Resource Persons
(Interviews, photographs, correspondence)

Addison, Will
Barber, R. H.
Bass, Zona Durrance
Bowden, Beryl Lovvorn
Bowden, Eugenia Hollingsworth Simmons
Caldwell, Flora Chandler
Chance, Earle
Chance, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. T.
Conely, Martha Godard
Darrow, Dorothy
DeVane, Park
Durrance, Carl
Durrance, Christine Alderman
Emerson, Addie Holmes
Evans, Shelley Coats
Hamilton, Wanda
Hancock, Ada
Hancock, Clyde
Henderson, Bruce
Hendry, Mr. and Mrs. William
Hunt, Zetta Durrance
Kerce, Fran
LaMartin, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L
Lawson, Wilburn
Leggett, Gordon
Livingston, Richard
Mackim, John
Meserve, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis M.
Minehan, Ruth
Padgett, Roy
Presley, Etta Swain
Price, Kent
Raulerson, Mr. and Mrs. Hiram
Raulerson, Lottie
Schwarfschwerdt, Lavina Schilling
Thompson, Douglas
Trumble, Ruth
Underhill, William Steve
Valentine, Twila
Walker, Thelma Holmes
Walston, Charlotte Daughtry
Whisenant, Esther Ehrhart
Wilson, Bobbie LaMartin

Public Documents

U.S. National Archives
1880 Census, Brevard County, Florida.
Reference Report on Post Offices at Basinger, Fort Drum and Okeechobee, Florida. 105
State of Florida
Florida census, 1885, Brevard County, Florida.
Okeechobee County
Incorporation Record I
Minutes - County Commissioners I
Miscellaneous Record I
Plat Book I
1921 County School Records
Osceola County
Teacher’s Report, Bassinger School 28, month commencing August 10, 1908 and ending Sept. 4, 1908.
St. Lucie County
Incorporation Record Number I
Miscellaneous Record I
Teacher’s Daily Register, School Number 14 Situated at Tantie (Okeechobee), 1909.1910
Teacher’s Daily Register, School Number 14 Situated at Tantie (Okeechobee), 1910.1911
City of Okeechobee
Council Minute Book 1915-1919

Newspaper Files

Okeechobee Call
September 23, 1915, November 25, 1915, April 13, 1916, April 26, 1917, March 14, 1918, May 30, 1918
Okeechobee News
Collection of Robert LaMartin beginning in late 1920’s.
Collection of Okeechobee County Historical Society, from 1930’s.
St. Lucie County Tribune 1905 - 1917
Fort Pierce News 1914-1917

