A Monthly Publication of the Eustis Historical Museum & Preservation Society, Inc.
Volume VIII, Number 28 – August 2012 www.eustishistoricalmuseum.com
MUSEUM HOURS th
Closed August 20 – September 5
Beginning September 6 Thursday -‐ Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
CURATORS Richard “Ted” Waterfall Jennie Hoon (starting August 19th) TRUSTEES Ethel Ryan Louise Carter Melanie Blankenship Kim Nesbitt Winn OFFICERS Timothy Totten President Darlene Rivers Vice-‐President Marcia Arnold 2 Vice-‐President nd
Gail Isaac-‐Thomas Recording Secretary John Blankenship Treasurer APPOINTED Louise Carter – Historian Marcia Arnold – First Ladies
Friends, Lots of changes happening around here, and they’re all positive things! We’re saying goodbye to Ted Waterfall, who has served us for almost two years. Read his curator’s corner inside to find out where he’s going and what exciting work he’ll be doing in the future. Of course, that means we need a new curator; I’m pleased to announce that the board has hired Mrs. Jennie to serve as our new curator. Jennie has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and lives in Umatilla. She has experience with local organizations and was already a member of the Eustis Historical Museum before being selected. Along with the curator change, you will notice that this newsletter is A LOT BIGGER this month. The board recently met to discuss our focus this year and it was decided that we would put together larger newsletters but publish them on a quarterly basis. Inside this and future newsletters, you will find some history from our archives as well as a 3-‐month schedule that you can remove and put on your fridge on in some other conspicuous location. Since you will have the schedule months in advance, you will extra incentive to join us for these great events. Our first exciting event is a special August 23rd tour of the LaRoe Family Homestead at the corner of Orange Avenue and the 44-‐Bypass. We will be touring the machine shop and the home, both of which have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Speaking of exciting, don’t forget our semi-‐annual “Eustis Road Show,” an antique appraisal clinic that the museum holds in the Spring and Fall. The next date is September 13. Also, our biggest fundraiser, the Christmas House Craft Fair, will take place at the end of November. If you’d like to participate as a crafter selling your wares, please contact Ethel Ryan at 530-‐4216 or call the museum at 352-‐483-‐0046. It’s also time for a big cleanup, so the house will be closed from August 19th to September 6th to accomplish this. As of September 6th, the museum will reopen with new hours. We will be open 10am – 2pm, Thursdays through Saturdays. Sincerely, Timothy Totten, President
TED’S FINAL CURATOR’S CORNER On a bit of both a sad and a bit of a happy note (for me) I wish to announce that I have accepted an offer to join the faculty at Hale Academy, a private school in Ocala. I have, therefore, submitted my letter of resignation as your curator. My last day on the job will be Saturday, August 18. I will be teaching U.S. History, World Cultures, and A History of World War 2 According to Hollywood, a class I created. I wish I could have stayed on, but my personal finances have dictated otherwise. I will miss you all. I have met our new curator and I am looking forward to helping her transition into her new role. I must add that it is a very lucky person who can state that they have been employed in a job that they actually looked forward to going to every single day. My love of history and of being around the physical things that you can touch, and feel, and smell, and simply be in the presence of, are what makes history actually live in my mind. This job has enabled me to do just that. Those who have ever said that history is a dead subject have never seen it through my eyes. It lives, it breathes, I hear it every day at the Eustis Historical Museum and elsewhere. All one has to do is learn to listen. Its voice can be deafening. Tim has indicated to me some exciting plans for future possible displays in our museum. These include the possibility of a rather massive model train exhibit (and the tie-‐in, of course, to that industry for Eustis). I do not wish to go into any particular details for an exhibit that is still in the planning stages, but this could be a really interesting display. There has also been talk of moving the Native American display from the Guest Bedroom into the first floor hallway, after moving the display cases out, so it is more accessible to more people, and using the Guest bedroom for temporary displays, such as the above mentioned. I think this is an excellent idea and support it whole heartedly. With a bit of a feeling of sadness, I conclude my final Curator’s Comment. So, until we meet again, whenever and wherever that may be, Keep your powder dry!
