A Street Car Named Ortega

Trolley car running down the middle of Main Street – c1910 – Jacksonville, Florida


Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/28665

A young man and some friends dropped their nickels in the coin box and hopped on the street car. They immediately noticed several young ladies chatting and laughing with each other. The young man, John, noticed one of the girls who saw him at the same time he was looking at her. Both felt a bit awkward. John turned to his friends and declared that he would have a date with that young lady before they returned from the end of the Ortega line.

He learned that Flossie worked for one of the film studios in town. John was a tailor and was wearing one of the suits he had made – good advertising technique. Flossie had eight sisters and two brothers and had moved with her parents not too long ago from Michigan, but she’d been born in Ohio. His father had passed away several years ago, so he was supporting his only brother and his mother, a native born Sicilian.

So began the courtship between John Damato and Flossie Dow.

This is one of my favorite photos of my grandparents who were married January 29, 1916, in Jacksonville, Florida, where they met. I call this photo “The Look of Love.” (Can’t you just hear Dusty Springfield singing it?)


Photo image in collection of author.

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5 Responses to A Street Car Named Ortega

  1. I am learning so much from all your research. Your will never know how much I appreciate that, Margaret. Love you, Susie Damato Kowalski

  2. Terrie English says:

    Keep the stories coming…this is fun! Thanks for your effort and time in gleaning all this information, Margaret, but most of all thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.

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