that capacity during the war, and it was
through him that the peace negotiations were made at the battle of San Juan Hill.
After the war the federal government retained Mr. Genovar in Cuba in an official
position, and he moved his family there and went into the sugar and tobacco business
and now he is heavily interested in those lines of business in different parts of the island.
Mr. Genovar has been in bad health for the six months past and one of his main
purposes in visiting the States was to go under the treatment of a physician here. He will
remain here until he fully recovers.
Funeral of Mr. Parmenter.
The remains of Mr. Henry C. Parmenter, who was found dead in his bed at the family
home near South Beach Tuesday morning, were not shipped north yesterday as first
planned and the funeral will instead be held here. The funeral will be held tomorrow
morning at 10 o'clock from the Ponce undertaking establishment and interment will be in
the National cemetery as Mr. Parmenter was a member of the G. A. R. The services will
be conducted by the Rev. J. Henry Martin, pastor of Grace M. E. Church.
May 13, 1910
Mr. Geo. F. Miles, managing director of the Florida East Coast Line Canal and
Transportation Company, is spending a few days in St. Augustine on business, having
returned recently from the North.
Mr. Edwards and family expect to leave for their summer home in Canada to spend the
next several months. They will return late in the fall to their winter home on Sanford
Hamblen's new warehouse on Artillery lane is about completed. This structure is of
enormous size. It is sheathed with corrugated iron which will minimize the danger from
Sheriff Perry is again suffering from his old enemy, rheumatism, and is contemplating a
trip to Hot Springs, Ark., to undergo a course of baths. He will probably leave next week.
H. W. Guyon, who is agent for the Mitchell & Maxwell automobiles, sold a Mitchell six
cylinder, 50 horsepower, seven passenger touring car to parties in New Augustine.
May 14, 1910
Mr. Tanner's Remains Shipped.
The remains of Mr. E. M. Tanner, who died yesterday after a short illness, were shipped
to his old home at New Smyrna by Undertaker Ponce today. They were accompanied by
the two brothers of the deceased. Mr. Tanner was twenty-four years of age and had
been employed by the Florida East Coast Railway for some time. He was well-known and
had many friends here.
May 16, 1910
Heart Failure Causes Sudden Death at Y. M. C. A.
With his heart stilled in death the body of Howard M. Laubach was found last night at 9:
30 o'clock in the small store room on the lower floor of the Y. M. C. A. building. An
inquest brought out the fact that death resulted from natural causes, probably heart
failure, and the body now awaits orders from relatives in the North.
The officials at the Y. M. C. A. were greatly shocked when they found the body and
Corner Mackey was immediately notified. He summoned a jury and held an inquest,
going into the matter thoroughly. It was brought out that Laubach, who was a machinist
at the railroad shops, had been in rather bad health for some time. It was clearly a case
of heart failure and a verdict was brought in accordingly. The man was probably taken
with a faint spell as he was passing the store room door and staggered inside to sit down
when death overcame him.
He was from Easton, Pa., and the secretary of the Y. M. C. A. promptly notified his father
and sister who reside there. The body was then placed in charge of Undertaker Ponce.
Laubach was a blue lodge Mason, a member of the Royal Arch chapter, an Odd Fellow
and a member of the Red Men according to receipts found in his pockets. He was well
liked among his fellow workers. It is expected that directions regarding the disposition of
the body will be received this afternoon.
Death of Miller Child.
Little C. Robert Miller, the nineteen months old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Miller of
Hastings died yesterday at the home of a relative of the family in New Augustine. The
child had been ill with measles and was brought to the city for treatment. The remains
were shipped to Hastings last night by Undertaker Ponce and the funeral and interment
will take place at Hastings today.
Drunk and Disorderly.
Wiley Starr, a negro, was the only one before Judge Pinkham in city court this morning.
He was arrested by Officer S. A. McCormick on the charge of being drunk and
disorderly. The offense drew a sentence of $3 and costs or five days in jail.
May 17, 1910
The first spike to be driven on the Key West end of the Florida East Coast Railway, was
hammered down at 12:33 yesterday on Trumbo Island. There were no ceremonies in
connection with the event, but the driving of the first spike is important, nevertheless.
The track which is being built is a short stub from the dock to a point on Trumbo Island
and will be used primarily for the handling of material.
Have You Been Enumerated?
Census Taker Dr. G. W. Grant has about finished his work of enumerating the people of
this city, but he is anxious to reach those who were out when he called and will be
grateful to them if they will advise him by postal or call at the bridge office with the
desired information. All should give the matter immediate attention as it is of importance
to St. Augustine that all should be counted.
Razor Drew Heavy Sentence.
H. Harvey, a negro, was before Judge Pinkham in city court this morning and drew a fine
of $10 and costs with the option of serving twenty days in jail on the charge of carrying
concealed weapons. He was arrested by Officer Davis yesterday as he was creating
trouble in a passenger car in the railroad yards with a big razor.
May 18, 1910
To Attend Silver Wedding.
Mrs. Louis A. Rohde leaves on the evening train today for Georgiana, Ala., where she
will attend the silver wedding of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Case. Mrs. Laura Noble
Andrews of Houston, Texas, and Mr. J. Walter Smith of Louisville, Ky., will also attend.
The former was maid of honor and the latter best man at the wedding on June 4, 1885.
Before City Court.
