Thirteen members of the Tuesday Study Club were present at the Oct. 16 meeting at Brandt Ridge.
Kathy Eiden presented the program for the afternoon based on her recent trip to Florida. She first read a humorous newspaper article about grits, commonly served in the South. She then described the Edison/Ford Winter Estates in Ft. Myers where both Thomas Edison and Henry Ford had winter homes.
Thomas Edison’s laboratory is on display. He was an amazing man and had 1093 patents on his inventions. He was also a horticulturist, evidenced by the many gardens.
Edison, Ford, and Firestone were good friends and worked together to grow a plant that would be a source of rubber.
Kathy next spoke about the author, Patrick Smith, who wrote an excellent history of Florida called “A Land Remembered.”
Florida was the first frontier, and is also one of the last. Ranches covered vast areas of the state. The cowboys were called “crackers” because of the way they cracked their whips.
Kathy also showed a video, “A Sense of Place,” in which Patrick Smith told about Florida. Florida is the “salad bowl” of the country, raising a large percentage of the fruits and vegetables that we eat.
Smith also wrote several novels, the first of which was “Forever Island,” in which he told about the Seminole Indians.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the home of Linda Beam. Jo Yock will be the hostess and Barb Hahnfeldt will present the program.