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Articles from the Bradford County Telegraph, and other sources

(we're just getting started with these articles - more to come!)


Blanding Center on East Call Street was billed as Starke’s
“City within a City” and included a bus station, food concessions,
military supplies, and other things appealing to servicemen.
After the war it was converted into a plastics plant, and was later
destroyed by a fire in October of 1948.

Starke Was Wilderness Before the Railroad Arrived...
Bradford County Telegraph, 100th Anniversary, July 26, 1979, p12, sect3
What was Starke like before the railroad reached here in January 1858?
    Not much, according to a writer in the May 7, 1887 issue of The Telegraph, who described it thus:  "...at that time this was a wilderness, a vast and unbroken pine forest where the deer, bear, wildcat, and the stealthy panther roamed at their own free will. There was not a single house worthy of the name in what is now the corporate limits, only a few little shanties occupied by railroad hands." (click HERE for more)
Kingsley Lake Bordered By Three Post Offices...
Bradford County Telegraph, 100th Anniversary, July 26, 1979, p12, sect3
Few people living around Kingsley Lake today know that it was thickly settled by year-round residents a hundred years ago; had three post offices, two churches, and a school ... Kingsley, the largest of the settlements was listed in Volume 1 of the Florida State Gazetteer, 1886-87 as having a population of 200, first settled in 1879, and H.W. Strong was postmaster. "Vegetables and oranges are the principal shipments. Has Baptist and Methodist churches, public school, steam saw mill, and one store. Mails Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Unimproved land sells at $10 per acre, and improved at $25. (click HERE for more)
Rev. Jim Strickland, ‘The Wilderness Preacher’ Remembers Kingsley...
Bradford County Telegraph, 110th Anniversary, August 18, 1989, p13, sect4
"...There were no regulations or licenses required for fishing. This was not in Rev. Jim's notes, but his nephew, Frow, recalls how his uncle, after leaving the lake to live at Clay Hill, would return several times during the year, when the "signs" were right, and spear enough bream and other fish to feed a regiment. Frow's job as a boy was to carry the kerosene torch, lighting up the area around the boat so the fish could be clearly seen for some distance. The lake was much cleaner in those days and the sand bottom was almost as clear as Silver Springs..." (click HERE for more) [or HERE to read a parallel article from the paper 10 years earlier]
Camp Blanding arrives—and Starke’s was the only Chamber of Commerce that warned tourists to stay away....
Bradford County Telegraph, 110th Anniversary, August 10, 1989, p11, sect3
"With the opening of Camp Blanding as a regular Army camp at the start of World War II, Starke experienced a boom such as few small towns in the U.S. have known ... It became known as Boom Town U.S.A., and was featured in articles in "Colliers", "McCall's", "The Saturday Evening Post", TIME Magazine, and many daily newspapers. It was the experience of a lifetime, and few who lived through it would want to do so again, in spite of the monetary benefits." (click HERE for more)

See more Blanding history here too:  Camp Blanding in War and Peace & Camp Blanding, The War Years

Lists of EARLY SETTLERS...
From the appendix of “Parade of Memories, A History of Clay County, Florida” by Arch Fredric Blakey
A listing of the early settlers (property owners) in the area, divided by location. Source: "Grants and Sections In Duval County, 1898." Transcribed by Harriett Fuquay (click HERE for more)
ALACHUA TRAIL PASSED EAST OF PRESENT SITE OF STARKE...
Bradford County Telegraph, 100th Anniversary Edition , 1979 from Section 2 Page 3.
And Mrs. Monroe's Farm Was On The Map At Forks Of The Road... What about this lady who was so well known that her name appears on military maps of the Civil War period, now on display in the museum at Olustee Battlefield State Park? (click HERE for more)


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