Martha Munzer Historic Bloggings:
It was in 1925 that the state ofFlorida became a reality to me Until then it had merely been a pictured peninsula jutting out on the southeastern tip of amap of the United States But in that particular year my father caught upin Florida sland fever decided to see for himself whatall the shooting wasabout I1e invited my sister and me to accompany him on his visit Before leaving the north my father hadbought praperty sight unseen somewhere inthe vicinity ofMiami Hemight hereckoned want to invest still further The young citysuddenlyaboom townwasin hirmoil Everyane was talking real estate everyone dreamed of becoming an instant land owner from the sporting gentlemenof the north to the excited bus boys at the new hotel And we in the midst of the bedlam discovered to our dismay that his original land purchase was not solid ground at all but a watery swamp instead My father immediately decided to make no further investment Our disillusionment left me with the feeling that the last place on earth Idwant to come back to would be southeastern Florida Morethanhalf acentury laterhowever I longsince a widow andnow agreat grandmother returned to Florida oncemore The causewasa strange coincidence more likely to occur in fiction than in real life A lieutenant beau ofWorld WarIsince turnedwidower and grandfather found me again after all those many years And the outcome of that joyous reunion We octogenarians presently becameman and wife and soonsettled inLauderdale By The Sea where my new husband had lived for a number of years Known and loved by many of the townspeople as Corky he transmitted his affection forthe town to meuntil it became my town too The place sudden death in was 1986 further It was endeared to me at the time of Corky s during those first dark hours that a police officer arriving with theparamedics stayed compassionately at my side untildawn This kindness wasindeed far beyond the call ofduty LaterI learned hisnameBrian Behan one of the town s native sons 111 1Vlany ot nerneighborly acts coupledaith rT ovninaolverrient in town affairs by appointment to the Planning and Zoning Board have made this tov rnthe place inwhich Godwilling I should like to spend the rest of my days During these lastmonths lvebeen invited and helped by the toz vris administration to chronicle a most absorbing and uniq e story Without the assistance ofthe townsfolk themselves both old timers and newcomers the task would not have been possible Unfortunately owing to limitations of time and space it was not feasible to arrange intervie vswith all but a selected few Each member of our community would I feel sure have an interesting story to tell Itis with regret that so many individual reminiscences had to be omitted Despite these unavoidable gaps it is with pleasure that I present this living history ofLauderdale ByThe Seaits beginning its growth and its journey toward the future. The Sea is unique an oasis in a desert of towering concrete Its mile of beachfront with low profile buildings set far backfrom the ocean is awelcome interruption to the giant condos bordered by narrow strips ofsand both to the south at Fort Lauderdale and to the north at Sea Ranch Lakes neighbor to Pompano Beach It is hard to believe that this tiny stretch of land swas once a freshwaterswamp withsemi tropical vegetation sedges and wildlife includingalligators snakes and mosquitoes Yesthe site ofour town was originally a minute part of the vast South Florida wetlands edged by a beautiful expanse of beach with protective coastal dunes and coral reefs not far from shore The ecology of thisarea on the fringe ofthe original Everglades was drastically altered early in this century with the dredging of South Florida swetlands and the completion of the Intracoastal Waterway The ocean itself started seeping into the freshwater marshes all along the southern coastofFlorida until these wetlands were altered to such an extent that tangles of mangroves gradually replaced the freshwater vegetation Why not wondered the first daring pioneers of the early 1900s get rid of the mangroves dredge the marshesand begin to develop the waterfront property The real estate boom the Florida fever of the mid twenties quickly accelerated the process This vvaseactlywhatwastaking place in otr orrn region when anenterprising realestate companyYIFMorang and Son started to sell improved lots in a growing seacoast village called Pompano Beach Furthermore 1wIorang deep in a number of ventures had platted the area south ofPornpa noland svhich he ecpected wouid become an additional neT vtown borclering the ocean And that s Vvhere another daring far sighted pioneer came