'It Happened First in Florida'
* Wednesday, May 16, 2018 * 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm * 217 NE 4th Ave *
We are saddened to pass on the following:
Linda L. Lahr
of Indianapolis & Florida - 80, passed away peacefully, on March 26, 2018. Linda was born March 28, 1937 to the late John C. and Opal O. (Branham) Sanders who preceded her in death. She is survived by her beloved husband, James E. Lahr of 60 years. Daughters, Jennifer L. Adkins (Mike) and Sandra J. Hutzler (John); son, John S. Lahr, Sr (Kathleen); three grandchildren and a host of loving family and friends. Linda was a kind and loving woman who enjoyed traveling, volunteering, spending time with her grandchildren, and entertaining all of her family and friends. Linda will be laid to rest at Washington Park North Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lynn Cancer Institute. C/O Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation. 745 Meadows Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486. Arrangements entrusted to Flanner Buchanan-Washington Park North
Click on the link below to read the January Newsletter
CHARLES ELLINGTON, Sr.
Charles Ellington was born in Pompano Beach, Florida, where the E. Pat Larkins Center stands today. His family has been a part of Pompano Beach’s history since before it was incorporated. His grandfather, Tom Baker, arrived in Pompano Beach in May 1908, bartered for land, clearing it and farming. He built wooden houses Obituary on his property and rented them for out to other migrants moving into Pompano. Charles’ father, Julius Ellington, arrived in Pompano in 1918 following service in the Navy as a head cook. He opened a local restaurant; one of the few black-owned restaurants licensed at that time, and was known for providing free meals for those who was hungry. Charles is a product of the Broward County School system, graduating from Blanche Ely High School in 1958. He attended technical school after graduation, receiving a certificate in computers and word processing. He also attended Broward Community College. Charles Ellington worked as a warehouse Manager for H. B. Fuller for over 25 years. He owned and operated an elderly-care center for 20 years. Realizing a need for low-income housing, he established his own rental housing complex and in 2001 incorporated Hawkins Homes, Inc., which builds affordable housing. Mr. Ellington is a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon. He is an active community volunteer through such organizations as the Pompano Beach Westside Kiwanis, Pompano Masonic #409 Prince Hall Affi liation, SABA Temple #186, where he was elevated to Grand Inspector General 33rd degree of the United Supreme Council. He also mentors young boys from the ages of six (6) to eighteen (18). Charles married his high school sweetheart, Emma. They were parents to ten (10) children who blessed them with 36 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Friday, December 15, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 16, 2017
MT. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
800 NW 8th Avenue
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Holiday Party - Wednesday, December 13th 6:30 - 8:30
Please join us for Fun, Food, Friends and Festivities at our annual Holiday Party!
Christopher Mullon, one of Pompano’s most prolific volunteers and community champions, died on November 19. He was 70.
A former ad man turned nature photographer, Mullon lived with his wife, Katy, in Pompano Beach for more than four decades, serving on numerous civic boards and political campaigns.
Deeply devoted to Katy and his two sons, Jeremy and Lee, Mullon was a loving husband and father who inspired in his family the humble honor of helping others.
A native of Long Island, NY, and a graduate of Cocoa Beach High School, Mullon moved to South Florida in 1970 after earning his advertising degree from the University of Florida. He initially worked in advertising for the Miami Herald, and later opened and ran two advertising agencies in town before he turned to teaching at Pompano Beach Middle and Northeast High for his “second career.”
Known for his honesty, quick wit and keen eye, Mullon became a trusted confidant of local leaders, helping with several city and state campaigns for political office and public support for schools, parks and the arts.
In a 2005 interview with the Miami Herald, Mullon said, “Everyone should give back to their city and the people who live in it. Just think how nice our cities would be if they did.”
For the past two decades, he served on the city’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board as a member and former chairman. Mullon also was a past president of the Old Pompano Civic Association, a board member of the Pompano Beach Historical Society and a member of the Public Art Committee.
Always an avid swimmer, Mullon was a varsity letterman at UF and member of the 1967 SEC championship swim team. In his civic life, he helped win public support for numerous recreational projects in Pompano Beach, including the city’s Aquatic Center. Mullon also volunteered as a youth swimming and baseball coach.
Later in life, Mullon devoted his spare time to photography, combining Katy’s love of nature and her job as a children’s events coordinator at Broward County Library, into his own hobby. He photographed the library’s annual Storybook Festival and was an unofficial photographer at the historic Sample-McDougald House in Pompano Beach.
Mullon’s photographs and stories also appeared in The Pelican Newspaper and other community publications. But his favorite work was from a boardwalk or the beach, capturing South Florida wildlife or the occasional candid of family members.
In addition to his wife and sons, he is survived by his sisters, Elizabeth Fox and Marcia Reilley; brother, Bob Mullon; his daughters-in-law, Christine Mullon and Danielle Mullon; a granddaughter on the way, as well as numerous other in-laws, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Kraeer Funeral Home, 200 N. Federal Highway, on Saturday, December 9. The family will receive friends beginning at 1 p.m. leading up to a celebration of life ceremony at 3 p.m. The family suggests the Pompano Beach Historical Society for memorial contributions.
