Pioneer Family: Life on Florida’s Twentieth Century Frontier

19 07 2010

Inside the yellow, two-story building that is the Beaches Historical Society, we listened to the story of life in early Florida.  Michel Oesterreicher’s readings from her book, Pioneer Family: Life on Florida’s Twentieth Century Frontier, were powerful.  Growing up, Oesterreicher heard stories from her parents about their childhood and growing up along the Florida coast where every day life was a struggle. No electricity, no indoor plumbing, days were hot and work was hard.  With her parents succumbing to old age, the author recorded all of the stories told to her over a lifetime and was able to release the fear of never hearing them again.  Transcribing the stories evolved into a book about the pioneers of early Florida, and the love and hard work that kept them together.

You will be moved by the stories. Stories of growing up, death, hurt, loss, the depression, snakes, ice, and fevers, but more importantly love.  Love that fights for what is right, love that walks forty miles to court a girl, and love that continues by the author, who in by preserving her own family stories to share with her children and grand children has given them a great gift. 

In a world where families are ripped apart by the smallest of problems and family history is disposed of like yesterday’s garbage, it is so reassuring and refreshing to hear the stories of families who fought and struggled through life, only to be together.

Your local bookstore will be able to order this for you, or you can find it on Amazon or BooksAMillion websites.

You will adore and cherish this book.




6 responses

19 07 2010

That looks like the kind of book I really enjoy…I’ll be looking for it!

19 07 2010
Suwannee Refugee

I’ve read plenty of books like this one. All of them have revealed a part of Florida that was tough, but rewarding

19 07 2010

It is simply amazing that any of them survived half of the time, but their skill set was different. Using the skills I have now, I would have died week 1. 🙂

19 07 2010
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20 07 2010

Thanks for sharing this. I just read “A Land Remembered,” and was so inspired by Florida pioneers with that book. I’m adding this title to me reading list.

20 07 2010

Yes, I think you will truly enjoy reading each and every story. It was so moving to hear the author read the stories out loud.

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