Officers Capellia and S. A. McCormick each had a case up before Judge Pinkham in city
court this morning. Officer Capellia€™s catch drew $1 and costs or three days for being
drunk and asleep while Seth Wilbur, arrested by Officer McCormick, forfeited a $7.50
bond on a charge of cursing.
May 19, 1910
Vaughan - Mickler.
Pretty Wedding Solemnized at Home in North City.
A quiet but very pretty home wedding which was solemnized Monday afternoon at 4
o'clock at the home of the parents of the bride was the marriage of Mr. James Richard
Vaughan and Miss Merle Amelia Mickler. The ceremony was performed by Father
The bride is the attractive daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Mickler of North city and is
a very popular young lady. The groom is a well known young business man of Columbia,
The bride wore a white lace dress and carried a beautiful bouquet of white carnations
and asparagus ferns. The maid of honor was Miss Maud Cook. She was attired in white
over blue and carried a bouquet of carnations. The best man was Mr. Otis Littlejohn.
The house was decorated in white and green. The dinning room was prettily decorated
with pot plants and white and pink roses.
The bride wore a going away dress of Alice blue trimmed with cream tucked bobnet and
braid with hat and gloves to match. They left on the morning train for Columbia where
they will make their future home.
Remains Sent North.
Undertaker Ponce yesterday shipped the remains of Howard M. Laubach, who died
suddenly Sunday night at the Y. M. C. A. from heart failure, north to the old home at
Easton, Pa. Relatives of Mr. Laubach reside in Easton and they sent instructions to have
the remains shipped there for the funeral and internment.
Monson House Improvements.
The Monson House is again making new improvements by adding four new bathrooms
on the north side. Contractor Fishwick is doing the carpenter work and Mr. G. S. Beverly
has the contract for installing the four bathroom fixtures which are to be strictly sanitary
and first class in every respect with hot and cold water and instantaneous hot water
May 20, 1910
For Playing Ball.
Cliff McKenzie and Earl McKeever, negroes, drew sentences of $2 and costs or five days
each from Judge Pinkham in city court this morning on the charge of playing ball in the
street. They were arrested yesterday by Deputy Marshal Monson.
Colored Couple Wed.
Susie Jones of St. Augustine and Will Frazier of Macon, Ga., a colored couple, were
issued a marriage license yesterday.
Dr. C. S. Parker has opened up his office in the new Lynn building and has good, cool
rooms in the back for patients. Phone No. 147.
Green turtle stew served at Opera House Café tomorrow, Saturday, from 11 o'clock.
Burton Masters, propr.
Recital and Musicale.
Splendid Program to be Given In Assembly Hall of Public School.
Miss Mourey's elocution class will give a recital for the benefit of the local work of the
Home Mission Society of the M. E. Church, South, on Monday, May 30th, at 8 o'clock at
the assembly hall of the Public School building.
Negro Is Held on Bad Charge
Charged with assault with intent to murder, Athenaus Polite, a negro, was bound over to
the circuit court under a $150 bond after a preliminary hearing before Judge Mackey this
Polite is charged with being the negro who struck George High, an employee of the
Florida East Coast Railway, over the heard with an iron rod or bold several weeks ago.
The assault occurred in the yards and the negro made a getaway. Mr. High was rather
badly injured by the blow but has recovered. Polite was arrested in the city a few days
ago by the sheriff's office and will have to stand trial next fall on the charge.
Fined for Causing Trouble
Charged in an affidavit with having used profane and obscene language in public, Oscar
Canova, a young man, was this morning fined $25 and costs by Judge Mackey in justice
of the peace court. Canova is charged with having caused considerable trouble at North
Beach last night at the dance given by the band. He gave Deputy Sheriff McGinty a hard
tussle but no charges were made out against him on that score. The affidavit was sworn
out by Mr. Amos W. Corbett, the business manager of the band. Mr. Corbett is
determined that no disorder shall be allowed at the affairs given by the band as it is the
desire of all of the members that the dances and other affairs shall be strictly first class.
Vacation Days Have Arrived
Miss Mary Fuller and Chas. Groh Win Lee Medals
Sixth Grade Wins Banner for Best Attendance Record-Diplomas Are Presented
With the assembly hall of the public school building crowded with happy boys and girls
and their parents and friends the closing exercises of the graded school were held this
morning and vacation days have taken the place of books and studies.
The exercises were most interesting throughout and the manner in which the pupils
carried out their parts reflected credit upon both themselves and the faithful teachers
who had charge of the preparation of the program.
The awarding of the medals was naturally one of the most interesting features of the
exercises. Master Jack Hunt and Miss Camilla Campbell of the Eight Grade, of which
Miss Rood is teacher, were presented the two beautiful medals offered by the Maria
Jefferson chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for the best essays on
General Oglethorpe. Master Jack Hunt was awarded the gold medal for the best and
Miss Campbell received the pretty silver medal as second prize. The presentation was
made by the Rev. Dr. Alfred S. Badger upon behalf of the D. A. R. and with a few
Miss Mary Fuller of the Seventh grades, of which Mrs. Hawkins is teacher, won the medal
offered by General Loring chapter of the Children of the Confederacy for the best essay
upon the life of General Robert E. Lee. Master Charley Groh of the Eighth grade was
such a close contestant for the medal, his essay being so nearly as good as the first that
he was awarded a medal by the director of the chapter. The presentations were made
by Sister Esther Carlotta, State president of the United Daughter of the Confederacy,
with characteristic grace.
The banner for the grade making the best average attendance record for the year
awarded to the Sixth grade of which Miss Coughlin is the teacher. All of the grades made
an excellent record for the year but the Sixth led all and was the winner. The banner will
grace the grade's new room in the new school building next term.
Principal Boone made a short address in which he tanked the patrons of the school for
their presence and attention and for the interest shown in the work of the school during
Following the exercises Superintendent of Public Instruction W. S. M. Pinkham awarded
the certificates to the graduates from the graded school. He delivered a short but
excellent address to the class. The Eight grade is sending out a large class this year
and if they all enter high school next year the high school will take a long step forward in
enrollment. Those graduating from the Eighth grade are the Misses Blanche Turbyfill,
Norma Duggan, Dorothy Davies, Minnie Disson, Arline Horne, Glenn Harper, Estelle de
Medicis and Martha Comstock and Masters Buel Bailey, Clark Davis, Charlie Groh, Harry
Hernandez, Frank Fabisinski, Bertram Lee, Oliver Simms, Harry Moore, Dan Padget,
Jack Hunt, Clayton Kirtland and William Budd.
The program of the exercises was as follows:
Recitation, Welcome Valentine Fernandez, First Grade.
Recitation, Twins, Hope Farris, Alvin Simms, First Grade.
Song, "Jubilee Medley", Fourth Grade, A and B.
Recitation, "Echo," Third Grade
Dialogue, "The Letter to Mother," Third Grade.
Piano Duet, Gladys Allen, Virginia Walker.
Recitation, "Why," Willie Lee, First Grade.
Essay, "Oglethorpe," Jack Hunt, Eighth Grade.
Recitation, "That Boy," Earle Blue, Seventh Grade.
"Flag Song", Fourteen Pupils, Second Grade.
Recitation, "That Boy's Complaint," Five Pupils, First Grade.
Duet, "My Dream of the U. S. A.," Carolyn Rowe, Bonnie Shugart, B Fourth and Fifth.
Recitation, "The Gossips," Catherine Canova, Fifth Grade.
Recitation, "When I'm a Man," Lester Edminster, First Grade.
Song, Harry Dyson, Frankie Cook, First Grade.
Recitation, "The Hobbity Goblin," Mary Gains, Third Grade.
Song, "He Was a Cowboy," William Dyson, Fourth Grade.
Recitation, "Unfortunate Bessie," Fontella Padgett, Fifth Grade.
Essay, "Oglethorpe," Camille Campbell, Eighth Grade.
Duet, "The Quarrel," Sarah Tarlinsky, Sydney Townsend, Fourth Grade, A and B.
Recitation, "The Dressed Turkey," Marle Dyson, Fifth Grade.
Song, Sixth and Seventh Grades.
Drill, B, Fourth Grade.
May 21, 1910
Commencement Monday Night
Exercises at the Jefferson Will be Public.
Congressman Clark is Unable to be Present - The Program in Full.
Bringing the school year of 1909-10 to a close the commencement exercises of the St.
Augustine High school will be held at the Jefferson theater Monday evening beginning at
8 o'clock. The program for the closing exercises is a splendid one and will be greatly
enjoyed. The public generally is welcome and all friends of the schools are urged to
attend. The boxes and extreme seats will be reserved for relatives and invited friends of
the members of the class but all of the others will be free to all who will come.
The members of the class of 1910 and their essays are as follows: Miss Julia Gladys
Larson, "The Art of Arts " ”Knowing How;" Miss Ella May Davis, "Some Aspects
Concerning the Character of Edgar Allen Poe;" Miss Abbie Hare, "The Wizard of Menlo
Park;" Miss Rosella Martin, "The Joy of Living;" Miss Marguerite Holmes, "The Incoming
Millions;" Miss Frances Clyde Hunt, "The Power of Thought;" Miss Hortense Weidman,
"Memory's Message." Miss Martin is president of the class, Miss Hunt vice president,
Miss Davis secretary and Miss Holmes treasurer.
Much to the great regret of his many friends Congressman Frank Clark will be unable to
appear and deliver the address.
The program for the exercises is as follows:
Invocation, Rev. J. Henry Martin.
Song, "Lieti Signor" (Meyerher), Mrs. E. A. Cathcart.
"The Incoming Millions," Miss Marguerite Holmes.
"The Power of Thought," Miss Clyde Hunt.
Song, "Tomorrow" ( H. Wakefield Smith), Miss Agnes Coughlin.
"Some Aspects Concerning the Character of Edgar Allen Poe," Miss Ella May Davis.
Song, selected, Mr. Fred Henderich,.
"Chronicles of the Class," Miss Rosella Martin.
"The Art of Arts" ”Knowing How," Miss Gladys Larson.
Spanish duet, "Choza y Palacio," Misses Ione MacWilliams and Hortense Weidman.
Class prophecy, Miss Abbie Hare.
Song, "O, Dry Those Tears" (Teresa del Riego), Miss Evelyn Pomar.
Presentation of diplomas.
Address to class, Dr. Lincoln Hulley.
Closing Exercises Held by New Augustine School
The closing exercises of the New Augustine school No. 35 were held yesterday morning
at the school building in New Augustine and were thoroughly enjoyed by the large crowd
of visitors. Too much credit cannot be given the principal, Mrs. Merle Morton, and her
able assistant, Miss Gertrude Speissegger, for the excellent program which was
presented and for the efficient work during the past school year. The program follows:
The exercises were opened with the Lord's prayer by all.
