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Labor Day… why and how we celebrate

Story Submitted: When you think of Labor Day, what comes to mind? For many, it’s the last long weekend before school starts. It’s a weekend with picnics and barbecues, and maybe a parade. For some, it’s the start of the fall season and anticipation of football. Like many other holidays, Americans enjoy the day off but have lost sight of what it was originally created to celebrate. Whether you work in a job or run a home business, Labor Day was created to honor and celebrate the social and economic…

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TYPHUS Outbreak in Greenville

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. An outbreak of typhus in Greenville was investigated by the State of Florida in Feb. 1928.Major C.N. Hobbs, District Sanitary Engineer with the Florida Board of Health, had been in the west Madison County town, looking into the local epidemic of typhoid fever which had hit the community. The history of the typhus cases had begun in 1927, when an elderly man, living near Greenville, contracted the disease. After the man’s recovery, his nephew became ill with the fever; and the boy’s mother fell ill,…

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Madison native receives Navy Cross for Valor in War World II

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. Capt. Dale Leslie received the Navy Cross in 1943 for action he took in the South Pacific during World War II. He was awarded the medal for “extraordinary heroism as a fighter pilot in assisting the evacuation of Marines surrounded by Japanese forces in Guadalcanal.” Leslie, a native of Madison, joined the United States Marine Corps on Oct. 16, 1941, after attending the University of Florida, in Gainesville. The commendation, which accompanied the medal, read: “For extraordinary heroism as pilot of an airplane assisting in…

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Former slave: Florida’s oldest woman lived in Madison County in 1970

Jacob Bembry: Greene Publishing, Inc. Many people live for a long time, but in 1970, a woman returned to Madison from Orlando and she had claim to the title of Florida’s oldest living woman. Willie Dukes Bellamy had been born into slavery in south Georgia. As a young girl, she migrated to Madison County with her parents, where she lived until moving to the Orlando area at the age of 30, in 1883. She remained in central Florida until 1970 at the age of 117. Documentation of her birth came…

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