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Thanks to our faithful viewers, we have added the following stories:

My First Train Ride by Nell Moody Woodcock
     Memories of a little girl's first train ride from a small town in Florida to a small town in Georgia

A Tribute to Angus "Buddy" Nott by Scott Black
     A young man's tribute to a special gentleman

American Dust Bowl Affects Dade City by Arno Surls Webster
     Memories of the dust storms from the early 30's

Our Aripeka Home Burns by Arno Surls Webster
      Surviving a house fire and its aftermath

Lacoochee Children Give Pretty Playlet from the archives of the Dade City (Florida) Banner contributed by Patricia Raposa
      A May 10, 1935 newspaper article describing a school's short play takes you back in time to remember young classmates

Our School Days page will take you back to yesteryear when viewing pictures of class pictures and teachers.

Don't forget to check out the page, Previous Stories.  You will find a list of all the previously published stories as well as links to those stories.

East Pasco Historical Society Mission Statement

Our mission initially is to preserve the early history of East Pasco County, Florida, including the communities of Lacoochee, Trilby, Trilacoochee and Clay Sink by recording the memories and stories of current and former residents. Later, when we get to the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s as the economy and other circumstances brought about change, we will expand our coverage to include other communities in East Pasco.

Although Lacoochee reached it's hey-day in the 1920's when Cummer Sons Cypress Company built a mill, hotel and houses for their employees, an established farming community had been in place since the mid 1800's.

We invite you to visit our web site and take a trip back in time to a place where life was simple but challenging and a job well done was appreciated.


Lacoochee Reunion - September 27, 2014
The Lacoochee Reunion will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9 AMto 2 PM,  at the Christian Life Center, First Methodist Church, 37628 Church Ave., Dade City, FL.  Bring a dish to share!  Come visit with friends, near and far!  Bring photos and memories that you want to share with others.  For more information, call (352) 583-5004.

Oak Ridge Baptist Church Homecoming
- September 2014

Trilby Cemetery Fundraiser
- 2014 date to be announced later
If there are any questions about the Trilby Cemetery, these can be directed to Scott Black, president, at 352/523-5772 or trilbyboy@earthlink.net.

Lacoochee Cemetery Fundraiser
- March 7, 2015

Trilby Reunion
- March 21, 2015

As we receive information regarding the upcoming events, we will update them here.  So check back for further details.

HOSTED BY FATCOW.COM                                                                          THIS SITE LAST UPDATED September 15, 2014
This tribute was written and read by
Dominique Miller at Roger's services. 
A portion of the tribute has been omitted due to space. 

 At first I was going to come up here and talk about
all the things that Roger has done for my friends and
I and all the lives I've seen him touch, but the truth of
the matter is this, none of us would be here if he hadn't
impacted us, we all know the kind of man he was; what
is left to be known is what are we going to do now to press
on in his ministry and all the others that are intertwined.
 Roger was a man that didn't just dream of all the things he could do, he did them. He saw a need and filled it. But it wasn't always easy, no sometimes help was in short supply, donations were scarce, and some plans didn't always work out how he hoped but did it stop him? No, he kept on persevering, kept trusting God, and I always would see Roger seek God more intently in moments such as these until God overflowed him with so much passion and courage again he just exploded and got another need filled. All week at school when I was asked to pray for Roger and his health I asked all my teachers and classmates for every class to pray for my friend in ministry and I kept saying I don't think God is finished with him yet, he can't be. But soon after my last class praying I found out he passed and I was dumbfounded.  I went home to my dorm and some verses came to mind in Ecclesiastes 7:
"A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.
 It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of partying, for death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart."
So many times we get caught up in life that we forget we are living and how much of a blessing a day called Today really is, as I looked over Roger's life and recounted all the things he had accomplished and all the differences he has made not only in my own life but in the community and beyond. God told me "No, Roger is done here; it's time for everyone else to step up and take their places." Out of all the dreams Roger had one was not so great as the one he had for the churches joining together, for Christians banding together, and for the tri-community to finally stand up on their feeble legs and walk again on their own.
 I take it that many if not most are here because you truly love Roger and have come to celebrate the incredible life of passion he led, and I have come here from Virginia to tell you all this, Do NOT let Roger's work be in vain, for at the very foundation of Roger's dream is the heart of God and his vision for all of you and your mission, the legacy Roger left is not meant to end here but to live on and flourish more than ever. Maybe you think the need is too great, that it is too hard, maybe even impossible when you look upon the mess and evil in this world, but if each and everyone one of us got up and did even half of what Roger accomplished then those impossibilities would start becoming possible.
So tri-community and all others represented here in this room it is time for us to wake up and let Christ shine on us, to make the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil, and not to be overcome by evil but overcome evil with Good, doing the Lord's will which is to know Him and make Him known.
 God has blessed us with the life of Roger Kaminski, therefore let's give thanks for this life by continuing on in his ministry, by expanding the kingdom of God, and bringing more to the dinner table one day in heaven when we are all together again.
 I'll close with this quote that I believe Roger understood and all of us could do with learning as well…
"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them."
   George Bernard Shaw
Dominique (Nikki) Miller is the daughter of Don and Darlene Miller, of Ridge Manor, FL.  She is currently at Liberty University and prior to that, she worked at Boys & Girls Club and  was youth pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Dade City.  She has volunteered for several years at the Christian Edge, working with youth and assisting her mother with the Faithful Princess Girls Tea Parties.

The EPHS staff mourns the loss of two special people this year, Roger Kaminski, May 30, 1952 - March 27, 2014 and Angus "Buddy" Nott, December 2, 1918 - July 23, 2014.  Our thoughts and prayers went out to their families and friends.  But we feel blessed to have known them both and the memories of times spent with them will forever linger.

Roger gave so much to the community and its' people and he has been eulogized for his service. (See tribute below)  But one thing stands out for this staff and that is his, and Marion's, dedication to the continuation and coordination of the Lacoochee Reunions.  Without their efforts we most likely would not be preparing to attend the reunion this year on September 27th.  They have spent countless hours to ensure that the reunions were a success. They bravely took up the torch from the Abraham family and for that we are truly thankful.  We will miss you, Roger, but we know you will be smiling down on us, and probably saying, "No, that's not the way to do it". But with the help of others, Marion will be able to carry on.

Buddy Nott could always be counted on to give us a great story on his life in Trilby.  He recorded many of his memories like the one mentioned in our "What's New" section below.  You can also access Scott Black's tribute to Mr. Nott from that section.   On our "Previous Stories" page, you will find other stories provided by Mr. Nott; or you can click on the titles here:  A Return to Trilby , Life in Trilby II and Life in Trilby During Its Heyday - A Young Boy's Fascination With Trains