Tuesday, May 21, 2013

125th Anniversary commemorative bookl

You won't want to miss out on this look at St Gabriel's history.  The story is told with newspaper articles, pioneer family and church photos and artifacts carefully woven into the narrative , making for an interesting read.   These limited edition,hand bound gems with hand made fabric  cover are going fast     Contact the church office for your copy.   321.267. 2545.  9 am to noon Monday through Friday or info@stgabs.org

Sunday, May 12, 2013

St. Gabriel's 125th Anniversary Commemorative Book- Limited Edition

Would you like a copy of our 125th Anniversary Commemorative Book?  These limited edition books are hand bound with a beautiful hand sewn fabric cover.   

You may choose from two different backgrounds behind the title; lace or musical notes.

Supplies are limited and may be purchased from our church office during the week M-Fri between 9 &12.  They are also available after services on Sat & Sunday.
Phone 321.267.2545   email: info@stgabs.org

What WE Wore

This Week in Titusville March 29, 1888 post included "What They Wear".  See what  WE wore for our anniversary celebration May 3-5, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013


Thursday, May 31, 1888 - The First Service

May 31, 1888
In our report of entertainment for the benefit of the Episcopal Church, we forgot to mention the tableau of "Rock of Ages", personified by Miss DeCantillion Ronald, by clinging to a snow-white cross imbedded in a mound of coquina.  The effect was beautiful, and Miss Ronald acquitted herself with great credit.

The work of the contractor on the new Episcopal Church has been completed, and Bishop Weed is expected to arrive on this(Thursday) evening's train to confirm the members of the preparatory confirmation class.  Mr. Decker has completed the work in the time specified in the contract, and now the work of painting, seating and placing windows will follow next.

Opening of the new Episcopal church at eight o'clock this (Thursday) evening.  Invitation to be present is extended to all.

Episcopal service will be held this evening, at the new church, at eight o'clock.  Bishop Weed will be present.


The news the Church was ready and confirmation would be held in the church that Thursday evening meant there was much to do in a few short hours to make it ready for the service.   While construction was completed, it was not painted, there were no pews, no windows, and no organ.  For years, the small band of Episcopalians had met in their own homes, Titus House and Wager Hall, and now they were to have their own church, St. John’s (later renamed St. Gabriel’s).   As they worked throughout the day, preparing, they must have been filled with excitement and anticipation.  
The lack of furnishings and "comforts" did not hinder the congregation.  Tarpaulins were placed over the windows and orange crates brought in for seats in preparation for the evening service.  The ladies quickly rose to action and that afternoon set about decorating the church with flowers.  By service time, according to the Florida Star, “the altar had been tastily decorated with flowers”, and “with the neat and attractive interior of the church afforded an impressive and lovely picture.”  At the appointed time, under clear skies, the congregation and townspeople filed into the new church, filling it to overflowing.  In this beautiful setting with pleasant weather (mean temperature 77), Bishop Weed confirmed four candidates, Misses Albine and Aline Egger, Miss Hundall and Miss Pritchard.

This evening, May 3, 2013, St. Gabriel's begins its 125th our anniversary celebration. During this time, let us remember the early families of St. Gabriel's who worked so long and hard to build the church.  Their prayers echo from the walls of the church surrounding and supporting its congregation.  

St. Gabriel's is located in Historic Downtown Titusvile
on the corner of Pine & Palm

Please join us at 6 pm, and step back in time to that first service; share in the excitement and joy that surely filled the early parishioners 125 years ago.  

St. Gabriel's "In the News" as work begins on the new church

April 19, 1888
--Work on the new Episcopal Church commenced on Monday.   We look to see Mr. Decker push the work forward to completion.

--Episcopal service will be held in Wager's Hall, on Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock.  There will also be evening service. The Rev. Archdeacon Carpenter will officiate.

April 26, 1888
--A play entitled "A Scrap of Paper"  is now being arranged for the benefit of the Episcopal Church.  With good luck, it will appear before the footlights n about a month.

--On Sunday evening,  aside from the regular evening service at the Presbyterian Church, Episcopal service was held at Wager's Hall by Archdeacon Carpenter; and also at the Court House by the Rev. J. Bolton.  By including the colored church, services were held by four denominations.

May 10, 1888
--The new Episcopal Church is reaching pleasing proportions to the eye, and by another week will be half completed

--Episcopal service will be held in Wager's Hall, on Sunday morning next, at 11 o'clock.  The Rev. Archdeacon will officiate.

--The  presentation of the play entitled "A Scrap of Paper"  has been postponed for a short time.  It was set for next Tuesday evening, but disagreeable weather has prevented the parties for perfecting their parts.

May 17, 1888
--There will be entertainment at Wager's  Hall to-night(Thursday) consisting of recitations, tableaux and music, both vocal and instrumental, the proceeds to be devoted to the completion of the Episcopal Church.  The admission is only 25 cents, and we hope to see a large attendance.  Children 10 cents only.

--Bishop Weed will arrive at Titusville on Thursday, the 31st, inst., and at that time will confer the rites of confirmation upon those candidates who are properly prepared.  The service will be held in the evening, at the new church, if sufficiently completed; if not, at Wager's Hall.

May 24, 1888
--On Thursday next,  Bishop Weed will visit Titusville to confer the rights of confirmation upon those who have been prepared.  The service will probably be held in the new church, in the evening.

--Mr. R.L. Decker fell from the roof of the chancel of the Episcopal Church Monday afternoon, about three o'clock, and fractured three ribs on his left side.  The staging, which was very slight gave way while he was fastening the cross to the peak of the roof and fell down the roof on to another staging, and from thence to the ground, where he was found in an unconscious condition and remained so even after he had been home for some time.  Had it not been that he struck the staging below the roof he would, undoubtedly been killed by the fall, as he would have struck upon a large tool box just below.  Dr. Wilson was hastily summoned to the relief of the suffering man, and on Tuesday afternoon he was able to sit up in a chair.  Yesterday he walked around a little, but complained of pain from the fractured ribs.  While he was very unfortunate in receiving such a fall, it is quite wonderful that he escaped injuries, that were not more severe or fatal.

