Yesteryear I Lived In Paradise

Yesteryear I Lived in Paradise 

Author: Myrtle Scharrer Betz  

(grandmother of Florida Master Naturalist Graduate Terry Fortner)




A captivating first-person account of the challenging and wondrous experiences of a Florida pioneer family homesteading the barrier island that is now Caladesi Island State Park.

Myrtle Scharrer Betz's account of growing up on Caladesi Island is one of the richest portraits available of life in Florida when it truly was the natural, tropical paradise that tourists and residents alike can only dream of discovering today.Told with compelling honesty and humanity, this tale by the only child ever born on Caladesi Island captures the natural wonders, discomforts, challenges, and joys of pioneer life on a Florida West Coast barrier island, spanning the time from when her father, Henry Scharrer, first arrived in America from Switzerland in 1883 until his death in 1934.

This new and enlarged edition includes more than 130 historic illustrations providing a visual legacy to complement Myrtle's narrative. New edition includes Bird Check List, Historical Timeline, and extraordinary photos and illustrationsGranddaughter and certified Florida Master Naturalist, Terry Fortner has added a timeline to clarify the history, extending to the years before and after the narrative itself.

Award Recipient for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Preservation Education/Media, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, 2009


Non-fiction, Autobiograhical