Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Caladesi History Program


and hear the story of Myrtle Scharrer Betz (1895-1992) who was born there and experienced firsthand pioneer life with her parents on their 156 acre homestead. 

Both her parents, Henry and Catherine Scharrer, had emigrated from other countries so life on the island was a learning and discovery period for all.  An interesting program, entitled Caladesi Memories will  be presented by Myrtle’s granddaughter Terry Fortner on Saturday, February 20th, 2010, at the Clearwater Garden Club, 405 Seminole STREET (corner of North Fort Harrison Ave and Seminole St), in Clearwater.  Her talk will be accompanied by projected images of the authentic island homestead photos. 

Travel to school by paddling a boat?  When Myrtle reached the age of 87, she took the time to write about her memories of growing up on Caladesi.  These memoirs became

Yesteryear I Lived in Paradise, published in a revised third edition by University of Tampa Press and available now in a second 2009 printing.

Actually when Myrtle was first born, there was only one island, Hog Island.  The force of a strong storm in 1921 split it in two.  We now know the two islands as Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island.  It gives us pride and a greater appreciation as we learn more of our local areas.  So mark your calendars for February 20th.  Coffee and light refreshments will be served at 9:30 AM, to be followed by the program.]

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