Gladesmen: Gator Hunters, Moonshiners, and Skiffers

Gladesmen Gator Hunters Moonshiners and Skiffers Remarkable should have strong immediate interest for the ecologists engaged in efforts to restore the Everglades William B Robertson research biologist for Everglades National ParkFrom the book Pa b

  • Title: Gladesmen: Gator Hunters, Moonshiners, and Skiffers
  • Author: Glen Simmons Laura Ogden
  • ISBN: 9780813015736
  • Page: 334
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Remarkable should have strong, immediate interest for the ecologists engaged in efforts to restore the Everglades William B Robertson, research biologist for Everglades National ParkFrom the book Pa built our house out of rough lumber that they got from Frazier s sawmill a one room house about 16 to 18 feet long and 12 feet wide We all slept on cots and s Remarkable should have strong, immediate interest for the ecologists engaged in efforts to restore the Everglades William B Robertson, research biologist for Everglades National ParkFrom the book Pa built our house out of rough lumber that they got from Frazier s sawmill a one room house about 16 to 18 feet long and 12 feet wide We all slept on cots and sat on boxes or a trunk The kitchen was in the corner, and Ma cooked on a four hole stove, which cost six dollars Me and my middle brother, Alvin, sat on a trunk to eat at the table That trunk had some long cracks in it My brother knew just how to move so the crack would pinch Years before the Park was established, when all the land and marsh seemed to belong to me, we would help ourselves to whatever we could see or trade for survival Mostly we would sell gator and otter hides On this particular trip, after grunting awhile at the gator hole, I gave up and made tracks to the camp since I wanted to return by dark I was lying under my skeeter bar with a small tarp stretched between two cabbage palms About midnight, I heard the dried cabbage fronds breaking in the path toward my camp The night was pitch black .Few people today can claim a living memory of Florida s frontier Everglades Glen Simmons, who has hunted alligators, camped on hammock covered islands, and poled his skiff through the mangrove swamps of the glades since the 1920s, is one who can Together with Laura Ogden, he tells the story of backcountry life in the southern Everglades from his youth until the establishment of the Everglades National Park in 1947 During the economic bust of the late 20s, when many natives turned to the land to survive, Simmons began accompanying older local men into Everglades backcountry, the inhospitable prairie of soft muck and mosquitoes, of outlaws and moonshiners, that rings the southern part of the state As Simmons recalls life in this community with humor and nostalgia, he also documents the forgotten lifestyles of south Florida gladesmen By necessity, they understood the natural features of the Everglades ecosystem They observed the seasonal fluctuations of wildlife, fire, and water levels Their knowledge of the mostly unmapped labyrinth of grassy water enabled them to serve as guides for visiting naturalists and scientists Simmons reconstructs this world, providing not only fascinating stories of individual personalities, places, and events, but an account that is accurate, both scientifically and historically, of one of the least known and longest surviving portions of the American frontier.Glen Simmons has lived in the south Florida Everglades since his birth in 1916 in Homestead In 1995 he was awarded a State of Florida Heritage Award for his unique contribution to Florida s history and folk culture He has demonstrated and taught glades skiff building for the Florida Department of State, Bureau of Folklife, and the South Florida Historical Society his boats are on permanent display at the Florida Folklife Museum in White Springs, Florida, and at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, Miami.Laura Ogden, also born in Homestead and a life long friend of Glen Simmons, is assistant professor of anthropology at Florida International University.

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    • An amazing book, particularly so for anyone currently living in Florida, that looks back on what life was like for those who eked out a living in and around the Everglades back in the 1920s through 1940s. Glen Simmons was a Gladesman, a man who could move quietly through the River of Grass, stalk and kill an alligator and then skin it on the spot. He built his own skiffs for maneuvering through the mangroves and sawgrass, and knew both how to camp out on the tree islands amid clouds of mosquitoe [...]


    • Gladesmen: Gator Hunters, Moonshiners, and Skiffers by Glen Simmons and Laura Ogden (University Press of Florida 1998)(975.939) is the memoir of Glen Simmons who lived in the Everglades in the early twentieth century until the formation of Everglades National Park forced the gladespeople out of the park and off their land. This is a story of true subsistence living; these folks were true hunters and gatherers. The stories are fascinating, and this way of life is gone for good from North America. [...]


    • I am currently working for the Park Service at Flamingo, in Everglades National Park. This is such a beautiful place and one of the best canoe and kayak areas in the USA. This book gives a great insight about the area before the Park was established. A good read for anyone visiting the area. anomad


    • Excellent book. Not only depicts the life of a Florida gator hunter in the 1940's, but also gives his thoughts and feelings.



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