Senior Residents

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

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 […]

Jack & Jean Cummings

  By Amanda Ford – Resident Community News – Jack and Jean Cummings have seen it all. Missionary trips have taken the couple all over the world to “just about any place you would think of and a lot of places that you wouldn’t” according to Jack. But wherever their travels take them, they always […]

The Way We Were: Thema Brown

By Victoria Register-Freeman Resident Community News In her almost 50 years working in the Historic District, Thelma Brown drove school carpool even though she didn’t own a car. She used her employers’ cars.  When she began working in the District in 1968, she herself took four buses a day to get to and from her […]

The Way We Were: Joyce Thomas Jones — Part II

The Way We Were: Joyce Thomas Jones — Part II

By Laura Jane Pittman   Last month, retired UNF educator Joyce Thomas Jones shared her earliest memories of growing up in the city of South Jacksonville in last month’s column. This month, we follow Jones through her elementary and high school years, in a charming glimpse of the way things were. Joyce Thomas Jones was […]