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The Saturday, December 14, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried the news that Ernest Colby, son of Mr. & Mrs. F....
06/01/2020

The Saturday, December 14, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried the news that Ernest Colby, son of Mr. & Mrs. F. E. Colby of Ocala, had died in Lemira, Wisconsin, of influenza. His parents brought his body back to Marion County and buried him in Greenwood Cemetery on NE 3rd St. in Ocala. (Image 1)

There are another article naming more Marion County men left off the servicemen in World War I list. (Image 2)

Finally there was a paragraph saying the paper had been asked by the army to say nothing of the accident that had happened in Ocala that afternoon. The paper felt everyone knew about it without them having to print anything. (Image 3)

The Friday, December 13, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried a paragraph in one of the Ocala society columns th...
05/31/2020

The Friday, December 13, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried a paragraph in one of the Ocala society columns that stated that all four of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Bullock had been 'quite ill' since the previous Friday but were getting better. It does not say if it was the flu or not. (Image 1)

That issue also carried a statement from the Surgeon General of the United States advising Americans not to relax their vigilance about the flu. He also stated that Florida needed to be especially watchful because of the number of cases of flu that had been brought in from other places recently and that in some Florida towns there were now more cases than during the 'epidemic' two months before. (Image 2)

Related to this, there was a statement in the paper that the schools in Alabama had been closed because of the flu. (Image 3)

There was no mention of the flu in the December 6th, 7th or 9th issues of the Ocala Evening Star. The December 9th issue...
05/30/2020

There was no mention of the flu in the December 6th, 7th or 9th issues of the Ocala Evening Star. The December 9th issue carried another blurb about someone left off the list of Marion County servicemen. (Image 1)

In the December 10th issue, the society column for the Center community carried the news that Lawton Priest was up and about after a bout of the flu. (Image 2) It also carried the news that Mrs. Bittinger, Mrs. Pyles and Mrs. Lummus, neighbors and friends were all sick. (Image 3)

The December 12th issue carried the names of two more soldiers left off the list that had been printed. (Image 4)

The Thursday, December 5, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried a report from the Associated Press stating that i...
05/29/2020

The Thursday, December 5, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried a report from the Associated Press stating that it was estimated that between 300,000 and 350,000 civilians in the United States had died of influenza since September 15, 1918. It was also stated that 20,000 soldiers had died in army camps in the United States during the same amount of time. The report mentioned that the epidemic was not over but that the death rate had lessened. However, the epidemic did not end until 1920! (Image 1)

The Wacahoota society column reported that Curtice Robins was up and about after having the flu. (Image 2)

The South Lake Weir society column mentioned that Mrs. Charlie Brown who had been in the area recovering from the flu had returned to Webster where her son had had a relapse of the flu. Notice that like many others reported the son had been so sick he could not even sit up. (Image 3)

One of the Ocala society columns reported that Miss Percy Palmer had come south because of the flu. It is not clear if there had been flu in her family. (Image 4)

The Wednesday, December 4, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried a column in which the United States Public Healt...
05/28/2020

The Wednesday, December 4, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried a column in which the United States Public Health Service warned about the increased possibility of tuberculosis in people who had had the Spanish flu. (Image 1)

The Ocala Social Affairs column carried mention that Mrs. C. B. Greene, Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Standley and Miss Edwards were sick with the flu. (Image 2) How many victims of the flu were there in Marion County who did not feature in the various society columns?

In the Ocala Occurrences column, Mr. J. S. Patrick of Dunnellon stated that the flu was almost done there with just a few cases left. (Image 3)

Finally, a list of soldiers from Fellowship who had been left off the Star's list was printed. (Image 4)

The Ocala Occurrences column in the Tuesday, December 3, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried the news that C. C...
05/27/2020

The Ocala Occurrences column in the Tuesday, December 3, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried the news that C. C. Priest of Anthony had visited Ocala from Anthony after recovering from the flu. (Image 1)

The Ocala Social Affairs column carried proof that the army had still been having cases of the flu in November. Lt. Edward Anderson sent his parents, Mr. & Mrs. R. L. Anderson of Ocala, a letter from France dated November 4 that he had a 'slight' case of influenza. (Image 2)

The Star also posted the name of another Marion County soldier that had been left off the earlier list. (Image 3)

The only item in the Monday, December 2, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star that could be taken as perhaps indicating ...
05/26/2020

The only item in the Monday, December 2, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star that could be taken as perhaps indicating the flu is a paragraph in one of the Ocala society columns that mentions that both Mrs. G. W. Martin and her daughter Mrs. H. W. Wilson are both 'quite ill.' The paper does not say if they live together or not, or even if they had the same illness. There are so many communicable diseases that were more fatal in 1918 than they are today. (Image 1)

There was another article listing more Marion County men left off the list of those who had served in World War I. (Image 2)

Finally, the issue carried an article about the report of the commission appointed to look into conditions at the Florida Industrial School for Boys that had come to light because of the flu epidemic. The report confirmed the conditions as exposed in the original report by Dr. Klock. The commission's report said things were worse than in Dr. Klock's expose and that there report could have been even worse than it was. (Images 3 - 6)

05/24/2020

I will not be posting on Monday, May 25, 2020.

