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Stories from Pinecrest's Pioneers

 
 

Founding Village Council [Video] including Cindie Blanck, Leslie Bowe, Barry Blaxberg, and Robert Hingston

Learn about the early years of the Village government from members of the first Council (Interview from 2017)

Ruth Braddock [Video

Taught at newly opened Howard Drive Elementary and later at Palmetto High (Interview from 2015)

Ellen Carrier [PDF]
Grew up in the Whilden-Carrier home and shares memories of day-to-day life in rural East Kendall
Margaret Carrier [PDF]
Carrier family member shares her memories of day-to-day life in rural East Kendall
John Carrier [PDF]
Carrier family member shares his memories of day-to-day life in rural East Kendall

Andre Dawson [Video]

Baseball legend and long-time Pinecrest resident (Interview from 2017)

Angelo Demos [Video]

Veteran of WWII (Interview from 2013)

Joyce Diehl [Video]

Helped preserve area's character (Interview from 2010)

Ray Fisher [Video]
Long-time photographer for the Miami Herald shares his memories (Interview from 2011)

Joseph Hackney [Video]

Veteran of the Korean Conflict (Interview from 2013)

Jack Hinman [PDF]
Birdhouse builder watched Kenwood Elementary being built and was among the first students
Thomas Mitchell [PDF] [Video]
Pioneer shares memories of his Mango groves (Interview from 2001)
Joy Parrish [PDF] [Video]
Remembers seeing German prisoners of war exercising at the camp near Dadeland
Dick Renick [Video]
Former state senator and long-time Pinecrest resident (Interview from 2015)

Dorothy Rodriguez [Video]

Veteran of WWII (Interview from 2013)

Ike Seamans [Video]

Former NBC network bureau chief who started as a reporter at WTVJ (Interview from 2016)

Darby Collins Smith [Video]

Growing up in the Governor's Mansion - the daughter of Gov. Leroy Collins

Eleanor Stritter [Video]

Former Pan Am Airways employee whose husband started Stritter Mangos (Interview from 2015)

Janice Thomas [Video]

Talks about the progress she has seen in Pinecrest since 1953 (Interview from 2015)

Ken Vandell [PDF] [Video]
Engineer for Homestead Air Force Base (Interview from 2001)
Ruth Vandell [PDF]
Ken's wife share's 50 years of her Pinecrest memories
Geneva Waldin [PDF]
Researcher for "Villages of South Dade" book remembers desegregation of local schools
Marie Wood [PDF]
Early resident tells of "the good life" in early days of Pinecrest