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Newsletter September 30, 2015

Published Wednesday, September 30, 2015 7:00 am
by Larry Kelleher

Drive By Gem

Ever since I was a child, I have always admired this office building. Heck, it may have even been someone’s home in the late ‘50s. Over the years, it fell into disrepair and I feared it would be demolished. But good news – It has been repaired and refurbished and looks like it did so many decades ago. It is located on Osprey Avenue and now serves as the construction headquarters for Lift Station 87. Yes, that lift-station near Hudson Bayou which has been a nightmare for several years. Go figure...

Pretty as a Picture

I love our courthouse tower and the surrounding building that was designed by Dwight James Baum. This shot is c. 1930s when the reflection pool was in front of the tower on Main Street. When you examine the image, you can see at that time, the flagpole was on the top of the tower, not on the ground. It must have been a chore, but great exercise, to climb the interior stairs to reach the flagpole twice a day. 

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources, Hartig Collection)


Just Jane

Happy Fall, Friends!

I want to remind you about several upcoming historically fun events. Tuesday, October 13th at 7:00 pm, the Historical Society will kick off their series of ‘Conversations at the Crocker,’ with a most fascinating look at a documentary, "Moods of the Miakka," with Jono Miller, and John McCarthy, moderating. I had the pleasure of seeing a brief intro to this amazing film, and trust me, you don't want to miss it! Members Reception begins at 5:30 so come early! Free to members, $10.00 per guest.

Call to artisans! Come join us on the HSOSC lawn for the ‘Antiques, Arts and Collectibles Fair’ on Saturday, November, 14th from 10:00 – 4:00, while antiques appraisals are conducted in the Crocker Church, with Bruce Crissy, Don Elder, Julie McClure, and more. Appraisals are $10.00 each, or three for $25.00. Call Linda Garcia for more information at 941-364-9076, or visit www.hsosc.com

The Edson Keith Farmhouse, located at the Phillippi Estate Park will be the site of its first ‘Farm to Fork Dinner’ in 100 years! Come enjoy the ‘Palates and Palettes Dinner,’ under the gourmet wand of Chef Paul Mattison to help finish the rehabilitation of the 99 year-old Farmhouse. Enjoy a four-course and wine-paired dinner for $100.00 per person. The fundraiser takes place on Sunday, November 15th beginning at 4:30 p.m. The Light Chasers Artists will be on the grounds painting and selling their works. Get a peek of the current restorations at the Farmhouse, participate in the silent auction, and don’t forget to bring your checkbook! Local favorite, singer and D.J., Sal Garcia will be playing music throughout the century. Visit www.mattisons.com for tickets, and for more information call 941-921-3400.


Ain't Life Grand?

What better way to celebrate a 25th wedding anniversary than with a shotgun? Though the typical ‘shotgun wedding’ is done when the woman is in a ‘family way,’ this couple has a great sense of humor and their friends and family look to be enjoying the party gun, or no gun. If you look closely, you can see the bride’s bouquet consists of hydrangeas and a cauliflower. You go, girl!

(photo credit: Florence Frye Collection)



“Hey, Sugar!” No, I’m not getting fresh; I am just showing you a Sugar Ration card from 1918 that was used during WWI. I believe ration cards were also used during WWII; can you imagine us using something like this today? With all the food waste that occurs in this country, maybe that wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Just sayin.’

(image credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)

Golden City Woman’s Club: Years of Service 

As the county’s population surged during the 1950s and ‘60s, new social and service groups formed. One of these was the Golden City Woman’s Club, which fifty-two years ago became affiliated with the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Having organized the previous year, the new club’s charter members met to promote the cultural, education, social, civic and charitable welfare of the community. They selected for their symbol the gold tree, the official tree of the city of Sarasota, and gold and white for their colors.

While the club has planted gold trees to enhance the landscaping of a variety of schools and other public buildings, and members have won awards in the annual Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs’ arts and crafts competitions over the years, it is its special community projects that have made the greatest impact on the community.

An initial offer of volunteer help in the office of the Poison Control Center at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in 1962 mushroomed into a major campaign to educate parents and children about the life-threatening substances found commonly in home and garden. The club purchased a variety of publications for children and adults, including “Dennis the Menace Takes a Poke at Poison,” (pictured) and “Danger Lurks,” for distribution in schools, medical offices, and day care facilities. Read more...

(photo credit: Wikipedia)


Yesterday's Sarasota Calendar

Today in 1913, for easy fishing, stay at the Bay Island Hotel (pictured). On the first day of Kingfish season, a 4’, 27 lb. beauty, complete with a mullet in its mouth, jumped 10 feet from the bay, over the seawall, and onto the lawn where it was corralled by a guest. Mr. Faubel, the manager, quickly pointed out the fine fishing on his lawn.

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)


Where Am I?

The winner of our last contest was Rusty Glendinning. Congratulations!

The steamer docked next to me is the City of Sarasota. She was a busy vessel and made many stops along the way on her route northward from Sarasota. Your task, dear passengers, is to say where people are disembarking onto land. Luckily, you don’t have to name the building, but the name of the island is what wins you the prize. Good luck, mate!

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

This is the East court of the once glorious Mira Mar Hotel that was just behind the Mira Mar Apartments on Palm Avenue. Today it is a parking garage; don’t get me started…

(image credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources, Hartig Collection)