The Saturday, November 30, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried the news that Florence Conibear had recovered fr...
05/24/2020

The Saturday, November 30, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried the news that Florence Conibear had recovered from the influenza and would be returning to her teaching duties at Ocala High School. (Image 1)

The issue added three more names to the list of Marion County men who served in World War 1. (Image 2)

There was also mention that two men from Marion County were among the forty who had applied for the post of superintendent of the Florida Industrial School for Boys following the firing of its superintendent. The superintendent had been fired following the exposure of conditions there had been revealed as a result of the flu epidemic. The two men were L. S. Light of Reddick and S. M. Gurbbs of Ocala. (Image 3)

The Friday, November 29, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried notice that Jesse Pendrick of Dunnellon had died o...
05/23/2020

The Friday, November 29, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried notice that Jesse Pendrick of Dunnellon had died of flu that had brought on pneumonia. Below that paragraph was another stating that Harry Byle had died of disease in the army. It does not say where he was stationed when he died. (Image 1)

The paper also carried a death notice of Mallory Liddon, formerly of Ocala, in Jacksonville. His sister, Mrs. H. A. Waterman, still lived in Ocala. He died of pneumonia, and while there are many different diseases that can lead to pneumonia, any mention of it during the epidemic makes me suspicious. (Image 2)

The paper also carried another name that had been left off the list of Marion County soldiers who had served in the Great War.

The November 28, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried a notice in the society column for Anthony that Mr. C. V. ...
05/22/2020

The November 28, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried a notice in the society column for Anthony that Mr. C. V. Swain was able to be up and about after his relapse from the flu. (Image 1)

The issue also carried an update to the list of men who had served in World War I from Marion County. (Image 2)

The society column for York in the Wednesday, November 27, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried a report that Mi...
05/21/2020

The society column for York in the Wednesday, November 27, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried a report that Miss Cecile Hadsock who had been nursing influenza patients in Dunnellon was home for a few days. It was mentioned that she was expected to return to Dunnellon but it is not clear if that meant she was going to return to nursing flu patients. (Image 1)

In the Ocala Occurrences column it was noted that Dr. J. G. Baskin and Dr. W. H. Griffith in Dunnellon were getting better from their cases of the flu. (Image 2)

The Chandler society column mentioned that there had been only two cases of the flu in that community. (Image 3)

Somehow, when I was posting about the October 23, 1918 issue of the Evening Star, I totally missed posting the front pag...
05/21/2020

Somehow, when I was posting about the October 23, 1918 issue of the Evening Star, I totally missed posting the front page notice of the death of Alfred 'Alfie' Brooks from pneumonia following a case of influenza. The odd thing is that I remember looking up the family details on the Find A Grave site and remember the fact he had been raised by the Badgers. I also remember wondering why he did not have a headstone pictured among the other children on the Find A Grave page of the Wiley Brooks (II) who died in 1899; somehow I also missed Alfie's own Find A Grave page. His death notice was next to the article about the need for nurses because of the epidemic, which I did post about.

I am combining the Monday, November 25, 1918 and the Tuesday, November 26 issues of the Ocala Evening Star.One of the th...
05/20/2020

I am combining the Monday, November 25, 1918 and the Tuesday, November 26 issues of the Ocala Evening Star.

