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Updated: 06/18/2014 12:23:24AM

A pioneer who gardened for sustenance and soul

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The fiber mats from around the buds of the saw palmetto plant were used in the 1880’s to make a wall covering by Julia Daniels Moseley, an early settler of the area now known as Brandon. A sample of her handiwork was exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair in the Florida exhibit at the Agricultural Building.

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This past Saturday’s “Pioneer Day” celebration by DeSoto County Historical Society prompted us to reread a favorite book offering a unique view of life in Florida in the late 1800’s.

“Come to My Sunland: Letters of Julia Daniels Moseley from the Florida Frontier 1882-1886” was edited by a granddaughter, Julia Winifred Moseley, and Betty Powers Crislip, who grew up in the area where the Moseleys settled.

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