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Subject: 7 Steers Drive-in
Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 02:21:12 EDT

Dear Don, For years I have remembered the 7 Steers hamburgers.It was a drive-in place on Tenn.St..You were probably too young to remember.How can i get some information on the owners and their possible whereabouts? Jane Cross Cartledge.

Dear Jane, In the Leon County library there is a section in the back that has all the old Tallahassee telephone books, LHS yearbooks, City Registries and so forth. I'll see what I can find out for you. And yes I do remember the 7 Steers, also the Corral Drive In, Wagon Wheel, Mutt and Jeff's and the first McDonalds. When I was in Leon High I worked one summer at Jerry's Restaurant on Tennessee Street, it also had a drive-in. My first job in Tallahassee though was selling boiled peanuts downtown (5 cents a bag, I got a penny). I was about 8 or 9 years old then. Like you, I roamed all over town even at that young age. Kids could not do that now, they would get run over for sure, or worse.

Subject: Tally photos
Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 02:03:35 EDT

You cannot imagine my pleasure at seeing the old scenes from the Tallahassee of my childhood. I was born at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in 1945 and graduated from Leon High School in 1963. My mother and father had the Country Flower Shop on South Monroe, down the hill from the capitol building. I have not lived in Tallahassee since I married in the sixties. I live in Oklahoma now. Two of my children have moved to Tallahassee. We seem to teach our kids to love what we love. I have such pleasant memories of those old stores. The movie theaters with the marble walls and velvet couches in the ladies room. The Butler Shoe Store where I bought a pair of black patent high heels for $4.99 (that I made mowing grass).I walked all over those sidewalks. One summer I went to art camp at FSU and I would walk all the way to the flower shop on South Monroe, loving every minute. Oh, how I loved seeing the picture of my old Sealy school. I can remember the smell of the powder the janitor used to clean the floor and the way the cool wooden floor felt to our bare feet, after recess when Mrs.Johnson,(our 6th grade teacher) would let us take our shoes off while she would read to us. On the play ground we played "loop tennis" and "tether ball" and slung ourselves around metal poles hanging by handles on chains (what that was called, I don't remember).I can still remember the food counter at McCory's five and dime store. Lots of workers behind it and the counter full of people on their lunch break. Shopping downtown was so much fun. The shoe store had an x-ray machine to look at our feet in our shoes to see if they fit. We bought Buster Brown shoes there. It was across the street from the State Theater. I worked all day in a dress shop on a corner, near there for $5.00. If we wanted to know who had a date with who, we could find out in the line, outside the "show" on Friday and Saturday nights. Thanks again for the trip down Memory Lane. I hope many more folks will contribute their memories. Jane Cross Cartledge

Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2000 23:57:48 EST

Thank you for letting me come home to Tallahassee whenever I get homesick. I was born at TMH in 1958, and moved away when I went off to college, and then settled in New York City following my graduation. I still come home to visit my family a couple of times each year, but now I can see the town anytime I want. You did a great job! Sincerely, Marianne Mendelson Shulman

Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999
From: "Heather Mendelson"

Dear Mr. Draughon,
I just want you to know how much I appreciate your site, especially the "then and now" pictures of Tallahassee. You have one picture (of Calhoun Street) in which I think I can see the home where my grandfather was born. He went to take pictures of the home before it was demolished (to make a parking garage), but somehow the pictures and negatives have both disappeared. So, you can see that your Web site has been a real pleasure for us.

Heather Mendelson

Subject: Great!!!
Date: Tue, 04 May 1999 21:06:36 -0500
From: Freda Halley

I just want to thank you for taking the time to make this wonderful website. I was born in Monticello but I started first grade in Talla. at Kate Sullivan School. My mother worked at Sears when it was downtown catty-corner from the capitol. I went to the old movie houses in Tallahassee and the fireworks at Lake Ella. Your photos sure bring back old memories. I live in the UP of Michigan now but Tallahassee will alway be home. Thanks again, Freda Halley

Subject: another native remembers
Date: Sat, 6 Mar 1999 19:35:30 EST

Do you remember the ice man? I have the most vivid memories of hot days and cold, wet, dripping ice!

