Villages by an Emerald Sea : America's New Riviera. Northwest Florida's Magnificent Emerald Coast, True Tales of the Early Years

James Keir Baughman

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Synopsis: FROM THE INTRODUCTION: History, gathered and posed by one who researches ancient records, can be an arid, tedious affair... replete with dry-bone forebears, a flooding of dates, and places with names that have no color, nor vision, nor canticle. History recorded in time to be penned by one who has seen and sensed and lived it...long abides as a song of life...exactly as it was, vibrant images sketched and hued in the printed, graphic word. These fourteen short stories are of such..., living vignettes of the early years of America's newest Riviera, Northwest Florida's magnificent Emerald Coast. Twelve of the tales are directly of the Emerald Coast itself. Two of them touch it only obliquely. "In The Tears of An Old Man," is of the time when the author was returning home, after an absence of only five out of more than fifty years. "The Last Casualty of World War II" is a story of the United States Air Force, so splendidly a portion of the Emerald Coast, and it's history. A saga recorded in such venue surely cannot cover the broad span of an age. Yet, it may paint in vivid timbre a man or woman or place or event shaping that era. I hope, to some extent, I have done so.

From the Inside Flap: DEDICATION

This book of historical vignettes is dedicated to my mother Iris Keir Armour Baughman. She was a vital, pivotal leader of our economic development during years when dreams and hopes and plans were born that matured and blossomed into today’s magnificent Emerald Coast.

Gentle and unassuming, she would be the first to step aside, to give credit to others, to say that no one could have achieved such an accomplishment alone. That, without doubt, may be true.

Yet just as surely, from1963 until her retirement in 1977, she lived and strived at the center of the whirlwind of ideas and effort that brought us to where we are today. She worked side by side, as Executive Director of our Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce, with other historic civic and business leaders now revered as Emerald Coast pioneers.

For most of those 14 years, Destin was included in her Chamber civic and promotional endeavors, a time when it’s name was the Playground Area Chamber of Commerce.

She also served six years as an early Administrative Assistant to three City Managers and the City Council of Fort Walton Beach, and was appointed as one of the early official City Clerks of the City of Fort Walton Beach.

From the late 1940's Iris and her husband owned four businesses and several residential properties on the Emerald Coast.

Blessed with great beauty, grace, and charm, she was the kindest, gentlest of mothers, a hard working wife and homemaker, an astute business woman, and a dedicated public servant.

Her life spanned 94 ½ years, from July 25, 1908 until January 3, 2003. Her children, her family, her friends, and the prosperity of our Emerald Coast have been equally blessed by her long, God-given, time with us.

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