North Okaloosa residents contribute to centennial book

Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 at 05:03 PM.

“Look, here’s Uncle Purl,” Adams said, passing Griffin a photo of her father-in-law, Purl Adams, who built many downtown buildings in the 1920s and ‘30s, including the Alatex Building.

Billye Carter and Joe Barley shared stories of their years in the First United Methodist Church while Barley showed pictures of former Crestview City Councilman Sam Hayes leading the first official delegation to Noirmoutier, France, in 1994.

Reference librarian Sandra Dreaden produced an overflowing box of photos and memorabilia donated by Eva Fountain from the first Bob Sikes library in Twin Hills Park, including photos of former U.S. Rep. Sikes speaking at the dedication.

Shields pored over James E. Cain’s bulging photo album, including pictures of Cain’s grandfather at the family sugar mill on the Yellow River in the early part of the 20th century.

“We got us a lot of history right here,” Cain said, patting the album.

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