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Monday – Friday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm 1st Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

CURATOR Richard “Ted” Waterfall

Eustis Reflections A Monthly Publication of the Eustis Historical Museum & Preservation Society, Inc.

Volume VII, Number 6 – June 2011

TRUSTEES Charlie Bagg Louise Carter Jim Gillies Melanie Blankenship Kim Winn

OFFICERS Timothy Totten President Bob Marks Vice-President Cindy Satur 2 Vice-President nd

Danyel Moulden Recording Secretary Anita Ezelle Corresponding Secretary John Blankenship Treasurer

26 EAST MAGNOLIA: Part of the Eustis Historic Commercial District since it was constructed in 1913, this building originally housed the Citizens Bank of Eustis. Most recently, it served as a law office for longtime Eustis lawyer, Robert Stebbins. This photo collage was created by blending a recent photo with a black-and-white photo from the building’s early years.

EVENTS CALENDAR June 23 Monthly Meeting Thursday at 7:00 pm - The Clifford House


July 1 Louise Carter - Historian Regina Heffington - Website JoAnn Bobbitt - Refreshments

First Friday Street Party 6:00 – 10:00 pm Downtown Eustis Featuring Fireworks!

CURATOR’S CORNER by Ted Waterfall After both Eustis Elementary and Eustis Heights Elementary had toured our museum the annual contest winners can be announced. From Eustis Elementary, all winners came from Mr. Skinner’s class. The votes were so close between the two leaders as to qualify as dead even, so two First Place awards were given. The winners are Matt Baugh and Raelin Treves. In Second Place was Colby Raley, and finishing Third in a dead heat were Ylina Ramirez and Trevor Eshom. Eustis Heights Elementary had submitted no essays by the time this newsletter was submitted. I was so impressed with one or two of them that I was given permission to create a brand new award to be given on an as-appropriate basis. It is a medallion like the rest but with a distinctive ribbon and is called The Curator’s Award. My background is in history and I really like it when history is seen as something that is living, instead of just facts found on the pages of a text. And when an essay seems to indicate that a young person has made that connection, I am thrilled. This award is intended for that student. It may, or may not, go to the 1 st, 2nd, or 3rd place award winners. The Curator’s Award is based on different criteria. And it was, in fact, inspired by one of Mr. Skinner’s Eustis Elementary School’s students. His name is Matt Baugh who researched the R.D. Keene House, where he currently resides. He wrote: “I have enjoyed doing research on the home I live in. Growing up in the same house that my Dad grew up in is very special to me. I really like it when he talks about things that he did when he was a kid like walking to Eustis Elementary School, going downtown to the drugstore and shopping for clothes at Ferran’s, Russel’s and Harper’s. It is also neat that he used to entertain his friends at the pool and ride his skateboard in the same pool, house and sidewalks that I now call home. In doing this project, I was introduced to the history of my great great grandfather William Schmidt who came to Eustis in 1885. I look forward to doing research on my family history one day.” Congratulations Matt, I hope you develop an interest in history. I recently received an email from a Dr. Susan MacManus from Land-O’-Lakes, Florida, informing the various museums of Florida that the estate of Elizabeth Riegler MacManus desired to give away rooms full of historical collections on a first-come-first-served basis. The first day was reserved for Tampa area museums so I was forced to wait until Friday, June 3 (day 2 of the giveaway) to see what was left. Of course, most of the really desirable items were claimed but I did bring to our museum a few items which I have catalogued and will either store in preparation for future exhibits or display immediately. Included are a wicker wheel chair which will need some inexpensive renovation to make it presentable, some citrus-related items, and several other small items. Overall, the trip was well worthwhile. Well, that’s it for this month, so until next time… Keep you powder dry.*

Ted * Keep your power dry was an expression wishing good luck when black powder was the major propellant in hunting rifles. Wet or moist powder = no food.

OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST The museum couldn’t operate without the financial support of companies like those listed here. Please consider using their services and shopping in their stores.

