March 01, 2009 - The Lake City Reporter

By H. Morris Williams

Reverend Herbert Brownlee, pastor of the Mikesville Presbyterian Church, believes God called him to preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ as long as he is able.

Thats why Pastor Herb, who just turned 92, is still preaching. He preached his birthday sermon just last Sunday and I was there. He seems just as sharp and strong voiced as ever.

His meticulously prepared sermons always carry the same theme: Christ died for you. Accept His love into your life today and follow the Christian way. Then you will live a more abundant life now and hereafter.

Pastor Herb is also a fine minister and he actively tends to the spiritual and other needs of his Mikesville flock. He loves them and they love him. Unconditionally.

I was so inspired by Pastor Herbs sermon last Sunday that I made up my mind. I am going to start taking better care of myself so I can be there next year when Pastor Herb preaches his 93rd birthday sermon.

I know I will be spiritually uplifted once again by the man and his preaching. I always am.


Quinton Rumph (FWHS 1941) has made a recent sizable donation to the Advent Christian Village (ACV) in memory of his late wife, Ann. This donation resulted in the creation of the modern, spacious Ann and Quinton Rumph Dining Room at the ACV.

Quinton has now achieved the level of Meritorious Life Member VI, meaning he has donated more than $500,000 to the ACV.

Seven outstanding FWHS graduates who are all well familiar with Quinton's compassionate generosity are Dominic DeLuca, Sherod Keen, Molly Shoniker, Corey Wilson, Della Katharine Etheridge, Whitney Bigelow, and Stephen Lynch II. He donated at least $20,000 to each of them to attend college, all donations made in memory of his wife, Ann.

Those scholarships total $158, 000 and that total will rise to $178,000 this month when Quinton donates this years $20,000 scholarship to go to a yet-to-be named 2009 FWHS senior.


The CHS Class of 1964's 45th reunion will be held on Saturday, May 16, at the Mason City Community Center. For starting time and other information, call Suzanne Melton (497-1710) or Howard Van Arsdall (288-8989).


*1934: The State of Florida bought the Camp OLeno property so everyone can enjoy it.

*1859: The Bethlehem Lutheran Church was founded and became the first Lutheran Church organized in Florida. The first church membership roster included such well-knownlocal pioneer family names as Haltiwanger, Feagle, Witt, Koon, and Snelgrove.

*1950: Calvary Baptist Churchs Rev. Ivan Clements and his wife Louise got married, and they celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary last month.

*1941: New Buick cars were advertised as the fastest production car available, a young all-go machine unmatched for excellence, with a Fireball OHV straight eight with two carburetors, three speed column shift, and turn signals. The price: $1,230.

*1951: The Lake City-Live Oak football game was first designated The Old Oaken Bucket game. Lake City won 33-0. Lake City's coach was Broughton Williams and the Tiger co-captains wee Gene Cox and Lamar Ellis.

*1832: Columbia County was established as Florida's 16th county and its name came from the poetical name of (Christopher) Columbus. Previously, Columbia County had been part of Duval County and Alachua County.

*1936: Teacher Clarice Evans and our other teachers were late in getting their paychecks and couldnt pay their bills. Their requests to be paid went unheeded. Then, Clarice visited the individual School Board members, suitcase in hand, and told them she was broke and would be living with them until she got paid. The teachers got their pay that same week.

*1934: The First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Lake City opened for business at 145 Park Street (now Baya) and was still going strong some 50 years later.

*1937: Mildred Cone, wife of Lake City Governor Fred P. Cone, became Florida's First Lady at age 26, the youngest ever at that time.


Did you hear about the man who believed in reincarnation and wanted to come back as a singer? Well, he got his wish-- and he spent his next life as a sewing machine! square

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