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Letter of Gratitude for Russ House Decision

Dear Editor: The following letter was recently delivered to each Marianna City Commissioner and each Jackson County Commissioner, Mr. Jim Dean, Marianna City Manager and Mr. Ted Lakey, Jackson County Administrator, expressing the appreciation of the members of the Chipola Historical Trust for the cooperative steps they took to allow The Russ House to remain in future public use for Marianna and Jackson County. We deeply appreciate all their efforts.

Dear Commissioners:

The Chipola Historical Trust would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for the efforts that were made by the Marianna City Commissioners and the Jackson County Board of County Commissioners to look at the very important situation concerning The Russ House property, which resulted in saving The Russ House for public use.

Our organization is the only county group that is exclusively organized and dedicated to historical preservation and historical awareness. We deeply felt that saving this wonderful county icon was a very crucial decision which would affect Jackson County tourism for many years to come.

We are all very aware that tourists are drawn to The Russ House site as though it was a magnet, and the tours given there each day are done in a very professional manner, worthy of the dignity of the property and worthy of the pride of Jackson County residents. Tourists are fascinated!

With City and County ownership and the sharing of the Visitor’s Center for the TDC, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and eventually JCDC, you have put the organizations responsible for bringing tourists and outside development interests to Jackson County on a common ground for years in the future. What a wonderful plan.

Again, our deepest appreciation for a job well done! Please know that the Chipola Historical Trust stands ready to assist in any possible way to further the goals of these three organizations and to assist in any way possible where historical preservation and historical awareness is involved.

Most sincerely,

Patricia M. Crisp, President

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Sharing Jackson County History On Sale Now

In Time for Christmas: Chipola Historical Trust's Sharing Jackson County History

Everyone has a person who is particularly difficult to buy for when it comes to Christmas, an anniversary or a birthday. This year the Chipola Historical Trust has solved the problem by having its Sharing Jackson County History on sale.

The publication, with a hundred and thirty one pages, is made up of stories that were originally published as weekly articles in the Jackson County TIMES by Pat Crisp, Mary Robbins, Sue Tindel and Robert Earl Standland. From the oldest known photo of Marianna on page 3 to a color scene of the modern Blue Ssprings Recreation Area on page 131, the book tells the story of Jackson County artfully and accurately. For those who wish to delve more into their own family's background, sources are listed within. The book contains many photographs not been previously available to the public.

Chipola Historical Trust President Pat Crisp reports that the books are selling well. Some of the comments are: "Love the pictures"; "thank you for doing this. The book makes Jackson County history come alive".

Books are available at The Russ House and at the Jackson County TIMES. The books are a $25 donation to the Chipola Historical Trust. Mail orders are being sent daily at a cost of to cover postage and protective envelope. All checks should be made out to the Chipola Historical Trust.

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Chipola Historical Trust Gets a Treat! Sangy White

The Chipola Historical Trust was delighted to have Mary "Sangy" White, 106 years old and soon to be 107, with her daughter Consta, speak at the meeting held October 21, 2013  Ms. Sangy was primed with questions which she answered with precision and humor.

She told stories of how she and her late husband moved into their first home on Highway 73 (Dothan Cutoff). They shook peanuts by day and picked cotton at night. The cotton was taken into their 2 room house at night for safety. Over the years, The White family added on to the house one room at a time. The house had a tin roof and she told an entertaining story of fixing the roof herself to stop a leak.

Ms. Sangy spoke of running a team of mules into a wasps nest while plowing one day. She didn't get stung but the poor mules did. "I just hung on and kept the mules under control until I could get them away from the wasps and tend to their stings", she related "and I can still run pretty good."

She always made extra money as a seamstress with a pedal machine which she uses to this day. She made flour sack dresses and scrap dresses. No patterns needed, she just looked at pictures and went to work. Just a few years ago she outfitted a complete wedding, including the bridal gown, all maids of honor dresses, and even bow ties and cummerbunds for the groom and other men.
At 106 years of age she still drives her 1994 car, although she doesn't drive at night any more. Sangy loves to fish and told tales of deep woods Port St Joe fishing.

Sangy just returned to Jackson County after spending several weeks in California with her daughter. Her mind is still sharp and she is fleet of foot. It amazes all who are near her to experience her grace, kindness, and boundless energy. Her greatest blessing is "How the Good Lord takes care of me"

Sangy ended the talk with her five rules to live by:

  1. Love the Lord,
  2. Only one man
  3. Cook your own food
  4. Treat everybody right
  5. Don't Drink or Smoke
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