Visit our friends at these other museums for more history of Lake County. Please call the specific location for hours of operation and directions. Groveland Historical Society Museum 243 S. Lake Avenue Groveland, FL 34736 (352) 429-0771 Historical Society of Tavares 121 Alfred Street Tavares, FL 32778 (352) 343-7252 Lady Lake Historical Society Museum 107 S. Old Dixie Highway Lady Lake, FL 32159 (352) 259-4359

Lake County Historical Museum 317 W. Main Street Tavares, FL 32778 (352) 343-9890 Leesburg Historical Museum 111 S. Sixth Street Leesburg, FL 34749 (352) 315-1800

Mote-Morris House 1195 W. Magnolia Street Leesburg, FL 34788 (352) 728-9898 Mount Dora History Museum 450 Royellou Lane Mount Dora, FL 37257 (352) 383-0006

South Lake County Historical Society Village 480 West Avenue Clermont, FL 34711 (352) 394-6611


June 14, 1777 - Congress Adopts the Stars & Stripes June 12, 1812 - Battle of 1812 Begins June 25, 1876 - Battle of Little Bighorn June 17, 1885 - Statue of Liberty Arrives in NY June 4, 1942 - Battle of Midway Begins June 6, 1944 - D-Day Invasion June 27, 1950 - Truman Orders US Forces to Korea June 9, 1973 - Secretariat Wins the Triple Crown

It’s Time to Renew Your Membership! The 2011-2012 Eustis Historical Museum & Preservation Society Membership year started June 1st. Please complete the membership renewal form on this page and use the enclosed envelope to mail the form back with your membership dues. This photograph shown above was found attached to an article in the old Fountain Inn Newsletter and had no other caption or information. Courtesy

Change in address or new phone number? Please be sure to include these updates on your renewal! Sincerely,

Cindy L. Satur, 2nd Vice President, Membership

of museum member Betty Ann McClellan.


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OBITUARY: Annette Bruce

As part of our annual planning, I sat down with a few other members to compile a short list of our accomplishments from this past year. Imagine my surprise when the list kept growing and growing! When it was done, I was impressed by how many wonderful and truly beneficial events, exhibits and tours this group has done in just a 12 month period!

BRUCE, ANNETTE JENKS, (26 Dec 1918 - 29 May 2011) Died peacefully at 92. A native of Eustis, she is pre-deceased by husband John M. Bruce and survived by daughters Bette and Barbara; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous extended family. Mrs. Bruce was a Florida author and storyteller and a founder of the Florida Storytelling Association.

SPECIAL EXHIBITS “A Salute to Heroes” “All Dolled Up” “Christmas Toys” “Eustis Black Heritage” “The Civil War in Florida” “Tea Pots” TOURS All Fourth-Grade Classes in Eustis 100+ homeschooled students 150 Members of Horseless Carriage Club ??? Other Visitors MAJOR EVENTS Installed the New Sign Hired a New Curator Reopened the Citrus Museum Two Appraisal Fairs Mother’s Day Tea Party th 25 Annual Christmas House Cookies with Santa nd 2 Annual Parade of Trees Clifford House Artisan Market GUEST SPEAKERS Shane Matthews, Clifford Family Member Smiley Merry, Longtime Downtown Merchant Mike Graham, Local Citrus Historian Carla Mitchell, Lifelong Resident and Organizer of Eustis African American Heritage Festival Don Porter & Family, Downtown Merchants Tour of Historic State Theatre by David Clevinger, Artistic Director for Bay Street Players

The members of the Eustis Flower and Garden Club will be at the museum at 9am on Tuesday, June 28th to start a Victory Garden exhibit. They will be planting a 4’x4’ raised bed on the grounds to demonstrate the gardening techniques used to provide food “on the home front” during WWII. The program is designed with kids in mind, with weekly 1-hour classes to teach all volunteers (young and old) proper gardening practices. There will be two classes each week covering the same topic, so you can fit the Victory Garden around your schedule. To sign up, please email your request to us at or call Ted at the museum at 352-483-0046.

BUSINESS MEMBERS Please consider supporting those businesses which support the work of your Preservation Society. Bay Pharmacy (352) 357-4341

Forever Ballroom (352)742-9461

Merry Jewelers (352) 589-4321

Bronson Ace Hardware (352) 357-2366

Harden – Pauli Funeral Home (352) 357-4126

Rick Howe’s Auto Repair (352)357-9991

Coldwell Banker Tyre & Taylor Realty, Inc. (352) 357-4100

Premier Pet Solutions by Dana Ellerby (352) 460-7409

Paulhamus Produce, Inc. (And catering service) (352)357-6284

Inspired Designs by Sue Hooper (352) 589-0867

Classic Tents & Events (352) 357-7920

Steve’s Heating & A/C (352) 636-2064

Double Take Pizza (352) 483-0222

Jack & Andy’s Electric (352) 357-4459

Tom’s Color Bar (352)483-4247

Bills Prestige Printing (352) 589-5833

Party Source of Eustis (352) 357-5700

United Southern Bank (352) 589-2121

Eustis Historical Museum & Preservation Society 536 North Bay Street Eustis, Florida 32726 Phone: 352-483-0046

June 2011 Newsletter - Eustis Historical Museum & Preservation Society  

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