South Florida History, 1993-1994

Vol. 21, no. 1 (Winter 1993)

Swedes Discover Florida

by Arthur E. Chapman.
Swedish immigrants settled in Florida during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Surveying Chokoloskee’s Wilderness World

by Joe Knetsch
John P. Apthorp surveyed the Big Cypress region, 1882-1883.


Play ball!—Florida's Romance with Baseball

by Howard Kleinberg
Former sports writer Howard Kleinberg describes professional and amateur baseball in the Miami area through the 1960s.

Jupiter's Suni Sands

by Elizabeth Kehoe and James Pepe
People settled in Suni Sands, on the south side of Jupiter Inlet, beginning in the late 1800s. An archaeological dig revealed that prehistoric Indians lived there as early as A.D. 1200.

Read magazine

 

Vol. 21, no. 2 (Spring/Summer 1993)

Funky Nights in Overtown

by Eve Reed

The Russian Colony [on the Miami Canal]

by Donald C. Gaby

The Visual Record

by Brent Cantrell
Black daily life in northwestern Palm Beach County.

Winslow Homer: Retracing his Travels in Florida

by William D. Slicker.

Read magazine

 

Vol. 21, no. 3 (Fall 1993)

Dade Law Enforcement’s First Slayings

by William Wilbanks
Lemon City saloon keeper Sam S. Lewis murdered two bar patrons in 1895. Two officers were killed apprehending and jailing him. Lewis was hung by a mob.


The Visual Record: Objects of Attention-South Florida’s Brushes with Fame

by Remko Jansonius
Objects curator describes some of the artifacts in the collections that are associated with famous men.

Mother, Mail and Mosquitoes: Letters from Stuart, 1886-87

by Sandra Henderson Thurlow
Miami and Waveland were embryonic communities a hundred miles from each other in the huge county of Dade when Homer Hine Stuart, Jr., wrote a series of letters to his fiancé Maggie.

The Clewiston Inn: A Sweet Refuge

by George C. Cordes
Originally built when the city itself began to develop, the Clewiston Inn has become a symbol of the environment, the traditions and the culture of its population.

General Meade Lights Up the Channels

by Susan Olsen
George Gordon Meade, the Union hero at Gettysburg, oversaw the construction of lighthouses during the 1840s and 1850s, including Cape Florida, Jupiter, Sand Key, and others.

Read magazine

 

Vol. 22, no. 1 (Winter 1994)

Sailing Adventures a Century Ago

by Margaret Ann Johnson, edited by Jean S. Matheson
Margaret Ann Johnson, and her husband Willie bought a sailboat and took a pleasure trip from their home in Cocoa down the Indian River and up the St. Lucie River in 1894.

Fort Myers and the Civil War

by Irvin D. Solomon
Toward the end of the Civil War, the Union reactivated Fort Myers in the midst of a presumed Confederate stronghold, and staffed it with U.S. Colored Troops.

Giants of the Swamp: The Story of South Florida’s Logging Industry

by Cesar A. Becerra
Florida’s most lucrative and vital enterprise was lumber.

Incidents of Life on the Miami River

by Donald C. Gaby
Don Gaby’s book chronicles the Miami River’s history. This article tells of Don’s personal experiences on the river.

The Happy Ships: The History of Commodore Cruise Line

by Arthur E. Chapman

Read magazine

 

Vol. 22, no. 2 (Spring 1994)

Editor’s Notes

by Stuart McIver
Seminole Wars medicine man Sam Jones and his followers were never captured.

Last Boat to Sanibel Island

by Patti Bartlett
Until 1963 ferries carried people and vehicles to and from Sanibel Island and Punta Rassa.

Peace Comes to Florida: Newspaper Coverage of the End of the Third Seminole War

by Joe Knetsch

The Visual Record: Deceptive Deco

by Rebecca A. Smith
A comparison of postcards and photographs of Miami Beach Art Deco hotels reveals some differences.

The Lady Was a Stevedore

by Donald C. Gaby
Kate Thornhill won fame as a concert pianist and environmental activist. In Miami, she was known as the queen of the Miami River.

The Ox Woman of Dade County

by Arthur E. Chapman
Sarah McLain, the Ox Woman, crossed the Everglades in her ox cart and became a familiar and unusual sight around Miami and Homestead between 1905 and 1911.

Read magazine

 

Vol. 22, no. 3 (Summer 1994)

Editor’s Notes

by Stuart McIver
McIver describes D-Day in southeast Florida.

The First Wave on Miami Beach

by Ruth Elsasser
During World War II, the author served as a WAVE.

Trivia: South Florida & Hurricanes

by Bryan Henry
Here is some fun trivia about hurricanes.

Women & World War II

by Carlos A. Plaza
They were popularly known as GI Janes and Rosie the Riveters. They were the women who helped propel the Allies to victory in the Second World War while simultaneously redefining the role of women in American society.

The Florida Land Boom : A Promoter's Dream

by Vic Knight
It was a 1920s ad man’s vision. It was an immense sales campaign for just one product for sale:  land.

Pioneer Struggles in the Great State of Dade

By Jean S. Matheson
Dade County was the largest county in Florida and largely uninhabited in 1880.

Read magazine