Mr. M. V. B. VanNess and wife of Arlington, Citrus county, have returned from a three months outing. His fact has been stated in the Star, but as the trip was of unusual interest, and under such delightful circumstances that a short resume will have more than a passing interest to our readers as Mr. VanNess is an old resident of Citrus county, among the pioneer settlers there, and first in the field in developing the orange tree, exploiting phosphate rock, in fact, is still in the latter business, he having downed the A. C. L. R. R. corporation in a suit that has been in the courts for the past decade. Well, this excellent couple took up their march three months ago, and this is the way they did the tourist act. They first visited the cradle of American Independence, Charlotte, N. C., then to Washington, took a magnificent Chesapeake steamer, touched at Norfolk, asked about the Jamestown Exposition, and continued their journey to Providence, R. I., them looked upon cultured Boston, and gazed with pardonable pride on Plymouth Rock, near which notable place Mrs. VanNess first saw the light of day, three score and ten years ago, as Miss Annie L. Eells, then to Albany, N. Y., the birthplace of Mr. VanNess. Then they took a daylight run down the Hudson to New York and Brooklyn, which they saw to perfection under the auspicious chaperonage of old friends. Then off to Buffalo to take one of the magnificent Buffalo and Detroit steamers for Detroit and ride the “waves of Lake Erie.” From Detroit they crossed the Wolverine State to Grand Haven, across turbulent Lake Michigan to the place that Schlitz beer has made famous; on to Lodi, Wis., where fifty years ago the 23rd of last September Mr. and Mrs. VanNess united their fortunes in a matrimonial journey, and which has run smoothly, sweetly, happily all these years. Here the couple visited Mrs. Emma Richmond, sister to Mr. VanNess where a golden anniversary was celebrated in grand style. From Lodi, Wis., visited the great butter and watch town of Elgin, and witnessed the exit of 3000 watch operatives from the immense watch factory one afternoon and noted with interest as how good butter as ever was spread on bread was made. From Elgin they called on old friends at Sycamore, Ill., one of the really pretty towns of the United States. The “Windy City” entertained them next, and there is always something of interest to be seen there. Then a call on Indianapolis, through Cincinnati over the L. & N.to Knoxville, and then home to Arlington, in Citrus county.
During their absence Mr. VanNess particularly noted the conditions of the dairy districts, and by close inquiry found that wherever milk and butter were leading products in a community there existed greatest prosperity and largest land values, demonstrating that best and most satisfactory results come to those whose time, money and brains, followed systematically and scientifically this great and growing interest in the United States, This long and delightful trip has added a score of years to their lives, and the recollection of it will continue to be a source of ever recurring pleasure.
Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-17-1906