One of the things I have posted about covering the flu outbreak has been the flag ceremony of the square, wondering if a flag pole had been placed on the square just for the war period. On November 25, the Star carried a blurb that the flag salute in the evenings will be suspended until the next war. It is not clear if this is the same ceremony on the square that I have posted about before. Still unanswered if there was a special flag pole put in place on the square for the ceremonies there. (Image 1)

The November 26 issue of the Star carried a blurb stating that Lagrange Sistrunk had been left off the list of early volunteers for the war. Simeon Lagrange Sistrunk's entry on the Find A Grave site says that he died in Pensacola in 1918; his tombstone is carved with only 1918 as a date. The Star seems to imply that he died on the day he answered his draft call. I did some searching to see what happened but wish I hadn't because the story is so sad. Simeon Sistrunk actually died in July, 1917 in Ocala. He had been home on a ten day furlough from the Navy that he had just rejoined a few weeks before; he had previously served as a navy training cadet. On the morning he was due to leave to return to Pensacola he was cleaning his personal guns before putting them away. As he put his rifle away it went off and he was wounded. The Star stated that the position the rifle was found in indicated that he could not have done it himself. He was found by a family servant and was able to speak enough to say that what had happened was an accident. He was given the first military funeral in Marion County during World War 1 and was buried in his white naval uniform. (Image 2)

A blurb in the 26th issue stated that Dr. D. M. Smith had received a letter from his son, Lt. Morris Smith, in France stating that he was in an army rest camp with the flu. (Image 3)

The Saturday, November 23, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried the news of the funeral of Mr. C. Edgerton Metca...
05/19/2020

The Saturday, November 23, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried the news of the funeral of Mr. C. Edgerton Metcalf of Dunnellon the day before. He had died of the influenza. (Image 1)

That issue of the paper carried a list of every Marion County man who had served in World War I. Even though it does not fit in with the flu theme, I am posting the entire list. The paper mentions it will add names that were left off later. (Images 2 - 20)

I left one of the flu mentions off of the November 22 issue of the Ocala Evening Star. In the Ocala Social Affairs colum...
05/19/2020

I left one of the flu mentions off of the November 22 issue of the Ocala Evening Star.

In the Ocala Social Affairs column it was mentioned that Mr. and Mrs. Goodyear had received the news that their grandson in Arcadia had died of the flu.

The front page of the Friday, November 22, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried a society column for Fort King o...
05/18/2020

The front page of the Friday, November 22, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried a society column for Fort King on its front page. In the column it was mentioned that Mr. Oliver McDonald and his family were sick with influenza. (Image 1)

Also on the front page was the society column for Pine, which mentioned that Loyd Hall, age 18, had died of influenza. It appears that there were more cases in the family because Loyd's brother Henry was described as being 'very low' and a third brother, Eddie, had been sent home on furlough because of the 'illness of his people.' Loyd Hall had apparently worked with those who were sick with the flu as had Mr. Terry Young of Sparr. (Image 2)

The Thursday, November 21, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried a record of the meeting of the county commission...
05/17/2020

The Thursday, November 21, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried a record of the meeting of the county commissioners of Marion County that had been held on November 5, 1918. In it, there was mention that Commissioner Baskin was not able to be present at the meeting because he had influenza. This commissioner is the Dr. Baskin posted about earlier. His full name was James Galespie Baskin and he was an alumnus of Vanderbilt medical school. He was a leading pioneer developer of Dunnellon. His father Alonzo P. Baskin was a pioneer settler of Anthony. (Image 1)

The front page of the issue carried news of the Marion County fair. The exhibits were reported as being fewer in number because of "uncertainty and influenza." (Image 2)

The Ocklawaha and Lake Weir society column mentioned that influenza was on the wane in those areas. It also mentioned that Mr. Morrison had had a visit from his parents the week before. They were 'recuperating' from the flu. (Image 3)

The Shady area society column stated that Mr. Jim Goin might be suffering a relapse of the flu. (Image 4)

The society columns of Orange Springs and Wacahoota carried mentions of illnesses that could have been flu related but were not specific enough to post images of.

The Anthony society column stated that Mr. C. V. Swain had had a relapse of the flu. It also mentioned that one of the exhibits at the county fair from Anthony was a sweet potato that weighed 14 1/2 pounds! (Image 5)

Finally, is response to a reprint from the Tampa Times about conditions at the boys school, there was an editorial piece about how much better the flu had been handled at the girls school outside Ocala. (Image 6)

The Wednesday, November 20, 1918, issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried a mention in the Ocala Occurrences column ment...
05/16/2020

The Wednesday, November 20, 1918, issue of the Ocala Evening Star carried a mention in the Ocala Occurrences column mention that Mr. Andrew Neville had gone to Dunnellon to help care for friends of his who had influenza. Dr. Baskin, a doctor in Dunnellon, was stated as gradually improving after a severe case of the flu. (Image 1)

The issue also carried a reprint of a letter written by Hartz Field, the State Hospital Nurse, describing the conditions at the Florida Industrial School for Boys when she was sent there to help with the flu outbreak at the school. (Images 2 - 4)

The society columns in the Star discussed many people coming and going into and out of Marion County during the third we...
05/15/2020

The society columns in the Star discussed many people coming and going into and out of Marion County during the third week of November 1918. I did not research on how long a person could pass the flu to another person. With the regular flu, a person was contagious from one day before symptoms showed up until the symptoms disappeared. In some of the blurbs about the flu from the paper in 1918, it mentions someone recovering, but that does not indicate if they were just feeling better or if the symptoms had disappeared completely. I don't know if this pattern held to the Spanish influenza or not.