--The entertainment, given at Wager's hall, last Thursday evening for the benefit of the Episcopal Church, although it was not as largely attended as it would have been had the townspeople been given longer notice, realized the sum of about twenty-five dollars.  The programme was a most interesting one, and consisted of recitations, tableaux and music.  Miss Walker recited, in her usual good style, "The Legend of Bregenz", and "William Brown and Mary Jane."  Mrs. Brown recited a selection which is a general favorite, the title of which we are not acquainted with.  All the recitations were encored.  The tableaux, "Town Pump", "The First Cigar", and "The Barn-yard Party", were all loudly applauded.  Mrs. Turner gave two instrumental selections on the piano, which were highly appreciated, and Miss Edith Altree sang, "I Heard a Spirit Sing", and "Pass Under the Rod."   After the entertainment was over ice cream and cake were served, and many boquets were disposed of by the little flower girls.  We hope to see another entertainment of this kind given ere long, and hope that a little more time will be given to advertise it to the people.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

This Week in Titusville, April 12, 1888

Local Laconics
--The Hotel Indian River closed formally last week.
--We failed to mention last week that Mr. Ender is about the happiest man in Titusville by the arrival of a baby boy at his residence.
--Mrs. A. W. Buie presented her husband with a bouncing baby last week.  Mr. Buie won't care much about running steamboats now; he will have something else to occupy his time.
--We must congratulate Mr. F. H. Boye, of Delespine, on the arrival of his baby boy, which happened last week. We believe Frank has grown an inch taller since we saw him last.
--Archdeacon Carpenter held morning and evening service last Sunday at Wager's Hall, concluding the morning service with Holy Communion.  The hall and and chancel had previously been artistically trimmed with evergreens and decorated with flowers by the ladies of the Episcopal Church in a manner which was highly pleasing to the eye and appropriate for the occasion.  The ladies who decorated the hall deserve a great deal of credit for their tasty handiwork, also Mr. Hundall for erecting the chancel.  On Sunday afternoon Archdeacon Carpenter addressed a confirmation class at the residence of Mr. Gaulden.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

This Week in Titusville, April 5, 1888

Local Laconics

  Mr. G.W. Scobie and family started yesterday for a four months' visit to their old home in Connecticut.
  Mr. W. C. C. Branning has  purchased a magnificent upright piano from the  well known firm of Ludden & Bates, of Savannah.
  Mr. M.E. Gruber has returned from a short trip to Jacksonville and St. Augustine.  He undoubtedly  had a very pleasant time.
  Mr. L.C. Oliver has become further interested in business in our town, by purchasing the half interest of Mr. Huckabay, of the firm of Huckabay and Budge.  With the push characteristic of the members of the new firm  we expect to see their business increase as it has with Messrs. Huckabay and Budge since they first started it.
  Episcopal church services will be held at Wager Hall, on Sunday next, the 8th inst. Morning service will commence at 11 o'clock, and there will be Holy Communion afterwards.  The Rev. Arch-deacon Carpenter will officiate.  The time of commencement of the evening service will be given out at the morning service.

Monday, April 29, 2013

This Week in Titusville, March 29, 1888


Mrs. Brady's lovely little daughters,  Aline and Daisy, spent last week visiting their aunt, Mrs. W. N. Hendry.

A special game of lawn tennis was played Saturday afternoon in honor of  Miss Julia Feaster, who leaves in a few weeks to spend the summer in South Carolina.  Miss Julia will be greatly missed by the members of the club.

What They Wear
--Apple green is the latest French color.
--Prophecy says yellow will be the most fashionable color this spring.
--The pretty textiles called Neapolitan silk crepalines are very popularly worn for dancing toilets.
--Cloth jackets imported for early spring days are of plain, plaid or striped cloths in higher colors than usually worn for wraps.
--Jaunty costumes imported for the first warm days are of Suede colored homespun or of canvas, with a full skirt and outside coat.
--Long raglans for traveling cloaks are made of striped and plaid chevoits, homespuns and serges of very rough surface in gray, tobacco brown and copper colors.
--Most of the spring jerseys have the sleeves slightly full at the wristband, and some are tucked at top and bottom, while others are shirred around to match the shirred yoke of bodice.
--On the new bonnets all the trimmings are lowered, though they are by no means flat.  But the towering pointed bows of last year have given place to soft, wide loops, put on to give a broader effect.
--Double breasted corsages are becoming too long for slender figures, as they have the effect of making them appear shorter in the waist.  Irregular arrangements are preferred for double breasted bodices.
--A novelty is the Tosca mantle, made very short in the back, but long in the front, and almost covered with lace and jet; this is worn with a Tosca hat, with long, projecting front of the brim, short, close back and nodding ostrich plumes.
--Braiding is by no means had its day of favor as a trimming on jackets, and is done with both metal and mohair braids, some of which are flat and others tubular, while the twisted cords of silk or of metal are used in most elaborate designs, hitherto done only in soutache braid.
--The stylish coats of smooth faced cloths for dressy occasions come in copper colors, in the new green shades, in tobacco browns, Suede color, the odd blues with green tints, and in bright red shades, while the rougher homespun jackets are in stripes or bars or melanges of two or three of these colors together.
--A new idea for bridesmaids is the use of very fine, soft, cream velveteen, trimmed with otter.  The skirt falls in easy, graceful folds, and the material is soft as doeskin.  The bodices are arranged so that the fur crosses in the front.

