Florida people and particularly those of the Methodist faith has been
to this spot for several months past, for the Florida Seminary, an
that has opened with the brightest prospects, has been established here.
readers are probably familiar with the location of the place. They
fact that it is on the Atlantic Coast Line railroad, between St.
Jacksonville and that it is on the Gulf of Mexico, only the beautiful
Clearwater Harbor lying in between the collage property and the Gulf.
But, it is
doubted if one person in a hundred is conversant with the true history
town and the school. There are some interesting points of history back
transfer of this valuable property to the Methodist Conference of our
Sutherland was laid out in 1877 by a syndicate of wealthy capitalists
west, a majority of whom were residents of Omaha, Neb. The land company
incorporated under the name of The Sutherland Land and Improvement
Omaha and Lincoln, Neb. About 1000 acres of high pine land is embraced
original town site.
The San Marino and Gulf View Hotel Company of Lincoln,
Neb. Was also organized for the purpose of erecting a large hotel.
Two hotels were
built and opened for business, but it seems neither of them ever proved
profitable. The people who built and conducted the hotels were
Scientists and the intention was to make this the headquarters for that
organization in the state.
on the Christian Scientist movement began to dwindle in this section,
hotels failed to draw the tourists from the blizzard-swept north and
valuable property was practically abandoned.
people conceived the idea of acquiring this property and converting it
into a collage
for the young men and young women of the State and negotiations were
into looking to that end.
which had cost more than $100,000, was offered to the Methodist people
little more than $6,000 and they were not long in accepting the offer.
Nearly half of
the original tract of land had been sold off, but the church bought
acres, including the two hotels, which, fortunately, had been built so
they could be utilized for collage purposes with very few, if any,
alterations. So there was but little to do in order to open up one of
prosperous schools in the State as soon as the titles had been executed.
at the magnificent building here and will prove interesting, especially
those who have never had the opportunity of visiting the place and
building, which is said to have cost $63,000 and which was known as the
San Morino, is a three-story structure, having a frontage of 280 feet
the Gulf, with a wing in the rear 200 feet in length. It is fitted with
conveniences: gas plant, with fixtures in every room, water works, with
piped throughout the entire building and lavatories on each floor. It
by steam, yet with a fire-place in each and every room for ventilation.
150 rooms, with fire escapes to every floor.There
are not the ordinary fire-escapes,
either, but stairs in each end and in the middle of the building.
dormitory is in the main building, where reside President S. W. Walker
wife and the girls are in charge of a refined Christian matron. This
is filled by Mrs. Wyatt.
formerly known as the Gulf View hotel and nearer the bay than the main
building, is occupied by the boys and is in charge of Prof. W. B.
president of the college, who, with his wife, will occupy quarters in
dormitory. There are 40 rooms in this building.
a most excellent beginning last term. There were over 200 students
it is confidently expected it will be greatly increased the coming
opens September 24.
There is a
bright future for the town of Sutherland, for the excellent school
there will induce settlers who desire to take advantage of the splendid
opportunity to educate their sons and daughters.
The town is
ideally situated in a beautiful forest of stately pines and the
sold off a number of building lots to desirable settlers and several
homes are being erected. The sale of lots is almost if not quite, paid
building lots have been set apart as a location on which to build a
parsonage and these will be built in the future. In the meantime
services are held here by the pastor of the Sutherland circuit, Rev.
Barnett. Mr. Barnett is a son of Dr. R. H. Barnett who was presiding
the Bartow district when the young man who serves the Sutherland church
only three years of age.
trustees of the Seminary have decided to construct, right away, a brick
building, to be used as a hall, auditorium and for recitation rooms.
The original survey and plat of the town made in
that the streets run from First to Twenty-first, extending from the bay
beyond the main building. The cross avenues are named for various
follows: Kansas, Missouri, Delaware, New York, Columbia, Pennsylvania,
Nebraska, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin,
Illinois and Ohio.
summer vacation Rev. R. M. Evans and his excellent wife have charge of
dormitory and have converted the town of Sutherland into a popular
resort. They have advertised cheap rates of board and during the heated
number of our people from the interior towns of the state will take
of the opportunity to enjoy a quiet and rest here. The bathing is very
both in the salt and in the health-giving lithia spring about two miles
Among those here
now are a jolly party of 12 or 15 from Bartow, with the prospect of
coming in soon. When all the Bartowites get in there will be nearly a
20 in the crowd from
the capital of
Tampa Tribune: 8-2-1903
Transcribed, Formatted and Submitted
by Linda Flowers