The Courier September 2016Vol. II, Issue VI ~ MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR ~ Volunteer in December and you’ll help support us all year! We need you n


The Courier


September 2016

Vol. II, Issue VI




Volunteer in December and you’ll help support us all year! We need you now.

The Jacksonville Historical Society’s new budget year or fiscal year begins on October 1. You’ll read later in this newsletter that the city’s budget year is the same. At just over one billion dollars, the city budget is a lot to consider. The JHS budget is also a lot to consider with four buildings to maintain, hired staff to create and run a variety of programs and activities, an ever growing and exciting archives to sustain, grants to write and manage—and much more.

And what supports all of this activity? Your generous membership dollars, donations and grant funding are part of the formula. And on limited days, when major activities aren’t in the area, we’re able to rent Old St. Andrew’s. But far and away, the single greatest source of income is the Gingerbread Extravaganza.

The Gingerbread Extravaganza is our only annual dedicated fundraiser. The event sustains the society. Last year, we raised nearly $50,000. And counting an annual $10,000 grant of support for the the Gingerbread Extravaganza from the Delores Barr Weaver Fund, est. 2015, the event revenues nearly hit $60,000.

But the event is an enormous job with lots of moving parts. Here is how you can help:

Build a gingerbread house!!!

You can participate as an individual or get a group together. We’re holding a gingerbread workshop this Sunday, October 2, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Old St. Andrew’s. You’ll get tips and advice. But you don’t have to attend the workshop in order to build. Or if you know someone who might build, please let us know. Fill out your application here!

Volunteer to assist at the three week event and/or the two months leading up to the Extravaganza!

Phone us or click here for our 2016 Gingerbread Volunteer Calendar.

Attend the volunteer workshop at noon on Wednesday, October 12. We’ll offer a light lunch. Let us know if you’d like to attend. Please note: The workshop is at Old St. Luke’s, 314 Palmetto Street. If you plan to attend, e-mail: or phone 665-0064.

Become a Gingerbread Sponsor!

The JHS is always seeking sponsors and underwriters for the Gingerbread Extravaganza, called by Southern Living magazine as one of the South’s best holiday events! Please phone me if you are willing to support this great holiday tradition with you dollars or check out our underwriting page for more information (click here). But remember, we welcome your support at any level.


Finally, at the Extravaganza we sell vintage and gently used or new holiday items you may no longer want. Let us know if you have some treasures to donate.

On behalf of the staff and the board, we deeply appreciate your membership and your role to support and preserve the city’s history. Thank you for embracing the Jacksonville Historical Society’s vital mission.



Reflecting on 75 year-old city budget records in JHS Archives


Jacksonville Yearbook, 1940-41. Jacksonville Historical Society Collection.

Late in the evening on Tuesday, September 27, Jacksonville City Council passed its budget for 2016-17. The passage is just in time for the city’s new fiscal year which begins on October 1. This new budget registers just over one billion dollars—a thousand million dollars for those who are counting.

While admittedly, the City of Jacksonville increased the city’s geographic footprint dramatically in 1968 with Consolidation, this billion dollar budget, balanced with revenue and income, contrasts sharply with circumstances a century ago. In 1916, mass meetings were held in Jacksonville to discuss the increasing cost of living. In some cases, citizens advocated boycotts.

The war in Europe had drained food supplies driving domestic prices upward. The previous year, in 1915, fifty percent of the city’s tax income remained unpaid passed the deadline. While the moving picture industry was growing in Jacksonville ...Read more...



Billie Larry Wedding

Billie and Larry Hayward, wedding photo, 1956.

Volunteering together after 60 years of marriage

This month, Billie and Larry Hayward, active and admired volunteers at the Jacksonville Historical Society, celebrated a milestone—their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married in 1956 at a Friend’s (Quaker) Meeting House in rural Indiana. The marriage took place the day after Billie graduated from nursing school. Unique to the Quaker service is memorization of the vows. Larry forgot the “in sickness and in health” portion, said Billie, but the marriage clearly worked with the couple enjoying decades together—and in more recent years, volunteering together.

Following the marriage and a degree in agriculture, Larry entered the U.S. Army and was sent to Camp Darby, Italy, where Billie worked as a civilian nurse. A return to the states led Larry initially to the insurance industry and an MBA in Bloomington, Indiana, where Billie gave birth to daughter Shelly.

Larry began a 30 year career with Amoco Oil Company, and Billie, with a master’s degree now in hand, served on the faculty at Wayne State University and later in a private counseling business. Many relocations followed with time in Holland and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and later in the Detroit area.

When retirement time came, they selected Chapel Hill because it reminded them of a mini Ann Arbor, but more importantly, their daughter, Shelly, worked nearby at Duke Medical Center.

Billie LarryArchives

Billie and Larry in the JHS Archives, 2016.

