A Labor Day Remembered

Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 09:25 AM.

By Dave Maddox


With Labor Day approaching my thoughts return to something happened here one Labor Day years ago.

Our friends, Jack and Mary Archer, were visiting from Pensacola. Just after I’ve gone to bed the phone rang and it was Mrs. Erlma Boyles. She was frantic saying that her daughter, Glenna, and Marsha Cargill and three boys from Alabama had gone riding in Marsha’s Jeepster and had not returned.

This was prior to our area having rescue teams. Neighbors helped each other and if the search involved the water, somehow I came to mind.

Mrs. Boyles had people searching the roads in Gulf, Franklin and Calhoun counties, shining lights in the ditches to see if they had wrecked. She asked me to take the pilot boat and go to the peninsula and look for them over there.

I tried to explain to her that my boat was too big and required too much water to get near the beach. She then asked if I would take the peninsula as my search project.

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