Hamilton, OH, December 12, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The opportunity to write the original book came to Ms Berry in 1978 when the husband of a close friend was lamenting about not paying more attention to the stories his grandfather told him about his pioneering family. It was suggested that Ms. Berry take on the project of preserving the history of the area by talking to descendents of those early settlers. When she began her interviews, she discovered the oldest members of the families were only two and sometimes three generations away from the original settlers. They had excellent recall of what they had learned from their ancestors, documentation, and photographs. Ms. Berry recorded all interviews for accurate quotes.
"The purpose of writing this book is to preserve the history of the families who settled in Nokomis and Laurel, Florida from 1868 until 1917. These early homesteading families have not been fully recognized for their importance in the development of this area. These families came here under the Homestead Act of 1862 and in near isolation grubbed out farms and groves. They endured many hardships and frustrations to establish a community that formed the basis of the Venice-Nokomis-Laurel areas of today. It is my most ardent desire that the information presented in this book will bring to light their part in making 'our history.' I am especially grateful to those descendants of the homesteading families who provided much valuable information and to other writers who gave permission to use their works when I ran into the problem of no surviving members of a family to interview."
Joan Berry is retired from a 40-year career in award-winning journalism and is currently enrolled as a nontraditional university student to further her studies in Humanities and History.
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Also just released is Poetry and Prose from an Appalachian State of Mind by Joan Berry. ISBN 978-0-557-03069-9. Ms Berry may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org