Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Ruby Beach]
“At the time we went to the beach, our second little daughter, Bessie, was only six weeks old.
“At first the mail came to Mayport, and had to be brought over by the horse and buggy route, Mr. Scull driving over [?] the beach. In the spring of 1885, the first train was run to the beach, and it was then we established the postoffice with a weekly service to and from Jacksonville, calling the post office ‘Ruby.’ After the railroad was completed and patronage established to warrant a daily schedule, the railroad company, known as the Jacksonville and beach Railway, changed the name to ‘San Pablo,’ which was later known simply as ‘Pablo Beach,’ and with daily mail service, the postoffice also became known as Pablo.
“In 1884 we built the first house at the beach. It is still standing and has been known for several years as the ‘Dixie House.’ It was built of lumber from a beached vessel.
“In the spring of 1884, a German [barque?], the ‘ [Millias?] , loaded with mahogany sprang a leak as it neared Bayport and the officers thought it was going to sink. To avert this disaster they beached it this side of the mouth of the river. The memory of the ship as it struck the beach with all sails set about 4 o'clock in the afternoon with the background of the late afternoon sun remains as one of the prettiest sights I have ever seen. It was loaded with all mahogany lumber. Dr. John C. L'Engle bought a lot of it, and after the ship struck, the remainder washed overboard. This my husband gathered up, lightered on two rafts up the river to Pablo Creek, from there he had it hauled to our beach lot. A big wind struck the second lighter, washing it out in the river so one load