THE WAY WE WERE

The Way We Were: Clark and Rosalee Bryan Connor with Natalie Bryan

The Way We Were: Clark and Rosalee Bryan Connor with Natalie Bryan

On the ninth day of every month, Clark and Rosalee Connor of Ortega hurry to be the first to wish the other a “Happy Anniversary.” The Connors will celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary on June 9, 2017, remaining very much in love since they day they met in 1963. Described as “unfailingly loving and affectionate […]

The Way We Were: Laurina “Sister” Holmes McIver Utsey

The Way We Were: Laurina “Sister” Holmes McIver Utsey

Even though most of her years have been spent living on Timuquana Road in Venetia, deep family roots cause Laurina “Sister” Holmes McIver Utsey to regard the Palmer Terrace neighborhood in St. Nicholas as home. A direct descendent of Francis Bagley’s widow, Donna Anna Hogan, who inherited his Spanish land grant of riverfront property extending […]

The Way We Were: Accidental Innkeepers

The Way We Were: Accidental Innkeepers

Thanks to the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926, a Riverside establishment, fondly called The Woodshed, was home to a significant number of tenants during a 35-year period. However, as three local descendants of “accidental innkeepers” Guy and Elma Wood recall, the roots of the imposing three-story Colonial Revival mansion at 1035 Riverside Ave. began in […]

The Way We Were: Mary Georgia Roman

The Way We Were: Mary Georgia Roman

Mary Georgia Roman, 90, delights in describing her life in St. Nicholas, growing up as a first-generation American child born to Greek immigrants who proudly became U.S. citizens. Her joyful recall of her South Shores neighborhood, events within the Greek families and their close ties to St. John The Divine Greek Orthodox Church is astonishing. She […]

The Way We Were: John and Patsy Gaillard

The Way We Were: John and Patsy Gaillard

The Northeast Florida roots of Jack Gaillard’s family are deep, extending from Springfield to Riverside to Ortega, where the most recent three of eight Gaillard generations make their home. Sixth-generation Northeast Florida native John “Jack” Gaillard, was born in Riverside in 1934, but his family home was on Princeton Avenue in Ortega. Both his parents, […]

The Way We Were: Rutledge Liles

The Way We Were: Rutledge Liles

Rutledge Liles could have had a career in modeling or acting, but the San Jose native doesn’t regret choosing a college education over the opportunity to be in an Elvis Presley movie. Had it panned out, that would have been his second encounter with “The King.” “I was walking down Ocean Street waiting for my […]

The Way We Were: Richard G. Skinner, Jr., M.D.

The Way We Were: Richard G. Skinner, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Richard G. Skinner, Jr., was born in 1921 and may be 95, but he clearly remembers growing up in his family home at 3585 Pine Street in Avondale. He lived there with his parents, Richard Greene Skinner, Sr., his mother Annie Mae Bryan Skinner, his brother Bryant and late sister Dorothy. His father worked […]

The Way We Were: The Cannon Siblings

The Way We Were: The Cannon Siblings

For Linden Kinder “Kin” Cannon, III and his identical twin sisters Linda Cannon McMorrow and Selby Cannon Kaiser, the fact that they, their spouses, several children and grandchildren mostly live within the San Jose area hints at the closeness of this family. For these constantly moving military kids, nurturing family relationships, spending time together and […]