November 24, 2020
Contact: Patricia Rowley


Correction on this month's Newsletter. The Art in Founders Park is on Saturday, March 16th! We regret any confusion.

Pompano Beach Historical Society

MARCH 2024

We have some great programs and events coming up! We hope you will join us!

We think we might just come in AND go out like a lion!

We will be at Old Town Untapped on the first Friday of every month. Be sure and stop by. We will be at the corner of Flagler & 1st St.

March 1 - April 5 - May 3

We will be at the Pompano Green Market on the second and fourth Saturday of the month thru April. Stop by for some Florida's Farm Bureau jams, jellies, dressings and nuts as well as some Pompano history!

March 9 - March 23 - April 13 - April 27


1937 Kester Cottage Museums

The 1937 Kester Cottage Museums are open for tours Monday thru Thursday by appointment. Call 954-782-3015 to schedule yours.

The city-wide Pompano Beach History Bus Tour takes off from Founders Park on Saturday, March 9th.

Come between 9:00 - 9:30 to tour the Kester Cottages then board the bus for a ride thru history. Narrated by Dan Hobby, Pompano's Historian and author of the book: Pompano Beach: A History of Progress and Pioneers. Only 25 seats on the bus - $15.00 per person. Click link to purchase your tickets: History Tour 2024


We will not have a Program on March 20th. 


BE A PART OF HISTORY   -    Join Now

But look what we have instead!

Friday, March 15th - Paint with Doretha

Get your tickets now! We have limited seating for this very special evening! Paint along with Doretha Hair Truesdell. Doretha learned to paint from her husband, Alfred Hair, one of the original Highwaymen Artists. On this night she and her son, Roderick Hair, will take you through the steps to create your very own painting.

Tickets: $100.00 per person

For more information: [email protected] or call 954-782-3015

All artist materials are provided.

Finger food, wine, beer & soft drinks are included.



Saturday, March 16th - Art in Founders Park

We have got some great news for our Annual Art in Founders Park! In addition to our wonderful local artists, we will be joined by Florida Highwaymen Curtis Arnett, Al Black, Doretha & Roderick Hair (Alfred Hair), Kandi Ingram (Mary Ann Carroll), R.L. Lewis and Gertrude Walker (Charles Walker)!  Enjoy the artwork in the shade of our favorite park. Meet the artists; maybe find that piece of art that speaks to you. Visit the historical Kester Cottage Museums and learn about Pompano's art and history, both past and present

Pompano Beach Historical Society @ Founder Park - 217 NE 4th Ave

Saturday, March 16, 2024 * 10:00 am - 3:00 pm



Are you an artist? Be a part of our art show! Call 954-782-3015 for more information.

Coming in April!

Wednesday, April 17 - Golden Anniversary

It’s our 50th! And we’re having a party!

In April the Pompano Beach Historical Society will be 50 years old!  Founded in April 1974, we’re celebrating five decades of preservation and achievement.

Join us on Wednesday, April 17th, from 3 to 7:30 pm, to be part of the fun. We’re holding an Open House from 3 to 6 pm where there will be music, party food, games, door prizes and more, in addition to retrospective displays of Pompano’s history and that of the Historical Society, videos, and guided tours of the historic Kester Cottage Museums.

Then at 6 pm, local, county and state dignitaries will be on hand to commemorate the anniversary. At 6:30 pm our keynote speaker, long-time Pompano resident and Historical Society member Tom Johnston, Esq., will take the stage to share his unique recollections and stories from our past.

All ages welcome at this community event.

Want to volunteer? Join our team! We need a handy-person who can help with set-up and take down for our programs and events. Setting up tables and chairs, etc. Call us at 954-782-3015 

"Many hands make light work"

The origin of the idiom "Many Hands Make Light Work" can be traced back to one of John Heywood's proverbs, dating back to the 16th century: "A burden that is shared becomes lighter." The idiom continued to be embraced in various nations' literature and wise sayings.

There was no February Newsletter.


Pompano Beach Historical Society


All of us at the Pompano Beach Historical Society wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous and amazing New Year!

We hope to see you at some or all of our upcoming programs and events this coming year. We have some big plans!

We will be at Old Town Untapped on the first Friday of every month. Be sure and stop by. We will be at the corner of Flagler & 1st St.

We will be at the Pompano Green Market on the second and fourth Saturday of the month thru April. Stop by for some Florida's Farm Bureau jams, jellies, dressings and nuts as well as some Pompano history!

January 17th Program

Horse Tales at Sand & Spurs

Join us for our first program of the New Year! We will be heading over to Sand & Spurs Equestrian Park for a round-table-type discussion on the history of this serene 12-acre park with horse stables established in 1955. Come and tell your story. No story? Come and learn its history!


1937 Kester Cottage Museums

The 1937 Kester Cottage Museums are open for tours Monday thru Thursday by appointment. Call 954-782-3015 to schedule yours.

The city-wide Pompano Beach History Tour takes off from Founders Park on Saturday, March 9th. Come between 9:00 - 9:30 to tour the Kester Cottages then board the bus for a ride thru history. Narrated by Dan Hobby, Pompano's Historian and author of the book: Pompano Beach: A History of Progress and Pioneers. Only 25 seats on the bus, $15.00 per person. Click link to purchase your tickets: History Tour 2024


BE A PART OF HISTORY   -    Join Now

Coming up in February!

Progressive Dinner

Mark your calendar for February 21st, 5:30 - 9:00 for our annual Progressive Dinner. The Sample McDougald House Museum, Pompano Beach Historical Society & Kester Museums, AND the  Historical Ali Cultural Center all in one night! Past, Present and Future all in one night WITH food, drink and music! Tickets going on sale soon.

Coming up in March!

The city-wide Pompano Beach History Tour takes off from Founders Park on  Saturday, January 13th. Come between 9:00 - 9:30 to tour the Kester Cottages then board the bus for a ride thru history. Narrated by Dan Hobby, Pompano's Historian and author of the book: Pompano Beach: A History of Progress and Pioneers. Only 25 seats on the bus, $15.00 per person. Click link to purchase your tickets: History Tour 2024

Paint with Doretha!

Doretha Hair Truesdell will be back for another fun night of painting. Grab a brush and learn to paint under her guidance. Doretha learned her art by painting the frames and Upson boards for her first husband, Alfred Hair, one of the founders of the Highwaymen Art Movement.

Friday, March 15th

More details coming.

Art in Founders Park!

This will be our second art and craft show right here at Founders Park featuring original Highwayman Artists and/or their family along with some amazing local artists! Want to be a part of the show? Call Pat at 954-782-3015


Saturday, March 16th

More details coming.



Our regular Wednesday Program will be on March 20th. Details coming.

Coming in April!

It's our Golden Anniversary Celebration and you are invited!

Want to volunteer? We need someone to organize and file historical records and artifacts. Call us at 954-782-3015 

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”

Albert Einstein



Pompano History Updates 

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Casino to Be Rescheduled

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we have canceled our Christmas in Vegas Casino Fundraiser scheduled for December 2nd along with the Blimp Raffle. We are working like Santa's Elves to move the Casino event to the new year. As soon as we have the details finalized we will let you all know!

But that doesn't mean our Holiday Party is not on! It's shaping up to be the best ever. Read on below to find out more!

Old Town Untapped

The Last Old Town Untapped Before the New Year!

Friday, December 1st, 6 - 10 pm. Be sure to stop by the Historical Society booth at Old Town Untapped! You might just find a perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for person especially if they like history. Jim will be there to help with some local books as well as some yummy Florida Farm Bureau products and just for fun, Rob & Tom can help you find your house on the old plat maps.

Santa at the Green Market!

