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Date(s) - Sunday, October 7, 2018
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Central Christian Church - Community Room


Our October meeting will be at the Central Christian Church, 222 Menores Avenue in Coral Gables beginning at 2:30pm on Sunday, October 7th and we expect to have two long time Miamians, Bob Rich and Fred Kirtland as our speakers.

Bob Rich is a long time Miamian who grew up with a love of “The River.” He graduated from Miami High and got to know many of the men and women who actually worked on the river. His book, which he has been working on for some years, details the stories of those men and women who actually worked on the river, dealt with the crews of the ships. This is a series of wonderful, first-hand accounts of life on the Miami River.

Fred Kirtland started at Miami High but then his parents transferred him to Riverside Military Academy, where he completed high school, going on to college from there. With a degree in engineering, he, too, became intimately familiar with the Miami River and went to work at Merrill-Stevens Shipbuilding where he would eventually become President and General Manager. What stories Fred has for us. His great grandfather was a highly placed employee in the freight traffic department of the Florida East Coast Railway, hired directly by Henry Flagler. Seth has timetables in his collection with Mr. Kirtland senior’s name in them.

Refreshments will be served at the end of the program.