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  1. Really enjoy reading about the early history of the area. I grew up around and did handy work for Maude V. Leppannen (don’t remember her maiden name) who was well known to folks in the Homestead, Florida City area. When I was growing up she would tell me stories by the hour of the trials and wildness of the early years she spent there. Now, I regret not recording or writing some of this down as it was sure a wealth of regional, historic knowledge.

  2. Thanks, Jeff: I wonder about the documentation for stories of suffocating animals (from mosquitos). The book A LAND REMEMBERED by Patrick Smith mentions that phenomenon too and, although it is fiction, there must have been some basis for the stories. His son, Rick, is a contact of mine and I will ask him about his dad’s research and documentation.

    • Yes, I wonder too. I know the mosquitoes were fierce and I’ve seen photographs of men and animals in protective garb but I doubt that any animal died from inhaling mosquitoes. I take the tale as a way of emphasizing just how bad the mosquitoes were. If you find out anything more, please share it with us.

  3. Willie A King was my moms father,(he was my grandfather also) her name was Betty Jean King, now TUCKER, and now lives in north Florida with her husband Donald Tucker. I think she had 2 brothers, Clarence & DJ, and 1 sister, Mollie ??? I so vividly remember walking the groves with Grandpa King and grafting Orange and Avocado trees and eating so much fruit our lips were burning like fire !!!

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