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Tuesday – Friday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Saturdays 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

CURATOR Richard “Ted” Waterfall

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

Volume VII, Number 10 – October 2011

www.eustishistoricalmuseum.com

Friends,

TRUSTEES Jim Gillies, Chairman Charlie Bagg Louise Carter Melanie Blankenship Kim Nesbitt Winn

OFFICERS

There are some great events coming up, including “Eustis Roadshow: Antique Appraisal Clinic” at the Community Center. Make sure you come out on Sunday, October 23rd from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm for that event. We will also have our monthly meeting on Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 pm. Our curator, Ted Waterfall, will be showing off the latest exhibit, which details the history of Native-Americans in our area. The First Ladies of the Eustis Historical Museum have been busy. Look for the article in this newsletter about their recent trip to St. Augustine. In addition, the Ladies will be decorating our house for Christmas, with a wonderful open house to take place on Saturday, November 26th.

Timothy Totten President

And don’t forget to look for the 4th Annual Parade of Trees information in the next newsletter. You can sponsor a tree or decorate a wreath. Those items will be sold to raise money for the museum.

Bob Marks Vice-President

Until Next Thursday… Timothy Totten, President

Cindy Satur nd 2 Vice-President

EVENTS CALENDAR

Danyel Moulden Recording Secretary Anita Ezelle Corresponding Secretary John Blankenship Treasurer

APPOINTED Louise Carter - Historian Regina Heffington - Website Marcia Arnold – First Ladies

Oct 23 Eustis Roadshow: Antique Appraisal Clinic Sunday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Area appraisers will be on hand to identify and value your items. At the Community Center. Oct 27 Florida’s Rich Native-American History (New Exhibit) Thursday at 7:00 pm at The Clifford House 536 North Bay Street Monthly Membership Meeting to follow Nov 4

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


CURATOR’S CORNER by Ted Waterfall Wow, Louise has outdone herself once again. I asked her to sew together for the new exhibit what is called a Longshirt, a major part of a Seminole clothing ensemble of the 1830s. Her dedication to detail is amazing and the final product made me want to take it home for my own wardrobe. But alas, it must remain with the exhibit. Great kudos to Louise for a job well done! Speaking of her work, the Seminole exhibit is now open for the public. Please drop by and see it. It is the initial offering and plans are to expand it as funds become available. This is a museum of the Eustis area and these brave Americans were here thousands of years before G.D. Clifford came upon the scene, so I think it appropriate to honor them as well. Late last month I received this email which almost caused my heart to leap out through my throat: Mr. Curator, Your invitation accepted! Dear Mr. Waterfall, I was indeed reading the Eustis Reflections for September 2011 and noted your personal invitation for me to come by when in town, and to hear the Ferran Store Music Box and have a peek through the stereopticon you have on hand! My wife Sylvia and I now live in Durham, NC, and are usually in the Eustis area in late December, between Christmas and the New Year. I note your hours of operation and we will do our best to drop in! Thank you and your wonderful staff for keeping alive the rich heritage, both people and places, in my (our) hometown.

Due to some health concerns over the past year and a half, I have not written the articles I really loved to send, Growing Up in Eustis. But I plan to continue these writings as long as the Lord gives me memories to put on paper. So you will hear from me again soon! God bless each of you and God bless the fair city of Eustis, the Friendly City! Jim Greenlee. Now that the Fall Classic (World Series) is upon us, I have selected from Mr. Greenlee’s articles one he wrote about his memories of professional baseball. It is located within. It has been brought to my attention that I need to be keeping a better record of volunteer hours performed by the numerous individuals and, for that matter, those activities that even qualify for volunteer work. These hours and the number of different people who perform volunteer work can influence our requests for grants. I know I have performed a couple of hundred hours I have not recorded coming in early to work and researching at home and making displays at home etc. So has Louise (for example the above mentioned Longshirt). So I would like to ask that if anyone does anything at all for the museum on your own time – even Board Meetings, and Monthly Meetings for that matter, – that each person record their names and hours (to the minute) so that I can report it when applying for grants. If you bake cookies for the monthly meeting, that is volunteer work. If you go out of your way to drive here to deliver something to the museum, that is volunteer work. That’s it for now, so until next month …

Keep your 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.


