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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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Readers Share On Pennock, Twin Lakes

Originally from June 16, 2004

Readers: Recent columns have prompted clarification or updates. Sylvia Pennock in Jupiter called following the June 2 column on Pennock Plantation. She's the great-granddaughter of founder Abraham Pennock. Pennock says the plantation was at the current site of the Jupiter Plantation town homes at 825 Center Street, east of Pennock Lane. She also says the buildings were not destroyed in a 1970 fire; a large barn burned in the early 1960s, but most buildings survived to around...

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