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Newsletter June 10, 2015

Published Wednesday, June 10, 2015 9:00 am
by Larry Kelleher

New and Improved Site

When I took typing in junior high (now called middle school), I recollect that if you type the phrase, “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country,” you would have stroked many of the manual keys on the typewriter. However, with the advent of the computer and keyboard typing and making corrections is now a breeze.

As technology changes it demonstrates the need to keep up with the times. Sarasota History Alive is no exception. We have had the same look and navigation for over eight years. Now we have created a new logo and our Web site is more comprehensive, more user-friendly and is accessible on all mobile devices. Please check out our revamped and improved resource, “Where history happens everyday!” To view it, Click Here.


Drive By Gem

This week we have a diversion from our normal “Drive By Gem” for your viewing pleasure.
Okay, I admit I am overweight, and I sure would like to drive up to this place for “Fat Service.” I pass this laundry facility on my way to work on a daily basis. It would be so refreshing to drive through and get weight reduction like they do laundry by the pound. Losing weight is such a bother!


Pretty as a Picture

The lazy days of summer are fast approaching and doesn’t this spot look inviting? A tall glass of lemonade, a lounge chair and a good book is in order, I’d say.

I believe this 1953 photo was taken near Whispering Sands. By now this place is probably developed and unrecognizable. Such is life; everybody wants their little piece of Florida.  

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)


Just Jane

A small kitchen project, that’s all it was going to be. Now it seems to be growing like an amoeba. I just wanted to replace my cabinets and get new counter tops.  Luckily, an old friend who “knew a great kitchen/carpenter man” advised me on that end. Great, now… what do I want to do?
All the kitchens that I’ve fallen in love with, in these spanking new homes going up in my neighborhood have ‘just what I’m looking for,’ so the cabinets were easy, but now for the counter tops. Oh my, do you have any idea how many granite companies have suddenly sprung up like bamboo shoots, all over town? So, if anyone can assist me in picking the ‘right one,’ i.e. the price and the quality are right; I sure would appreciate your help.

The drab, ‘motel tan’ color that I thought I’d use in the kitchen/dining/living area looks like, well I’m probably not allowed to use that phrase here, so let’s just say it’s blah. After Provence Yellow, I still need something to pep up the place, but I want to stick with blues and whites as accent colors, so… SOS here on that score too.

Meanwhile, watch for a couple more adorable, well-restored homes in our Vintage Listings, one large with a mother in law suite, and one which is a perfect size for a single mom, artist, work-at-home couple…but, both of these are move-in-ready, just for you, because if you’ve read this far today, that means you too, enjoy homes with older characteristics and charm.
See you soon! 



This object doesn’t qualify for ephemera, but I thought you would like to see it. These zippered bank bags are still provided to business customers in most banks. However, this one is special since it came from the one and only Palmer Bank at Five Points, before there was such a thing as branch-banking. 

(image credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)

Ain't Life Grand?

“Giddy’ap, Mom! You could have at least sprung for a Roy Rogers outfit for me; don’t ya think?”

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)

Where did Sarasota get its Name?

Before there was a community named Sarasota, there was Sarasota Bay. From what source did its name come? It is uncertain. Some scholars suggest a Spanish origin. Others suggest an Indian derivation. The best-known “explanation,” however, comes from a legend published by George F. Chapline in 1906.

In Chapline’s story, Chichi-Okobee, son of a Seminole chief, surrendered to the forces of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto so that he could be close to de Soto’s daughter Sara, with whom he had fallen in love at first sight. Chichi-Okobee became sick, and it appeared he would die. After all other assistance failed, Sara took over his care and he regained his health. Then Sara became ill. After her father’s physicians failed to heal her, Chichi-Okobee obtained her father’s permission to leave de Soto’s camp and bring back with him his tribe’s medicine man. However, even his ministrations failed.

After Sara died, and hearing of Chichi-Okobee’s love for his daughter, de Soto gave permission for the young man to return home to gather a number of young Seminole men to serve as an honor guard during Sara’s burial ceremony. In two large canoes, 100 braves accompanied the canoe bearing Sara’s body to “the most beautiful, the most peaceful body of water” Hernando de Soto had ever seen. After Sara’s body had been lowered into the water, Chichi-Okobee led the warriors in sinking their two canoes. At the bottom of the Bay, Chichi-Okobee and his men became a permanent guard of Sara’s final resting place. Since then, the bay has been called Sarasota Bay. Read more...

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)


Yesterday's Sarasota Calendar

Today in 1851, William Whitaker and Mary Jane Wyatt share the first marriage in what is now Sarasota County. They built their first home (pictured) on the Yellow Bluffs near where 11th Street would reach the bay. They had eleven children and left an indelible mark on the growing pioneer county that they helped to start.

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)


Where Was I?

The winner of our last contest was Pamela McLeod. Congratulations!

There aren’t too many diners like me around anymore, in case you haven’t noticed. I was located in a prime spot, if I do say so myself. Back in the day there wasn’t a lot of fancy eatin’ spots downtown with talented chefs like today. Your challenge is to name the two cross-streets on the corner where I was located. Where Was I?

Click here to submit your answer for this weeks quiz, click here to view the last challenge and correct answer.

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)


Your award this week is the book, John Hamilton Gillespie - The Scot Who Saved Sarasota by Jeff LaHurd. The Friend's of the Sarasota County History Center generously provided this prize. Please consider becoming a member of the Friends; they have some exciting programs coming up soon. Visit them here.

If you would like to be a sponsor of our "Where Am I?" quiz, please call us at (941) 951-7727. It only cost $25 per week for us to set up your ad, and then you only have to provide a prize for the winner. What could be easier?


Postcard of the Week

You can’t go wrong when you step back to admire a scene at Sarasota Jungle Gardens. This postcard exemplifies some of the semi-tropical beauty in store for you there. When was the last time you visited this attraction? I wonder if they accept ‘reward points;’ what’s in your wallet?

(image credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)