Senior Residents

All the latest news and stories about our neighborhood’s senior residents.

Senior grabs chance to help clean community

Senior grabs chance to help clean community

On an average day, Linda Reeds is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed well before sunrise. She doesn’t own a television, so she begins her day by listening to the morning news on National Public Radio. By 7 a.m., she can usually be found riding her purple bicycle on St. Johns Avenue near the Shoppes of Avondale, using […]

The Way We Were: Harry Frisch

The Way We Were: Harry Frisch

At age 96, Harry Frisch rides five days a week from his San Jose home to his office at Beaver Street Fisheries, where he climbs two flights of stairs at least twice a day and maintains a busy schedule of conference calls, luncheons and meetings. He jokes that he plans to take a day off […]

The Way We Were: Ross Kimble Miller

The Way We Were: Ross Kimble Miller

Southern gentleman Kim Miller believes he is “the luckiest person in the world.” Born June 1, 1938, in Lexington, Ky., he and his extended family moved to Jacksonville when he was around 3 years old. “I was so spoiled,” he recalled, noting he was an only child. “My mother’s three sisters and my grandmother moved […]

The Way We Were: Bonnie Nelson Gum

The Way We Were: Bonnie Nelson Gum

Young Bonnie Nelson “couldn’t wait to move to Jacksonville” from Kingsland, Ga., after her high school graduation in 1933 and vowed, “If I ever get there, I’ll never leave.” Born in Italia between Yulee and Callahan in her grandmother’s house, Bonnie recently celebrated her 104th birthday on Sept. 12 with a party, coconut cake, and […]

The Way We Were: The Howell Siblings

The Way We Were: The Howell Siblings

Charles, Sonja, Una and John Howell grew up in what Sonja describes as a homogeneous Ortega neighborhood, but their family history is international, taking place in Brussels, Paris, Sweden, Jacksonville, and New Mexico. At the core of the siblings’ memories, however, is their mother’s Swedish heritage. Sigrid Jonsson Howell, described by family and friends as […]

The Way We Were: Dulce Anaya

The Way We Were: Dulce Anaya

For over 50 years, Dulce Anaya, prima ballerina, and St. Nicholas resident, has brought the magic of her craft and exacting technique to hundreds of dancers as founder/director of Jacksonville Ballet Theatre as well as a founder/director of The Jacksonville Community Nutcracker Ballet. Many of her students have gone on to professional careers as dancers […]

The Way We Were: Henry Darwin Rogers

The Way We Were: Henry Darwin Rogers

Dashing. Daring. Dapper and Debonair. Ian Fleming of James Bond fame would have found new inspiration for novels based on the incredible adventures of Henry Rogers, a man who has tangoed, samba-ed and passo dobled his way around the world as easily as he has navigated the stage of First Coast Nutcracker for 41 years. […]

The Way We Were: Margarette Jeanne Hardage Chambliss

The Way We Were: Margarette Jeanne Hardage Chambliss

A conversation with Jeanne Hardage Chambliss is an amusing, witty journey filled with interesting stories of growing up in Riverside, her extensive world travels, fascinating people she knows and has known, her 40-plus years of teaching experience, and what it takes to live and die.  Chambliss’s family helped shape her into the memorable person she […]

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