Mayor shares history at St. Joseph historical society meeting

Mayor Magidson swears in the 2013 historical society officers.
Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 09:33 AM.

“There are people here who’ve made history,” said Mayor Mel Magidson Jr., as he surveyed the room at the St. Joseph Historical Society meeting.

Magidson was the guest speaker at the group’s annual meeting which took place Friday at Sunset Coastal Grill.

President Charlotte Pierce welcomed everyone, led the invocation and reviewed the previous year before enjoying a meal from the local establishment.

After dinner Magidson shared some of Port St. Joe’s historical treasures from the group that he’d found in his mother’s collection including a photo of the 1948 Rotary baseball team, and the very first issue of The Star newspaper printed at the local paper mill in 1938.

Magidson brought these artifacts to remind those in attendance that July will mark the town’s 100th anniversary and will be celebrated with many events over the summer.

The memorabilia emphasized town’s rich and occasionally disastrous history.

In an article from 1839, Old St. Joseph was noted for having the third railroad in Florida and the 12th in the United States.

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