Opening Address, Kate Glisson.
Song, "Greetings to All," school.
Recitation, "Who Was It?" Eunice Mitchell.
Song, "When Your Mother Took My Name Long, Long Ago," Irene Manucy.
Recitation, "The Tale of a Dog and a Bee," Louise McQuaig
Recitation, Nellie Petzinger.
Song, "Way Down Upon the Suwanee River," school.
Recitation, "Spelling Kitten," Nellie Coughlin.
Dialogue, "The Sick Doll," Miss Marian Miller, Irene Manucy and Horace McQuaig.
Song, "Two Little Girls With Two Little Curls," Mildred Duncan.
Recitation, "Grandma's Glasses," Cora Ashton.
Recitation, "Her Dream," Inez Manucy.
Song, Leona Petzinger.
Recitation, "Learning the Tables," Stella Taylor.
Song, "America," school.
Recitation, "Pa's Ways," Eva Johnson.
Song, "And a Little Child Shall Lead Them," Gladys Marcy.
Farewell address, Lueva Booth.
Song, "Home Sweet Home," school.
Certificates for perfect attendance were given to Irene Manucy, Marian Miller, Myrtle
McQuaig, Cora Ashton and Arthur Allman of the Upper grades and Mildred Duncan and
Inez Manucy of the lower grades. Gold medals were offered by Mrs. Morton to the upper
grades for perfect attendance. There being four girls with perfect records, they were
obliged to draw for it and it was won by Cora Ashton. The boys' medal was awarded to
May 23, 1910
Splendid Work Was Done by Pupils During School Year
A feature of the closing of the public school that was greatly enjoyed by many of the
patrons who noticed it was the display in the principal's office of some of the splendid
work that has been done during the past year in the high school. The pupils have done
unusually excellent work in the various classes and it showed to splendid advantage in
that on display.
Much of it was the work in higher mathematics and in physics from the classes
conducted by Prof. J. L. Boone, the principal. Much of this work was of a class far
superior to that usually seen at expositions and attested to the fact that most excellent
work has been done during the past year.
Every class in the school has held up to a splendid average and this means a great deal
when it is considered that the past year's work has been done under great difficulties in
the old school building. The high school work has been divided as follows: Prof. J. L.
Boone, higher mathematics, chemistry and physics, part of the Latin and bookkeeping;
Miss E. Hamblin, algebra, Latin and part of the English; Miss Wilhelmina Hooks part of
the English, history and part of the science; Mrs. Averitte, stenography, typewriting and
Colored School Commencement
The St. Cecilia school, the colored Catholic school, will hold its annual commencement
exercises in St. Johns hall tonight. The colored public school closing exercises were held
at the Jefferson theatre last Friday night.
Wanted in Volusia
Deputy Sheriff Guy White this morning brought in from Espanola a negro wanted on an
assault and battery charge in Volusia county. The prisoner is held at the county jail
awaiting the coming of the Volusia county officer.
Pews for Colored Church
The pews for the new colored Catholic church have been received and are being
placed. The work upon the church is now progressing rapidly and it will soon be ready
St. Augustine's population has been increased during the past week by several new
arrivals. Last night a daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. James Boyd. A daughter was
born to Mr. and Mrs. F. A. King about a week ago.
Eli in Again
Eli Smith has been good recently for he has been working out in the country where the
booze floweth not, but he came to town Saturday and strolled down Washington street to
get a haircut. The next he knew he was in jail. Officer S. A. McCormick took him in on the
charge of being drunk and cursing. Judge Pinkham welcomed him back to the city with a
sentence of five dollars and costs or ten days.
May 24, 1910
Death of Madame Schutz
News of the death of Madame Schutz has been received here. She died at Saratoga, N.
Y., suddenly last Wednesday. No further particulars were given in the letter. Madame
Schutz for many years conducted a hair dressing establishment here and she was well-
known to residents and winter visitors. She left St. Augustine at the close of the winter
season, apparently in normal health. Her death will be a shock to her friends here.
Sheriff After Prisoner
Sheriff Smith of Volusia county was in the city this morning to get John McKeever, a
negro arrested by Deputy Sheriff Guy White at Espanola and who is wanted in Volusia
county on an assault and battery charge. He took McKeever back with him to stand trial.
Many Negroes Wed
Weddings are becoming frequent of late among the colored people. Licenses have been
issued for the marriage of Merritt Holmes and Jessie Barnes of Elkton, Rufus Williams
and Isador Young of Hastings and Richard Mitchell of Wilmington, S. C., and Rosa Lee
Dewey of Leesburg, S. C.
A license has been issued for the marriage of Mr. John A. Dixon and Miss Alma C.
Howard, both of New Augustine.
A. J. Shaw, a negro, found a plain drunk and disorderly charge to be very expensive in
city court this morning when he failed to appear on time with the result that his $10 bond
was declared forfeited by Judge Pinkham. He was arrested by Officer S. A. McCormick
Genovar-Cuban Patriot and Diplomat.
