Faye Bogner, a long-time Homestead resident and Realtor, compiled a scrapbook of newspaper articles about the integration of South Dade High School in the late 1960s. In response to requests, pdf files of the pages are now available for download.

Loose pages in the front of the album
Pages 1 – 49
Pages 50 – 100
Pages 101 – 150
Pages 151 – 199
Pages 200 – 238

Index of Published Articles
Index of published articles on the website. Enter the bolded keyword in the index into the search box to find the article.

1923 Automobile Owners in Homestead
On October 12, 1923, the Homestead Enterprise, as part of an advertisement for automobile-related businesses in the Homestead area, published a list of over 800 vehicles, along with the owners’ names and their town of residence. The towns are: Perrine, Goulds, Princeton, Silver Palm, Redland, Naranja, Modello, Homestead and Florida City. There are many interesting bits of information that can be gleaned from the list. Please click this link to download the list. While the editors tried their best to correct any errors that they saw, there are doubtless some that we missed. If you see anything that needs to be revised, please send an e-mail to jeff@townhallmuseum.org and I will do my best to make a timely correction.


Naranja Cemetery Index
Ann Josberger McFadden, who labored in the Florida Room at the downtown Miami Library for over 30 years compiling genealogical information in Dade County has very generously transferred the copyright to the Palms-Woodlawn Cemetery, formerly Palms Memorial Park index to the Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum. This wonderful act ensures that a much larger group of people can access a document which may supply the location of the final resting place of one of their ancestors. You may view this document by clicking on this link to the Palms Memorial Park index and download it. You may not sell or otherwise profit monetarily from the document.

IMPORTANT NOTE: When you click on the link, you will see a watermarked copy of the index. You must download the document to be able to view it without the watermarks. If you attempt to print it, the watermarks will reappear. You may copy it and store it locally, but you may not print it. This was done to protect the interests of both Mrs. McFadden and the Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum, which now owns the copyright to the document.


Biography of Alexander C. Graw’s father:

Forty-Six Years in the Methodist Ministry: Life and Times of Rev. J. B. Graw, D. D.


Wilderness on the Edge: The History of Everglades National Park
Robert W. Blythe, the author of Wilderness on the Edge: A History of Everglades National Park, has placed his just web-published book in the public domain and authorized the Town Hall Museum to upload the files to its website.

His history is based on extensive research in federal, state, and conservation organization archives; it contains a host of information not found elsewhere and is likely to remain the definitive history of the park for some time. The book runs to 640 pages and includes dozens of historic photos and about two dozen maps created just for this work. I have prepared a comprehensive index and the appendices include all the park’s legislation, visitation figures, a chronology and a glossary of names.

Preface, Table of contents, Chapters 1-12
Chapters 13-28, Index, Bibliography, Appendices


Research Aids for Homestead Claims

Homesteads Sorted by Claim Date
Homesteads Sorted by Section and Township in Range 38
Homesteads Sorted by Section and Township in Range 39
Using the BLM Tract Books at Family Search
Pivot Table of Homesteads in Homestead Area

Township-Range Maps for South Dade County:

Township 55 South Range 38 East
Township 55 South Range 39 East
Township 55 South Range 40 East
Township 56 South Range 38 East
Township 56 South Range 39 East
Township 56 South Range 40 East
Township 57 South Range 38 East
Township 57 South Range 39 East
Township 57 South Range 40 East
Township 58 South Range 38 East
Township 58 South Range 39 East
Township 58 South Range 40 East
Township 59 South Range 37 East
Township 59 South Range 38 East
Township 59 South Range 39 East

William J. Krome Material

Finding Aid for the Isabella Krome Papers


Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget is a 125 page book written by Annie Mayhew Fitzpatrick, who was the wife of Daniel Martin Roberts, an early homesteader in this area. It is full of interesting accounts of life in early South Dade.

Lest We Forget, by Annie Mayhew Fitzpatrick Roberts

This file is a guide to the people and places mentioned in the book. It was compiled by Jeff Blakley.

Lest We Forget Notes