Title: Friends of the Randell Research Center
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Title: Friends of the Randell Research Center
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Publisher: Randell Research Center, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Pineland, Fla.
Publication Date: June 2009
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'Randell Research Center

Ruby Gill House Rehabilitation Begins

County Grant Provides Remaining Funds Needed

by Bill Marquardt

On lprill14, 2009, the Lee County
Board of County Commissioners
approved the Historic Preser-
vation Board's recommendation c ...
for a grant of $35,766 to help
rehabilitate the Ruby Gill House
in Pineland. This money was
added to other grants from the
Tourist Development Council,
Southwest Florida Community
Foundation Arts and Attractions Fund,
and donations of many private citizens, finally
allowing construction to begin. Lee County
previously provided funds for a master plan and
detailed construction drawings and specifica-
tions, which were completed by Stevenson
Architects in 2008. Construction work began in
May, 2009, and the project is scheduled to be
completed this fall.
The Gill House was damaged by Hurricane
Charley in 2004, rendering the house unstable
and forcing Randell Research Center staff to work
elsewhere. First we rented a construction trailer,
then later moved the offices to 4130 Pine Island
Road, Matlacha, in office space made available
to us at-cost by Mike and Joan Shevlin. When the
work is finished, the Gill House will not only
resemble more closely its early-twentieth-century
origins, it will also be fundamentally more stable,
healthier, and safer for our visitors and staff. It
will be wheelchair-accessible for the first time.
A list of donors of time, materials, and money is
found elsewhere in this newsletter. We appreciate
everyone's support, and we look forward to
welcoming you all to the refurbished building
later this year.

East elevation of the Ruby Gill
House, as it will appear when
construction is completed.
(Drawing by Stevenson Architects
Inc., 0 2008, printed by permission.)


Who Was

Ruby Gill?

PIxbm Gill and her husband Percy ,
came to Pineland in 1922 after purchasing I
several acres of citrus grove. That year
they built the house we now call the Ruby
Gill House. She became postmaster at .
Pineland in 1925, and had the current
post office built at that time, next door to her
house. A temporary structure located immedi-
ately south of the Gill home served as a post
office while the current one was being built. In
the early years, Ruby operated a small general
store out of the post office to serve the commu-
nity's needs. She was a prominent member of the
community. A member of the Lee County Electric
Cooperative, she was instrumental in having
power extended to Pine Island.
Ruby Gill was postmaster until 1957. She died
in 1969 and was buried next to her husband in the
Ft. Myers Cemetery. Today the home and post

Ruby Gill (right) and Evelyn Kelly pose in
front of the Pineland post office in 1957 on
the day when Ms. Gill retired and Ms. Kelly
became postmaster. (Photo courtesy Gina

office are landmarks to local residents and a
scenic part of Pineland Road as it winds through
the Indian mounds to the waterfront. In 2001,
Lee County bought the house and leased it to the
Randell Research Center for use as its headquar-
ters. The RRC occupied the house until
Hurricane Charley struck in August, 2004.

Friends of the

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Installed at Teaching it


by Bill Marquardt

In Jpril, thanks to the volunteer efforts of
Martha Kendall, ably assisted by Mark Chargois
and Michael wylde, some two dozen native plants
favored by Florida butterflies were planted near
the RRC classroom and gift shop. Marty, as she is
known, is a certified Florida Master Gardener and
long-time friend of the RRC. For the record, the garden
is already a success, because several butterflies have
been seen making themselves at home on the new
plants. Mulch and native rocks have been placed
along the path leading from the parking lot to the
classroom, and small interpretive signs will soon
be installed near each plant to identify them.

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plants in the RRC's new butterfly
garden. (Photo by B. Marquardt.)

Gators Pitch In

International Gator Day at the RRC
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Interndtiondl Gdtr D is
a day when alumni and friends of the University
of Florida come together to volunteer. Each year
on the third Saturday of May, Gators worldwide
join forces to volunteer in their communities. Gator
Clubs from Key West to New York to Seattle to
Japan and beyond participate in this international
day of service. This annual event enlists the strength
and size of the Gator Nation to help organizations
such as Habitat for Humanity, food banks, and
clean-up/beautification projects.
On May 16, the Southwest Florida Gator Club
helped clear invasive vegetation from the top and
sides of Brown's Mound at Pineland. Fifteen

International Gator Day volunteers pose in front
of the mound they cleared of invasive vegetation.
Left to right, front row: Emily Baron, Chris Spiro,
Chelsea Spiro, Noelle Casagrande, Marianne
Graff, Jennifer Roberts; second row, Karen Walker,
Tony Clark, Caryn Clark, Bebe Roosa; back row,
Dale Wagner, Mark Chargois, Bill Turner, Richard
Roosa, Brice Castillo, Brian O'Connell, Linda
O'Connell, Tommy O'Connell. (Photo by B. Marquardt.)

