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An Oddity from the Past: Governor Sidney Johnston Catts

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Sidney Johnston Catts was a pastor turned insurance salesman.  He seemed an unlikely choice for governor with bright red hair and one eye. He struck a cord with his slogan that "Florida Crackers have only three friends in this world: God Almighty, Sears Roebuck and Sidney Johnston Catts." In 1916, he entered the Democratic primary for governor of Florida. He led after the vote, but lost the nomination in a recount. Many felt that backroom dealings had robbed him of the nomination. Harnessing these sympathies he then changed parties and ran as the Prohibition Party candidate for Governor.

The Lykes Brothers and the Original Spring Hill

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Rocco Maglio

More than 100 years ago, Dr. Howell Tyson Lykes moved to Brooksville to get into the cattle and citrus business. He had seven sons and they each joined the family business which was incorporated in 1910 as the Lykes Brothers. The main operations were moved to Tampa and they shipped cattle to Cuba aboard a three-masted wooden schooner.

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