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Anniversary of 1894 Freeze

This is the anniversary of the 1894 freeze, which froze the fruit and stripped the trees of their foliage. That freeze lasted three days, commencing December 29. It was in the following February when the trees had put on new foliage and were in bloom, being full of sap, that the disastrous freeze came. On December 30, 1894, the temperature at Tampa was 23 degrees. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 12-31-1909   

Neglect At The Cemetery

We have of late heard numerous complaints from citizens about the gates of the cemetery being left open and cattle and hogs entering and destroying the flowers and trampling the graves. Others complain that flowers and shrubs have been stolen from their lots. Is there no way to prevent the one and punish as well as prevent a repeated offence of the other? Source: Ocala Evening Star: 4-3-1900

Hugh J. Nichols, of this place and Ocala, returned from Atlanta, where he went to buy horses and mules. He certainly bought some of the finest mules that were ever brought into the state. It is the impression among the people that Nichols keeps the best stock of any dealer in the state. He sells stock in nearly every section in south Florida.-Sumterville Times. Source: Ocala Banner: 11-23-1906

Dr. W. P. Wilson, one of Ocala’s most substantial colored citizens, has just received a buggy made especially for physicians by the big buggy and factory at Greenfield, O., owned and operated entirely by negroes. The buggy is as fine as any in town. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 12-10-1908

As Judge W. S. Bullock and wife were going home yesterday afternoon, they passed two small boys engaged in a scrap, one very much under the other. Most people would have laughed at the sight, but the Judge stopped his horse, got out of the buggy, pulled the combatants apart, set the beaten one on his feet and with a kind word of warning, went on his way. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 2-11-1904

Muzzle The Dogs

Ocala, Fla., August 21, 1908…Owners of dogs are hereby ordered to muzzle them securely within forty-eight hours. Dogs found on the street after that time without will be shot immediately.

This order is made necessary by the fact that two well developed cases of rabies have developed within the week.

G. A. Nash

Mayor City of Ocala

Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-22-1908

Will H. Morris, the electrician, who is building a ‘phone line to the big Lavon Mill from Summerfield and Dallas, ran across a tremendous rattler the other day and after a heroic fight, crushed the serpent’s head with the heel of his boot. The snake had twenty-nine rattlers and a button. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-28-08

An Appeal For Aid

Mrs. Sue Frink is a very worthy lady and needs assistance. She has a very sick son, whom she is trying to nurse back to health and strength, but has exhausted her means and appeals to the generous public, who can appreciate her situation, to contribute $10 towards restoring health to her child.

Those who can possibly aid her will please leave their money contributions with the Star or Mrs. Ed Carmichael. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 1-1-1901

Will Stay

Peter Ingram, the well known and very efficient tailor, thought very seriously some time ago of removing to Jacksonville. In fact, he went to that city last week with the intention of seeking a location. After looking the field over and comparing the difference in house and store rent and the cost of living in the two cities, he decided---very wisely---we think---to let well enough alone and continue in Ocala. This city needs such men as Mr. Ingram and we rejoice that he has decided to stay. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 1-6-1902

Dr. W. H. Henry, who went from Oklawaha to Jacksonville to invest in a steam launch, anticipated his arrival at White’s ferry, on the Oklawaha river, where he telegraphed from Palatka he desired his family to meet him Sunday afternoon. What obstacles he encountered we do not know, anyway he only reached Silver Springs Monday and then took the train for home. Wednesday morning he returned with Jonas Driggers, a youthful navigator of the Oklawaha, and together they pripose to steer the craft to its destination. The doctor will transport his craft to Lake Weir. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 7-19-1906

First Load of Horses

Mr. Hugh Nichols, the horse dealer, has a fine carload of all purpose Tennessee horses and mules at his lot on Exposition street, the first carload shipped into Ocala this fall. The stock is exceptionally fine and Mr. Nichols will be pleased to show the animals to anyone wishing one. He also has a shipment at Inverness and also at Wildwood. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 10-19-1911