Gators joined Bill Marquardt, Karen Walker,
Mark Chargois, and RRC volunteer Dale Wagner
for an intensive work day, greatly enhancing the
appearance of the mound's surface. Fun was had
by all, and all took pride in the work that had
been accomplished.

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Volunteer Profile:

An interview with Diane Maher

by Michael wylde

Michael Wylde (MW): How long have you lived
on Pine Island?
Diane Maher (DM): We moved here ten years
ago, but had discovered Pine Island a few
years before. we crossed the bridge and
found a house in Matlacha, so when
retirement time arrived we were already
MW: Where did you live before coming to Florida?
DM: We actually moved six times through six
states. My husband, Dick, and I moved here
after five years in Allentown, PA; but we also
lived in Ohio, Missouri, Georgia, and New
Jersey. Florida was our choice, but we loved
each of the moves and brought some of each
place with us.
MW: From watching you at work, it looks like you
have a background in education.
DM: I taught school in every state in which we
lived, mostly middle-school science. Many of
the interests and skills I developed in
teaching, I have been able to use and cultivate
at the Center. I enjoy talking to visitors of all

ages, including school tours. I also
enjoy the science of archaeology and
the integrity of the work. I'm always
MW: Why volunteer for us, when there are
so many other organizations?
DM: When we moved here, I was "Calusa
Clueless," but I always loved archaeology.
When I realized there was a major historical/
archaeological site within seven miles of my
home, I was totally hooked! Aside from the
wonderful activities I have been able to do,
working with really fantastic professionals
and volunteers has been remarkable. I have
felt fortunate to be involved with such
extraordinary people.
MW: What do you do at the Center?
DM: In my nine years at the Randell Research
Center I have done anything and everything
that was needed. As the needs changed, I
was happy to do whatever was most helpful
at the time. I have worked in the field and
lab, helped in the gift store, in the office,
and at special events. It has always been
interesting and fun.

MW: Why do you think the Center is important to
you, and to the community?
DM: I believe the Center is and should be a source
of great pride to the community. Certainly
the efforts of many over many years have
been inspiring, and confirm the importance
of the site. Ultimately, for me, it is about the
Calusa. I know visitors come with curiosity
but leave with a greater knowledge and
appreciation for a fascinating and powerful
people. The RRC and Calusa Heritage Trail
provide a face and voice to the history that
was lived out right here so many years ago.
I really love being a part of doing that!

New and Renewing Friends of the RRC March 5 through May 15, 2009
(Please let us know of any errors or omissions. Thank you for your support.)

Lee County
Sustaining Members
($5,000 -$19,999)
Chris & Gayle Bundschu
Paul & Warren Miller
Tim & Judith Sear
Supporting Members
($1,000 $4,999)
Nick & Linda Penniman
Sponsoring Members
($500 $999)
Paul G. Benedum
Lammot duPont
woodward S. Hanson

Contributing Members
($100- $499)
Sharon Albright
Peter Bennett
Dana & Wayne Brackins
Boy Scouts of America,
Troop 20
Gaea Guides
Bill & Edna Hager
Matlacha Hookers
Robin C. Krivanek
Manatee/Sarasota Sierra
Lowell & Elizabeth Mason
Elaine McLaughlin
Joe & Joan Merkwaz
Lee A. Newsom

Vernon Peeples
Marie Rock
Karl & Kathryn Schroeder
Jerry Stonham
Rae Ann Wessel
James B. White
Dick workman
Family Members
Brenda & Bruce Anderson
Andy & Gloria Andrews
James & Audrey Banovetz
Mark Brenner & Susan
Fran Miller
Randy & Chris Briggs
Frank Desguin
D L Havlin