in a man from the north called Melvin IAnglin The history of the founding and development of Lauderdaie ByThe Seawasrelated to meby hisdaughter l4lrsMargaret Demko a lively and engaging matron who still lives inthe second home her father built for his wifeSarah and their six children This attractive two storySpanish styleAnglin Homestead can be seen onthe eastern side ofwhat is now traffic laden State RoadA1more elegantly called North Ocean Drive Mrs Demko ssonWesley and Shelby Dale the family slong timeattorney and partner invarious enterprises joined us as we sat at a window table at the Wharf This restaurant originally built owned and runbyMargaret Demko and her family overlooks what to me is one of the most beautiful sights on earth the longstretch of white sand the foamy breakers the blue greenof the sea over the coralreefsthe fishingpier addinga shaxpman madeaccentnd the ever changingoverarching sky Itis small wonderthat when1VlelvinAnglin first discovered the pristine pierless oceanfront more than 60 years ago he fell in love withthis very spot and decided that thiswasthe place for him and his family and those to join him in the future Hewould buy the land platted by Mr Morangand develop a new town Who was this enterprising and adventuresome man with the bold vision Melvin I AnglinofBritishand Irish descent wasawell todobuildingcontractor and real estate investor in hishome townof Gary Indiana He was attracted to southeastern Florida in theearly twenties and to Palm Beach in particular Interested as he was in homebuilding he had soon established a sawmill inFlorida stown of Madison One day hehopped into hiscarand bumped hisway on the dirt road that led from Palm Beach to the new town ofPompano Beach way out the road from FortLauderdale He thenstrolledsouthward along the oceanfront Itwasindeed a long walk a hike thatwasto lead to the creation ofLauderdale ByThe Seaa brand new town
AfterAnglinhad decided that this spot wasthe best piece of oceanfront property around he determined to supply the finances needed to make Morang svisionary town a reality The transaction wasconfirmed on Christmas Eve in1924 Melvin his wife Sarah and their sons Tom andBiil werethefirstresidentsofLauderdale ByThe Sea The original platting of the town from the ocean to Poinciana Street with the later addition of newly filled in land up to the Intracoastal Waterway cantrols the growth of the town to this day When the catastrophic hurricane hit Florida inSeptember 1926 the real estate boom collapsed and the promotion ofLauderdale By The Sea wasbroughtto a halt However the town came back to life just a year later with Melvin Anglin as first mayor and constable Then it wasabolished as anindependent municipality in 1933 during the Great Depression returning to and remaining under county jurisdiction until a new charter instituted in 1947 wasvalidated in the 1949 session of the Florida legislature Lauderdale ByThe Sea marks 1947 as its officialbirthday By this timeAnglinwasgetting on inyears He haddistributed choice pieces ofproperty among hischildren including hissonsTom and Bill However in1948 when he decided to set up a trust for all his unsold lots heput their titles in the names ofhis elderdaughters Fay Lundsford and Margaret Demko Using initials instead of first names for the trustees R F Lundsford and M H Demko the real estate people were constantly amazed when they discovered that titles to the lots to be sold werein the hands of two women At that time inFlorida it wasunusual anddifficult for a female to deal inreal estate Over the years however they made a name for themselves as sharp and competent sellers of the platted land They developed a program to keep the most desirable properties under99yearleases rather than selling them For example the land under much of the Howard Johnson s motel andparking lot at the northern end oftown is still held inthis fashion all the way from RouteA1to the ocean Before their deaths Melvin and Sarah Anglingave the town a tremendous boost whenthey presented it with thelots onwhichCity Hall stands as well as what was to become a town park just to the west The trustees Lundsford and Demko besides selling lots developed some oftheirproperties themselves includingtheAnglins Mel Saxa Apartments where Howard Johnson s Villas now stand andthe WharfRestaurant erected bythe Demkos The pier originally builtand rebuiltby theirfather andtheWharf run by new proprietors are now under 99 and 40yearleases When Mrs Lundsford died in 1987 her younger brother Bill took her placeas trustee of the family properties One ofthevery first residents he still lives in Lauderdale ByThe Seaon Allenwood DriveAs for Margaret