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The Final Run of the Tokyo Express

The Battle of Cape St. Ge...

Jean Wiggins – Librarian from the very start

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As children, we often ima...

County Commission begins budget workshop hearings

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Cruising at 91 – Birthday dreams come true

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Rock Craze to benefit Sydney Holland Memorial Scholarship

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Optimist Park to host Dixie Youth State Tournament

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Jackie Cochran and WW II

Jackie Cochran and WW II

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Polly Andreasen – Educating at age 17

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The greatest woman pilot in the world

The greatest woman pilot in the wor…

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C.F. Jolley – Training students for the workforce

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Great Oaks

How We Got Great Oaks

I flew a North American T-6 from Greenville, Ms. to the Marianna Airport along with about 150 other pilots on the 31 of March 1953. I instructed here until the end of 1960. When I first started instructing here we were flying Piper P-18 aircraft (Cubs). We were landing in…
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Palladian Mansion

When we were restoring Great Oaks in the 1960s we were also building a Coca-Cola building in DeFuniak Springs. The architect was a gentleman in his 60s. I showed him some pictures of the house. When he saw pictures of the doors and windows he told me the design was…
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September 23 2010

On a cool, crisp morning in December of 1861, eight-year-old Lizzie Bryan awoke from her first night's sleep in her new home to the sounds of trace chains jangling, a wagon creaking, and Mingo speaking to the team of mules. She dressed in front of the warm fire one of…
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The Restoration of Great Oaks

Elijah Bryan died eight years before their family home burned. Mr. Bryan had an overseer named James C. Land. Mr. Land's granddaughter found the 1860 census in the Milton Public Library which listed him as residing on the plantation. She visited in 1991 and brought us several interesting papers, including…
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