This page was updated October 31, 2014 (Yes.. I'm still alive. Just updated some broken links. :)

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"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" ~John 3:16~

1995 - it stays! ;o)
Hi folks; Welcome to my website! Most of this stuff is "static" since I don't have time to update as often as I used to. I don't know how so many people on the internet find time to blog - I can't even keep this little website updated on a regular basis! In fact, I've had to remove my links page because I can't keep up with the changes. I've left the few pages that are still here because they can go for a while without being updated (past history never changes ;).

My My Metzenseifen Page draws the most interest and the information is timely for anyone researching their immigrant relatives who came from there and settled in the Ohio area. I do check those links every few months.

My Schmidt Page is our search for my husband's past. We are genuinely interested in making contact with anyone who may have known his father's aunt Alice "Tasy" Schmidt (Smith) and her artist husband, Maurice Delavier, who lived in Paris, France.

My Pop's old photographs are a nostalgic look back to old Florida in the 1920's and 1930's......

....And then there is my E. G. Barnhill Postcard Shop where you can email your friends a virtual Florida greeting!

Please be sure to stop by and visit my friends, Gary and Janet Priem, former missionaries to Kenya, Africa, at their website: Missions to the World.

Looking for some fine Florida art? My favorite Florida landscape artist is Charles Rowe. Check out the breathtaking artwork on his website at:

My Index is below, and THANKS SO MUCH for dropping by for a visit! God Bless you real good! :o)

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"The Unseen Presence"

Did you know that an unseen presence
Is with you, everywhere?
In every place you chance to be
You'll have His loving care.

He'll hold your hand when you stumble
If you will believe 'tis so
For God is with you, everywhere
Yes, everywhere you go. 

~Agnes Choate Wonson~

"...If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." ~Romans 10:9~

­Index of Photos ­
Photographer: Edward Matthew Kress
1878 - 1951
(Click on the page number to view each corresponding set of photos)
Page 1

- Seminole Indians in the Everglades
- Harvesting Turpentine
- Chain Gang

Page 2

- Key Biscayne
(Ship lies on it's side after 1928 hurricane)
- Miami Fish Dock
- Tarpon Springs

Page 3

- Tampa
- St. Augustine
- Old Store
(Not sure where this was taken. North Florida, I think)

Page 4: Cuba

- Havana Bar
- Open Air Saloon
- San Diago de Cuba
- Moro Castle

Page 5

- New Orleans Market
- Alabama
- Flooded road in Georgia
- Road near Rome, Georgia
(autos stuck in deep mud after heavy rains)


You are a true Floridian if......
I got this in an email from my friend, Avie. When I did a search for it (to credit the author) I found it in a 1999 post on If anyone knows the author, please email me!
You are a true Floridian if.....
...You won't pull off the road just to look at an alligator.
...You realize that the only reason for Georgia's existence is to provide extra billboard space for advertising Florida.
...You understand the utter futility of exterminating cockroaches.
...You understand the only escape from mosquitos is death.
...You wear a sweater when it gets below 70 degrees.
...You don't even consider Miami a nice place to visit.
...You can remember when there was no good reason to go to Orlando.
...You don't yell "SHARK" when you see a group of porpoise playing in the surf.
...Your definition of "waterfront property" doesn't include condominium apartments on man-made canals 20 miles from the ocean.
...You laugh when Northerners say that Florida doesn't have a change of seasons, because you know the rates are much lower after Labor Day.


"....Nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have commited unto Him against that day." ~2 Timothy 1:12~

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