Tequesta 2001-2010

Number LXI (2001)

Complete issue

Elizabeth Virrick and the “Concrete Monsters”: Housing Reform in Postwar Miami

by Raymond A. Mohl.
Describes Elizabeth Virrick's 1940s-1960s endeavors for housing reform in Miami's black neighborhoods, particularly those in Coconut Grove.

The Miami Diocese and the Cuban Refugee Crisis of 1960-1961

by Francis J. Sicius

Chapman Field: The Evolution of a South Dade Army Airdrome

by Raymond G. McGuire
History of Chapman Field, as a training air base during World Wars I and II, and as a USDA agricultural experiment station.


Number LXII (2002)

Complete issue

The Papers of Albert Sawyer and the Development of the Florida East Coast, 1892 to 1912

by William G. Crawford, Jr.
Describes the land and waterway operations of the Florida Canal Company and its related enterprises. Sawyer was its CEO. The company dredged waterways and canals to create an inland passage, the predecessor of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway.

Clowning Around: The Miami Ethiopian Clowns and Cultural Conflict in Black Baseball

by Raymond A. Mohl.

South Florida’s Prelude to War

Army Correspondence Concerning Miami, Fort Dallas, and the Everglades Prior to the Outbreak of the Third Seminole War, 1850-1855
[edited] by Christopher R. Eck.
Excerpts from military letters written between 1850 and 1855. The letters illuminate the details of the circumstances that led to the outbreak of the Third Seminole War and the importance of Fort Dallas to American military strategy.


Number LXIII (2003)

Complete issue

On the Eve of Destruction

People and Florida's Everglades from the late 1800s to 1908
by Christopher F. Meindl.
An overview of people's perceptions of wetlands and the Everglades from the 1840s until 1908, when drainage and reclamation began in earnest.

Hell's Angel: Eleanor Kinzie Gordon's Wartime Summer of 1898

by Jacqueline E. Clancy.
Summarizes Gordon's work establishing and administering a convalescent hospital at Camp Miami during the Spanish-American War. Wife of General William Gordon, who was stationed at Camp Miami. Mother of Girl Scouts founder Juliette (Daisy) Gordon Low, who assisted her mother at Camp Miami.

Early Miami through the Eyes of Youth

[by Ethel Westherly Sherman, edited] by William M. Straight, M.D.
Ethel Weatherly Sherman's reminiscences, compiled from an oral history interview and a manuscript. Memoir begins in 1896 when Sherman arrived as a child, and continues into her early adulthood. Topics include the Brickells, Julia Tuttle, Dr. Jackson, the Royal Palm Hotel, and a boating accident.


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Number LXIV (2004)

Phineas Paist and the Architecture of Coral Gables, Florida

by Nicholas N. Patricios.
Biography of Coral Gables architect Phineas Paist. Describes buildings designed by him.

The War Offshore: German Submarines in the Waters off of Palm Beach County & Other Parts of Southeast Florida

by Eliot Kleinberg.
Describes German submarine attacks on American ships off the coast of Florida during World War II.

The Mitchells of South Dade: A Pioneer Saga

by Julie Mitchell Richardson.
History of the Perrine land grant, Cutler, and the Mitchell family. In 1896 the family acquired 10 acres from the Perrine Grant, at present-day Old Cutler Road and Mitchell Drive. Among other occupations, the family farmed, ran a dairy, and grew mangoes, in Cutler, Kendall and near Tamiami Trail, from 1896 to the present.


Number LXV (2005)

Tempting the Fate: Bonus Veterans, the Florida Keys, and the Storm of the Century

by Willie Drye.
The 1935 hurricane, which killed 260 U.S. veterans in the Florida Keys, was the most powerful hurricane to reach the U. S. during the 20th century.

Selling the Highland Park Subdivision

by Jim Broton, Ph.D.
The Highland Park residential subdivision and Golf Links addition, near present-day Jackson Memorial Hospital, formed in 1911.

“We must picture and ‘Octopus’”: Anticommunism, Desegregation, and the Local News in Miami, 1945-1960

by Gregory W. Bush, Ph.D.
An account of how anticommunist fervor linked desegregation and labor to communism in local news media.


Number LXVI (2006)


The Cuban Insurgent Colony of Key West: 1868-1895

by Consuelo E. Stebbins, Ph.D.
History of the Cuban émigré colony living in Key West and their support of Cuban independence from Spain.

Interracial Activism and the Civil Rights Movement in Postwar Miami

by Raymond A. Mohl, Ph.D.
The Miami area's civil rights movement, interracial in its makeup, was critical to the "eventual termination of de jure segregation in the county.

Dr. James Alpheus Butler: An African American Pioneer of Miami Medicine

by Canter Brown, Jr., J.D. and Ph.D.
A biography of a little-known physician in the early years of Miami's Overtown.


Number LXVII (2007)

William Barnwell Brickell in Australia

by Denise McMahon and Christine Wild
The lives of William and Mary Brickell in the Australian state of Victoria during the 1850s gold rush. They would move to Miami in 1870.

The Long Hard Fight for Equal Rights

by William G. Crawford, Jr.
A History of Broward County's Colored Beach and the Fort Lauderdale Beach 'Wade-ins' of the Summer of 1961.

Foreigners from the Far North: Canadians in Miami and South Florida during the 1920s

by Eric Jarvis.


Number LXVIII (2008)

Interstating Miami: Urban Expressways and the Changing American City

by Raymond A. Mohl
The construction of Interstate-95 during the 1960s displaced the African Americans living in Overtown, who mostly moved to Liberty City. This destruction of one segregated community and creation of another resulted from public housing and urban renewal policies prominent from the 1930s through the 1960s.

"Bun": The Saga of Edward DeVere Burr and his Early South Florida Family

by Raymond A. Burr
The Burr family settled in Little River and Arch Creek beginning in 1901. Bun Burr served as a Dade County commissioner from 1915 to the 1920s.

Florida's Warren Frazee: "The Original 'Alligator Joe'"

by Jim Broton
Alligator Joe operated two alligator farm/tourist attractions in Palm Beach and along the Miami River from the 1890s to the 1910s.

Peace among the Palms: South Dade's Palms Memorial Park Cemetery

by Michele L. Zakis
Palms Memorial Park has been the Homestead area's cemetery sin 1911.


Number LXIX (2009)

A special issue on Black History, containing reprints from previous issues of Tequesta and South Florida History magazine.

Black Immigrants: Bahamians in Early Twentieth-century Miami

by Raymond A. Mohl

Liberty Square, 1933-1987

by Paul S. George and Thomas K. Peterson

Racial Stirrings in Colored Town

by Kip Vought

African American and West Indian Folklife in Southern Florida

by Joyce Jackson


Number LXX (2010)


The Submarine Chaser Training School: Downtown Miami's International Graduate School of Anti-submarine Warfare during World War II

by Charles W. Rice
Many Miamians of the World War II era referred to the school affectionately as the Donald Duck Navy.

Judge Vincent Giblin: the Life and Times of a South Florida Attorney and Judge

by William G. Crawford, Jr.
A giant in the legal community, Giblin was counsel for defendants in many of South Florida's highest profile cases in the early and middle decades of the twentieth century, including Al Capone

Laura Woodward: the Artist who Changed South Florida's History

by Deborah Pollack
Woodward, who painted in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, influenced, through her work and her pronouncements on the radiant beauty of southeast Florida, Henry M. Flagler's decision to extend his railroad south along the east coast of Florida.


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