The following article written by Seward Cramer in Sunday's Tampa Tribune, regarding
Mr. Frank Genovar, formerly of this city, will be of interest to Mr. Genovar's relatives and
friends in the Ancient City:
"Give Cuba a chance. Rome was not made in a day, and can you expect a weakling
babe in swaddling clothes to become a full-grown man in a mere dozen years? Gomez is
doing all that is possible and trying with his might and brain to give to the people of the
island a government that will not only be stable, but which will invite capital and industry
to go there and reap the rewards which a kindly nature will surely give."
Such, in substance, is the implicit faith of Frank B. Genovar' statesman, patriot and
capitalist, in the future of the Pear of the Antilles. He is now at the home of M. H.
Harrison, his son-in-law, on Horatio street, just north of the Hyde Park Academy.
If the history of the Republic of Cuba is ever written, Mr. Genovar is entitled to at least a
portion of a big chapter, for what he did, in his quiet and modest way, to help the people
of the oppressed isle to throw off the yoke of servitude to Spain. His mission was not that
of becoming glorified by the boom of cannon, storming of fortifications, defending towns
and cities, and then going to Africa with a hired stenographer and photographer for
jungle hunting, with a monthly magazine eating up all the poses and sayings of the trip.
But his services for the freedom of Cuba were just as great, in that he is a great
diplomat, and it was he whom the Cuban leaders sought for advice on all important
matters that were destined to great history and the successful conclusion of the
independence of Cuba.
He became so great a power in Cuba's welfare that he was made the official interpreter
for General Shafter, and was on the spot when Spain finally relinquished all claims to the
island and the island was turned over to the Cubans.
Mr. Genovar was once a great power in the politics of Florida, of which State he is a
native. He made governors, congressmen and senators. It was he who first trotted out
Senator Pasco for the United States Senate, and Senator Pasco has acknowledged,
unsolicited, that it was Mr. Genovar's clever management that finally secured for him the
election to the exalted position. It was Mr. Genovar who nominated Col. Robert Davis for
congress. A glance at the magnificent old man shows his sterling character. His piercing
coal-black eyes, as if embedded in pure alabaster, his earnestness in every word,
makes character reading of the man an easy job. Any purpose he had to perform would
be entered into without such a word as "retreat" being in the plans and specifications.
In brief, his biography in connection with Cuba, is as follows:
He was born in St. Augustine, in 1842, and at one time practically owned all the land that
the outreaching of the historic city has developed.
In 1859 he went to Cuba and saw the sufferings and oppression of the Cuban people.
He had come from the States and appreciated what freedom meant and his big heart
was thrown into the cause of the people of the island.
Was present at the meeting when Gen. Martinez Campos called all the leaders of the
Cuban liberation together and the leaders accepted the "Compact of Zanza," which
promised them autonomy.
Was arrested by Spaniards in 1873, and kept in custody for twenty-four hours for
alleged connection with the filibustering expedition of the old ship Vesuvius.
Returned to the States and became interested in Florida politics and was for years
chairman of the St. John's delegation to the State conventions.
At the time of the intervention of the United States for the cause of Cuba, his heart
melted for the people of the islands and he went there and became one of the "advisory
board" of the campaign of the patriots.
His counsel was eagerly sought for in the development of the political welfare of the
country after peace negotiations were entered into, and he has carefully and honestly
watched the development.
Is now in Tampa and Florida for the first time since the intervention by the United States.
"Yes, indeed," he said, "Cuba is bound to be a great country. There is no doubt but that
Gomez has his dreams of realization to that end, and is lending every bit of energy to
bring it about; but he is hampered. The government has to creep before it can learn to
walk, or even stand on its own footing. The United States is a great father to the Island
and will protect it until it secures a good sound government, free from intrigues, or give it
every chance in the world to go it alone, and if Cuba cannot make the journey among
the nations by itself, Uncle Sam will lend the aiding hand and welcome it as a member of
Take it in Havana and go through the business districts. Read the signs. Spaniard after
Spaniard will be over the door of the big concerns, and while the policy is dormant at
present, these Spaniards are very strong partisans for annexation with the United
States. They desire stability. It presents a rather queer complication. The very Cubans,
speaking generally and of the honest men who are trying to give a good government,
whom the United States liberated, are the ones who are anti-annexationists. They are
simply mad that Gomez did into turn over the millions of dollars as spoils of war to them.
And still there is that lingering hope in this class that want to grab that they may yet
become enriched through manipulations if Uncle Sam will only take a nap. It is simply
base ingratitude, and they are retarding the teaching of Cuba how to walk unassisted.
The subject of annexation is one of the future, and no man can now tell what there will
be brought about, but the conscientiousness of the real leaders of Cuba and the
watchful eye of the United States makes it almost a certainty that there is naught but
sunshine in the horoscope for Cuba. If Cuba can standalone and convince capital that
crutches are unnecessary, all right. If Cuba needs assistance and wants protecting
arms, I think that the United States will step in and tell all other nations, 'Hands off.' In
other words, it is up to Cuba herself, to make good."
"What is your idea of the Maine? Was it blown up by the Spaniards?" he was asked.
And the old gentleman's eyes twinkled.
"Nobody knows," he replied. "It does seem funny that the wreck of the Maine should be
left in the harbor, in plain sight, for these years. I really think that the Spaniards had
nothing to do with the blowing up of the ship, and that when raised it will show that it was
blown from the inside. I do not think that a living soul, or any who has passed to the
beyond, had anything to do with the destruction of the ship, with any pre-thought of the
consequences. It was simply one of those unaccountable explosions, the same as we
often hear of ”spontaneous combustion” that blew up the Maine.
