FLOR500, Garden 75 William Columbus Pryor, Educator, Mayor (1874–1968) William Pryor was born in Brooks Landing (Fort Walton Beach), and taught at the Mary Esther School. When Okaloosa County was formed in 1915, he became the first Superintendant of Public Instruction. He and his wife, Sarah Frances, built the Indianola Inn next to a prehistoric midden mound on Santa Rosa Sound. He served as Fort Walton Beach’s first mayor from 1942 to 1948 and was instrumental in the founding of the first Episcopal Church in the area.
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William Columbus Pryor, Educator, Mayor

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William Columbus Pryor, Educator, Mayor

(1874–1968)

William Pryor was born in Brooks Landing (Fort Walton Beach), and taught at the Mary Esther School. When Okaloosa County was formed in 1915, he became the first Superintendant of Public Instruction. He and his wife, Sarah Frances, built the Indianola Inn next to a prehistoric midden mound on Santa Rosa Sound. He served as Fort Walton Beach’s first mayor from 1942 to 1948 and was instrumental in the founding of the first Episcopal Church in the area.     





 




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