HARVEY CONRAD VILLA
VILLA, Harvey C., Sr., 85, of Pompano Beach, FL went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 13, 2017 following a brief illness. Harvey was the loving husband of 61 years to his wife, Alyce; loving father to three children - Harvey Jr., Melanie DeBeltrand (Pat), and Nancy Kniskern (Rob); loving grandfather to Ashley Fuori (Mike), Matthew DeBeltrand (Haley), Kellen Villa, and Alana and Chase Kniskern; and loving great-grandfather to Lily, Delaney, Ethan and Maggie. Born in Westfield, New Jersey to Guy and Settimia Villa, Harvey graduated from the University of Miami in 1956. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Pompano, the Pompano Beach Historical Society and the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society. Friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Monday, October 16, 2017, followed by a funeral service at 1pm at the funeral home. Interment to follow in Pompano Beach Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Harvey's name. Arrangements entrusted to: KRAEER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTER, 200 North Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 33062. (954) 941-4111. www.kraeerpompanobeach.net
Helen M. TODD
Funeral HomeKraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center
200 North Federal Highway Pompano Beach, FL 33062
Saturday, October 21st
The 8th Annual Casino - OKTOBERFEST!
Can we top last year's Casino night? You bet!
Once again we will be at the the historic Bailey Art Center in Old Downtown and we plan to wow you with music, dinner, wine, a biergarten, entertainment, music, raffles and of course the Casino! We have some surprises (and maybe some aces) up our sleeves! 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm; all for $75.00/ person which includes $200 worth of chips to play the tables. Extra chips may be purchased. Your winnings can be used for the raffle gift baskets.
October 21, 2017 at 6pm - 11pm
41 NE 1st St
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Purchase tickets on our Event Page
Green Market Grand Opening and Bean & Pepper Jamboree
Grand Opening and Bean & Pepper Jamboree at the Green Market. An Old-Time Jamboree with a bean & pepper ribbon cutting, music, petting zoo, lots of kid's activities, more music, fresh produce, crafts, cooking contest (foods must include bell peppers or green beans) and a Chicken Drop Raffle! Don't miss it. 9:00 am - 1:30 pm. Ribbon cutting at 10:00.
Thursday, October 5th
Preview Reception for The Highwaymen 2nd Generation
Show continues on
Friday, October 6th 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, October 7th 10:00 - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, September 20th
Annual Covered Dish Dinner
Come and share food, friends and history.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
POMPANO HISTORY TOUR
Tickets for the tour are limited and are $15 per person.
For more information' please call Pat at 954-782-3015
Seating on the trolley is limited to 27 people. Don't be disappointed, purchase your tickets early. Buy tickets right here, just click on the Historic Tour Tickets link and follow the prompts. Pay with a credit card as 'guest' We regret we cannot hold unpaid seats.
In Memory of Jean Blount HOGAN
May 3, 1922 - July 8, 2017
Jean Hogan was born in Pompano Beach Florida and resided in Pompano Beach most of her adult life. She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years Mr. G. B. Hogan, Jr.
Mrs. Hogan was a member of the founding families of Pompano Beach family.
She is survived by a Son: Eric Hogan and daughter in law, Ann Hogan of Baton Rouge LA, Daughter: Sharon Lawson and son in law Ed Lawson of Stuart Florida, Grandchildren: Kristin Hogan, Katie Hogan and her husband Zbigniew Zarudzki.
Visitation will be held at Kraeer Funeral Home, 200 North Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 33062, (954) 941-4111 in the chapel, on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 9:30 am until 10:00 am followed by a service from 10:00 am until 11:00 a.m. Burial will be held immediately following the service at Pompano Beach Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Pompano Beach, FL.
SAVE THE DATE!! OCTOBER 21ST IS CASINO NIGHT! YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS ANNUAL EVENT.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 6:30 pm
Our speaker will be Emily Marcus, CRA Project Manager. Emily will give an update on the CRA progress and plans for the Old Downtown Area. As always, we will have a social hour with food & drink followed by the presentation. We hope you will be able to join us.
MERRILL EUGENE PRIDEMORE
KEEP STRONG MERRILL!
Please keep Merrill & Julia Mae Pridemore in your thoughts and prayers. Merrill is currently staying at The Woodlands at John Knox Village while undergoing radiation treatment. His family has advised that he does not feel up to guests at this time, but if you would like to send him a card of encouragement and best wishes, please mail to:
Wednesday, June 21 - 6:15 pm
The Annual Meeting will be held just prior to the regular meeting on Wednesday, June 21st at 6:15. In compliance with the Society's by-laws, the Nominating Committee will submit the slate of Directors and three current Honorary Directors for election. All active members are encouraged to attend.
