Charlotte Harbor, Florida

History: Tales Told & Yarns Unravelin'

The Charlotte Harbor School Bell

Old Times in Charlotte Harbor

Welcome to the Charlotte Harbor History Section. We hope to bring some of the local color, wit and wisdom of the pioneer families who made this a great place to live, raise a family and generally have a pretty good time doing it. Old Charlotte Harbor Families are welcome to submit anecdotes, photos and rememberances for this page... & we'll all have a smile together. Thank you!

(Please be patient- this page is a work in progress, and we'll have more online shortly.)

How To Shoot A Wild Turkey

Wesley C. Vickers, early '50s: 2 turkeys w/1 shot! (photo made at Mr. Cobden's house on Bayshore Dr.)

Tom Knight once told us boys that the secret to shooting a wild turkey was to shoot just past his beak, cut off his breath & suffocate him - and you wouldn't spoil the meat that way. From the photo above, Wes Vickers obviously knew the secret!:

Wesley C. Vickers & Tom Knight - in their "civilian army corps" outfits - 1940s. Ready for action... & maybe, a couple of wild turkeys!

It Ain't "Charlotte Harbor Town"

In considering the ongoing error campaign in some local newspaper articles, which have referred to Charlotte Harbor as "Charlotte Harbor Town" - be assured, that the residents of Charlotte Harbor *do* know the difference between the community and the creek.

Fishin' Man! Capt. Wampus: "The boat might sink, but the spirit sails on!"

There's the matter of the area "Commodores" in the "Port Charlotte & Punta Gorda Isle Navies"! There was a great old flowing well on Knight's Beach in Charlotte Harbor - but it's under a parking lot for the "Yacht Club" now. I rather liked that photo on the front page of the Sun Herald (4/14/95): "More Boats Than Fish"! Pretty soon, Cocktail Fleet Commodores will likely have to settle for Cocktail shrimp sauce & martini-drinkin' contests instead of a Tarpon Tournament - as the fish become unfishable due to fossil fuels, global warming, phosphate spills... and political fossils (fossil fools?).

Of course, with the price of oil going up across the globe... and the spectre of Texas Oil men taking over guvment (well, they own the voting machines, after all), it appears we are going to soon be eating hoover hogs and swamp cabbage to survive, like local folks did in the depression years around here.

As Tommy Parkinson of Boca Grande once (good-naturedly, always) joked, "Them yankees ever find out you can eat a cabbage palm - there won't be a swamp cabbage left in Florida!"

Mary Ellen & Tommy Parkinson

A real part of the Spirit of Old Charlotte Harbor does live on in these times, at the family reunion of the Vickers, Parkinson, Hall & Handlon families - every April. A celebration of the birthday of Wesley Call Vickers who moved into the area with Forrest Nelson in the early 1900s. There just "weren't many like Wes". God bless and preserve the Community of Charlotte Harbor. We welcome contributions by other oldtime Charlotte Harbor families... their stories & photos! Email us with your stories, anecdotes, etc!

Life Is A Tale That Is Told...

For a wonderful work-in-progress, visit the Vickers Family Resource Page online. Researched and compiled by Kelly Vickers, a long-time coordinator at Toccoa Falls Bible College in Georgia - it is a detailed and comprehensive work, tracing the Vickers Family line back to the 1500s. Kelly has made it available to others doing research into their own family lineages... which might link into the Vickers family. "Life is a Tale that is Told"... Kelly Vickers has some fine tales from the early days in Charlotte Harbor in this warm and family-oriented website. Enjoy.

(Editors Postscript: The Official Tune of the Charlotte Harbor Community... is "The Charlotte Harbor Stomp" - a swing march composed by James E. "Skip" Handlon, (first real Band Director in the county) to celebrate lively life in the community. It was first performed by the Charlotte High School Band, in the early 1940s. The score hopefully still exists in the Charlotte High School music library (or - it certainly should!) For an interesting history of "Skip" Handlon's early Vaudeville years, please visit: The John Jewell Tenor Banjo Page.

NOTE: All family photographs are copyright 2001, 2005, 2006, by George Wesley Handlon. All Rights Reserved.

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