My family lived on the corner of Stadium Drive and Old St. Augustine Street in the early 1950's (where the new soccer field is now,) and I can remember days when the steam rose up from the street in waves of gray mist after a light rain. The pecan tree trunks turned black with the moisture from the rains and even the lightest cotton clothing stuck to the body. We had nothing resembling air conditioning, just lots of fans, open windows and screens which my father kept repaired to combat the mosquitos from zapping us in the evening.

On the days the ice man came, we all danced around his wagon, carefully staying clear of the old mule who pulled it. He had a pair of huge, black tongs to lift the heavy blocks of ice, and the muscles in his strong arms bulged with the effort of pulling the ice off the wagon and taking it to the back of the house and into the kitchen to the icebox. We ran after him, trying to catch the drops of melting ice as he walked rapidly to the house.

Just being near him and his miracle of frozen water in the midst of summers' heat was cause for dancing and excitement. It wasn't nearly as much fun when he switched to an old pickup truck and the excitement faded fast when my mother got her first refrigerator. Oh, the temptation to stand in front of it with the door wide open, basking in the artificial cold. Needless to say, Mom didn't allow much of that sort of extravagance.....

I remember well one late summer afternoon. We had had days and days of heavy rain. Water had begun to rise out on the streets, and the little golf course next to the stadium which had always functioned as a holding pond, was over- flowing onto the street. My mother brought us in from our tent city where we had been playing on the front porch, and went outside alone. She began to pray, holding her hands out to the water like Moses in the movie. "Oh lord, don't let that water come into my house!" Whether her prayers stopped the water or whether it had simply peaked, I am sure I do not know, but one thing I do know - flooding has always been a problem in that area, and the recent floodings in the stadium parking lot are nothing new - just worse because the ground above has been altered so much. We moved away from there shortly thereafter to high ground, my mother saying she would never live in a bottom again. I agree and would never think of buying property here without checking out the flood maps at the library.

Date: Thu, 07 Jan 1999 20:14:32 -0500
From: Herb and/or Windy Marshall
To: "Morris, Joan"

Dear Joan & Don:
I want to thank you both -- for the opportunity to share some of my family pictures with the State (and Local Archives) for ALL of the "nostalgic" US... I have found the 10 pictures on the Department of State (Florida) Web site -> Image # n045982 thru 992. The reproduction of them are Better than the originals!!!!

My sister Nancy has not yet SEEN them on the Web -> but she is VERY excited about Providing m-o-r-e GEM Court old photos and Others that She HAS! During the Holidays she has gathered up her Negatives & pictures, to sort through and WILL get them to me or you, ASAP for copying, soon.

I am still HOPING that "Growth Management" in Tallahassee/Leon County can be "Positively" influenced by "Old vs New" Tallahassee photos.. Hopefully, the whole State of Fla. can learn from past mistakes -> regarding Many Serious Environmental concerns, that we are NOW faced with....

Thanxxx again -> Herb Marshall

Subject: pecan trees
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 15:22:51 EST

I came to FSU as a freshman in 1956 and have lived most of my life in the area.

One thing that has always puzzled me is the large amount of pecan trees planted in the area from Campbell stadium all the way up to the monroe/adams bridge near the education building, and north through much of the university and frenchtown area.

Many of these trees were mature and some years old in 1950's and I remember the little black boys about 10 years old would come out to harvest the pecans from public property or where ever they could and then sell them to whom ever of us wanted to buy them. They were quite enterprising for their ages and kept everyone supplied with pecans during that time.

Now many of the trees are approaching the end of their normal lifespan probably about 100 years old and are struggling to live, but still producing pecans.

