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On the hunt with the treasure hunter

Escambia County’s premier educator at the end of the nineteenth century was Professor James M. Tate. After he retired about 1914, he wrote several articles about his loved community for a Pensacola newspaper. Some of his early contributions...

 

J.M. Tate was a truly remarkable man

At one time in Escambia County, Florida, schools were titled with the names of outstanding members of the community, people considered role models. Today, with a need by local governments to not offend, or possibly due to the historical ignorance by...

 

Powelton had a history in Escambia (Fla.)

The history of the American Era of Escambia County in Florida is now almost two hundred years old. In the early years it is remembered that a few areas in the northern part of the county grew slowly as remote, self-sustaining woodland communities....

 

Sampley ran the mill; was member of I.O.O.F

At Century’s ASHS Museums treasures abound. Although the monetary value of almost everything here is minimal, the historical merit of many items cannot be measured because they offer unique windows to our past. One artifact placed on a glass shelf...

 

Coon's store survived the Great Depression

The Alger-Sullivan museums are over-packed with items that recall the history of Century and the surrounding area. Many of these are photos, some are pieces of machinery or tools, others only trinkets, but almost all of these things have a story...

 

The tale of how Blakeley came to be settled

Let’s take a little history trip, it is not far. A drive along the river roads of the northern part of Baldwin County will reveal many sites that mark points of our regional history. Just north of Spanish Fort is one of our many interesting histori...

 

County courthouses have regal history

A unique feature of the American landscape is the county courthouse. Take a trip along the old major highways and you will often find at the center of a county seat stands a large, old, sometimes overly elaborate courthouse. At first glance, you may...

 

Simple items hold a wealth of memories

I was digging around in a box of stuff the other day and came across my old high school class ring. My mind flashed to the people, cars, and places that I knew in those days and I thought it funny how something of little physical value can hold so...

 

An epitaph to the great Margaret Collier

It is with a sad heart that we announce the passing of our society's matriarch, Mrs. Margaret Collier. Mrs. Collier died after a long and notable life. Her careers included social worker, school...

 

Remebering a local hero named Fred Jones

In the later part of last year, I was notified that a close friend had passed away. He and I had met at work, developed a good relationship, and by the time that we retired often met for lunch with...

 

A closer look at the Mobile Campaign

The Alger-Sullivan Historical Society holds a meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm. You are invited to attend any meeting and maybe become part of our group. The meetings usually have a few minutes of business, followed by a guest who sp...

 

The history of Pensacola's downtown

Are you curious about our history? Did you know that curiosity of our past has made historical tourism a rapidly growing part of Florida’s economy? Let’s take a trip to a town that really knows this. Pensacola in the last few years has had amazin...

 

An interesting review of our local logging history

Occasionally, our writers receive a note of appreciation about our articles in this paper; these articles for the Tri-City have been contributed by our members since 1990. Recently, Mr. Dudley wrote a note to say how much he liked a history of...

 

A tale of five men out cow hunting

There were five men in the party; they were cow hunting. They had left the comfort of their homes in the area along the coast known as the Walton Valley and traveled northwest in the yearly search for their free-range cattle. After several days of se...

 

The holidays are a time to be enjoyed

The holidays are a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, give to those in need and celebrate the gifts of God. One of those gifts is the freedom to learn about our own history and grow from that knowledge. Today, we Americans are far...

 

The history of Florida's education system

The history of early organized education in Florida is one of none, followed by failed and sporadic efforts by state and local officials until just before the twentieth century. The first real effort came with the post-Civil War Constitution commonly...

 

Florida has 200 years of history as a state

In a few years Florida will celebrate two hundred years as a part of the United States. It was in 1821 that Andrew Jackson traveled to Pensacola to accept transfer of West Florida from Spain and establish himself as interim governor. At the same...

 

Letters describe town's early beginnings

At the beginning of the twentieth century, The Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company was formed to harvest the thousands of acres of virgin pine in South Alabama and soon settled on a piece of property for a new sawmill in Florida, only a mile from the...

 

Small words can reveal great things

In the basement of the Pace Library at the University of West Florida is West Florida’s largest collection of historical documents. The archives hold volumes of information relating to the people who shaped local history. In the years before the...

 

Mighty oaks from small acorns grow

There is an old saying that was often used by a favorite teacher in my elementary school days. It is recalled roughly as follows, "Mighty oaks from small acorns grow". The history of the United...

 

Truman took morning walks in a business suit

Near the middle of the twentieth century, before the evolution of the presidential monarchy, there was a president who took daily morning walks in his business suit along the streets of Washington, D.C. Following reporters would often jog along just...

 

Historical ties to famous Texas desperado

Our society has contributed articles to this paper for almost thirty years now and I find that the collection is a surprisingly generous source of historical information about this region. I stumbled across the following a while back, a first-hand...

 

Locals can change history for the better

The events in our history that directed major changes in the evolution of our world are often thought of as far away and detached from local history. But, several people who changed our history lay at rest today in this county. One of the most...

 
 By Russell Brown    Opinion    June 7, 2018

U.S. has long standing with immigrants

The United States has always had a large immigrant population. This population has often been made up of large groups of people fleeing the hardships of their own lands to find a better life. Others seek purpose. This is the beginning story of a...

 

School discipline is very different today

I was raised in the country many, many years ago. As the oldest of four brothers, I spent summer days out the back door after breakfast with instructions to come back for lunch and stay out of trouble. Four boys roaming the countryside however were o...

 

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