Ed Walline Park named for one honest man (PHOTOS)

Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 08:01 AM.

Adrian and Edla homesteaded on 180 acres in South Walton between the two Redfish Lakes . Adrian grew sugar cane and raised chickens during a time when there was no electricity, grocery stores, refrigeration, mosquito control, early hurricane warnings, or any other things we take for granted.

The family bought supplies from a boat that would come to Point Washington once a month.

Ed only finished the 11th grade, but he was very smart, said his friend, Malcolm Patterson.

As an adult, Walline had a variety of jobs. The governor appointed him to the position of a constable in 1937.

During World War II he worked at the shipyard in Panama City reading blueprints. He used the skills he learned there to build many stacked block-style houses in South Walton.

He also assisted in cattle drives, worked as a merchant marine on Michigan 's great lakes, and helped his sister at her restaurant in Grayton Beach .

A confirmed bachelor, Walline met his wife, Jane, in the early 1950s and they married in 1952. They had one child — Adrianne — who still lives in the area.

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