lately had a
letter from Thomas
Raymond, of Pana, Ill. He
spent two or three winters in our vicinity before. He first came in
the same time Dr. Bennett, Mr. Moore and Mrs. Pat Bell came in a
Panasoffkee. He is again coming to see how much Florida has changed.
County was the a part of Hernando. They came down the Withlacoochee.
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
to the gulf. The nearest railroad was at Ocala. Oranges were hauled
Hernando County to Wildwood to be shipped. John Paul and Proctor Willis
schooners from here to Cedar Key twice a week. Wash Atkinson carried
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
Everybody was crazy setting out orange trees. Among these were Gant
Capt. Hartman, Eyera and Sylvanus West, Charlie Miller, Dr. Bennett,
Huron, Dr. Shans and about fifty other young men of Crystal. All the
have not been for the best. The orange trees are gone; the cedar mill
about that time and all the cedar is gone. The pine timber will soon
what next? The phosphate was unknown as also turpentine farms. Mr.
visiting his old homestead, which was opened out about that time.
Cor., Citrus County Chronicle.
Ocala Evening Star: 2-7-1902
Transcribed, Formatted and Submitted by Linda Flowers