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History of Manatee County, Florida - Chapter 10

On the 8th of April, 1882, I arrived in Manatee and went to board at Rev. Edmond Lee’s, where I lived 31 ½ days, when I moved into my shanty without any doors and windows in it and the floor but half laid. While the lumber was lying on the ground there came a terrific woods fire and it took hard fighting to keep the fire back from destroying it.

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History of Manatee County, Florida - Chapter 11

By: Joseph Herman Simpson

Work was first begun on Manatee Avenue in the Spring of 1883, with John Leondas Hough as road supervisor, but it was not completed to what is now Sarasota Avenue till May 21, 1885, and not to Palma Sola Bay, its western terminus till a year or two later. Its eastern terminus was the old cemetery in Manatee.

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History of Manatee County, Florida - Chapter 12

By: Joseph Herman Simpson

When Manatee County was set apart from Hillsboro County it extended from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Okeechobee, was 60 miles wide north and south, and contained 5,000 square miles. The first county seat was at Manatee, but about 1867 it was moved to Pine Level, about 40 miles southeast of Manatee.

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History of Manatee County, Florida - Chapter 13

By: Joseph Herman Simpson

While part of these belong to what is now DeSoto County, I will give them, as they were a part of Manatee County history. The first court house in the original Manatee County was built in Manatee by Ezekiel Glazier, under contract, about 1858 or 1859.

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History of Manatee County, Florida - Chapter 14 and 15

By: Joseph Herman Simpson

This was a secret organization which was organized in 1884 for the purpose of killing or severely beating everyone who was the least objectionable to any one of its members. It had I believe 21 members. Some of these were young men who had been enticed into it under the plea that it was a political or some other kind of a club and when once in, the oath was so terrible, that they dared not disobey.

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History of Manatee County, Florida - Chapter 16 (Part 1)

By: Joseph Herman Simpson

Manatee is the oldest place in Manatee County. As before stated Josiah Gates, wife, two children and brother-in-law, Miles Price, were the first settlers in the spring of 1842. Other settlers soon followed, but the growth was very slow till after the railroad was built it began to boom.

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History of Manatee County, Florida - Chapter 16 (Part 2)

By: Joseph Herman Simpson

Palmetto is situated on the north side of the Manatee River opposite Bradentown. It is situated in a splendid region of the production of vegetables and citrus fruits. It has a large amount of hammock land around it and ships the greatest amount of vegetables of any place on the river. It shipped 20,000 boxes of oranges, lemons and grapefruit immediately after the “great freeze” of 1894 and 1985. It is a hustling little city.

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History of Manatee County, Florida - Chapter 16 (Part 3)

By: Joseph Herman Simpson

Parrish is located on the Seaboard Air Line Railway twelve miles northeast of Bradentown. It has a post office, stores, etc. The precinct in which it is located is noted for the great number of the family of the name Parrish it contains.

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