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Photographs - - 1910 - - Blanche Forman with alligator.
Photographs - - 1910 - - Blanche Forman with alligator.
TitlePhotographs - - 1910 - - Blanche Forman with alligator.
Date1910
NotesBlanche Forman (1884 1959) was an elementary school teacher and principal from Illinois. She and her husband Hamilton came to South Florida in 1910; they lived in a tent in the Everglades in what is now the town of Davie. In 1912, they became the first lock tenders on the New River canal. Because there was no grocery store accessible, she had to raise her own chickens for eggs and meat. Blanche became an excellent shot with both rifle and shotgun to keep the alligators and other wild animals away from her chickens. During this time, there was no electricity, gas, running water or indoor plumbing. Water was pumped by hand, carried in pails and heated over an open fire or on a kerosene or wood burning stove. Because there were no freezers, vegetables, fruits and meats were cooked and canned for preservation. In later years, Blanche engaged in activities associated with women's service organizations. An elementary school in Davie was named in her honor.
SubjectForman, Blanche Collins. Davie (Fla.) - - Social life and customs - - 20th century. Davie (Fla.) - - History - - 20th century.
FormatPhotographs
SourceCourtesy of the Broward County Historical Commission, Austin Forman Collection
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