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The Society's March meeting on the 21st will feature a fine tuning of all of the plans and who will be in charge of each aspect. Now that means that all members will need to be present
If each member will go and do likewise we should have lots of help, a huge sale, and have a great time enjoying the celebration together.
Benjamin Montgomery McCaskill, born in 1886 during the Post-Civil War Florida era, married Mary Ethel "Marie" Auvil (1896-1983), and they had seven children: Benjamin Montgomery, Jr., James Mack and Jack Auvil (identical twins), Harry, Mary Elinor, Margaret Joy, and Van. Also known as "Gum," he raised his family as a farmer on the McCaskill estate and lived in the home that his father built. The home stood until the early 1960's.
Benjamin Montgomery died in 1952 and is buried at Cora Cemetery.
Four of the six children of James Mack McCaskill, Sr., have homes on or near the original home site. Another child owns and lives on property near McCaskill Mill Creek that was part of the original 720-acre McCaskill Land Grant. Jim died in 1999 and is buried in Cora Cemetery.
Over the years, from the very beginning until now, all of the McCaskill families have shared some of the same joys and hardships. They have sustained their families from the resources of the land and have had a reverence for Florida's natural beauty, loving the land, rivers, woods, and swamps of Santa Rosa County.
All of you Santa Rosa readers will be interested in knowing that our next series will be on "The Historic Winding River Road and its Resources." I must tell you that this is a fascinating history from Indian days through the Spanish occupation and on down to the pioneers. Mr. John T. Diamond was the author. Be sure to keep up with the column every week, whether Jerry's or mine, because we bring to you the history and heritage that you pass along to be shared with all the caring readers.
Much different than the Baldwin 2-6-2 the ASHS is working to get. In 1892 Charles L. Heisler received a patent on the locomotive that would also bear his name.
What set his locomotive apart was that the cylinders were slanted inwards at a 45 degree angle. The center shaft only drove one axle per truck, as the wheels in each truck were connected with a side rod. There were two and three truck models, with sizes up to 90 tons.
Heislers were made until 1941. There were 850 built and The Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company owned several. Besides "97," shown here, others had numbers like 98 and 99.
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