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The town of Millville, Florida, was born out of the need for lumber to build houses and ships in the late 1800s, when settlers coming to St. Andrews Bay had no way to travel but by sailing vessels. Millville had a sawmill, a shipyard, and several stores. In the winter of 1885–1886, several familiesorganized a Sunday school. They built a small schoolhouse, and the newly formed Watson's Bayou Literary Society met. By 1910, it was the largest community around the bay and the center of commerce and industry for the area. In 1913, leaders incorporated the town, and voters elected W.I. Singletary their first mayor. The future was bright. By 1918, 2,000 residents lived in the town ith hotels, a theater, 31 business establishments, and several churches. Millville was still the largest town on St. Andrews Bay, but just to the west was the growing town of Panama City. In 1926, Millville was annexed into the incorporated limits of Panama City.
ISBN: 9780738518084
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Ann Pratt Houpt is a sixth-generation descendant of early settlers of the St. Andrews Bay area. She currently works for Bay County Public Library and has previously published two books in the Images of America series: Parker and Callaway.
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