OK, you want to see Santa, but this is also another chance to visit us! And all the other great vendors at the Market. Shop Local! The market is right in front of the Cultural Center on Atlantic Blvd., Open from 9 am - 1 pm. Oh, Santa will be there between 10 and 10:30. He has a long way to come and has to pick up the fire truck on his way!

Mark the date! Santa's coming back to town! We will be holding our annual Holiday Party and pot-luck dinner at the Historical Society on December 20th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Just bring a dish to share and we'll do the rest! Kids and grandkids are welcome! Santa will be here to spread some Christmas spirit and we'll be rocking to holiday tunes and more by popular DJ Two Story Lori. Wear your dancing shoes!  The cottages will be decked out and the tree will be lit. It's going to be a historic night!

***We will be collecting unwrapped toys from now until December 21st for the Pompano Beach Fire Rescue & Local 1549 Christmas Express. These men & women take time on Christmas morning to deliver the collected toys to Pompano children



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November Program

Join us Wednesday, November 15, 2023 for our program at the Pompano Beach Sand and Spurs Equestrian Park

We are very excited to hold a round-table program right there at the stables! Meet the people who have been involved with the park since its inception! Hear stories of riding and showing horses when almost everyone in Pompano had a horse or at the least had a neighbor who did. Maybe even pet a few horses.  Talk about a historic night! 

We will meet right at the park. entrance is just north of the Blimp. Parking is just inside the park.

Pompano Beach Sand and Spurs Equestrian Park

1600 NE 5th Ave,

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

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Pompano Beach Historical Society

Don't miss this month's Program! Join is this Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 for Antique dealer Pat Regis as he speaks on antiquing, picking and collecting with emphasis on his military collecting.

You may have seen Pat on TV as a guest on American Pickers many times. 

Check out an article on him below:

Pat Regis on American Pickers? (show less)

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September Updates!

September is BAMM

We are proud to take part of Broward Attractions & Museums Month all through September! Come and visit the two Kester Cottage Museums and learn how your ancestors founded, lived and worked in Pompano. Tours are by reservation and are free. Call 954-782-3015 to schedule your tour!

September 4

Happy Labor Day!

September 9

We regret the September 9th Pompano History Tour is cancelled.

The November 11th tour is still on!

Join Now!

September 11

A Day for Remembering Our Heroes.

September 11 | 6:00 pm

The City of Pompano Beach Parks and Recreation Department, in collaboration with Pompano Beach Fire Rescue, Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Pompano Beach Historical Society, invite you to an evening of remembrance, recognition and celebration on Monday, September 11 @ 6 pm.
Founders Park | 215 NE 4 Street.

The Ceremony will feature guest speakers, local heroes recognition award, and a special performance.


September 15

Happy Rosh Hashanah

September 19

Harvest Moon

From The Farmers' Almanac: For several evenings, the moonrise comes soon after sunset. This results in an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening, which was a traditional aid to farmers and crews harvesting their summer-grown crops. Hence, it’s called the “Harvest” Moon!

Who remembers working under the Harvest Moon? Tell us your story!

September 20

Annual Round Table Storytelling

Come and tell us your Pompano story! We will be holding our annual Round Table Storytelling Program on Wednesday, September 20th, from 6:30 to 8:30. Help us preserve Pompano's history by sharing your or your family's story of what it was like to grow up and live in Pompano. Have photos or items that help tell your story? Bring them! Cameras will be on to preserve your stories for future generations.

Round Table

Rozlyn Karneol

November 22, 1922 - July 28, 2023

We are sad to share the loss of long-time Historical Society supporter and member, Rozlyn Karneol. She will be greatly missed.

Dignity Memorial

Save the dates!

October 21  

Annual Road Show & Vintage Yard Sale @ Founders Park

November 11 

Green Market Opening

December 2

Annual Casino Night Fundraiser, this year's theme - Christmas in Vegas


More information soon!

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August 2023 Updates

There will be no program this month but the Kester Cottage Museums will still be open for tours by appointment. Just give us a call at 954-782-3015 to schedule a date and time. As always, the tours are free to the public, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Help us to collect, preserve and publicize Pompano's History. 

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Pompano History Tour - September 9th! 

The bus tour starts at 10 am, but come as early as 9:30 am to tour the Kester Cottage Museums.

Join us on a tour of the city's historic sites on Saturday, September 9th. The two-hour narrated tour includes familiar landmarks such as the Bailey Hotel - now the BaCA Art Center in historic downtown, the Ali Building, Sample-McDougald House, the Hillsboro Lighthouse Museum and so many more. 
The tour begins at Founders Park, 217 NE 4th Ave. Pompano Beach. You will have time from 9:30 - 10:00 to tour the Kester Cottages before the bus departs at 10:00 am sharp. The tour is two hours and is fully narrated by Pompano's Official City Historian, Dan Hobby.

Tickets for the tour are limited and are $15 per person.
For more information on the tour please call Pat at 954-782-3015



A Day for Honoring Our Heroes

Founders Park, 215 NE 4 St.

Monday, September 11th | 6:00 pm
The City of Pompano Beach Parks and Recreation Department, in collaboration with Pompano Beach Fire Rescue, Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Pompano Beach Historical Society, invite you to an evening of remembrance, recognition and celebration on Monday, September 11th at 6 pm at Founders Park | 215 NE 4 Street.

The Ceremony will feature guest speakers, local heroes recognition award, and a special performance.


9/11 Memorial at Founders Park


Unbroken Spine, A book of American Heroism -- By Cherie Saleeby


For more information, call Parks & Rec 954-786-4111 or Historical Society 954-782-3015 or visit



Round Table Storytelling

Come and tell us your Pompano story! We will be holding our annual Round Table Storytelling Program on Wednesday, September 20th from 6:30 to 8:30. Help us preserve Pompano's history by sharing your or your family's story of what it was like to grow up and live in Pompano. Have photos or items that help tell your story? Bring them!

Cameras will be on site to preserve your stories for the next generations.

September 20, / 6:30 - 8:30 pm




Thank you to CRA's Nguyen Tran and Sarah Mulder for an interesting and informative presentation on the Historic Downtown area and the McNab House at our June program!

A BIG THANK YOU! to everyone who came out in support of the Historical Society at the McMahon Mix & Mingle Fundraiser! And a HUGE THANK YOU! to the McMahon family. They have been holding these charity events to give local non-profits a place to hold their fundraisers for 13 years! We can't say thank you enough!

Thank you to all who donated a gift for our raffle!

Byte Eatery * Checkers Old Munchen * Dangerous Minds Brewery * Fish Shack * Foundry * Fred Seagal - St James Club Resort - Congrats Kat! Enjoy your trip!! * Frosty Point Ice Cream * Gianni’s * Legends Bar & Grill * Lita Chambers - Mary Kay Sampler * No Regrets Dessert * PBHS Board Members Liquor Basket Liquor & Wine Basket * Pompano Beach History Basket * Sicilian Oven * Spanx the Hog BBQ

On to July!

First, we wish you all a very Happy, Healthy and Safe July 4th! The city will be celebrating the holiday with a Fire Works Extravaganza from the Fisher Family Pier! For more information: Fire Works Extravaganza

Don't miss our tour of the city's historic sites on Saturday, July 8th. The two-hour narrated tour includes familiar landmarks such as the Bailey Hotel - now the BaCA Art Center in historic downtown, the Ali Building, Sample-McDougald House, and the Hillsboro Lighthouse Museum, but also many sites you may never have been aware of.

The tour begins at Founders Park, 217 NE 4th Ave., Pompano Beach. You will have time from 9:30 - 10:00 to tour the Kester Cottages before the (air-conditioned) bus departs at 10:00 am sharp. The tour lasts two hours and is fully narrated by Pompano's Official City Historian, Dan Hobby.