Demko ifyou thinkshe has retired by now you are quite mistaken With her son Wes and theirlawyer Shelby Dale she travels each summer to Franklin in the GreatSmoky Mountains of North Carolina where they assume their roles as proprietors of Dale and Demko sRubyMine thecompleteresort for Rock Hounds Margaret Demko has indeed inherited her father s pioneering spirit She is quite a remarkable lady a citizen of our town of whom we may well be proud Business women rarities in the early part ofthecentury played an unusually large role in the promotion and growth of our town After Fay and Margaret the Anglin girls along came two other women both professionalRealtors One wasMrsBoulware but no one in town seems to remember her except by name Her story is therefore lost to the town s history Mrs Alice Myatt Lord sadventuresome career in Lauderdale ByThe Seaishowever by nomeans lost Her real estate company is still inbusiness inits second home onA1just northofCommercial Boulevard Mrs Lord died a few years agoat the age of84 but her sonFrankMyatt a zestfulsilver hairdmanis still very much alive actively carrying on from where his mother left off Alice Lord and her son travelled from Sharon Connecticut to Miami Beacharound 1935 Frankwasthen a firstgrader His mother who hadwritten a daily column for a local paper up north went into the realestate businessonce she reached South Florida As forFrank he wasquickly enticed by the call of the sea and as he grew older became a charter boat fisherman After Lauderdale ByThe Seawas finally and permanently incorporated in 1947 Alice Lord decided that a bright future might well await her there She and her son found a homeinthe Beachway Apaxtments onElmar Drive close to the ocean Soon she opened a real estate office next door to the pier Many of the lots on which homes motelsand apartments now stand weresoldbyLord sRealty Inc through the efforts of this energetic and successful businesswoman joined by her son Frank after he had completed his education Alice spent a bit of her spare time inFranklin North Carolina near the Tiffany mines where she enjoyed hunting andfindingrubies Soon she becameengagedinreal estate inthearea andit wasshe who
nduced the Demkos to come upand lookaround And that show the Dale and Demko Mountain Resort got started As for Alice Lord it wasin Franklin in the mining country of the Great Smokies she so enjoyed that she spent her last days I mongthe very earliest families to make history inLauderdale ByThe Sea were the Glenn Friedts Glenn Sr and his wife Lucy a nativeof North Carolina came down to southeastern Florida from GrossePointeMichigan in the thirties They settled duringthe northern cold winter months in the town that was then called Hollywood ByThe Sea They enjoyed theirwinter excursionsso much that they decided to stay inFlorida longenough to enable theirchildren Glenn Jr and Theodore to get their schooling in the South Mr FriedtSr had made his start inthe electroplating field At the time he wasmanufacturing and selling auto parts and railroad appliances in the midwest not only in Michigan but in Ohio and Kansas as well Eventually he became a highly successful entrepreneur dealingin manufacturinginthe North and developing real estate inthe South The Friedts had a deep love of the land In 1938 whilelooking for more open space The Sea There waslittle in Florida to discover they chanced upon Lauderdale By asidefrom surfand sand half of the main street now Ocean Drive being covered with the white gritty stuff They found only a fewhouses but were attracted to a new spick and spantwo bedroombungalow onElmar Drive and El Prado Eventually though it wasnot at first for sale the Friedts were able to buy Villa Serena for their new home Soon they built afourapartment addition to accommodate their midwestern friends In the very early days the only telephone in town was at the Friedts shared by those in need of a connection with civilization One of Lucy Friedt smemories is of a neighbor named Helen Neff This sturdy pioneer and her husband made bricks out of which they fashioned an adobe likehome Gradually when alone she constructed with her own hands torental units in the same pioneering way Though other buildings were beginning to spring up World VNar II put an end to development The town for all intents and purposes was dead ordying inthe words of Ted Friedt Hea tall well set upman inwhatmay indeed be his retirement years except that he is far from retired recalls vivid scenes ofWorld War IItheconvoys going by the wreckage of ships floating down the beach the frightening darkness during the periodic blackouts At the tail endof the War the Friedts had so many friends and