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 Legendary Locals of Fort Lauderdale
Legendary Locals of Fort Lauderdale
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Legendary Locals of Fort Lauderdale
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From the first settlers, the Lewis family in the 1790s, to the New River Settlement led by William Cooley in the 1830s, to the arrival of Frank Stranahan in 1893, Fort Lauderdale is an “old” young town. Named for the Second Seminole War fort commanded by Major Lauderdale, the town incorporated in 1911. The land boom of the 1910s–1920s brought an influx of people including publicist Commodore Brook, architect Francis Abreu, developer Charles Rodes, and businessmen Moe and Mack Katz. Following the economic downturn after the 1926 hurricane, the postwar boom transformed the sleepy town into the tropical paradise and tourist destination that it is today. Hotelier Bob Gill, developer James Hunt, “Crazy Gregg” Newell, and entrepreneur Wayne Huizenga led that charge. Legendary Locals of Fort Lauderdale also tells the story of groundbreaking civil servants such as Easter Lily Gates and Andrew DeGraffenreidt, civil rights activists Eula Johnson and Dean Trantalis, educators Mae McMillan and Sister Marie Schramko, and sports stars Katherine Rawls, Chris Evert, and Ryan Hunter-Reay.

About the Author:

Todd Bothel
Todd L. Bothel, 48, is a native of Mount Vernon, IA. He has been interested in history since his early school field trips to museums. He has lived in the Fort Lauderdale area since 2003 and is the former curator of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. Bothel previously published a book on historic postcards of Fort Lauderdale.

A graduate of Beloit College (WI) with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, Bothel also received a master’s degree in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University (CA). He has worked as a collections manager at the March Field Air Museum (Riverside, CA), as an assistant curator at the San Bernardino County Museum (Redlands, CA), and as the executive director of the Old Davie School Historical Museum (Davie, FL). Bothel is currently the registrar at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU (Miami Beach, FL).
Bothel hopes that this work will bring back fond memories of the individuals in Fort Lauderdale’s history and will disseminate tell their unique stories throughout the community. This book coincides with the recent centennial of Fort Lauderdale (1911) and the centennial of Broward County (2015).

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