E.A. Hauss Legacy Still Helping Students
Column for 6 16 05
Jerry Simmons

My sincere wish for this week is that my picture is at the
top of this column. Most folks may not have noticed that
my lovely face was at the top of the column last week
where Margaret Collier's should have been. I'd love to take
credit for the work she did for last week, but she's already
warned me not to let that happen again. Our editor had a
senior moment and swapped my picture and Margaret's -
a mistake not many people would make in real life since
everyone knows ladies first!

There are a lot of events coming up involving the ASHS.
In October, we are planning a Model A show at the Historical
Park. Members of the Model A club from Pensacola and
surrounding areas will bring their antique Fords for a Show and Tell one of the first Saturdays in October and we'll have an old-fashioned boxcar barbeque. Sandwiches and drinks will be available along with interesting displays.

If you know of one who is a Model A or antique automobile enthusiast, be sure to let them know about this unique event. We invite vendors to inquire about displaying and selling their wares. Remember, there's a limited amount of space, so reserve your spot early. We'll have all sorts of family fun that day. If you haven't seen a genuine icon of the motor vehicle age, a Model A Ford, this is a must-see for you.

The next ASHS meeting is guaranteed to be interesting. For you folks in Jay and Santa Rosa County, you should come hear Fort Walton Beach resident Betty Bishop Thomas speak to us about her grandfather's homestead near Jay in the late 1800s. Her book, "Homestead," tells of the struggles in a remote and primitive part of Northwest Florida. That in itself is reason enough for you to attend, but the extras of fellowship and food afterward give you other incentives to attend. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 21, 7 PM.

I received a call from Mr. Allan Phillips this week asking for the date of Edward A. Hauss' demise. I couldn't lay my hands on it at the moment but when I called Phillips back, he'd already gotten it from a source in Brewton. The big news is that Auburn University is dedicating a new part of the School Of Forestry And Wildlife Sciences to him. In the Auburn University website about the Edward A. Hauss Forestry Scholarships, his great granddaughter, Susan Phillips, said of her great grandfather, "He was a true Southern gentleman who grew up in the lumber business [Ed. note: he grew up in the Midwest and the north] and who liked to go turkey hunting and fishing."

His legacy has helped hundreds, probably thousands, of students since his death. In fact, Mr. Hauss was a significant benefactor to Auburn's forestry program all during his lifetime. A scholarship endowment was established in 1955; a number of scholarships are awarded annually to students enrolled in Forestry who are legal residents of Alabama or Florida. Auburn University and forestry in the Southeastern United States has benefited from the wisdom and generosity of this man.

Say what you will about the selfishness of big business and the iron hand Hauss wielded, his ultimate goal in life - and after his death - was to make the world a better place and forestry was the means by which he hoped to achieve that goal.

By the way, Mr. Hauss passed away in December 1963.


Kaitlin and Edward Hauss, from the 1961 Century High School annual