Senior Residents

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

Lillian Marie Hefinger Walker

Lillian Marie Hefinger Walker

In a recent article on positive aging, an expert said, “Engage in life as much as you can. It takes energy. But if you don’t find your center point, you’ll end up drifting through life sideways.” Lillian Walker could have authored that article. Celebrating her 100th birthday on November 22, 2012, Walker was surrounded by […]

A Look Back at 2012

A Look Back at 2012

Rosa Parks once said, “Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.” One of my favorite things about this column is getting a glimpse of Old Jacksonville – what the city looked, smelled and felt like many decades ago…or sometimes even just a few decades ago. My family has […]

The Landon High School Alumni Association & Memorabilia Room

The Landon High School Alumni Association & Memorabilia Room

By Laura Jane Pittman Resident Community News If you mention the word “Lionette” to an older resident this side of the river, chances are they will know exactly what you are talking about. Chances are they either were a Lionette or had a sister, cousin, aunt, mother, grandmother, or friend who was. The Landon Lionettes […]

John Ginter

John Ginter

By Victoria Freeman Resident Community News In 1926 John Ginter’s father moved from Ohio to Jacksonville to open the Jacksonville branch of Ginter Box Company, which created boxes for King Edward Cigars. The cigar boxes were elaborate and in addition to housing fine cigars, were frequently used by school girls as treasure chests for love […]

David Gum – Part II

By Laura Jane Pittman Resident Community News (Note: In the last The Way We Were column, Jacksonville native David Gum shared memories from his early childhood. Here he recounts the stores and favorite establishments that made up “The Strip” of old in St. Nicholas and South Shores. He also shared several ads from The Times […]

William Boling

William Boling

By Victoria Register-Freeman Resident Community News Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony might serve as a suitable soundtrack for a film on William ‘Bill’ Boling’s life. The piece is known for its quiet melodies punctuated by moments of energy and excitement. Boling comes from a family of action-oriented individuals. In 1939 when he was five, his parents moved […]

David Gum

David Gum

Jacksonville resident David Gum was born and raised “on the curve” at the end of South Shores Road and Old Hickory Road. His mother Bonnie, who is now 97, still lives in the home his parents built. He has many funny and interesting memories of the area known as South Shores. He shared with The […]

Jack Hines

A Walt Disney VP once said, “We’re all just cavemen with briefcases, hungry for a wise person to tell us stories.” Jack Hines, age 81, serves up stories that satisfy the hunger for connection with the Historic District’s past, its people and its places. Born in Riverside Hospital, Hines smiles devilishly when he remembers the […]