JUNE PROGRAM MEETING
Wednesday, June 21st at 6:30 we will hold a Round Table Discussion at the Hood Center. Please join us as we join together to relate stories on Pompano's History. It's a great time to get to know about Pompano as well as your neighbors. Who knows what secrets may be exposed!
We will start with a pot-luck social hour at 6:30, followed by the discussion. We hope you will consider sharing one of your favorite dishes with us (maybe even one you submitted for the Centennial Cookbook). We will supply the beverages ans tableware.
We are keeping the wall of our veterans up through July. If you have pictures of any of your family who served, please send us a photo so we may add them to our wall of honor.
ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEK-END, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO REMEMBER THOSE FROM POMPANO WHO MADE THE GREATEST SACRIFICE.
WORLD WAR I
CUMMING S. REESE
WORLD WAR II
JAMES GORDON HARDIN JR.
G. STERLING MC CLELLAN JR
HARVEY D. MULKEY
STANLEY ‘H C’ ROWLETT
VIET NAM WAR
PETER HENRY ALBRIGHT
OLIVER BELL JR
THOMAS JOHN BURTON
RONALD GATES CAMPBELL
BRAD DONALD CHRISS
CLYDE TERRY CODY
ARTIE EUGENE JOHNSON
JAMES FRANKLIN LAMN
IVORY LEE Mc KINNEY
GLEN FREDERICK MERRIHEW
RICHARD HERBERT NALEY
THOMAS FRANK PHILLIPS
DAVID FREDERICK RHODES
RICHARD LEE ROUSSEAU
PHILLIP THOMAS STAHL
FRANK HERBERT THOMAS JR
JOHN ROBERT VANDERZICHT
MAY MEETING PROGRAM
Wednesday, May 17th
Our May Program was held at the Naval Air station Fort Lauderdale. We want to give a big THANK YOU to Director John Bloom, his wife Minerva and all the wonderful volunteers who made the a very special night! John gave a great presentation; we learned so much, not just about the Fort Lauderdale facility, but about how intertwined that airport was with Pompano Air Park during the war. The museum had so much to see, we could not possibly have done it all in one night. So, if you missed this meeting, you will probably have another chance. If you would like to go and see the museum on your own time, they are located at 4000 West Perimeter Rd. just west of the airport. For more information, go to their website: www.nasflmuseum.com/
APRIL MEETING PROGRAM
Wednesday, April 19th at 6:30 pm.
Our speaker will be Pompano local, Paul Hurt. Paul will speak about his dad, who Pompano's first life guard. Please join us, maybe tell a story of your own. Social hour at 6:30 with refreshments and hot dogs, followed by the the presentation.
MARCH IS COMING IN LIKE A LION!
March 15th is our monthly program. Join us as original Highwaymen Artist, Al Black gives us insight in what it was like to paint and sell Highwaymen paintings on the hot and unfriendly roads of South Florida.
Starts at 6:30 with food and drinks followed by Mr. Black's presentation at 7:30.
All are welcome.
The Highwaymen are coming back for the 6th Annual Art show.
Join us Saturday, March 18th at 5:30 pm for the Art Preview Reception at the historic Sample-McDougald House.
Meet the artists and view their paintings, stroll the gardens under the stars while listening to the sounds of smooth jazz and be taken back to the times when these iconic artists started the "Indian River School" art movement.
Heavy appetizers with wine, beer and soft drinks.
Only $50.00 per person.
Tickets are limited.
A second chance to view and purchase a Highwaymen original paintings will be on
Sunday, March 19th from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Admission is $5.00 per person, which includes a tour of the Sample-McDougald House.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 05:30 PM · $50.00 USD
In celebration of Black History Month, we are holding our Wednesday, February 15th program at the Ali Cultural Arts Center.
Ali is proud to present The Life and Legacy of Karl K. Weaver Sr., as part of their Black History Month celebration. This month-long showcase will examine the impact Weaver had on his community as the first African-American commissioner of Pompano Beach. The exhibit will feature photos from both his personal and professional life, along with newspaper articles, artifacts and personal belongings.
We are excited for this opportunity to host our meeting in this historical building that is part of the new Cultural Arts District of Pompano Beach.
The Ali Center will also be recognized on Friday, February 10 at 2:00 as a designated Historic Site. Congratulations Ali & Rock Road Historical!
Ali Cultural Arts Center
353 Hammonville Rd
To get there from the Historical Society, go west on 3rd Street to NW 4th Avenue, turn right. There will be a large parking lot on your right.
Meeting will start at 6:30 pm
Light refreshments and sandwiches will be served.
See you there!
LOTS GOING ON IN JANUARY!
SEMINOLE WAR EXHIBIT ALL MONTH LONG!
Now through the first week in February, Tuesday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm; we will be hosting the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole War Exhibit for the entire month! Come and learn about the great Seminole chiefs and warriors as the Seminole-Miccosukee Tribes celebrate the 200th anniversary of the start of the wars. Even more exciting that we are making history by joining with the Bailey Art Center and the Sample-McDougald House by showcasing three separate but related exhibits. This is the first time three historic and art venues in one city has collaborated in a exhibit like this.