I am sure there is a story here somewhere. There are too many pecan trees for it to just be a coincidence. Perhaps some visitor to your site will be able to shed some light on this.

Sincerely, Fred

Subject: Tallahassee Photo
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 1998
From: "Keith Brinkman"

Hey Don,

I read about your web site in the Democrat and enjoyed looking at all the great photos. I moved to Tallahassee in 1986, so most of these pictures were well before my time here, but it is interesting to see how things used to look before we got so "sophisticated". I have a book entitled Yesterday's Tallahassee, by Hampton Dunn. I expect that many of the photos are the same ones you have seen, but there a a few pictures that are fascinating. I scanned one for you and have attached it. The caption in the book says, "Tallahassee in the 1870's as it looked from the steps of the State Capitol." So I suppose this must be what it looked like facing down Apalachee Parkway back then (at least I think the Capitol is in the same place as it was then). Anyway, hope you can use this photo ... keep up the great web page!

Keith Brinkman

Subject: Pics
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 1998
From: "Peggy Munroe" As I mentioned to you, Don's "Tallahassee Then & Now" has stirrred up quite a discussion!! Everyone loves it! Susie Hay Lamb (Mrs Marion) wrote:

I visited with David Avant and Preston DeMilly tonight, and Preston named the lady who lived in the brick house behind the hotel, and it was NOT Jimmy, as you learned! Preston's family once ran the hotel!! He said he remembers the red clay square just south, and the oak trees and the fruit stand! He also went to Caroline Brevard. David says he remembers the war years also, and they said sometimes soldiers would sleep on the porch and in the halls, because they couldn't get rooms for just one night when so many people were willing to rent for a month at a time! Which fits the boarding house description... apparently the surge of families from Camp Gordon Johnson folk, as well as the slow down in building, just made ANY type of housing hard to come by! David said his mother put 20 bunks in her basement and charged people $1 a day for a bunk and hot shower!!!


Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 20:40:23 -0500
From: "Kathy Shepherd"

Mr. Draughon:

I am also a Tallahassee native--I was born in Tallahassee Memorial Hospital on June 11, 1959. By the way, do you have any pictures from that time frame?

I left Tallahassee in 1981 with my husband and finally moved back here permanently in 1994. I had two stateside tours, two overseas tours, and two kids under my belt. The whole time I lived in Europe, I never forgot home, and there were so many times I was homesick. When we finally came back to Tallahassee to live, I was shocked by all the changes that had occurred while we were gone. I can remember when the downtown area was "the" place to do all your shopping. I remember places like the Florida Theater, McCrory's, and Stafford's Jewelers. I can just barely remember going to the old J.C.Penney's store to shop with my mother, and getting a snowcone at McCrory's. When I was a kid, some of my happiest hours were spent in the public library on Monroe Street. Now I pass that empty building everyday on my way to and from work, and I feel so sad that things have changed so drastically over the years.

Am I just looking backwards too long? Or am I just a dinosaur?

At any rate, I think the website is a great idea. I have always been fascinated by the pictures of "the old days" compared to "today." Keep up the good work!!

Kathy (King) Shepherd

Subject: Thank you!
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 23:13:15 -0500
From: "shaylamb"

What a delight and a pleasure, and I thank you!

The very first photo (Across from the Capitol ... 1949) was of my first home in Tallahassee, right there on the second floor on the east (back) side of the hotel! It was during the War (1944) and housing was difficult to find. I had just turned 7, walked to Caroline Brevard School, and thought everyone spent their afternoons playing in the Capitol, running up and down the steps, and sitting on the cannons out front!

The inside of the hotel was beautiful to me, with a lovely lobby, the desk just to the right of the broad stairs, and my own "home" just at the top of the stairs. It seemed plenty large enough for my family of five and our nurse! There was a sink in the room but the bathroom was down the hall! On special occasions, we had kinfolks visit our "home" and they would get the next room; then wonder of wonders, we had the use of a private bathroom between the two rooms! The tubs had claw feet and we heated with steam heat. The radiators by the windows would sometimes make the loudest noise! The memories flood back!