Tickets for the tour are limited and are $15 per person.
For more information about the tour please call Pat at 954-782-3015.
Purchase Tickets: TOUR TICKETS

July 8, 2023 at 9:30am - 12pm
Pompano Beach Historical Society
217 NE 4th Ave.

There will be no program in July or August. But our September 20th program will be our annual Round Table story-sharing event. This year we will have a videographer to preserve your stories. Come to listen or share your history!

Although we will not be hosting any programs, the Kester Cottages will be open for tours by appointment. Please call Pat at 954-782-3015 to arrange a date and time.



JUNE 2023

Breaking News...!!!

...We've just found out that we've been selected as the Guest Charity for this month's McMahon Mix & Mingle! This is an amazing fundraising opportunity for the Historical Society. For only a $25 entry donation (all of which benefits Pompano Beach Historical Society), the evening offers guests an open bar, extensive dinner buffet and DJ music in a tropical "McIsland" setting. We will provide prizes to be raffled off as well. So mark your calendars now for Saturday, June 24th, 7:30 - 10:30 pm. And invite your neighbors and friends!  (610 NE 3rd St., Pompano)

Note: We suggest you use a ride-sharing service as this is in a residential neighborhood and parking is limited.

Click here: RSVP

History Tour

Our May History tour was sold out! If you missed it, our next tour is on July 8th from 10 am - 12 noon. The (air-conditioned) bus tour will take you to see historic sites throughout the city, while Pompano's Official Historian Dan Hobby narrates. Come by at 9:30 to tour the two Kester Cottage Museums right here in Founders Park before the bus departs at 10:00. Tickets are only $15 pp and available here: TOUR TICKETS

Dark Angel Armory 

We want to thank Shawn & Sylvia for their presentation on Metal Works in Pompano!  It seems not too much has changed since Clem Hall opened his shop in 1935 - although maybe not as many horseshoes made today. They brought a swage block they use to make spoons. It took 4 men to bring it in! It was a fun and interesting program. Hope they will come back!


Memorial Day, May 29

We thank all who came by to honor Pompano's men who gave their lives for our freedoms. Our display of photos of those lost in Vietnam will be up until the end of this week. Call to schedule a time to come. 954-782-3015. The WWII memorial is up year-round.

Happy Flag Day

On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the design of a national flag.

Since 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14, Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes in many ways–displaying the flag in front of their homes, parades, and other patriotic observances. Prior to 1916, many localities and a few states had been celebrating the day for years. Congressional legislation designating that date as the National Flag Day was signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1949; the legislation also called upon the president to issue a flag day proclamation every year.

Juneteenth Celebration

In honor of Juneteenth, the city will be holding the 22nd Annual Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival at Northwest Library, Apollo Park, 1580 NW 3rd Ave

Jun 17 | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm | FREE
For more info: Juneteenth Celebration

June Program: Wednesday, June 21st, 6:30 - 8:30

Nguyen Tran, Pompano CRA director, will update us on what is going on in historic downtown. The old Bailey Hotel found new life as Bailey Cultural Arts featuring art exhibits, classes, and events. What was once Rose Tea Room back in the 20s or 30s is soon to become Soulful Steep, a Tea Room! A historic coincidence! And South Kitchen restaurant moved into a newer building but structured its outside seating around a one-hundred-year+-old Banyan tree.

                        Rose Tea Room                          Soulful Steep

SAVE THE DATE! Wednesday, September 20th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm for the POT LUCK STORYTELLING ROUND TABLE.

We hope you have a great summer. We are not planning a program for July or August. But take the time to dig out those old diaries and letters 'cause our September Program is once again our Pot Luck Round Table! Come with your stories and tales of growing up in Pompano, and a dish to share! Nothing brings back good ole memories like home-cooked food! We'll supply the beverages to wet your whistle. We need to continue to share and preserve all the great stories of Pompano as it was! We will have videographers on hand to capture and preserve everyone's story.


May 17th


Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 17th. We will hold our Annual Members Meeting at 6:30 pm, right before we start the Dark Angel Armory Program. The only item on the agenda is the re-election of the current Board of Directors. Please arrive a little early.


May 4, 2023 - NEWSLETTER

Spring has sprung! We hope your flowers are blooming!

Last month's Paint with Doretha (and Roderick) was sold out and everyone had a great time. The talent in the room was evident in the beautiful paintings created! We can't wait to do it again!


The next day was our very first Art in Founders Park and the weather was beautiful! Doretha and Roderick were joined by Original Highwaymen artist Curtis Arnett, Mary Ann Caroll's daughter Kandi Ingram, and Charles Walker's wife, Gertrude, as well as local artist and artisans; Mimi Botschellar, Teena Gaddo, Bruce Gambill, Valentino of GuruCat, Charles Lewis and Bella the Clown. Thank you to everyone who came to support us! 



May is here in all her glory and so are we!

Friday, May 5th, 6 - 10 pm. We will be at Old Town Untapped, be sure to stop by, Robbie will have his vintage aerial photos out and we will have books and Florida Farm Bureau nuts for sale! It's going to be a full moon - - and it's National Astronaut Day and National Space Day! (On this day in 1961  Astronaut Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. was the first American in space. Who's ready to howl?


Saturday, May 13th, 9:30 am - 12:00 noon. Pompano History Tour. 

The tour begins at Founders Park, 217 NE 4th Ave. Pompano Beach. You will have time from 9:30 - 10:00 to tour the Kester Cottage Museums before the bus departs at 10:00 am sharp. The tour is two hours and is fully narrated by Pompano's Official City Historian, Dan Hobby.

Tickets for the tour are limited and are $15 per person.
For more information on the tour please call Pat at 954-782-3015

History Tour Tickets

Wednesday, May 17th, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. We have a riviting program this month! Shaun and Sylvia Andrassy Williams of Dark Angel Armory will take us through a little of the history of ironworks in Pompano when Clem Hall opened his metal shop and most of his customers were mainly farmers in need of blacksmithing and farm gear. Clem's son moved the operation to Ft Pierce in 2007. In 2017, Shaun & Sylvia brought ironworking back to Pompano. They create incredible iron structures and also have classes at their school right here in Pompano. Check them out here: Dark Angel Foundry and  The Guild.

On a very sad note, we send our sympathies to board member and treasurer, Jim Post, on the loss of his mother, Sandra Post.
More information:

We wish you all a wonderful Memorial Day. On the day, please take a moment to remember these Pompano men - as well as every military person - who gave their lives to their country.

April 22, 2022

Founding member and great friend of the Historical Society, Don Downie passed away on April 22nd with his family by his side. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rose and his family. Services will be held Saturday, May 21st at 1:00 pm at the Pink Church, 2331 NE 26th Ave., Pompano Beach. A Celebration of Life will follow at 2:00 pm at the Sample McDougald House, 450 NE 10th St.

The family requests that those who plan to attend the Celebration of Life would please RSVP to 951-356-5463 before May 18th.

Don Downie - the New Pelican

Don Downie - The Sun-Sentinel

April 10, 2022

We are saddened to share that Earl Clark passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Our thoughts and prayers are with Glenda and his family. Visitation and service will be on Tuesday, April 12th. For more information:


Our program this month is on Wednesday, October 20 at 6:30 pm. Past-Imperfect: Adventures in Cataloging presented by Todd Bothel. 

Todd is the Registrar at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU and has over 25 years of experience in the museum field, mainly dealing with collections. Since January 2021, he has been contracted by the Historical Society to conduct an inventory and catalog the artifacts located in the Kester Cottages. In the process, he discovered some interesting items and information that had been moved and/or forgotten over the years. Join us and hear all about Todd's adventures in the Kester Museums.

