Into the Florida Wilderness


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Into the Florida Wilderness, Pioneer life and medicine Southwest Florida, "A journey with Drs. Mary and Louis Olds"
Compiled by Elizabeth McDonald Perdichizzi
Published September 1, 2013

The book is based on  fascinating first-hand accounts of life on the edge of civilization before Florida became a tourist and snowbird haven. The story is told  in first person through the lively written diaries, photographs, and letters of three growing daughters of homeopathic doctors Mary and Louis Olds who lived on Marco Island from 1903 to 1920. 

How do you preserve food without refrigeration? Not only that but Mary's challenge was  to create a cultured home, and educate her daughters in a place without roads, electricity, sewage, running water, hospitals, churches, or grocery stores.   Wealthy and socially prominent people from the north were attracted to their modest home two-story home on the Marco River  becoming friends and sharing  beach picnics and family suppers.  
Names like Pinchot, Hornaday, Fielding, Dimock and Halderman float through the  narratives like next door neighbors.

 

ISBN 978-0-9677281-9-3           $19.95



 

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