Title: Interview with W. F. Richards (September 21, 1967)
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St. Lucie County (Fla.) -- History.
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W,F. Richards
September 21, 1967
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We meet the third Thursday night of each month, here at the cafeteria

and we're so glad to have you anytime you can come. Now we'll have

the reading of the minutes of the last Thursday's meeting.

I'm substituting for our secretary who is ill tonight. The regular

monthly meeting of the St. Lucie Historical Society was held at the

Trade Winds Cafeteria, June the fifteenth, 1967, at six p.m. with

thirty four visitors and members present. Mr. Samuel Waters, second

vice-president presided. The minutes of the previous meeting were

read and approved. Before introducing the speaker, Mrs. O.C. Peterson

spoke about the importance of our American heritage. She then introduced

Miss Carolyn Adams and presented her with a check in the amount of

fifteen dollars from the Florida Historical Society for her third prize

essay in a state wide competition. Miss Adams then read from her original

notes her prize wi::nming essay entitled "The Great Disaster of 1928".

The treasurer's report was given by Mrs. Emerson. Mr. Richards moved

that a committee be appointed to draft and send to Mrs. Stuart Crawford

a resolution of sympathy and sorrow, was seconded by Mr. Gay carried,

The committee appointed was Mr. Hellier, Miss Emerson and Mr Richards.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 7:30pm. Mr.

Larman's secretary. This is the resolution that was sent to Mrs. Crawford.

Fort Pierce, Florida, June the sixteenth, 1967. was the passing of Billy

Crawford, our good friend, the long time member of the St. Lucie

Historical Society at. its regular meeting June the fifteenth unanimously

voted that the undersigned committee prepare a resolution of sympathy

and sorrow delivering same to Mrs. Crawford and direction that a copy be

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spread upon the minutes of the society. Therefore be it resolved that

the members of this society fell a great loss at tha passing of this

beloved member. Billy Crawfore. He had not passed on life's highwat

the stone that marks tha highest point. Being weary for a moment he

played down by the wayside, using his burden for a pillow he fell into

the dreamless sleep that kissedkdown his eyelids still. While yet in

love with life and raptured with world he passed through silence and

pathetic dust. He loved tha beautiful and was with color and form and

music touched to tears. He sided with the weak, the poor, the wrong and

1 ovingly gave alms. With loyal heart and purest hands he faithfully

discharged all public trust. Billy was a great lover of flowers. He added

to the sum of human joy and with everyone to whom he did some loving

service to bring a blossom to his grave. He would sleep tonight beneath

the wilderness of flowers. The record of a generous life lack

of lying around the memory of our dead and every sweet and unselfish act

is now perfumed flowers. Frank, candid and sincere, he practiced what he

preached and looked with holy eyes (ipon the failing and mistakes of men.

He believed in the power of kindness and t with divine sympathy and

hideous gulf that separated the fallen from the pure. From his heavenly

home Billy can look back with affection to his home on earth, sympathetically

submitted to Walter R. Hellier.,Allie H. Emmerson and W.F. Richards. I

therefore trust to this as a part of our minutes.

You have heard the reading of the minutes. ARe there any objections

or corrections? If not. they will stand approved as read. And I know

everyone will be in accord with the resolution the committee has brought

forward. Do we have any unfinished business? Reports from any

committees? Do we have any new business? If not we're evidently ready

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for the program so I'll ask the program chairman to take over at this


Thank you, Mr. President. I didn't intend to take any time on the

introduction of this speaker because it just so happens I've known him

all his life and if I started out telling you what I know about him

it wouldn't be so good. But without any further adieu I'm going to

present to you W. F. ___ Richards, who's going to tell you the

story of the old house of refuge and anything else he thinks about

while he's talking. come forth.

Well, if I'd have known when Danny asked me way last summer to be

the first speaker on the, for the fall, and I'd had a look at the

crowd, I think I'd have told him no. But that's the way this world

stands so I'm here to tell you a little bit about the old house of

refuge. upsidedown, well, here I go. Early history

of the Indian River has a refuge and coast guard station number 206.