This is to be an in-person event at the Hood Center, we will also live-stream. We will have our regular social hour to catch up with friends and neighbors before the program outside and, if numbers allow, move into the Hood Center for the presentation. We ask you to wear masks to protect your neighbors. We look forward to seeing you there! This is free, but please RSVP here: RSVP - OCTOBER PROGRAM


Florida Highwaymen Artist Willie Daniels passed away after a long illness on  September 19. Daniels was one of the original 26 Highwaymen inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in 2004. We send our sympathies to his family. Obituary: WILLIE DANIELS


Edna Earle Lee Stolar passed away on September 8th at her home after a brief illness. Our thoughts are with her son, Kenny, and family. Obituary: EDNA EARLE LEE STOLAR


Board Member Claudia Dubois had a tragic death in her family this past June. Her niece, Alisia's husband passed away after a short illness. Our thoughts are with the Gilmour and DuBois families. Obituary: GRAEME GILMOUR



January 29, 1941 - April 22, 2021

A native Floridian of Ft. Lauderdale and grew up both in Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach. She attended Pompano Beach Sr. High: Class of 1959. Graduate of the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1963. Earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Elementary Education. A member of the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority. Worked for The Broward County School District. A McDougald Family Donor and Board Member of the Sample- McDougald House Museum. Betsy was a Member of the First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach and Trinity Lutheran Church of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Married to Marvin F. Buntrock. She is Survived by her son Bryan Buntrock; her sisters: Mrs. Margaret (McDougald) Shadoin, Mrs. Dixie (McDougald) Yonn; her brother William Duncan McDougald, Jr., and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in memory of Sarah Elizabeth (McDougald) Buntrock to:
Pompano Beach Historical Society:
P.O. Box 154
Pompano Beach, FL 33061
Main: (954) 782-3015. 

Besty's passing is a great loss to so many in Pompano.
We thank the Buntrock and McDougald families for thinking of The Pompano Beach Historical Society at this sad time. Betsy was a founding member of the Historical Society and part of the initiative to start the Sample-McDougald House Preservation Society to save her family home. For these reasons we feel it fitting that we share the proceeds of these donations with the Sample-McDougald House Preservation Society. 

We thank you for your memorial donation in her honor. 

Donation in Memory of Betsy Buntrock




We are sad to announce that on March 16, 2021 we had to say goodbye to  (Pompano Beach, Florida). Family and friends can send flowers and/or light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Hazel Armbrister to show support.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 26th 2021 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the L. C. Poitier Funeral Home (317 NW 6th St, Pompano Beach, FL 33060). A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 27th 2021 at 1:00 PM at the St. Nicholas Episcopal Church (1111 E Sample Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33064)

Visitation – Friday, March 26  4 – 8 PM        
Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church
890 NW 15th Street
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Service – Saturday, March 27 – 1 PM
St. Nicholas Episcopal Church
1111 E. Sample Road
Pompano Beach, FL 33064
Internment –
Forest Lawn
200 W. Copans Road
Pompano Beach, FL 33060


January 2021 Newsletter


Thank you to all who came out to the 9th Annual Highwaymen Art Show & Sale!

The Friday night Paint with Doretha was so much fun! We will definitely do it again, hopefully sooner rather than later.


We all stayed safe during the art show; temperatures were taken, masks were worn, the space was perfect for social distancing. It was smaller than usual, but just as colorful and vibrant when filled with Highwaymen art. If you were lucky enough to make the show, you had ample time to view the paintings and talk with the attending artists. Congratulations to everyone who bought a painting, you own a piece of Florida's culture and history.



Congratulations to David & Karen Polett on winning the raffle for an original Al Black painting. Thanks for all your support! Send us picture of you both with it!



And thank you to our sponsors. 


We could not do any of this without all of your support!



We thought we had a plan to save it. Things changed, it did not work out and it appears we ran out of time. Today is a very sad day in Pompano's history. The McClellan Office is gone. Dr. McClellan was Pompano's first doctor. His office was built on the corner of 1st Ave. & 2nd St. in the downtown area in the early 1920's.The building was the first building in Pompano to be built of reinforced concrete. During the 1926 hurricane 6 families took refuge in the office. Dr. McClellan's son, Sterling McClellan flew fighter planes in WWII. He was shot down during a bombing mission in Germany. His plane was never found. The American Legion Post 142 on SW 2nd St. is named after Sterling. The doctor's other son, Bill, was a gunner. He also was shot down, captured and sent to the infamous Stalag-17B POW Camp. Thank you to the McClellan family for their service to Pompano!


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We are sad to share the following. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.

Julia Mae Pridemore

Julia Mae Pridemore passed away on July 24, 2020. She was born on May 4, 1930 in Pompano Florida. In addition to being a mother, homemaker, and loving wife, she was a co-owner with Carolyn Applegate of the "Old Timer Western Store" where she could be found sitting at the sewing machine custom tailoring clothing and creating western outfits for horse shows. She was a proud "Beanpicker" graduate from Pompano High School, and a beauty queen. She was elected "Bean Queen" at the annual Bean and Pepper Jamboree during the 1940's. She was very active in the American Quarter Horse Association and was the Sand and Spurs stable Mom during the weekly horse shows, working the "Chuck Wagon" or wherever she was needed. As a Pompano native, she was very involved in the Pompano Historical Society for many years. Tennessee was her second home and many precious memories were made on the mountain with family and friends. Cooking was her passion and she served it up for family meals, potluck dinners, holiday spreads, and for many grieving families at First Baptist Church of Pompano where she was a member, and for longtime friends in her Old Pompano neighborhood. There was always a pot of something on the stove simmering in her kitchen. Not only was her home the gathering place for family, but she welcomed everyone with open arms for holidays and celebrations. Mom loved to laugh, it was unmistakable and contagious. You were always met with her beautiful smile and a "Hi Shug." Her many southernisms will be lovingly remembered and repeated by her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She loved to tell the story about a time when someone said to her "You can't be from Florida with that southern accent." Her reply was "How much further south can you get?" It was always followed by her contagious laughter. She was proud of her roots and loved her country. She always made sure the American flag was waving on the flagpole in the front yard so she could see it from her rocking chair on the porch. She is loved by all who knew her, and will be remembered for her strength that could move mountains, her reassuring voice that made us feel safe, her big generous heart, her deep unconditional love for her family, the twinkle in her eye, and her beautiful smile and laughter that will be so terribly missed. We were richly blessed to call her Mom, Grandma, and GG. Rest in heavenly peace our precious Mother. Julia is survived by her sons Gene (Carol) Pridemore, Paul (Terri) Pridemore. Her daughters Karen (Keith) Patrick, Denise (Brian)Watson, Donna (Pete) Williams, as well as 16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, her sister Peggy Shreve, her brother Robert Reynolds, and including many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband Merrill Pridemore, her grandson Justin Philip O'Keefe, and twin granddaughters Courtney Lynne and Caris Mae Pridemore. Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a later date when family members and friends are able to travel and gather together to celebrate her precious life. A private Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday morning (7/29/2020). Flowers will be accepted at Kraeer Funeral Home at Forest Lawn: 200 W. Copans Road, Pompano Beach, FL 33064. Donations can be made in her name to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.










We are sorry to pass of the following notice. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.


Allen Merritt was born February 28, 1922 on a houseboat in Norfolk, Virginia. He was the youngest of five siblings. The family migrated to south Florida in 1925 and lived onboard the houseboat during the 1926 hurricane. They were involved in charter boat fishing with a fleet of five boats which operated out of Freeport, New York and Fort Lauderdale on New River, Hillsboro Inlet fishing docks and later at Bahia Mar. It was while he lived in Freeport that he met and married Millie Carlson, who he shared 58 wonderful years, until her passing in 1999. Allen and his brother, Buddy, joined the “Family Business” which was a repair facility for marine vessels in Pompano Beach, FL that their parents had started in 1948. As the business grew, they needed help, so Allen & Buddy gave up their full-time charter fishing to join their parents in the business. It is there where Allen worked up until his passing on May 29, 2020. His life was devoted to his family, his work, fishing and his deep faith in Jesus Christ. His commitment in his faith became the foundation on which all things the family is today. For that we will be eternally grateful.