Articles in Newspapers, Periodicals and Journals

"All Hail to Okeechobee County, New Star is Added to the Crown." Fort Pierce News, May 4, 1917.
Archer, Mike. "Agriculture Stable, County Sets Eyes on Tourism." Okeechobee News, July 1, 1976.
"Beef Industry Was County’s First Resident." Okeechobee News, Dec. 28, 1972.
"Benefactor of Church Active at 90." The Florida Catholic, March 21, 1975.
Burt, Al "He Longs to be Back Home on the Range." Miami Herald, April 19, 1975.
Cavendish, Henry. "Okeechobee: Beautiful Land and Lake of Sportsmen." Miami News, Nov. 1, 1959.
"Contract Let for New Road." St. Lucie County Tribune, Dec. 30, 1910.
"Dairy Industry Tops in Southeast U.S." Okeechobee News, Dec. 28, 1972.
DeVane, Albert. "Basinger Pioneers Played Important Role in County History." Sebring News, March 28, 1963.
DeVane, Albert. "Old Fort Drum was Sight of a Postwar Indian Trading Post." Tampa Tribune, Dec. 13, 1959.
DeVane, Albert, "They Galloped From Fort Pierce to Fort Drum with the U.S. Mail" Tampa Tribune, date unknown.
DeVane, Park. "First Florida Roads Built by Military." Sebring News, March 18, 1976.
"D. R. McNeil was Laid to Rest at Fort Pierce Wednesday." Okeechobee News, March 13, 1939.
Duncan, W. R. "Rainey Duncan Tells of His First Trip to Fort Basinger from Vero Beach 60 Years Ago." Vero Beach Press-Journal, June 28, 1962.
"Federal Judge Has Entered Decree In County Bond Case," Okeechobee News, Aug. 28, 1942.
"Fishing, Boating, Hunting Abound." Okeechobee News, Dec. 28, 1972. Florida Farmer and Homeseeker, November 1916.
"Fort Drum Cemetery." South Florida Pioneers, Richard M. Livingston, ed., Issue 8, April 1976.
Gregoire, Dawn. "Florida’s First Woman Sheriff in Okeechobee." Okeechobee News, Dec. 13, 1973.
Gregoire, Dawn. "State’s First Woman Sheriff Never Made an Arrest." Palm Beach Times, March 11, 1975.
Griffis, William. "Interesting and Remarkable Facts -About Okeechobee and its People." Okeechobee News, Jan. 6, 1928.
Hancock, Ruby Jane. "Judge Hancock Was the ‘First Citizen’ of Okeechobee County." Tampa Tribune, March 8, 1959.
Hancock, Ruby Jane. "Judge Henry Hudson Hancock, 1868-1951." Tequesta 34 (1974).
Hetherington, Alma. "Okeechobee Has Borne Three Names and Been Part of As Many Counties Since Settlement in 1896." Florida Times-Union, Sept. 24, 1950.
Hetherington, Alma. "Passenger Boats Once Did Thriving Business at Kissimmee." Orlando Sentinel, March 9, 1950.
Hetherington, Alma. "Reverend Dunklin was Called ‘Jesus Man’ by the Seminoles." Belle Glade Herald, Sept. 4, 1969.
Hetherington, Alma. "St. Cloud Editor Recalls Early Days of Basinger School." Okeechobee News, Sept. 18, 1953.
Hughes, Cleo. "Meserve Celebrates Half a Century — Built First Hardwae Store in Okeechobee." Okeechobee News-Mirror, Jan. 14, 1965.
Johnson, H. S. "Cattle Industry is Improving in County." Okeechobee News, Dec. 16, 1938.
Kerce, Fran. "Aunt Merida.-A Pro At Birthing." Palm Beach Post, March 14, 1975.
Kerce, Fran, "County’s Colorful Sheriff Now Has a Marked Grave." Fort Pierce News Tribune, Sept. 2, 1977.
Kerce, Fran. "Life Was Tough Back in Tantie." Fort Pierce News Tribune, Oct. 20, 1977.
Kerce, Fran. "Pogy Bill Still Remembered." Fort Pierce News Tribune, Sept. 2, 1977.
"Large Crowd Was At Dedication of Marker Saturday." Okeechobee News, Nov. 17, 1939.
"Last Indian Countryman Was Yankee Schoolboy Who Came to Okeechobee Adventuring." Okeechobee News, Dec. 31, 1954.
"Mail Delivery in Pioneer Days Accomplished By Horseback, on Foot and By Boat on Big Lake." Okeechobee News, Aug. 20, 1954.
"Mammoth Red Cross Parade." Okeechobee Call, May 30, 1918.
"Markham Brothers Purchased Canning Plant This Week." Okeechobee News, Jan. 13, 1939.
"Noel Rabun Raulerson." South Florida Pioneers, Richard M. Livingston, ed., Issue 10, Oct. 1976.
"Okeechobee Goes Over the Top For Second Red Cross War Fund." Okeechobee Call, May 30, 1918.
"Outstanding Citizen is Dead." Okeechobee News, March 17, 1939.
"Plan Composition Filed By the City in Federal Court." Okeechobee News, Dec. 11, 1942.
Plumb, Milton. "Okeechobee Rancher, 100, Tells of Frontier Days." Tampa Tribune, Dec. 31, 1948.
"Railroad Officials Inspect Okeechobee." St. Lucie County Tribune, Dec. 22, 1911.
"Razing of Southland Hotel Now Under Way." Okeechobee News, Jan. 11, 1968.
"Retired Pastor Celebrates His 84th Birthday." Newspaper and date unknown.
Smiley, Nixon. "Piney Woods Schoolmarm." Miami Herald, Aug. 21, 1966.
Turbyfill, L. S. "Local Man Writes of Okeechobee in Past." Okeechobee News, Dec. 16, 1938.
Van Landingham, Kyle S. "Early History of the Lower Kissimmee River Valley." South Florida Pioneers, Richard M. Livingston, ed., Issue 7, Jan. 1976.
Van Landingham, Kyle S. "William Alderman." South Florida Pioneers, Richard M. Livingston, ed., Issue 4, April 1975.
Weatherly, Max. "County Courthouse An Architectural Prize." Okeechobee News, April 7, 1977.
Weatherly, Max. "To Seine or Not to Seine."Okeechobee News, March 10, 1977.
"Will Create New County." St. Lucie County Tribune, Aug. 9, 1912.