Jan & Michael Johnson
Martha & John Kendall
Jacob & Arlene Miller
Carolyn M. Murphey
Helmut & Hilde Nickel
John & Myrtle Orzalli
Malte & Christine Sallstrom
Graig & Kris Shaak
John & Sally vanSchaick
i. Kirk & Alice Walter
Individual Members
Betty Abbott
Paul Andrews
Barbara Blank
Loretta Blessing
Jean C. Ely

Pete Golling
Carolyn Graham
Lee D. Harrison
Elise V. LeCompte
Steven & Kathleen
Brenda Johnson
William M. Odrey
Margit Schulz
Alice R. C. Sharp
Alice T. Shattuck
Tim Wininger

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Lee County grants
Randell Research Center,
operating budget
Director's Office,
Florida Museum
Paul & Warren Miller
Tourist Development
Council grant
Dwight & Sue Sipprelle
S. W. Fla. Community
Found., Arts & Attractions
Fund grants
Florida Division of Forestry,
Dale Schneider, Inc.
Paul G. Benedum, Jr.
Tim & Judith Sear
Dept. of Natural History,
Florida Museum
Robert A. Wells, Jr.
Charles Edwards
Randell Research Center,
anonymous cash gifts
Virginia Amsler
William Marquardt
Karen Walker
Flex Bon Paints
Nisus Corporation
Stevenson Architects, Inc.
Bob Rude Structures, Inc.
Gladys Schneider
S. W. Fla. Community
Anina Hills Glaize
Nick Penniman
Linda Penniman
Lee Newsom
Elaine McLaughlin


Jon & Beverly Sensbach
Florida Anthropological
Kissimmee Valley Arch. &
Hist. Conservancy
Woodward S. Hanson
Karl & Kathryn Schroeder
Suncoast Beverage Company
Lammot duPont
Joyce Mutz
Helen R. Keifer
Bank of America
Peggy & Barney King
Patty Jo Watson
Joseph P. Brinton III
Florida Archaeological
Shirley Hoch
Catherine House
Bokeelia Boat Club
Rob & Jessica Wells
Sierra Club
Brian Holaway
James G. Cusick
Robert Repenning
& Jennet Buri
Dr. & Mrs. Bruce Bielfelt
Fred & Elaine Jette
Robert & Amy Kasdan

William Marquardt
William Marquardt
Michael Wylde
GBS Productions
Gift Shop & Tour Information:
(239) 283-2157

Jerald T. Milanich
Rae Ann Wessel
T. Peter Bennett
Barbara & Carl Harcourt
& Fitzroy Beckford
Stan & Mary Farnham
Edison Garden Club
Bill & Norma Pretsch
Karen Nelson
Carole Crumley
Sharon Albright
Pat Blackwell
Bill & Mary Cyzewski
Nancy Glickman
Warm Mineral Springs
Archaeological Society
Lillian E. Sizemore
Robin Brown
John Paeno
Paul & Shane Swigert
Capt. & Mrs. John Orzalli
Bill & Mardi Glenn
Harold & Kristin Sears
Leander & Doreen Othon
Mark & Christine Strom
Graig & Kris Shaak

Andy & Gloria Andrews
Elise LeCompte
Carolyn Murphey
Alice & Kirk Walter
Carroll & Philip Garland
David & Deborah Williamson
Tony & Caryn Clark
Pete D'Alessandro
Stephen C. Hall
Ruth & Len Walker
Linda & Jim Heffner
Ardren Consulting
Alayne & Steve Busch
David B. Burns
Phyllis Kolianos
Sally B. McKeige
Carolyn Moritz Lawson
Lost Horizon Archaeology
Elizabeth Abbott
Loretta Blessing
Timothy Wininger

Send questions or comments to:
Randell Research Center
PO Box 608
Pineland FL 33945-0608
Telephone (239) 283-2062
Fax (239) 283-2080
Email: randellcenter@comcast.net
Website: www.flmnh.ufl.edu/RRC/

Richard & Barbara Blank
Helmut & Hilda Nickel
Paul Andrews
Louis J. Franks, Jr.
Robert T. Page
Barbara Swire
Carole Scott
Carolyn Graham
Phyllis A. Pirner
viki Coen
Ilene Safron
Joan Rogers
Louise Bryans
Lois Clarke
Gaea Guides
Tommy Abood
Hermann Trappman
& Elizabeth Neilly
Joe Taylor
John & Sara Dietler
Erika Mayfield


