Mayor shares history at St. Joseph historical society meeting

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 09:33 AM.

Another column mentioned that the town had over 6,000 residents at its peak.

Magidson shared a personal story about his great grandfather who had the first brick building in town which eventually became a famous boarding house.

On a more somber note, members discussed an outbreak of yellow fever in 1841 and viewed an article from the a 1955 Mobile Press Register that detailed the destruction of Port St. Joe at the hands of a hurricane.

Magidson brought up the tumultuous events not to sadden the group but to remind them, “We’re not going to go anywhere. We’re going to stick around.”

After the Mayor’s speech, the Officers of the Historical Society which included Piece, Vice President Lynda Bordelon, Recording Secretary Linda Wood, Treasurer Pauline Pendarvis, and Parliamentarian Paula Boone were sworn in for the 2013 year and presented Magidson with a check for $5,000 to be donated toward the Cape San Blas Lighthouse relocation and restoration project.

“It’s important that everyone sees it and everyone knows it,” said Pierce of the lighthouse. “It’s important that everyone remembers Cape San Blas.”

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