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From: (Russ Hummerick)
Subject: Re: [FLHILLSB] After Shrimping, Some family history
Date: Fri, 03 Jun 2005 20:44:47 +0000
What happen to us in the 70's and after.
James E. Hummerick Jr. went to Oklahoma for years. Then he moved back to his home town Tampa in 1988 and is still there today working as a car salesman.
John P. Hummerick after being the Road Manager for the Bellamy Brothers. He was with them until the 80's and now also a car salesman and lives in Titusville today.
Russell G. Hummerick left the boats after two years and went on to become a Mechanical PKG. Service Engineer for Weyerhaeuser Paper Company out of Tampa, Florida from 79 to 87 work all of Ruskin, Tampa, and Florida, and the Eastern U.S.A. Designing, Building, and Installing Machinery for Produce and Meat Companies also Famers. Was on call 24/7 and had to fly at any time. (Did you know that the gas that is used for Tomatoes come bananas?). Got away from fishing. 87 is when I got off the road so I could helped my Mother as she was dieing from Brest Cancer until 88. 89 is when I blow out my back and became a feed store owner in Riverview, Florida until 91 met my second wife and moved to Ohio went back into Designing Machinery until I plow out my neck. (Then retired). Became a BSA Venture working with Disable Children teaching them how to river and lake fish like I did today. (Isn't funny how ones life can go in a full circle). I went back fishing again. LOL (It's Safer)! Now fi!
I just tell there school teacher if one kid can remember how to fish then what the old timers on the Tampa Shrimp Boats & my Grandfather & father teached me is not wasited. One School Teacher asked me this morning. What do I need to catch shrimp with? When I go to Florida. All I told him was a very big boat! Or go to the store and buy wild shrimp not POND raise shrimp. That is what killed us shrimpers.
Ron E. Hummerick became a High Rise Welder and is in Zephyrhills fighting Cancer now.
Tina L. Hummerick became a happy home maker in Jacksonville..
Mary K. Hummerick became a happy home maker and now runs a very big store in Jacksonville.
Dad, Jamse E. Hummerick Sr. died in 1998 from long cancer worked as a salesman to the last two weeks in Zephyrhills, then I was called to his side for those two weeks. That is when he passed on to me three very big boxes packed full of family information and photos that no one in the family has ever seen before and I have been working on them sense then.
Mom, Barbara L. Sharpless died in 1988 from brest cancer on 22nd street in her Mother's and Grandmother house.
Who am I researching?
Ralph Sharpless Death date: 29 May 1968 in Lutz. Don't know where has grave site is.
George Preston Moseley Death Date: 13 Oct 1947 in Tampa he had a store in Tampa I will have to look at the photo of the store to see where in Tampa it was. Hope to find his grave site and the information that is on his death certificate some day.
Sue, it has been good for my brain cells also thing back in my life. I have not done that in years! I also think that at sometime we could have very well walked right by each other at any time in our life on 22nd street or the drive-in.
I was giving that boat history of that time in my life for someone to keep. Then I got to talking to you and found out that it is not time for me to give up on my family history yet. I owe it to my kids!! Thanks Sue! For that.
I will not let the MS win! ;-)
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> In the 80s, I worked for a naval architect/marine surveyor. He was from a
> long line of sea men and told me that in the 1920s, his father sailed a
> beautiful wooden sailboat from New England to the Tampa Bay area. He'd
> heard so much about it, he had to see it. He looked over the side and the
> water was like clear blue ice, the prettiest water he'd ever seen, like the
> Bahamas today. He could see the size, shape and colors of the fish in the
> water, many he'd never seen before. He thought he had come to paradise, so
> he stayed.
