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Civil War Vet Became WPB Mayor

Originally from December 20, 2006

In January, we ran a feature about the local chapter of Sons of Union Veterans trying to mark local graves of Civil War veterans. One, at Woodlawn Cemetery, was the plot of Willmon Whilldin, a private in the New Jersey Volunteers. The unit fought in skirmishes in Virginia before Whilldin was discharged for a disability on Aug. 16, 1862. He went on to be an early developer in Orlando and one of West Palm Beach's first mayors. The story made its way to Tom Dvorschak, a New Jersey resident who lived in Whilldin's former home in Cape May, N.J., and has researched the man. Dvorschak said his grandparents bought the house in 1948 and it was bequeathed to him in 1989. He sold it in 1999. Dvorschak sent us two letters Whilldin wrote to a hometown newspaper, Cape May Ocean Wave, from Maryland. Here's an excerpt from the first, dated Dec....

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Last Of The Cowboy Sherriffs- James D. Holt Feb. 13, 1932 – Dec. 21, 1992

Originally from December 19, 1999

He had his name hand-tooled on the back of his leather belt and occasionally remembered to pin his badge on his blue jeans, but he rarely had to identify himself in Martin County. He was Sheriff James D. Holt, and he was the law in Martin County for 20 years - the only sheriff many residents and most law-enforcement officers had known until he died of bone cancer in late 1992. A true cowboy who had his...

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2005: Woman’s Club On National Register — Q: Do you have any information on the Woman's Club building on Federal Highway on the east side of the street? I'm not sure what...

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