Suggested Reading List
Wicked Palm Beach
Author: Eliot Kleinberg (speaker)
Description: During the prohibition era, the Royal Poinciana Hotel in Palm Beach featured a secret hallway that led to a clandestine speakeasy called 'Hypocrite's Row.' About the same time, the infamous Ashley gang, a ragtag band of violent criminals, had South Florida gripped in fear. Indeed, few eras in few places were as exciting, outrageous and tragic as the period between World War I and the hammer fall of the Great Depression, when Florida partied, passed out and woke up with one heck of a hangover. From rumrunners to pirates, mobsters to moguls, Palm Beach County has hosted its fair share of questionable characters over the decades. Meet the faces and places that have shaped Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast with renowned local author Eliot Kleinberg, who draws on his 'Post Time' column in the Palm Beach Post to offer this unique glimpse into the extraordinary
Ft. Lauderdale: The Venice of America
Author: Susan Gillis
Description: Taking its name from a fortification established more than 160 years ago during the Second Seminole War, Fort Lauderdale boasts a history stretching back 5,000 years before the first white settlers arrived in the eighteenth century. From beautiful tales of the "mysterious" New River that helped launch the community to more recent stories of rum running and gambling, segregation and integration, and boom and bust, the history of this Florida city is told here through the everyday lives of those who lived it.
The Stranahans of Ft. Lauderdale: A Pioneer Family of New RIver
Author: Harry A. Kersey, JR
Description: "When they married in 1900, Frank and Ivy Stranahan began a life together on the Florida frontier that would shape and define the development of one of the state's most sophisticated urban centers. Pioneering spirit and economic enterprise linked them to Seminole Indians, venture capitalists, and colorful entrepreneurs along the New River settlement. Today they are recognized as a founding family of Fort Lauderdale and their riverfront home has been restored and designated a National Historic Landmark. From business and politics to social welfare, women's rights, and environmentalism, distinguished historian Harry Kersey journeys back in time to provide an engaging look at Fort Lauderdale's early years and the personalities that left an indelible mark on the history of the region and the state of Florida."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
O.B. Padgett- A florida Son
Author: Alice L. Luckhardt
Description: There are always individuals in a region's history that can be overlooked or 'lost' over time. One such person I have now brought to the forefront of the history in Martin County, Florida. He was one of the youngest city Chief of Police in Florida.
This Florida native was Oren B. "O. B." Padgett, from Taylor County, Florida. The timeframe was the 1920s, a period of bootleggers and outlaws during America's Prohibition era. O. B. served as a Deputy Sheriff then Stuart's Chief of Police from 1924 to 1926. However, things would not go smoothly for this young lawman. The book, "O. B. Padgett - A Florida Son" covers his life (the good, bad and ugly). Most interesting are the 'lost' personal recollections written by O. B. Padgett between 1976 to 1978 before his death in 1980 which are included in the book.His most famous encounter was with the famous "Ashley Gang".
William & Mary Brickell: Founders of Miami and FT. Lauderdale
Author: Beth Brickell
Description: This work reviews the history of William and Mary Brickell, from William's origins in Ohio to his adventures in the California and Australian gold rushes and marriage to Mary. William and Mary Brickell worked alongside Julia Tuttle and Henry Flagler to found Miami and Fort Lauderdale.