Viewers comments have been received from California, Colorado, Missouri, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Here is a sampling of those comments.
The following comments were received from Julia Taylor Ebel, childrens' book author. In January 2013 Ms. Ebel discovered our web site and asked our permission to include the Dade City Utilities Ice Wagon photo (see "The Ice Wagon" by Gloria Hunnicutt) in her new book, Hansi and the Iceman.
"You will never know how many people have been enriched by your efforts and your website. Some are those who have contributed and felt affirmed by an appreciation of their own special memories. Others are the readers who have enjoyed and learned from your postings. I am among those. In turn, I have shared a little piece of your community's story with hundreds of others. Like the expanding circles in a pond, your efforts--your stories--reach out wider and wider. In the process, you are setting an important example to others, near and far. Perhaps they will follow your lead and find ways to honor their own stories of heritage. Thank you for that example." July 2015
Nell, Congratulations on your large number of followers. Aren't we all amazed at how much interest there is in a once-great sawmill town in central Florida. The large number of logons indicate that after people see the site for the first time, they come back for more. I am so glad that you, JW and Terri chose to develop the website.
hi I recently browsed your website and enjoyed looking at the pictures and reading the articles. I lived my whole childhood in Lacoochee, except probably about 4 years when my family lived in Dixie County. Somehow we made our way back to Lacoochee. Although I enjoyed the website, and saw a picture of the black quarters, I would like to see more on the black community. I am black and have had many relatives and friends in the community. I grew up on Coit street across from the First Baptist Church. My family was one of the first black families to move to that particular area in the 80s. Before then my mother and grandparents lived in the black quarters from the 50s to the 70s. If you have pictures or anything available, I would love to see them. I don't have any pictures from that era. Thanks Mary Lisbon June 2012
Take care, Jim St. Clair June 2012
My name is James Dewey and my father was Clifford Dewey. My brother, Ray Dewey, tells me the man in the picture with the other guy in a headlock at the link below is my father. Can you tell me who the other people in the picture are, or who took this picture?
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Jim Dewey
Thanks for the reply Ms. Woodcock. I remember my mother and father mentioning your name. The only thing I remember specifically is after some article you had in the Tampa Tribune, they talked about you having worked at Cummer's. From the time I can remember, my father was an electrician at the mill, but I don't know if that is where he started or not. My mother was Annie Lee Dewey (nee Leggett), and she worked in the crate mill.
I will see if I can find any pictures that might useful for your site. My brother put me onto it and it was a delightful surprise. I saw names like Berkstresser and McKinstry that I haven't heard in years. The stories of Dr. Walters were interesting, but he is mentioned frequently at family gatherings as he was our family doctor. I was surprised that there was no mention of his nurse, Mrs. Baxley (I think is the spelling). There was mention of another, but not of her. Or if there is, I haven't found it.
Thanks again for the response and please, keep up the good work. Jim Dewey May 2012
This site is great and I really enjoy reading the stories. I was amazed to see a copy of a picture that my dad had hanging in our house. He played catcher and his name was Ira Grove. It would be nice to identify the rest of the players on that team. Respectfully, Joel Grove, April 2012
after looking though some of your photos I came across your school day collection, your very 1st photo listed as date unknown but has a list of the students ,well the very 1st name on there is my father in law Joe mengersen he is still alive and may know the date of this photo , he was born in lachoocee 3-02-1937 and I know he will be happy to know some of the names of old class mates he has some more old school pictures I remember maybe I could talk him out of if I made him copies feel free to contact me as I'm doing my family tree as well! this to how I came across your site , A very nice one as well I might add! Robert Myers, April 2012
Your site is great! I have read every article and always look forward to receiving the next revision.
Jim St. Clair, December 2011
I just read your article on "Trilby's Origins" and found it very interesting. I was hoping to see my family name of Revels, or Harris (my grandmother's maiden name). I would like to find out more about Trilby, my forefathers are now all departed and I just can't remember when they lived there. Keep up the good work! Fred Scott (Freddy) Revels, Apollo Beach.