Can you all hear me? All in the late sixties and early seventies the

shipping interest along the lower east coast of Florida was having too

many wrecks. And the government decided they had to do something about

it. They didn't have any place, when they had these wrecks, the people

that were ship wrecked, why they had no place to go so they built these

houses. United States decided to build five houses of reguge. The contract-

was signed with contractor Albert Baxdale tolbuild five houses of refuge

starting May 26, 1875. They were built and finished in 1876. The government

paying off the contractor September the fourth, 1876 for the five

houses. The following were the keepers of the Indian house of refuge as

near as I can, with the log book I have here, that, as .I can tell who they

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were. In 1876 the first keeper was John Huston. In 1884, that

was quite a period there, the second keeper there was the Bell family.

They head over there and stayed a while and if you have ever read Mrs.

Bell's history of Fort Pierce you will find out that she was over there.

In 1887 the third keeper was Henry S. Archinbaul. In 1895, that's the

year I was born, the fourth keeper was Barry W. Jerome. In 1896 the

fifth keeper was Harry Hardy and he stayed there quite a while. I remember

him tying down to a down the river. Not way down but

where Andy Tucker lives. That's where he used to dock his boat when he'd

come from the house of refuge and that's where his folkk lived. That's

quite a few years ago. The sixth keeper in 1912, now he stayed there

from 1896 to 1912 according to the record. The sixth keeper was Bryan

Dolly. He was the keeper when over at the coast guards when war was

declared April the sixth 1917 and continued as keeper through the

war. After the war it went back to the status of the house of refuge

Indian River in 1919, and was closed in the years from 1925 to near

as I can estimate to when World War II was declared December the seventh.

1941. The amphibious forces came in and all the property on the north and

south beaches was taken over by the amphibious forces and there, at one time

there was over thirty thousand men all on the beach. It's not very

crowded over there now. After the war the old house of refuge was taken

down and they renamed the sight Pepper Park. They had a big celebration

and Senator Claude Pepper was the guest speaker for the occasion. The

one know best to us was built on the sight at the old Indian River Inlet

on the south side of the inlet wych we now know as Pepper Park. This is

where all the picnic tables and benches and outdoor grills are. The

oldhouse of refuge was a little past the middle of the row of picnic

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tables towares the northern section. And if you go there to this day

you will find some tall old coconut trees and those were the ones that

ms there when the old house was up there. The old house of refuge was

right on the edge of the beach. Now this will get you. We could walk

off the front porch onto the beach. All the land east of the present

A-1A highway had been built up since the line listed in the coast guard

station April the sixteenth, 1917. All of the land east of that road

there has been built up. We walked right up to the beach. I mean right

off the porch right on to the beach. When I look at it now. there

certainly has been erosion over there. But that was caused by the

inlet in the opening inlet that started that. This was the first

time that this station was ever manned by full strength. Captain Bryan

Dolly was a keeper when the war was declared and they put this

bank under the coastguard. The first full crew to sea service was as

following: Captain Bryan Dolly, Edward Davis, Dan Hines., Lawrence

Bauling, Felix Papal and myself. Now this crew Felix Papal transferred

to the coast guard part of Tampa and was lost at sea close to the English

Channel. His place was taken by Tom Crew. Later they added another

man, Sylvester Jenkins. At the end of Lawrence Bauling. and my enlistment

we transferred to the navy reserveand were assigned to the

navy yard as signal instructors. At this time I'm the only surviving

member the first crew that manned the coast guard station of 206,

which really makes a person stop and think about what has gone before

him. It really makes you stop and think While I was stationed up

at the coast guard station, Captain Dolly showed us aboard where the

wreck was, and later where the cannons and anchors around town

came from. At low tide I could just keep my head above the water while
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standing on one of the anchors. Later, after the war a crew of us young

