October 10, 2013
Our Dec. 13, 2012, column described the boxing matches the American Legion Post 12 held in an indoor arena, with bleachers for about 2,000 built in the late 1920s on the north side of Clematis Street, near the Florida East Coast Railway crossing.
What we didn’t show you was a photograph of the place. We had to settle for one of boxing at a club on Palm Beach. In fact, we’ve searched high and low for an image from the West Palm Beach venue, without luck.
The picture seen here came to us by way of Leonard (“Buddy”) and Rosanne Bush, of West Palm Beach, who themselves can’t remember how it came into their hands. It says on the back, “photo by Herb Davies.”
Buddy, now 84, isn’t one of the guys in the ring, but he recalls boxing there in 1939 at the ripe old age of 11.
“My first fight ,” he recalled, “was with a redheaded boy from Lake Worth who a few years back retired as a judge, name Tom Johnson. And I lost.”
He means “Red” Johnson, born in 1927, who was a Palm Beach County Circuit Judge from 1976 to 1992 as well as a state senator, a Palm Beach County State Attorney, and a municipal judge. Buddy recalled he won the first round and Johnson the next two. “Red” died at 77 in 2004.
“He used to...
September 19, 2013
Jimmy Williams is a Palm Beach High graduate and a longtime reader, and sometime contributor, to Post Time.
Recently he dropped off an original copy of The Saturday Evening Post from June 22, 1946. Of course, this is the edition with the lengthy feature story on, and iconic photograph of, the All-American drive-in known simply as “The Hut.” In its heyday, it was West Palm Beach’s premier teen hangout.
The magazine article stretches across five pages. Photographs show the interior and exterior; one of the restaurant’s outside signs called it “the Tropical Hut ” It even had a cheesecake/beefcake combo of “barbecue King” Mel Williams and his wife cavorting in the surf.
The Hall family opened the place in 1930 between Flagler Drive and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Williams, a Lake Worth native, had started there as night manager and when the Halls decided to return to construction in 1937, he bought it from them for $5,700. The Halls returned briefly to help run the place when Williams served in the Navy during World War II.
At The Hut, kids in convertibles could drive right up and get curb service: hamburgers, barbecue, and Coney Island hot dogs loaded with cheese, along with milkshakes from the local Alfar Creamery and frosty root beer. The average World War II-era check was 40 cents.
“The Hut is where you went,” the legendary actor and Palm Beach High alumnus Burt Reynolds once recalled. “If you were lucky enough to have a friend with a car, you parked by some...
August 19, 2013
Second grade at South Grade Elementary School in Lake Worth, 1962-1963 (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Second grade at South Grade Elementary School in Lake Worth, 1966-1967 (Palm Beach Post file photo)
Palm Beach Public School in 1975 (Palm Beach Daily News staff file photo)
There's no date on this photo of the new senior lounge at Twin Lakes High School, but it looks like late 1970s, early '80s. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
Lunch with Snoopy at Palm Beach Public School in 1980 (Palm Beach Daily News staff file photo)
Students walking along Georgia Avenue to Belvedere Elementary School in 1984 (Palm Beach Evening Times staff file photo)