The photo clearly shows the sidewalk on the south side of the hotel, and half way down, on the right side of the street was a little fruit stand between large oak trees. I usually used the "back" stairs to exit the hotel, and they came out close to the fruit stand. It was surrounded by a red clay square with a sidewalk paved diagonally across it. Behind the hotel was a pretty red brick home.

I especially enjoyed the scene looking North ... that was about what I saw from the rockers on the front porch of the hotel, and I can almost remember the feel and the smell!

I remember Mr. Granger with affection. Thank you for sharing his work. I have forwarded this site to my sisters further north, and we all thank you for the memories.

S. H. Lamb

Subject: Pics
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 21:00:09 -0500
From: "Peggy Munroe"

What a lovely trip down memory lane!! Thank you so much.

You might like to know that your first picture, across from the Capitol, also shows the old Dixie Hotel. When I went to Caroline Brevard, several centuries ago when it was located on Calhoun behind the hotel, we used to eat lunch there sometimes.

Peggy Munroe

Subject: Nice web site
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 18:46:12 -0500
From: Ron Thompson

Hello Don,

Just wanted to say that I like your site. It is nice and clean with not flashy animation or highly textured background with color clashing with the text color. I am amazed at the commercial web sites that look far poorer than a good amateur sites.

Of course the subject matter is nice. I have been visiting the Photo Archives site for quite a while now and am glad to see that they are really getting some nice photos on there now. I have several photos from the Archives hanging on my door and wall at work including one of the Tallahassee Little Theater group and the bicycle club both from around 1908. Also some early views of FSU, one nice one shot from inside the gate behind the fountain looking down collage. The wood frame houses are still on the corners and the fountain has plants in the lower bowl. Wakulla county is one of my projects so there are several of those too. Granger was a friend of my wife's grandfather (Bill Schley) and there are several of him on the Archives site. He was a stringer with the Democrat for 30 years or so. Keep up the good work, Ron

Ron Thompson Web Site:

Subject: historical tally photographs
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 11:12:44 -0500
From: "Jonathan Lammers"

Greetings, I was so pleased to come across the article about your web page in Sunday's Democrat. In my work as an historic preservation planner for the state, I too have become fascinated with historical images of town. In fact, for a few years now I have toyed with the idea of making a home movie, which used the Archives' photos mixed with modern images, overlayed with narrations from historical documents.

In that vein, I wanted to know what you thought of the idea of some day mixing in discussions of Tallahassee locales from old articles with your pictures. I have at my disposal a wealth of interesting documents which might serve as interesting links from the photos on your page.

Of course, this might require more work or time than you have readily available, but if you are at all interested, I'd be happy to transcribe some and email them to you. I am also quite familiar with the Archives' collection, and could also try to tie them in with the appropriate jpeg.

In any case, great compliments on your efforts, and I hope that I may have the pleasure of meeting you in person in the future.
Jonathan Lammers

Subject: comments
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 1998 06:50:57 EST

Dear D: I really enjoyed the article in the paper. Thats how I found your web site. My wife and I have always enjoyed the history of Tallahassee. We came here in 1966 to go to FSU, and stayed. I like your web site. Roger

Subject: Web Page
Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 09:20:06 -0500
From: Sherry Tointigh

I just wanted to say Thank You for compiling this collection of photographs. I was born in 1960 right here in Tallahassee and have lived here and had my children here. I now have 2 grandsons. I can't wait until they are old enough to enjoy these photos and for me to explain it to them. Who knows what Tallahassee will look like when the boys get grown. One little suggestions is to possibly add some photographs of the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital showing how it has changed over the years. I was born in the old Tallahassee Memorial Hospital building. I know it is still there somewhere under all of that concrete. I can barely remember what it looked like. I remember lots of windows and the building having some blue walls and lots of windows. Again, Thank you for all of your great efforts. Please let me know when you have updates to your webpage I would love to see your webpage as it continues to grow. Unfortunately a lot of our young people don't realize anything around them. Again Thank you. Sherry Tointigh

