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Newsletter November 12, 2014

Published Wednesday, November 12, 2014 9:00 am
by Editor

The Sarasota Garden Club

Invites you to join them for the December 5, 2014 dedication of their long-lost historic Japanese Lantern that was broken into pieces, buried in the mud of Tuttle's Puddle for decades, and now has been fully renovated.

The event takes place at 9:00 a.m. and if you would like to attend, the Garden Club is located at 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL; you will need to RSVP by November 28, 2014. Please call 941-955-0875, and leave your name, phone number, and number of people attending. You may also email your reservation to: cj.sarasotagardenclub@gmail.com

(painting by: Rita Racette)


Drive By Gem

This interesting home is not too far away from my place. I have always been rather taken how this wooden structure can look so Mid-Century Modern, despite the materials used. Often the exterior walls were formed with Ocala Block. There is not much use of windows or glass in the front; I can only wonder if it opens up in the back to nature.

Just Jane

These chilly mornings, when I fetch the newspaper, I immediately think, “hot soup tonight!”

It was the Connecticut Ice Storm of ’76 which pushed us over the edge to move our family to Sarasota. After a week of boiling “white snow only, boys!” on my gas stove, while the electricity stayed defiantly out and our winter wood pile was down to the last twig, the decision was made.

Yesterday, I dug out my Ark Soup recipe, the brainstorm from that frigid winter’s grip. The only edible items left in the fridge on day 6 of the storm seemed to be two of every shriveled root vegetable. So, into the pot went:

Two of each: onions, carrots, turnips, potatoes, celery stalks, garlic and whatever kind of root veggie you might find in your purring refrigerator. Dice everything and slowly sauté the colorful mixture in your favorite soup pot, with two tablespoons of butter and two tablespoons of olive oil till everything is soft.  Add two cans of chicken broth and enough melted snow (or water) to cover the vegetables. Add your favorite herbs and simmer till the vegetables are just about mushy. When cooled down, put a couple of cupfuls into the blender at a time, till everything is smooth. Enjoy this lean version, or once you return the soup to the pot you can add 2 cups of Half and Half to make it really rich, or 2 cups of Thai coconut milk, for an exotic taste treat.
While the soup is filling your kitchen with delicious aromas, check out our Vintage Real Estate listings to take you back to “the good ole days.”

And, hey! Realtors out there with good, older homes, we need your listings before this year’s flock of wise Snow Birds arrives!

Pretty as a Picture

Just as with the Ephemera section, I may have shown you this before. Such is life – I have always liked the Revere Quality Institute House, designed by the architectural firm of Ralph Twitchell, and Paul Rudolph in 1948. Luckily, it has been saved and restored. Located on Siesta Key, it has withstood the test of time and is still an eye-turner.

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)


Postcard of the Week

Parking problem? No problem – just pull your wheels up on the beach where you want to plant yourself. Now, you may think this image is early Daytona, but don’t be so quick to assume that. Back in the early days, you could drive your car on the beach most anywhere in the state. Divisive and limited public beach access locations? No condos, no issues, no hassles. Perfect! 

(image credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources, Lesa Kenny Collection)


Gopher Hooks and Other Obsolete Tools

(Contributed by Stephen Wooden)

When I was four or five years old I found out that our next door neighbor, to the
east, Mr. Pennington, who was a carpenter by trade, had a gopher hook. His daughter,
Anna Frances, around my age, showed it to me and told me what it was. At that time,
around 1939, we lived on Glengary Road. This was out in the country about three blocks
south of Bee Ridge Road. My grandparent's house, where we stayed, was on 1 ½ acres of land.

The next door neighbor to the west was Mrs. Moore who lived on about two acres
fronting The Trail, US 41, where she had a large orange grove behind her house alive
with free-range chickens. She sold eggs for a living. The building she used for her hen
house had been originally the first school house in the county (or at least that's what my
mother told me. It was on the corner of Glengary and 41).

It was a one-room schoolhouse just like we have seen in old western movies. My
Mother said that the teacher in that school was Mrs.Turbeville. Later, her son Ezra was
one of my mother's classmates.

