Tequesta 1951-1960

Number XI (1951)

Complete issue

Miami on the Eve of the Boom: 1923

by Frank B. Sessa.

The Pennsuco Sugar Experiment

by William A. Graham.
History of the Pennsylvania Sugar Company's sugar plantation, 1919-1931. The mill was located ten miles west of Hialeah, on the Miami Canal (present-day Pensuco).

Random Records of Tropical Florida

by Dr. Henry Perrine.
Concerns Indian Key and environs weather and plant introduction. First published in the Magazine of Horticulture, September 1840.

Across South Central Florida in 1882 [part 2]

reprinted from New Orleans Times Democrat.

 

Number XII (1952)

Complete issue

Newspapers of America’s Last Frontier

by Jeanne Bellamy.
History of South Florida newspapers from 1829 to 1950.

We Chose the Sub-Tropics

by F. Page Wilson.
Personal reminiscence about Miami, Coconut Grove, Lemon City and Biscayne, 1895-1896.

Starch Making: A Pioneer Florida Industry

by Mrs. Henry J. Burkhardt.
History of starch manufacture from comptie (coontia, zamia) roots by 19th century settlers in Dade County.

South Florida’s First Industry

by Earnest G. Gearhardt Jr.
Describes the process of collecting comptie roots, making starch, using the starch.

An Early Map of Key West

Reproduction, with commentary, of an 1830s map.

William Adee Whitehead’s Description of Key West

edited by Rembert W. Patrick.
Reprint of a letter to John Rodman, December 1835, in which Whitehead describes Key West. Introduction and footnotes by historian Rembert W. Patrick.

 

Number XIII (1953)

Complete issue

Building the Overseas Railway to Key West

by Carlton J. Corliss.

John Loomis Blodgett (1809-1853) : a Pioneer Botanist of South Florida

by R. Bruce Ledin.
Blodgett lived in Key West, 1838-1853.

Chakaika and the “Spanish Indians” : Documentary Sources Compared with Seminole Tradition

by William C. Sturtevant.
Comparison of primary resources and oral tradition concerning 19th century mixed ancestry Indians (ie, Spanish-Seminole). The author uses as his example the Seminole Wars warrior Chakaika, his raid on Indian Key, and Harney's subsequent killing of Chakaika in the Everglades.

 

Number XIV (1954)

Complete issue

Stronghold of the Straits : a Short History of Fort Zachary Taylor

by Ames W. Williams.

Miami: from Frontier to Metropolis: An Appraisal

by F. Page Wilson.
History of Miami and environs from 1896 to 1947.

The South Florida Baptist Association

by George C. Osborn and Jack P. Dalton.

A Petition from Some Latin-American Fishermen, 1838

edited by James W. Covington.
Reprint of a petition from a group of fishermen to the Secretary of War, Joel Poinsett, during the Second Seminole War. Concerns commerce between Cuba and southwest Florida and the Cuban fishermen who lived at Charlotte Harbor.

Volunteers’ Report Destruction of Lighthouses

edited by Dorothy Dodd.
Reprint of letter to Florida governor M. S. Perry describing how the Jupiter and Cape Florida lights were extinguished in 1861, at the start of the Civil War.

 

Number XV (1955)

Complete issue

Forty Years of Miami Beach

by Ruby Leach Carson.
History of Miami Beach to 1955. Includes a report by Leon C. McAskill, executive director of the Miami Beach Hotel Association, on the recent growth of Miami Beach hotels.

Vizcaya

by Adam G. Adams.
Mainly relates to the construction of Jame Deering's winter home in Miami, Vizcaya.

The Florida Keys: English or Spanish in 1763?

by Charles W. Arnade.
Juan Joseph Elixio unsuccessfully argued that the Florida Keys were part of Cuba and, therefore, not subject to the 1763 transfer of Florida from Spain to Great Britain.

