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Articles: Sarasota History

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An Overall Design

By: Ralph S. Twitchell

Speech delivered at the luncheon of the 2nd Annual Architectural Field Day, January 13, 1951. Sponsored by the Student Chapter of the A.I.A., F.A.A., University of Florida.

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Andersons Settled Manasota Area

By: Ann Shank, former Sarasota County Historian

Well over a century ago, much of the land in the southern part of then Manatee County was wilderness. It was to this wilderness near the Mystic River (now Forked Creek) that Joseph Daniel “Jody” Anderson moved with his mother and siblings in the late 1880s. As did other early settlers in the area, the Anderson family gathered and built from the wilderness nearly everything they needed to support their homestead. When Jody and his brother Lee married and had families of their own, they spread out in the Manasota area. Taken together, these scattered pioneers laid a foundation for the present community of Englewood.

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Anti-Mosquito Program

By: Ann A. Shank, former County Historian

"Mosquito Control is Assured" was the full page headline in the Sarasota newspaper, November 19, 1945.

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Appreciation of Mrs. Palmer

By: Unknown

Under this heading on the editorial page of Tuesday The Tampa Times pays a well merited tribute to the lady whose choice of our portion of Florida has proved its greatest factor for good. Having her home and by far her largest landed interests in Manatee County, it is sincere pleasure for The Sarasota Times, on behalf of our people, to heartily concur in the gracious suggestions from Tampa, and to bespeak a share in whatever testimonial may be undertaken to evidence our good will and good wishes for Mrs. Palmer.

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Architect's Influence Apparent in Sarasota

Students of Sarasota architecture quickly come to know the familiar name and distinctive designs of architect Thomas Reed Martin. Credited in local news accounts with having designed more than 500 buildings in Sarasota during the span of his nearly 40-year career, Martin was encouraged to come to Sarasota from Chicago in 1910, by Mrs. Bertha Palmer. His first commission here was the renovation of her home, The Oaks, on Little Sarasota Bay in Osprey.

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Area's Early Bathhouses and Beach Pavilions

By: Lorrie Muldowney

In Sarasota there has always been a need for beachfront facilities to accommodate sunbathing and recreation. Sarasota’s first bathhouse was built by C.I. Archibald on Crescent Beach. Its dressing rooms were a great improvement over the bushes for changing into one’s bathing attire.

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Art Center Comes Full Circle

By: Ann A. Shank, former County Historian

When Joseph Steinmetz photographed this scene, the Sarasota Art Association was in the middle of its annual weeklong sidewalk show and sale.

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Arthur Britton Edwards "Roots"

By: George I. (Pete) Esthus

A.B. Edwards was born on October 2, 1874 within 5 miles of where the Sarasota County Courthouse stands. The oldest of five boys, when his father, John L. died in 1886, and his mother, Mellie Frances (nee Ange) died four years later, your Arthur felt the weight of sadness when he saw the family split up among relatives and friends.

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