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First Row: Mrs. H.J. Scott, Mrs. R.C. D'arcy, Mrs. Charles W.Blum, Miss Florence L. Hughes,

 Mrs. N.D. Beckman, Mrs. H. Turner Knight, 

Second Row: Mrs. A.H. Brown, Mrs. Harry H. Rabb, Mrs. J.L. Rosser, Mrs. C.E. Stiefel, 

Third Row: Mrs. C.C. Bruestle, Mrs. Frank Norris, Mrs. W.M. Bostwick, 

Fourth Row: Mrs. A.H. Wilkinson, Mrs. Paul C. Phillips, Mrs. Leonard Grunthal, Mrs. F.W. Brundick,

 Mrs. J.H. Ross, Mrs. Walter F. Rogers, 

Back Row: Mrs. R.C. Miller, Mrs. Alfred C. George, Mrs. B.E. Hardacre, 

Not in Picture: Mrs. Walter Terrell, Mrs. J.D. Porter, Mrs. A.J.  Rosenthal, Mrs. George Treisback,

 Mrs. W.R. Royall, 

Mrs. J.H. Mitchell Executive Board 1937-1938

Miss Bagaley's Kindergarten, Stockton Street  1948

Steve Shad at Miss Bagaley's Juvenile Theater dance recital in 1949

Paula Levison and William Cordner  School Play 1913 Duval High School

The pictures below appear to be from the 1960's. The man having a bad hair day is 

Republican U.S. Senator Minority Leader Everett Dirksen (1896-1969) who appears to be 

visiting Jacksonville as the guest of Edward Ball (1888-1981), who as the Trustee of the 

Alfred I. Dupont Trust controlled:

The Florida National Group of Banks- One of the largest Groups in Florida;

The Florida East Coast Railroad which was built by Henry Flagler from Jacksonville to 

Key West, Florida in the late 1890's to 1910; and The St. Joe Paper Company which owned over 

1,000,000 acres of the land all across the State of Florida. This was approximately 3% of the land 

in Florida. Imagine driving down 1-75 and owning a 1 mile strip of land from the Atlantic Ocean 

to the Gulf of Mexico every 30 miles as you go. The income from this vast empire went to the 

Alfred I. Dupont Trust and was all distributed to charity. Therefore, the trust was and still is 

one of the largest contributors to charity in the U.S.A.

Fire Department 1908 Jacksonville , Florida

Police Department 1900 Jacksonville, Florida

Light Infantry   1898

Central Grammar School  1909


(Duval-Stevens Apartments)


DATE: 1907-1908 (original);  1920 (north  addition); 1922 (south addition)

ARCHITECTS: W. B. Camp (original);  Greeley  & Benjamin (additions)

BUILDERS: J. A. McDonald & Board of Public  Instruction (original);  Basil P. Kennard (north addition);  

O. P. Woodcock (south addition) Duval High School, founded in 1875, was the first public school in 

Florida to offer courses beyond the elementary grades.

Constructed in 1877, the first permanent building was used until its destruction in 1901 by the Great Fire.  

After the fire, Duval High was housed first at the LaVilla Grammar School and then in Central Grammar.

The Duval High Alumni Association deemed this to be an unsatisfactory arrangement and embarked 

on a private fund-raising program to obtain a separate building. Completed in 1908, the central building

was constructed of red brick with limestone trim.  The central section of this building is four stories tall

 and has a hip roof.  Corbeled arches with keystones appear over many of the windows,

and copper cornices crown each of the vertical divisions of the facade.  On either side of the original 

building are two annexes built in 1920 and 1922, which account for the building's present three-part 

configuration.  In 1977 the structure was declared surplus by the School Board and sold to the 

Ida M. Stevens Foundation.  

Architect Ted Pappas redesigned the building for use as apartments for the elderly.  

At a cost of $1,700,000, the building was convertedinto fifty-two units, and another Jacksonville landmark 

was spared the wrecking ball. Ironically, some of the students who once went to school in this building 

now live there. 