He is survived by his two children Roy Merritt (Karen) and Fran Pinnell (Lee), two grandchildren, Tara (Jason) & Allen, eight great-grandchildren, Carolyne, Katelyn, Roy III, Lilly, Elycia (Travis), Devin, Allison and Madilyn and three great-great grandchildren, Aiden, Olivia & Elijah. We were blessed as a family to have five living generations.

Donation in Allen’s memory may be made to Highlands Christian Academy, 501 NE 48th Street, Pompano Beach, FL 33064.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and out of respect to the wellbeing of Allen's family and visitors, services were held privately. It can be a great comfort to a grieving person or family to hear that others thought highly of their loved one, too. If you knew and admired Allen, be sure to let the family know by writing a few words in the "Memory" section of his obituary on the Kraeer - Fairchild Funeral Home website.





We are sorry to pass of the following notice. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.


Frank Hays Furman, Jr., 93, of Pompano Beach, Florida went home to be with the Lord early Sunday morning, May 17, 2020. Furman was born on November 5, 1926, in New Orleans, Louisiana to Helena (Pond) and Frank Hays Furman, Sr. He married Martha Jane Bird on December 8, 1951. He was a very giving man of great faith. He deeply loved his Lord, his family, his insurance family, and his community and was actively involved in and provided leadership to numerous church, community, education, and business organizations.

Furman was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jean Furman Dart. He is survived by his wife, Martha Jane; his sister, Betty Ann Furman McKenzie; three children, June Michel (Bruce) of San Antonio, Texas, Jane DeJong (Dirk) of Lighthouse Point, Florida, and John Furman (Erin) of Pompano Beach, Florida; six grandchildren, Matthew Michel, Drew Michel, Douglas DeJong, Allison Sorenson (DeJong), Frank Lee Furman, and Robert Furman; and three great-grandchildren, Claire Michel, Corinne Michel, and Stella Sorenson.

Furman graduated from Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Economics. He served his country as a member of the Army-Air Force, participating in World War II from 1944 to 1947. He continued as member of the Reserve, returning to active duty in the Korean conflict from 1950 to 1951 and received an honorable discharge from the Air Force in 1954 with the rank of Lieutenant.

Furman served as Chairman and Executive Officer of Frank H. Furman, Inc., a general insurance agency, which he founded on September 1, 1962, until his retirement in 2012. He built the agency on a foundation of customer service, trust, and giving back to the community. Under his leadership the agency grew to be one of the largest and most respected independent insurance agencies in the southeast. He served as mentor to many and in numerous leadership roles within the insurance industry, including Chairman of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents. Furman received numerous business awards, including the prestigious Mitchell Stallings Memorial Award, which recognized his lifetime of leadership, integrity, and service to the insurance industry.

Furman served as President of the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce and on three advisory committees to the City of Pompano Beach: the Budget Committee, the Charter Committee, and the Economic Development Council. He had a strong commitment to education, resulting in considerable advancement in the re-establishment of Pompano Beach High School and in the expansion of the Blanche Ely High School campus. In 2007, the City of Pompano Beach recognized his volunteer contributions and named Furman the Citizen of the Year.

Furman was a founding Board member of the Florida Shores Bank, which is now Centennial Bank. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of John Knox Village for 31 years and was Chairman of the Board for 25 of those years. During his tenure, John Knox achieved national accreditation and was recognized as one of the best retirement communities in the United States.

Furman was a Trustee of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida for 30 years. In 1994 he became Chairperson of the Finance Committee and in 2000 Furman was elected Vice Chairperson of the Trustees and Chairperson of the Trustee Executive Committee. In December 2002, Florida Southern College awarded Furman an honorary Doctorate for Public Service in recognition of his 40 years of public service to the community, to the college, and to the United Methodist Church.

Furman was very active in the United Methodist Church at the local, district, state, region, and national levels. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Pompano Beach and served as an usher from the start of his church membership in 1956 to the present. He also served as President of the United Methodist Men's local chapter, Chairperson of the Administrative Board, Chairperson of the Staff-Parish Committee, Chairperson of the Finance Committee, and Chairperson of the Education Committee.

In the Broward-Palm Beach District of the United Methodist Church, Furman served for 30 years on the District Committee on Mission and Church Extension. In addition, he served as a Trustee, member of the District Counsel of Ministries, and other various appointments by the District Superintendent.

Furman was elected a delegate to the Florida United Methodist Church Annual Conference in 1963 and was present at every Annual Conference for the next 43 years. He served as Conference Lay Leader from 1976 to 1980, Chairperson of the Business Advisory Committee from 1980 to1984, member of the Florida Methodist Foundation Board of Directors from 1980 to 1988, and Secretary of the Health Subcommittee of the Conference Board of Pensions from 1968 to 1976. Furman was an ex-officio member of the Annual Conference Council on Finance and Administration Executive Committee from 1980 to 2004.

Furman was selected to represent the Florida Annual United Methodist Church Conference eight times at the Jurisdictional Conference and seven times at the General Conference. During that time he participated in the legislative areas of church discipleship, church administration, and church financial management. Furman was a member of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Council of the United Methodist Church located at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. For more than 50 years, the family enjoyed summer vacations at the lake. But Furman was never one to fully take time off and spent much of his time at the lake engaged in leadership activities and meetings. For the Council, he served as a member of the Finance Committee, Co-Chairman of the Development Committee, Chairman of the Building Committee, and retired as Vice President of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Administrative Council in 2004. General Conference activities at the national level included member of the General Board of Discipleship and the General Council on Finance and Administration from 1988 to 1996.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a memorial service for Frank Hays Furman, Jr. will be held at a later date when family members and friends are able to travel and gather together to celebrate his life. Memorial donations can be made to John Knox Village, the Lake Junaluska Assembly, or to Christ Church in Fort Lauderdale.




We hope you, your family and friends are all safe and well during this challenging time of COVID-19. 





We are sorry to pass of the following notice. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.

Henrietta McClellan

Henrietta Delius McKeen McClellan passed away Saturday, May 9 at Trust Bridge Hospice of Boca Raton following a fall in her home on April 10.

A fifth generation Floridian, Ms. McClellan was born October 10, 1929, in Terre Haute, IN to Joseph Strong McKeen and Aurie Meredith Bernreuter McKeen. She was also a twelfth generation American whose family on both sides had their beginnings in 1607 and 1610 on Virginia's Eastern Shore. On her mother's side of the family, Ms. McClellan was a direct descendent of Thomas Savage who arrived in Jamestowne in January 1607 on the John and Francis. Her great great grandmother, Ester Dennis Savage, moved to Tallahassee, FL in 1830 and married Dr. Lewis Willis from Virginia in 1834. Following his death in 1835, she married Ms. McClellan's great great grandfather, David Porter Hogue in 1838, and he later served as Attorney General of Florida from 1848-1853. He served in the Florida Legislature, was a delegate to the 1865 Convention and was Mayor of Tallahassee.

Ms. McClellan's parents married in Clearwater, FL in 1926. Henrietta's mother returned to Tampa with daughters Henrietta and Meredith and lived with Mrs. McKeen's mother, Aurie Benjamin, on property which is now MacDill Field. Following a move to Clearwater Beach, Mrs. McKeen met and married Josiah Noyes Bacon, Jr. of Boston, MA in 1941. The family then moved to Asheville where Henrietta attended St. Genevieve's of the Pines. The family relocated to Greenwich, CT where Henrietta graduated from Greenwich High School. In 1948, she returned to Florida and settled with her family in Pompano Beach. She met and married her late husband, Robert E. McClellan in August 1949. Bob went into business with his brother Bill McClellan and sister Novice (Marsh) Balazs and in 1953 opened McClellan's Firestone in Pompano, which they operated for more than 20 years.

