Volume 10 Issue 3
 September 2014

The General Meetings of the Seminole Historical Society begin at 7 p.m.
on the fourth Wednesday of each month, except during the summer months and December.
Meetings are held in Room 210B if the Seminole Recreation Center
(Holland G. Mangum Center), 9100 113th Street, across from City Hall.
Admission is free. Meetings are open to the public.
We encourage everyone to join the Society for a nominal annual fee.
Membership includes this Newsletter to let you know of future programs
and to keep you advised of plans for our new Museum and meeting place.


September 24, 2014
BonSue Brandvik, preservationist and author of historic romance novels, will speak to us about on-going efforts to salvage the iconic Belleview Biltmore hotel. From its opening in 1897, the magnificent resort attracted many visitors to Clearwater and played a significant role in the development of Pinellas County. Now, after reining over the highest bluff on the Gulf Coast for a hundred years as the largest occupied wooden structure in the world, it has fallen upon hard times. Although its future is in dispute, it is still the source of legends, lore and reports of paranormal activity. BonSue sill bring copies of her novel “Pearls: Spirits of the Belleview Biltmore” (her second novel, “Ripples,” is nearing completion. She will come early to sign books for those interested.

October 22, 2014
This is the fourth year in a row,that the City of Seminole’s Community Development Director, Mark Ely, has come to bring us up to date on what’s going on in the city. And there will be plenty to talk about, especially the big new complex down by Bay Pines and the proposed Seminole Mall replacement. Mark has been our Community Development Director since October 1, 2006 and is responsible for overseeing long-range planning and zoning, development and redevelopment, and coordinating with the building division and code enforcement staff. He is a graduate of Seminole High School and University of Florida.

November 19, 2014

Eugene B. Mohney served in the Unived States (Army?) from 19—in (where?) and returned home to Seminole in 19--. He …. did what?... in business with his father, Chickens, apartments etc. Worked for Col. Rhodes. He married his sweetheart Marilyn Johnson in 19—and they had four children--- Alan, Andy, Beverly and Sarah. He has been a member of Kiwanis since 19—with a perfect attendance record. …sold light bulbs and Christmas trees. At Seminole Methodist Church he……..Member of Seminole Civic Club. What else?

The Future Home Of The
Seminole Historical Society Museum

is taking shape! Drive through City Park and take a look at the exterior (they probably wouldn’t let you go inside). Don’t want to predict or prognosticate, which might “jinx” us; but wouldn’t it be nice to be moving in next year and celebrating our Grand Opening? Keep us in mind if you have items that should be displayed in the museum. Grab one of the Directors to tell us what you might want to donate to the Museum, or email one of us. Here are some items we’re most anxious to receive: Note: Jimmy is writing a paragraph to go here.

Note: Do I need to borrow photo from Beacon or will someone please take a picture?

Note Sandy and Sue: We used to have phone numbers of Directors in the Newsletter. How about listing our emails instead? At least some of us.


Recently we have made a serious effort to set up our mailing list with email addresses for everyone. If we can send the Newsletter to your email addresses, it will save us the cost of paper, ink and postage, not to mention labor to fold and stuff. If you receive this Newsletter in printed form, that means we don’t have an email address for you. If you HAVE an email address, send it to maggiemoonbeam@gmail.com or call 391-1433. If you want to reach one of the Society’s officers, here are our email addresses:

President - Sandra Holloway
VP/Historian - Jimmy Vines
Membership Chr - Celeste Horn
Publicity Chr - Nancy Barlow
Secretary - Linda Emslie
Treasurer - Michele Abramo
title? - Betsy McBride
Parliamentarian - Gloria Douglas

Garden Society

REMEMBERING SPRINGTIME even as we slide closer to Fall.  Wasn’t our Garden Tour delightful?  Our President Sandy has two acres of loveliness that makes you want to live in the Florida that used to be.  (The young lady in yellow dress) enhanced the beauty of the day.  Gypsy Wind and Hammerhead Society of Tampa Bay provided musical background. 


We Appreciate You

THANK YOU to (I think it was Hottin) who donated name tags for the Directors – now you can find us  to share your thoughts about future programs or the museum or whatever is on your mind….

Music In The Park

Again this year, the Society has signed up as a sponsor for Music in the Park.  We were sponsors for the September _00__ performance and we’ll be there again on Friday, October 00__ .  Come by our table for a visit!  Look forward to seeing you there.  We enjoy being part of this pleasant community event.  Thanks to the Recreation Department – don’t they do a great job!