"And just think. Spain could have averted the entire trouble by giving the people of the
island half a show." And he shook his head as a gesture that meant much.
As has been previously outlined, Mr. Genovar was present at the actual scene of the
relinquishment by Spain to all claims to the island. He was the official interpreter for
General Shafter. General Vaar de Vada had been killed in war, General Lenares had
gone, General Blanco would not stay, and General Castellanos went through the
motions of delivering over the island to General Brooks, and Mr. Genovar interpreted
Is he not entitled to a page of Cuba's history?
Is First Graduate
Miss Andrew Completes High School Business Course.
Among those receiving certificates at the end of the school term is Miss Alliene Andrew
who has the distinction of being the first to graduate from the business course of the
high school with all of the work of the entire three years' course completed.
Miss Andrew has taken each study in each year's course in stenography and leaves the
school this week with the first certificate of the kind issued. The certificate has been
issued by Superintendent of Public Instruction W. S. M. Pinkham.
May 25, 1910
Col. George, Former Customs Collector, Died in West
News was received in St. Augustine today of the death in Los Angeles, Cal., last Sunday
of Col. Thomas B. George, a well-known former resident of the Ancient City and for
many years the collector of customs for this port. From the information that has been
received it is quite probable that the remains will be brought here for interment by the
side of his wife who rests in Evergreen cemetery. The news was received with general
regret by the many friends of Col. George for he was held in high esteem by a host of
friends in this city.
Col. George was a close personal friend of President McKinley and received his
appointment as collector of customs from the President personally. He was reappointed
by President Roosevelt and held the position as long as he desired it. He finally resigned
about three years ago, after having served since about 1899. He has been away from
the city for the greater part of two years or perhaps a little more. He was over eighty-six
years of age at the time of his death. He owned some property on Hypolita street where
he resided while living here. Mr. T. W. Adams is in charge of his effects here.
He served through the War of the Confederacy on the Union side and was a loyal
member of Chatfield Post, G. A. R. He leaves two sisters and other more distant relatives
in the north. It is understood that he expressed the wish that his remains be brought to
St. Augustine and interred by the side of his wife in old Evergreen and it is probable that
this will be done. When the remains arrive the funeral will be held under the auspices of
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Mr. W. H. Chambers, comptroller of the Florida East Coast Railway and hotel system,
and daughter, Miss Kathleen Chambers, will leave tonight for Woodstock, Ontario, to join
Mrs. Chambers, who is returning East after spending the winter in California. Mrs. And
Miss Chambers will make Woodstock their home this coming summer.
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Many of the teachers at the State School for the Deaf and the Blind have left for their
respective homes for the usual summer vacation. Miss Margaret Compton left this
morning for Norfolk, Va., where she will visit for some time before proceeding to her
home in West Virginia. Miss Ethel Corey was a passenger on last night's train for
Jacksonville, Ill., and Miss Rees has returned to Savannah and Miss Duffy to her home
in West Virginia.
Fined for Fighting
William Fleming and Pat Newman were each fined $5 and costs by Judge Pinkham in city
court this morning on the charge of fighting. They were arrested last night by Chief of
Police Benet. Newman claimed that he was only trying to part Fleming and another
negro who were raising a disturbance in front of his place, but Fleming testified that he
was struck in the mix-up himself and Judge Pinkham decided that both were about
May 26, 1910
Carrying Razor Draws Big Fine
Carrying concealed weapons is a serious offense and Charley Pitts, a negro, is now well
aware of this fact. He was arrested for carrying a razor and was sentenced to pay a fine
of $100 or to serve three months in jail by County Judge M. R. Cooper this morning.
The sentence imposed is the minimum and the maximum is $500 or imprisonment for six
One Lone Drunk
A negro woman arrested by Officer S. A. McCormick on the charge of being drunk and
of loitering about a bar room was up in city court this morning and was fined $3 and
costs with the option of five days in jail by Acting Municipal Judge M. R. Cooper.
On Inspection Trip
Mr. Henry M. Flagler, chairman of the board of directors, and Vice President J. P.
Beckwith of the Florida East Coast Railway will probably leave this evening on an
inspection trip south.
Mr. Burgess Dead.
Well-known Winter Resident Passes Away at Northern Home.
The many friends of Mr. Lewis Burgess, a well-known winter resident, will learn with
regret of his death, which occurred after an illness of ten days at his home, Hague-on-
Lake-George, N. Y., on May 23d.
Mr. Burgess, accompanied by his wife, left here on May 2d and he was in his usual
health at that time.
He was a man noted for his good qualities and will be much missed by his friends, of
which he had many, in all parts of the country.
He was 76 years of age and is survived by his wife and many relatives. He was an uncle
of Mrs. C. M. Bevan of this city and had a pretty winter home on Bay street.
May 27, 1910
For Cutting Wife
Walter Smith, the negro who is charged with cutting his wife with a razor several weeks
ago, will be arraigned before Judge Mackey for a preliminary hearing tomorrow morning
on the charge of assault with intent to murder. He slashed his wife across the abdomen
and for a time it was believed that she would not live. The crime occurred in the southern
end of the county.