Seminoles Dying Out

County Surveyor J. O. Fries, who recently completed the taking of a census of the Seminole Indians, reports that there are 339 in the Everglades all told and that they are fast dying out. The men largely outnumber the women and their attention seems to be turned entirely to hunting. It took Mr. Fries and party of four forty-nine days to do the work and the number of miles traveled was 600 by boat and 200 by wagon. The Indians were very peaceful and nothing occurred of serious nature during the journey. (East Coast Advocate) Source: Ocala Evening Star: 10-13-1900

Mr. B. F. Swift, living east of Weirsdale, received by express on Monday, a wildcat from Cocoa. The animal attracted much attention at the express office and judging by its growling and snapping, would be a tough customer to handle. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 1-17-1902

A Long Swim 

Last evening Mr. Charlie Chazal made one of the longest swims ever recorded at Lake Weir, swimming full half way across the lake in the broadest place. He was accompanied by Rutherford Carlisle in a rowboat and a launch went out afterward and towed them in. 

Mr. Carlisle said that Mr. Chazal was perfectly fresh and not at all tired and but for the fact that it was almost dark could have continued the swim entirely across the lake. The feat caused considerable uneasiness among the dwellers of the Woodmar and Eastlake sections, as both small boat and swimmer had long since disappeared from view on account of the approach of the evening shadows before they turned to return. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 9-11-1911

Mr. Rowland Blitch, of Blitchton, was in town today, greeting his many friends. Mr. Blitch has been out west the past five years, three years of which he passed in one of Uncle Sam’s cavalry regiments and did his part in the strenuous work of guarding the boarder. He has been all up and down the line from Wyoming to far down in Mexico, and while he likes the west he is glad to get back to old Marion. He has settled down to help his father with the home farm. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-12-1919


Delmonico Dead

Denver, Col., Sept 21…Charles Delmonico, New York’s most famous restaurant caterer, died yesterday of consumption. He had been in a precarious condition for the last six months and while his death was momentarily expected, it is a great shock to those who have watched him closely. There is probably not a man in the United States with a reputation that extends as far and as wide among epicures and connoisseurs as that of Charles Delmonico. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 9-21-1901

A Rushing Business

S. A. Standley got in a car load of Kentucky mules a week ago, and they are nearly all gone. He sold four yesterday, three the day before and seven the day before that. He would leave again for market today, but has a very painful carbuncle on his foot, which will keep him at home for a few days. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 2-10-1900

Tramp Wilkes Sold

Tramp Wilkes, the famous trotting stallion, probably the best known horse in Florida, was sold yesterday by J. R. Blackiston, to a member of the Tampa Brewing Company, for a price in the neighborhood of a thousand dollars. The new owner of the horse was very proud of his purchase and stated he would not sell him for $200 more than he paid for him. Tramp was sent to Tampa on the F. C. & P yesterday afternoon. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 5-15-1900

Circuses wreck…One hundred and ten of the finest ring horses of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show were killed in a wreck near Charlotte, NC last Monday. Col. Cody’s favorite saddle horse was among the number. He estimates his loss at 60,000 dollars. Forepaugh-Aud-Sell’s circus was also in a wreck the same day in New Orleans. Several elephants and other animals escaped, but were finally captured near Baton Rouge. ource: Ocala Banner: 11-1-1901   

That decision of Federal Judge Day, that it is lawful to put a small amount of poison in flour, in order to bleach it, is a queer one and certainly contrary to common sense. The case should be taken to the supreme court; and it is just barely possible that there are some Federal Judges who deserve impeachment more than Judge Speer. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 2-15-1914


Mr. Fishel’s daughter had the misfortune to lose her chatelaine watch a few days ago on Oklawaha avenue. Finder will be suitably rewarded by return of same by Mr. Fishel. Source: 4-5-1907

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