To get back to the gopher hook, Mr.Pennington had a pretty typical one. It had a
wood handle similar to a rake or hoe handle about four feet long from which protruded
an iron rod 1/4"- 5/16" in diameter about 18" long with a hook at the end. It was used to
reach down the gopher hole and grasp the Florida Gopher Tortoise or "Gopher Turtle" or
locally called, Gopher.
(photo credit: Wikipedia)


A Military Post on Sarasota Bay

By the early 1830s, tensions were building between Seminoles, homesteaders and U.S. military forces.
A lack of resources within the Indian Territory established by the 1823 Treaty of Moultrie Creek had led to hunting forays outside the reserve boundaries. There had been no resolution of the issue of the return of runaway black slaves held by the Seminoles, and thefts of cattle by both Indians and homesteaders caused further dissension. The Second Seminole War erupted in 1835 with the ambush and massacre of Major Dade and his command.
In May of 1840, Brevet Brigadier Gen. Walker Keith Armistead assumed command of the Army of Florida. In order to more easily move against Indian camps south of Fort Brooke (today’s Tampa), he decided to establish a post closer to that area, a new southern headquarters.
In early November of 1840, the First Infantry, under commanding officer Maj. Greenleaf Dearborn, marched overland to the fishing station, or “rancho,” of Manuel Olivella, on Sarasota Bay in the area of today’s Indian Beach. Supplies and building materials were shipped from Fort Brooke for the construction of a new Fort Armistead. Read more...
(image credit: Peabody Museum - Harvard University)

Yesterday's Sarasota Calendar

Tomorrow in 1941, after years with the library being stuck in a back room of the Central School, the books of Sarasota finally get their own home as the Chidsey Library was dedicated. (Click here to view our video). The cost of the building was $18,500. The facility was the gift of John Tuttle Chidsey, a retired manufacturer from Bristol, Connecticut. The building served as our library until 1976. (Editor’s note: The historic Chidsey building, designed by famous architect, Thomas Reed Martin, is awaiting county decisions on its continued use for the public as a history center. Visit Sarasota has vacated the premises for their new digs on Lemon Avenue and a kiosk at the University Town Center). 

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)


Who was I?

The winner of our last contest was Sheri Roy. Congratulations!

Ah, the familiar kidney-shaped pool, a classic, indeed. I was quite the popular spot, and nowhere near a beach. No need to be if your accommodations had inviting and refreshing crystal-clear water. By the time this shot was taken, my shuffleboard courts had been overrun with lounge chairs, a few steps away from the pool. I was a great place for events, meetings, dining and dancing. I am no longer used as a place to stay, but still serve many a purpose. Your task is to provide my original name, not what I am called today. Who was I?

Click here to submit your answer, as well as view the correct answer to the last challenge.

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)



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Ain't Life Grand?

“Ten Little Indians?” No, eleven little kids and a Dachshund. You have to look carefully to see the dog, but what stands out most is the fact that kids here ran around without shoes; only two have them. This photo looks like it was taken ca. 1930s, during the Great Depression, but there’s no way to know for sure. Ten of the kids look a bit thread-bare, but the dandy one on the far right appears to be in a play-suit, with food no less. Hope he doesn’t get jumped by the others less fortunate.
(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)



I might have shown you this booklet before, but it is worth mentioning again. This 1960 design for our future connectivity to the bay front was done by the outstanding architect, Jack West. I was 12 years-old at the time, and the re-routing of U.S. 41 was done, leaving people to wonder how they could safely get across it to the bay. This question still plagues Sarasota and I doubt it will be successfully answered without much argument and hurdles for many years to come. Anyone know if we are getting any closer? Let us know, here.

(image credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)


The Kitchen Cabinet

"The men of the past overcame because they had convictions. We of the present frequently fail because we have nothing but opinions." – Heine
"There are just two kinds of people, for whom I have no use. The one sits still and listens, while the other heaps abuse."

For Special Occasions
There are such numbers of dainty toothsome sandwiches that one need never be at a loss for a variety; but often one likes something a little out of the ordinary and here are a few:

Cheese and Pepper Sandwiches – Make a small cream cheese, season well with salt, red pepper, and add enough thick cream to soften, then a finely shredded green pepper, mix well and spread on white bread, cut in rounds to serve. A good way to do it, if there is time, is to get the bread all spread and filled and not cut the crust off, or use the fancy cutters until they are ready to serve.

A very dainty sandwich which delights children and even older people is the so-called Kindergarten Sandwich. Cut bread in rounds with a doughnut cutter or use a larger center cutter if so desired. Have slices of both brown and white bread, and slip the brown center into the white circle and the white center into the brown one; spread with desired mixture and serve.

Royal Sandwiches – Mix a half cupful of shrimps with one half cupful of chicken livers (cooked), one half a red pepper, and one half a Bermuda onion. Finely chop and moisten with mayonnaise dressing. Spread on slices of brown and white bread, putting the two colored slices together and cut in fancy shapes.

Nut Sandwiches – Blanch and brown a half cupful of almonds, season well with salt and red pepper; add two tablespoonful’s of Worcestershire Sauce, and one tablespoonful of chutney. Spread sandwiches with creamed cheese, and sprinkle with the almond mixture finely chopped. Serve on unsweetened crackers.

Windsor Sandwiches – Cream a third of a cupful of chopped ham and two-thirds a cupful of cooked chicken. Season well with salt paprika and spread on buttered white bread. 

Nellie Maxwell; Sarasota Times – November 19, 1914