Duval High School 1920's
Duval High School  1897

Park Lane Apartments 1926

                    Five Points Theatre  1949
 Corner of Park & King Street  1930's

Claude Nolan Cadillac 1908 
 Claude Nolan Cadillac Building 1912

 Atlantic Beach Hotel after Hurricane Dora 1964
Riverside Chevrolet   1940's

Interior of J.C. Greeley's Bank 1890 
J.C. Greeley's Bank 1890 

Dixieland Park Jacksonville Florida 1910
Camp Johnston Newspaper 1918
Hospital Ship Ernest Hines  Jacksonville, Florida 1954
Elk's Club Jacksonville Florida 1920
Jacksonville Beach Seabreeze Motel  1950"s  
 Jacksonville Beach McCormick Motel    1950"s
Jacksonville Beach 1950's
Jacksonville Beach Scene 1970
Avondale Jacksonville Florida 
Bijou Theatre 1910 Jacksonville Florida
Duval High School 1897 Jacksonville Florida
John Gorrie School Jacksonville Florida 1935

Jim Tyson, Pam Duke, Stu Gregory, Frances 
Brunson, Ella Mae Jones, Larry Moshell
Stu Gregory

The Sorority Sisters of Lee High

Tuck Peters                                              Ella Mae Jones  Larry Moshell

Richard Kemen, Louise (Neese) Oster
Jim Tyson, Larry Moshell, Stewart Gregory


Very Front :  M, Tankersly, M,F, Lt. Herman Gordon, Twirp, F, 

U.S. Rep. Emory Price

Very Second Row: B, Twirp II, Geek, B, right end is Frank Skipper

First Row:  Charlton (Jug) Wilson, Bill Slye, Walter Coleman, 

Mac Hendee, Francis Johnson, - - on end is David Miller                                                                

Second Row: - - seventh is Bill Boling, John Marshall - - -  

near right end is ? Perritt

Third Row: - - fifth is Bob Sanders - - ninth is Orville Tyler

Fourth Row: - - eighth is Roy Shanks

Fifth Row: - -  above Shanks and to right- Larry Moore (peeking over Orville)

Sixth Row: - - third from right- Richard (Pokey) Smith  - -

 These are Patrol Boys were from all over the City of Jacksonville. 

The few identified had been attending Fishweir and West Riverside. 

The photo and most of the names were furnished by Bill Boling after the 2007 

Fishweir Open House . Some of the rows are not clear, but if you know the 

person you will find them nearby.

CUB SCOUTS   1944 

Front Row  David MaKenzie, Pokey, (Am. Flag) David Miller, B, (Flag), 

Dudley Norman, Bill Corley, B, Cliff Chambliss, B

Second Row  B, B, Gordon Perkins, (Am. Flag) M, (Flag) ,- - - B

Third Row  B, Jimmy Barefield, B, Norman Cole, (Am. Flag), B, B, (Flag) B, 

Bob Braswell, Jim Roane, Richard Roseborough

Top Row  Mr Perkins- Scoutmaster, (Am. Flag) B, B, (Flag), M

 As with those of the Avondale Methodist , Riverside Presbyterian and other 

churches the Boy Scouting and Cub Scouting programs , beside teaching skills 

and citizenship, were places where the boys of the regional schools 

could mix apart from sporting activities. Cub Pack 8 of Avondale Methodist 

shown here around 1944 was a mix of  Fishweir 

and West Riverside, Gorrie and Lee. The Boy Scout assistants are in the 

lighter colored uniforms. There were Brownie Scouting 

activities for the younger girls and a few Girl Scouts whom I hope did more 

than just sell cookies. But like with most of the 

organized school and community programs for girls, it stopped about there.

Junior Assembly  1950

Eleanor Barnett,Jeanne Donohoo, Brian Jones, Bobby Hess, 

Dottie Sue Thompson, Ray King    1952

The Barn Dance Boys                                 Pictured left to Right:
Ray King of Lakeshore,Ted Baker of Bolles, Reid Harden of John Gorrie
and Karl Bardin of Landon. These boys were captians for each of the four
schools represented. 1948 

Hi-Y Officers     1949
Richard Keman, Larry Moshell, Richard ( Pokey ) Smith, Gary Lunsford,
Bill Bailey, Ray King

Camp Mount Mitchell for Girls, Burnsville , North Carolina 1937

Second Row: 3rd from right Mavis Brooks Powell, 

Second Row: 4th from right Lanessa McMillan Howard

Brentwood Park 1939
Baptist Church  1930's
St. Vincents Hospital   1950
Kress Dept. Store   1939
Seat covers  1940's
Southern Cafeteria  
Ballard & Ballard      1950
Fairfax Manor  1940's
Forsythe St. 
Train at Post and McDuff Streets  1950's
Trout River  1956
Boylan Home
Edgewood Theatre  1948
 Inside the Edgewood Theatre   1948
 Park St. and Roosevelt
Independant Life Building
    The Graham Building  completed in 1913 , demolished in 1981

