Longtime residents fill in gaps, share stories of Delray Beach history
Photos by Tim Stepien and Willie Howard/The Coastal Star
By Willie Howard
The Delray Beach
From fishing queens and charter boats
to tackle and trophies, Delray show reels in
history in a catchy way
Howard Falcon, who grew up in what now is known as Delray Beach’s Historic Falcon House, returned for a reunion with longtime friends. Joining Falcon, his son Howard III and his grandson Howard IV at the 1925 home — now SoHo/Max’s Social House — were
Jestena Boughton, owner of the landmark downtown hotel, continued a family tradition that began more than eight decades ago by giving back – this year, to the Delray Beach Historical Society. Boughton presented a $10,000 gift that will help the socie
LEFT: James ‘Bay’ McBride Jr. drowned in 1956 while swimming at an unguarded beach. It was illegal for him to use the ‘whites only’ beach off Atlantic Avenue.
BELOW: Bay’s mother, Rosabelle McBride, visits his grave.
amid the unresolved resistance to integration of the beach.
confiscated under an ordinance that allowed police to search vehicles.
Photo provided by Delray Beach Historical Society
during the the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Delray Beach Historical Society charter signing.
INSET BELOW: A portrait of Ethel Sterling Williams.
Tim Stepien/The Coa
By Rich Pollack
Marsha Love’s The Cat at Cason Cottage may be the only children’s book set in Delray Beach that includes a cat named Clarabelle, a series of friendly ghosts and, of course, lots of local history.
Love — a descendent of early
World War II Navy veteran Ernie Simon, and his wife, Norma, look at a mannequin
dressed in a WWII 101st Airborne uniform in the Cason Cottage at the Delray Beach Historical Society
during the ‘Delray Beach: The World War II Experience.’
The Grass River Garden Club presented a $5,000 check to the Delray Beach Historical Society
in front of the The Ethel Sterling Williams Archive and Learning Center
in Delray Beach. The gift was to enable installation of flowering, native landscapin
By Mary Thurwachter
It’s hardly breaki
Boca Delray Music Society Luncheon: Delray Beach Club
Celebration of Old Delray: The Colony Cabana Club
Closet Couture Luncheon: Benvenuto’s, Boynton Beach
Heading to College: Brianna Ritota, Ocean Ridge
Impact 100 Palm Beach County: $100,000 grant
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