folks tried to raise one of the cannons. Lewis Jones, I know some of

you know him, he's not here tonight, but a lot of you know him. dove

down and tied a rope around the cannon and about six of us, all getting

on the side of the boat, so when we went back to the port

side we could raise the cannon. So when the first brown swallow came in

we put the operation into effect, And all that happened was that the wave

came right over us and it did not raise the cannon at all. It only half

drowned us and fill the boat with water, That put an end to that. And

later and some other men were working for the city

put a small drag lighter on a barge and one calm day he went out and

went and raised the cannons. And the anchors in the cannons that you see

today in our park and at the present city hall on Avenue Eight are

from that ___ wreck. I can remember distinctly standing up on

that anchor, yet. While my enlistment at the coast guard station I had

to ride from the station to below where the present Jensen Beach is now,

which I had a key on the post __ I carried on my bike to punch

every low tide. We had two power Indian motor cycles and would

swap back and forth between these machines. I rode about twenty seven

thousand miles until I left the station,Consequently the man that followed

me in riding took that job. It was '__ s brother. I

can't think of his name right now. H e only rode three months and landed

in the hospital on his back and he couldn't take it. Old ____ went

on up to the navy yard. Some of the episodes that happened during my

year at the old 206. One night Ed Davis came off work from the watch

tower at eight pm o'clock. He came up to bed. We all had to sleep

upstairs in that old building. He was going to light a lamp. We didn't

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have any electricity in our quarters. We told him he

because too bad. The reason was we had to put ten

large land crabs between his sheets. So he undressed and jumped

into bed. He let out an awful roar and he came, when he came in contact

with those crabs. He was so mad for a certain, while. He certainly

was. He stormed around there for longer than

But it was terrific. About a month later he said to me one morning, "Fanny,

I don't know if I was having a dream or not but it seemed so real. I thought

a snake crawled over my face. Will you go upstairs with me and help me

look." We moved everything in our quarters and no snake. But finally

there was a big chest up there. An immense thing. It was about five by

three by It was a big thing. As heavy as lead. We moved

that old chest, picked it up and put it out glided :a six foot coachwhip.

That's what went over his face that night. We killed that snake and

that ended that deal. One day while I was on watch in the tower, if you

don't think there's any rattle snakes over in the beach: listen to this.

One day while I was on watch in the tower a rattle snake came down on

the beach. I never had seen one down there before. I watched him try to

charm these little bugs. But he never could get them to hold still. You

know they claim that a snake can charm a bug and help make him hold still

and go and get him. But he could not make that, those bugs hold still.

After a while I went and got an old drawbridge shot gun and killed him.

He had fourteen rattles and was nearly seven feet long. He would go

right close to the edge of the ocean chasing those little bugs. So, you

don't know. This I remember very well. One night I started on my beach

patrol,a four miles by foot. Those little motor cycles were broke down

and when they were broke down we had to go four miles by foot. That was

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down way belong Lyons Park now, when we had a post there and

can come back. On this particular night the thermometer was registering

twenty seven degrees. It was awful cold, and I hated to start. But

I started between one and two in the morning to make that veach patrol.

I had only gone about two hundred yards from the station when I saw something

wiggling in the ocean. Well, I hadn't gotten my eyes accustomed to it

yet. I thought I was just seeing things out there. So I went out a

further and I saw this again. I ran out about knee deep in that cold

water and there was a large grouper drown by the cold water. I caught

two more and threw them up on the dry land. I ran on down to the place

where we had a key on a post, pressed the clock and hurried back to

arise the crew, which was just about daylight after I got through playing

round on the beach. At day light we telephoned to town and to the fishermen

and they came over and if I remember right, I think it was around twenty

barrels of fish that they picked up out of the ocean, on the beach that

morning that was good. There was nothing wrong with them. So, they

just made a nice haul. In the meantime we had four nice pompanos and

three permits. That's just, they look just like a poppano. You can't

hardly tell the difference. You'll see in just a minute. Cooked them for

sipper that night, for the crew helped clean the fish. The captain said

that the one that had helped could have the pompano. The rest could

atethe permits. Just as we sat down for supper the phone rang.