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as told to his grandson, Francis C. Savage at the Seminole Lodge in Eustis, Florida in December 1927. In 1873, while serving as assistant cashier under Dr. J.M. Bishop of the Freeman’s Bank at Columbus, MS, I became interested in Florida. At this time he was in communication with John A. McDonald, who was advertising Florida with headquarters at Sanford, FL. In 1876, after visiting the Centennial (in Philadelphia) I went up to New York and took passage on the Mallory Line steamer “Dallas” for Fernandina (in Florida). It was a rough trip and nearly all the passengers were seasick. Seven of us kept our feet and appetites. I became well acquainted with Thompson, the employee of the custom house in Fernandina and also with Satus S. Ingram of the Bahamas. One day the latter unexpectedly got my bowl of soup in his lap. A waiter brought my soup and when he started to set it down the ship gave an extra lurch and the contents of the plate went into Ingram’s lap. After spending a few days in Fernandina and in Jacksonville, I went up the St. John’s River to Sanford on the steamer “Carrie.” After taking a little trip to Paola, where Dr. Bishop had invested, I returned to Sanford and put up at a boarding house run by A.S. Pendry, where I met McDonald, Dan Herrick and Henry Key. They told me about this beautiful country and I hired a pony from Parramore and following directions reached Fort Mason and Eustis. I returned to Sanford the following day after spending the night at the home of C.T. Smith on Lake Woodward. At first they would not believe that I had made the trip, but I soon convinced them by telling of the things that I had seen and about the camp where some men were commencing to clear the land where Pendry later built the Ocklawaha Hotel. This camp consisted of a rough shanty of boards. Outside a deer was hanging. When I asked one of them where he got the deer, he told me that it had ran against a pine tree and killed itself.
Then I went around the shore of Lake Eustis to Fort Mason, which consisted of half a dozen houses and a store. Eustis at that time had one log cabin just north of the Clifford home in the oaks (now Eustis Park). Between it and Fort Mason I killed a rabbit with my revolver. On my return past the shack, the same man asked me where I got the cottontail. I told him that it ran against an oak tree and knocked out its brains, greatly to the amusement of the rest of the gang who gave him the grand laugh. Henry Key then spoke up and said, “He has been out there.” I opened my mail and found in a letter a check for $10,000 signed by two men named Barbarian and Deluge. From Philadelphia, I had written home about the many things I had seen at the Centennial and they (my brother and Dr. Flood) sent the check with an order for several of the beautiful things that I had seen. You can easily see where they coined the names they signed to the (joke) check – their real names were Savage and Flood. I believe that check was what made them so anxious for me to take up a homestead out here, but I told them that I was going to see m ore of the state before settling down. I bought a horse, saddle and camping outfit and came back through this section and then to Gainesville and Waldo by way of the Marshall Swamp, where I camped out the first night on an island in the Oklawaha River. The next day I went on through to Ocala where I arrived in time for dinner, passed through an English settlement at Lake Weir. After dinner I saw a man trying to pack his trunk of shoe samples. I smiled and he asked if I knew anything about it. I told him that I had been raised at it and at his request I packed them and had room to spare. I had already learned that they had given up the old route, Wire Road, on account of the rocks. So I got my horse ready to follow the stage.
(Pioneering in Florida continued) About sundown, the mules began to fuss so the driver asked me to go ahead down the hill and find out what was the matter. I came back and told the driver that a sick steer was across the road and asked for help to get it out of the way. The driver would not leave the stage on account of the mail but sent a passenger with me. Later I was told that the driver had me covered with is gun, thinking it was a holdup. The passenger and I swung the steer out of the trail and the stage went on. Soon after, my horse began to show signs of fatigue so I went into camp for the night. The next night I made Gainesville by way of Micanopy and Payne’s Prairie. I stopped there a while to rest my horse and myself. Then I went on to Waldo and came back through Citra and saw the then famous Bishop grove. Then on down the line to Leesburg and Sumpterville. At Leesburg I again took the old stage road known as the “Wire Road” because the telegraph wire ran alongside. This I followed through Brooksville and on to Tampa. It was one night before reaching Brooksville that I saw a campfire ahead and went to it where I was invited to dismount and have supper. I told them I had rations with me. I supposed they were in camp for the night so I built a little fire and prepared to spend the night. I found that they had been to town for supplies. Along about midnight I was awakened by a wildcat up in a tree, to find that I was alone except for my horse and a pair of eyes up in an oak tree. Fortunately, the campers of the previous evening had replenished my fire and left a bunch of lightwood knots at my feet. I had no more sleep that night! Next day at noon I went into camp and shot some quail and while roasting them my old stage driver came along. I invited him to stop and have some rations. He told me that it was against the rules for him to leave the coach. I took the bird over and gave it to him. He recognized me and we b oth smiled.
