THE WAY WE WERE

The Way We Were: Hannah Himmelfarb Gavronsky

The Way We Were: Hannah  Himmelfarb  Gavronsky

In January Hannah Gavronsky celebrated her 98th birthday surrounded by her children, and several of her 13 grand- and 12 great-grandchildren. Turning 98 may not seem particularly remarkable at a time when the fastest-growing segment of the population are those 80 and older, however, Hannah’s life might well have ended in 1939 when her family […]

Way We Were: Marvin Glenn Hollis

Way We Were: Marvin Glenn Hollis

Marvin Hollis, 93, has been coming and going almost from the time he was born. Fifteen months after he was born Nov. 4, 1924, his mother passed away. His siblings – two brothers and a sister – were 10, 13 and 15 when he was born. He was raised by his grandmother until his father […]

The Way We Were: Jane Condon

The Way We Were: Jane Condon

Jane Condon’s maiden name, Sharp, is an excellent fit for the woman who successfully led three Jacksonville schools for the arts. The English idiom “sharp cookie” describes one who is intelligent, bright, and sharp enough to identify attempts to deceive or mislead. Jane’s strong, innovative, astute and insightful leadership as principal of Douglas Anderson School […]

The Way We Were: George Stallings, Jr.

The Way We Were: George Stallings, Jr.

Long-time Venetia resident George B. Stallings, Jr., who will join the ranks of centenarians on May 12, credits his longevity to strong Biblical beliefs. “I believe if you live a clean, godly life, you get a lot of years! I also believe in having morals,” said Stallings. The lack of morality, according to Stallings, is […]

The Way We Were: Jim and Mimi Pearce

The Way We Were: Jim and Mimi Pearce

Although Mimi Sherman Pearce was born in White Plains, New York and her husband, Jim Pearce, was born in Sioux St. Marie, Michigan, they both consider San Marco their “hometown.”  Mimi Pearce lives two houses down from the house on Alexandria Place where she grew up. “I came to live in San Marco as a […]

The Way We Were: Carolyn Smith Gentry

The Way We Were: Carolyn Smith Gentry

Carolyn Gentry cares deeply about the memories she’s made with her family and friends.  She treasures the rich history of her ancestry in the Jacksonville neighborhood on the St. Johns River where she was born and raised. Inspired by diaries, journals and “jottings” of her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Carolyn has chronicled the large and […]

The Way We Were: Blair Jones Woolverton

The Way We Were: Blair Jones Woolverton

The sign still hangs over the door of the iconic shop in Avondale where “everybody who was anybody” shopped for over 30 years, but Blair Woolverton “has left the building.” It serves as a reminder to passers-by that Blair’s personal touch and attention to detail created a shopping experience that could not be separated from […]

The Way We Were: Karyl & Bert DeSousa

The Way We Were: Karyl & Bert DeSousa

Karyl Crowley DeSousa remembers when there was no Beach Boulevard in Jacksonville.  “We lived on Belden Street in St. Nicholas and we’d take the bus down Atlantic Boulevard to the old Pier at Jacksonville Beach,” said Karyl. “There was an arcade and there were rooms to rent at the Pier.  Mother, my cousin Yvonne, and […]

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