Local Laconics

  The stolen(?) yacht Gleam has returned up all right, and all parties are satisfied- that is if it is not repeated again.
  "When the Swallows Homeward Fly" is more popular here now than any other song, owing to the fleeting Northward of our winter friends.
  The fire alarm was sounded here yesterday evening, and an investigation showed that the flue from the kitchen of Titus House had caught fire.  Through the prompt action of those near by, no damage was done.
  We learn that Mr. Sam Childs was married to Miss Gracie Hardee, both of Rockledge, yesterday morning.  The happy couple immediately started north on their wedding tour.  Miss Julia Roberts and Mr. Bob Hardee accompanying them as far as this place.
  Mrs. Hovey of Rochester, N.Y., who has been spending a few weeks at Titusville with Mrs. L.H. Decker, returned North Tuesday.
  Mr. H.B. Archibald, of St. Lucie, appeared before his Honor, Judge Broome, last week and took the oath of allegiance-becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States.
  We are requested to announce that the Arch-deacon Carpenter will hold service at Titusville to-morrow afternoon(Good Friday).  He will hold morning service at St. Michael's Church, Cocoa, Easter Sunday, and evening service in Titusville the same day.  Arch-deacon Carpenter will also celebrate Holy Communion at this place on Monday morning.
  A proposition has been made by Mr. Hutchinson, which will be accepted by the town, in which he proposes to build a cupola on the new hotel and place therein a four-dial town clock if the town will purchase the bell for striking the hours.  This bell could also be used for a fire alarm:  and besides, a town clock would be a valuable adjunct to our place.  Let's have it, by all means.
  Dame Rumor says that another marriage will be consummated in Titusville ere long.
  A very pleasant evening was spent at the residence of Mrs. M.P. Robbins, on Saturday last, it being the occasion of a "bean-bag" party.  The following were present and took part in the game, which caused some amusement:  Dr. and Mrs. Graham, Mr. and Mrs. George M Robbins, Mrs. Mussenden, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Brown, Mrs. Wager, Miss Clapper, Mrs. Restall,  Mrs. Onderdorff, Miss Baker, Miss Fischer, Miss Riley, and Messrs. E. B. Wager, C. H. Walton, G. Paddison and Ingram.  At the termination of the game all adjourned for the purpose of indulging in instrumental and vocal music and recitations, which were admirably rendered by those who took part

Sunday, April 28, 2013

This Week in Titusville, March 22, 1888

Local Laconics

The celebrated Norwood-Lewis case, which attracted so much attention at the term of court, was up again yesterday morning.  the attorneys have some lively times over it.

Quite a commotion was caused in front of Titus house about 1:30, on Tuesday afternoon, by the capturing and slaying of a rattlesnake that was snugly ensconced under the sidewalk.

Service was held in the new Presbyterian Church for the first time last Sunday.  Mr. Foy has reason to be proud of the work he has accomplished in the time he has been here.

We hear that at a future date it is the intention of some of our ladies to charter on of our small steamers and have a trip to Rockledge.   Small baskets of provisions will, no doubt, be brought by the ladies, as is usual,  and a jolly outing for the day will be had .  Sunday would be a suitable day for those who are closely confined to business six days in the week.

A phantom ball took place, on Monday evening, at Water's Hall.  There was a large attendance, and the affair proved to be quite an enjoyment for our young folks, as well as for the spectators, who were highly amused at some of the ludicrous performances and make-up of the disciples of Terpsichore.  On the whole the dance was a success, and those who were present appeared to have enjoyed the phantom immesely

A fine rain yesterday, with weather cool and pleasant today.

There will be a meeting of the ladies at the residence of Mrs. James Pritchard this afternoon, at three o'clock, to form a Guild.

Rev.Mr. E.L.Turnquaad, of Enterprise, held Episcopal service here last Sunday  with an instruction meeting at the residence of Col. Gaulden in the afternoon of the same day .

The Firemen's Concert, which was announce in the STAR last week for tonight, has been indefinitely postponed on account of the inability to get the parts ready.

Brevard County Day at the Sub-Tropical
       Last Wednesday, the 14th inst., the day set aside for Brevard at the Sub-Tropical, was everything that could be wished for, as the weather was cool and pleasant, with the usual Florida sunshine to make it bright.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Bishop's Chair

Jumping ahead in time this week.   St. Gabriel's has a stunning Bishop's chair and accompanying priest chair.  On the back is carved "Huntington  1853-1893".   The Spring/Summer 2013 edition of the Indian River Journal, published by the Brevard  County Historical Commission has an article about the intersting origin of the chair.   Click below to go to the Journal

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

This Week in Titusville, March 15, 1888

Local Laconics
--With daily double trains and several steamers; with an ice factory, steam laundry, steam printing office-Titusville is rapidly approaching the front rank of Florida's towns.  Everything is constantly on the move
--The ladies of Titusville are requested to meet at the residence of Mrs. James Pritchard on Friday afternoon, this week, to form a Guild.  The hour appointed is three o'clock.
--A new road leading from Main street, direct through the hammock just west of Canaveral street, and from thence leading through the Turnbull hammock about half a mile north of town, is now talked of and will be shortly made.  This will give a splendid drive on an excellent road when completed.
--There was quite a large attendance at the Episcopal service, last Sunday, the Rev. Mr. Du Pay officiating. There will be another service next Sunday morning, the Rev. E. L. Turquand, of Enterprise,officiating.  Service will commence at 11 o'clock a.m, instead of 10:30 as heretofore.  
--"Melbournite."  Your communication is too personal, and reflects rather unfeelingly on the character of the party named therein.  Our columns are always open to free and non-libelous discussion; but as the tenor of our communication is slanderous, we must decline to publish it.  The STAR will not be a receptacle for such party spite and malice.
--More people have visited Wager's wharf during the past week than have been in South Titusville for months.  The manatee was the cause of such an influx of visitors.  
--Married, on the 6th instant., at Deisoner House, in Titusville, by the Rev. Jno. Foy, Mr. R. P. Hardy, of Osteen and Miss Fannie S. Bennett of Aurantia.
--We had a cold "snap" from the North this week.
--Sheriff Bowman returned from a trip up the Ten-mile creek, on Monday, where he says he came across about a dozen Seminole Indians on a big "bender."  They had plenty of whisky, and were a merry drunk.  He says that the St. Lucie House, under the management of the genial and hospitable James Paine, is doing an excellent business and everyone going there is well pleased.

