North Okaloosa residents contribute to centennial book

Pediment Publishing technician Jon Shields

Pediment Publishing technician Jon Shields selects photos from James E. Cain’s family photo album for the county centennial book.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 at 05:03 PM.

CRESTVIEW — North county families’ history will soon be part of an elegant coffee table book commemorating Okaloosa County’s centennial next year.

Before Jon Shields of Pediment Publishing could set up his high-resolution scanner at the Crestview Public Library, eight residents were ready to share their family memories.

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Shields said the Crestview response was “excellent,” and far surpassed the book project’s first scanning session at Northwest Florida State College, which only one person attended.

As often happens locally when family photos get pulled out, soon small groups were chatting, passing around pictures and laughing while reminiscing over shared experiences.

While retired teacher Janis Griffin patiently waited with a large envelope of pictures, her cousin Barbara Adams walked in with an envelope of her own.

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