Newsletter -- May/June, 2004.

As you are reading this newsletter, final planning for the Historical Society's Mother's Day Tea is being completed. The Tea is completely sold out. Meri-lin MacGibbon and Sherry Tindall, co-chairs of this year's event have put together another memorable occasion that will feature an assortment of teas, finger foods, and entertainment such as poetry readings and recitations. This Society fund-raiser promises to become an annual event of the Society.


The annual membership meeting of the Society will be held on Saturday, June 12th at 2:00 P.M. at the Bronson-Mulholland House, 100 Madison Street, Palatka. The annual election of officers will be held at this meeting. Immediately following the meeting, refreshments will be served in the dining room. We have asked Guy Tillis and Larry Beaton to conduct special "insider" tours of the House & Museum for our members. You won't want to miss this these tours that will provide details we don't normally share with the general public visitors.


The Society's major fund raising event for the year will be held on Saturday, November 13th from 9:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. on the grounds of the Bronson-Mulholland House in Palatka. We need volunteers in many different areas to have another successful event. Please contact us for more information on how you can help. The number at the Bronson-Mulholland House is 386-329-0140.


This month's newsletter includes a letter from President Crawford and our membership renewal application. Please take time now to renew your membership in your Society. We would also encourage each of you to bring a new member into the Society this year. The strength of our organization is through our membership. Your help in increasing our numbers helps the Society grow.


A Florida Highway Patrol, to be financed from the sale of driver licenses, was established by Governor Dave Sholtz in April, 1939. State Representative H. M. Fearnside of Palatka introduced the Highway Patrol bill in the Florida House, which passed after a long hard struggle. The first training class of 32 troopers hit the road on motorcycles and light sedans without radios. Pay was $125.00 a month. H. N. Kirkman of Putnam County was head of the State Road Department and helped organize and train the first troopers.