Citrus County Historical Sketch.....1902





We lately had a letter from Thomas Raymond, of Pana, Ill. He spent two or three winters in our vicinity before. He first came in 1884, at the same time Dr. Bennett, Mr. Moore and Mrs. Pat Bell came in a flatboat from Panasoffkee. He is again coming to see how much Florida has changed. Citrus County was the a part of Hernando. They came down the Withlacoochee. Dunnellon was then unheard of. A little house at Camp Izzard, one at Stokes’ Ferry and one at Blitch’s Ferry was all the ones there was on the river from Panasoffkee to the gulf. The nearest railroad was at Ocala. Oranges were hauled from Hernando County to Wildwood to be shipped. John Paul and Proctor Willis ran schooners from here to Cedar Key twice a week. Wash Atkinson carried the mail twice a week to Ocala. Uncle Tom Will kept the hotel and Mr. Miller kept the principal store. Col. Jenkins, the only resident of Homosassa, got his mail at Crystal. Everybody was crazy setting out orange trees. Among these were Gant Caywood, Capt. Hartman, Eyera and Sylvanus West, Charlie Miller, Dr. Bennett, Miss Huron, Dr. Shans and about fifty other young men of Crystal. All the changes have not been for the best. The orange trees are gone; the cedar mill came here about that time and all the cedar is gone. The pine timber will soon follow and what next? The phosphate was unknown as also turpentine farms. Mr. Torrey is visiting his old homestead, which was opened out about that time. Crystal River Cor., Citrus County Chronicle.


Source: Ocala Evening Star: 2-7-1902 

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