Monday, March 25, 2013

1898 Artifact

This "reporter"  has been traveling and with that and other obligations,   has fallen behind in posting the weekly news.    Easter is early this year and Holy Week is already upon us.   This is a very busy week at St. Gabriel's with Tennebrae on Wednesday and services Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  

To fill the huge void that must have been left by the absence of weekly news, we are going to jump ahead 10 years and and share something for you to ponder.
Front of card
Back of card

The images are just about the actual size of the card.    .

Have you ever seen one of these?  Please share what you think it was called back in 1898.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

This Week in Titusville, March 8, 1888

--Ducks are very plentiful on the river, and there are still a few deer left.
--The boys at DeSoto have a very fine garden. Their cabbage and cauliflower are as fine as ever grew. There are also a great many tomatoes raised on the Banana River.
--Mr. Gouldbrazen saw a panther the other day, and as luck should have it, his gun was at home.  He had nothing but a tin can with him, so he threw that at it and the panther skipped.
--The next social gathering will be held at Mrs. Roberts’ on Saturday, March 10th.  It will be a “Mum Sociable,” and much fun is anticipated.
--Messrs Chamberlin and Strahan have erected a fine wind-mill, by the use of which they intend to irrigate their place, which will soon be both profitable and exceedingly attractive.

LaGrange Leaves
--Mr. Charlie McCrory is having his new residence nicely painted.
--Miss Julia Feaster spent last week visiting relatives in Titusville.
--Mr. E. L. Brady and family have left LaGrange and moved into their house in Titusville.
--The improvements made during the past week in the cemetery adds greatly to its appearance.
--We are sorry to hear that Masters Joe and Togni Fischer, who have resided among us for the past two years, will make their future home in Titusville.  Joe and Togni are intelligent children, and the LaGrange school, no doubt, regrets having to part with them.

Local Laconics
--Mr. W.W. Davids, from the Sebastian Signal Service station, has visited Titusville during the past week.
--The Adelaide Opera Company did not visit our town on their return from Tampa and Key West.
--We are informed that the Titusville Ice Factory will start up machinery and commence the making of ice next week.
--Arch-Deacon S.B. Carpenter arrived from down the river Monday on his way to other parts of the state.
--Mr. C. C. Curtiss and wife started down the river Sunday for their new home in the Narrows on the schooner Ruby Dye.
--Mr. H.M. Flagler, the proprietor of the famouse Ponce de Leon of St. Augustine, was in town last Saturday, on his return from a trip to Rockledge with a party of his friends.
--Our merchants generally are receiving new and inviting lines of goods in their respective stores.
--Episcopal services will be held at Wager’s Hall Sunday morning next at 10:30.

--Would it be asking too much of our genial friend, Captain  Paddison, to ascertain the amount of business for the last three months prior to the act, to see whether prohibition has affected the interests of business men in Titusville.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

More This Week in Titusville, March 1, 1888

Local Laconics

--Mr. E.L. Brady has moved to his new residence on Main street. 
--Mr. Gardner has the frame up for his new residence.  
--Titusville’s public school has an enrollment of over 129 pupils. 
--Mr. G. F. Ensey has sold his fast yacht to a party living near the Haulover.
--Anyone visit London will find the STAR, every week, at Gillig’s reading room, Charing Cross, Strand. 
--Mr. P. Neilson has purchased the river lot and blacksmith shop of Ed Titus near the railroad, and is talking of erecting a boatways. 
--A Bean-Bag party had an enjoyable time at the residence of Dr. Ordorff, on Monday evening. 
--The through train from Jacksonville is late nearly every day.  What could be the cause of it? 
--Two car loads of passengers arrived on last Friday afternoon.  The travel is at its height just about now. 
--The weather during the first part of the week was decidedly cool to say the least of it, and it made some of our gardeners feel fearful about their crops, but the frost did not come.
--Attention is directed to the notice of Messrs. Ensey & Bigelow to persons who are endebted to them, which will be found in another column.  
--Mr. J.M. Turney and Mr. C. L. Bostwick of Newport, Conn., passed through Titusville on Thursday last, on their way to St. Sebastian River, where Mr. Turney has some landed interests.  They purpose spending some weeks in that section hunting and fishing. 

LaGrange Leaves

--Mr. W. N. Hendry, our enterprising merchant, has received his appointment as postmaster, Mr. E. L. Brady having resigned the office. 
--Mr. James Mitchell is spending a few weeks with Mr. Thomas Johnson, and is making preparations to have a road cut from his hammock property to Mims station. 
--Our visit to the Sub-Tropical was very gratifying.  The exhibits are generally good.  The Brevard department, in charge of Mr. David Wingood, gave us much pleasure in its display of fruits, and also their artistic arrangement; but we regret that the ladies of Brevard have contributed so little.  
--An incident which I desire to mention was the meeting, at May Town, of the train which bore Mr. Cleveland and his friends.  We had been side-tracked to allow the train to pass. As it came opposite our position it stopped, and there, in the pine woods, under the blue skies of Florida, the chief ruler, of sixty millions of people came out of his coach and saluted and shook hands with his fellow citizens.  Ladies and gentlemen, of all political parties, greeted him and his charming wife.  This scene of welcome and security in these wild woods was a grand, a sublime exhibition of the wisdom of our republican institutions.
   Married last evening, 29th ult, at the residence of the bride’s mother, in Titusville, by Rev. John Foy, Mr. Carlos C. Curtiss, of Chicago, and Miss Johanna C. Combs.      
   We regret we did not have the space to give a full description of the wedding this week.  After the ceremony was performed the guests sat down to a splendid collation;  and a dance was given at Wager’s Hall afterward.  The bride was the picture of loveliness, attired in a white satin trimmed with Spanish lace and orange flowers, while the groom looked his best in conventional black.  The many friends of Mr. & Mrs. Curtiss wish them a long life of happiness, good luck and prosperity.

   To my patrons and citizens of Titusville, I desire to say that I will be absent from the city from March 5th to March 13th inclusive.  My appointment books will be found at the Grand View Hotel, where persons can secure time by registering for dates- beginning the morning of Wednesday, March 14th.  As my time is limited, it will be well for those who desire my professional services to take advantage of making dates    F. H. HOUGHTON, Dentist.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

This Week in Titusville, March 1, 1888

Our Guests.


