THE WAY WE WERE

The Way We Were: Betty Swenson Bergmark

The Way We Were: Betty Swenson Bergmark

She gazed from her 8th floor balcony at the clear blue sky and the calm St. Johns River, remembering a turbulent time long ago when she danced as bombs dropped from the dark London skies.  “I was still a teenager when I began dancing professionally for the Royal Carl Rosa Ballet in London,” recalled Betty […]

The Way We Were: Hugh Howton

The Way We Were: Hugh Howton

Hugh Howton has two and a half bathrooms in his Ortega Forest home. What may seem to be an insignificant bit of information has great significance to a man who didn’t have a bathroom in his home until he was eight years old. “It was during the depression,” Howton explained. “My dad worked as an […]

The Way We Were: Paul C. Naugle

The Way We Were: Paul C. Naugle

There was never any question Paul Cameron Naugle, of San Jose, would make his career in the family business, even after spending time overseas during his six-year stint in the U.S. Naval Reserves. The 1969 Wolfson High School graduate grew up working in his father’s business, Naugle Funeral Home, helping any way he could. From […]

The Way We Were: Gina Martinelli

The Way We Were: Gina Martinelli

Gina Martinelli can, quite easily, be called Jacksonville’s version of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks or any of the other well-known Sixties female singers. Just like many in show business, Martinelli was not born with her current name. Piano bar engagements in the 1970s inspired her stage name and current persona. “After […]

The Way We Were: Dr. Roy H. Schnauss

The Way We Were: Dr. Roy H. Schnauss

Most likely, there was never any question that Fauntleroy “Roy” Harris Schnauss would have a career in anything not related to medicine. After all, he comes from a long line of physicians. Roy’s grandfather, Frederick Wilhelm Schnauss, was a general practitioner. His father, Fauntleroy, and uncle, W.R., were also general practitioners in Jacksonville. Where Roy […]

The Way We Were: Ron and Diane Cohen

The Way We Were: Ron and Diane Cohen

When Ronald Stuart Cohen was born at St. Vincent’s Hospital in 1946 the total bill for the delivery and five days’ stay for him and his mother, Rose Lena, was $70.20. His father, Benjamin, paid $50 then and $20.20 later. Ron still has the receipt. Ron grew up with his brother Martin on Belote Place […]

The Way We Were: Anis Ira Daley and Barney Daley

The Way We Were: Anis Ira Daley and Barney Daley

When Dr. Gordon H. Ira Sr., bought a parcel on the Black Creek in the 1950s, his daughter, Anis Ira Daley, an Ortega resident, never dreamed five generations of her family would still enjoy the rustic retreat more than 60 years later. Even compared to a hang-gliding trip in New Zealand and a fly-fishing trip […]

The Way We Were: Catherine and Kara Williams

The Way We Were: Catherine and Kara Williams

For 20 years, they were roommates. Now they are neighbors. The best of friends. Not every mother and daughter can say that, but Catherine and Kara Williams can. Until recently they lived together in the house on Thornwood Lane in San Marco that Catherine’s father bought in the 1940s. Now Kara, 54, lives across the […]

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