EPHS was in its element at the 25th Anniversary of the Annual Lacoochee Reunion last month. More than 270 men, women and children were at the Methodist Church Hall in Dade City to praise their Caesar (100-44 bc), that little sawmill town and environs etched in their minds from memory or oral history of Pasco County.
The guest of honor from Leesburg was at our table and drew a number of people who stopped by to congratulate her. Jeanette Abraham, 83, has attended each annual reunion since their inception in 1986. Many of her well wishers also thanked us for our website.
Glen Whittington, a matter-of-fact sort of man from Trilby, said simply, "I like your website." Then Glen and his wife Charlotte burst with enthusiasm as they described how his parents had kept family records of their lives in Trilby. His father was Seaboard Airline Railroad Agent during Trilby's heyday and his mother a well know musician in Trilby, Lacoochee and Dade City. We will be hearing more from the Whittingtons.
Fred Brannen wanted to let us know he has been enjoying our stories and is looking forward to more. Fred has retired from his career as a state bank examiner and lives in Inverness. He has great stories to tell about his childhood in Lacoochee where his parents worked at Cummer's crate mill until Cummer's operation ceased to exist. Occasionally, Fred writes about Lacoochee in his weekly column in the Citrus County Chronicle. To read his column go to www.chronicleonline.com/opinion/column
Jean Brinson Ward, a retired school teacher in Dade City, recalled a U.S. Air Force bombing range in World War II located between Richloam, where she grew up, and Clay Sink, Lacoochee's neighbor in northeastern Pasco County.
And, we received an invitation to the annual cane grinding that the Surls family hosts each November in Sumner. Sumner in Levy County was the site of Cummer's operation until that mill burned in the early 1920's and a lot of workers followed Cummer to the modern, all electric mill in Lacoochee.
At the end of the day Scott Black from Dade City and E. H. Capes from Lacoochee stopped by to visit with Jeanette Abraham.
"Jeanette is a delight to listen to. She is one of those rare conversationalist who does not have a delay line between her brain and her mouth. I mean this as a compliment," Capes said later. "You always know exactly what she is thinking because she will tell you. She is a fascinating person with a great memory."
And there were scores of other men and women just like Jeanette in that room.
Good Day to J.W. and Gloria,
Just completed reading that fine story, " A Fly on the Wall" and regret that I had not seen it sooner. I found it by looking under the heading for Trilacoochee which I must confess, I have not always clicked when visiting the site.
Fascinating story J.W. Thanks again for all you and others continue to do for EPHS.
Wayne Groover - August 2011
Dear Nell, thank you so much for forwarding this to me. It is so beautifully done, and authentic. I really enjoyed the baseball story of Lacoochee, and also the information about the hotel. You have talent for writing, and what a great way for all of us from Lacoochee to reminisce, and recall events, and fun times.
There must be stories about the Cummer commissary, Dr. Walters, the political rallies held in front of the commissary at night, the fish fries out at the Withlacoochee River picnic area, and on and on. What a unique experience we had. Thank you for our history, and making it available.
love, Melanie Groover Breckner This was sent to us in April, but your most recent publication, June or July, is the one I commented on. Blessings! July 2011
I am truly amazed at the amount of good "material" you and other members of the group have been able to get for the EPHS website. What great documentation for East Pasco County! Of course my main interest is in Lacoochee, but all that I have seen and read has been of value for now and the future.
I hope that you will continue to have the time, interest and inclination to write and collect reports and discover pictures for this worthwhile endeavor.
Would have never thought of a chandelier in the hotel, but found that to be fascinating. I remember hearing Dad speak of the hotel, and checker games, and card games such as bridge, and the occasional loud noises and the consternation they caused.
On more than one occasion, in the early 1950's, our family enjoyed eating meals in the hotel dining room after church on Sunday.
Ronald's story and pictures of baseball were great. Was reminded again of the importance of recreation in a community. Thank goodness for those like Jessie Stanley and others who enjoyed giving of their time and talents.