The President on Indian River.


 The Presidential Party Enjoying a Grand Trip.


From Titusville to Rock Ledge and Return.
Last Friday a Grand Jubilee for the Whole of Indian River.

     When the news arrived here last Wednesday afternoon that President Cleveland and wife, with several others, would visit the Indian River on Friday it was hardly believed by the many that the news was true, but as the announcement came from the railway officials at Jacksonville, it was published in the columns of the STAR that they would be here, and on Friday morning, as per the arranged programme, the fact of their coming was realized. 
     At 11 o’clock Thursday night the President left Palatka for Titusville, drawn by engine No. 9, with trusty Dan Shea at the throttle.  The run was made very slowly, so as to allow the guests to revive themselves with “Tired nature’s sweet restorer, balmy sleep.”  About 5 o’clock the train stopped at a secluded spot about a mile from Titusville, and so gently was the stop made that the guests were not aware of it.  The President and wife were the first to arise, but the others were not far behind.  Here the train remained for about three hours before entering our lively little town.   About half past seven breakfast was served by the skilled chef in charge, which was an excellent one, and enjoyed to that extent by appetites whetted by the exhilarating atmosphere of Florida.
     At 7:30 prompt the end of the railroad wharf was covered with people anxious to get a glimpse of the President and his wife and the party, consisting of Secretary Whitney and Mrs. Whitney, and Col. Lamont and wife.  Mr. Moran, of the Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West Railway; Mr. A. L. Reed of the Atlantic Coast Line, and Mr. Edwin Martin representing the press, also accompanied the party.  Not, however, until 8:15 did the train make its appearance, when it was received with a cheer.  The engine was prettily decorated with bunting and flowers, while the steamer Rockledge was a sight of beauty to behold. 
     In a brief way we wish to mention the decorations of the steamer.  The saloon and dining room were the parts trimmed.  Thursday afternoon and evening Capt. Paddison and Mr. Verbeke, assisted by Mrs. Pritchard and Miss Pritchard, also Mr. Mackenzie and others, with the aid of the steward, Mr. Baker, placed an exhibit of flowers, fruits, moss, etc., that, in the words of Mrs. Cleveland, “surpassed anything they had seen in the State.”
     As the party wished to travel without any attempt of ceremony, they were escorted to the steamer at 8:30 by Mr. Moroan and Captain Paddison.  The appearance of Mrs. Cleveland on the forward deck of the steamer, with her pleasing countenance wreathed with smiles, and the jolly expression of the President as he expanded his lungs with something less than a cubic yard of Indian River ozonic atmosphere, was the signal for several cheers from the crowded wharf, which was supplemented by the screaming of the whistles of the Rockledge and Engine No. 9, commingling together as the Rockledge swiftly glided down the river. 
     The day was all that could be desired.  The sun shone brightly, with a balmy southwest breeze.  Many expressions of wonder and delight were made as the many beautiful places on the river were passed.
     At half past eleven, the Rockledge stopped at Mr. G.S. Hardee’s wharf where the party landed and held a reception under the shade of several live oaks in front of his charming residence.  A goodly number of Indian River people shook hands with the President…………Mrs. Cleveland picked the first orange from the laden branches, which was “followed in suit” by the others in the party, while Hardee peeled one of the finest oranges in the grove for the President a la Florida style.  One variety of Mr. Hardee’s oranges will hereafter be known strictly as the Cleveland orange, as the President was extremely pleased with that one variety.  After this the party walked for a half mile along the river to the Hotel Indian River, where they were received by Mr. J. M. Lee, the proprietor, and welcomed by music from the hotel band.   The party was photographed on the veranda of the building, ………….…………The President was presented with a set of resolutions at Rockledge by the patriotic citizens of that place……(Resolutions listed)………...
     The Rockledge landed at the railroad wharf at about 3 o’clock in the afternoon, where the train was waiting to carry the party to Sanford.  After passing through the throng of people to the car, the members of the party remained on the rear of the platform for a few minutes, looking with smiles at the crowd around them. ……In a few minutes the train started and sped away to Sanford….supper was partaken at Winter Park after which the party started on their return to Washington ……..
     Many of the citizens of LaGrange and Mims visited Titusville during the day, and their efforts in adding decorations were highly appreciated by our citizens.  While the fruits and flowers were furnished by all our sister towns, we feel that these places should receive their proper credit, for they donated liberally.
     Mrs. C. B. Magruder had prepared several presents for different members of the party, consisting of fruits and flowers, but unfortunately these, in the hurry of the moment, were forgotten…………
     People from all the adjacent towns and villages, as far away as Melbourne, were present to see the President and his wife………
     President Cleveland was certainly born under a lucky star; so pleasant and successful a trip in every minor detail is almost phenomenal.  It certainly will induce him to visit us again.  Next time he should make a stay of several days.  He would then find out what real enjoyment is…………
     The stars and stripes floated from many a building and flagstaff in Titusville, and the Titus House was neatly ornamented with bunting in honor of the President’s visit.
    Mrs. Cleveland wore a steel gray checked traveling silk, trimmed with plush and bonnet to match.  Her attire was noticeable for the absence of jewelry, which is to be highly commended in the “first lady of the land.”
     Captain Paddison was surprised at the raid made upon the flowers after the party left the steamer.  Everyone wanted a memento of the occasion.  Mrs. Pritchard received the chair occupied by the President’s wife during the trip on the steamer. 
     The Presidential party remembered the efforts of the good church people of Titusville, and cast some pretty big “mites” in the little jugs placed on the steamer by the Sunday school children.
     Mrs. Cleveland said the display on the Rockledge surpassed anything they had seen in the State; the President said it had been the most enjoyable day of his life.  He speaks of the Indian River as having the best natural advantages and the most inviting prospects of all the South.
      The people of Indian River only regret that they were forced to part with the President and Mrs. Cleveland on such short notice.  This must not be so the next time they come. 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

This Week in Titusville, February 23, 1888

The President Coming to Indian River

    A dispatch was received yesterday stating that the President and party would visit Indian River, spending one day here.  They are expected to arrive on a special train to-morrow, and the Rockledge with remain over to carry them to the Hotel Indian River.*  Preparations for his coming in the way of floral decorations, etc., are being made today.
    Indian River is fortunate in securing a visit from the Chief Executive of the land, and everyone will be glad to welcome him and his charming wife.
    Thrice welcome to Indian River, Mr. President and wife, and we hope you may have lasting impressions of our tropical section of Florida!