The BaCA (the old Bailey Hotel) is showing photographic images "Florida Seminoles in Postcards' from Ethnohistorian, Patsy West's collection in the Blooming Bean Coffee Shop. The display is opening on Friday, January 6th during Untapped. Stop in and see us to learn all about what we are doing! These incredible images will be open now through February 28th, Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
The Sample-McDougald House exhibit will open on Saturday, January 7th and run on their regular open house times through March 31st. They will be exhibiting 'A History of the Seminole-Miccosukee in Clothing' which features authentic Seminole clothing spanning 1800's up present day. The exhibit is also supplied by Patsy West. Sample Mc-Dougald House's hours are Tuesday - Thursday Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.
The exhibits as The Historical Society are free to the public; although donations are always welcome. The Sample Mc-Dougald House will charge their normal tour fee of $5.00, which includes the full house tour and the exhibit.
This is an unique opportunity. Make a day and visit all three venues, you could walk them all if you wanted!
DECEMBER HOLIDAY PARTY
The annual Holiday Party is just a week away. Don your festive clothes and join us for a Holiday gathering to remember. The 3 hour cocktail reception will start at 6:30 and will be catered by Eddy’s Chef. Come and join friends and neighbors to celebrate the season.
All are welcome!
A $10 donation is suggested, but not required.
NOVEMBER MEETING WITH THE CRA
If you missed November's meeting, Emily has provided a synopsis of her presentation. I think everyone appreciated the interesting and informative program. We hope to have her come and speak again early next year. Thank you again, Emily!
The main takeaway is that the CRA is beginning a series of major projects in the NWCRA district. We are working to rebuild a vibrant and active downtown for the residents of Pompano Beach. We are looking to both the past and the future for inspiration. We are also drawing on the existing strengths and assets in the community, building relationships and partnerships among and between community groups, schools, universities and local businesses. In doing so, we hope to aid in the creation of new job opportunities in Pompano Beach and ensure that our residents have the necessary skills to qualify for these jobs.
'The vision in Old Town and along Hammondville Road is to once again position it as a hub for culture, activity, employment and public gathering. We are expanding on the CRA’s adaptation of the historic Bailey Hotel into its current use as the Bailey Contemporary Art Center, as well as the conversion of the historic Ali Boarding House into the Ali Cultural Arts Center. Recent CRA projects include:
- Completing a new European-style Public Plaza and adjacent parking lot (new permanent home to Green Market) and streetscape improvement projects along MLK Blvd. and in Old Town.
- Exploring creation of more Public Spaces that will continue to prevalence of business attraction efforts like Oldtown Untapped
- Seeking restaurant and culinary tenants, with two new leases already signed (expect grand openings starting in Summer 2017).
- Opening a Public Engagement office directly next to BaCA (37 NE 1st st). Members of the public are encouraged to stop by and talk to CRA staff about any questions they may have about ongoing and future projects. (Early 2017 opening).
- Advertising for linear drainage system and streetscape improvements design services in the Innovation District
- Breaking ground on new residential projects including the recent groundbreaking of City Vista Landmark on MLK Blvd.
- Future programs will include assisting local entrepreneurs through business incubation opportunities.'
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO WERE THERE TO HONOR JUDY
CELEBRATION OF JUDY'S LIFE
Please come and celebrate the life of Judy Knoebel. Judy gave so much to our community and will be missed by many. Please call Pat at 954-782-3015 for more information.
November 16th we will welcome Dahlia Baker and Emily Marcus from the CRA to the Hood Center. Emily will give a presentation on the development plans for the downtown area Along Atlantic to I95. This is a unique opportunity to learn the current and future plans for Pompano as well as learn how they will retain the historic aspects of the different areas while transitioning into an Innovation District
OCTOBER 14, 1944 - OCTOBER 25, 2016
We are very saddened to say that friend and Historical Society Board Member, Judy Knoebel passed away last night. She was surrounded by family and dear friends, Linda and Jim. Her hospital room was decorated with paintings of her beloved lighthouse and ocean scenes. Judy will be missed by so many. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family and her many friends around the world.
Following is copied from The Pelican. Thank you Ann Siren for a beautiful tribute.
