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Emerson to speak to Historical Society

April 25, 2014
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Pat Emerson will be giving a PowerPoint presentation at the monthly meeting of the Cape Coral Historical Society, to be held at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday May 13, at Cultural Park Theater, 528 Cultural Park Boulevard, Cape Coral.

She will be touching on stories from her book, "From Pioneers to Paradise." Coming from the Molter family, Emerson has firsthand knowledge of what it was like for the settlers here.

Her book is a non-fiction account of homesteaders living in rural Southwest Florida during the post-Civil War era and the land boom of the 1920s. Pioneers barely eeking out a living to wealthy investors and land speculators buying up properties after crop failures became too much to handle.

She has captured the experiences of the Jacob Molter Sr. family who lived through the arrival of developers during the 1950s and took a rural farming community from obscurity to headlines in the Wall Street Journal.

Cape Coral became the largest planned residential community in the country during the late 1950s. Then developers, Leonard and Jack Rosen, arrived in this very isolated area of rural Fort Myers and began to change the way of life in ways never imagined.

Emerson will have copies of her book and will sign them after the meeting.

No reservation required, no admission fee. Pease call 772-7037 for further information.



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