On Blockade Duty in Florida Waters

edited by William J. Schellings.
Excerpts from Dr. Walter Keeler diary, written while working as a surgeon aboard a gunboat that was blockading the Florida coasts during the Civil War.

 

Number XVI (1956)

Complete issue

Miami: 1896-1900

by Ruby Leach Carson.

Miami in 1926

by Frank B. Sessa.

Mango Growing Around Early Miami

by Harold W. Dorn.
The introduction and cultivation of various varieties of mango in South Florida. The author, a fruit grower and broker, includes personal experiences in his narrative.

A Seminole Personal Document

by William C. Sturtevant.
Excerpts from 1952 interviews with Sam Huff, one of the oldest Seminole Indians on the Dania reservation. Introduced with a biographical note by Sturtevant.

 

Number XVII (1957)

Complete issue

Homesteading in Florida during the 1890s

by Mary Douthit Conrad.
First-person account of 1890s homestead life in Little River (Miami, Fla.).

Some Pre-Boom Developers of Dade County

by Adam G. Adams.
Overview of Dade County real estate developers and businessmen who were active between 1900 and 1920.

Key Vaca, Part I

by Florence Storrs Brigham.
History of Key Vaca and Marathon.

Soldiers in Miami, 1898

by William J. Schellings.
Miami during the Spanish-Cuban-American War.

 

Number XVIII (1958)

Complete issue

Wreck on the Reef

by Joseph F. Cheetham.
First-person account of how Coconut Grove wreckers helped salvage a shipwreck, the Alicia, on Ajax Reef in 1905.

Exploring the Ten Thousand Islands in 1838

edited by James W. Covington.
Reprint of a report written by Dr. Thomas Lawson, concerning an 1838 military scouting expedition to Cape Sable and the Ten Thousand Islands.

Earliest Land Grants in the Miami Area

by Henry S. Marks.
History of the five Spanish land grants made in the Miami region during the Second Spanish Period (the Egans and the Lewises), and their subsequent sales to Richard Fitzpatrick and William English during the first half of the 19th century.

Key Vaca, Part II: Modern Phase

by Florence S. Brigham.

 

Number XIX (1959)

Complete issue

Flagler’s Undertakings in Miami in 1897

by Nathan D. Shappee.
Henry Flagler's projects included the completion of the Royal Palm Hotel, harbor dredging and the construction of the S.S. Miami.

The Wreck of Houseboat No. 4, October 1906

by William H. Saunders.
First-person account of the 1906 hurricane, which crossed Long Key. One of the houseboats housing FEC Oversea Extension construction workers sank during the hurricane, with considerable loss of life.

Dedication of Tamiami Trail Marker

by James Lorenzo Walker.
Overview of the construction of Tamiami Trail.

Digging the Cape Sable Canal

by Lawrence E. Will.
First-person account of working on the dredging of the Cape Sable Canal in 1921.

 

Number XX (1960)

Complete issue

Jupiter Lighthouse

by Bessie Wilson DuBois.

Key West and the Spanish American War

by William J. Schellings.

Captain Brannon’s Dilemma : Key West 1861

by Vaughan Camp, Jr.
At the start of the Civil War, Captain James M. Brannan occupied Fort Taylor during the night, ensuring that Key West remain in Union hands throughout the war.

Two Opinions of Key West in 1834

edited by Charlton W. Tebeau.
Two letters to the editor, each by an officer in the United States Army stationed in Key West.

A Forgotten Spanish Land Grant in South Florida

by Henry S. Marks.
The complications involved in the Arrambide grant, a Spanish land grant at the mouth of the New River in present-day Fort Lauderdale. In 1830, the grant was declared null and void.

Notes on the Passage Across the Everglades

from The News, St. Augustine, January 8, 1841.
A first-person account of the 1840 raid led by Colonel William S. Harney from Fort Dallas across the Everglades to Chakaika's Island, , resulting in Chakaika's death.

 

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