answered the phone. The party wanted to speak to Captain Dolly. While he

was up talking on theta in the next room, he couldn't see us, Tom Crews

switched his permit for that of Captain Dolly's pompano. He not knowing

this, when he came back in the room he kept telling us how good the pompano

was and he was sorry that the rest of them had to eat the permit. We could

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hardly keep a straight face. It was terribly hard to keep a straight face

with that man sitting up there eating the permit and Tom eating his

pompano. I about ran out on him. What I had written I will tell you

that one day while we was on watch a big, large, hammer head shark

came in over on the beach. We didn't have no harpoon. I told one of

the boys up there, "You go up and get me an axe. and I'll show you how

to kill him." Well, I got up, I went out to meet Mr. Shark. And I was

standing out there in the water. As he came in, you know how they come

swimming along like this. And I had this axe up over my head and I

had my foot out like that and that old thing stuck his nose, oh, within'

a foot and a half of my foot and when he did I broke and run. They called

me chicken, but as the waves, another big wave was coming in and when it came

in, if he'd come in right where I was standing h6d have run over me.

So ever time he'd go out with the water, I run back up alongside of him

and I sunk that axe into his head right up to the handle. But he jut

took the axe and all right on into sea. It didn't bother him at all.

So Captain Dolly was going on liberty that day. We used to have twenty

four hour liberty every one of us over there. Come over to Fort Pierce

and ___ ___ All by boat There was no bridge. You used

to have to come up through and out that way. So he said he'd

buy us a harpoon. So he got back the next day at twelve and we rigged

this harpoon up. I was the lead man. I had the harpoon. And he saw

this big shark still swimming out there. We didn't know if it was the

same one. Because he kicked the axe out. I went out there

and I stuck him with that harpoon and the rope tightened up on that harpoon

and we hauled Mr. Shark ashore. He was over thirteen feet long. I don't

know what become of them, but I have some pictures, I did have some pictures

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of me lying right beside it. And I look like a midget. Of course I

wasn't as heavy as I am now. I weighed a hundred andthirtyefive pounds

and I was really in shape those days, better than I am now. When we'd

ride these motor cycles down the beach Now

people think that beach is smooth but you'd have to stand right up on the

running board. You couldn't sit on the seat because it would just jar

you to pieces. You'd stand there and hang on until you sat down on the running

board so it wouldn't hurt you. I mean it wouldn't hurt you. You should see

what it done to a pal of my that I left riding and it put him in the hospital,

He got a medical discharge and never did come back, We'd ride these motor

cycles down and it's a long ways down there. Nearly, well not to the

but down below Jenson Pavilion. Than we turn around and come back and way

down on this point down here I'd always signal and at night put on the

coffee pot because I'd be home in just a few minutes. I'd be following my

track and I would come a flying. It wasn't all that easy. One day I went

down one night I went down there and I looked. I thought they turned

the German army. We're supposed to be looking for shipwrecked people-

spiels on the beach. I thought they turned loose the army on us. Down there

by mud creek all there's a big old mango, dead mango roots out there in

the ocean. They don't show. but this particular night after this heavy

northeaster- they were all uncovered. And I'd look at it all myself,

you know with the headlights of that little old Indian motorcycle and I

couldn't figure what I was running up on. But I got off that motorcycle

and I just had to lead it around and twist it back and forth and I f'tnally

got through it. It was about, I would say about three hundred yards of

it. And we got through. I got through rather and went on down to punch

the clock and when I got home I just followed my trail right on back. I

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just slipped the clutch and got home. But what we would do with that old

motorcycle lots of time, we would get caught in those hight ground cells

and they'd just come right up sitting on the motorcycle and it wasn't

nothing about it. I got stuck down there two or three times and we had to

put the motorcycle up on the bank and come walking home. And we finally

I talked to another man riding a motorcycle. He says." Why don't you

use a palmetto fan?" I says, "A palmetto fan." He says. "Yeah." So next

time I got it good and wet. I went up on the beach and got me two nice

palmetto fans and I and I jammed them under that

id motorcycle and dried her off and right on down the road she went.

That's the way we done it after that. But the first time I went down in the

beach, Ed Davis was given the privilege or riding the motorcycle first.

He could not, he didn't get over a hundred yards from the beach and that

motorcycle throwed him on the ground so hard he didn't want no more to

do with it. He asked, the captain asked Dave Hines- he was next in

line, if Dave would drive it. He says, sure he could ride it, so he

tried. What happened? It threw him right over the handlebars and then he

didn't want no more of that motorcycle. Lawrence is on leave. The

captain says, "Danny, well, it's your time. He says, Can you ride it?"