I journeyed on to Tampa by easy stages. Although at the time it was a seaport, it did not have more than 200 population.
I went on South to the Peace River section, then Northeast through what is now Bartow, then to Orlando, Longwood and back to Sanford. Having seen nothing to compare with the central section, I made up my mind to locate there, so I took the homestead, East half of the Southwest quarter and the West half of the Southeast quarter, Section 14, Township 19 South, Range 26 East. At that time this part was called the poor sand hills of West Orange County. North of this was Gilbert’s and between him and Lake Eustis was Pendry’s. Smith and Clifford each had a little home on the North side of Lake Woodward and also a store on the north side of the road. The Woodward brothers each had a homestead on the South side of Lake Woodward. Gustave Gottsche was on Lake Minerva where the old Purdy home now stands. East of Gilbert’s was Stephen’s where “The Palms” now is. East of Stephen’s was Colonel Norton’s where “The Oaks” now stands and East of him was P.P. Morin, who is still on his old homestead on Lake Nettie, named for his daughter. Once a week, Sunday mornings, our mail was brought from horseback from Hawkinsville by a man from Moss Bluff to Fort Mason, where many from the surrounding country gathered, a few from each settlement who took the mail for their neighbors. Next in order came subdivisions. Herrick bought 15 acres from Pendry on the South side of his homestead and Key bought 10 acres bounded on the North by Key Avenue and running down to Lake Gracie, named for Pendry’s daughter. McDonald bought the block North of Key Avenue and b uilt the house where Ashmore now lives. Labor was cheap then, one dollar a day, and while the clearing and log rolling was going on, we all purchased rough lumber delivered from the mill at Altoona for ten dollars per thousand and camped while houses were being built. Herrick was a carpenter and builder so Key and I assisted him in putting up his house and in turn he helped Key and myself. When Mrs. Herrick came down we boarded with them. Houses were like a barn with no finish inside.
(Pioneering in Florida continued)
I came down here for my health because bronchitis was knocking hard at the front door and I found relief. I went back to western New York, my old home, for the summer. On my return in the fall I found several newcomers, a little store (2 stories) where the Hotel Boyer now is, kept by a man named Cullen. This season we all got busy, finished clearing land, plowing and setting stakes where the orange trees were to be set. I built a “stake and rider” fence around my Northeast forty acres except 1 acre in the Northwest corner. A request had been made for an acre of ground where the community later built a school house that was also used for church services on occasions. During my absence Mrs. Pendry, who was acting as postmistress for Pendryville, was schoolmarm.
When I returned again in the fall I found a bunch of fellows camping in my house: J.P. Donnelly, now of Mount Dora, S.N. Powers and Frank Starbird. The schoolhouse had been built during my absence and a teacher appointed, Ike Schultz, who had a homestead at the South end of East Crooked Lake. This year a brother of Dan Herrick’s, Lute, came down and took up an 80-‐acre homestead on Lake Eustis where Mrs. Clay now lives (Eustis Heights). Later he sold it to the Meads, bought and developed the point in West Crooked Lake where the Simpsons are living. Then he developed The Hammock at Northshore after being in the grocery business for a time. He also built the Sunbeam Grocery at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Grove Street.
Back home again in the spring and I had little working capital. Henry Key asked if I would take 200 dollars for the twenty acres south of Lake Dicie. This offer was accepted as it paid for the whole 160 acres except for the government fees of 16 dollars, at Gainesville. You can smile now, but in those days it was a good price.