By now, they were pros at getting immersed in a community. At Chapel Hill, all of the neighborhood knew Larry because the home they built sat on a corner, and everyone stopped to talk with him and admire his magnificent landscape work. Billie was active in the area’s Service League, Garden Club, Newcomers, League of Women Voters and the North Carolina Nursing Board.

Good fortune fell on Jacksonville in 2005, when Billie and Larry relocated once more to ...[Read more...]




The Virgen del Congost, a small schooner of three masts, was built in the shipyards of Arenys de Mar in 1874. Arenys de Mar is located in the Barcelona Province of Catalonia, Spain. Under the captain-ship of Don Alberto Nadal, the schooner sailed during seven years the route between Barcelona and Jacksonville. The ship was lost with all its crew off the coast of Florida on July 11 of 1881. Jacksonville Historical Society Collection.

The Virgen del Congost

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 through October 15th. It is celebrated during this time every year because it commemorates the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the shores of Bimini (Bahama Islands) on October 12, 1492. Although Columbus was not Spanish, the King and Queen of Spain paid for the journey that would open the American continent to European colonization. It would take another 73 years for Pedro Menendez de Aviles to sight the shores of St. Augustine on September 8, 1565. For 236 years Spanish was spoken in Florida, 41 more years than English!

The JHS collection contains artifacts and manuscripts that document not only the two Spanish Colonial Periods (1565-1763 and 1784-1821) but the important ties between the First Coast and the Spanish speaking countries to the east and to the south. One of these items is a model of a Spanish schooner donated to the Society by Olga and William Joos.

The Virgen del Congost, a small schooner of three masts, was built in the shipyards of Arenys de Mar in 1874. Arenys de Mar ... [Read more...]



1938 waterfront 8x10 picmonkey

Downtown Jacksonville from the St. Johns River. Jacksonville Historical Society Collection.

"Missing Downtown"

When: NOW!
Where: Old St. Luke's, JHS Archives

The Historical Society Archives is currently featuring images and objects from our collections. The two small exhibits, "Missing Downtown" and "Cabinets of Curriosities" are open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



Love McGinnis - 2063 Oak Street

Office and residence for Drs. Love and McGinnins, 2063 Oak Street. Jacksonville Historical Society Collection.

Drs. Love & McGinnis Office and Residence

2063 Oak Street

During the 1920s, Florida's development and architecture began to reflect Mediterranean-Revival designs and styles.

Henry J. Klutho, Jacksonville's architectural champion after the devastating 1901 Fire, was a master of Prairie School design. Although he much preferred commercial building architecture, in 1926 he created a unique Mediterranean-Revival design for two bachelor doctors in Riverside.

The doctors office and residence located on Oak Street for Dr. James Love and Dr. Robert H. McGinnins is considered one of Klutho's "best" Mediterranean-Revival designs. It is divided into two symmetrical ...[Read more...]




Army Lt. James H. Doolittle and his DeHavilland plane before takeoff from Pablo Beach.

September 4, 1922: James H. Doolittle, later known for his WWII achievements and heroics, takes off from Pablo Beach, now known as Jacksonville Beach, to begin a record breaking transcontinental flight time in fewer than 24 hours.

His average speed was 100mph and his actual flying time was 21 hours and 18 minutes. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross after setting the speed record.


Glynlea School grounds and pool. Jacksonville Historical Society Collection.

September 10, 1934: Bartram School opens as Glynlea School on this day.

According to the Glynlea School pamphlet, it was "situated between Big Pottsburg and Silversmith Creeks. It was organized on the country-day plan, including thorough college preparatory work with a well-rounded program of extra-curricular activities. All students studied French, English and Latin, mathematics, history, and science courses to meet the requirements of the leading women's colleges" of the time.

The grounds included a tennis court, swimming poop, and riding ring, ample space for basketball and other activities.

The tuition fee for attending the school was $1000, but could be reduced in cases where students returned to their homes on the weekends.

"The school relocated in the spring of 1938 to its permanent campus on Little Pottsburg Creek and was renamed Bartram School. In 1991 it merged with The Bolles School and became the current middle school campus and home of the girls boarding program (from The Bolles School website).


Unidentified Navy Officers, Sen. George Smathers, Congressman Charles Bennett, President Johnson, Mayor Haydon Burns, Sen. Spessard Holland and Gov. Farris Bryant. Click this image to watch the WJXT's documentary, Dora: Direct Hit .

September 11, 1964: President Lyndon Johnson tours the beaches in the aftermath of Hurricane Dora. About $280 million ($2.2 billion in 2015 dollars) in damage was attributed to the hurricane, primarily due to extensive inland flooding. The highest rainfall amount recorded during the hurricane was at Mayo, Florida, where 23.73 inches fell.

To read more on Hurricane Dora and its aftermath, please click here.


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