associates wishing to join them for winter vacations that they started additional building on their extensiveA1Elmar Drive property First they constructed a 12unitmotel andthen a numberofothers all comprising arelated series of touristaccommodations One large lot south ofEl Prado andjust east of today s Town Hallwasleft vacant My motherused to play an active role inourmotel enterprise recalls Ted Friedt She took great pleasure in overseeing the management of the complex to make sure things were just right In the early fifties the Friedts acquired the large block of property at the newlyplatted SurfandYacht Estates which runsfrom the ocean to theIntracoastal at the southern end of town One oftheir enterprises was the dredging of an east we canal giving new residents on its banks access to the Intracoastal Waterway by boat Today the condos Fountainhead and Caribe the only high rise structures in town and approximately 100 fine single family homes separate the south end of Lauderdale ByThe Seafrom Fort Lauderdale One of the actions of which the family is most proud is the role it played in bringing city water into Lauderdale ByThe SeaA member of the family travelled to Chicago to see Arthur T Galt owner of the property bordering the southeastern tip of our town This area wasto become the high risedevelopment known as Galt Ocean Mile But at the earlier time this land was still a jungle ofmangroves andpalm trees A trench wasdug northand south across the property thus enabling Lauderdale ByThe Seato acquire its water supply from the city ofFort Lauderdale As one wanders through the streets of the town today one is well awarethat the Friedts werenot only residents but added their visible stamp to the community Across from Town Hall to the west isFriedtPark Inaddition thereis asign thatreadsFriedtFellowship Hallon thenorthside ofthe town s CommunityPresbyterian Church just south of the park In recent years when the church fell on hard times Lucy and GlennFriedt contributed 100 0to establish a trust fund to help defray the annual shortage of monies to operate the church Yes this family has indeed left its mark onLauderdale ByThe Sea While the Friedts were at their work in the town other enterprising people were building lowrisetourist accommodations onthe waterfront and inlandto the east sideofA1Stillother more modest and less expensive apartments motels and private homes werealso being constructed westward as far as Poinciana Street But what of the expanding number ofpeople who wanted to own more elaborate singlefamily homes orduplexes away from the winter crowds The marshlandwest ofPoinciana Street bounded by the Intracoastal Waterway was gradually being filled in and served as the ideal spot for sizeable homes for those of comfortable means not necessarily interested inrunning tourist attractions One man responsible for the erectionof a number of these new residences wasArthur Seaver from Smithtown New York The Seavers Arthur and Dorothea who owned and managed a successful farm on the north shore ofLong Island started in1940 to pay winter vacation visits to a daughter living inFort Lauderdale Occasionally the pair would drive north on the two lane dirt roadA1to spend the day at the beach at the Sea Ranch Hotel a lovely place as Mrs Seaver recalls She remembers too that alligators used to come slithering by and at night when driving home there wereland crabs by the thousands on the road probably attracted by thecarlights Echoes of the crunching sounds as the car was forced to drive over the crabs still linger in her memoryYet anotherrecollection this onein regard to the firstOakland Park Boulevard bridge which the couple had to cross to reach Lauderdale ByThe SeaItwassome sort ofaone lanedrawbridge she explained Amanstood inthe middle andturnedacrank to open it There was a long wait before you could reach the other side Finally theald bridge wasgetting moreandmore rickety barely held togetherby the paint One day a truck passing over it went straight through and plunged into the water There was nothing to do except to build a second bridge This wasa pontoon brick affairopening for one way traffic only The present two way bridge was built much later Traffic is still slow laughed Dorothea butfor completely different reasons The Seavers weremore and more attracted to Lauderdale By The Seaandin 1948 decided to leave thefarm to bemanaged by a son and to make the towntheir permanent home It would beafine place theyreckoned in which to spendtheir later years Thoughretirement time lay inthe future retirement was not in their blood Mr Seaver who had himself constructed most of the farm buildings around his Long Island homestead