(Part two of this story, first related in 1927, will be included in the next newsletter, slated for an October print date. You can read the original and see pictures a t the Eustis Historical Museum.)
MEET OUR CURATOR! Since our current curator, Ted Waterfall, has accepted a teaching position in Ocala, we have hired a new curator to continue our success. Jennie Hoon is a wife and the mother of two elementary-‐age children. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and experience with office tasks and public relations. You can meet Jennie at a special reception during our September 27th meeting at the Historical Museum.
Saturday, July 21st, 2012 we started on another First Ladies trip to the Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala, Florida. There were 9 of us taking the back roads through absolutely beautiful horse county. The trip takes about 1 hour and the museum is located on E. Silver Springs Blvd or SR 40. The Appleton Museum of Art is set back off the road and sits on 44 acres treed and manicured grounds. It was founded in 1982 as a gift from Arthur I. Appleton to the Ocala community. The City of Ocala donated the 44 acre site as the home of the present museum. Construction started 1984 and opened to the public in 1987. The museum is a contemporary two-story travertine marble structure commanding a small rise fronted by a reflecting pool and fountain. The building features five permanent galleries, a 250 seat auditorium and a café arranged in a quadrangle surrounding an open air courtyard with a fountain. The Edith-Marie Appleton Wing opened in 1996 and houses 4,000 square feet of exhibition space, three class rooms and an area to rent for different events. Overall size of the museum a grand total of 81,610 sq. ft.
The museum’s permanent collections of approximately 16,000 objects include European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic and pre-Columbia artifacts. The current temporary traveling exhibit on display called “Industrial Art”, I found particularly interesting as some of the items were made from recycled materials. One piece I found quite inventive was the used coffee filters that form a wall sculpture entitled “Two Months Decomposition”. It looked like shelf fungus hanging on the wall. The entire second floor was devoted to the Appleton collection of art. It was amazing how many pieces he had acquired over the years. My favorites were the many oil paintings of ships at sea either in combat or in storms. We left the museum at 1:00 P.M. and proceeded down Silver Springs Boulevard to the downtown area of Ocala. Our reservations for lunch were at The Muse, a recently restored; Queen Ann design home located at 416 SE Ft. King Street. The downstairs back section of this house is The Muse, which serves all organically grown items from local farmers. The downstairs also contains Tres Chic Boutique, an organic boutique that sells items such as linens made with bamboo. Lunch at The Muse was around $14.00 not including drink and tip. They are only open from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Monday – Saturday. The food was fabulous! Great trip for all!
EUSTIS HISTORICAL MUSEUM EVENTS CALENDAR
First Friday Streetfest – Downtown Eustis Friday from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Monthly Meeting of the Historical Society + Tour *SPECIAL TIME AND PLACE* 6:00 pm at the Historic LaRoe Homestead at 2891 East Orange Avenue Receive a personal tour from the LaRoe Family & enjoy refreshments
First Ladies Group Trip – Stetson Mansion Meet at the Clifford House at 9:00 am to Carpool Cost is $20 per person to tour the Stetson Mansion in Deland RSVP to Marcia Arnold at 483-‐5464
First Friday Streetfest – Downtown Eustis Friday from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Eustis Road Show – Appraisal Clinic -‐ $5 per item Begins at 1:00 pm at the Eustis Community Center Bring your antiques and collectibles to have them appraised by one of our experts!
First Ladies Group Trip – Halifax Historical Museum Meet at the Clifford House at 8:30 am to Carpool Tour the Halifax Historical Museum in Daytona, Florida
Monthly Meeting of the Historical Society + Welcome Reception Enjoy a historical presentation and a welcome reception for our new curator 7:00 pm at the Historic Clifford House
First Friday Streetfest – Downtown Eustis Friday from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
First Ladies Group Trip – Cassadega Tour + Lunch Meet at the Clifford House at 10:00 am to Carpool Tour the town of Cassadaga, dubbed “The Psychic Capital of the World”
Monthly Meeting of the Historical Society + Special Presentation Trains, Trains and More Trains! 7:00 pm at the Historic Clifford House Come enjoy a presentation about trains, both large and small. We will also be debuting a special exhibit of Lionel model trains!
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