Destin Due to Dedication March 1 1971
won Is- out to of $40 $8.70 (his 43 federal that tax n u t e s to pay n s - expenses be out go for satisfaction." Destin Due to Dedication, Says Marler to Historians DESTIN -- The reason Destin is so successful in its tourist and fishing industry is the dedication of its people, Ross C. Marler said Sunday. Marler, Destin postmaster and president of the Destin Chamber of Commerce spoke on "The Growth of Destin" before a meeting of the Historical Society of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, Inc. at the Uestin Elementary School library. "Destin just is not only a place but a way of life of the people who reside here," said Marler, a member of one of Ihe founding families of Destin. "In Destin's early beginning, the people had to depend on themselves for survival. They were able to meet all problems of life in a Christian m a n - ner. This created a feeling and atmosphere that is hard to explain. It was a do it yourself program on every- thing." Pointing out thai Destin owes its ginning to Capt. Leonard Destin, laid out all of its basics, 1 ' Marler described the community as being progressive and always having had progressive people. He told the gathering about the hardships encountered by his grandfather and grandmother, as early sdt- tlers In this region. His grandfather, an invalid, learned how to operate grist mill and brought it to Niceville, where he established himself in the grist mill operations. Their son, Billy Marler came to Destin and went to work for Leonard Destin at $20 a month. "This was big pay in those 1 9 4 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13- I t . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ) ) Â· ) Historical Notes Dr. Everett and Dr. Fanny-Fern Davis (at l e f t ) take notes as Ross C. Marler Speaks on "The Growth of Destin" before the meeting of the Historical Society of Okaloosa and Walton Counties, Inc., on Sunday afternoon at the Destin Elementary School Library. Lending an attentive ear are Carol Blizzard and George LaRoche, members of the Young Historians, seated at right. Rosa C. Marler days," Marler added. "When not fish- Ing, they farmed. It has been a m what has been grown In Destin." Marler described Destin as very b e a u t years ago, with lots of flowers and also orchards. "The Destin area will have to grow there Is no way to slop It," Mnrler stated. His talk was followed by a showing ot color slides of Desth), its harbor, East Pass and tht white sanr) beaches, Mrs. James LaKoche, president of the Historical Society presided over the meeting during which tribute'was paid to the late Mrs. i.iza Jackson.