Pineland, FL
Permit No. 26

'Randell Research Center

Pineland, Florida June, 2009
Phone (239) 283-2062 E-mail: randellcenter@comcast.net

Dear Friend,

You are cordially invited to join, or renew your membership in, the RRC's support society, Friends of the Randell
Research Center. All Friends of the RRC receive a quarterly newsletter and free admission to the Calusa Heritage Trail at
Pineland. Supporters at higher levels are entitled to discounts on our books and merchandise, advance notice of
programs, and special recognition. Your continuing support is vital to our mission. It means more research, more educa-
tion, and continued site improvements at the Randell Research Center. Thank you.

William H. Marquardt
Randell Research Center

Please check the membership level you prefer, and send this form with credit card information
or check payable to Randell Research Center, to:
Membership Coordinator Randell Research Center PO Box 608 Pineland, Florida 33945

" Individual ($30) and Student ($15): quarterly Newsletter
and free admission to Calusa Heritage Trail
" Family ($50): The above + advance notice and 10 %
discount on children's programs
J Contributor ($100-$499): The above + annual honor
roll listing in newsletter + 20% discount on RRC
publications and merchandise
J Sponsor ($500-$999): The above + invitation to annual
Director's tour and reception

Permanent Address



" Supporter ($1,000-$4,999): The above + listing on
annual donor plaque at Pineland site
" Sustaining Members ($5,000-$19,999), Benefactors
($20,000-$99,999), and Patrons ($100,000
and above) receive all of the above + complimentary
RRC publications and special briefings from the

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| Books, Videos, Cards, and RRC Gea

The Calusa and Their Legacy: South Florida People and Their Environments
by Darcie A. MacMahon and William H. Marquardt, U. Press of Florida, hardcover $39.95
Sharks and Shark Products in Prehistoric South Florida
by Laura Kozuch; Monograph 2, softcover $5.00
The Archaeology of Useppa Island
edited by William H. Marquardt; Monograph 3, hardcover $35.00, softcover $20.00
New words, Old Songs: Understanding the Lives of Ancient Peoples
in Southwest Florida Through Archaeology
by Charles Blanchard, illustrated by Merald Clark; hardcover $19.95, softcover $9.95
Fisherfolk of Charlotte Harbor, Florida
by Robert F. Edic; hardcover $35.00
Florida's First People
by Robin Brown, Pineapple Press, hardcover, $29.95
Missions to the Calusa
by John H. Hann, U. Press of Florida, hardcover, $35.00
Florida's Indians
by Jerald T. Milanich, U. Press of Florida, softcover, $19.95
Archaeology of Precolumbian Florida
by Jerald T. Milanich, U. Press of Florida, softcover, $27.95
Indian Art of Ancient Florida
by Barbara Purdy, U. Press of Florida, hardcover, $35.00
Song of the Tides
by Tom Joseph, a historical novel about the Calusa, Univ. of Alabama Press, $19.95
Eyes of the Calusa
by Holly Moulder, a historical novel for young readers, winner of the silver medal in young adult fiction
from the Florida Publishers Association, White Pelican Press, $ 8.95
The Crafts of Florida's First People
by Robin Brown, step-by-step guide to making Florida Indian tools and containers (for ages 10 and up), Pineapple Press, softcover, $9.95
Images from the Calusa Heritage Trail
Art by Merald Clark, 4"-x-6" postcards, full-color, set of 11 cards, $4.50
The Domain of the Calusa: Archaeology and Adventure in the Discovery of South Florida's Past
DVD video, $12.95
Expedition Florida: Three-program Set
(From Exploration to Exhibition; The Wild Heart of Florida; Wild Alachua) -,
DVD video, $24.95 .
RRC logo Hat $20.00
RRC logo short-sleeve cotton staff shirt
(specify size: S, M, L, XL) $35.00
RRC logo short-sleeve cotton T-shirt .
(specify Adult size: S, M, L, XL) $15.00
(specify Child size: XS, S, M) $12.00 ii.)
RRC logo tote bag $10.00 -
RRC logo coffee mug $10.00 "- -

To place order, make check payable to: Randell Research Center
or fill in credit card information and mail to:
Randell Research Center / PO Box 608 / Pineland FL 33945.
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