Daniel Gulbrandsen and daughter Shannon Pfaff were visitors to the museum today (5/4). Mr. Gulbrandsen grew up here and is a 1959 graduate of Gulf High School. He had a dairy farm here for many years. Mrs. Pfaff is a 1987 graduate of Hudson High School.
Bill and Vonnie Maytum were visitors to the museum on April 27, 2018. They are pictured with WPHS President Bob Langford. The Maytums donated to the museum some nice old photos and other documents.
Museum administrator Terry Kline welcomed two visitors to the museum today (4/14). On the left is his grandson Brandon and on the right is his son Terry Jr. All three men grew up here. Terry Jr.’s Marine Corps uniform is on display at the museum. With Brandon wearing a tie, this is a rare photo.
Some students from Marchman Technical College visited the museum today (4/12). Brian Schmit, one of our board members, did a presentation and tour. Mr. Schmit is a retired social studies teacher and the author of Glory Days, a history of New Port Richey. larger photo
Peter Altman was a guest at the board meeting of the historical society tonight (4/11). Mr. Altman, a former accountant, has volunteered to review our financial records. He was elected yesterday to the New Port Richey City Council.
Thad Lowrey was a visitor to the museum today (4/6). He has lived here since the 1960s and is best known as manager and part owner of WGUL radio station. He recalls that three weeks after WGUL signed on the air, President Kennedy was assassinated. The station borrowed classical music from Martha Oelsner to play during the mourning period. Pictured with Mr. Lowrey are Brian Schmit, WPHS board member and author of Glory Days, and WPHS President Bob Langford.
The April 2018 newsletter of the WPHS is being mailed to our members, and is available online (under “Our Newsletters”).
A new book in the museum library is The Saltworks Near Hopeville, published last year, written by William Holcomb of Largo. The salt works was an operation at Salt Springs, behind Gulf View Square Mall, which supplied salt to the confederacy. Not a lot is known about the saltworks, but probably everything that is known is in the book. Hopeville was an early name for Port Richey. The Saltworks Near Hopeville is also available at amazon.com here.
We have a small but growing collection of old school yearbooks at the museum. We have the Gulf Middle School yearbooks from 1990 to 2010 and the Ridgewood High School yearbooks from 1987 to 1990. We have the 1963 and 1974 Gulf High yearbooks and the 1972 and 1973 GHS yearbooks have been donated and should be available by next weekend. The 1974 GHS yearbook is actually the combined yearbooks for Gulf and Hudson high schools, as the two schools met in the same building that year and part of the next.
Richard and Judy Osteen were visitors to the museum today. They have been married for 49 years. Richard is a 1968 graduate of Gulf High School. Judy transferred to Clearwater before graduating. She is Class of 1969. Richard says that Osteen Road is named for his father, Leroy Osteen, who was one of the earliest residents in that area.