The Way We Were

The Way We Were: Agnes Anderson Ellis Danciger

The Way We Were: Agnes Anderson Ellis Danciger

Agnes Ellis (Danciger) was the first female to walk across the Mathews Bridge. Living just one door south of the bridge that was being built to connect downtown with Arlington, Agnes remembers the noise of construction and the excitement of making the bridge a one-of-a-kind playground. “My sister, Sarah, and I would roller skate, ride […]

The Way We Were: Margaret Day Julian & Hazel Harby Donahoo

The Way We Were: Margaret Day Julian & Hazel Harby Donahoo

Margaret Day Julian has pleasant memories of running down McGirts Boulevard to play with her cousins – eleven of them living on the same block! She and her brothers, along with cousin Hazel Harby Donahoo and her siblings, were fortunate to have 21 first cousins and 55 relatives within a five-mile radius in old Ortega. […]

The Way We Were: Sylvie Smith

The Way We Were: Sylvie Smith

After 37 years with Duval County Public Schools (DCPS), Sylvie Smith is retiring. She signed her retirement paperwork in mid-October and will work her last day Dec. 21. “Your career in the school system is something to remember,” Smith said. And this career all started because of a question and a phone call. In 1986, […]

The Way We Were: John and Davalu “Davy” Parrish

The Way We Were: John and Davalu “Davy” Parrish

Dr. John Parrish, who is now retired after more than five decades as one of the most popular dentists in San Marco, still retains the friendly demeanor and sense of humor that always attracted patients to his chair. John’s wife, Davy, recalls a close family friend, Jeff, commenting on John’s popularity, especially with the ladies. “What […]

The Way We Were: Roger Vega: Unlocking the Past

The Way We Were: Roger Vega: Unlocking the Past

Roger Vega is the one-man team behind his locksmith company, serving as the face and workforce of Piners Locksmith Service. He is also the keeper of a Jacksonville legacy that predates the beginning of his company and stretches back to Piner’s Grocery, the neighborhood grocery store that would serve as an anchor to the Miramar […]

The Way We Were: Marsha and Ronnie Pollock

The Way We Were: Marsha and Ronnie Pollock

Marsha Leibo Pollock is a second-generation Jacksonville native, born at St. Vincent’s in Riverside to a retail family. She spent her toddler years in St. Nicholas, where her father had built one of the first houses in a subdivision off Beach Boulevard. When she was 4, Marsha’s family moved from there to Holly Lane in […]

The Way We Were: Dick Barker

The Way We Were: Dick Barker

Publisher’s Note As of the publishing date of this article, Mr. Dick Barker had passed away and is now in the loving arms of his late wife, Claudette. The family wishes to honor his memory with this article and remembrances of the life and times they enjoyed with their patriarch. “He was the consummate, genuine […]

The Way We Were: Phyllis Geiger

The Way We Were: Phyllis Geiger

“Everything in life is sweetened by risk.” That’s the epitaph beneath the photo of Phyllis Geiger in The Williston Northampton School’s 1965 yearbook. How prophetic that statement turned out to be. Nearly two decades later, Phyllis risked everything she had and successfully translated the European art of hand tempering chocolate into an American neighborhood experience […]

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