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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 !!!

  4. Love to read and see how far my family has come. I know that is how I ended up in Homestead. Great grandson of Mr. Clarence James Parman.

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