Phoenix Park Orchestra  1920's

Mayor of Jacksonville J.E. T. Bowden Home

Mayor Bowden after the fire in 1901
 Herschel St. between Seminole and Avondale    1926

 Claude Nolan Cadillac.  Original Building built in 1910

Highway Maintenence Crew   1958

The Jacksonville May Fete May 1st 1926.Held at Riverside Park by the 

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. The Three  May Dreams are 

Louise Hughes, Martha Alworth, Jeanne Marie Graves.

Pig 'N Whistle Restaurant   1940's

We would like to thank Ray King for allowing us to use the following pictures from his book , Fishweir and Beyond ( Riverside Memories) .

Oliver Morton, Don Singleton, Mary Morrow Drake, Julie Lindblad, Joan Lee, 

Lorenzo Milam, Mike Darby, Radford Lovett, unidentified girl

Frank Martin, Ray King, Leland Burpee, Mike Henley , ?, Morton Lord

Scott Moore, Frank Martin, Stewart Knower, Dudley Parr, ?, Ray King, Alan Mullins, 

Leland Burpee, Bob Miller

Sally Anderson, Ray King

Donald Leath, Richard Kemen, Buddy Wiggins, Billy Bailey, Larry Moshell

Virginia Seige, Deane Jackson, Mary Henderson,Daphnie Barber, Betty Barber 

Top Row: Henry Harris, Lewis Lee, Herbert Holcomb, Don Martin, Robert Johnson, 

Larry Moshell, John MacGowan

Middle: Jack LaForge, Donald Peaks, Orville Tyler, Bill Winton, Scott Ball, 

John Dykers, Bill Boling, ?,Ronald Fell

Front: ?, Norman ?, Billy Peaks, David Turknet, Joe?, Lee McCubbin, Kendall Boyle, 

Mickey Morrow

Mildred Barrett, Betty Barber, Mary Henderson, Deane Jackson, 

Paula Cahill Betty Davis, Virginia Seige, Marilyn Kerr

 Patrol Boy Washington Trip- 1946

       Boy Scouts- 1944

David Makenzie, David Miller, Dudley Norman, Bill Corley, Cliff Chambliss, 

Gordon Perkins, Jimmy Barefield, Morman Cole, Bob Braswell, Jim Roane, 

Richard Roseborough, 


Henry Rogers, George Brown, Bo Crutchfield, Sam Oliver, 

Don Boling,Irving Keys, Mike Darby


Bo Crutchfield  Doodle Bunson   Sam Myrick  (Designated Driver)   Dottie Chamblis,  

Walter Smith I believe among the first drive-in movies at Jacksonville was the Atlantic 

on the Old Beach Road. 

 It was ancient. I drove past it innumerable times when we moved out to Arlington, 

but went in there only once. I was driving home and got the wild-hair idea of sneaking-in too, 

all by myself. So I turned off the headlights , drove in the exit and found a spot. A little later 

the attendant came by and asked me about my ticket. Gulp ! ! Ticket ? I was going to jail ! 

I played dumb, which was not very hard, and he let me go. My last drive-in movie patronage 

was  around 1980 in Knoxville. I was on business trip and  Grayce had accompanied me. 

We went to see "The Towering Inferno".  But she insisted that I pay them this time - - and we 

actually did watch the movie. We were married.

Ray King, Sarah Boone, Fran Childress, Albert Colley, Pokey Smith,

 Wakefield Poole, Joan Goodman, Katherine Arnold, Marga Railey, Bill Bailey

Downtown Jacksonville , Main Street Bridge, 1950"s                       Bay Street   1920"s
Bay Street  1920"s                                                                                   City Hall  1950"s
City Hall    1920"s                                             Jacksonville Fire Department at Hemming Park  1920"s
Jacksonville Fire Department at Hemming Park  1920"s      Jacksonville Beach, Shuffleboard    1950"s
Jacksonville Beach, 1950's                                                         Merrill Stevens  Shipyards   1918
Proctor's Hardware                  1950"s                                                  San Jose  1920's

St. Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida, 1886


In 1562 Gaspard de Coligny, the Admiral of France, sent out an expedition under the Hugenot, Jean Ribault, to explore America. Ribault and his men touched near the mouth of the St. Johns River, then moved on northward, leaving a small garrison at Port Royal Sound, South Carolina.

