South Florida History

Vol. 24, no. 3 (Winter 1997)

House of Refuge, by Jean Matheson
Here’s Lucie Again, by Jean Matheson
Fairglade Dairy, by Marta B. Stys
Through the Eyes of Miss Curry, by Rose Connett-Richards
Key West Fire Fighters, by Alex Vega

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Vol. 25, nos. 1-2 (Spring/Summer 1997)

Miami’s Most Notorious Political Assassin

by M. David Key
On a pleasant evening in 1933, an unemployed brick layer pulled a revolver from his pocket, aimed it at Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and fired until all the chambers were empty. That brick layer became one of the most infamous criminals in Miami history.

Fort Myers’ Oldest Industrial Building

by Michele Wehrwein Albion
The Coca-Cola building in Fort Myers is impressive architecturally and historically. It stands as testimony to the working men and women who survived tough times.

When Horsemen Rode in Coral Gables

by Leah La Plante
The Coral Gables Riding Academy gave residents the opportunity to ride horses from 1924 to 1952.

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Volume 25, no. 3/Volume 26, no. 1 (Fall 1997/Winter 1998)

Birth of Everglades National Park

by Cesar A. Becerra
The creation of Everglades National Park is a story of people moved by high ideals, honesty and a desire to preserve a unique ecosystem for future generations.

From Barbecue Shacks to the Mayfair Grill

by Geraldine H. Williams
The decades that followed the 1930s saw a change in lifestyle that included dining out as a regular part of the middle class experience.

The Highwaymen

by Jim Fitch
Beginning in the 1950s, African American landscape artists around Indian River developed their own style.

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Vol. 26, no. 2 (Spring 1998)

Miami and the Spanish-American War

by Dr. Paul S. George
Miami was less than two years of age when, in April 1898, the United States went to war with the aging empire of Spain over the issue of Cuban independence.

A Teacher’s Memories

by Josephine Stinson Gibbs
Because the Florida I came to as a child in 1900 was so different from the Florida you know today, and because I taught boys and girls like you for almost forty years, your mother thought you might like to hear about some of my experiences.

The Story of the War

by Howard Chandler Christy
Reprinted from Leslie’s Weekly Illustrated
A witness tells the awful tale of the Battle of San Juan.

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Vol. 26, no. 3 (Summer 1998)

Dr. Kellogg’s Miracle Spa

by Michele Wehrwein Albion
In the 1930s, the Pueblo Hotel, in Miami Springs, was the site of a famous sanitarium operated by John Harvey Kellogg.

Dr. Paul George and the Historic Tours

by Jamie Welch
For 10 years Dr. Paul George has been taking a walk on the wild side of Florida history, giving walking tours.

Burdines, the Florida Store

by Dr. Paul George
Burdines liked to call itself the Florida Store. From its humble beginnings in Bartow in 1896 to its soaring status in the 1990s, annual sales have ridden the explosive development of Florida.

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Vol. 26, no. 4 (Fall 1998)

Jewish Merchants Led the Way

by Dr. Henry Green
Miami and Miami Beach’s metamorphosis into a large Jewish metropolitan center has been described as miraculous. This article takes the story from 1896 through the 1960s.

Early Jews, Hard-working Pioneers

by Sara Leviten
The first known Jewish resident in Miami was Isidor Cohen, a Russian Jew, who arrived in Miami in 1896. Read about him and others in Miami, through the 1930s.

FPL: The History of Florida Power & Light Company

by William Ho
Electric utilities began in Miami in 1897. FPL now provides electricity to half the population of Florida.

Who’s Haunting Anderson's Corner?

by Jamie Welch
Anderson’s Corner, a former store in South Dade, may have had ghosts.

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