A citrus king who savored the art of the deal

When James Emmitt Evans was 12 years old, he already knew what he wanted to do. He aimed to be “a general business man,” as he liked to call it. By the time he died, at age 96, the Dade City man would have gone on to build one of the first citrus concentrate plants in the state south of Dade City. He is perhaps best remembered for his pioneering strategies to hedge juice inventory on … [Read more...]

Nobody seems to know for sure if Coolidge visited Dade City

About a year ago, my first history column for The Laker/Lutz News posed the question: “Did President Calvin Coolidge have lunch in Dade City?” Since that column published, on Aug. 19, 2015, new information has surfaced that keeps the question open. At the July meeting of the Pasco County Historical Society, I reminded those gathered that Dade City didn’t appear to offer much back in … [Read more...]