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William Shakespeare and My Grandfather

What do my grandfather and William Shakespeare have in common?  You might think that a strange question, but it is a legitimate one. They both died on their birthdays. The 19th of June was also Father’s Day in 1938. There … Continue reading

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The Apparent Italian Bostonian Was Really an Italian Floridian

15 April 1906 Death of Joseph (Giuseppe) Damato A cursory glance at the vital records for Joseph (aka Giuseppe) Damato might lead one to assume that after immigrating from Italy in 1881 he lived his life in Boston. It is … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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My Grandparents and Their Families

Union soldiers. Confederate soldiers. Florida Indian War Volunteers. Italian immigrants. Coal miners. Minister of the Gospel. Sharecropper. Tailors. Fruit vendor. Native Floridians. Sight unseen land purchasers. Vaudeville magicians. Farmers. Landowners. Renters. Widows. Township Trustee. Risk-takers. Twins. Houseboat dwellers. A Catholic … Continue reading

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