became the creator of beautiful residentialhouses notonly inthe townbutinPompano and Fort Lauderdale as well His widow guesses that her husband along with capable assistants must have constructed about 60 homes many situated in the then new Silver Shores subdivision near the Intracoastal Waterway The Seaver home now shared with her daughter Lyn Shupe a former commissioner and an active Realtor by profession is one model Arthur Seaver built It is attractively designed spacious and airy withextra largewindowsfront andback ofanexpansive living dining room thus helping to bring the Florida outdoors into the indoors You should see the custom builthouses my husband was responsible for Dorothea remarked They are really elegant It was quite evident that her own home onOceanic Avenue wasin itself a modestly elegant one Dorothea Seaver now in her early nineties is inher own right a remarkable woman She has recently learned to use a computer With its aid she turns out intriguing andcharming computer graphic cards for her relatives and friends But of course she always been a doer andthisparticular activity is only one of her latest An earlier one an absorbing interest that started 40 years ago and continues to thisday is her work as a licensedham radio operator Dorothea has won a citation from the American Radio Relay League for having conducted two waycommunicationwith otheramateur stations in at least 100 countries Fier involvementin the community especially her role inrEelping to found the Women sClub is a story initself A second important developer and builder in the Silver Shores subdivision was Harry Evertzwho withhiswife I3arlene came to Fort Lauderdale from New Jersey in 1943 The family moved in 1956 to make a permanent homehere About 50ofthe attractive houses in the area are due to the skill and fine architectural taste ofHenry Evertz Richard his sonworked for hisdad during some of thisperiod and has remained in his charming old homestead on Oceanic and Tradewinds East Avenues The house is surrounded by three magnificent trees an overarching ficus a tall black olive anda native sea grape Along withhis wife Barbara the couple raised a family of five now grown and scattered but periodically returning with their own families for welcome visits And whata great placethis wasto raise children commented Barbara They had freedom to explore the entire town incomplete safety at leastuntilthe bridgecame Theyalso hadthe companionship ofplenty ofother youngsters And there were all kinds ofparties and other events designed especially for them her husband added The Evertz family became active members of the new Community Presbyterian Church built in 1961 which at that time offered aSunday School for a number of children some of whom Barbara taught while Richard assumed many of the offices of the church We reglad to see the young families who are now coming into our community They bring with them the hope of our having children around once more declared Richard Then he shook his head There are far too few right now Today as empty nesters the Evertzes have kept actively busy Barbarateaches at Broward Community Collegewhile Richard still works in the roofingbusiness Sailing from theIntracoastal to theopen sea is their lasting hoboy Their love of young people is a constant one E1s for recollections of the old days there wasthe memory of an amazing happening some time in the fifties Hndreds of nev 1 hatched sea tartlas about tvvo inches long attracted to helights on Elmar Drive wereheaded inthe wrong direction Tl e police unable to cope sounded bullhorns signalling for help Nlany of the townspeople dashed outto pick up the tiny creatures and head them back to the beach and the sea This incident well illustrates the kind of community spirit tliat has made Lauderdale ByThe Seaa very special place indeed Hermann and Greta Riediger came to town in 1947 with their young son and daughter looking for a country home away from the hustle andbustle ofFortLauderdale Riediger wasthe wine steward and food supervisor at the fashionable Lauderdale Beach Hotel and one of the experts called a sommelier a high order of specialist in the winery field The Riedigers who had met and married in Bermuda first rented an apartment from HelenNeff inoneofthe units she had built with her own hands The family at once started to look for a site on which to erect a permanent home They found the ideal spot on Poinciana Street where one or two houses already stood At that time there was even a glimpse of the sea for there was not yet a church or other building to obstruct the view The town built on an ocean ridge offered opportunities for those willing to brave the