Pioneer Dies In Clearwater…Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3:30 o’clock at the Moss Chapel for William Wallace, 78, resident of Clearwater for 68 years, who died yesterday morning at his residence, 606 East Turner St.
The Rev. Walter B. Feagins of the Baptist church will be in charge, assisted by the Rev. J. E. Lewis. Interment will be in Clearwater Cemetery.
Born in Mobile, Al, Mr. Wallace came to Clearwater when he was ten years old. The trip was made by schooner and wagon. The family traveled in a wagon for 21 days and in the schooner for 5 days. They carried their household goods and a year’s supply of food. The landing was made at the foot of Cleveland St.
When they arrived in Clearwater there were only seven families living here. Mr. Wallace operated the first steam cotton gin in this section.
Mr. Wallace was married October 9, 1883, to Miss Mary Manning Jeffords, a sister to J. R. Jeffords of Clearwater, who survives. There were seven children, five of whom survive; three sons, W. J., Floyd and Harold, all of Clearwater; Mrs. J. S. Eubanks, Clearwater; Mrs. F. T. Clayton, Miami; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
For many years Mr. Wallace was in the mercantile business with Mr. Jeffords on Cleveland Street. This Business ended in the Big Freeze of 1895. Since then, Mr. Wallace was employed in the citrus business. In late years he has spent much of his time in his gardens, known as Wallace Gardens,” next to his home.
Transcribed, Formatted and Submitted by Linda Flowers