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Stories published here are memories from our viewers or EPHS staff.  These stories are not to be considered historical facts.

Web  design by Theresa Osbron Smith; logo picture from J. W. Hunnicutt collection
On this page you will find two Christmas memory stories:
Christmas Bicycles
by Wayne Groover and Somethings, Including Christmas Memories, Are Priceless and picture by Fred Brannen.  We have also included two stories from our faithful viewers. 

  A Five-Year Old Boy's Trip Uptown With His Grandfather And the Lacoochee Family He Never Forgot by Nell Moody Woodcock
      E. H. Capes' memories of his grandfather and the Gus Staryos family

  The Sawmill Oiler by Arno Surls Webster
      An interesting look at a maintenance requirement in the daily operation of a sawmill

Our School Days page will take you back to yesteryear when viewing pictures of class pictures and teachers. Special thanks to Jim St. Clair for his contribution of his dad's pictures.

Check out the Gallery page for pictures from the 2013 Lacoochee Reunion in September.

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.


Clay Sink Baptist Church Homecoming - February 2014

Lacoochee Cemetery Fundraiser -
March 2,2014

Trilby Homecoming -
March 16, 2014

First Baptist Church of Lacoochee Homecoming -
May 19, 2014

Lacoochee Reunion
- September 28, 2014

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.

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

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by Fred Brannen

  Without question, Christmas 1965 ranks as my all-time favorite.  Why?  It was during the 1965 Christmas season that my Cheryl and I both came to realize we would not only share that one, but every coming Christmas for the rest of our lives.
  Yes, 1965 is at the top of the heap, but I remember all of the Christmases of my life with much fondness.  As they began to come along, it was always enjoyable, exciting and exasperating to find just the right gifts for our children. And, for each of them, there always had to be a stocking filled with candy and small toys. Nowadays, it is also customary for us to have stockings for the spouses of our children and for all of our grandchildren.
  Today, my mind has retreated to memories of earlier Christmas, those days when I was the kid waiting for Santa Claus to make his visit. 
  Bicycles.  Electric trains. 
  Things our parents could not really afford, but with the help of credit at the local Western Auto store, Santa always seemed to bring exactly what my good brother William and I were longing to have.
  As I was letting my mind run wild and free, one special event from yesteryear flashed by in living color.  My best guess is that it was 1951.  William and I both had Hopalong Cassidy suits waiting for us under the tree, not only the black denim outfits and black cowboy hats, but the whole shebang.  We had boots as well as genuine imitation leather holsters filled with faux pearl handled six shooters.  Two little boys with cap pistols.  Yippee ki-yo ki-yay!
  I have no idea what Santa had to pay for those duds, but
a few years ago in an antique shop I saw the suit alone, not
including boots or guns, just the outfit and the hat.  The
retailer was asking $800.  You might think, too bad you don't
still have yours, you could make a nifty profit. Yeah, you're right,
nonetheless, I have no doubt that I would decline to sell.
  Some things, including Christmas memories, are priceless.

Fred Brannen, a retired state bank examiner lives in Inverness, Fl
He is columnist for the Citrus County Chronicle newspaper
Here's the link to his weekly column http://www.chronicleonline.com/opinion/column 

Bicycles for Christmas
By Wayne L. Groover

  The tall spruce (Christmas) tree draped with colored lights and a star that almost reached the ceiling was the only thing that separated the red and blue bicycles.  We knew by the shape of the bars which treasure was for Melanie and which one I would be riding.  The flames from the roaring fire in the fireplace added to the glow of the room.  Daddy was always good at building fires.  He would stoop by the hearth, snap a few sticks of kindling, add a log or two, and almost like magic the welcome sound of flames covering and burning logs would fill the living and dining rooms.
  It was Christmas morning in Lacoochee in 1953 and somehow, someway, Santa had delivered bicycles to the Groover house.  Melanie and I were too eager to open the other presents and gobble some breakfast so we could get out and ride up and down the street from the crate mill to the railroad, to determine just how Santa had pushed those beauties without any scratches down the chimney.
  Later we were to learn that they had been stored in the downstairs landing of the steps that helped to separate the upstairs apartment from the lower floor of the large Martin house that was conveniently built between the commissary and the filling station about a block from our house. A thoughtful and yes, wonderful couple, Counsel and Goldie Johnson had generously kept the Christmas secret of those bicycles so that late on Christmas Eve when Mom and Dad had made sure that Melanie and I were sound asleep, Dad could walk a short distance and push or perhaps ride those bicycles one by one to our house for the most exciting Christmas morning of our lives.

Wayne Groover, a retired school teacher,
lives in Orlando, FL;
Melanie Groover Beckner,
a retired high school counselor,
lives in Foley, Alabama;
Their mother Alice Lee Groover (1912 - 2003 )
taught grade school in Lacoochee;
Their father Joshua (Josh) Groover (1913 - 2009)
was a company bookkeeper.

To read previous stories contributed by Wayne Groover, click on A Round with the Night Watchman or you can access the story from the Previous Story page.

   This is the time of year that we have the tendency to pause and reflect on memories of past Christmas days; those special moments, those special gifts received or given, the times spent with families and friends.
   We all have that memory of a certain Christmas Day or Christmas gift that never leaves us.  Below you will find two such memories.  I'm sure that reading these stories will bring to mind your own special memory.
   We trust you had a very Merry Christmas and we wish for you a Happy New Year.  2013 has been a good year for East Pasco Historical Society as you have brought us many memories and pictures that we have shared with our viewers.  We expect no less for 2014.
   The EPHS Staff
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