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.

Tribute to Frasier Mountain by Nichole Chapman

Growing up, I didnt realize the importance of appreciating and knowing my family's history. As I got older, I began to realize the importance of it, and I soon began to research it. I began to try and put the pieces of the puzzle together. Through the many hours at the library, courthouse, and walking downtown and talking to different people, I was soon and often told about a man by the name of Frasier Mountain.

Tribute to Frasier Mountain from Gretchen Countryman

Frasier Mountain "Our Papa" was a man of integrity who possessed old fashioned down to earth values. He was a family man and was very proud of his daughter and granddaughter for their accomplishments. History was his passion and especially the history of of Brooksville area. He was especially pleased to receive the 'Father of Brooksville ' award from the city! Frasier was a great teacher as he shared his knowledge of history with so many. He will be sorely missed by all at the one from school but especially by me.

Gator Tanglin' with Al Zaebst

One of the more interesting characters we have run across is Al Zaebst. He was brought to our attention when we found photos of him capturing an alligator in the Weeki Wachee River. His method was to stand up in the canoe and launch himself on to the back of the alligator (all while wearing loafers). I am sure it was quite a surprise for the alligator because once it reaches a decent size there is nothing in the river that would want to tangle with it.

Incidents from Brooksville Life: An interview with developer Harry Nobles, founder of Nobleton

From The Brooksville Herald- Combines also The Brooksville Star, est. 1888 and The Southern Argus est. 1901.

Incidents in Brooksville LIfe, Jan 14 1926

Issue of Thurs. January 14, 1926

A community of 60 families all of which have been assembled since last February is the record set by Harry Nobles, developer of Nobleton, it was announced this week.

The fascinating stories of Aripeka's Littell family

Littell fishing cabin in Aripeka

George Washington Coon Littell and his wife Amanda came to Hudson from Missouri in 1886. George Littell was born in Illinois and served in the third Illinois Cavalry during the Civil War. They came to Florida hoping the climate would improve the health of their son Weaver. Weaver sadly passed away that same year. The family settled in Aripeka in 1891. He served as Argo postmaster and teacher at the Argo school. The couple had 13 children and lived to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in 1932.

Memories: Weddings and Beseda Dancers

John Bartko, Ph.D. is a former statistician for the National Institute of Health. In his youth, he was a Masaryktown Beseda dancer. We are thankful for the memories he has shared with us.

The Beseda Dancers, courtesy of Elaine Hogue

This is a continuation of Mr. Bartko’s memories of Masaryktown, FL during the 1940s and 50s, before “the demise of the mom and pop farms.” We last published his memoirs of chicken farming in our May 6, 2016 issue. His parents (Otec and Matka) at one point had about 4000 chickens on their farm.


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?

Know Hernando!

What is this in Tom Varn Park?


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).