deeps to chip off blocks of coral swim to shore and cart them home to erect decorative walls both on their houses andaround the borders The act ofmutilating anddestroying parts of the living rock was finally declared illegal and the practice broughtto a halt But the walls are to be found among other places at the southern end of Poinciana Street in all their original and intricate beauty In 1949 the 1Ziedigersbuilt themselves and their childrenamost attractive home conskructed to vithstand even the most violent huxricane The water they obtained some 40 years ago was dxawn from a w211 which today is used for sprinkling the greenery Tl ehome itself is almcst like a museum with memorable artifacts and pictures ofmany kindsincludingtwoformer presidents Nixon and Kennedy autographedto Iiediger There are autographed likenesses of lesser luminaries too including Ann Landers and Fred Waring Hermann called Harold inthe community retired in1973 but maintains the art ofgracious hospitality And his wife Greta is also a warm andwelcoming person who is still actively involvedinmany aspects of community life Another early bird is Geraldine Murphy a small slendex lady with eyes that sparkle as she tells her story MrsMurphy who still lives on Poinciana Street came to South Florida in 1945 with her husband Clarence and daughter Charlotte They were induced to move to Fort Lauderdale from Petoskey Michigan by their friends who owned and operated Maus and Hoffman still an exclusive meri s store on Las Olas Boulevard These friends urged the Murphys to open an eating place in the neighborhood Bygood fortune theywereable to obtain aconcession in a drug storeacross thestreet where they served three meals aday seven days a week Soon however there wastalk of the small town to the north Jerry Brinkley who ran a flourishing barber shop on Las Olas was beginning to invest in real estate inthat distant area Itwashe who erected The Market Basket nowCircleK onCommercial Boulevard not far from the pier and later the building which presently houses the Village Pump When the Murphys learned ofBrinl ley s new and continuing enterprises they decided to take a chance and make amove They rented an apartment from Bill and Allene Anglinina duplex located where Mack sGroves stands today They then opened The Market Basket as a convenient supplier of vegetables fruits and groceries a most welcome service to an area distant from such conveniences in Pompano and Fort Lauderdale Recalling thatinthe late fortiesLauderdale ByThe Seawas stillontheborderofSout Florida sprimitivewetlandsdat ghr Charlotte nowthe manager of the Cham aerof Commerce well remembers an organizedalligator huntin town Imagine lassoing not one or tfvo but 15 ofthose reptiles in a single day Later the a alligators wp re eleased nharmed into the marshes west of town During this same period Brinkley continued his clevelopment projects erecting a building suitable for a restaurant and a cocktail lounge Upon completion the restaurant was opened and the as Murphy s liquor store wasmoved next to it where it operates today as the Village Pump andPackage Store The restaurant flourished for Mrs Murphy sreputation as a superb cook made the rew eating place famous What wasevenmore memorable wasthe take outhamburger hour from noon till100pmwhenthe dining roomwasclosed It was then that people came to the kitchen through the back door to place their orders The business grew to such an extent that Mrs Murphy had to acquire extra help But the several hundred hamburgers sold each day wereneverallowed to leaveher kitchen without her vigilant supervision Those hamburgers wereso fabulous thatevenafter Mrs Murphy sold the restaurant now Blanca swhich serves Italian Continental food one can still find atake outburger west side and a window on the building s huge painted sign on the wail on the ocean side proclaiming Blanca sFamous Murphy sBurgers Thus thememory and practice lingers on From Florence Behan one of the realold timers come other parts of thetown s earlyhistory The HughBehansweregoodfriends of the Murphys having lived in the same town inMichigan Both familieshad mutual friends already living in Fort Lauderdale Soin 1949Hughand Florence with theirtwochildren alsodecided to pull up stakes and start anewin the thriving city inSouth Florida Four more children were soon added to the family and the Behans began to think about moving again khis time to that small developing town to the north Atfirst they lived in the duplex in which the Murphys started out Then they purchased The Market Basket from their friends and the second telephone in town was installed Behan hard worker that he was ran his store