Senior Residents

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

The Way We Were: Mary Jane Blanchard

The Way We Were: Mary Jane Blanchard

Mary Jane Blanchard has many memories of growing up on Felch Avenue and in San Marco; hanging out with two close girlfriends; teachers who inspired her to become a teacher; and classmates and friends, some of whom help her today, because she is now homebound.             Mary Jane’s mother, Dorothy Louise Burrell, moved to Jacksonville […]

The Way We Were: Gunnel Kopp Humphreys

The Way We Were: Gunnel Kopp Humphreys

Gunnel Humphreys of Riverside said she has watched her favorite movie, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” three times. And, if anyone knows bohemian, it’s Gunnel, owner of Edge City in historic 5 Points.              The Swedish-born artist, designer, entrepreneur and trendsetter has been part of the eclectic vibe of 5 Points since she and her life partner, Tom […]

After reviving a ‘dying parish,’ Assumption’s Father Fred retires

After 17 years at the helm of Assumption Catholic Church and School, Rev. Frederick R. Parke – lovingly known to parishioners as “Father Fred” – is ready to retire.             As of July 1, the longtime parish priest handed over Assumption’s reins to Father Jason Trull, former pastor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church […]

World War II veterans share their stories

The day Edward Baker graduated from high school is one he will never forget. In one hand was his diploma and in the other was his military induction orders. World War II was in full swing and he had been drafted into the U.S. Navy. The year was 1943.             “I was an 18-year-old boy […]

The Way We Were: Elizabeth “Libby” Lee

The Way We Were: Elizabeth “Libby” Lee

Her knees may prevent her from walking these days, and her memory isn’t what it used to be, but at nearly 100 years old, Elizabeth “Libby” Battle Lee still has an engaging personality and tells great stories. She is full of many good memories of living, worshiping and clubbing in San Marco. When all is […]

The Way We Were: Dorsey-Ann Holz Rhames

The Way We Were: Dorsey-Ann Holz Rhames

Dorsey-Ann Rhames is proof that you can come home again. After growing up in Murray Hill and moving to Ft. Lauderdale, she eventually moved back into the house in which she grew up. Like the neighborhood itself, however, with her husband’s and her efforts, the house has changed somewhat. “My father’s name was Gunther Schlichtholz, […]

The Way We Were: Three Generations in San Marco

The Way We Were: Three Generations in San Marco

“Love Where You Live” is Juliette C. D. Vaughn’s mantra, both for business as a realtor and for life. Her grandparents, George and Martha Carlyon, moved to San Marco from Springfield in 1939. Three generations of Juliette’s family have attended Hendricks Avenue Elementary School. Both Juliette and her mother, Julianne “Julie” Carlyon DeJong, were born […]

San Jose Country Club honors longstanding members, prepares for renovations

San Jose Country Club honors longstanding members, prepares for renovations

When Mig Hicklin reflects on her 72 years of membership at the San Jose Country Club, some of her fondest memories are of the early years of the club, when Saturday nights were spent dining and dancing the night away with her husband, William, and all their friends.   At that time, the club consisted […]

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