Saddlin’ Seminoles to reunite Oct. 5

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

In Wewahitchka, he defined “community” doctor.

“He was something else,” said Wade, his nurse. “He never turned anyone down. You’d come in there and he’d take the time to listen to what was wrong and give you the medicine you needed for $3. He wouldn’t have had any money if I hadn’t worked for him. He would have never taken a dime.”

Canning would also serve as a municipal judge and be elected mayor in Wewahitchka.

The Saddlin’ Seminoles would ride no more after Canning became ill with cancer and, within a year, died in Dec. 1970. The horses were sold off.

He was eulogized throughout the area as a civic-minded man who left a giant shadow, a “Man of the Century” as one local publication characterized him.

On Oct. 5, surviving Seminoles will gather to bask in that shadow and legacy.


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