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Record Group Number: 900000
Series/Collection Number: M96- 2
Creator: Barcus, Louise, b. 1865 or 6
Title, Dates: Journal, 1895-1912.
Amount: 1.00 v.
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Biographical/Historical:     Mrs. Louise Barcus was born in 1865 or 1866.  She lived in Springfield, Ohio, and in Virginia and attended college in Indiana. She was married three times, the third time to Mr. Barcus.  She had at least three children: Helen, born around 1893 in Virginia; George, born around 1896 in Virginia; and May, born around 1900 in Missouri.  At some time between 1900 and 1907, Mrs. Barcus moved to Florida, apparently after her husband had died (in several memoirs and histories, Mrs. Barcus is mentioned, but not her husband, and she is listed in the 1910 census as a widow).  Around 1907, Mrs. Barcus moved with her uncle, Arvid P. Curry, to Flamingo, Florida, a settlement of about a dozen families just east of the East Cape of Cape Sable.  Mr. Curry and Mrs. Barcus were cane growers and had a small store where they sold tobacco and other sundries.  Mr. Curry also served as the postmaster of Flamingo from 1907 to 1909. Flamingo is now a headquarters for the Everglades National Park services and operations.  Before 1910, Mrs. Barcus moved to Princeton in Dade County, where she filed a homestead and taught at the town school for three or four years prior to 1912.  She also served as the Princeton postmistress and wrote fiction for the Saturday Evening Post and Ladies Home Journal.
Summary:     This collection consists of a journal maintained by Louise Barcus.  The journal first contains a list of personal accounts for drug store items.  Following the accounts is a section entitled "Reminiscences" and "Cape Sable Notes."  When Mrs. Barcus wrote these notes is unclear, but the events discussed range in date from 1895 to 1912.  The notes contain information on the pioneers of Flamingo and Cape Sable (births, deaths, occupations, etc.) and on area events (storms, settlements, etc.).
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Ownership/Custodial History: The donor, William Myers, is married to the granddaughter of Louise Barcus.
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General Note: A partial transcription of the journal is located in the case file.
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Subject Access Fields: Pioneers Florida
Sable, Cape (Fla.)
Everglades (Fla.)
Flamingo (Fla.)
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