Frank Stranahan: City Founder
When he arrived at New River, Miami bustled as a frontier town, but Stranahan had only a handful of white men as neighbors. A shy, reserved man, he soon came to live a busy live on the river, running the camp and ferry and also the U.S. Post office, which had been moved from the House of Refuge on the Fort Lauderdale beach to New River Camp, located inland about a mile. A few months later, the county moved the camp and ferry farther to the west. With the new arrangement Stranahan was able to acquire 10.7 riverfront acres, the first of many land purchases which would make him one of the wealthiest men in the area.
Ivy Julie Cromartie: First Lady and TeacherIn 1899, she began teaching in the 20 by 30 foot building by parents in a wild piece of woods south of New River. Her salary was $48 a month. She described her arrival and introduction to her new job:
”...at the Fort Lauderdale station, I was greeted by Mr. Ed King, a local school trustee. He led the way to the railroad dock on New River where his ‘pop-boat’ was moored--a small craft, much like a row boat, with a gasoline engine installed in the center. With no mufflers on these boats, the rapid loud explosions were the only sounds to break the silence on the New River in those early days. Mr. King streered down the river and up Tarpon Creek to his home.... Greeted by Mrs. King, a charming hostess, I was to live with the King family during the ensuing months.”