> In the 1950s, we scalloped in the bay. I dove back then without goggles or
> fins - can't do that today - chasing down a fleeing scallop. The sea floor
> was full of them amongst the sea grass and white sand. I know they all
> taste the same, but as a little girl, I loved to go after a pink one. Of
> course, the bay went to pot and no more scallops. By the 70s, we had to
> drive up to Tarpon Springs to find scallops, and they were tiny. Some
> years, the catch was not worth the drive up. Several years ago I read how
> they were reintroducing baby scallops into the bay, then later, about the
> success of the program.
> Quahog clams as big as a grapefruit! There's still a few spots you can find
> them in the area, mostly off the skyway, but they aren't that big anymore.
> Or as plentiful.
> A girl on our street got polio in the 50s, and we heard she was in an iron
> lung. I was so afraid, as we'd all played with her. I felt so sorry for her
> family, as everyone avoided them. No one knew.
> About once a month, mom took us to the big white tb hospital on Dale Mabry
> and Tampa Bay Blvd. Eucalyptus trees grew, and we stripped the leaves from
> the trees and put them in burlap bags. The hospital crushed them and
> stuffed pillows with them. The scent helped the patients breathe. I
> remember the faces of the patients in the windows, watching us. Especially
> the children. It made me feel good but also bad. NY Yankee stadium is there
> We went to the shrimp docks often, to buy fresh shrimp. The docks were
> around the corner from our house, so we had fresh shrimp often. It was
> "cheap food." I loved it when the shrimp boats came in, even tho' it did
> stink. There was so much excitement, with everyone going down to the docks,
> hugging, waving, laughing, hollering conversations off the boats as they
> worked. I liked to watch the dripping nets, the way they folded and hung
> them was so cool. I liked to see the odd things they caught in the nets.
> The guys would keep a baby shark or octapus or something, to show us kids.
> I don't know where the memory is from, but I recall watching brown shrimp
> and ice chunks flow like a river down a flume or tube, coming off the boat?
> I was five. That's one of those memories you say, "Where did that come
> from? A brain cell just woke up."
> We grew up on fresh caught fish, grits or fried potatoes, mom's home baked
> bread, dad's collard greens from the garden, oranges, grapefruit, kumquats,
> lemons and tangerines from the yard. We always thought, "Man, when I grow
> up, I'm going to eat GOOD, like the other people do. The rich people."
> Little did we know we were eating the best.
> When sliced white bread was first sold, all our friends had it. I loved to
> eat lunch at their house, their bread was a treat. At our house, mom made
> our bread. Dad couldn't have salt. Our bread was dark and rougher in
> texture than our friends' thin-sliced white store-bought bread. Coming home
> from school to that bread-in-the-oven smell - nothing like it. We'd run in
> the door and she'd cut us a thick slice of hot bread, slather real butter
> on, and with her lemonade or orangeade - heaven.
> Dad had a heart condition from rheumatic fever in Pearl Harbor, so we had
> no salt in our home. Every Friday we drove to a little Spanish grocery
> store on Broadway in Ybor City, the only place in town that carried
> salt-free butter. The owners were our friends and treated us like their
> grandchildren. Eventually, we learned each other's language. I can't read
> or write it, but I can sure understand it. We loved our Spanish
> grandparents, the only grandparents we had in Florida. Dad died in 1961 and
> it was about that time the chain stores began carrying salt-free foods.
> The main thing I got from the Montel show was that MS was a multi-pronged
> fight. It took medical doctors, alternative medicine, food/diet/nutrition,
> positive thinking, accupuncture, music therapy, exercise, on and on. He
> said he was on a 7-phased treatment, some his doctors said
> shouldn't/wouldn't/couldn't work, but did for him, as it did for others on
> the show. Check out his web site. Can't hurt!
> What are the Tampa name lines you seek? If I can help you with cemetery
> photos, I do that, and I have some on-hand Tampa reference books. The
> downtown library is great for research, just a bear to park and get to.
> Has anyone guided you to Sheila's site?
> I find her site easier to navigate than Cindi's. Let us help you with your
> Tampa lines. That's why we're here. Sounds like we were neighbors at some
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