“Labor is Honest and Pluck Wins”

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 12:33 PM.

She said Edward Williams II and Tom Douglass both worked at the paper until they were old enough to leave home. Both Williams II and Douglass joined the military, one to the Navy and one to the Army.

“Williams II went on become Post Master in Bonifay after graduating from the University of Florida and Douglass attended Florida State University and then went on to work with various newspapers,” said Dianne. “Edward started printing and publishing The Gator Post, a paper for the Post Masters Association. All of the printing was done here.”

“We were living in South Carolina and my husband, Orren Smith, was working for IBM when my father got sick,” she said. “We bought the paper from my father and Orren began working with no newspaper experience. He thought he could learn it, so my daddy taught him what he needed to know and Orren ended up doing a wonderful job.”

Orren did a column called “Now Hear This,” which was the personal opinions of the editor and what Dianne said was an answer to her father’s own column.

“They would sometimes write about things that were controversial,” she said. “My husband would do that more often then my father had. My dad didn’t say much that was controversial, but my husband did and would always get a big response.”

Dianne and her husband would go on to run the paper for 17 years.

“All of our generations that ran the paper were concerned with covering the whole county as much as possible,” she said. “We had correspondents all over the county.”

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