   The appearance of Mr. Brown’s new cottage on the Avenue has been very much improved by a coat of paint.  A good example set for others to follow.
   Mr. G. Thompson, brother of Mr. H. S. Thompson, who has been in ill health for the past few weeks, is now convalescent.  We are happy to see him around again.
   Aurantia will be one vast orange grove and garden some day.  A great portion of the place is located in the famous “Turnbull Hammock.”  The soil is rich and very productive.  Land is sold at low figures as an inducement to actual settlers.


     Mr. B. J. Mims has returned from Rockledge, where he has been busy shipping his orange crop.
     Some of our citizens are planning a trip to Jacksonville, this week, that they may see the President and his wife, and also “take in” the Sub-Tropical.
     Our Sunday School is enjoying the hymnal books recently purchased.  A pleasant hour was spent last Sunday after regular services in practicing the new hymns.

Local Laconics

 --Yesterday was Washington’s Birthday.
 --Mr. S. Belcher has closed his restaurant department.
 --The President and Mrs. Cleveland are expected in Titusville tomorrow.
 --Sheriff Bowman returned from a ten days’ trip to St. Lucie last Saturday, having had a pretty rough trip—is the way he expressed it.
 --The Rev. Mr. Huntington, of Hartford, Ct., delivered an able sermon during the morning service, held at Wager’s Hall, on Sunday last.**
 --We heard some reports of an expected marriage ceremony to take place this week, but up to this time, we have not been able to trace it to a certainty.
 --Clearing up and burning scrub was the order of the day Tuesday.
 --Sheriff Bowman ran down and cornered a fox in the scrub near town early yesterday morning and killed him.  The baying of the hounds had the beneficial effect of waking up some of our late sleepers in the morning.
 --The contract has been let to Mr. L. R.  Decker for the erection of the Episcopal Church, and the same is to be completed, according to the terms therein by the first of June; but the contractor informs us that it will be completed before that time.  The cost of the building will be $1600, which amount has been raised by the addition of the proceeds of the St. Valentine’s Fair to the funds already on hand. 
 --Messrs. Fischer & Bryan have secured laundry machinery formerly used by John Allen, at Jacksonville, and will open a steam laundry in Titusville at Gibson’s building, immediately; probably having the same in running order by next week.
 --Captain Hawley started down the river, Sunday, with a party of ladies and gentlemen bound for Rockledge on the Frost Line, but as the wind came ahead, and a few of the ladies were sea-sick, they returned to Titusville just at the proper time for dinner.  Mal de mar did not appear to affect their appetites, however.
 --More new residences will soon be started up in Titusville. We hope the building boom may be as phenomenal as it was last summer.

**Episcopal Services

Sunday, February 17, 2013

This Week in Titusville, February 16, 1888

Postponement of "Brevard Day" at the Sub-Tropical
Editor of the Florida Star:
    Dear Sir,-For the information of those who contemplate a visit to the Sub-Tropical Exposition in Jacksonville, Brevard Co. Day, we have just received from the J.T. & K.W. Railway officials - the rates as follows:  
    For all points in Brevard county, on the line of the railroad is 2c. a mile for round trip, and no railroad rates to be over $3. ..................
     Now as to Brevard County Day, the 23rd instant was designated by the Exposition management for the time, provided the President did not visit the Exposition that week,  It is almost a settled fact that the President will be there on or about that date, we fear it will cause postponement of Brevard County Day until some time in March.
     We hope the railroad company will find it to their interest to make excursion rates on the occasion of the President's visit also.     Yours, etc., A.L. HATCH  for Brevard Co. Committee.
    [The arrangements have been perfected for the President's visit to Jacksonville, so the day, as Mr. Hatch states, will be postponed until some time in March.- Ed.- STAR]
     Friday and Saturday evenings at Wager's Hall the famous Templeton Opera Co. will play the comic operas, "Mikado" and "Mascotte."  This company consists of twenty-two persons, and with them they bring scenery for their plays.  Every one can rest assured that the entertainment will be first class in every respect.  Reserved seats are on sale at the store of J. Birnbaum at $1.00 each.   As the house will be crowded, you should secure your seat early.
     ONE of our old subscribers, in writing us, says:  "Enclosed find $2.00.  Please give me credit for same on  subscription account to FLORIDA STAR.  From its columns I find there must have been a great change in Titusville since I began to take the paper some seven years ago."  We like to receive such letters -who would not?  There is nothing that touches the newspaper man's heart like a kind word or two; but they are generally like angel's visits-few and far between; but then we appreciate them all the more.  

--During the rain on last Friday, about noon, a slight fall of hail was noticed in this section. The hailstones were very small and only lasted for a minute or two.
--We are requested to announce, by the tax collector, that the tax books will positively close on the first day of March.  Therefore take notice and govern yourselves accordingly.  
--Everyone who has visited the Sub-Tropical and comes this way speak highly of Brevard's exhibit and her courteous representative, Mr. Wingood.  We only wish that Brevard Day could come next week, while the President is at Jacksonville.  It would have attracted a great many from this section of the State.  
--Tuesday was St. Valentine's day; did you get one, comic or sentimental?
--An excursion party of fifty from Pennsylvania visited Indian River Tuesday.
--Arch-deacon Carpenter was here yesterday and held short service in the afternoon.
--Capt. J.Q. Stewart and Mrs. Stewart have returned from Middle Florida, and Mrs. Stewart is now stopping with Mrs. A.A. Stewart while the Captain is down the river.
--The afternoon train, on Tuesday, from Jacksonville, was nearly two hours late.
--Mr. & Mrs. J. Thompson, of Minneapolis, Minn., are spending a few days here, stopping at Palm Cottage.  We received a very pleasant call from them yesterday.
--Mr. Carl Curtiss is down the river this week on his place near the Narrows. 
--Captain C. F. Fischer unfurls the Danish banner to the breeze every Sunday in his fine yard on Julia Street.

