O. B. Padgett - A Florida Son
by Alice L. Luckhardt
In a region's history there can be individuals overlooked. One such person is now brought to the forefront of Martin Co.,FL history. This Florida native was "O. B." Padgett. It was the 1920s, a period of bootleggers & outlaws during Prohibition. O. B. was Stuart's Chief of Police and had to deal with outlaws, the most notorious, the Ashley Gang. Things would not go smoothly for this young lawman.