Saddlin’ Seminoles to reunite Oct. 5

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 08:51 AM.

For just the third time since Canning’s passing, and the first time in 12 years, the Saddlin’ Seminoles will reunite the morning of Oct. 5 at Parker Farm in Wewahitchka.

“We are just going to get together and tell stories and socialize,” said Nellie Wade, Canning’s nurse and right-hand in the Saddlin’ Seminoles. “We have about 42 people confirmed and we will be remembering another 14 or so who have passed away.

“Dr. Canning was an amazing man. The Seminoles made a difference in a lot of children’s lives.”

Wade met Canning when he and his wife arrived in Wewahitchka following the encounter with Gaskin in 1949. Wade had been in the town for a few years, working for Dr. Anderson, who was about to enter the armed forces.

“I was on my hands and knees doing inventory,” Wade said of the former office, a space now occupied by a beauty salon. “He came walking in there, this big man.

“I wasn’t supposed to keep working because his wife came with him, but I never got out of there. I’m not sure his wife wanted to work.”

Canning sketched out a business model early for Wade.

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