In the society column for Anthony - which carried a submission date of November 13 - in the November 19, 1918 issue of the Ocala Evening Star it was reported that Mr. B. K. Padgett was able to return to his job as the Seaboard Air Line RR agent. If this is the same Padgett that I post about earlier, his entire family have been sick so it is possible that he had had the flu. The article mentioned that Mr. B. F. Mimms and his entire family were recovering from the flu. It also mentioned that the school in Anthony had opened on Monday; since the submission was dated the 13th, which was a Wednesday, that means the school had opened on the 11th. Finally, the column discussed the celebration held in Anthony when the news of the armistice arrived with horns blowing and pistols being shot and then everyone who could get into a car driving into Ocala for the celebration there. (Image 1)

The society column for Shady area (which was dated both November 7 and November 13) mentioned that the schools there had never closed because of the flu but that Shady had been 'wrestling' with the flu. Mr. Charlie Tubbs was reported as having had a relapse of the flu. (Image 2)

The Ocala Social Affairs column mentioned that Mrs. R. W. Sistrunk, who was 'just recovering' from the flu, had stopped in Ocala to visit relatives on her way to Brooksville with her mother Mrs. L. B. Sanders. (Image 3)

Finally the issue carried a reprint of a letter that had been carried in the Tampa Times describing conditions at the Florida Industrial School for Boys. The writer of the letter does not identify who he is or why he visited the school there, but what he described is like something out of Dickens. The bad conditions at the school had first come to light when help had been sent to the school to help with the flu epidemic. The conditions at the boys school were compared to the much better conditions at the girls school outside of Ocala when they first came to light. (Images 4 - 7)