Subject: Tally site
Date: Mon, 09 Nov 1998 22:47:18 -0500
From: RVDroz

I've been looking though your site. To be honest, I am jealous of your proximity to the State archives. I am intrested in the history of Florida, too. Like you, I work for FDOT, but in the Roadway Design Office of District One (Bartow). My intrest in history started when I found a reference to US 94 while doing background research for the design of US 41 in Naples. Since then, I have been researching US highways, even finding US 541 in Tampa's past. Did you know US 19 used to terminate in Tallahassee? That US 27 used to end there? If you have a few spare minutes to go by my site at , you can see some of this history as I have found it. If you have anything to add to what I know, please E-mail me. Do we have a department historian? Happy Motoring! Robert V. Droz ( )
U.S. Highways : From US 1 to (US 830)

Subject: Floridan Hotel
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 1998 21:41:42 EST

My wife's grandfather owned the limousine service at the Floridan Hotel, have you seen any pics that reflect it? I'am also instrested in any pics about the heavy trucking business, otherwise,loved your site thanks

Subject: photos 1943 & 1945
Date: Sun, 08 Nov 1998 22:37:06 -0500
Organization: GULF STATE BANK

Donald, I recently came upon Army photos from WWII in Tallahassee. The Camp Gordon Johnston Association requested still photography pictures relating to CGJ be copied for our review for potential purchase. In the photostatic group we found a shot of WACs from Dale Mabrey Airfield marching downtown vicinity First National Bank site & one shot of the V-J Day celebration in Tallahassee. If you want any of these when we place our order, let use know. David

Subject: Your Pics!
Date: Sun, 8 Nov 1998 20:42:44 -0500 (EST)
From: (currie leggoe)

This is great! Do you have any plans for pictures of the Lake Ella area? I would love to see what it was like as a resort. My neighbor behind me moved in in 1922 . She is on Bronough. So much has changed. She said there were four houses here when she came. Keep up the good work. Sincerely, Currie Leggoe

Subject: Tally Pics
Date: Sun, 08 Nov 1998 20:26:27 -0500
From: Harry The Cat

Don; The site is A-1+......had the "Old Tally" pics on my site a while back, but you have taken the idea many steps forward by adding the "new". Forrest Granger was a good friend of mine. He lived over on Dog Island. Have designated your page as "Site Of The Week" on our Home Page ( Harry Goodwin

Subject: cool site!
Date: Sun, 8 Nov 1998 19:45:32 -0500
From: "jim bodie"

I saw the article in today's democrat and took a look at your site; I loved it! I briefly went to the archives but didn't quite understand the search parameters. On the SE view 1929 aerial shot we can see a little bit of Cascade park and what looks like either a holding pond or perhaps a track. I've always wondered about the cascades and the original, natural water flow through that area and Indianhead acres, which, I have heard, used to have a dam near the location of the hartsfield school. Have you seen any pictures of these old waterways, or do they predate photography? Thanks for doing a really great job in matching up photographs. That's a real fun concept! yours, jim

Date: Sun, 08 Nov 1998 13:34:57 -0500
From: Walt and Lynn Gray

My sister lives in Tallahassee, born and raised there. I moved from Tallah. in 1962. She sent me your page. Wow, as I opened up these pages lots of memories of growing up in Tallah. as a boy just really flooded my mind. These comparisons of same locations but years apart really make me realize what a progressive city Tallahassee has become. Thanks for the nice work. Walton D. Gray

Subject: Thank You
Date: Sun, 8 Nov 1998 13:12:38 -0500
From: Sylvia English Baker