successfully until his death in1976At the beginning The Ilarket Basket raas neighbor to P1acQ s Sundry Store Aiice Lord sReal Estate office Thornpson sgas station and the liquor store Business activities were confined to this small cluster ofbuildings in the early days As tirnewnt an t12Behans were able to purchase a piecQ of property on Corsair Avenue in the north estpaxt of town Theirs wasone of the first homes to be erected on theblack and to this day the only two storybuilding onCorsair They needed this extra floor to accommodate their large family which had added two boys making a total ofeight children Florence Behan a small slim young lookingwoman despite her tellale neatly trimmed snow white hair is a gold mine of information about the town searly days She recalls a river named the Spanish and a pond on the north end of Poinciana just across the street from Mrs Murphy s home In addition to the alligators and gnats Florence remembers civet cats andthe coons that wereable to lift the lids off garbage cans to helpthemselves andtheexcitement aboutrattlesnakes discovered close to the new Community Presbyterian Church This wildlife represented the last traces of the wetlands whose elimination to make way for the town had not yet been completed Mrs Behan also recalls a hurricane in 49 or 50with winds of 80 miles an hour and a freak storm in 195b during which waves raged out of bounds flooding the neighborhood streets These quirks of nature added excitement to the routine ofdaily living and the raising of a large family Besideher verbal recollectionsMrsBehan has a hostofsnapshots showing the way things looked inthe old days These pictures she has preserved and treasured throughthe years Her comfortable cozy home filled with memorabilia tells a tale ofits own of a pioneer family having deep roots in a placethey have valued for many years as their own home town Pioneering along the undeveloped caast of southeast Florida during the second quarter of the century wasno easy matter even with dirt roads and automobiles to lead the way There was filled in land to make ready for building homes gardens to plant fruit trees to grow distant shopping facilities to have to reach for many of the daily needs of living Then there were biting and crawling insects and the larger swamp wildlife to bring under control It wasa busy but isolated lifeat first with so fewpeople each family fendingfor itself Butgregarious humans weresoon to learning organize into groups for mutual assistance companionship entertainment and good works Among these groups and there gradually grew to be werethe Women s many Club Hibiscus Kiwanis Lions and its Auxiliary Rotary Property Owners Association Women sAssociation of the Community Presbyterian Church Young at Heart Club Volunteer Fire Department and the Citizens Beautification Committee each with its unique story TheWomen sClub wasoneofthe veryfirst to become The organized story ofthisclub s beginning wasrecounted by Dorothea Seaver one of the club s organizers and first members Very fewyear roundfamilies lived in town butpresently there wereenough so thatsix women decided to form a club Mrs the Linardy first mayor after the town srebirth in 1947 was one of itsorganizers The othersethe tllrnesFii YnistonParkhill Wolfe Fartell and Judge They veers able to rounduf 19others amcng therm Dorothea Seaver They first rnec inCarrie Humiston sYVhite Cap a small beach cottage which today houses apartments of the carne name The ladies fistepressed desire was to 1raea clubhouse os their oven In 1947 when Lauderdale layThe Seawasofficially made a municipality aMen sImprovement Association had been formed headed by George Widekind as president and Prank Parkhill Ed DeBroghe Ralph Wolfe and FrankHumiston as officers These were the men who told the infant Women sClub they might build their clubhouse onthe point ofland atwhichA1andBougainvilla came together The womenraised the money for materials the menvolunteered to providethe labor Doughnuts and coffee wereoffered the workers to encourage them as they sweated under South Florida sfabled sunshine The building was crudely finished iri 1949 and was called the Civic Center because the cammission police department and town clerk all used it for headquarters That fall a concrete platform was erected at the back of the building The event was celebrated by a masquerade Halloween party A four piecebandfor square dancing the serving ofhot daps rolls apples soft drinks and cider spiked personally if desired provided gala entertainment at the cost of 50 cents per person A Christmas party was soon inaugurated for the children Santa alias Marion Frolich handed out candy and gifts