On her father's side, Henrietta was a fifth generation 'Hoosier.' The McKeens arrived in this country in 1727 and settled in Chester County, PA.

Henrietta was a member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Fontenada Chapter; a member and Secretary of the Pompano Beach Board of Trade; second President of the Pompano Beach Historical Society; Director of the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce and received the Woman of the Year award by the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce in 1984. Ms. McClellan was admitted to Life Membership in the Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the USA through her American Ancestor Nathaniel Littleton, son of Sir Edward Littleton of Henley, Shropshire, England. In 2008 she was admitted to Life Membership in the Jamestowne Society through her American Ancestors Edward Waters on her father's side and Thomas Savage on her mother's side.

Henrietta is survived by son, George Sterling McClellan, III (Katherine Barton); brother, Josiah Noyes Bacon of Berkley, CA; nephews Sterling Edward Marsh of Portland, OR; William Mobley McClellan of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; nieces Priscilla Marsh Burch and Bonny Novice Marsh of Hendersonville, NC; and longtime devoted friend Jerry Taylor of Palm Beach Gardens, FL.





We are so sorry to pass on the following notice. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.


Frederick Wilkison Applegate, III, (Ricky), was called Home to Heaven on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Mr. Applegate was 62 years of age.

Ricky was the owner of Southgate Insurance Agency located in Pompano Beach, Florida.

He was preceded in death by wife Stacey, mother of their son Kyle. He is survived by his wife Theresa and sons Kyle (Ally) Applegate, Matthew (Marissa) Knick; Parents Fred and Carolyn Applegate; one sister Cathy (Rick) Marshall; and one brother David; grandchildren Jackson and Carter Applegate; nephew Justin Marshall; nieces Amanda Marshall and Kennedy Applegate.

A family only funeral and interment service was held graveside at Pompano Beach Cemetery on Saturday, April 18, 2020.

Details about a Celebration of Life Memorial for Ricky will be announced soon. This will present the opportunity for Ricky's friends and associates to honor the relationships established by an extraordinary husband, father, son and brother.

Ricky Applegate will be long remembered by everyone who ever intersected with his life!

No services are planned at this time.
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Read our 2019 mid-year Newsletter here!

Summer 2019 Newsletter





  The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. 


The City of Pompano Beach will be celebrating July 4th with a Fireworks Extravaganza at the beach!




May Program

'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


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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
10:00 am

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! 

At the Hood Center
217 NE 4th Avenue.
Come see the cottages all dressed up, spend some time with neighbors and friends and maybe talk a little about years gone by and the years to come..
Everyone is welcome. We will be serving heavy appetizers, you are welcome to bring a dish but it is not expected nor required.



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.






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.



Helen M. TODD

TODD, Helen Hilliard, of Pompano Beach, FL, passed away to heaven on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at John Knox Village under Hospice Care. Helen was born April 25, 1923 at the Railroad House on the new river in Fort Lauderdale. She is survived by her husband, Robert Todd, two sons Richard (wife Youlanda) and Gregory (wife Cheryl) Grandchildren Laura Todd, Hillary Todd Brooks (husband Forrest) Adam Todd (wife Tonya) Great Grandchildren Conner, Sadie and Paige Todd. Her sister Betty Hilliard Donavan, Brothers William Hilliard (wife Venita) and Richard Hilliard and many nieces and nephews. Helen was a member of DAR, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Beta Sigma Phi, JKV Noteables (ladies singing group). Her family will greet friends on Saturday, September 30th from 10-11:30am at the funeral home, where a memorial service will be held at 11:30am. She will be laid to rest at South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth FL. Arrangements entrusted to: KRAEER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTER, 200 North Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 33062. (954) 941-4111

Funeral Home

Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center
200 North Federal Highway Pompano Beach, FL 33062 
(954) 941-4111
Published in Sun-Sentinel from Sept. 26 to Sept. 27, 2017

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



October 14th

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

2nd Generation Art Show at Bailey Art Center in Old Downtown.
Come and meet these exceptional artists and be the first to see their paintings at this first ever Pompano show. These artists are carrying on the legacy of the original Highwaymen. 
Preview night with meet & greet, wine, beer and hors d'oeuvres, Thursday night from 6:00 - 9:00. $25.00/ person

Show continues on 
Friday, October 6th 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, October 7th 10:00 - 4:00 pm
Purchase tickets on our Event page

Wednesday, September 20th

Annual Covered Dish Dinner

Please join us for the annual Covered Dish Supper. Bring your favorite dish to share. (Or maybe even make it a practice run for your entry in the Green Market Cooking Contest... must contain a bell pepper or green bean).As always, you bring the dish, we supply tableware & beverages. 

Come and share food, friends and history.  



Saturday, September 2, 2017


Don't miss the Pompano Beach Historical Society Tours of historic sites in Pompano Beach. The two-hour narrated tour includes familiar landmarks such as the Sample-McDougald House, historic downtown , the Hillsboro Lighthouse Museum and a number of "hidden" historic sites. 
The tour begins at Founders Park, 217 NE 4th Ave. Pompano Beach. You will have time from 9:00 - 10:00 to tour the Kester Cottages as well as check out the two antique fire trucks that will be on display! The bus departs at 10:00 am sharp. The tour will last for two hours and is fully narrated. There is one stop at the Hillsboro Lighthouse MUSEUM where you can stretch your legs.

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

Jean HOGAN Obituary

May 3, 1922 - July 8, 2017


Jean Blount Hogan, 95 of Pompano Beach, Florida passed away on Saturday, 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.




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 passed away on June 26, 2017 at home surrounded by his wife and loving family. He was born on February 18, 1928 in the Pompano home were he took his first breath and his last. He had a very full life which included being the founding member of both the Sand & Spurs & Coral Springs Saddle Clubs. He was a Pompano Beach High School "Beanpicker" and was the oldest living charter member of the Pompano Beach Elks Lodge 1898. He was raised in Pompano when it was a small farming community where horses were the favorite mode of transportation. He was in the retail liquor business for 40 years as well as being very active in the real estate business. He and Julia were partners with Fred & Carolyn Applegate in the Old Timer Western Store for many years where everyone was welcome and the coffee was always hot. He was a member of the Pompano Beach Historical Society where he shared and contributed many stories and photographs of Pompano and it's history. He is survived by his wife Julia of 69 years, sons, Gene (Carol), Paul (Terri), his daughters, Karen (Keith) Patrick, Denise (Brian) Watson, Donna (Pete) Williams. As well as 16 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, (soon to be 10). He is predeceased in death by his grandson Justin Phillip O'Keefe, and twin granddaughters, Courtney Lynne and Caris Mae Pridemore. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Visitation will be on Thursday, June 29th at Kraeer Funeral Home at 200 North Federal Highway, Pompano, 33062 from 5-8 PM. Services will be on Friday, June 30th, at First Baptist Church, 138 NE 1st Street, Pompano Beach, 33060 at 11 A.M.


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:

Merrill Pridemore
915 NE 2nd Street
Pompano Beach FL 33060


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. 




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.





































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: 





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 presentation.




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!





217 NE 4TH AVE
We will have a speaker from the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.
Come see the exhibit beforehand so you'll know what questions to ask!


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!




Wednesday, December 21, 2016
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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




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.'   

