MPNOD- Miami Pioneers and NAtives of Dade historical society
Hello MPNOD member,
Here is a fresh update from the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society
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meeting on the first Sunday of each month at 2:30pm at Central Christian Church Community Room (rear entrance) 222 Menores Av, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Please make plans now to attend the upcoming monthly meetings and be sure to invite a friend or two to enjoy our Sunday afternoon gatherings.

2018 MP/NOD Officers Elected

Election Results

At the April 9th meeting of the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade, President Jim Harnett presented the nominating committee's recommended slate of officers. Each of those nominees was subsequently approved by unanimous voice vote of the members present.

Your officers for the 2018-2020 term are:
  • President: Seth Bramson
  • Vice President: Robert A. Burr
  • Corresponding Secretary: Mary Pyle
  • Recording Secretary: Barbara Koesy
  • Treasurer: Marlene Carlin
  • Historian: Darlene Crum
  • Sergeant at Arms: Janet English
Other positions will be appointed by the president. Terms of the newly elected officers will begin after the June 3rd monthly meeting.

Sunday, May 6 - Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade 2018 Installation Luncheon

Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade 2018 Installation Luncheon
Mark your calendar for the first Sunday of the month at 2:30pm for the biennial Installation Luncheon of the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society, to begin at 1pm at Duffy's Tavern on Red Road. The cost is $20, inclusive.

Please choose from the following limited sandwich menu: Grouper sandwich • NY Strip Steak sandwich • Grilled Chicken sandwich.
plus, choice of Onion Rings • Steak Fries • Baked Potato • side salad.

Lunch includes tea, soda, coffee, plus key lime pie or cheese cake. Beer, wine and cocktails are available for extra.

You must RSVP before Wednesday, May 2, by calling Marlene Carlin at 305-322-4376‬, or send your email to:

Duffy's Tavern is located on Red Road, just north of Coral Way. 2108 SW 57th Ave. 33155

Please send your check made out to MPNOD for $20 to Marlene Carlin, 14900 SW 71 Ave, Miami FL 33158 to arrive before Wednesday, May 2. You can write your choice of meal on the check. If you can't send your check in a timely manner in advance of the event, you may attend the event and pay at Duffy's Tavern, 2108 SW 57th Ave, Miami, FL 33155. Phone: 305-264-6580.

Please note: this event is limited to the first 35 persons who RSVP in advance. In the event of a sold-out luncheon, standing room is available for another 24 persons.


A Short History of the Miami Pioneers

A Short History of the Miami Pioneers
How did the Miami Pioneers come to be?

By the 1930s, Miami steadily emerged from its status as a pioneer settlement at the start of the twentieth century -- some likened it to a tropical jungle on the edge of the bay -- to a rapidly evolving vibrant metropolis during the boom years of the 20s. The city was growing so fast, some lamented they could hardly recognize some of the places they once frequented.

Along the way, some of Miami's prominent citizens commiserated with their peers about fellow pioneer residents and business leaders of early Miami aging and passing away. They longed for an opportunity to gather and remember the "good old days" and to honor those who literally carved this town out of oolite rock and erected sturdy buildings of local pine.
Old Miami Street scene
The streets of Miami’s pioneer era saw rapid change from horse-drawn buggies to motored runabouts and roadsters. Much attention was paid to the building and paving of roads before the boom in the 1920s.
Early life in Miami was not easy. Two thirds of families that arrived in 1910, turned around and left. Those that stayed, they felt, deserved recognition for their determined attitude and steadfast resolve to create a livable community in the wilds of South Florida.

Fourteen original settlers chartered their venerable pioneer's club organization on October 21, 1937. The first eligibility requirement was to have settled in Miami before the year 1900. The second was to be at least 50 years old, making membership quite exclusive.

Founding members included Isidor Cohen, E. B. Douglas, J. E. Lummus, John Seybold, John Sewell, Judge A. F. Atkinson, Harry C. Budge, Sheriff John Frohock, Dr. Robert E. Chafer, Charles A. Mills, Mrs. Frieda Blackman Hughes, Dr. P. T. Skaggs, Mr. Henry J. Egger and T. N. Gautier.

Some of the first meetings took place at Roddy Burdine's auditorium, organized by his assistant and later successor George Whitten.

Membership grew steadily at first with many of the earliest settlers joining the ranks. By the time World War II priorities interrupted much of daily life -- forty-five years after Miami's city charter -- the original membership was beginning to wane.

It was decided to change the basic requirement of arriving before 1900. Dates were changed to 1905, then 1925. Later on, the deadline for first arrival was changed to September, 1926 -- the date of the dreaded hurricane that damaged so much of Miami. Furthermore, a new classification was created to welcome descendents of the original pioneer settlers.

The Miami Pioneers purchased land and erected a building at 250 NW North River Drive in 1952. The building was lost in 1995 and the group merged with the up and coming Natives Of Dade historical society.

The membership requirement for age -- over 50 years old -- was finally abandoned in 2004, when all ages of descendents were welcomed as members.

Stay tuned for more about the history of The Miami Pioneers.

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Bring a Friend

Please remember to tell your friends about our Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade historical society.

As always, bring a friend as your guest to share the delightful programs, the camaraderie and the social time with refreshments.

Let your friends know they can reach us on our web site to see the upcoming calendar of events:

or on our FaceBook page:

May Birthdays

1 Darlene Crum
1 Dolly MacIntyre
2 Edward English
4 Dr. James Hutson Jr
14 Russell Pfost
15 Alyce Hundley
18 Catherine Hilliard
21 Frederick Kent
23 Jon Arthur
26 Stephen Schaurer
27 Sallye Jude

Mark Your Calendar
For Upcoming Meetings

The 2018 installation luncheon will be held May 6. Our last meeting of the fiscal year will be June 3 before we retire for the summer months of July and August.

Donations Are Appreciated

Thanks to everyone who gives a little something extra when they're able, such as our suggest donation of $1 when you attend the meetings -- our biggest expense every year. The donation jar in the back of the room makes it easy to contribute this small amount to help pay for the room.

$$ Newsletter Fee

Please note: beginning in September, 2018, the club will charge members $10 a year to receive the MP/NOD newsletter in printed form, sent via the post office.

Everyone is welcome to receive the free newsletter via email. If you wish to continue receiving the printed and mail version, please add the extra $10 to your annual payment for dues in September.
Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade Historical Society
PO Box 144353, Coral Gables, FL 33114-4353
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