Violated Sanitary Ordinances
Charged with violation of the city sanitary ordinances, Rosa Trent and Peter Warie,
negroes, were both on the docket when Judge Pinkham heard the cases in city court this
morning. Rosa failed to appear on time and so forfeited her $10 bond. Warie was given
$5 and costs or ten days. The arrests were made by Deputy Marshal Oliver Monson.
Children of the Confederacy
A meeting of General Loring chapter, Children of Confederacy, will be held tomorrow
afternoon, at the U. C. C. Chapter room at 4 o'clock. Edythe Klair Corbett, President.
Off on Inspection Trip
Mr. Henry M. Flagler, chairman of the board of directors, and Vice President J. P.
Beckwith of the Florida East Coast Railway left yesterday afternoon on a special for the
lower East Coast on an inspection trip. Down the coast they will be joined by Vice
President J. E. Ingraham. They will probably go as far as Key West before returning.
Fined for Hitting Wife
Charged with assault and battery, Albert Spencer, a negro, was fined $5 and costs by
Judge Pinkham in city court this morning. He was charged with striking his wife and he
was arrested at her urging by Officer J. W. McCormick. The trouble seemed to have
been patched up, however, as she paid the fine this morning. Officer L. Capella also had
a case up, a white man charged with indecent exposure. He drew $5 and costs also.
May 28, 1910
Phone to Anastasia.
Summer Colony, Joins Together in Securing Improvement.
As the result of a contract just closed with Manager McNair of the local telephone
exchange the members of the summer colony will within a couple of weeks be in direct
connection with the city by telephone. Six have joined together in securing the
improvement and it will add much to their convenience during the summer months while
they are on the island.
The line is what is known as a farmers' line. Under this plan the telephone company
carries the wire to the city limits and the subscribers carry it the remainder of the
distance and supply the instruments. The six are allowed a collective rate that is the
same as is charged for one business phone in the city.
The line will not reach to South Beach but will take in a number of the cottages about the
light house. Those spending the summer there will thus be placed in direct connection
with the city at all times.
Fined for Assault and Battery
John Cook, charged with being drunk and with assault and battery, was before Judge
Pinkham in city court this morning and was sentenced to pay a fine of $10 and costs or
to serve twenty days in jail.
Carrying Concealed Weapons
Charged with carrying concealed weapons Mack Morris, a negro arrested by Deputy
Sheriff Charley Green at Hastings, was brought in this morning and will soon be tried on
Stole Pair of Pants
Charged with stealing a pair of trousers from Tarlinsky at Hastings, John Wiggins, a
negro, was sentenced to pay a fine of $10 and costs or to serve forty days by Judge
Mackey this morning. Wiggins was arrested at Hastings by Deputy Charley Greene.
Death of Mrs. Johnson.
Well Known Lady Passes Away After Lingering Illness.
After ill health extending over many years and a lingering illness of several months
duration, Mrs. Mary Benton Johnson, a well known lady, passed away last night at
midnight at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Deardorff, on
Charlotte street. She was 66 years of age at the time. She was a member of Grace M. E.
Church and had always been known as one who took willing and earnest part in the work
of the church.
The funeral will take place at the residence of Mr. Deardorff tomorrow afternoon at 5
o'clock, the Rev. J. Henry Martin, pastor of Grace M. E. Church, officiating. The remains
will be taken to the train immediately afterwards by Undertaker Ponce and will be taken
to Chattanooga, Tenn., for burial in the family lot in Forest Hill cemetery. Mrs. Hubert B.
Johnson, a daughter-in-law of Mrs. Johnson who arrived today at noon from Alabama,
will accompany the remains.
Mrs. Johnson was well known and a large circle of friends learned of her death with great
regret. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. C. L. Deardorff of this city, a son, Mr. Jubert
B. Johnson of Sheffield, Ala., and her husband, Mr. S. Johnson.
She was born in Kentucky but spent her early life in southern Indiana and about thirty
years ago came south to Alabama. She was a daughter of the Rev. Joe Benton, a
Methodist minster, and always took a deep interest in Church work. She and Mr.
Johnson have resided in St. Augustine for the past eight years at the old Rainey place,
north of the city.
Charles J. Mission, who arrived here several days ago from Atlantic City for a visit to his
uncle, Mr. H. E. Hernandez, has secured a position in the auditor's office of the Florida
East Coast Railway.
May 31, 1910
Moccasin Branch Church Was Dedicated Yesterday
In the presence of fully three hundred people the new Catholic Church at Moccasin
Branch was dedicated by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Kenny yesterday. He was assisted by
Father O'Mahoney who accompanied him from St. Augustine. The impressive ceremony
took place at 9:30 o'clock in the morning. Father Langlade also assisted in the
The altars and the Church were sprinkled in accordance with the beautiful and
impressive custom of the Church and following the dedication by Bishop Kenny mass
was sung at 10 o'clock by Father Langlade and Father O'Mahoney preached. A class of
about thirty, including both children and adults, then received the rite of confirmation
from the bishop.
The Church especially bears witness to the wonderful work of Father Langlade. The
work of erecting it was all under his personal direction and he did much of the work
himself. It is a frame building but the interior is finished in panels of native wood and is
most beautiful and shows splendid skill and workmanship. The old Church which it
replaces was also built by Father Langlade.
Over three hundred were present many going out from St. Augustine. A big picnic dinner
was spread after the ceremonies of the morning were over. The weather was ideal and
this made the entire day one that will long be remembered.
