Laurel Hill resident recalls 99 years of change; 'home is home'


Left: McDonald Campbell sits by a front window of the Laurel Hill home in which she was born 99 years ago. Right: Campbell, photographed in the early 1930s while a Palmer College student, still remembers buying this dress at a "fancy department store" in DeFuniak Springs.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Monday, July 29, 2013 at 12:56 PM.

Editor’s Note: We enjoy sharing stories about old North Okaloosa County from long-time residents turning more than 90 years old. Email if you or someone you know has a birthday and would like to share memories.  


LAUREL HILL — When McDonald Campbell was born 99 years ago, Laurel Hill was the largest community in what is now Okaloosa County.

Campbell vividly recalls when Laurel Hill boasted two banks, a movie theater, a hotel and bustling stores such as Campbell Company, which relatives owned.However, she prefers the town's current, more laid back atmosphere.

"On the Fourth of July I did not hear a single firecracker, and that is certainly indicative that we've grown much quieter,” she said.

Birthday and independence

Campbell celebrated her 99th birthday Saturday with family and friends, including fellow retired educators, with some coming from Alabama and Tallahassee.

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