Senior Residents

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

The Way We Were: The Larson Sisters

The Way We Were: The Larson Sisters

Sue Jordan of Riverside joked that she and the movie, “Gone with The Wind,” came out the same year – 1939. Although she was raised in Riverside, Sue was born in Miami. “My mother was a ‘Conch’ (born in Key West, Florida), and she had gone down to visit her family while Daddy was in […]

Hope Haven offers touching reunion between physician and burn victim

Hope Haven offers touching reunion between physician and burn victim

More than 50 years ago, Randy Highsmith, then only 16 months old, endured severe burns over 40 percent of his body during an accidental kitchen fire at his family home. Wanting to thank the doctor who literally saved his life at Hope Haven Hospital in 1967, Highsmith recently contacted the staff at the St. Nicholas […]

Baseball comes indoors during first annual Walkers vs. Hoses competition

Baseball comes indoors during first annual Walkers  vs. Hoses competition

It was “root, root, root for the home team” March 22 at Riverside Presbyterian Home when a team from Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Engine Company and EMTs from Station 5 joined RPH residents in the First Annual Walkers vs. Hoses cornhole baseball competition. As a crowd of residents, complete with face paint and pompoms, cheered […]

The Way We Were: Joyce & Malcolm Hanson

The Way We Were: Joyce & Malcolm Hanson

Her most treasured wall hangings in the charming 1942 painted brick home on Dunsford Road help weave the story of Joyce and Malcolm Hanson’s lives individually and together in the San Marco and Lakewood areas. For Joyce, the drawing that hangs just to the right when you walk in the front door captures the beginning […]

The Way We Were: Allison Watson

The Way We Were: Allison Watson

Allison Watson said she was born to create art.  Growing up in Ortega, Allison Watson spent many hours at the home of her grandparents, Malachi and Lucy Haughton, on the St. Johns River. An only child, she spent time fishing and shrimping off the dock at their house on Ortega Boulevard three houses down from […]

The Way We Were: William H. Rose

The Way We Were: William H. Rose

William Rose has a lifetime of memories and a postcard art collection that allows him to see Jacksonville through the eyes of his father, Max Rose, as well as recall his younger years growing up in Jacksonville. Rose, 92, has collected postcards produced in the early 1900s of Springfield and downtown Jacksonville that he has […]

The Way We Were: William J. Harp, Jr. & Barbara Parks Harp

The Way We Were: William J. Harp, Jr. & Barbara Parks Harp

According to William J. Harp of Avondale, he was handed “a life that is unbelievable.”  Growing up in South Georgia in the 1930s, Harp’s family had a limited income. He worked as a soda jerk at the Rexall Drug Store in Brunswick owned by James Andrews, town mayor and the wealthiest man around. When his […]

The Way We Were: John Allen, Sr. and John Corse

The Way We Were: John Allen, Sr. and John Corse

Loon Lake and The Pier are, as the poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote, “Pictures of a Gone World.” But to anyone over the age of 80 who grew up in Ortega or Venetia those terms spark happy memories of youthful fun.  John Allen, Sr., 94, recalls when the Timuquana Bridge was made out of wood, the […]