In the Steps of President Coolidge

Two weekends ago my wife and I made the short trek to Howey-in-the-Hills and Mount Dora not only to meet a “former President” but to research a little about the Coolidges’ visit to Florida in January-February 1930. Though the search raised more questions than it answered we met some very fine people, including Mr. Jim Cooke, and discovered traces of where CC and GC had been. It would be their  first (and last) major trip across the country. They wanted to travel more if only they could have done so without the crowds and public attention everywhere they went.

At the dedication of the new Terrace Building, Lakeside Inn, Mt Dora, January 15, 1930.

At the same side door of the Terrace Building as the 1930 photo.

At the same side door of the Terrace Building as the 1930 photo.

Lakeside Inn, Mt Dora

Lakeside Inn, Mt Dora

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In the lobby of the original building at Lakeside.

In the lobby of the original building at Lakeside.

Terrace Building, where the Coolidges stayed from January 11-February 13, 1930.

Terrace Building, where the Coolidges stayed from January 11-February 13, 1930.

Terrace Building from the side overlooking Lake Dora, the 1930 photo was taken at the door in the middle of this picture.

Terrace Building from the side overlooking Lake Dora, the 1930 photo was taken at the door in the middle of this picture.

"The Coolidge Room" #619 (which was rooms 135-137 back then)

“The Coolidge Room” #619 (Rooms 135-137 back then)

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The Congregational Church in Mt Dora where the Coolidges attended services each Sunday during their stay.

The Congregational Church in Mt Dora where the Coolidges attended services each Sunday during their stay.

At the Gate House

At the Gate House

At Pine Forest Cemetary in Mt Dora, Archie Hurlburt, CC's close friend and the manager of Lakeside Inn, was laid to rest in 1950.

At Pine Forest Cemetary in Mt Dora, Archie Hurlburt, CC’s close friend and the manager of Lakeside Inn, was laid to rest in 1950.

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CC's lunch with citrus entrepreneur William J. Howey in Howey-in-the-Hills during his time in Florida, January-February 1930. L to R: John F. Harris of West Palm Beach, architect Fred W. Wentworth, Charles Edgerton, and Archie E. Hurlburt of Mt Dora, CC, William J. Howey, George P. Wentworth of Pensacola, J. Leonard Replogle of West Palm Beach, and famous novelist Opie Read. Also present at the lunch were Henry Bishop of Eustis, G. G. Ware of Leesburg, and Judge Noah Bainum of Tampa.

CC’s lunch with citrus entrepreneur William J. Howey in Howey-in-the-Hills during his time in Florida, January-February 1930. L to R: John F. Harris of West Palm Beach, architect Fred W. Wentworth, Charles Edgerton, and Archie E. Hurlburt of Mt Dora, CC, William J. Howey, George P. Wentworth of Pensacola, J. Leonard Replogle of West Palm Beach, and famous novelist Opie Read. Also present at the lunch were Henry Bishop of Eustis, G. G. Ware of Leesburg, and Judge Noah Bainum of Tampa.

The Howey Mansion today

The Howey Mansion today

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It seems that the 1930 photo with CC and Mr. Howey was taken at the southwest corner of the home. Howey did not allow pictures of the home unobstructed since it was a private residence. That is why palms were a convenient blocker in the 1930 picture.

It seems that the 1930 photo with CC and Mr. Howey was taken at the southwest corner of the home. Howey did not allow pictures of the home unobstructed since it was a private residence. That is why palms were a convenient blocker in the 1930 picture.

Photo included in Peggy B. Clark's "Howey-in-the-Hills" Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2011, p. 41.

Photo included in Peggy B. Clark’s “Howey-in-the-Hills” Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2011, p. 41.

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