I says, "Sure I can ride it." So I got on that thing and I started off

and I got along very good, you know, right. You know you think it's

smooth over there but you ride those things kind of dollies you know, so

(I'll take a little bit of water off of this) I was riding along making

those hills you know and it got down about to the old Eden pavilion. It's

gone down there, and we was riding along, past the __ pavilion. I

know Miss Bristol has been over there in pavilion years ago. A

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lot of you have. So anyway. I was getting riding on these hills you know

riding along, and I was doing pretty good. And when I got down to about,

below Jensen, where, not where the present pavilion was, but below that

they had one. I rode up on a hill and so help me there was a boat had

been wrecked and come ashore and she was laying with her bottom towards

the north and that was all filled up with sand. And I rode up on top

of that and I had about a four foot jump right into about a foot of water.

Motorcycle and all we went right down caplot. Well, also I couldn't

get, well then I didn't know how to start it like I found out later. It

wasn't nothing for me to do but I dug that thing out of the water and put

it up on the beach and I set out by foot, which was about five or six

miles to the other house of refuge, which is Gilbert's bar, down there,

I knowspme of you have been there. And I got those boys down there to

h elp me, to come up In fact, the skipper let them they borrowed me a

boat. We stopped at the Jensen pavilion. We loaded the old motorcycle

in the boat. We took it over to Jensen, we placed it up on the dock and

it wouldn't run at all. And I got to late Douglas Rickle and he had a

big _____ and I got a big rope and we got behind that

thing. I did and he towed me and he towed me to the county line down

there from Jensen before I ever got up to make a And finally

we got it going. And I come up this highway and I didn't have no speedometer.

I didn't and I was mad too. And I said, I said to myself, I'll just let

it go. And I got down to where Mary Ester lived now, this old brick house

down here, where she used to lived. It think he's gone now. And I was

going so fast I couldn't make the turn. They got a little "s" turn there

so I just went right across the bushes, so I kept on coming. I slowed

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down a little bit I thought. I must have been running awful fast, because

they would run about ninety miles an hour. So we got up to Fort Pierce

and right there where the new parking lot is now. I thought I'd slowed

down enough to make that corner. And I sailed down around that corner

and I bumped up against that curve and I kicked off that all right. I

made it back. I didn't have sense enough to slowed her anymore. And where

Cunningham's jewelry shop used to be, Mr. K.B. Rollingson's house back

in there. I ended up in his yard. I didn't make the next corner. Motorcycle

and all in the yard. Well, that, I was mad- then. I went across the. where

the Matthers furniture store is now, that used to be a drug store. I hadn't

had nothing to eat from that morning. I wasn't fit to be killed. So I

ate, I got a chocolate mile and something else then I set sail for

St. Lucie. And I got the Summerlyn boys while I was in St. Lucie. They

loaded me and the motorcycle in a flat bottom boat. They towed me back over

to the coast guard station. And whn I got there. they had sent the late

Lawrence Bauling down the beach to hunt me. They didn't know where I

was. They, and said well you'll have to go down. It's low tide

at sea and spend twelve hours until another low tide. You'll have to

go and get Lawrence. So I set sail for him. I went on down. I met him

just this side of the Eden pavilion and he says to me he saw this light,

we had a pretty god light, come and he says I don't know how he could
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ever get around me because I haven't got off the beach. 'How in the world J

did you get around me and come back and get me7 I says I didn't. I come

around by the road. So I loaded him on that motorcycle that night. It was

night then. Took him back up and we was glad to get there. At this time I

will try to answer any question you might happened to ask about the old

house of refuge. If there's none I will bring this to an end, an end of

my chatter on this subject,

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It was open right around 1921, the inlet was open.

The old inlet above the house of refuge when they reopened the Gilbert's

bar inlet, my daddy and the niggers went down there and opened the inlet

with their shovels. They, all the water that was coming out of the St.