Hi Don, Thank you so much for taking me back home for a little while. I too, am a native of Tallahassee and a 1960 graduate of Leon High School. I enjoyed looking at all of the now and before pictures. Keep up the good work. I will continue to check back for updates. Sylvia English Baker

Subject: Newspaper article
Date: Sun, 08 Nov 1998 12:39:17 -0500
From: Mary Ann Thorner

My husband and I enjoyed seeing the article in today's Democrat about your collection of photographs. I being a Tallahassee native have been trying to share with with my husband and children about how many changes Tallahassee has gone through. There has been one area in particular that I have been looking for a picture of -- Monroe Street between Brevard St. and Georgia St. There was a bakery (Camellia Bakery) and a pharmacy (Capitol Pharmacy) on the east side of Monroe and on the other side, where there is now a drive in banking facility now, was a beautiful old home. It was one I remember as a child being quite taken by - but I have never been able to locate a photograph of it. I was wondering if you are familiar with it or know where I could look further, so that I could finally share a picture of it with my family after many years of talking about it. Thanks for the time and effort you have put into your web site, it has proven very enjoyable -- you may even know my brother who went to Leon at the same time - David Livingston. Thanks again, I have enjoyed sharing your photos. Mary Ann Thorner

Subject: first visit
Date: Sun, 8 Nov 1998 11:14:17 EST

Thanks for the history lesson. I did not arrive here until 1978 from Rhode Island. My wife is a native and had memories of time at the Floridian Hotel. Worked at DPR in old J.C. Penny building. We were married in 1986 amd the markey on the old theater was "Peggy Sue Get's Married". By the way, her name is Peggy Sue.Cool to see the picture of the old J.C. Penny building and Woolworths that turned into a parking garage. is there a way to download the pictures? Thanks again for your efforts. Ernie Anderson, Havana, Fl.

Subject: Old Tallahassee photos
Date: Sun, 8 Nov 1998 10:35:41 -0500
From: "Madison"

Dear Mr. Draughon: I just read the article in the Democrat on your photos of Tallahassee. I immediately checked out your web-site and found it fascinating. I too am a native of Tallahassee. I was born here in 1959 and have lived here most of my life. I have a small collection of about 50 postcards, dating back to the 40's and 50's, showing scenes of Tallahassee and the FSU (Florida State College For Women) campus that I have found in various antique stores and flea markets across the country. Several of these postcards are of various views of the old capitol, including one that seems to be from around the turn of the century showing the building in the style that it appears in today, including the red (pink?) and white stripped awnings. Other postcards show the "Martin Building" with awnings, one pictures them red and white, one pictures them green and white. I also have a small collection of b&w photographs that I came across showing several historic Tallahassee buildings and homes that were taken around 1976. If you are interested in seeing these photos and possibly using them on your web-site, you may contact me by e-mail at, attention: David Plendl or Thank you, David Plendl

Subject: G-R-E-A-T Web Site!!!!
Date: Sun, 08 Nov 1998 09:59:08 -0500
From: Herb marshall

You have done a great job with these photos and building this Web Site! Thank You, Fellow DOT employee!!! You may vaguely remember me, I worked for Morgan Hutchinson in the Transportation Statistics section of Planning in the Early 80's.

I have just begun to explore your site. I have lived in Tallahassee continuously since 1973 but went to fifth & six grade at Kate Sulllivan 1959-61..

My Great Uncle & Aunt moved to Tallahassee in the 30's or 40's (another Herbert Marshall) and built GEM (Grace E. Marshall - My Great Aunt) Motor Court (cottage type Motel/Gas Station/"Mini Market") at 2818 Mahan Drive - the current general location of the Sharp Office Business Machine - business (US 90 E on the North side of the highway before you get to the Truck Route). I have some family picures of GEM Court, that you could scan in/photocopy...

Let me know if you are interested.

Thanxx Again -- Herb Marshall (OIS/Bsso - Rhyne Building - SS939HM at work)

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