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NOTABLE PERSONS OF BROWARD COUNTY FLORIDA



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Dr. Anna "Doc Anner" (1879-1959) and Dr. Roy Darrow (d. c. 1926)
Known as the "petticoat doctor of the Everglades (Anna). In 1909, Anna and Roy Darrow came to Florida from Chicago to take the medical exam. Anna achieved a score of 98%, which was the highest score ever, and so the Darrow doctors decided to return in 1911 with their two children to practice medicine. Anna became the second female physician in the State of Florida. The Darrows lived in various places including Jacksonville, Fort Pierce, Okeechobee, and finally Fort Lauderdale in 1924. Roy died soon after the Hurricane of 1926, but Anna continued to practice medicine for 47 years. After retiring, she moved to Coral Gables and became a painter. There are many colorful stories about the Darrows, and especially "Doc Anner" who traveled alone into the Everglades treating patients without regard to their race or ability to pay. Indians, persons of color & even gangsters were treated by Doc Anner.

Robert Marshall Darsey (Oct 07, 1869 - May 13, 1933)
Buried Pompano Beach South Lawn Cemetery.
Owner of a fish market on Old Dixie Highway and a murder victim. After counting the day's receipts, Marshall was beaten and robbed of $96 in Pompano, FL and died the following day. In their zeal, law enforcement officers arrested 40 African Americans and coerced four men (Davis, Williamson, Chambers and Woodward) to confess and be convicted. The NAACP sued arguing that the confessions were coerced from undue pressure. The court case went to the Supreme Court, resulting in the convictions being overturned and landmark changes made in legal proceeding. Murder convictions obtained by coerced confessions became void under the 14th amendment and the court also ruled that repeated inquisitions of prisoners without friends or counsel present were unacceptable. As a result of this brutal murder, three members of the Darsey family entered law enforcement. Darsey's daughter Myrtle, who had helped him count the receipts, became the valedictorian of the first graduating class of Pompano High School (1928), a class which totaled 8.

Robert Parsell Davie (Aug 22, 1867 Flushing, MI - d. after 1930); m. 1890 Martha Hays (Dec 29,1869 IL - May 15, 1949 Los Angeles, CA)
SSDI shows Martha'a mother was a CADLE.
Manufacturer, real estate developer, executive and namesake of the town of Davie. R. P. Davie was the son of Lyman Ellis and Luella (Lopersus) Davie and was married to Martha Hays in 1890. Around 1905, Governor Broward urged in his campaign that 100,000,000 acres of land in the Everglades be sold for $2 an acre to finance drainage projects to make mosquito-infested land inhabitable. The number was an exaggeration, but about 100,000 acres were later sold by the government. In 1909, R. P. Davie organized the Everglades Land Sale Company which purchased 28,000 acres in South Florida. This was around the time that the Panama Canal was built, and early settlers who worked in the Canal Zone came to South Florida. They saw the similarities in the two places and call the area Zona. Zona was marketed as the first improved town of the Everglades, but in 1916 was renamed Davie in R. P. Davie's honor.
R. P. Davie also lived in Colorado where he engaged in the drug business in Colorado Springs and in the manufacture of beet sugar as a stockholder in the Loveland Sugar Mill of Loveland, CO. In the early 1900s, Davie financed sugar factories in Garden City, KS and Phoenix, AZ. According to a Who's Who in the Pacific Northwest bio, he was a resident of Los Angeles in 1913 and had been VP of the Western Sugar & Land Co, president of. Southwestern Sugar & Land Co., and a director in the Colorado Title & Trust Co. He served in Colorado National Guards in 1899 and was a member of the Masonic fraternity, 32nd degree; Knights Templar; B. P. O. E. and a Grand Master of Pike's Peak Commandery K. T. at Colorado Springs. Source: Census records & Who's who in the Pacific Southwest (1913); 1911 Colorado Business Directory, Grand Junction, Mesa County.

Theo. Demro
Blacksmith/horseshoe business owner and tomato farmer. Settled in Dania in 1907. (See Miami Metropolis May 1, 1909 / Imprints 13.1-1994)

George Francis Devlin, Jr. (Dec. 5, 1945)
One of the members of a 13-member Fort Lauderdale training mission that disappeared over the Bermuda Triangle in 1945. His position was gunner of the FT-28, a plane that was part of the infamous Flight 19.

