Thanks to Carol Szarowicz for donating to us three 1920s photos of the Sims family.
The photos were in the scrapbook of her grandmother, Hattie May Palmer-Sargent, who was a first cousin to Mrs. Sims.
We had seen the photo showing Mrs. Sims on horseback before, because it was published in the New Port Richey Press in 1922, but of course with lesser quality.
The photos show:
George Reginald Sims, the owner of the Port Richey Co., which developed New Port Richey. He is considered the founder of the city. He donated Enchantment Park to the city when it was incorporated in 1924 with the provision that it would be used as a park free to the public forever. City council renamed the park in Mr. Sims’ honor. Sims intended to be buried in Pine Hill Cemetery, but upon his death in 1954 the New Port Richey city council arranged to have him buried in Sims Park, with the family’s permission. However, when Mrs. Sims died in 1965, both Mr. and Mrs. Sims were interred in Sylvan Abbey Cemetery in Clearwater.
Mrs. George Reginald Sims (maiden name Marjorie Bartlett Byington).
George Reginald Sims II, usually called Bunt.
Mrs. Willis or Willice M. Byington (maiden name Sallie Blinn Phillips, mother of Marjorie). Mr. Byington died before these pictures were taken. Both he and his wife are buried in Pine Hill Cemetery.
The Sims home is located at the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Queen’s Lane. Queen’s Lane is said to be named for Mrs. Sims, as she was the first Queen Chasco in 1922.
These photos and some related ones are available in higher resolution here.
Glenn and Kris Rhodes were visitors to the museum today. They now winter in Florida, but around 1949 to 1953 Glenn lived here as a child. His father operated the Goody Shoppe on Grand Boulevard in Port Richey. He did not remember what the building looked like or where it was located, but we were able to show him this photo of the business from about 1957 provided by Jamie Cardnell and we gave him the location. For a time, Glenn lived in the small house seen behind the business in the photo.
Terry Kline and Brian Schmit represented the West Pasco Historical Society at today’s Antique and Collectibles Appraisal Fair and Silent Auction at Community Congregational Church. Both are WPHS board members. Terry is the museum administrator and Brian is the author of the new book Glory Days, a history of New Port Richey.
Brian Schmit, author of Glory Days, a history of New Port Richey, is conducting walking tours of New Port Richey. More information is at www.newportricheytours.com.
Clark and Beth Carnegie were visitors to the museum today (1/26). They are Canadians but have spent much time in Florida. Clark went to school at Pierce Elementary School and Gulf Junior High School in the late 1930s. The house he lived in while attending school here is just across the street from the museum, at 5613 Sims Lane, so we walked over to it and took the top picture. The older photo shows the home when Clark lived in it. It was the residence of the Ross W. Carnegie family.
Thanks to the New Port Richey Public Library, which recently donated to the museum this beautiful old table. We do not know how old it is.
Brownies in a local girl scout troop were visitors to the museum on Jan. 25, 2018. Brian Schmit did his usual great job as tour director. The scout troop leader is Nicole Tybor. Larger pictures are here and here.
Looking south on Grand Boulevard from Orange Lake in the 1920s and on Jan. 20, 2018. The hotel on the left opened as the Grand Rapids Inn in 1914, as the owners were from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The following year the name was changed to the Hotel Newport, as it was thought the name for the new town would be written as Newport-Richey.
Members of Girl Scout Troop 582 visited the museum today (Jan. 20, 2018). In the photos also are troop leader Adrienne Brown and WPHS board member Brian Schmit, who conducted the tour.
Ken Weightman was a visitor to the museum on Dec. 30, 2017. He allowed us to scan a large number of cards from his excellent collection of old New Port Richey picture post cards. He says he has been collecting them since the 1980s. The picture here shows one of two binders of cards he has. Mr. Weightman is a teacher at Gulf High School. The cards can be found here and on our Facebook page.