Remembering Lee County: Where Winter Spends the Summer

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In this charming retrospective, Lee County native Prudy Taylor Board writes with love, respect and wry humor as she reveals the true history of Lee County, its communities and some of its most intriguing and prominent pioneers. For example: In 1884, Fort Myers comprised 139 acres at the original site of the town that was platted into a working community. But the burgeoning town that had grown to include about fifty families did not have a newspaper. So when the opportunity to "kidnap" an editor and his press ...
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Overview

In this charming retrospective, Lee County native Prudy Taylor Board writes with love, respect and wry humor as she reveals the true history of Lee County, its communities and some of its most intriguing and prominent pioneers. For example: In 1884, Fort Myers comprised 139 acres at the original site of the town that was platted into a working community. But the burgeoning town that had grown to include about fifty families did not have a newspaper. So when the opportunity to "kidnap" an editor and his press presented itself, Henry L. Roan, captain of the schooner Lily White, wasted no time.

In Cape Coral, the Rosen brothers "birthed" a brand new city and flew in future citizens from New York City, Chicago, Newark and Detroit. They wined and dined their unsuspecting prospects, and kept them too busy enjoying the sights and sounds of the area to think straight. The clients were herded into planes and buses for tours of barren wilderness that would-in their lifetimes, honest!-be transformed into a metropolis, and they were kept penned up in closing rooms for endless hours until they signed on a dotted line and emerged as befuddled, bedazzled owners of a piece of the dream.

Although a paradise for tourists today, Sanibel was originally noted for its prolific agriculture. By 1896, farmers were shipping a thousand crates of tomatoes a week during their growing season. A few years later, crops included eggplant, beets, squash, green peppers, cucumbers and beans. Unfortunately, the torrential tides of salt water accompanying a disastrous hurricane in 1921 destroyed the groves and arid farms and marked the finish to Sanibel's agricultural prominence. With these delightful historicalvignettes, Board presents a fascinating history of the cities that presently make up Lee County, Florida. Locals, visitors and newcomers alike are sure to enjoy Board's witty and causal style, and will view the area with a renewed appreciation for its rich past.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596291027
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     7
Acknowledgements     9
Plucky Pioneers: Newspapers Take Root in Southwest Florida 1884-1916     11
Southwest Florida Marched Forward in War and Peace 1917-1949     18
The Boom That Didn't Go Bust 1950-1984     25
How Summerlin Road Got Its Name 1821     31
Punta Rassa: Once Capital of Cow Country, Now of Condos 1838     35
Fort Myers: Lee County's Historic County Seat 1841     40
The Sanibel Light: A Beacon for Mariners 1884     49
St. James City and a Once Grand Hotel 1885     55
The Devastating Fire that Formed Lee County 1886     59
And There Was Light in Lee County 1887     63
Useppa: Home to Pirates and the Privileged 1895     67
The Boulevard Paved with Bones 1913     78
The Night They Tore the Courthouse Down 1914     82
Children of A Cult 1920     88
A Haven for History 1924     93
Iona Schoolhouse: Once the Heart of Its Community 1924     96
Tice Elementary: Second to None in the State 1927     100
Tamiami Trailblazing 1928     104
Cape Coral: Water Wonderland 1957     111
Sanibel: "We Call It Paradise" 1974     118
Bibliography     123
About the Author     125
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