Only Two Cases
Only two cases, neither important, were on the docket for disposition by Judge Pinkham
when city court convened this morning. One was a white man charged with being drunk
and asleep in the plaza and arrested by Sergt. Davis. He forfeited a $5 bond. The other
was a negro arrested by Deputy Monson on a plain charge of drunkenness. He drew $1
and costs or two days.
Miss Ruth Murrell, Miss Ida Murrell and Mr. Z. E. Murrell, Jr., of Wilmington, N. C., arrived
in the city Saturday evening on a visit to their cousins, the Misses Bessie and Mary
Mr. F. H. Greatorex, manager of the Princeton club of New York city, has returned after a
two week€™s vacation enjoyably spent in St. Augustine as the guest of his brother, Mr.
W. W. Greatorex and family.
Mr. Edward Mickler of Wilkesbarre, Pa., returned home Saturday evening after a short
time spent by the side of his brother, Judge Albert H. Mickler, who is seriously ill at his
home on Bridge street.
June 1, 1910
Given Jail Sentence
One of the heaviest sentences given in some time in city court was that this morning
when Judge Pinkham gave Leo Vogel, a well known young man, twenty days in jail
without the option of paying a fine. The charge was drunkenness and making threats
against his mother and brother. He was arrested by Officer Lucas. Judge Pinkham, after
hearing the case, considered it to be a very grave one and decided to impose the
imprisonment sentence without a fine.
Scattered Trash on Street
Jeff Robinson, a negro, learned in city court this morning that when a straw mattress is
emptied out so as to be refilled the trash mustn't be placed out in the middle of the
street. He was arrested by Deputy Marshal Monson. It seemed to be a case of ignorance
of the law and Judge Pinkham was lenient with a fine of $1 and costs or five days in jail.
Banks Will Close Friday
As Friday, June third, which is the birthday of Jefferson Davis, is a legal holiday in State
of Florida, the First National and the Commercial banks will be closed for the day.
Had Narrow Escape
Rescued just in time, Mr. Tom McGuire had a narrow escape last night from asphyxiation
in his room in a building on Baya lane. He retired late and being tired fell asleep at once.
In turning out the gas he accidentally knocked the key back around allowing the fixture
to flood the room with gas. Others in the building detected the smell and opening the
room awoke him. He was rescued before the gas had done much harm.
Colored Man Dies
Alfred Blake, a negro twenty-three years of age, died this morning at his home on
Lincoln street after a two years illness from tuberculosis. He is a native of St. Augustine
and was well known among the members of his race.
Assault and Battery Charge
Abe White, a negro arrested by Deputy Sheriff Joe Apler on an assault and battery
charge, will be given a hearing before Judge Mackey today.
June 3, 1910
Caught Big Jewfish
Fighting with all his might a big jewfish tipping the scales at about two hundred and fifty
pounds created a stir around the St. Augustine Power Boat Club dock yesterday
afternoon when he was captured by Seth Wilbur, the colored caretaker of the club
house. Wilbur had thrown out a shark line with a couple of catfish on for bait. This
appeared to be exactly what the big fish was looking for as he soon took it in and started
the fun. Wilbur had about all he could do for a while and the commotion attracted
several to the scene. The fish is one of the largest ever captured off this dock. It was
butchered and sold.
Colored Couple Licensed
A license was issued this morning for the marriage of G. G. Godwin and Penna Boone of
New Augustine. Both are negroes.
Married Colored Couple
County Tax Collector H. H. Floyd this morning united in marriage Liege Robinson of
Ocala and Martina Reed of Lake City at his office in the court house. The two are
Found Unconscious in Boat
Sam Ferguson, a negro fisherman in the employ of Mr. George W. Corbett, was found
unconscious in his boat on the river Tuesday and yesterday died. He went out as usual
but did not return at the accustomed hour Tuesday and as his boat was sighted across
the river adrift Mr. Corbett sent someone over to investigate. Ferguson was found lying
in the boat unconscious. He was brought to the city and given medical attention but he
had evidently sufferer a stroke of apoplexy and this soon resulted in death. Some
excitement was caused when he was first found.
June 4, 1910
Death of Mrs. J. T. Brown.
Well Known Lady Passes Away at Advanced Age.
After ill health extending over several years and a four or five weeks' illness which only
reached a critical stage during the past few days, Mrs. J. T. Brown, a well known and
highly respected lady, passed away yesterday afternoon at 4:45 o'clock at the family
residence. She was 70 years of age.
The funeral will be held from the residence tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, the Rev. J.
Henry Martin officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen cemetery by Undertaker Ponce.
Mrs. Brown was a native of Greenville, S. C. She has spent many years in St. Augustine
and had won a very wide circle of friends through her many admirable traits of character.
She was a member of the Methodist Church and had taken much interest in Church
work. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. J. W. Estes and by a son, Mr. S. L. Brown.
Both reside in this city.
While she had been ill for some time death was not expected and deep regret was felt by
her many friends when they learned the sad news.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Maine Hutson and children left this morning for Kissimmee where they
will visit Mrs. Huston's mother, Mrs. Kohendoffer.
Miss Wilma Davis, a popular student at Stetson University at Deland, returned home
yesterday for the summer vacation which she will spend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
H. W. Davis.
June 5, 1910
To Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Pacetti, Sunday morning at 1:30 o'clock, a bouncing baby
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