Newsletter -- June/July, 2002.

The annual membership meeting of the Putnam County Historical Society will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2002 at 7:00 P.M. at the Bronson-Mulholland House in Palatka. During this meeting the annual election of officers will be held and the annual financial report of the Society will be presented. Our program for the evening will be a lecture on the development of railroads in northeast Florida. Our speaker will be Mr. Larry Brennan of Jacksonville. Mr. Brennan was born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in Orlando, Florida and has lived in Jacksonville since 1969. He has had a life long interest in trains, both model and prototype. He has done extensive research of local railroad history, pouring over many reels of microfilm of the Times-Union dating back to November 1881. He has accumulated a considerable amount of information on railroads of the area. Whether you are a train buff or just interested in history of our region, we know you won’t want to miss this informative presentation by Mr. Brennan. Immediately following his presentation, refreshments will be served in the dining room. Please mark your calendars now for this program and as always, please bring along a friend.


The Society’s Mothers’ Day Tea was a wonderful success and praises of our event are still arriving. We wish to thank the many Society volunteers for their time and talents, their refreshments, and their loan of china and linens. This premier event honored mothers in our community and showcased the Bronson-Mulholland House. Special thanks go to President Meri-lin MacGibbon and Society member Suzanne Shields for their leadership in what we hope will become an annual event.


Society members have been quite busy in the past month cleaning, repairing, and enhancing the appearance of our buildings. The Museum porch ceiling was replaced with Society donations and the gas light fixture is being refurbished and will be hung on the porch again. We have purchased a new stove for the kitchen and have authorized the purchase of a new refrigerator. Guy Tillis, our resident docent, has been doing a wonderful job with the House and grounds. A new interpretation of a sick bed with associated mosquito netting has been added to the White bedroom upstairs. We have been notified that the State of Florida matching grant with the City of Palatka has been approved for the repair of woodwork in the House and porches. We have purchased ten folding tables for use at Society events and rental for events held in the House. 


Colorful new membership renewal cards have been sent to all Society members this month. Our members are the backbone of the Society and we need each of you to keep our Society moving forward. We cannot accomplish those projects that preserve our rich local history without your support. Please take time today to renew your contribution to our work. Your descendants will appreciate it!


A Jacksonville, Tampa & Key West Railroad timetable from May 12, 1889 showed the following station and flag stops in Putnam County beginning at the Clay County line and ending at the Volusia County line: West Tocoi, Bostwick, Teasdale, Sauble, Palatka, Lundy, Peniel, Buffalo Bluff, Satsuma, Pomona, Como, Huntington, Denver, and Hammond.