Judy Knoebel raised the bar as a volunteer
Judy Knoebel, 72, died this week after a short illness. Ms. Knoebel, who retired from a 31-year career with AT&T that spanned New Zealand; Brussels, Belgium; Geneva, Switzerland, and Atlanta, Ga., chose to settle in Pompano Beach. The following is composed from excerpts of a 2013 interview with Ms. Knoebel, who spoke with Pelican Knoebel writer, Phyllis Neuberger. “Volunteering was a way to make new friends and get the feeling of really living in the area. It works well for me, and like most volunteers, I receive more than I give.” Knoebel said after returning from the newly opened-Hillsboro Lighthouse Museum, where she volunteered as manager. This job had not been her first in the volunteer arena. Ms. Knoebel gave tours at the Bonnett House in Fort Lauderdale. “As I drive six visitors around in a golf cart type vehicle, they and I enjoy the 37 acres of nature and watching the people and the monkeys,” she said. The Pompano Beach Historical Society was a natural draw for Knoebel where she served over 10 years as a volunteer and seven years as treasurer of the Society. On Saturday mornings, Ms Knoebel could be found at the Historical Society Green Market tent, greeting visitors with her wide smile. And it was at the tent that she sold Florida farm nuts, jellies and jams to support the Society. She was part of the Society’s team to find and tape oral histories from pioneers. Ms. Knoebel sat on the Pompano Beach Historic Preservation Board, a group that identified, documented and registered historic buildings and places to preserve for future generations. At the time of her interview she had volunteered 1,600 hours at Insight for the Blind as a reader and recorder of magazines and books. Children were also recipients of Ms. Knoebel’s outreach. In conjunction with the Broward Library System’s Prime Time Reading Program, she read to preschoolers. The Pompano Beach Historical Society will host a celebration of life to honor Ms. Knobel. The date has not been announced. Ms Knoebel is survived by two brothers. She is predeceased by a sister.
GET WELL AND BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR JUDY KNOEBEL
Pompano Beach Historical Society's Treasurer and friend to many, Judy in in hospital at North Broward Medical Center after surgery of a fractured hip. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
We also would like to send Birthday Wishes to her on her birthday Friday October 14. Happy Birthday Judy!
Please join us Wednesday, October 19th at 6:30 for our monthly program. This month Whitney Metevia, President of the Pompano Beach Rotary Club, will be speaking on the history of this charitable organization. They support many worthwhile causes both at home and internationally. The Pompano Beach Rotary Club is unique in that it was chartered in the midst of the Great Depression when all had nothing. But the first members knew that for our community to survive they needed to band together.
You can read a full history written by Whitney's father, Tom Johnston, here:
And don't forget about the amazing Haunted House the Rotary Club hosts at the Sample-McDougald House! Maybe we'll hear a few ghost stories too!
For ticket information on the Rotary Club's Haunted House go to their website: www.pompanobeachrotary.com/
CASINO IN RIO
Casino night was a great success. A good time was had by all. The food by Eddy's Chef Catering was delicious! The Caipirinha's made by Tara were amazing! The show by SambaLa was exciting! Thank you to all out wonderful sponsors, guests, volunteers and the Board of the Pompano Beach Historical Society who made it all possible.
We would also like to give a nod to Paulo Gualano The photo of the three beautiful Samba dancers are from his dance group Bateria Unidos de Miami and was taken at last year's Brazillian Fest.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1ST @ 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
CASINO NIGHT IN RIO
Pompano Beach Historical Society will be hosting its 7th annual fundraiser on Saturday October 1st. In honor of the Olympic Games, this year’s theme is ‘Casino Night in Rio’. The party starts at 5:30 with a Caipirinha, Brazil’s national drink, followed by an authentic Brazilian dinner buffet. The guests will then move to the street for a spectacular live Brazilian show. After the show, the patrons may move to the west gallery for coffee and dessert or move straight to the second floor casino.
Tickets are only $75.00 per person and include 200 chips to be used on the gaming tables. Your winnings can then be used towards winning gift baskets that will be on display. Extra chips will be available for purchase. There will also be an auction with some special items to be won by the highest bidder.
For more information please call Pat at 954-782-3015
To purchase tickets online, click on Event Calendar at the top of the home page and click on Casino Tickets
To sponsor this exciting event, please call Tom McMahon at 954-709-8678
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Casino in Rio
Who: Pompano Beach Historical Society
What: Annual Fund Raiser
Where: Bailey Contemporary Art Center
41 NE 1st St., Downtown Pompano
When: Saturday, October 1, 2016 @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Limited Seating. Don't wait to purchase your tickets! You do not want to miss this event!
SEPTEMBER 21ST PROGRAM
from the Sun-Sentinel, September 6, 2016
HELEN LANDERS, FORMER BROWARD COUNTY HISTORIAN, DIES AT 93
Regardless of the topic, Helen Landers seemed to know it all about Broward County and was a go-to source for history buffs for decades.
Landers, the county's second and last official historian, died at her Fort Lauderdale home on Sunday, according to friends and family. She was 93.
"She was a delightful person," said Dan Hobby, the former director of the both the Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach historical societies. "First of all, she had the most delicious sense of humor. She could be talking about history or government or a public event and people would be laughing. She oftentimes seemed irreverent. But she was very serious about history."
Landers became the county's second official historian in 1990 for the Broward County Historical Commission, which reported directly to the County Commission. As historian, she organized oral histories, presentations of pioneers, she ran luncheons where she'd lecture on various topics, and was a resource "for anything to do with the history of the county," said Steve Glassman, former chairman of the historical commission. "She was the go-to person of the history of Broward County."
