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Julia Tuttle's Orange Blossoms
by Donna M. Kahlke
Though she makes her home in New Jersey, Ms. Kahlke is an avid Miami historian and an avid quilter, as well. Her block recalls how after the freeze of 1895, after visiting Julia Tuttle, FEC executive James Ingraham sent citrus blossoms to railroad baron Henry Flagler, her way of telling him paradise awaited in an undeveloped place on the water called Miami. Ms. Kahlke did her quilt block in memory of her father, Edwin H. Weidman, who "loved and worked with trains from Pullman Standard in Chicago to the New York City Transit Authority to being involved in the beginning of Miami's Metrorail."
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