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Thursday, July 06, 2017

INDEPENDENCE-- that day

The greatest Generation
My dad, J. Lee Campbell was first cousin to a bunch of Campbell's -- children of my great uncle, Cuyler Campbell. My grandfather (Cuyler's brother)  was Jim Campbell. My dad was James Lee and my brother is James Edward II (after grandpa).

In a small community like ours - in Chumuckla, Florida - the family ties are THICK and stretch back in these woods for a couple hundred years. 

So first cousins are almost like siblings and even second cousins are bonded by family lore and heritage and usually geographical proximity. It's a family model similar to
The stories get thicker and deeper
thousands across America. You know the people. You know a level of trust you have with few other social networks in your world.

But even so -- you begin to lose clarity of lineage as the families expand and your second cousins have grand-kids.  The names begin to blur.  In my case, I have to refresh my memory every year. It gets embarrassing to ask some of the now twenty-something cousins what their name is -- AGAIN.

It helps to ask who their mom or grandma is.  I am going to have to write up a family tree chart.

picture time
But, beyond the embarrassment I find myself increasingly amazed at the younger generation. They are following their dreams in all manner of fields.  Engineers, Medicine, Psychology, Educators, Farmers and business people.  Many are very advanced degrees.

Some of the twenties generation are still in school and the little ones are just getting started.  The talent and power of these independent people - as a family -- and as individuals is a gift to America - and to the next generation to follow them ! I am amazed.



America
The gathering every INDEPENDENCE DAY at
the barn in Chumuckla is a tradition for the Cuyler and Bessie  Campbell descendants for decades.

My brother Jim and I take advantage of every opportunity to soak up this bit of heritage that comes alive in this place every July. It is something to savor.

All Sizes of cousins
The fish are mullet caught by one of the cousins, Joe - who lives in Alabama. He used a cast net to take in a haul out of the Perdido Bay.  He cleaned them. His daughter often helps. Another cousin, David, cooked them.  Another fried up the hush puppies.


There was a pot luck table full of more food.  So many farmers are involved it is expected that every bounty the earth can provide will be laid out for discerning tastes.


 And it was. And it was good.   Very good.   
                                                      In America last Tuesday.

Generational Exchange

Generations Helping Hands

Enough to feed Coxie's Army
Joe caught the mullet and he eats the mullet

My brother, Jim can tell a story so it seems

The youngster here comes from a strong mold

A family within the family -
It is Sharon's barn but Ronnie is down from NC







There were a lot more cousins here
but they are shared in a private family
album.  Must have been 20 smaller kids
and then everybody under 60 is the younger
folks. The ones over 80 are getting old
and the ones over 90 are
simply superhuman.

My Brother, Jim - Retired from reserves as a Navy Captain. Our cousin, Clay who was here retired an Army Colonel. The BIRD on either collar is the the same. It is an American Bird.

an INDEPENDENT BIRD






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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The HEART of PINE documentary on the longleaf

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This film was presented recently for several days at the ARCADIA MILL site in Milton. If you have never visited the ARCADIA MILL - an 1830 industry in the Florida Panhandle ... you should. The boardwalk through the creek swamp and old mill site are an excellent introduction following a tour inside the museum.  Here is the film on the LONGLEAF PINE.  60 years ago, I wandered through second growth longleaf that was already  40 years old and very large. Many older trees remained in the forest - and carried "cat faces" from the harvest of turpentine.  This was a huge industry in the coastal plains "Pine Barrens" that blanketed the southeast.  It involved the rivers, the land and the people - along with tremendous mills and machinery with rails and communities to support the whole enterprise.  MOST OF THAT IS NOW A MEMORY. It was only a fragment of itself in 1960.   Watch this film and learn about that amazing resource .. and perhaps the hopes to bring some of that back again.
Presented here courtesy of  Conflict Free Collards

LONGLEAF: THE HEART OF PINE from The Southern Documentary Project on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

DUNE LAKES of the Florida Panhandle

One of the more prolific historians for our Panhandle is Dr. Brian Rucker, a professor at Pensacola State College and at UWF.  His lecture series often include tours with students to areas referenced in class. Here is a quick look at DUNE LAKES of South Walton County  off Hwy 30-A.  Learn more about his books at PATAGONIA PRESS.  A multi part documentary on these Dune Lakes is available through the St. Joe Community Foundation.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Gaylier Miller - Author



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Gaylier Miller writes historical fiction among other things. A retired educator whose roots are in Northwest Florida, she finds colorful characters and vibrant history right at her feet.  Her latest book, "CLEVE" is a part of an "interwoven" series that began with "WAITING DEER" and the complex meeting of cultures and peoples who pioneered the region.