Am already looking forward to the next edition and what will added to the EPHS website.
WLG (Wayne Groover) - July 2011
Thanks to all of you for the most recent update on our web page. You guys are doing a terrific job and I want you to know that we (both Betty and I) appreciate what you are doing, and that we enjoy it.
I'm learning a lot about Trilby that I didn't know, but I knew that there is a lot of history about the whole region that we are not aware of, but with stories like that by Scott, Ronald, and Iris, we are beginning to get some of the puzzle pieces and fit them together. Sure makes for interesting reading.
I wish that you could get Ronald Stanley to relate some of the experiences that his dad had as Constable. I know that Ronald accompanied him on occasion and I'll bet that they saw some "doozies ".
Thanks again for the fine job you are doing . . . . . . Buddy (Weeks) -July 2011
Congratulations to you on your latest release. It was great. The new stories tell the stories of Lacoochee, Trilby and Clay Sink as they really were in the old days.
Thanks for asking Ronald Stanley about my dad and baseball. I got a kick out of Stanley's reply. It reminded me of the last time that I was at the Lacoochee reunion. I was talking to three old timer guys a bit older than I am. They were telling stories and bragging about getting paddled by my dad. One of the guys had been paddled three times so he was the winner of the most paddled contest.
J. W. wrote about getting a ring knife and a wooden peg from Mr. Brabham the first day that he worked at the planing mill. The same thing happened to me on my first day. I got the ring knife and peg and Mr. Brabham taught me how to tie any bundle in seconds. That was right after I delivered the boxcar stretcher to him.
Your website is great.
Jim St. Clair - July 2011
I don't really remember Abe's store. The story that young man wrote his Mom was amazing! I should be so honored by a loving son! Did you know them and the family Mama fed that night? Anyhow, thanks for sharing. Good night, Ro (Bazzell) - May 2011
"Nell, this is fabulous and I am so proud of you and all of your partner's in this great and necessary venture. I could just see Mr. Abe's store in my mind as you described it. Wish we could go back to those times!!!"
Melinda Norman - May 2011
You have created a truly "rich" site -- I enjoyed reading some of the stories. I remember the Commerce Bank in Live Oak -- (the Buddy Nott story) -- Years go, I financed some acreage just south of Wellborn through them! Small world.
Lucille - April 2011
The site is getting better with each release. Congratulations!
Your story about how the night watchman's duties was very interesting and well written.
Jim St. Clair - April 2011
You have done great with this, and deserve much credit! Growing up I was always fascinated by Lacoochee. It was so different. And to categorize it as a "sawmill town" misleads, because one wouldn't expect such a place to be so filled with such good, nice people (and good-looking girls). My Dade City Grammar School softball and basketball team played Lacoochee and I was always impressed with their superior facilities. think I could write an article on Lacoochee as I saw it in my youth if, first, you wanted me to and, next, gave me some guidelines. I think I am hanging it up lawyerwise. Isn't it time you did the same?
Gene (Auvil) - April 2011
Your writing & this web are wonderful and we thank you for all of your efforts to do this. I was blessed to spend a lot of time as a boy in Lacoochee with my best friend Bob Andrews. My Mother & his were best of friends as you know. We were also fortunate to grow up on Mud River with you & Roddy. Bob & I learned to spear fish & catch grouper with Roddy & my Dad. Papa Les was not a spear fisherman but loved the Gulf. I'll never forget Bob & I following Roddy down Mud River in a boat as he speared mullet & put them inside his bathing suit until he came back to the boat.
Those were the "salty dog" days & let the good times roll.
We love you.
Butch (Bessenger) - December 2010
This is just wonderful! Congratulations to all of you who have worked hard to make this possible. I'll send it to others, hoping that they will get involved with their memories of early East Pasco County.
Joy (Hobby) - December 2010
Thanks for what you're doing on this great project. Lacoochee is high on my list of wonderful childhood memories.
Ted Thomas - December 2010