Mary Butera was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1918. Her father’s successful sweet potato canning business brought the family to Alabama before her father sold the business to take up real estate. Her father bought large tracts of land in South Florida and the Panhandle, including parts of Wakulla County and St. George Island. Mary arrived in Sopchoppy, Florida with her family in 1923.
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Betty Oaks-Green was born in Crestview Florida in 1933. Her father traveled around the state working on various road construction and airport projects from the Space Coast to Eglin Air Force Base. Betty remembers traveling in a two-room wooden house on wheels and just setting up camp wherever work required. Life on the road presented some coastal land purchasing opportunities for her parents, but five dollars an acre seemed awfully expensive at the time.
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Homer Harvey was born in Arran, Florida, on June 15, 1916, just a few miles from the present-day city of Crawfordville in Wakulla County. Not much is left of Arran anymore, except the namesake Crawfordville-Arran Highway and a few photographs. His father was also a seine fisherman, farmer, and cattleman. Homer picked up his father's agricultural vocation full-time after graduating high school.
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Eloise Strickland was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, September 30, 1912. She moved with her family to Sopchoppy as a young girl when her father became the only physician in the area. She was in the second graduating class of Sopchoppy High School and then helped to get the facility accredited by raising funds for a school library.
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Emmett Whaley is a Florida native from Wakulla County. His earliest entrepreneurial memories focus on hunting and trapping polecats (skunks), foxes, and raccoons for their hides when he was just eight years old in 1924. A good day would net four or five animals.
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