"CLEVE" is a bit later - late 19th century, CLEVE" takes us from what now is a ghost town (erased but for a cemetery) of Coon Hill in Santa Rosa County, Florida, to Auburn University, to the FIRST Chautauqua at DeFuniak Springs, Florida and more of the Panhandle.

We are fortunate to have this talented author to give us a glimpse of an era that hides behind the thinnest veil of generations and colors a period many of us living can remember our grandparents talk about.  "

EXTENDED INTERVIEW 1 (Cleve)
EXTENDED INTERVIEW 2 (Waiting Deer) (reading passages)





Saturday, April 22, 2017

Rucker - MINE EYES HAVE SEEN ....

From wme3.net

AN OBSCURE UNION GENERAL casuses havoc in North Mississippi and this brings big changes to the Union and Confederate troop placement along the Gulf Coast.  Dr. Rucker's  recent book "MINE EYES HAVE SEEN" is an excellent collection of EYEWITNESS accounts of both soldiers and civilians from both sides in our part of the Gulf Coast. Pensacola, Badgad, Milton -- including South Alabama were in a state of constant tension throughout the period.

Learn more about how to get his books from PATAGONIA PRESS 

Dr. Rucker is a professor at both Pensacola State College and University of West Florida. His courses and writings (books) on panhandle history are treasured by natives and newcomers alike.





Dr. Ruker is featured in many youtube clips that highlight various features of the Florida Panhandle. Look for them at www.me3tv.org

FLOYD TALKS - there is more

Floyd drops in from time to time and we sit out at the barn and just talk. Floyd spends a lot of time with his various internet tablets on which re researches the Bible.   I can't say I am clear on any of what he is talking about but there is a certain peacefulness in chilling out at the barn regardless of the wisdom attempted from any conversation.



He reminds me just a little bit of a homeless "genius" that I once recorded. (see below)



Don Albert was a homeless man I ran into maybe 20 years ago in NJ. Don claimed to be a genius. He lived in his car (by choice) and probably was quite mentally challenged.  But he would do odd jobs for people and make a few dollars and move on. Over the course of several years he traveled all over the USA. Sometimes I would be able to send him a package of his videos on tape so he could sell them for some cash.  He even went into Guatamala at one point.  The last time I had contact was when he was taken in by  (or he took in) some Israeli students in Tel Aviv. He must have had a little SSI income too but he insisted on being "homeless".




Floyd believes he has some insight. He keeps searching.



Here is a collection of his talks .

Dr. Rucker and the Bluffs on Escambia Bay

MILITARY ROAD - LIVE OAK Preserve

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Meteor and a Music Metaphor

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Welcome to an edition of IN COUNTRY with ME3TV and a team of under-achieving, over-rated but fascinating characters from a world of nearly famous people who may never become a blip on the radar of folks. Nothing out of the ordinary.  We hope that your few minutes with us will yield memorable fragments of enjoyable ,entertaining  and educational insights, in a world of never-ending streams of information overload.

Today's Episode is brought to you by Oakes Meats of Chumuckla, Florida, where you latest trophy deer is prepared the way you want it for the table you share with friends. Oakes - because FRIENDS EAT too.  and   River Resources - a log-jam logger operation that clears out rivers and makes useful lumber out of a lost resource. Find them at Chumuckla.com.

It boggles the mind sometimes, the treasures that simply fall out of the sky around us.  Charles Faulk thinks he found one - sixty years ago. He thinks it was a meteorite but trained scientists tell us otherwise. Still - it is a a mystery from the banks of the Little Escambia Creek at Barnett's Crossing near Brewton, Alabama.

Mr Faulk saw the fiery trail in the sky. He saw a fire in the woods. He found fresh turned earth in the fire.  And he found this piece of glass.  Learned folks conclude it has no characteristics of a meteorite. It is not a piece of space junk.  If the glass fell hot into the dirt it would have left a sand and dirt obscured shell over the glass.  One explanation is that it is melted glass from some minor industrial effort over a hundred years ago. It was a chance encounter that led Mr. Faulk to it those many years ago.

 You might find Mr. Faulk at the location of his old sawmill in Floridatown, which is something of a bypassed community that for a time in the 1800's was a critical junction for connections to Pensacola from the East. Many mysteries abide there - from the Native use of the land to the era of early mills, logging efforts and ferry boat services............... FOLLOW UP VIDEO.
Josh Morrell and Jake Nowland are a team for music. Josh has a cerebral palsy, yet a fine melodious voice. Combined with Jake's voice coaching and guitar to accompany, his message with music is worth listening to.  This was recorded at one of their presentations at the Jay Historical Society.You will find more of this story at the Historical society facebook page

