Cardwell, Harold D(ouglas), Sr. 1926-

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CARDWELL, Harold D(ouglas), Sr. 1926-

PERSONAL: Born July 17, 1926, in Varnell, GA; son of Arlie Amber (a plant nursery person) and Hettie Ellen (a homemaker; maiden name, Eledge) Cardwell; married Priscilla Dean Rumley (a social worker), July 3, 1954; children: Harold Douglas, Jr., Ruth Ellen Cardwell-Landau. Ethnicity: "English/Scottish." Education: Daytona Beach Community College, A.A., 1972; Florida Technological University, B.A., 1974; additional study at Clemson University, 1975. Politics: Democrat Religion: Methodist Hobbies and other interests: History, anthropology, antique tools, historical tours in Florida.

ADDRESSES: Home—1343 Woodbine St., Daytona Beach, FL 32114-5740.

CAREER: King Brothers Lumber Co., St. Augustine, FL, office manager, 1951-55; registered landscape architect in Daytona Beach, FL, 1956-66; Florida Department of Education, Daytona Beach, FL, senior rehabilitation specialist (in horticulture) for Division of Blind Services, 1967-85; Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security, Daytona Beach, FL, senior rehabilitation specialist (in horticulture) for Division of Blind Services, 1996-99; writer, 1999—. Volusia County Historical Commission, member, 1987-92; Daytona Beach Historic Preservation Board, member, 1987—, chair, 1996—; Port Orange Historical Trust, president, 1998—; Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, member, 2000—. Wartime service: Fercleve Corp., civilian attached to atomic bomb project at Oak Ridge, TN, and Los Alamos, NM, 1944-46.

MEMBER: Florida Historical Society, Florida Anthropological Society, Halifax Historical Society (past president), Southeast Volusia Historical Society.

AWARDS, HONORS: Named historian of the year, Volusia County Historical Commission, 1987-88; Lazarus Award, Florida Anthropological Society, 1987-88.


Images of America: Port Orange, Arcadia/Tempus Publishing (Charleston, SC), 2000.

Port Orange: A Great Community, Tennant Publishing, 2001.

Eye on the Future, Scribe (South Daytona, FL), 2002.

Images of America: Daytona Beach—100 Years of Racing, Arcadia/Tempus Publishing (Charleston, SC), 2002.

The Story of the Dunlawton Plantation, Scribe (South Daytona, FL), 2003.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Historic Daytona Beach; research for Freemanville of Port Orange, Florida, the history of a freed-slave settlement.

SIDELIGHTS: Harold D. Cardwell, Sr. told CA: "I was raised in Port Orange and Daytona Beach, Florida, and through the years I became very active in historical and anthropological societies. I have served on city and county preservation boards and realized that not enough recorded history has been published on my hometowns. These two cities are rich in prehistoric and recent history.

"After retiring I completed the history of my employer, a state agency. I also completed two history books on Port Orange and one on the history of racing at Daytona Beach. I am currently researching territorial-period Florida plantations and the slaves that cultivated their crops. Further I am recording the post-civil war, freed-slave settlements in our area.

"This rich history has motivated me to realize that I should leave a documented history for posterity and, hopefully, as our cities grow, my work can help provide a way to look back at the past and learn how to prepare for the future."

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