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Conclusion on South Flomaton

In continuing last week's story it becomes apparent that the town of South Flomaton had a colorful history stretching over four decades. Some have said the bars and nightclubs, which once numbered as...

 

The rise, fall and birth of a town

According to the Pensacola News Journal, South Flomaton was the only other incorporated community in Escambia County Florida for most of its existence. The area had sometimes been the scene of controversy before and after its incorporation. The News...

 

The birth of South Flomaton, Inc

The later part of 1945 was a time of great optimism and hope across the area and the nation in that World War II had concluded with an Allied victory and the men and women of the US armed forces were...

 

The lasting legend of the Bear Man

The late 1800s into the mid-1900s was an era when traveling salesmen and others roamed the railroads and back roads of America making a living off their wits or sometimes by the generosity of others....

 

Historical mineral springs in Canoe

Mineral springs gave rise to many communities in our area and some become vacation locations as well. A mineral springs existed near Bowman Cemetery in the Wawbeek area that led to the rise of the long lost town of Evansville. The Roberts community h...

 

Disasters led to maps and street names

Across the rugged pages of history intersect the crossroads of memory and our own personal recollections and reflections. Yet with the passing of each successive generation much history is forgotten unless close attention is paid to the oral history...

 

Canoe study club kept learning alive

In an earlier time people used some of their leisure time to learn and grow intellectually for no other reason than to expand their minds. This held true for our local area as well. On many an otherwise cold fall or winter night, the only thing...

 

Nathan Rachel: Escambia's first draftee

The recent commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I marked a time that had a great impact on our local area. Many local men fought in the war. Some such as Sidney Manning...

 

More than just a country store

The small country store has its place in American society. Historically, people have gathered at such places to receive their mail, converse with neighbors, learn the news going on around them, and...

 

Mystery of the Butler Street School

Travelling northwest from Robinsonville one will soon reach the lower end of Butler Street. The road and community known as Butler Street stretches into Monroe County and scenic views along the route...

 

Robinsonville son gave all in Phillipines

Along the western end of the Robinsonville Baptist Church Cemetery rests the remains of Lt. William Maxwell. He was born in Monroe County Alabama and later adopted Robinsonville as his home as his family followed the migration of farm and logging...

 

Robinsonville preacher battles bandits

history while sitting at the end of a dusty dirt road and watching an October sunset slowly slip beneath the horizon. A mile or so in the distance, the white steeple of Robinsonville Baptist Church...

 

News from Robinsonville - early 1900s

One of the benefits of living in a small community is knowing the neighbors around you and the history of the area. Knowing history seems to help this writer put life in context as against the...

 

Modern technology meets old quest

Humans have always pondered their own mortality and their heritage. It’s natural and it separates us from the other species living on this planet. The ancient Romans worshiped their ancestors and prayed to them before their conversion to...

 

A line shack on Cowpen Creek

I have to admit I’ve always been fascinated by log cabins. The ones you can find in the woods along old roads and at old homesites especially. No two seem to be alike and most of the settlers who built them had a variety of skill sets and some are...

 

Forgotten graves & ghostly whispers

As William B. Travis' body lay in the cold dirt of a Texas grave, the town of Claiborne, AL was reaching its zenith. The town was an epicenter of antebellum river culture in Alabama and was the...

 

The rise and fall of Claiborne, Ala.

Antebellum river culture during the period of 1814-1855 brought about the overnight rise of many riverfront towns. Settlements quickly grew to towns along the Alabama River in rapid succession. Towns...

 

A battle flag's very long journey

Early in 1861 war fever swept the North and South alike. Predictions were made that the war would be a short one and men from all walks of life wanted to get in on the action before the war was over....

 

More on Booker's Mill in Conecuh

As mentioned last week, Booker's Mill existed at least as early at the Post-War Between the States Era in Conecuh County Alabama beginning with construction of the mill in 1865. Originally several dif...

 

Booker's Mill full of interesting history

After leaving the Antioch Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, we continued our way to Booker's Mill. Relying on GPS proved to be a fallacy in the journey in that it took us down a dirt lane called...

 

Local tied to the Bermuda Triangle

On a recent trip to Conecuh County I found myself with a few minutes to spare so I stopped by the library in Evergreen to do some light research on a McKinley ancestor who had lived in Conecuh in the...

 

Trial of the century in Esc. Co. (Ala.)

On April 3, 1906 Fred L. Hancock awaited his fate from an Escambia County jury for the slaying of Canoe School Professor Jesse Troutman. As one local newspaper printed, "Hancock will know early...

 

Murder in Canoe leads to big trial

The lives of some are destined for tragedy. At some points in time the people who come into a person's life have unintended consequences for eternity. So was the case between Fredrick Hancock, Jesse...

 

The Jacobs family settled in Canoe

There are many surnames which exist on the old census and newspaper rolls for Canoe, Alabama which no longer have living representatives in the Canoe area. Stackhouse, Kendrick, McCants and others...

 

The life & times of Peter D. Enfinger

Following the Civil War Southerners witnessed monumental changes throughout the region. The Reconstruction governments put in place by the North laid a heavy burden on the poor farmers and settlers...

 

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