at Fort Thompson, Lee Co., Florida
( Note: I am also told by another researcher this may or is the home
of; Captain Francis A. Hendry CSA )
I leave this to any who wish to put in their thoughts
Thompson was one of many
forts in Florida
built during the Seminole Wars. It
was a key point for transporting supplies and troops along the Caloosahatchee River
from Punta Rassa on the Gulf of Mexico through Fort Myers. The
river narrowed near Ft.
and could be forded by troops or cattle during most seasons. By the end
Third Seminole War in 1858 the fine prairie lands had caught the
people around that area. They realized it would make good grazing land
cattle but it wasn’t until after the close of the War Between
The States and
the Reconstruction period that the area was platted and sold. By the 1880s the old fort
cattle ranches were prospering as were nearby LaBelle and Fort Myers as trade with Cuba
site is two
miles away from LaBelle store and post office kept by the genial and
accommodating Mr. Edgar Carlton. At
LaBelle our old veteran old-timer, Mr. Taylor Frierson, is fitting up
accommodate the public. Those
Mr. Frierson need not be told that they will be well cared for. He is one of those genial,
crackers whose very nature is to make his guests happy, can tell more
funny frontier stories than any man in the State.
Mr. W. H. Caldwell,
brother and son from Tennessee
are now the guests of the Frierson House.
Caldwell was a judge and banker from Tennessee
who stayed at the Goodno Ranch for several years, then came over to
stayed with his friend, Taylor Frierson.
Then he bought “a slice of property”
from T. Frierson including the post
office and grocery. These
enlarged to accommodate his rather large family of seven children. In 1971 the Fort
published an article from which this is taken.
My mother, Ruth Frierson, exchanged Christmas greetings
Caldwell for many, many years. Most
were original sketches by Mrs. Caldwell.
Information provided by
Ann Winston McGinn
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