A Look Backwards by Emma Goggin March 23, 1975

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A Look Backwards by Emma Goggin March 23, 1975 - amendment., 11 guarantees the of Okalnosa...
amendment., 11 guarantees the of Okalnosa County Well, whatever the reason, I insanity on March 19.) A look backwards Local names, local color By EMMA GOGG1N Towns and localities in the area came by their names in strange but fascinating ways. Niceville, for instance, was known as Boggy-named for Boggy Bayou on which it is located. Pomcroy Edge, (he first postmaster, named Niceville during the first decade of the 20th Century. At that time, Postmaster Edge and other citizens also wanted to rename their town Portsmouth but postal authoriliesobjected.Toomuch like nearby Portland, (he said.. As postmaster, Edge had "the edge" and submitted his favorite choice-Niceville. Why Niceville? Because Edge thought it was nice. Boggy just was not appropriate for a growing community. Valparaiso was named by its founder, John Perrine When Perrine and his ship's master, Captain Fozzard sailed into Choctawhalchee Bay, exploring all the bayous, they came to New Point Comfort in Sunset Bay. After caniping there for three days, Perrine was'de- .ermined lo someday make his home in this natural oveliness.whicli he described as the real "Vale of n aradise," namely Valparaiso. Deslin derived its name from its first seltler, Captain Leonard Destin, a New England seafarer, who es- tabhsheda commercial fishery at what was thenknown simply as {Cast Pass. Joe's Bayou af Desfin, where the fishing boats fake refuge during storms, was named after the last Indian to leave that region. He was known as Injun Joe who came to a sad end oldtimers say. The story goes that he jumped on a while traveller and ended up with a knife in his back. The town of Mary Eslher represents the first names of the daughters of (hefirstschool master in the area John Newton. The community of Wright was once known as Cracker's Neck. Mossy Head, once "Mushy Bend," got its name from a spring in an oak grove. Shalimar was the FirslEglin housing area and its name is a derivation of shallow sea from (he Latin. Fort Walton Beach took its name from Camp Walton a Confederate camp during the Civil War. Later, Beach was added to help attract tourists to the Playground situated on the Gulf of Mexico. Okaloosa County's name, some say, is derived from Choctaw meaning Black Water.. Others said that Okaloosa is an Incl i;m word meaning "pleasant place."

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  1. Playground Daily News,
  2. 23 Mar 1975, Sun,
  3. Page 4

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