THE WAY WE WERE

The Way We Were: Thema Brown

By Victoria Register-Freeman Resident Community News In her almost 50 years working in the Historic District, Thelma Brown drove school carpool even though she didn’t own a car. She used her employers’ cars.  When she began working in the District in 1968, she herself took four buses a day to get to and from her […]

The Way We Were: Joyce Thomas Jones — Part II

The Way We Were: Joyce Thomas Jones — Part II

By Laura Jane Pittman   Last month, retired UNF educator Joyce Thomas Jones shared her earliest memories of growing up in the city of South Jacksonville in last month’s column. This month, we follow Jones through her elementary and high school years, in a charming glimpse of the way things were. Joyce Thomas Jones was […]

San Jose woman keeps songs, Psalms in her heart

San Jose woman keeps songs, Psalms in her heart

By Amanda Ford Usually once someone has lived to be 80 years old, they are about ready to settle down and enjoy their golden years. Anne Coyle had made those plans for herself, and relished in them as she blew out the candles on her special day. “On my birthday I said to the Lord […]

Celebrating a century: Happy birthday to Addie K. Mallory

Timuquana-area resident Addie K. Mallory will be the center of family and friends’  attention when she is regaled with a centennial barbecue celebration next month in Georgia. Mallory’s 100th birthday open house will be at her lakefront home in Blakely, GA. There will be many fun memories to share. Born August 7, 1912 in Blakely, Mallory […]

The Way We Were: Betty and Tesch Brundick

The Way We Were: Betty and Tesch Brundick

By Victoria Register-Freeman   Betty Blount Brundick likes to point at the letter B cast in concrete above the front door of her home. Her eyes twinkle when she says,” Tesch married me for the B.” The couple met at Lakeshore Junior High School in seventh grade.  Betty remembers, “My class opened Lakeshore. For part […]

The Way We Were: Joyce Thomas Jones — Part I

The Way We Were: Joyce Thomas Jones — Part I

By Laura Jane Pittman   Once upon a time, there was an area of Jacksonville called Southside. Now, dear reader, this is not the same Southside we think of today. It was located in the area of South Main Street and what was then Miami Road — in the vicinity of today’s bb’s and Reddi […]

The Way We Were: Malcom and Kathryn Fortson

The Way We Were: Malcom and Kathryn Fortson

By Victoria Register-Freeman   Malcolm Fortson took the biblical command “Love thy neighbor,” literally. Growing up next door to Kathryn Register, he would often see her playing records on the family porch. Her sister, Beverly — known to everyone as Wookie — would occasionally repeat the well know biblical phrase. As Kathryn recalls, “He was a […]

The Way We Were: Eleanor Ashby

The Way We Were: Eleanor Ashby

By Victoria Register-Freeman   The seed that blossomed into Eleanor Johnson Ashby’s love for history just might have been planted one day at the Jacksonville Terminal, a site know today as the Prime Osborne Convention Center. Wearing a yellow handkerchief linen dress sewn by her mother Imogene, a six year old Eleanor handed a bouquet […]