Hidden History of Everglades City and Points Nearby

Hidden History of Everglades City and Points Nearby

by Maureen Sullivan-Hartung


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This book is a collection of quirky and fun stories about the history of Everglades City. Drawing from the author's time as a reporter for the Everglades City Echo, this book will chronicle lesser-known stories about the area. The book discusses the original pioneer families of Everglades City, and the time when this city was the governing center of Collier County. It goes on to chronicle colorful characters from the area, local landmarks, and the annual Seafood Festival that draws 20,000 people to the city every year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596297449
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 748,599
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

A yearlong stint as a reporter for a weekly newspaper in 1993 forever changed the path of Maureen Sullivan-Hartung. She was given Everglades City as one of her weekly assignments, and thus began her love affair with this region. Week by week, while making her rounds throughout the community, she garnered new friendships and, little by little, was able to gain the locals' trust. Who knew that this reporting assignment would bring a paper route with it, at the ripe old age of forty? Not only did she gather information while there, she also delivered papers and picked up the old ones and the change from each of the small containers around town. This was yet another fascinating experience of writing for a small-town weekly newspaper that unfortunately is no longer published. The mosquitoes, or swamp angels, whatever you call them, loved her presence down there, especially after an afternoon rain, which it seemed to her was every Wednesday during that year. Within a few months after being hired, she would meet the late Totch Brown, who took her out in the Ten Thousand Islands on that very first interview, which cinched her feelings for the small community. What an experience for a rookie reporter, one that she'll certainly never forget. Many of her previous articles written more than a decade ago were the beginnings of this book. Even after leaving the newspaper, Sullivan-Hartung continues to pitch stories to various magazines and editors on this historic area, wanting everyone she meets to learn about this fascinating region called the Last Frontier. This is her first book for The History Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction: History of the Last Frontier 11

Part I Everglades City

Carnestown: The Welcome Center 31

Collier County Courthouse, aka Everglades City Hall 32

Bank of Everglades 34

Collier's Town Laundry Building Blossoms into Museum of the Everglades 37

Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot 40

The Everglades Inn: Sixty-three Years of Memories 41

The Ivey House: From Recreation Hall to Bed-and-Breakfast 43

Everglades Community Church: The Friendly Little Church on the Circle 44

Everglades City Schools, K-12 46

The Rod & Gun Club's Colorful History 48

Everglade Pioneer

David Graham Copeland: The Driving Force Behind the Last Frontier 51

Colorful Character

Harriet Bedell, Deaconess of the Everglades 52

Part II Special Events

Annual Seafood Festival 57

Everglades National Park Dedication, 1947 59

Hollywood Comes to the Last Frontier 61

Hurricanes in the Last Frontier 63

Operation Everglades: Last of the "Square Grouper" 66

Part III Chokoloskee Island

Smallwood Trading Post with Indians 69

Chokoloskee Island Schools 72

Chokoloskee Island Cemeteries 74

Chokoloskee Church of God: Ninety-seven Years of Ministry 78

Chokoloskee Pioneers

C.G. McKinney: The Sage of Chokoloskee 80

The Charles Sherod "Ted" Smallwood Family 85

A.C. Hancock: School Boat Builder 88

Colorful Characters

Loren G. "Totch" Brown 91

Edgar Watson and Big Six Hannah 95

Part IV Copeland, Jerome and Lee-Cypress

Cypress Logging Industry 99

Janes Restaurant, Copeland Market and the Post Office 102

Copeland Baptist Church 103

Colorful Characters

Frances Hodge and the Bula Baptist Mission 105

Annie Mae Perry, Midwife to Over Five Hundred Children 109

Part V Ochopee

Booming Town 113

Ochopee Landmark: Home of the Smallest Post Office 114

Colorful Character

Mama Hokie, aka Clara McKay 117

Bibliography 121

About the Author 127

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awful writing, high school-level and amateurish. Short book, a compilation of small town newspaper (as in, not really a NEWSpaper) articles, so a lot of material is repeated from section to section, a waste of reading time and poorly constructed. Did anyone edit this thing? I did learn some interesting facts about the area, but those facts were few, and small as the book was most of it was worthless, tedious. This is more of a vanity press type of product than a serious book. Not worth the money. Highly disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago