History

History

Ragged Joe's Thanksgiving

Published originally in:
At the Fireside: One Hundred Original Stories for Young People, 1890
by Kham.

At the Fireside: One Hundred Original Stories for Young People, 1890

Thanksgiving was Freddy Ray's birthday. Fred, with his little sister Eunice, had just gone out to try his new sled, when his father called him to do an errand. "Leave Eunice to play with Rob Roy," he said (Rob Roy was the sled's name), "and return as soon as you can."

It is not pleasant to be sent away when about to try a new sled. But Fred did not allow such things to vex him. He ran off laughing, and in about ten minutes he came around the corner again panting in his race. Then he saw something that made his heart thump.

A Veteran's story of duty, bravery and survival continues

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This story is written by WWII Veteran and POW Charles 'Chas.' Looper, who grew up in the Lake Lindsey area, near Brooksville. Looper writes about his 27th and last mission which was a part of Battle of the Bulge. His unit was flying P-47's over Luxembourg when he was shot down in enemy territory. This is the second of two segments.ond of two segments.

A Veterans Day story of duty, bravery and survival

Charles Looper

This story is written by WWII Veteran and POW Charles 'Chas.' Looper, who grew up in the Lake Lindsey area, near Brooksville. Looper writes about his 27th and last mission which was a part of Battle of the Bulge. His unit was flying P-47's over Luxembourg when he was shot down in enemy territory. This is the first of two segments to be published.

Honoring the History of Eden Baptist Church

Eden Baptist Church by artist Maryleen Webb

For the 171st Anniversary of Eden Baptist Church in Lake Lindsey, Hernando Sun is publishing a piece written by Bobby and Betty (Cason) Snow in October 2011 entitled "Eden Baptist Church, The Early Years, 1840s and 1850s". The article was originally published in the "Eden Baptist Church Homecoming Celebration" on October 16, 2011. It is a very comprehensive history and we plan to publish it in segments. The following segment describes the "environment that the seeds of Eden Baptist Church began" as well as the earliest pastors and charter members of the church.

Article From the Past

Brooksville Star May 18, 1906

Brooksville Star May 18, 1906

Was Former Resident of Hernando County
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Died at the age of 59
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For Many Years Was Acknowledged Cattle King of this Section of the State
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Dr. Howell T. Lykes, one of the best known and most respected citizens of South Florida at 11am yesterday, died at his home near Ballast Point, death resulting from a general breakdown brought about by a (illegible) stroke of several weeks ago.

Tribute to Frasier Mountain by Robert Martinez

Frasier was an invaluable source of historical stories, facts and information regarding Old Brooksville In Photos & Stories. His mind was amazingly sharp up to the end and could remember the slightest details pertaining to Brooksville history, as far back as the 1920's. We were soul mates and I will miss him greatly. He would often pop up to my house with old pixs, news clippings or just to chit chat. He was indeed a remarkable man. God bless him.

- Robert Martinez, publisher Old Brooksville In Photos & Stories.

Tribute to Frasier Mountain by Jan Knowles

FRASIER MOUNTAIN came into my life when he would stop into one of his best friend's office where I worked after he would drop off his granddaughter Ashley at Charlene’s Dance Studio and we would talk about everything under the sun until it was time to pick up Ashley from dance. I really looked forward to his visits. Our grandchildren went to the Methodist Church School Center also and we had a lot in common concerning the love of our town and the history behind it. We also would find ourselves at the same meetings because our interest was the same.

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History Mystery

Who is this Man at the Foot of a Giant Cypress?

In the early part of the 20th century, logging was a big industry in Hernando County. Giant Cypress such as the one pictured here was in high demand for shipbuilding and to support rapidly increasing population growth. Entire mills often relocated to a new area after they had cut down all the lumber in their vicinity and had to shut down as is the case for the Central Cypress Lumber Company which founded the Centralia lumber mill. So much information has been lost in the past century. Can you help to solve this history mystery and identify the man above or have any related details?

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What is this in Tom Varn Park?

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by Julie Maglio

This structure stands in the middle of Tom Varn Park which was once the Brooksville Quarry. According to historian Frasier Mountain, a railroad track once ran to this spot to bring coal from Alabama for the steam boiler that powered a pump used to recycle water from the slush pond. The ponds in Tom Varn Park adjacent to the structure were once the deepest points of the slush pond (15’-20’ deep).