Readers: Recently, in a column on road origins, I said Clint Moore Road in Boca Raton was named for Clint Moore, a longtime farmer and paving contractor who sold the property to the county. That was all county road officials and local historians could tell us from their files. That information sparked yet another great debate.
The original column produced a call from reader Terry Kronz of suburban Boynton Beach, who led me to Clint Moore, president of Norfolk, Va.-based Volvo Penta, a manufacturer of boat engines. He said it’s named for his father, who wasn’t a farmer or a contractor, but rather a Richmond, Va., lawyer whose clients included a South Carolina developer who was building neighborhoods in the northern Boca Raton area in the 1950s.
“The developer said he had a lot of roads to name,” Clint Moore Jr., said. “He asked if Dad would object to having a street named after him. Dad had no objection to it and was actually quite entertained by it. He figured it would be eventually renamed for some famous person.”
Clint Moore Sr., died in 1989 in Virginia, said Clint Jr., who lived in the area until five years ago. “When I would write checks in a department store, people would be interested in the connection to the road,” Moore said.
But Peggy McCall, archivist for the Boca Raton Historical Society, insists the column was right the first time. She cited an article that said Moore was a farmer and paver in the 1920s who died at 49 in 1947 and that Clint Moore Road was posted as an official road, extending from U.S. 441 to Military
Trail, on Aug. 27, 1945. A check of old Palm Beach County Commission minutes didn’t indicate a designation, but the action might not have been noted in that venue.
Enter Robert S. Rehr of Shalimar, in Florida’s Panhandle. He is the grandson of James Clinton Moore Sr.
“I can assure you that the road in South Delray/Boca was named after my grandfather,” Rehr wrote in an e-mail. He goes on to say that James Clinton Moore Sr. developed property all the way out to Florida’s Turnpike and that after he died, his son and grandson-in-law bought some of his land from the estate to help pay taxes, tried to farm on it for about two years, and later sold it. Rehr said all of Clinton Moore Sr.’s children died, including his mother.
“If you’d have been 4 1/2 years earlier, my mother could have pinned down all the dates, connections and names . . . sigh!” Rehr wrote.
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