 --The Presbyterians of Orlando are going to build a brick church, beginning work at once.
--S. A. Long, of Grahamville, has sent a fifteen pound turnip to the exhibition.
--Not a stone has been turned on the proposed new custom house at Key West yet.
--The lanterns for the beach lights in Pensacola Bay are now ready, and the keepers have been notified to report for duty at once.
--The United States troops at St. Augustine are daily giving exercises in a signal flag drill from the garrison station at Anastasia Island, almost two miles away.
--The ladies of the Daytona Episcopal Church realized $100 by their "New England supper."  This amount will be added to their fund for building a new rectory for their church.
--The Daytona Improvement Club has forty members. The object of the association appears to be to improve and ornament the streets and public grounds of Daytona by planting or cutting out trees, establishing and maintaining walks, grading and draining roadways, securing needful sanitary drainage, establishing and protecting good grass plats and borders in the streets, and doing whatever may tend to the improvement of the town as a place of residence.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Citizens of Titusville, let it not be said, "There is nothing to do in Titusville."

Back in the 1920s & 1930s, when the downtown stores stayed open late on Saturday nights, some people would drive downtown, park their cars and then walk home to eat.   When they came back from supper, they would sit in their cars and visit with their friends until the stores closed --sometimes till midnight!

Friday, February 22nd, enjoy an evening out in Historic Downtown Titusville.   

Spaghetti Dinner,  6-8 pm at St Gabriel's Parish Hall.  Eat in or Take out. - This is a fundraiser for our 125th Anniversary Celebration, but tickets are only $5.  $5 is all you spend for "Awesomely Delicious" spaghetti.  Thank you Caffe' Chocolat, The Coffee Shop, Cupcakes on Main, Kloiber's Cobbler & Teapot N Treasures for delicious desserts.  
Call 267-2545 for tickets.

Artist's Reception, The Downtown Gallery 6-9 pm.  The Gallery is introducing Bill Miller,  an incredible wood turner, designing delicate pieces of art that can be functional as well as beautiful.  Wine & hors' d oeuvres will be served.  All 16 of the Gallery artists will be present.  Free Event. All are welcome.   335 S Washington Ave. 268-0122.  

Saturday, February 23rd, start your morning touring the sites in Old Downtown.

The North Brevard Historical Society & Museum is celebrating Col. Titus' Birthday.  Join "Miss Lovie" Pritchard for an entertaining walking tour of Historic Downtown, and it is FREE.  The Tour begins at 10am at the museum. 301 S Washington Ave. 

Finish off the evening by coming back Downtown for the Titusville Rotary's 9th Annual Chili Cook-off 4:30-10 pm.  

Citizens of Titusville, show your support and have some fun at the same time. Come downtown Friday and Saturday and help make these events successful.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

This Week in Titusville, February 9, 1888 also reported

Died on Wednesday, January 25th, at Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, Mrs. Mary Burnham relict of the late Capt. Mills O. Burnham.  She was born on the 17th of August 1820, and was therefore in her 68th year.  Her loss is mourned by her five daughters and a large circle of grandchildren and great granchildren.

One of the three Burnham windows at St. Gabriel's is in memory of Mary Burnham. When installed, in November 1891, the window in memory of Capt. Burnham (Lighthouse on the right below) was described by the Star as a beautiful piece of workmanship well worth seeing.   

This Week in Titusville, February 9, 1888

St. Valentine's Fair in Titusville was front page news

 St. John's later became St. Gabriel's


Mr. Hawthorne’s brother has arrived to view the improvements around Mims.

Quite a number of LaGrange citizens made a visit to Jones & Wiley’s grove, and spent a pleasant day.

Miss Hazen left us again , on Friday, to visit friends at Rockledge.

Don’t forget the Fancy Fair on the 13th and 14th inst.

Dr. McCormick has completed his tasty little cottage in North Titusville.

The Firemen had a very enthusiastic meeting, at their hall, on Monday evening.

Mr. Meyers, the machinist in charge of the ice factory, is getting along quite rapidly with the machinery.

Mr. N.C. Bryan has gone to Jacksonville for a few days to visit the Sub-Tropical and “do” the Metropolis.

We are pleased to state that Mr. G. F. Ensey is gradually recovering from his recent severe and protracted illness, and an early restoration to health is expected.

Arch-deacon Carpenter delivered an interesting address, last Sunday afternoon, at Wager’s Hall, the subject being a “Brief History of the Episcopal Church,” reviewing from the days of the Apostles down to the present century.  Services were also, held n the morning, to a very fair congregation. 

It is with pleasure that we announce that the Templeton Opera Co. have engaged Wager’s Hall for two nights next week, the same being Friday and Saturday, the 17th and 18th inst.  We hope the citizens of Titusville will appreciate the enterprise this company shows visiting our town, and will give them a full house.  Their expenses are large, and there are quite a number in the company.  This is, undoubtedly, the largest and best Comic Opera Company that has visited our State. 

Messrs. G. H. Altree and Howell Titus, who left here Tuesday week, on a hunting expedition, returned to Titusville on Monday evening.  They report having spent a pleasant time, but the “trophies of the chase” appeared to be rather scarce.

Bishop Weed and Arch-deacon Carpenter expect to visit Indian River and Lake Worth from the 20th to the 26th inst., and during this time will call upon all the missions on the Indian River coast, expecting to arrive at Lake Worth on the last date, above mentioned.

Thursday, February 23rd, has been advertised as  “Brevard Day” at the Sub-Tropical Exposition.  As the President and wife are expected there on the 22nd to remain a day or so, this will give our citizens a chance of taking in the Sub-Tropical, and also viewing the President at the same time – a chance that will not offer itself again, perhaps, for a long time.  Everyone on Indian River, who can possibly get away, should go.  The rate by rail will be very cheap, though not full decided on as yet. 