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The weather could not have been nicer. The setting was beautiful. The sun was bright.
I was going to write about Judy's Celebration of Life, but I received the following from Cindy Malaney and she agreed to let me share it.
I was quite touched by the wonderful Celebration of Life Ceremony held yesterday for my friend, Judy Knoebel. The Pompano Historical Society hosted it at the Hood Center in Founders Park.
The service was held outdoors while the sun was setting and the chairs were facing an oak tree which was recently planted in memory of Judy. There were numerous speakers including two of her nieces. The mayor of Pompano Beach gave a talk too (Judy touched many people). She volunteered for so many organizations and had representation from the (Pompano Historical Society, Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society, Pompano Women's Club, Insight for the Blind, Bonnet House, etc.). She won many certificates and awards for her years of volunteering.
She was a wonderful neighbor to my family and me. Recently she wrote a recommendation letter for my daughter for a college academic scholarship (I don't know how she had time to do that with her busy schedule). As everyone at the ceremony said, Judy always had a great smile on her face, enjoyed every minute of her life to its fullest, and did so much for others.
Thank you to the Pompano Historical Society for putting on this celebration of Judy's life. It was perfect in every way (the delicious refreshments, the printed programs, the speakers, the oak tree, the photos and awards that were on display, etc.).
I compiled a photo collage of the ceremony. You can see the beautiful oak tree planted in her name. I plan to come by often and to see it grow in the coming years. Also there are two bricks which will be placed at the Hillsboro Lighthouse and at the Pompano Historical Society. I will continue to volunteer at the Lighthouse Museum which she opened years ago. I hope everyone can come by to visit it sometime and remember Judy.



217 NE 4TH AVE

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.




217 NE 4TH AVE

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.




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:




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


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

or email [email protected]

 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

Dress:  Festive

Limited Seating. Don't wait to purchase your tickets! You do not want to miss this event!







Wednesday, September 21 @ 6:30 pm
Summer will be over sooner than you think, so start combing through those recipes.  Wednesday,  September 21st we will host the Traditional Covered Dish Supper.  A great time to catch up with all your neighbors and friends  after the summer break and talk about plans for the coming season. This event is open to everyone, all we ask is you bring a dish to share and, if not a secret, the recipe. We will supply the beverages and tableware.

from the Sun-Sentinel, September 6, 2016




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.

[email protected] or 954-572-2008

Copyright © 2016, Sun Sentinel

VisualEYES Program

The City is working with Broward County to complete a mural as part of the County’s VisualEYES Program. Artist Cecilia Lueza is required to complete Community Engagement Activities and would like to include the Historical Society in this process.
We ask if you would like to join us in assisting this artist fulfill her mission.
The meeting should take about 1 hour. She will use what she learns to help her create a mural on the E Pat Larkins Center.
This meeting is open to all on Tuesday August 2, at 6:00 pm
Pompano Beach Historical Society
Hood Center
217 NE 4th Ave 
Pompano Beach FL 33060
Please RSVP to reserve a seat.
Thanks for your support! 
VisualEyes Program








November 27, 1930 - July 9, 2016
MICKLER, Mary Cramer age 85 of Pompano Beach, Florida passed away on July 9, 2016. She was born November 27, 1930 in Ft. Myers, Florida to Francis H. and Pearl Cramer. She was a Pioneer resident of Pompano Beach, Fl. Mary is pre-deceased by her husband Revis A. Mickler and her son Scott Cramer Mickler and great grandson Riley Maynard. She is survived by her sons Robert Mickler (Susan) of Pompano Beach, FL., Douglas Mickler (Barbara) of Vero Beach, Florida and Pete Mickler (Catherine) of Franklin, NC; Visitation will be on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 10-11 am at First Baptist Church Pompano, 138 N.E. 1st St. Pompano Beach, Fl 33060 with a Funeral Service at 11 AM followed by burial in Pompano Beach Cemetery followed by lunch and refreshments at the First Baptist Church Pompano. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Lord's Gift House at First Baptist Church Pompano. Arrangements under the direction of Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Pompano Beach, FL.





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 







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.

To reserve space call or email Pat:
[email protected]  or                       
RSVP on the EVENTS link on

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.

For more info call or email Pat:

[email protected]









THOMAS JOHN BURTON              


December 31, 1962 - May 21, 2016
Shelle Griffin Davis, 53, died on Saturday, May 21, after a two year battle with leukemia. She left this world with her family and close friends at her side at her Pompano Beach home. Mrs. Davis is the daughter of former Pompano Beach Mayor Bill Griffin and Arlyne Griffin and beloved wife of Brad Davis. She is mother to Kaitlyn Kerr and Kristopher Kerr [Angel] and Griffin Davis and sister to Craig Griffin. She is grandmother to Mason Delahoz.
Mrs. Davis graduated from Cardinal Gibbons with honors, worked as an aide at McNab Elementary School and was a member of Bible study at Christ United Methodist Church in Pompano Beach. A vivacious woman all of her life, she cherished her family and her community. 
Services for Mrs. Davis will be private. Family members have requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice by the Sea; Miami Sylvester Cancer Center or the Leukemia Society.
For full obituary, please go to:




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.

In Memory of

Josephine M. Whitworth

October 21, 1929 - May 9, 2016

Whitworth, Josephine M. age 86 of Delray Beach, FL passed away on May 9th, 2016. Born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, she was a longtime resident of Pompano Beach, working with the family farming business. Predeceased by her husband, John I. Whitworth, Jr. she is survived by her children: John I. (Mary) Whitworth III, Cathy W. Lee, Thomas I. (Carol) Whitworth, and Wade Glenn Whitworth; by grandchildren: Melissa, Jamie, Christy, Quad, Glenn Jr., and Savannah; and by numerous great- grandchildren.
Visitation will be 9:30-11:00 am Thursday, May 12th with an 11:00 am Celebration of Life Service at the Christ Church, United Methodist of Pompano Beach.
Josephine will be laid to rest in the Pompano Beach Cemetery. Arrangements were made by: Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 200 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach, FL 33060. Phone: 954-941-4111.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Church of Pompano Beach or to Hospice by the Sea



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



SATURDAY MAY 14 5:00 TO 10:00 pm

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 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.



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. Or mail check to: Pompano Beach Historical Society, PO Box 154, Pompano Beach FL 33061. - See more at:



Sympathies are extended to Tom Curran on the loss of his mother, Evelyn Curran. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom and his family.




JANUARY 16, 1927 - APRIL 21, 2016

Pompano Pioneer, E.L. "Bud' Garner, resident since 1927, Official Pompano Historian, Farmer and Salesman passed away yesterday April 21. 
Bud was 9 months old when his family moved from Edwardsville Alabama to Pompano. He graduated from Pompano Beach High School in 1948. He would have graduated sooner but he left school at 16 to join the Navy. In 1949, Garner married his wife, Doris. They had for children, one of whom has passed, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Garner penned his own book about the early days of the city, Tales of Old Pompano, with proceeds benefiting the historical society.
He will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Service Information

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Visitation at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Memorial Service at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
First Baptist Church
138 Ne 1st Street
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
(954) 745-6100
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to :
The Ministries of First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach 
or The Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society.
for full obituary:



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

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.

"Chasing Tail"



FEBRUARY 17, 2016
Pompano Pioneer, John Robertson, passed away on February 17, 2016. John was a Beanpicker, class of '55. His family is planning a memorial for Monday, May 2 at the United Methodist Church. The memorial will be from 4:00 - 5:00 pm followed by a service from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. When we receive more information, we will pass it on to you.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Pompano Beach Historical Society. We thank them for thinking of us at this very difficult time. 
Donations may be made at our website:
or mail check to:
Pompano Beach Historical Society 
PO Box 154, Pompano Beach FL 33061

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.



JULY 11, 1928 - APRIL 4, 2016

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 

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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.