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Y'all come see us at the Citra Orange-A-Fair Saturday, 10/26, 10-3. Located at the Citra Community Center on CR 318, 1 block east of the Citra 301 stoplight. This is a day-long fundraiser and event benefiting the Citra Museum restoration fund. Lots of activities. We'll have some surprises, too, for young and old alike.
Price, haven't been able to find the photograph with discussed Sunday........know it is someplace on my computer.
Marion County's 175th Anniversary of our charter is to be celebrated 03/30/2019. All interested historic groups, exhibitors, vendors, entertainers, speakers, need to fill out a participation form and return it to the county by 12/31/2018. there is a tab on the county's website to download the form. It may be either filled out online and returned to the county (where it will immediately get into the database), or mail the form to the county. They need this information to allot enough spaces for all interested parties. BIG plans are in the works, and lots of help is needed now, and on the date of the event. We will be needing volunteers in period attire, to help with the information booth, as well. BUT THEY NEED THE FORMS FOR ALL INTERESTED FOLKS!
Good morning, what do you charge for admission, and what days are you open, please?
CORRECTION to Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology program for Sunday, 09/16/2018. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had a very short notice change of program for September. “What do you know about the McPherson School?” a program on the Alice McPherson Florida Industrial School for Girls will be presented by Annabelle Leitner (back by popular demand). The Star-Banner Events Calendar was not notified of the change of program in time before publication, and I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Please help me get the word out. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the regularly scheduled September program at the MC Museum of History and Archaeology has been changed. Sunday 09/16/2018 at 2 pm, at the Green Clover Hall, Annabelle Leitner is back by popular demand. Her program is "What do you know about the McPherson School?" and coincides with the anniversary month for the museum's MC Historical Assn, Inc. Reception and tours of the museum will follow the program. $5 admission for nonmembers and no admission charge for museum members. Y'all come!
Equal Justice activist to address Bridges Project Saturday Sept. 1 Florida lynched more Black people per capita than any other state, according to the Bryan Stevenson's nationally known Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), with Orange County and Marion County topping the list of those murdered here between 1877 and 1950 when more than 4400 African American men, women, and children were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs throughout the nation. Millions more fled the South as refugees from racial terrorism, profoundly impacting our entire nation to this day. Yolanda Russell, EJI activist, will discuss the new National Museum for Peace and Justice, informally known as the Lynching Monuments and Legacy Museum, recently opened in Montgomery, Alabama, as well as area efforts to memorialize victims in the search for social justice when the Bridges Project of Ocala/Marion County meets Saturday, September 1 at the Ocala Police Community Room, 402 South Pine Ave.( Rt. 441) from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The event is free and open to the public. Ms. Russell also will address 1920 Ocoee Massacre of Blacks seeking to vote in that year's election. Those not killed disappeared from the area according to the EJI report entitled "Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror," in which the EJI documents violent, public acts of torture, sanctioned by public officials, designed to intimidate the Black community.The report found that many lynching victims were not accused of crimes but killed for minor social transgressions or for demanding basic rights and fair treatment. Almost since its inception in January 2015 the Bridges Project formed a working group , chaired successively by Michael Davis, Henry DeGeneste and now Col. Gorham L. Black III, to remember and attain justice for Marion County victims by seeking sacred spaces for truth-telling and reflection about racial terror still strong in the memory of many among us. In addition to continuing to speak history's truth, the group plans to travel to Montgomery to bring back one of the hanging slabs duplicated for each of the 805 counties in which lynchings occurred once a suitable public site has been approved. Many members of the Bridges Project also served on the Public Policy Institute's 2014 study entitled "The True Cost of Justice in Marion County" available online. Complementing the lynching monuments in Montgomery is The Legacy Museum which draws connections between enslavement and mass incarceration using interactive media, sculpture, videography and exhibits to immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the domestic slave trade, racial terrorism, the Jim Crow South, and the world’s largest prison system. Compelling visuals and data-rich exhibits provide a one-of-a-kind opportunity to investigate America's history of racial injustice and its legacy — to draw dynamic connections across generations of Americans impacted by the tragic history of racial inequality.
COMING ATTRACTIONS MC Museum of History & Archaeology P.O. Box 4383 Ocala FL 34478 352-236-5245 307 SE 26th Ter, Ocala, FL 34471 All programs 3rd Sunday of odd months, at 2 p.m. in Green Clover Hall. Reception follows at East Hall. All programs admission free to members, $5 to nonmembers. Individual and family memberships available for sale at events. September 16, 2018 Historic Ocala Preservation Society presenting "The History of Ocala and of HOPS." November 18, 2018 Brian Stoothoff presents the History of "The Great Fire" and the City Fire and EMS services – 135th Anniversary.
Sunny Mehaffey, you won the Family membership to the Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology. Our tent was at the Marion County Government Day on Saturday, 03/24/18. Congratulations!
The Rebels of Florida Presented by Ms. Leah Oxendine, author & historical reenactor The next Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology program is on Sunday 11/19/17 at 2 p.m. at Green Clover Hall 319 SE 26th Ter, at the McPherson Governmental Complex property, 307 SE 26th Ter, Ocala, FL 34471. Following will be a reception with refreshments and touring the museum. Admission is free to museum members, and $5 per person for nonmembers. For information, please call the museum at (352) 236-5245. Leah Oxendine is a historical reenactor, musician and 21-year-old author from North Marion County. Her book The Rebels of Florida was published and released to the public through Amazon, Barnes and Noble online, and multiple other worldwide venues. The Rebels of Florida is one of the very few books written about Florida's involvement during the War Between the States, and the only historical novel that focuses entirely on the subject. Over ten years of research and work have been put into the book. You can read about the book at Amazon. She comes dressed in period 1860s clothing program and book signing, and speaks to visitors on 1860s Florida history.
Trappers & Traders Presented by Mr. Robert Wilson, living historian The next Marion County Museum of History and Archaeology program is on Sunday 09/17/17 at 2 p.m. at Green Clover Hall 319 SE 26th Ter, at the McPherson Governmental Complex property, 307 SE 26th Ter, Ocala, FL 34471. Following will be a reception with refreshments and touring the museum. Admission is free to museum members, and $5 per person for nonmembers. For information, please call the museum at (352) 236-5245. A traveling interpretative historian, Mr. Robert Wilson is the owner of Wizard's Gun shop, a gunsmith, expert on trapping, and instructor on the ways of trappers & traders in early Florida. Having participated in the Silver River Museum's Ocali Days and Knap In, and doing approximately 10-30 events a year for State Parks, Boy Scouts, churches, private groups starting in 1993, he became a regular at the State Park system in 2000, and has participated on a regular basis since. He has done these programs at approximately 12-15 state parks through the years. He also does workshops/programs on Women in the Outdoors, and for the Wild Turkey Federation. A passion of his, he claims he was born 200 years too late. During these events, he does primitive camping from two to ten days at a time. The art and lifestyle of trappers and traders is represented in exhibits and in action.