For the time she was there, it was a job her family and friends said she adored. "I've lived in Broward County a long time and I've seen a lot of history and lived a lot of history," Landers told the Sun Sentinel in 1990, when she was considered for the $7,000-a-year job.
Landers' family moved to Fort Lauderdale from Springfield, Ill., in 1926, in a trip that took days, puttering along in a Model T Ford. There were no roadside motels, no fast-food restaurants. The family slept in tents pitched by the side of the road or in tourist camps. Landers was 3.
They arrived in October 1926, as South Florida was mopping up from the Sept. 17 hurricane that had killed hundreds.
She told the Sun Sentinel in 1999 that her early memories were of adventure. "You woke up feeling that every day was a new day here and anything could happen," she said.
Landers studied education and history, receiving a bachelor`s degree from Florida State University and a master`s degree from Baylor University in Texas.
She was the principal at the now-closed Fern Hall Private School in Fort Lauderdale, the city's first private school, which her mother had built, and before her county appointment was director of education at the First Methodist Church in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
When she drove her children around town, they'd often get a history lesson.
"Mom just loved history and she loved Fort Lauderdale and Broward County," said her son, James Landers. "She watched it from its infancy and its development over the years. She got underneath the surface and talked about the interesting facets and parts. She knew where all the bones were buried."
In 2010, during the economic downtown, the agency lost its independence and reported to the county's library director instead. In 2013, her job was eliminated to pay for a new library digitalization program. In 2014, the agency was disbanded and replaced with the Broward County Historic Preservation Board. "There is still no county historian," Glassman said. "She was most valuable. She was one of a kind."
In addition to her son James Landers, of Tampa, Landers is survived by her husband of 70 years, R.L. Landers; son Robert Landers, of Lawrenceville, Ga.; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
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SAVE THE DATE! CLEAR YOUR CALENDAR FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1. IT'S GOING TO BE A CASINO NIGHT LIKE YOU NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE!
MARY CRAMER MICKLER
LEON 'BABE' WALTON
We are sad to tell you that long time Pompano resident Leon 'Babe' Walton passed away on July 3 surrounded by his family. The family will have a private service at a later date. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Walton and Whitsett families.
Pete William's nephew, Justin O'Keefe, lost his battle with cancer early this morning.
Justin was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2014. He had emergency surgery in May of that year and had been undergoing rigorous radiation and chemotherapy treatments since then.
Pete and Justin's family thanks all of you for all for your prayers, blessings, and good thoughts.
Justin with his sister, Natalie
*****NEW INFORMATION ON THE JUNE PROGRAM*****
We will meet at the Hood Center between 5:00 - 5:30 to board the bus at 5:45. Please do not be late. You will not be allowed entry to the Lighthouse unless you are on our list.
June’s program is a Sunset Tour of the Hillsboro Lighthouse . Due to a scheduling conflict, the date has been pushed back a week to Wednesday, June 22 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. There will be a charge of $10.00 per person. This is to help cover costs, including bus transportation to and from the Hood Center to the Lighthouse. We will also have one of the Lighthouse cottages available for our use. There will be no parking available at the Lighthouse, we will meet at the Hood Center; the bus will depart the center at 5:45. If you need to make arrangements for Handicapped Parking we will need the information as soon as possible. Due to space and to ensure everyone will get a chance to tour the Lighthouse, we need to limit this program to members and cap the count at 50 persons.
The Lighthouse was first illuminates in March 1907 following a 4,000-mile trip through part of the waterway known as 'The Great Loop’ The original light was an incandescent Oil Vapor Lamp (similar to a “Coleman Mantle Lamp”) in a revolving Second Order Fresnel Lens. A Lighthouse (head) keeper and two assistant keepers kept the light lit. In 1932 the light was electrified with three 250 watt bulbs which were replaced in 1966 with one 1,000 watt increasing power to 5.5 million CP and a range of 28 NM. The light is the only working Fresnel lens in the world.
The lighthouse's nickname is Big Diamond due to the structure’s distinctive shape of glass outside its lantern room.
ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY WE REMEMBER THOSE FROM POMPANO WHO MADE THE GREATEST SACRIFICE.
WORLD WAR I
WORLD WAR II
VIET NAM WAR
Unfortunately we had to cancel our May program due to the flooding of our parking lots and the streets adjacent. We were all disappointed. We plan to show the movie another, maybe after the rainy season over ;). We will let you know when.
Josephine M. Whitworth
WEDNESDAY MEETING PROGRAM - MAY 18
Bring your lawn chair or use the chairs in the Hood Center. For our May program. We will be sitting in the park under the stars while watching “Safe at Home”, a 1962 filmed right here in Pompano Beach (and Ft. Lauderdale). The movie stars base-
ball greats; Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris and William Frawley (you probably know him better as Fred Mertz). Prizes for those who can identify the most Pompano locations in the movie. A big thanks to Bruce for suggesting this great program!