During the spring of 1564 an expedition under Rene de Laudonniere left France to settle in the New World. On June 25th, that same year, the expedition anchored off the St. Johns River near where Jacksonville now stands. For the site of this new colony the French chose a spot about five miles from the mouth of the river. With the help of Indians, they raised a triangular fort of earth and wood which enclosed several palm thatched buildings. Other houses were built outside of the fort. Fort Caroline was then named in honor of King Charles IX and was the first Protestant colony established in North America. Shortly afterward the Spanish forces captured the fort and renamed it San Mateo.

In 1740 the Spanish built another fort nearby at a ford, which the Indians had named Wacca Pilatka, meaning "cows crossing over." The spot was known as the Ferry of St. Nicholas by the Spanish, so they named their fortress the Fort of St. Nicholas to guard this crossing. This fort was maintained throughout the Spanish colonial period.

During British ownership of Florida, 1763 to 1783, the settlement of Cowford was developed in this area and a large defensive earthwork was constructed on St. Johns Bluff. The Kings Road, constructed in 1765 from St. Augustine to Georgia, took advantage of the ford and crossed the river at this point. Zephaniah Kingsley, well-known slave trader, built a shipyard and plantation nearby during the early 1800's. Fort St. Nicholas was burned by the Patriots of Florida when they organized the Republic of Florida in 1812.

Lewis Zacharias Hogans built a log cabin on his Spanish grant, overlooking the St. Johns River, and the land he farmed is now the center of Jacksonville.

After the purchase of Florida by the United States from Spain in 1821, General Andrew Jackson restored peace as the Territorial Governor. In 1822 a section of Cowford on the north bank of the St. Johns River was named Jacksonville in honor of Florida's governor. Streets were laid out and named even though it wasn't until 1830 that the population of Jacksonville reached 300. The city was incorporated in 1832, but the charter was repealed in 1840. Jacksonville was without a city government until the charter was reinstated in 1841.

The first newspaper, the Courier, was published in 1835. During this period the construction of several railroads was planned, but none were built. The town's early development was achieved as a market for cotton, timber, and naval supplies.

The Seminole War followed a series of Indian uprisings that terrorized the Jacksonville region. Business was paralyzed and, to make matters worse, the temperature dropped to seven degrees above zero, killing the orange groves in the St. Johns River region. When the war ended in  1842, Jacksonville embarked on  an  eraof prosperity that continued without interruption until the outbreak of the Civil War. The harbor was crowded with ships loading longleaf yellow pine, while Bay Street was filled with all of the requirements needed to satisfy the "pent-up" needs of men who had spent many months at sea.

Meanwhile, Jacksonville suffered from the lack of overland transportation. In 1851 the State Legislature authorized the construction of a toll road made of wooden planks between Jacksonville and Alligator, now known as Lake City. The only means of transportation between Jacksonville and the State Capital, Tallahassee, was a four-day journey by stage coach.At the outbreak of the Civil War the sympathies of Jacksonville were largely with the South even though many of the leading citizens were originally from the North. When Florida joined the Confederacy the Jacksonville Light Infantry was first in offering its services to the cause. Jacksonville's primary contribution to the Confederacy was as a base for blockade-runners.

When the Federal troops withdrew in 1863, the refugees, returning to their city, found their homes burned, streets dug into trenches, docks destroyed and farms annihilated. The results of this desolation are a direct reflection of the adaptability and enterprise of the citizens of Jacksonville. The Federal troops had experienced the warmth of this climate and a "way-of-life" that they admired. As a result, Jacksonville soon became noted as an ideal winter resort city. By 1870 the population had reached 7,000 — nearly three times the pre-Civil War figure of 2,500 in 1860.

By 1880 the port of Jacksonville had made great strides. With Federal tax money the channel had been deepened and jetties were built at the mouth of the river. By 1897 the gross annual business being completed in this port exceeded $38,000,000.

The first railroad to begin operation southward from Jacksonville was a narrow gauge line that began carrying passengers and freight between Jacksonville and St. Augustine in 1883.

Jacksonville became a center for refugees from Cuba just prior to the Spanish-American War. When war was declared the St. Johns River was mined to protect nearly 40,000 American troops who were encamped here.