Unpublished Materials

Church Record Book, Okeechobee Primitive Baptist Church
Emerson, Addie. "Old Fort Drum and Some of its People." Typescript. St. Lucie County Museum, Fort Pierce, FIa.
Letter from W. S. Norwood to William Underhill, April 19, 1880.
Sharp, Howard. "Early Fishing on Lake Okeechobee." Typescript. Canal Point, FIa., 1942.


Annual Labor Day Rodeo, Okeechobee, Florida, 1975 program.
First Baptist Church, 50th Anniversary Week brochure, Okeechobee, FIa., 1965.
Morris, Allen, compiler. The People of Lawmaking in Florida, 1845-19 75, Capitol Years, No. 7. Tallahassee: Office of the Clerk, Florida House of Representatives, 1975.


Adams, Alto. The Fourth Quarter. Privately printed, 1976.
Akerman, Joe A., Jr. Florida Cowman, A History of Florida Cattle Raising. Kissimmee, Fla.: Florida Cattlemen’s Association, 1976.
Cash, William T. The Story of Florida. 4 vols. New York: The American Historical Society, Inc., 1938.
Dodson, Pat, ed. Journey Through the Old Everglades, The Log of the Minnehaha. Tampa, Fla.: Trend Publications, Inc., 1973.
Dovell, Junius E. Florida: Historic, Dramatic, Contemporary. 4 vols. New York:
Lewis Publishing Co., 1952.
Hanna, Alfred J., and Hanna, Kathryn A. Lake Okeechobee, Wellspring of the Everglades. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1948.
Kersey, Harry A., Jr. Pelts, Plumes, and Hides. Gainesville, FIa.: University Presses of Florida, 1975.
Leonard, Irving A. The Florida Adventures of Kirk Munroe. Chuluota, Fla.:
Mickler House, Publishers, 1975.
Mahon, John K. History of the Second Seminole War. Gainesville, Fla.: University of Florida Press, 1967.
McKay, D.B., ed. Pioneer Florida. 3 vols. Tampa, Fla.: Southern Publishing Co., 1959.
Miller, Ernest H., compiler. Ft. Pierce and Okeechobee Directory and Gazetteer of St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties, Vol. II, 1918. Asheville, N. C.:
Florida-Piedmont Directory Co., 1918.
Morris, Allen. The Florida Handbook 1977-1 978. Tallahassee, Fla.: The Peninsular Publishing Co., 1977.
Motte, Jacob Rhett, Journey into Wilderness: An Army Surgeon’s Account of Life in Camp and Field During the Creek and Seminole Wars. 1836-1838. Edited by Jas. F. Sunderman. Gainesville, Fla.: University of FLorida Press, 1953.
Sprague, John T. The Origin, Progress, and Conclusion of the Florida War. 1848. Edited by John K. Mahon, Floridiana Facsimile and Reprint Series. Gainesville, Fla.: University of Florida Press, 1964.
Van Landingham, Kyle S. Pioneer Families of the Kissimmee River Valley. Privately printed, 1976.
Will, Lawrence E. Cracker History of Okeechobee. St. Petersburg, Fla.: Great Outdoors Publishing Co., 1964.
Will, Lawrence E. Okeechobee Boats and Skippers. St. Petersburg, Fla.: Great Outdoors Publishing Co., 1965.
Will, Lawrence E. Okeechobee Catfishing. St. Petersburg, Fla.: Great Outdoors Publishing Co., 1965.
Will, Lawrence E. Okeechobee Hurricane and the Hoover Dike. St. Petersburg, Fla.: Great Outdoors Publishing Co., 1961.