Outlaws and villains of historic Walton County

Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 05:00 PM.

Walton County was founded in 1824 and originally was comprised of more than 2,900 square miles including parts of Okaloosa, Washington, and Holmes counties. Turpentine was one of the original industry products supporting county settlers, and when this came to an end, bootlegging became popular. Needless to say, the days of the wild, wild west were alive and well here in Walton County.

Come and hear the history of the outlaws and villains of historical Walton County on March 27 at the Coastal Branch Library, sponsored by the South Walton Community Council. Those who enjoy real wild frontier law will find it amazing how early Walton County and surrounding areas meted out justice; and you too can share in the rich history of frontier justice.

The Walton County Sheriff's Posse, originally formed in 1865 and reorganized three years ago under the direction of Sheriff Michael Adkinson, has published a book on the history of the posse during the early days of Walton County.

The Sheriff's Posse, including Chick Huettel, long-time Walton County resident, artist and writer, along with Joe Stanko and Chuck Ebbecke will give a slide presentation and lecture on the development of the historical Walton County posse and law enforcement in the early and wild days of Walton County.

This program is sponsored by SWCC, an organization of residents, business owners and property owners whose mission is to advocate for the preservation, protection and enhancement of the quality of life and natural environment of south Walton County. To contact the SWCC call (850) 314-3749 or visit its website at www.southwaltoncc.org

Earliest accounts of head scalping in Florida are connected with Simon Rodriquez, who was with Hernandez de Soto’s exploration team in 1540.

Archeologists have found skulls bearing signs of scalping in South America and America’s south, east and west. Ironically the Eskimo Indian never indulged in the head skinning.

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