In 1885, Thomas Edison, age thirty nine and already a world famous inventor, met the two great loves of his life Mina Miller and Fort Myers, Florida Mina soon became his second wife, and Fort Myers a remote, almost inaccessible, village on Florida s southwest coast became their winter home Other tomes tell the global account of Thomas Edison, the American icon named by Life magazine as the Man of the Millennium This book offers a look at his life in his tropical retreat, his jungle, where for forty six years he and his bride sought refuge from the cold winters and the demanding lifestyle of his New Jersey home, laboratory, and business complex While in Fort Myers he watched over his extensive botanical gardens, fished from both his boat and his long dock, interacted with the locals, and labored for many hours in his laboratory Henry Ford and his family lived next door and many dignitaries came to visit, including President elect Hoover and Harvey Firestone The Edisons became an essential part of the Fort Myers story They made lifelong friendships with townsfolk and joined in local activities until the love affair of the Edisons was cut short by the death of Thomas in 1931 Mina continued to live out her love for Fort Myers and its people until her death in 1947 She gave their winter estate, Seminole Lodge, to the grateful citizens of Fort Myers....
|Title||:||The Edisons Of Fort Myers: Discoveries of the Heart|
|Publisher||:||Pineapple Pr First Edition edition September 30, 2004|
|Number of Pages||:||372 pages|
|File Size||:||877 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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I have always enjoyed the rich history of the great state of Florida. Mr. Smoot captures a wealth of this rich history in his book about Thomas Edison and his time spent in, and getting to, Fort Myers, FL. In carefully crafted detail he gives a sense of what Florida was like at the turn of the century and of the colorful characters who lived here. He also provides a wealth of detail regarding Thomas Edison and his second wife Mina. This book is packed with interesting excerpts from the Edisons' personal letters, diary entries and archives from the Edison Estate. If you enjoy Florida history and want to learn about the private life of one the great figures of American invention you will love this book.
Any student of Edison ought to read this well-researched and carefully detailed description of his days in Fort Myers. This book, drawn from exacting investigation by a lawyer who grew up near Edison's home, is full of minute details that bring Edison alive in a new way. It shows his leisure time activities, and is particularly interesting in describing his inter-action with the 'locals' in this then-remote location. It's a perfect book to read if you plan to visit the Edison-Fort Winter Estates in Fort Myers.
Great volume, combining the most desirable aspects of a non-fiction account of Life Magazine's "Man of the Millenium," with the precise information normally found only in a credible academic research volume. This book brings an important segment of history alive, in an interesting, unique and intriguing way. Excellent book!