Although the city had been plagued by yellow fever in 1888, plus dengue fever and influenza, the city's greatest catastrophe was the fire of 1901. This conflagration swept an area of 148 blocks, demolished 2,368 buildings and left nearly 10,000 homeless. Once again Jacksonville showed its intestinal fortitude and within ten years more than $25,000,000 had been spent to replace these burned out buildings.

Jacksonville has since developed as the second largest naval stores market in the world and the largest lumber shipping point on the Atlantic Coast. It has vast oil terminals and contains more than 500 industrial plants. As the Gateway to Florida, Jacksonville is also the hub of insurance, banking, finance and industry in the Southeast as well as a major distribution point by rail, air, ship and highway. 


 St. Johns River Steamer Fred K. De Bary at
Jacksonville, Florida
 Rare Photo of occupied Jacksonville showing Bay Street in the vicinity of Ocean during the Civil War. Note the
Union sentry on top of the building.
 Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Halifax, Railway Ferry
across St. Johns River at Jacksonville prior to
completion of
first railroad bridge in 1890
 Jacksonville Bridge, 1892
 Grizzly bears performing their acrobatics in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1905
 Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, Florida January 29,1912
 Main Street Jacksonville, Florida  1910
 Civil War Veterans parade at Jacksonville, Florida 
 Jacksonville, Florida, Water Front
 Family group Photograph taken during the Civil War in front of St. Pauls Methodist Church at the corner of Duval and 
Newnan Streets

J.N.C. Stockton Home located at Riverside Avenue and Stockton Street. Early 1900's

Annie B Lytle Public School Number Four, built in 1917 
Annie B Lytle School

Jacksonville, Florida  1847

Western Union Delivery Boys in 1913, Jacksonville, Florida
School House in 1910 Jacksonville, Florida
Forsythe Street in 1912, Jacksonville, Florida
Fire Station No. 2  Jacksonville, Florida
Duval County Courthouse Jacksonvile, Florida
Walker's Tavern Diamond Ball Team  1934  D Davis manager  Jacksonville, Florida
Chip Walker, Bill Rogers , Jr.,Bob Sundberg, Melvin Parker, Albert Knitz, Bill McCabe, Bill Rogers Sr., Ken Davis ,David Davis
Raymond Alverez

St James Realty & Department Store Co. Stock Certificate for Cohen Brothers of Jacksonville, Florida

The Florida Theatre, Jacksonville, Florida

Menu from the Hotel Floridan, Jacksonville, Florida

Hotel Windsor  Jacksonville, Florida

Hotel Windsor Jacksonville, Florida  
Proprietor R R Meyer  Manager J E Kavanaugh

Hotel Windsor, Jacksonville, Florida  

Hotel Roosevelt Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville Florida 1919

Jacksonville Florida

Jacksonville Florida Police Department 1939

Map of Jacksonville, Florida 1847

Peninsular Life Insurance Co. , Gulf Life 
Insurance Co. ,
 United Life Insurance Co., Independent Life & 
Accident Co, George Washington Life
Insurance Co. , State Farm Mutual Insurance Co, 
Blue Cross , Blue Shield Inc,  United States 
Fidelity & Guaranty Co.

Camp Johnston during World War 1, which 
is now Jacksonville Naval Air Station

 Duval Hotel  and Post Offfice on Hogan Street, 
Courthouse and Armory 1910, Seminole Hotel 1910

Windsor Hotel and Hemming Park,  Masonic Temple, 
 Jacksonville Board of Trade Building

Tremont House, Florida Dispatch Line

Oxford Hotel and Pharmacy, Laura  at Duval 
Streets, Jacksonville, Florida 1886-1887
State Bank of Florida, First National Bank,
 Bank of Jacksonville, National Bank of the State of Florida

                      City of Jacksonville 1918

                       Jacksonville 1945

Jenks Restaurant  199 Main Street, Jacksonville Florida 
Owned by Thomas Jenks . It was the only air-conditioned 
restaurant in town before 

Below is a copy of the menu from Jenks Restaurant 1943

Below is a picture of The Nasrallah Family 1935. 
AK Nasrallah Top Row, Second from right: 
AA Nasrallah is on top row fifth from the right.
They were the founders of Whiteway Corner 
and The Nasrallah Building in the historic 
Riverside Avondale area Jacksonville Florida.

Below from left to right: AA Nasrallah, AK Nasrallah, 
Rudolph Nasrallah, and Nash Nasrallah