November 1, 2009 - The Lake City Reporter

By H. Morris Williams

Two weeks ago I wrote a column about Sears & Roebuck houses in Lake City and asked anybody who knew of other local Sears houses to call me. Here's who responded:

*Geraldine Snipes called to say her son, Johnny Cox, lives in a Sears house in Greenville in Madison County.

*Wanda Toner told me there are at least four Sears houses in the Inglewood Avenue-Beverly Court area south of the DOT building, plus the house she lives in.

Wanda even sent 4 house plans of 1930's Sears houses with monthly payments ranging from "The Willard" ($35 for five rooms and a bath) to "The Newark" ($55 for seven rooms and a bath).

*Phyllis Whitacre said she knew of a Sears house on SR 100 between Lulu and Lake Butler.

*David Still emailed me that he and his wife, Juanita, own a Sears house that had been moved from Lake City to Mason City. They have totally redone the house but maintained the character of that period and they love our home.

Sears & Roebuck stopped building houses in 1940 so all these houses have to be around 70 years old and are, evidently, still going strong, a tribute to the sturdiness of the homes.


Brothers David Cox and Dr. Alan Cox, sons of Patsy and the late Gene Cox (CHS 1952) were both inducted into the Leon (Tallahassee) High School Football Hall of Fame at its 33rd induction ceremony last August 6.

David scored 39 touchdowns in his four-year career at Leon, served as team captain, and was named first team All State.

Alan played football and track at Leon and later served on the Leon football coaching staff. He earned his Ph.D. from FSU and is now the principal of Chiles High School, the largest high school in Leon County.

Their dad, Gene Cox, was Leon's head football coach for 27 years and he was inducted in 1991 for becoming the first Florida high school football coach to win 300 games. So, there are three Leon Hall of Fame members from the same family.


Five tombstones in the same area of Oaklawn Cemetery give this unusual information:

*Arthur Daughtrey (1812-1883).

*Lanetta Carstarphen Daughtrey (1840-1912, wife of Arthur Daughtrey);

*Tillithie A. Daughtrey (1828-1869, Consort of Arthur Daughtrey, born in Texas);

*Little Nettie Daughtrey (1879-1883, daughter of Arthur and Lanetta);

*Infant daughter--first name illegible--Daughtrey (1863-1883, Daughter of Arthur and Tillithie).

There were 16 years between the daughters' births. Arthur died the same year as his and Tillithie's daughter, 1883. Arthur died at age 71, his wife at 72, his 'consort' at 40.


These three fairly recent FWHS grads are achieving continued success after high school.

*Della Etheridge is now at senior at UF and will be graduating in 2010.

*Corey Wilson is beginning medical school at UF and 'aced' his first major anatomy exam, scoring in the top ten percentile of his class.

*Carlee Wilson graduated from UF with a degree in engineering and now works as a Professional Engineer Trainee at DOT.


1900-1918: Aunt Aggie's Boneyard flourished as a local tourist attraction.

1958: A winter storm dumped snow and ice on the area, the first snowfall here in 50 years.

1950: Frank Appell sold his Seminole Pharmacy to long time assistant Mack Lovett, ending 30 years as the store's sole owner.

1961: Lake City became the last town in Florida to change from the telephone switchboard to the dial system.

1961: Lester and Ann Scaff started S & S Food Stores with just one store. By 2000, they operated 45 stores in eight counties.

1948: Mrs. R. E. Roberts was identified as the oldest continuous reader of the Lake City Reporter. She had received the newspaper for 70 years.

1934: The Lake City Airfield opened and was the home to the Lake City Flying Club until 1942 when the navy took it over for the war effort.

1964: Interstate Highway 75 was opened for local use.


Dear God, Thank you for the baby brother but, honestly, what I really prayed for was a puppy. Jane, age 9. square

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