WPHS Museum Curator Brian Schmit was happy to receive a donation on July 8, 2019, from Mary Ann Sarazen, who is Gene Sarazen’s daughter. Gene Sarazen, a famous golfer of the 1920s and 1930s, owned a home on the Cotee River in New Port Richey. The items donated include Gene’s hat, a pair of his knickers, and an Earl Benham jacket he owned. Brian is holding an autographed picture of Thomas Meighan, signed by him with a note to Gene Sarazen and his wife. There is also a photo of Sarazen and Meighan together while golfing probably in New Port Richey. The Sarazen articles will be displayed as part of the exhibit redevelopment project at the museum scheduled for this fall.
The printed June 2019 newsletter was mailed to our members on June 24. You can view the newsletter on line here.
Our volunteers at the museum on June 23, 2019, were Bette Conde, Stephanie Kleemichen, George Kalfas, and Sheila Fecenko. Incidentally, Bette Conde claims to be named for the actress Bette Davis, and that could account for her dramatic appearance.
Among the visitors to the museum on June 14, 2019, were David Gallion, his daughter Tina Levasseur, and her sons Reid and Brendyn Lavasseur. David Gallion grew up in both Levy and Pasco counties, but he did attend some grades at Elfers Elementary School and he graduated from Gulf High School in 1960. His parents were Howard and Laura Gallion. Laura’s parents were Franklin Butler Sr. (1867-1951) and Sarah “Sally” Hudson (1875-1964). Sarah Hudson seems likely to be a daughter of Thomas Byrd Hudson (b. 1852), one of the sons of Isaac Washington Hudson Sr., from whom the town of Hudson gets its name. However, Jeff Cannon, the expert on the Hudson family genealogy, says the offspring of Thomas Byrd Hudson are unknown, so there is no confirmation at this time.
On Saturday (6/15) we will show the video “Cracker Crazy” at 1 p.m. It is 95 minutes long. The trailer for the video is on YouTube here.
The volunteers at the museum on June 7, 2019, were David Prace, Kari Stalnaker, and Patty Fisher. Also, Jeff Miller, who took the picture.
Kathy Logue, a substitute teacher at Gulf High School, visited the museum on June 2, 2019. She brought us the 2019 Gulf High yearbook to add to our yearbook collection. We now have these Gulf yearbooks: 1940, 1946-47, 1951, 1953, 1958, 1963-65, 1972-76, 1979, 1982-87, 1989, 1994, 2000-02, 2006-15, and 2019. And we have may Gulf Middle School and Ridgewood High School yearbooks. Thanks to Ms. Heather Evans, the Gulf yearbook sponsor, and her yearbook staff for this year’s yearbook.
Second- and third-grade students from Elfers Christian School were visitors to the museum on May 22, 2019. A larger picture is here.
The Veterans Memorial on Orange Lake will be re-dedicated Saturday morning (5/18) at 9 a.m., as it has recently been refurbished. Afterwards, everyone is invited to the museum free tours and cold beverages. The memorial was first dedicated on Memorial Day in 1947 by the American Legion, whose members built the structure, although it is dedicated to all U. S. veterans.