The Way We Were

The Way We Were: Arthur Chester Skinner, Jr.

The Way We Were: Arthur Chester Skinner, Jr.

As the sun’s rays penetrated through the pine trees, a young man galloped down the dirt roads of a primitive South Jacksonville in the 1930s on his horse, Vinny, long before commercial and residential areas and the city and state roads needed to provide transportation to them, were developed.  This was when the lands south […]

The Way We Were: Michael Swann

The Way We Were: Michael Swann

From playing baseball at Lakeside Park or fishing with the boys at Fishweir Creek as a youngster, to now, walking the streets as a human billboard advertising the Cathedral District Project during Art Walk, Michael Swann’s love for community runs deep.  Swann’s outlook and life priorities have been molded by the connections he’s made with […]

The Way We Were: Carole Poindexter

The Way We Were: Carole Poindexter

Sometimes you don’t have to leave home to make an impact in others’ lives, or succeed in business, breaking a few glass ceilings and motivating folks along the way.  For Colonial Manor resident Carole Poindexter, being a life-long “stayer” – in her family neighborhood, with the same company her entire career, and by increasing dedication […]

The Way We Were: Wayne W. Wood

The Way We Were: Wayne W. Wood

Many years before Wayne W. Wood, 74, became a noted historian, author, and the founder of Riverside Avondale Preservation, he was just a kid from Belle Glade in South Florida visiting grandparents Guy D. and Elma T. Wood during the summers in Riverside. That was decades before he would run a successful optometry business in […]

The Way We Were: Michele Zavon Steinfeld

The Way We Were: Michele Zavon Steinfeld

Michele Zavon Steinfeld’s life is steeped in San Marco history. She was a member of Wolfson High School’s first graduating class in 1966 and assisted her mother in opening the first Shoe Rack on Hendricks Avenue in 1975. She was also a charter member and ambassador for the JCA (Jewish Community Alliance), an organization that […]

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 […]

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