Boston Mamma-You mustn’t speak of your legs, Flossie, when we have company.  It isn’t polite.   Flossie-What should I say, mamma, drumsticks? – New York Sun.

Father-Come, Bobby, you are all tired out; so hurry off to bed.  Bobby, (with a slow and reluctant movement) – Pa, you oughtn’t to tell a boy to hurry up when he is all tired out.  – Philadelphia North American.

When little Meg saw a picture of Christian, with the burden on his back, she looked at it curiously for a minute and then asked.  “Mamma, what makes manny wear his bustle so high up on his back. – Boston Transcript.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sub-tropical Exposition January to May 1888

The Sub-tropical Exposition in Jacksonville opened January 12, 1888 and gave rise to quite a few articles in the "Florida Star" during 1888.   It was designed to lure tourists to Florida, and was purely spectacular.  With the Brevard exhibit, visits to the Exposition, and Brevard Day, there was quite a bit to report.  It was after attending the Sub-tropical, that President Grover Cleveland traveled south and visited Titusville.  (News from the "Star" about the preparations for the Presidential visit and the visit itself will be shared on this blog when the time comes.)

The building that was erected for the Exposition covered over an acre of ground.  It was torn down, but the MetroJacksonville website has amazing pictures pulled from the Florida State Archives Florida Memory Collection, as well as information about the Exposition.  

To get a sense of the magnitude and details of the Sub-tropical, visit UF Digital Collection and peruse a guidebook from the exposition.  

This Week in Titusville, Feb. 2, 1888.

The sociable held at the home of Mrs. C.N. Mims was a most enjoyable affair, and all were delighted with it.  The art gallery was a very attractive feature of the evening. The spelling match did not get under way until late, and closed with score at 5 to 3.

Owing to many arrivals, LaGrange has been unusually lively this winter.

Several of our citizens anticipate a visit to the Sub-Tropical at Jacksonville this week.

Did you watch the eclipse of the moon about six o’clock on Saturday evening last?

We learned that the long-wished for side walk, leading from the ticket office to the railroad wharf, will be put down in a few days.

A nicely furnished parlor car is now attached to the daily train from Jacksonville to Titusville, and makes the traveling much more pleasant.

The Rev. Arch-deacon Carpenter will hold divine service on Sunday morning next, the 5th inst., at Wager’s Hall, at the usual hour, 10:30 a.m., standard time. **

Messrs. N.C. Bryan and Peter Fisher have purchased a six-horse power engine with a view of adding the necessary machinery for establishing a steam laundry and wood yard.

C.G. Butt, Esq., judge of the Criminal Court of Orange County; and J.D. Beggs, Esq., State’s-attorney for the Seventh Circuit, have been spending the past week at Titusville, seeking a relaxation from their professional business.  They returned to Orlando yesterday.

Indian River is receiving her share of winter tourists, but they spread over the country in different style from that of former years.

Hereafter no children under 12 years of age will be admitted to the old fort in St. Augustine, unless accompanied by an adult, owing to the danger of falling from the parapets or stairways.

The side walk and road on Pine street has been greatly improved during the past week by the addition of more side walk and the opening of the road.  Appearances would be greatly improved if some more work were done on Washington avenue near, near Main street. 

*All spelling is as it was in the "Florida Star"
**Episcopal Service

Saturday, January 26, 2013

This week in Titusville, Jan. 26, 1888

Mr. W.P. Day is now clearing the timber from Mr. E.L. Brady’s young grove in Turnbull Hammock.  Mr. Day can claim the credit for having helped to make every orange grove in LaGrange.

Delightful  weather in Florida, while people are being frozen to death in other parts of our country.

Mr. L.R. Decker’s horse received a serious injury to the hind leg from coming in contact with a barbed wire fence, last week.

The ladies will call the Bazar or Fair, to be held on the 13th and 14th, proximo, St. Valentine’s Fair.  The prominent feature will be St. Valentine‘s post office, which will undoubtedly, be a great attraction for the young folks.

A party of about a dozen started for the ocean beach, on Sunday, but owing to the light winds did not get any further than Black Point, so they returned about five o’clock in the evening declaring they had  a good time “alle samee.”

The tourists are commencing to arrive in larger numbers now.  The train yesterday afternoon was crowded.

The rumors that were afloat, on Tuesday, that a deaf mute printer named John Hale, who has been at work at the STAR office, was run over by the cars at Sanford, on Monday, are probably true.   Hale left Titusville on Sunday or Monday, and left a note addressed to the editor of the STAR, stating that he was tired of Titusville and was going to the far west-Wyoming or Montana-where rent was not so high, and where he could get remunerative employment.  Some of Hale’s friends here seem to think he may have committed suicide, as he had been very despondent of late.

The Governor has designated Wednesday, the 8th of February, as Arbor Day for 1888, especially recommends its appropriate observance in the way of planting trees and shrubs for the beautifying of public grounds.

Married Conductors Preferred
     The railroad companies, as a rule, greatly prefer that their conductors should be men of family for the two fold reason that they are more easily located when wanted, and, for the influence for good that a loving wife and affectionate children may have over him.  “A man will often hesitate before doing wrong which might send him to the penitentiary when he has a wife and children at home to look after and care for,” remarked a railroad superintendent yesterday.  This led him to say that the fatigues of the long run made the conductors anxious for the peace and quiet of home, and when they have one they can nearly always be found at it. 
     Conductors dissipate very little nowadays.  The man who drinks, even when off duty is not the proper party to intrust with the lives of a great number of people.   It is a rare thing to see one of them in a barroom, and even if seen there he does not tarry long. One of the oldest and most popular conductors in St. Louis is a present laying off with no prospect of securing a job again soon.  He has be resting for a year.  When the superintendent for whom he worked was asked the reason for his enforced idleness he candidly answered that there was nothing against the man except his failing of taking an occasional drink.  The company could not afford to employ men who tippled for such responsible work when there were so many good and temperate men anxious to fill the same positions.---Globe-Democrat

*All spelling is as it was in the "Florida Star"