Emily Mildred Olson (b. December 8, 1916 West Palm Beach - 1996) and Edward Dietrich
Emily was school teacher, 1st president of the Deerfield Beach Historical Society and historian of Deerfield Beach. After obtaining her education and teaching school in S. Florida and California, she returned to Deerfield Beach in 1954. Became active in the community. Organized the adding the Deerfield Elementary School to the National Historic Register. Founded the Deerfield Beach Friends of the Library organization, served on the Library Advisory Board and became the 1st president of the Historical Society in the 1970s. She was instrumental in saving Deerfield Island and became Deerfield Beach's official historian. Also consulted on the restoration of the Deerfield Beach Atlantic Coastline Railway. A Great Floridian plaque is located at the Butler House on Hillsboro blvd. in Deerfield Beach.

Hamilton Disston
Land Owner. Purchased vast amount of land in Florida, including portions of what became Broward County in 1881. He sold his holdings in 1883 to the Florida Land & Mortgage Company.

Marjorie Stoneman Douglas (April 7, 1890 Minneapolis, MN - 1998 Florida)
Her ashes were scattered in the Everglades.
Author, Reporter, Feminist, Environmentalist. Nicknamed the Mother of the Everglades. Moved to Miami in 1915 and worked for her father at the Miami Herald where she became a society reporter and editorial columnist. She became a champion of various causes including equal rights and conservation. In 1947, she wrote The Everglades: River of and Grass which focused the first attention on the importance of preserving the Everglades. In total, she published about 13 books and In 1987, although she was legally blind, she wrote her autobiography which she called Voice of the River. Helped establish Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. She spent a lifetime of 108 years championing the environmental causes of South Florida. Posthumously installed into the Women's Hall of Fame.

Michael Dunn (Oct. 20, 1934 - Aug. 30, 1973)
Actor. Known for his portrayed of Dr. Miguelito Loveless, the arch enemy of James West, on the 1960s TV series, "The Wild Wild West". Buried Lauderdale Memorial Park Cemetery.

Charles Henry Elston (Oct. 1, 1891 Marietta, Washington Co., OH - Sep. 25, 1980 Fort Lauderdale)
US Congressman from Ohio 1939-1953. Veteran of WWI (US Army). Buried Lauderdale Memorial Park Cemetery. Source: Congressional Biographies & Politicalgraveyard.com.

Harry E. Lancaster(1865 PA - Aug. 6 ,1940) & Adolfa (Lawrence) Earle (d. Jan 16, 1964)
Harry is buried at Woodlawn Cem., Dania, FL and Adolfa is buried at Hollywood Memorial Gardens.
Botanist, tomato grower and civic minded settler of Zona (Davie). One of the first 10 residents of Zona, later Davie.
Harry E. Earle married his wife Adolfa in Panama while working on the construction of the Panama Canal. In 1910, they became settlers of Zona, so named because it reminded them of the Panama Canal. He purchased 10-acre tracts of land sight unseen from the Everglades Sugar and Land Company. The couple had a son, Harry A. Earle, born in Dania in 1911. Their home was built at the corner of Griffin and Davie Roads, where they also ran a tomato farm and packing house. Earle was a stockholder, director and the first elected Secretary of Davie's first telephone company. He was a member of the board of supervisors of the Davie sub-drainage district in 1914 and was active in the community..
(See First Families of Broward Bio, Imprints 4.2-1985, p. 45-46.)

Harry E. (1911 - Sep. 16, 1984) & Helen (Keating) Earle, Jr. (b. Scotland)
His ashes were scattered over Florida Bay in Flamingo, Everglades National park.
Farmer, Superintendent of the Central Broward Drainage District, and Author of stories about the Everglades & Davie. Veteran of WWII Army)
Harry Earle Jr. was much like his father. They were both civic minded and he was instrumental in establishing the Central Broward Draining District. He was a member of the Davie Chamber of Commerce and the Everglades Fire Control Board. He and his wife Helen met during WW II while he was stationed at Fort Dix, NJ and they married in NY. The couple were the parents of five children.
(See First Families of Broward Bio, Imprints 4.2-1985, p. 45-46.)

Earl Ehmann
Farmer who introduced pineapple to Pompano.

J. K. English
Listed in R. L. Polk & Co., Florida Gazetteer of 1925 as the manager of the Queen Theatre.