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SUBJECT: Early Settlers

SOURCE: Mrs. Elta Whilden

DATE OF INTERVIEW: 13 December 1981

BY: Francis Yonkin

Mrs. Elta Whilden is the Grand-Daughter of George Loennecker who settled with his wife and son on Cemetery Island. George, who was a policeman in New York City, met, fell in love with and married Bradford. A son George was born who suffered from asthma. Following the advice of a doctor and some friends who had been fishing at Chassahowitzka, George Loennecker and his family moved to Chassahowitzka. There a Doctor told them to take their son closer to the Gulf to alleviate the asthma condition. They moved to Cemetery Island, built a home and began cutting Cedar logs for shipment to Cedar Key, as a livelihood. Cedar logs were cut, dragged to the water where they were built into a raft, and pushed by sail boat to Cedar Key where the railroad was. The round trip usually took 4 to 5 days. Another son Henry was born. The trip from New York City to Chassahowitzka was thus; by ship to Fernandina, then by stagecoach to Brooksville and then by ox-cart to Chassahowitzka. Mrs. Loennecker had a dream in New York City of three deer standing under a pine tree, and during the ox-cart trip saw the deer just as she had seen them in her dream.

On one of his trips to Cedar Key with logs George Loennecker met the Gerock family who had recently came from Germany. He invited them to share the other half of his island, which they did and built a home.

Henry Loennecker married a daughter of the Gerocks and became the first Postmaster of Homosassa. He eventually built a general store and reserved one room for the Post Office.

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