10 YEARS AGO
Quincy city commissioners met in a special meeting last Wednesday to hammer out details for a 90-day contract for Interim City Manager Jack McLean. Former manager Bill Bogan, in the audience, had been terminated the previous day. McLean, the city’s former attorney, who had resigned a month earlier, accepted the commission’s offer to have him serve as interim manager until a full-time city manager can be found.
20 YEARS AGO
Quincy Police Captain Robert Barkley was officially appointed Quincy’s newest police chief by Quincy City Manager Ken Cowen. A small army of Gadsden County law enforcement officials attended to show support, as did officials from the State Attorney’s office and community leaders. After a two-and-a-half year absence, a drug store opened in Havana. The Drugstore of Havana, an old fashioned, independently owned, full-service pharmacy and soda shop owned by pharmacist Olive Collins, located in the old Charley’s Department Store building on 7th Ave. East.
30 YEARS AGO
Carousel Studio, a shop which specialized in custom made stained glass, opened in the building across from Havana Day Dreamin’ on U.S. 27 N. The co-owners, Marie Coleman and Patsy Barber, said they were both delighted to be a part of the antique district in downtown Havana. The Havana Town Council, as part of its effort to bridle a rampant drug problem, amended its alcoholic beverage ordinance to eliminate sales of beer, wine, or liquor by the drink or package within the city limits of Havana on Sundays.
40 YEARS AGO
Jack’s Red Barn Restaurant and Lounge on U.S. 90 east of Quincy burned to the ground despite the efforts of the Quincy, Havana, and Tallahassee fire departments. The large red building, owned by Jack McLendon of Quincy, was burning through the roof with fire units arrived. The Havana Town Council listened to an official with the State Division of Library Services who said Gadsden County needed a county-wide library service in Havana, Quincy and Chattahoochee with full public library services. Council President Henry Slappey said the council was receptive to the idea if enough support was shown in the community.
50 YEARS AGO
Members of the Havana High School faculty honored Mrs. E.D. Weatherly during their annual homemade ice cream party at the Home Economics building for her 22 years of public school teaching. Quincy Lion Thomas Edward Peacock presented William H. King with a certificate honoring him as “Law Officer of the Month for Gadsden County.” Wildlife Officer King was selected for his fair and impartial service during the five years he had served in Gadsden County.
60 YEARS AGO
Bradley Munroe was re-elected president of the West Florida Livestock Association at a directors meeting. Sloan Baker was re-elected vice president as was John Russell as secretary. O.W. Edwards, Jr. was elected to the board of directors and named treasurer. Other directors were Dr. Ralph Porter, Lloyd Rhodon, Don May and John Russell. The Havana Town Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons in the city limits and included penalties of imprisonment of not more than six months and a fine not exceeding $500. The ordinance also gave police the authority to make arrests without a warrant.
70 YEARS AGO
Reminding Gadsden County people that June has been declared Dairy Month for the nation as well as the county, Mark W. Munroe, chairman of the Quincy Chamber of Commerce Agriculture and Livestock Committee, urged all citizens to use more dairy products during that period. Charter members of the new K-Club at Havana High, sponsored by the Havana Kiwanis Club, were Dan Miller, president; Dickie Fischer, vice-president; Venice Walsh, secretary; Bobbie Lambert, treasurer; Ray Gregory, Jr.; Carl Jarrard; Winston Sapp; Bernard Blackwood; Winston Carter; and Charles Lester.
From The Herald Archives