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Newsletter October 14, 2015

Published Wednesday, October 14, 2015 7:00 am
by Larry Kelleher


Before you know it, Halloween will be upon us. What better way to get in the mood, than to visit the Rosemary Cemetery? To save you the trip, here’s our rendition of the who, what, when, and why of Sarasota’s final resting place from the late 1800s. To view the video, Click Here.


Drive By Gem

While driving around in Gillespie Park, admiring many of the charming homes there, I happened upon this two-story looker. I particularly like the use of many different colors to emphasize the architectural elements of the structure. Even the back yard garage apartment has style. Color me, very attractive.


Pretty as a Picture

This 1978 image of the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport is courtesy of Gary Youngberg. He took this night, time-exposed shot using a tripod and 35 Kodacolor film. I remember so well when the airport looked like this; do you?

(photo credit: Courtesy of Gary Youngberg)


Just Jane

There is a rich trove of treasures in Sarasota, on the market now. The oldest house in Sarasota, a castle with its own moat, and now the fun, historically designated Franklin Redd House on School Avenue which was moved there from the Bee Ridge area, back in 1938. I’m still trying to fathom how that was accomplished.

When I first walked through this cheery yellow home, now being used as a children’s day care center, I thought what a great place for a cozy ice cream parlor, with a tiny gift shop out back…a place where SHS teens could gather and young families playing in Payne Park could come by to cool off. There are all kinds of possibilities for this site, so check it out in our Vintage Listings!

My favorite historic tour of Sarasota is by boat, specifically the annual Le Barge Historic Cruise, narrated by historian, John McCarthy. The Historical Society invites you to come aboard, on Sunday, November 1st, at 11:00 a.m. Call for reservations: 941-364-9076, or contact the HSOSC at: www.hsosc.com. Tickets must be purchased in advance at $40.00 per person, $50.00 for VIP early boarding privileges.

Sue Blue’s Historic Trolley Tours of downtown Sarasota begin on Saturday November 14th at the Historical Society, 1260 12th Street, Sarasota between the North Tamiami Trail and Cocoanut Avenue. Tours run from 10:00 a.m. to noon, once a month through April, 2016. Reserve you tickets, at $25.00 per person, by contacting the HSOSC.

Today will be a busy day at the Historical Society, when several superb local appraisers will be in the Crocker church doing Antiques Appraisals from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, while a Collectibles Fair will be held outside on the Bidwell House lawn from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!


Ain't Life Grand?

Do you remember ever having to take cod-liver oil? Yuk! This little girl is facing a tall order – “Cod liver oil and fruit juices in the morning, and milk and snacks in the afternoon.” Personally, I would be inclined to skip the morning regimen and go right to snacks and milk.

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)



Do kids still bother with coloring books, or is everything online now, or managed with a ton of apps? This coloring book had a circus theme and was from the fine year of 1952. I was 3 years-old by that time, and wonder if I ever used a book like this to practice my Crayola artistic abilities. Remember when you were told to “stay in the lines?” Ha!

(image credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)

Mainstays: Farming, Education, Religion

Settlers coming into the Myakka region around 1850 found open land, lakes and rivers. The area was settled by a group of cattlemen and their families who had to carve an existence out of this open range.

The settlement began to take hold and by 1885, the estimated population was about 100 people. The small community continued to grow, and before the turn of the century, Myakka residents had established a school, church, post office, country store and a telephone service.

Residents debated over the spelling of the name of their community. According to the publication, “Myakka: A community portrait,” when Myakka was registered on the federal map for a post office, the man who sent in the request wrote so poorly that it could not be read. So the little settlement went on the federal papers as being spelled with a “y” instead of an “i.” Today, some in the community refer to it as Old Miakka. Read more...

(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)


Yesterday's Sarasota Calendar

Today in 1902, in a basic non-event, Sarasota was incorporated as a town and Col. Gillespie was elected to the first of six terms as mayor. Only problem was that no one up in Tallahassee signed anything official, so no taxes, no rules, no nothin,’ could be enforced. They seem to have overcome that.
(photo credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources)


Where Am I?

The winner of our last contest was No one!

For some of you my location will easy-peezy. For others, it will be a struggle. However, try to absorb the details in this shot – Sarasota Bay, a brick road, and a gate; I was a popular tennis venue, too. Where am 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

In the beginning of the 20th century this is what Gulf Stream Avenue looked like, sans condominiums. This photo was about 50 years before U.S. 41 was rerouted from Main Street to Mound Street. In doing so, Luke Wood Park was cut in half and 41 then segued west to the bay front, requiring a lot of dredging to accommodate the highway and the creation of Island Park.

(image credit: Sarasota County Historical Resources) 


"Back to Our Roots"

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is featuring the historical exhibit “Back to Our Roots” about its founders during October and November as part of the Gardens’ year-long 40th anniversary celebration.

The exhibit pairs stories of the people who built Selby Gardens’ collection of epiphytic plants alongside beautiful displays of the tropical plants like orchids and bromeliads that they researched. “Back to Our Roots” is on display in the Gardens’ conservatory Oct. 16 – Nov. 15.

The collection notably recognizes Dr. Calaway Dodson, the Gardens’ first executive director, and Dr. Carlyle Luer, the personal physician of Marie Selby and an avid botanist. Both men helped build Selby Gardens, transforming the Bayfront property into a world-renowned botanical garden. They both took part in field expeditions and established the Gardens’ commitment to research and conservation.

“Back to Our Roots” is included with regular admission to Selby Gardens. For a full calendar of all events hosted at Selby Gardens, and to purchase tickets to events in advance, visit www.selby.org, or call 941-366-5731.