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Ahh, the place of major league baseball in my life of the late 1940s and early 1950s! Several of my articles center on baseball. Maybe it was the “major” thing that brought excitement in my young life! But to this day in the year 2010, I can recall the players and their positions on the Boston Red Sox team: Catcher – Birdie Tebbitts, 1st Base – Walt Dropo, 2nd Base – Bobby Doerr, 3rd Base – Vernon Stephens, Short Stop – Johnny Pesky, Left Field – Ted Williams, Center Field, Dom DiMaggio, Right Field – Al Zarilla. Star pitchers were Mel Parnell, Mickey McDermott, Ellis Kinder. Billy Goodman was a great utility player. New York Yankee starting pitchers were Allie Reynolds, Eddie Lopat, Vic Rashi, Whitey Ford. Their big stars included Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto. Cleveland Indians starting pitchers were Bob Lemon, Early Wynn, Mike Garcia, Bob Feller. Stars were Al Rosen, Luke Easter, Larry Doby. The Brooklyn Dodgers, my close buddies Harold Webb and Alton Crawford’s team, had star pitchers Preacher Roe, Don Newcombe, Carl Erskine, Sandy Koufax. Great players were Roy Campanella, Billy Cox, Duke Snider, Carl Furillo, Gil Hodges. Some other players of note are: Ted Kluzewski – Reds Ernie Banks – Cubs Willie Mays – Giants Stan Musial – Cardinals

Ralph Kiner – Pirates Robin Roberts – Phillies Warren Spahn – Braves Bob Gibson – Cardinals

Lord, how I loved baseball in those days! That was before the “steroid era.”

It’s that time again! Bring your antiques, old coins, vintage dolls and classic paintings to be appraised by our experts for just $5.00 per item! 1:00pm – 5:00 pm at the Community Center. For more information, please contact us by email at eustismuseum@gmail.com or call 352-483-0046.

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October 5 , 2011 we planned our tour of St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States. It was a very beautiful morning in the mid 70’s for temperature. 10 people showed up at the Clifford House Museum parking lot around 7:45. Thank you Tim Totten, our President of the Board, for the wonderful coffee and muffins for all of us to enjoy before we started our adventure. We drove I95 north to exit 298 east exit then about 17 miles into the Historic Downtown St. Augustine, turn onto West Castillo Drive and followed the signs to the 3 story Public Parking ramp. Note to everyone, if you have a “handicap parking sticker” the parking is free, otherwise the parking is $10.00 per day per car. The trip one way takes about 2 hours. Across from the parking ramp was a beautiful courtyard that lead into the Visitors Information Center. They have displays of some of the clothing for local Indians, early military (citizen’s uniforms) and a small replica sailing ship. St. Augustine was established in 1565 when Pedro Menendez and 700 soldiers and colonists landed on the beach. I can only imagine what the Indians thought when seeing these metal clad people. We didn’t get a chance to go to the fort this day because of time constraints. It is called “Castillo de San Marcos”. Construction was started in 1672 and completed 23 years later. Originally the outside of the fort was plastered with white and the towers on the four corners where red. Most of this plaster has gone away. It will take you two hours to tour the facility and you will have to pay an admission fee. We will probably come back in February to take a tour of the Fort, Lightner Museum and Flagler College now that we have all the information and costs.

The first thing we saw while walking toward the downtown area was an old cemetery surrounded by a handmade metal fence and wall. Past the cemetery and across the street are the city gates/old guard stations. The apertures on both guard stations were very small, just showing how tiny the people where back then. Just a few hundred feet away from the gates is the oldest school house in the United States. It is made of red cedar and cypress. Earliest tax records show it as 1716 but more than likely it was built earlier.

Across the street from the school house was the Greek Orthodox Chapel and small courtyard. The inside had many rooms that displayed the beautiful architecture and artwork. We made our way along the cobblestone street to Gaufre’s & Goods, a Greek and Polish Restaurant Café for lunch. It is located on Aviles Street just around the corner from the Wax Museum. Prices were reasonable and food very good. On our way back across the park we visited the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine, America’s first parish founded on September 8, 1565. The inside of this church was beautifully kept with a huge mural on the back wall depicting the early priest’s and Conquistadors. This church was built in the shape of the cross and had smaller chapels off to the sides. The ceiling was dark red and it had black beams for the roof supports. We decided that our next stop would be the San Sebastian Winery, younger sister of the Lakeridge Winery in Clermont. The facility is a couple blocks away from the parking ramp and the tour is free. The tour guide told us that the grapes from their fields are different from those at Lakeridge Winery in that their grapes are “bunch” grapes which are only good for white wines and San Sebastian grapes are called Muscadine, which are used to produce the ports and sherries. The reason the difference is because of the soil and temperature of each location. The tour took about an hour and they have a wonderful gift shop. Our trip ended back at the museum parking lot. This was another wonderful day with great friends. Thanks for coming and looking forward to another outing with our First Ladies.


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2011 October Newsletter Eustis Historical Museum