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This week in history: Jupiter Island incorporated

Development of Jupiter Island began slowly and has been to this day kept minimal. The first bridge to the island was built in 1911, and in 1916, Scotsman William Angas built the Island Inn, a small hotel and three cottages, establishing Jupiter Island as a winter colony for northerners. Joseph V. Reed and his wife Permelia first visited the island in 1931, and in 1944 they founded the Jupiter Island Resident’s Committee. The town was incorporated May 11, 1953.

Permelia Pryor Reed and her husband, Joseph Verner Reed in 1937 (Palm Beach Post file photo courtesy of Nathaniel P. Reed)

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Posted in Flashback blog May 9, 2011 at 6:00 am.

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Lantana’s First Mayor A Woman

Readers: Jack Carpenter, a former Lantana Town Council member and president of the Lantana Historical Society, has offered the fascinating tidbit that the town’s first mayor was a woman.

Carpenter cites Mary Linehan’s Early Lantana, Her Neighbors and More.

On July 20, 1921, when the town incorporated, J.H. Vance was elected mayor. But he changed his mind right after the election and never took office; one story said he found out he lived outside town limits. So the town appointed Ellen M. Anderson, who served for two years. Women had held the right to vote
only since Aug. 26, 1920.

Anderson was followed by another woman, Mary S. Paddock, who served until 1924.

Carpenter says officials of a state agency called him a few years ago saying they believed Anderson was the state’s first female mayor, so that’s what he’s said ever since, in his lectures.


On June 8, 1917, Moore Haven incorporated on the west side of Lake Okeechobee. Marian Horwitz was elected its first mayor. It was three years before women’s suffrage. She is believed to be the first female mayor in Florida and the South and one of the first in the country.

“I’m going to have to change my speech,” Carpenter lamented.

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Posted in Eliot Kleinberg September 1, 2004 at 1:58 pm.

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