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October 24, 1933 - April 1, 2016
Broward County Pioneer, Cornelius Romaine "Neal" Vinkemulder, 82, of Coconut Creek, FL, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016, at North Broward Hospital in Pompano Beach.
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. 
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A viewing will take place on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00pm at Kraeer Funeral Home, 200 N. Federal Hwy, in Pompano Beach. A memorial service will be held on Thursday morning, April 7, 2016, 10:00AM, at the First Baptist Church, 138 NW 1st Street, in Pompano Beach. 
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.




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.


The 14 recognized sites are:                                                                                                                                                         Austin House, 410 NE 5th Avenue
First United Methodist John Foster Chapel, 210 NE 3rd Street
House of God Church, 600 NE 18th Street
Potter Funeral Home, 317 NW 6th Street
Pioneer Monument, 1801 NE 6th Street
Burial Mound within the Indian Mound Park, SE 13th Street & Hibiscus Avenue*
Blanche Ely Building, 1500 NW 6th Avenue
Sample-McDougald House Centennial Park, 450 NE 10th Street*
East Kester Cottage Founders Park, 217 NE 4th Avenue
West Kester Cottage Founders Park, 217 NE 4th Avenue
The Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 405 NW 3rd Avenue
Fire Station No. 1 Founders Park, 217 NE 4th Avenue
Pump House No. 1 Founders Park, 316 NE 3rd Street
Bailey Hotel, 41 NE 1st Street

Our friends and 'historical' neighbors at the Alice B & JD Butler House are having their annual fundraiser dinner this Thursday, March 24. 




In Memory of

William Dickson Jaycox

February 13, 1932 - February 23, 2016

Jaycox, William Dickson (Clancy), 84, of Pompano Beach, passed away February 23, 2016. Bill was born February 13, 1932 in Chicago to the late Dickson and Mary (Miller) Jaycox . He served his country honorably during the Korean Conflict and was discharged as a Corporal. Upon his discharge, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. Bill may have been best known as the other half of Santa & Mrs. Claus, where he and his late wife rode atop the fire engine in the Pompano Beach Yuletide Parade. He was also known as Clancy – The Irish Troubadour, singing Irish songs at concerts during the week of St. Patrick's Day. In 2004, Bill composed the song, Florida's Pompano Beach and it was proclaimed the official song of the City of Pompano Beach. He and his wife, touched the hearts of many children across Southern Florida, he gave them hope and promise for a better future. Bill was predeceased by his beloved wife, Joanne on May 29, 2014 and grandson, Officer David Aaron Haynes, sibling, Mary Catherine McCarthy, Richard Jaycox, Anna Mae Cole and Thomas Jaycox. He is survived by his daughter, Janet Evans and grandson, Hardin Thomas Haynes, great grandsons, James and Thomas Haynes and brother, Joseph Jaycox. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Thursday, March 17, 2016, 10:00 am at Forest Lawn Funeral Home North, 200 West Copans Road, Pompano Beach where he will be interred with his wife.
Final Stanza from 'Florida's Pompano Beach' Song:
Pompano Beach
I’m very glad I found
Such a fine home town
And I’m here to stay
Pompano Beach
with all Your friendly ways where
Every day is certain just
To be a good day.
Now I’ve lived in Different cities, some were
Big and some were small.
But none had been so Pretty.
None had suited Me at all.
Cause home is where The heart is, that’s always
What they preach.
So I’m very glad my
Home is here in Pompano Beach!
Click to read write-up on Bill in the Pelican Newspaper.



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.



The Sample-McDougald House Preservation Society is proud to announce and welcome Melissa May as the non-profit organization's new Executive Director.  
She brings to the SMHPS a strong background in museum management, having served as the executive director of the Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation in West Virginia, where she managed a living history museum representing 18th century life on the frontier.  She also has held museum positions at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Tribal Museum as well as the State Museum of West Virginia.  Ms. May has served in a number of leadership roles within the museum field, including president of the West Virginia Association of Museums. 
She is replacing current executive director Dan Hobby, who will be retiring after 15 years with the SMHPS and over 35 years in the museum field.  As the organization's initial executive director, he oversaw the moving, restoration and opening to the public of the historic Sample-McDougald House.
Ms. May will be responsible for providing strategic leadership in the on-going operations and future developments at the landmark Sample-McDougald House and Museum. Dirk DeJong, SMHPS board president, stated "We are extremely excited to welcome Melissa May to the organization, and look forward to her building on our existing strong foundation to take this organization to the next level of service to the community."


Our February 17th Meeting at the BaCA Building was interesting, informative and so much fun! Ms. Emma Ellington, President of the Pompano Beach Women's Club, and her childhood friend, Katie Wiggins were our featured speakers. Ms. Ellington and Ms. Wiggins were born and raised in what was called 'The Projects' and they shared stories of a time and place many of us didn't know. They told stories of snakes and alligators, working on farms and building businesses. All the stories were compelling and insightful; we could easily have listened longer. Although I must say the visual aids and the way they were able to 'draw' us right into the stories with that map was the high point of the night!
Thank you again ladies; it was a wonderful night.
Thanks also to Sarah Benichou and Grace Gdaniec for allowing us to hold our meeting in the gallery room. We were lucky to have a preview of BaCA's latest exhibit 'What's Your Story" featuring photographs and stories of the people of Pompano's black community who helped shape this city. It is definitely worth seeing.
The Opening Reception for the exhibit was on Thursday, February 25th. The photos will be available for viewing through March 16. 
Bailey Contemporary Arts
41 Ne 1st St. Downtown Pompano



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 .

Tour Schedule for the rest of this year are:
April 9
May 14,
June 11,
July 16,
August 20,
September 10,
October 8,
November 6 and
December 3.
Call 954-942-2102 or email [email protected] for more information.

The Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation and the United States Coast Guard work together to preserve and promote this historic landmark.



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 iconic landscape painters are returning to the Sample-McDougald House with hundreds of original paintings for display and sale.

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Preview night will include an auction of donated paintings by the Florida Highwaymen artists. There will be live music and refreshments will be served. In addition to the auction other Highwaymen paintings will be available for purchase. Don't miss the opportunity to meet these talented artists and view their iconic work.
Tickets for this night can be purchased at
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
A second chance to meet some of the Original Florida Highwaymen and view their vibrant and colorful paintings of Florida at it's best. 
Tickets sold at the door. 

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



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 Green Market is growing and getting better and better. We have fresh organic produce and another stand with fresh berries. 
Just this week Paul joined the market selling Sabrett Hot Dogs. There is local honey, NY pickles and specialty teas and coffees. Handmade jewelry and silkscreen shirts.  The market is every Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm through April. Stop by and support the Pompano Beach Historical Society and Pompano Beach CRA



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? 

Open Tour dates:
May 14
July 9
September 10
November 12
Call Judy at 954-609-7974 for more information.



Joe Mimms
Mims, Joseph Thomas, 67 of Pompano Beach passed away on Wed. Feb. 24. A native of Pompano Beach, he graduated from PBHS in 1966 and went on to Broward Jr. Community College. He worked in the family business, Tom Mims Appliances, until it closed and opened and operated his own appliance service in Pompano Beach until he retired. He was Past Master of Pompano Masonic Lodge #263 and Worthy Patron of Pompano Chapter 187 Order of the Eastern Star. Predeceased by his son, Ashley Winston Mims, parents, Tom and Alice Mims and his brother, William C. Mims, he is survived by his son, Thomas Grey Mims; sister, Joann (William) Vasseur; granddaughter, Olivia Mims; niece, Michelle (Brett) Olitzky; nephew, Michael Vasseur; great-nieces and nephews: Chelsea, Andrew, Jacque, and Jared; cousin, Fred and Aunt Pauline Staples. Joe was a very friendly and kind man and will be missed by many. Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 8th from 4-6 with a 6pm memorial service at the funeral home. Arrangements were made by: Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 200 N. Federal Hwy., Pompano Beach, FL 33062. Phone: 954-941-4111. - See more at:

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