January 11, 2009 - The Lake City Reporter

By H. Morris Williams

Paul S. Giebeig, Jr. (CHS 1943) had near-perfect attendance in his blood. He became the founding principal of Five Points Elementary School in 1954 and in his 26 years there he missed only five day's work, four due to family illness.

He rarely missed a worship service at the First United Methodist Church in his entire life, and he had perfect attendance at the Lake City Lions Club for 25 years.

A die-hard CHS football fan, he missed just one Tiger football game from 1949-1974.

Paul was never one to make a big deal out of his excellence attendance records. When somebody asked him why he missed his first football game in 25 years, he said, "No big deal. I just decided not to go!"

Paul's oldest son, Sparks (CHS 1970) , evidently took after his dad. He had near perfect attendance at CHS, and that, plus his academic excellence and good citizenship, earned him UFs Florida Alumni Scholarship Award.


During World War II, the Lake City Navy Air Station band regularly played the National Anthem before CHS football games and also performed at community dances at the Woman's Club.


If you graduated from CHS in 2003 or 2004 and also attended the Niblack Learning Center, the School Museum has 10 like-new Niblack yearbooks to give away. (These are NOT CHS yearbooks). This would mean you attended Niblack as a sixth grader in 1997 or 1998.

If someone--teacher or student-- from those years would be willing to store these yearbooks until you have a class reunion, they would make nice gifts for those who did not get a Niblack yearbook or perhaps lost theirs.

Similarly, if you graduated from CHS in 1983 or 1984 and attended Lake City Junior High School, we have some surplus yearbooks from LCJHS from those years we can give away. Please call.


On June 21, 1963, land surveyors Bennett Wattles and Lewis Songer found Lake City's northwest corner post, placed there on March 27, 1908, during a "retracement survey".

The cypress post had been sunk to mark that corner of the corporate city limits. It was located in the Aline Thompson subdivision. An eight-inch pipe with brass tablet and inscription replaced it.


It seems hard to believe, but Philip A. Browning, Sr. (1911-1994), highly respected and memorable principal at LCJHS, has been gone nearly 15 years.

His funeral service was at First Baptist and final resting place was Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.


The 1995 CHS Junior Varsity football team compiled an undefeated 7-0 record. Along the way, they won their 35th straight game, averaged 40.4 points per game, allowed only 1.8 points per game, and gave up zero points defensively.

Head Coach Donnie Harrison led those outstanding JV Tigers and was assisted by an outstanding staff of assistants: Charles Mobley, Mitch Shoup, Joey O'Neal, Kraig Peeples, and Kelvin Stewart.


The official state convention program of the State Association of County Commissioners for 1939 lists the five Columbia County Commissioners as Wilbur Douberley, Paul Pearce, and Mack Hunter, all of Lake City--but it also includes Frank Melton of Jasper and G. L. Churchwell of High Springs.

How could our county have county commissioners from other counties namely, Hamilton and Alachua?


The original Lake Shore Hospital was located near the 400 block on the north side of East Duval Street. If anyone has a picture of that building, now gone, please call me.

Shands at Lake Shore Hospital would like to have a picture of that building as they prepare to celebrate the hospital's part in Lake City's 150-year anniversary.


Two southern rednecks decided to try ice fishing so they traveled to the coldest part of Michigan in the middle of winter.

After arriving, they went to a hardware store and bought an expensive chisel to break through the thick ice.

Later the rednecks went back for another chisel, then another, then another. Then the store owner said, "You're buying a lot of chisels. You must be catching a lot of fish." But the redneck said, "No Sir, we haven't even got the boat in the water yet!" square

H. Morris Williams is a local historian and long-time Columbia County resident.