Social starts at 7:00 pm with Ballpark Hot Dogs, Popcorn and CrackerJacks!
Movie starts at sunset: 8:01 pm
SAMPLE-MCDOUGALD HOUSE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
Join in the Centennial Celebration the of the Sample-McDougald House with a "down home" gala. Entertainment, beverages, and lavish BBQ cooked on site by Porky & Beth. Silent art auction and live auction by guest auctioneer Mayor Lamar Fisher -- win a ride for two on the Goodyear Blimp or a long weekend at A Tranquil Landing in Hopetown, Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. Tickets are $100. and must be purchased in advance. Go to samplemcdougaldhouse.com to purchase tickets.
SUNDAY MAY 15 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The celebration continues on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm with Family Day. Bring the family for hands on activities, pony rides, petting zoo, arts and craft demonstrations and more. Admission $10. with children 12 and under FREE. We will have a booth in the pavilion showcasing some interesting memorabilia and delicious goodies for sale from the Farm Bureau from Pompano's history. Stop by and say hi! No reservation required.
JOHN W. ROBERTSON, SR.
Born and raised in Pompano Beach, FL, passed away on February 17, 2016, in Fayetteville, Ga at the age of 80. He was born to the late Mary Christine and George Ervin Robertson. He was a Beanpicker, class of '55 and served two years in the U.S. Army. John retired from FPL after working there for over 20 years. He was a founding and lifetime member of the Fort Lauderdale Coin Club. John is lovingly remembered by his wife, Jackie Robertson; his children, Nancy, Gail, John, and Frances; grandchildren, Barry, Jr., and Julie; and sister, Jeanette. John was preceded in death by brothers, Jim and Ervin, and sisters, Harriet and Dorothy.
A memorial gathering will be held on MONDAY, May 2, 2016, from 4-5 p.m. followed by a service from 5-6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church - CHAPEL in back (210 NE 3rd St, Pompano Beach, FL 33060).
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John's memory to the Pompano Beach Historical Society. http://www.pompanohistory.com/in_memory_of_john Or mail check to: Pompano Beach Historical Society, PO Box 154, Pompano Beach FL 33061. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sunsentinel/obituary.aspx?n=john-w-robertson&pid=179720233#sthash.p11GPKLy.dpuf
Sympathies are extended to Tom Curran on the loss of his mother, Evelyn Curran. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom and his family.
E.L. "BUD' GARNER
JANUARY 16, 1927 - APRIL 21, 2016
The Ministries of First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach
or The Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society.
ART IN HOUSE at Sample-McDougald House with Lee Krull
Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 5:30 to 8 pm
Artist Lee Krull is a self-taught Florida artist who has worked as a commercial artist as an illustrator and layout artist for 35 years. Since 2011 she has been creating fine art working in oil and watercolor. She has exhibited in juried art shows and won awards from Ft. Lauderdale to Jupiter. She has also received a grant for art in public places and has been commissioned for her work. For more about the artist see www.leekrull-artist.com.
Art will be available for purchase during the exhibit and will remain on display throughout the month of May. Light refreshments will be served. A $5.00 admission applies.
Donations may be made at our website:
or mail check to:
PO Box 154, Pompano Beach FL 33061
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
MARION FAY KESTER
Kester, Marion Fay of Lighthouse Point, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 4, 2016 at John Knox Health Center. She was born July 11, 1928 in Bridgeport, CT. She married Stewart Randolph Kester on September 23, 1950 in Devon, CT. Fay and her husband Stewart settled in Pompano Beach, FL in 1955 where they resided until 1970 when they moved to Lighthouse Point. Fay was a member Pompano Beach Historical Society and active in the Pompano Beach Exchange Club with husband Stewart. She devoted countless hours volunteering at the First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach by serving as a deacon. She will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church or ALS Association Florida Chapter 3242 Parkside Center Circle Tampa, FL 33619
See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sunsentinel/obituary.aspx?n=marion-fay-kester&pid=179528447#sthash.7B7oRekt.dpuf
MONTHLY MEETING - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016 - 7:00 PM
The speaker for our April 20th meeting has been confirmed! We will have a presentation by Sally J. Ling at the Hood Center. Ms Ling is an author living in the South Florida area. She has written hundreds of articles for South Florida magazines and was a special correspondent for the Sun Sentinel for four years. She will discuss her latest book, 'Al Capone's Miami: Paradise or Purgatory.' She will will have copies of her book available for purchase.
To learn more about 'Florida's History Detective' visit her website: http://sallyjling.org
He leaves his wife of 56 years, Joyce (Harper) Vinkemulder; his son, James "Jim" Vinkemulder of Coconut Creek, daughters Linda "Harper" Vinkemulder of Boston, MA; Carol Ann Vinkemulder-Hamel and her husband, Paul, of Coconut Creek. He was predeceased by his son John "Jack" Vinkemulder.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Rotary Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 94, Pompano Beach, FL 33061, in memory of Neal Vinkemulder.