Lucie River did come up here and go out there. And _they didn't have

enough water to keep that inlet open, so it just naturally closed. I've

been out that inlet a lot of time before it closed, and went. Incidently

when we were at the coast guard station the fishermen used to use that as

a haul over to haul their fish over and us boys were very glad when the

fish was running because they give us twenty five cents a wheelbarrel,

loading a wheelbarrel. We load the wheelingbarrel load of fish from

he ocean to the river. And we done pretty good at that job. We were just

hoping the fish would last.

I see Mr. Brumble right now. I think, I said there was other men

with him. I didn't know who it was, but that was, did you go out with


I know him well. Yeah, I know his daddy, but I'll tell you. the day

I went out there as big as life to get those cannons and raise them with

the rope. That was a disastrous trip for us.

They put a small drag line on a barge and went out there and got

them one calm day. After our episode.

This is the log that I got a lot of the information out of. If you want

to look at it, or come up here, or pass it around, why, I don't know. I'll

tell you about, one of the ship wrecks. one of the wrecks that was held was

the Edith. She got in trouble, Indian trouble and Adelade Summerlyn and

Clarence Summerlyn and his wife and I noticed it reading in here that

preacher Reed was along and I don't know whether too many of you remember

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preacher Reed, but he was the Episcopal preacher here at the time. I'll

tell you a little joke about him. Years ago, you know, we used to wear

a two piece bathing suits and Mrs. Reed bought him one of those bathing

suits and we all went over to the beach. ____ and he got in

t his, I don't know, he put on this bathing suit and evidently he tried

it one before. He was a very tall man, better than six foot four or five,

and lo and behold she sewed a ruffle down around the bottom of the britches.

I'll never forget it. If there's nothing further. I'll sit down.

Well, that was just a switch. She didn't. it didn't wreck. She

just had Indian trouble, but they got her in. There's several wrecks in

here. I mean on, in this log.book, but I'd be all night if I tried to

etll all about the balast and the crew. There were several people lost

here and that's the reason why they built these houses of refuge. I

remember as a kid we went over to the beach across from Eden. I could

lay right in my bedroom window and look at the ocean. That's because we

were high up on a hill. We went over there one day and there was a

two fellows laying there deader than a door nail and they buried them and

several years later, why, they didn't, they just buried them on the bank

right there. We didn't think nothing about it. Us kids would go over

there seven or eight years letter and boy, the watered uncovered them

there their feet was sticking out right at you. I'll shut up on that.

?: Would our guest from Fort Lauderdale care to say a word?

?: And I would say that Fort Pierce

is going about like Fort Lauderdale does in the mid winterbecause you got

a ___ up here and this is a wonderful ___historical

society unless were just alike. I know

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who built the Pepper park, who was the founder of Florida.

And he was telling me that in some excavations in building that

they uncovered some Indian artifacts and wooden bowls and long solder

spoons. I was just wondering if anybody knew what become of it. I read

there was some of some of your trees out there, too.

Does anyone have the answer to his question?

?: I think those might have been put there by us. I remember

distinctly one night an old bear come down to the beach and upset about five

or six hives of bees there for Captain Dolly. He made a big fricous out

there. We didn't get him. We tried to shoot him but he got away. They

say suffered from mosquitoes and sand flies out there and

Really? You can get a quart and get a gallon and bring it around here

at any time. They were ANd I said I wouldn't mind, we wouldn't

mind They were really

It's a pleasure to be with you, sir, and I congratulate you on your society.

Thank you sir and every visitor here. Remember you're more than welcome

to attend all the meetings. Yes, sir, Mr. Hellier.

H: The president would like to make another announce to the meeting.

She r e t o n i g h r e m e m b e r s o f t h e S t L u c i e H i s t o r i c a l

Society Commission. that maintains

It's one group that serves

just opened on the first of September and during that time the historical

society will be closed for threemxnonths We are very fortunate to have

members of the historical society to help us operate the historical

museum. _____ everything into

when they come in. And we've been very fortunate this

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year by having opened on the first of September which was twenty one

days before our first formal meeting of the historical society to be

able to find ladies who are willing and gentlemen too, to help us

sit at the desk _______. We're a little bit short We've

tried to get ___not have someone come one day

every week one day every other week. ANd we

left so if there's one or two ladies who would be willing to help us out

we have a vacancy from September twenty ninth and Monday of October

inaudible ........

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