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Fun and Games

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Swimming at the Jupiter Inlet, ca. 1890s.

Courtesy HSPBC.

The early settlers were a close-knit community, despite being spread over a large area. From Jupiter to Hypoluxo, everything centered around Lake Worth, their only path to one another.

If a holiday came, we’d ask everybody on the lake to go on a big schooner or whatever we were goin' on. What one did, they all did. We’d go up to the inlet to hunt bear. We came home one night, two or three bears on the deck. We kids would go bathing, y’know, and those things. We’d go down to the foot of the lake and go over to the beach there. Anything to go somewhere. Go up to Jupiter, where the lighthouse is. [T]hey were regular community picnics. And if there were any Indians here, we’d ask 'em to eat with us.

Belle Dimick Enos (1962 Interview)

During the early years on Lake Worth, music often brought the small but growing community together, and many talented musicians were found among its population. The Dimick family, who arrived in 1876, brought the first organ, on which daughter Belle developed her skills. The Brelsford family entertained their neighbors on violin, cello, and piano, inspiring Charles Pierce and others.

Pierce organized the Hypoluxo String Band in the early 1880s, which played at dances until 1892. Guy and Louis Bradley with their mother, Lydia, and George Lyman completed the group. When the Palm Beach Yacht Club erected a clubhouse a short way south of the Cocoanut Grove House, Pierce put together a seven-piece orchestra to play on opening night with the Bradley brothers, Lyman, John Cleminson, Henry Sanders, and Henry’s son Will.

Pierce also organized the Tropical (Brass) Band for a time, with Will Moore, Guy Bradley, Andrew Garnett, Robert W. Porter, Bob Cook, and Eugene Dimick.

Henry Sanders led and played tuba in the Lake Worth Coronet Band, which entertained both seasonal and year-round residents with weekly open-air concerts in City Park, West Palm Beach. A Professor Kaufmann also served as leader of the Lake Worth Band for many years and provided members with free musical training. 

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This photograph is most likely the original
Lake Worth Band and datees to the early

1890s. Courtesy HSPBC.

 

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