FLORIDA REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES - TUESDAY MARCH 22, 2016 - 6:00 PM
The Pompano Beach Historical Society's Jerry Bowman presented the City Commission a plaque of the 14 recognized sites on the Local Register of Historic Places at the Commission Chambers on March 22. Two of the sites are also listed on the National Register* - The Indian Burial Mound and The Sample-McDougald House.
Our friends and 'historical' neighbors at the Alice B & JD Butler House are having their annual fundraiser dinner this Thursday, March 24.
OUR SYMPATHIES GO OUT TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF WILLIAM JAYCOX.
William Dickson Jaycox
The name is synonymous with Pompano Beach; if you need or want to know anything about the history of the city, he's the man to go to. For that matter, anywhere in Broward County. He may have retired but luckily for the Sample-McDougald House and the Historical Society he plans to still be available to share the wealth of knowledge garnered over a forty plus year career as a historian, historical society's and museum's director and an author.
Dan's retirement was an impressive event held at the Sample-McDougald House and the city turned out in force, including the Mayor, to honor him for his service to the City of Pompano Beach. If it wasn't for him, there might not have been a Sample-McDougald House to hold his party. He was instrumental in the move and refurbishment of the house in 2001.
Originally from St. Petersburg, FL, Dan moved to Pompano Beach in 1979 after completing his Master of Arts in History at University Of Florida. He taught at Broward Community College, then moved on to become the Executive Director of the Ft. Lauderdale Historical Society, the Pompano Beach Historical Society and until his retirement, the Sample-McDougald House Preservation Society.
As both a historian and author he has published books on Pompano Beach, Lighthouse Point and Fort Lauderdale, as well as writing articles for the most of the local papers and magazines.
I think I can speak for all in wishing Dan all the best in his retirement and his "new position" coaching his granddaughter's soccer team.
SAMPLE-MCDOUGALD HOUSE HOUSE PRESERVATION SOCIETY'S ANNOUNCED THEIR NEW DIRECTOR
'WHAT'S YOUR STORY' HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBIT AT THE BAILEY CONTEMPORARY ARTS BUILDING
HILLSBORO LIGHTHOUSE 109th BIRTHDAY
On Sunday, March 6, the Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society celebrated the 109th anniversary of the Hillsboro Lighthouse and unveiled the new Florida Historical Marker, dedicated to all the local lighthouse keepers. The weather could not have been better. If you missed the birthday celebration there are plenty of chances left to receive your award for surviving the 175 step climb to the top of the lighthouse.
The Lighthouse was first illuminates in March 1907 following a 4,000 mile trip through part of the waterway known as 'The Great Loop' The original light was an incandescent Oil Vapor Lamp (similar to a “Coleman Mantle Lamp”) in a revolving Second Order Fresnel Lens. A Lighthouse (head) keeper and two assistant keepers kept the light lit. In 1932 the light was electrified with three 250 watt bulbs which were replaced in 1966 with one 1,000 watt increasing power to 5.5 million CP and a range of 28 NM. The light is the only working Fresnel lens in the world.
The lighthouse's nickname is Big Diamond due to the structure’s distinctive shape of glass outside its lantern room .
The Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation and the United States Coast Guard work together to preserve and promote this historic landmark.
MARCH 16TH MEETING
Our March meeting will be on Wednesday, March 16. Doretha Hair Truesdell will be our speaker! Ms Truesdell is the widow of Alfred Hair, and the sister of Carnell Smith, both original Florida Highwaymen. She will speak on what it was like to have the birth of the Highwaymen Movement take place in her own back yard. A Highwaymen artist herself, she will also show her own paintings in The Florida Highwaymen Exhibit and Art Sale at the Sample-McDougald House, which is also celebrating their Centennial year! We will be back home, at the Hood Center for this meeting. 7:00 pm social with refreshments followed by Ms. Truesdell's presentation.
THE FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN ARE COMING BACK TO THE SAMPLE-MCDOUGALD HOUSE
The Florida iconic landscape painters are returning to the Sample-McDougald House with hundreds of original paintings for display and sale.
Hosted by the Pompano Beach Historical Society and the Sample-McDougald House Preservation Society
For more information call 954-961-5686 or 954-782-3015
POMPANO BEACH LOCAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
The Pompano Beach Historical Society will present a plaque listing the 14 Registered Historic Places located in Pompano to the City Commission on March 22 at 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend.
The March Trolley tour is sold out, but still have seats for other dates and they are still only $15.00 per person.
Tour starts at the Pompano Beach Historical Society at Founder's Park where you can tour the Kester Cottages from 9:00 until boarding the bus at 10:00. The two-hour narrated tour will include the Sample-McDougald House, Old Downtown, the Hillsboro Lighthouse Museum as well as a number of 'hidden' historic sights. Still have company from up north?