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Manasota Beach in Sarasota County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Joseph Daniel Anderson

Joseph Daniel Anderson Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, July 8, 2020
1. Joseph Daniel Anderson Marker Side 1
Side 1
After the Civil War, many Georgians moved their families to Southern Florida. Joseph Daniel "Jody" Anderson, born in Georgia in 1867, was a child when his father moved to the Tampa/Sara Sota area. In 1884, Joseph became the head of the Anderson family. Two years later, he moved his family to southern Manatee County. He homesteaded the land in the Mystic River (Forked Creek) Valley. In 1890 he married Helen Alice Johnson of Sarasota. They had eleven children. Eight survived.

With only hand tools, Anderson converted the Florida wilderness into an agricultural industry. This fertile land produced vegetables, sugar cane and citrus. In the vast Myakka/Pinedale area, he raised his cattle and swine. He and brother Moses "Lee" prospered in ranching until the Range Law Act curtailed the right to use this land for grazing.

Sleds (later wagons) were used to move the farm produce, fruit and cattle to Lemon Bay where they were transferred to draft boats and transported to ships at Boca Grande. Some of the wagons were rafted across the bay to Manasota Beach where the produce was ferried to Cuban smacks and later
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to American schooners.
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Anderson pioneered commercial fishing in North Lemon Bay which teemed with schools of mullet and other fish. The Andersons fished with nets made of cotton and flax twine over which they poured a heavy lime solution to prevent rot. Their base of operation included land storage facilities on the shore and on the beach (Manasota) to salt, dry and pack the fish in barrels. Upon the arrival of run boats with ice from Tampa, the Andersons could ship fresh fish and produce.

Joseph Daniel "Jody" Anderson was a quiet family man who never sought publicity. However, before Sarasota County was organized, he served as deputy sheriff and game warden in the Pinedale/Manasota area. The Anderson family built the area's first school (Pinedale) of which Jody was a trustee. He also organized the first church in that area. Anderson actively supported the creation of Sarasota County from Manatee County and, in 1922, became the first elected county commissioner from District 4. After the death of his first wife, he married Mary Ethel Morgan with whom he raised four more children. Joseph Daniel Anderson died in 1939.
Erected 1996 by Lemon Bay Historical Society and Sarasota County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical
Joseph Daniel Anderson Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
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marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 27° 0.628′ N, 82° 24.736′ W. Marker is in Manasota Beach, Florida, in Sarasota County. Marker is at the intersection of Manasota Key Road and Manasota Beach Road, on the right when traveling south on Manasota Key Road. Marker is in front of the changing rooms at the Manasota Beach access. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Venice FL 34293, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Woodmere (approx. 2 miles away); Venice Army Air Base (approx. 5 miles away); 337th Army Air Field Base (approx. 5 miles away); Lemon Bay Cemetery (approx. 5.4 miles away); Venezia Park (approx. 6 miles away); Edgewood (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Venice-Nokomis Bank (approx. 6.3 miles away); Triangle Inn (approx. 6.3 miles away).
Joseph Daniel Anderson Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, July 8, 2020
3. Joseph Daniel Anderson Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 17, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

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May. 29, 2023