to the youngsters The invitations to a holiday party for the grown ups were sent by Martha Donaldson secretary of the club The rhymed messages werewrittenby hand andsent onpenny postcards For this particular event she wrote Come to our Christmas dinner We hold one every year To meet your neighbors And spread good cheer Lots of fun and good food too Please comewe llbe expecting youSoon the club wasoutgrowing its small Civic Center clubhouse So in 1954 the members started talking seriously about building their very own Ylithtreasury funds of2000 the club vvas able to purchase a piers ofland inthe newly platted Silver Shores subdivisioninthe far western section of town bordered by the Intracoastal Waterway and just north ofCommercial Theretofore this section wasstill partof the mangrove wilderness Tales were circulated that pirates had buried treasure at this identical spot Many of the townsfolk went on searching parties but all they everdug up wasan old rusty still As plans for the clubhouse progressed money became the prime necessity Old Margaret Kirkpatrick kept saying inher Irish brogue Sure and Iwantthe club to be builtwhileImstill here to see itTrue to her goal she crocheted an exquisite scarf which at a raffle added 100 to the club s treasury Ten 1000 bonds weresold and the constnution job put up for bids The lowest bidder after cutting out all extras except for the acoustic ceiling and drinking fountain erected the new clubhousefor 12000 The groundbreaking ceremony took placein1956 The then Presidentofthe club Marie Weisbrod dug the first spadefulofearth Mayor Brady provided the oratory and the Reverend Finn of the Community Presbyterian Church the blessing With four walls and a roof over their heads the first meeting took place at the new bareones clubhouse which has since been beautifully panelled and decorated The old Civic Center wasgiven to the Chamber of Commerce which still has its headquarters at 4201 North Ocean Drive In the club slater days many activitieswereadded Aside from the monthly meetings there are now various kinds ofbridge games and money raisingevents for civic causes In 1976 a flu scare swept thecountry andtheWomen sClub wasaskedto man theimmunization program for the town Hundreds ofpeople weregiven shots andthe organizers of the project werepresented with an award by the State ofFlorida sDepartment of Health and Rehabilitative Services Inan effort to diversify and reach those of varying interests the club has over the years arranged for a number of musical events including choral singers a fashion show a book review bingo and outside speakers on a variety of subjectsTheclub nOTi inuri beTS GVer 1v03rcis a focalCitn br ng taget rierald tnersmid tlitrSnwCa13 lersand alsomany tiv1Za nOW live in neighboring toyvns The VVamen sClub inc edserves a useful and sappyprose in the lives or msany ofcurto nrr speopie orrice butno lor ger cna rnas the weaker sex Another organization mativa cedby a banding together for good works is our Lions Club which had its birthday inJune 1956 under the presidency ofWilliam Bond Only ttivo of the 25 charter members Mel Rice andSidney Kirkpatrickboth earlypresideni sare still living Dr John Del Zioanather president in the early seventies was kind enough to providebackground on the history of the Lions lub founded in 1917 an organization with branches all overthe world Originally at the suggestion of Helen Keller the first clubadopted as its mission Sight for the Blind This goal gradually took many forms eye conservation storing eyes in eyebanks all kinds of equipment for eye caxein conjunction withhospitals glasses forthose unable to afford them braille typewriters for the people to whom these welcomegifts gave a newkind ofsight Hundreds ofblind men and womenhave thus found the ability to be part of the community because the Lions treat them as humans The club sfirst community service included theplacing of flags onnational holidays throughout whateverbusiness section existed at the time This task was later taken over by the newly organized volunteer fire department Most exciting werethe Fourth of July fireworks on the beach at El Prado This event was also started by the Lions and eventually turned over to the fire department What celebrations these occasions tLirned out to be The eye filling ear piercingohingandahingfestivities had eventually to be abandoned as they became too hazardous and unmanageable for the ever swelling crowds InMay in the sixties aYouth Week wasinauguratedunder the sponsorship ofthe Lions It was theywho supplied the original funds and the leg work far most of the activities All young people between 12 and 18 years old were permitted !!!