Jake Nowland and Jerry Morrell are both authors as well.  Jake's book, Sketches from Life "then and now" is actually a book of sketches with hand printed stories on the topics.  On Page 70, Jake talks about a fiddle he made. "My Miniature FIDDLE ... I made this
little fiddle back in the 1960's and sure did have lots of fun making all of the parts.  After I finished this thing and after close scrutiny, I said "" Well, I'll be, it just looks like an old violin!""  (I wanted a fiddle)"

TO GET A COPY:
 It was published in 2011 . Jacob M. Nowland, Jr, PaceFL, (850) 994-1173.  Or - email vic@buzzcreek.com for contact information. They are NOT people of the web..
Mr. John Diamond wrote about the Winding River Road (along the Escambia River) in 1943. He captured the end of an era and some of the fast fading landscape of the pioneer era.
...
 "This road had its beginning in this neighborhood not necessarily because of the
spring, but because the Spaniards extended their settlements up the water courses from
Pensacola and Florida Town and this area was one of the earliest to be occupied. At this
time the Spaniards had ceased to search for gold and silver in Florida. They were looking
for Indian Trade, quantities of large straight yellow pine timber and luxuriate open range
pastures, and timber for shipment to Spain and pastures for their cattle horses and hogs.
They were also looking for a region having an ample supply of pure spring water for
domestic purposes, and creeks having sufficient fall and narrow valleys to supply
water power. They knew if they were to remain healthy in a land where medicines and
doctors were scarce a supply of pure water must be available. Many of them had been in
West Florida long enough to know the value of an ample supply of fish and game in a land
where the reserve supplies of food is small.
 These adventure-loving Spaniards found exactly what they were looking for in the
area extending from the mouth of Moore’s Creek three or four miles below the
“Spring of Healing Waters,” northeastward along the east bank of the Escambia River to
the Florida-Alabama State Line in the low flood plain and hammocks along the river and
among the crystal springs and clear creeks flowing through the lands adjacent to the

river’s flood plain. Here indeed they found a forest primeval containing the largest and
tallest trees they had ever seen, the most luxuriant and well watered pastures and the
purest water in crystal springs and clear creeks the minds of adventurous Spaniards could
imagine. An examination of the creeks revealed plenty of water and ample fall for
supplying water-power for all the machinery they would need. An ample supply of fish was
found in the river and creeks and plenty of game grazing in the swamps, hammocks and
piney woods. Truly, adventure had found the land of the present and the future. The small
boats bringing the adventurous Spaniards were anchored or tied up in the mouths of the
little creeks where they emptied into the river and the erection of cabins begun. "

The Winding River Road -- ca 1943 by John T. Diamond- courtesy of the Jay Historical Society.
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We will learn more from Mr. Diamond in future installments.

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Thursday, September 01, 2016

BONE IDENTITY PROBLEM (fossil?)

Virginia Fell of Chumuckla / Pensacola has acquired a strange bone artifact which might even be a fossil from a friend in Gadsden, AL.  It is said to have been dug up by a dog after some food scraps were thrown nearby.  I am at a loss to figure out what animal this came from.

I hope you will share this post with people who may have better insight. Perhaps a professor of paleontology or biology?  Thanks.  Virginia has posted these items on Facebook and that may be the best way to reach her.  Or - email me for more contact information. vic@buzzcreek.com.







Friday, August 19, 2016

Fairfield-Suisun California 1949





Enjoy a moment in time.  Actually, I was born in this year ! Thank you, Dr. Brian Rucker.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

4th FSSG Marines - Dr Birdwell Hits 87

Navy Corpsmen of the Marine 4th FSSG 4th Medical Bn group at Dr Tom Birdwells 87th birthday. Doctor B. Was drafted in the marines out of college in 1950 and initially trained in the Navy SNJ in flight school but opted out after phase two. The Navy then put him through medical school and a career followed, which included the Navy Corpsmen here (including my brother, Jim Campbell) A magnificent conversation graced the event. I am glad they let this "tin can sailor" join the celebration. Buddy, checked shirt front, still carries a globe and anchor tie clip Dr. Birdwell gave him years ago. Chief, John (front right), received his marine cap after this photo. Thank you, Tom and Judy for a wonderful memory on Pensacola Bay. I've invited them all to my ship reunion in Pensacola Oct. 7. VETERANS Park and McGuires for lunch. You are welcome too!Www.ussocallahan.org
 — with Buddy Hamilton andJim Campbell.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thursday, July 07, 2016

In Country With Uncle Vic: Scott Griffin's 3 Point Plan for President

In Country With Uncle Vic: Scott Griffin's 3 Point Plan for President: Sc Scott Griffin is running for President (maybe). Depends on if he can get on the ballot with a criminal record in his past. Anyway. HE ...

Friday, May 13, 2016

SAND Beach Observation



This is some pristine shoreline at the North End of Apalachicola Bay.  Imagine the early inhabitants of this wild space.  Limitless Oysters ..  and maybe panthers and gators to deal with.