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Updated: 05/07/2014 08:00:04AM

‘Dreamers and Schemers’ featured man who helped start Bartow

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PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Jacob Summerlin, played by Brian Shea, reads from one of his papers as he spoke Friday night at the Polk County History Center.

PHOTO FROM THE FLORIDA STATE ARCHIVES

The original Jacob Summerlin, a founding father of Bartow and wealthy cattle baron in the 1880s.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Jacob Summerlin smiles as he recalls his life when he spoke -- played by Brian Shea -- Friday night at the Polk County History Center.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Brian Shea as Jacob Summerlin speaks at the Polk County History Center.

By CATHY PALMER

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Jacob Summerlin came home to Bartow Friday spreading his folksy business savvy and, above all, his love for cows and the city.

Summerlin appeared in the guise of Pinellas County actor Brian Shea, who showed a packed 1908 courtroom in the Polk History Center a side of the founding father they had not seen nor heard before.

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