Putnam County, Florida
Originally an unincorporated town on the east bank of the St. Johns River, one mile from Palatka. It was originally known
as President City.
In 1895 it was stated that East Palatka "has always been considered a part of Palatka, although not inside of the city
limits." In 1895 it contained a number of orange groves and fine residences with a sawmill being erected.
In 1928 there was a large lumber plant and several manufacturing industries. In 1928 Mrs. Lena L. Hatch was
postmistress and A. L. Hatch was a mail carrier.
Colonel Hart (Edward King, The Great South, 1875)
JUST across the river from Palatka lies the beautiful orange grove owned by Colonel Hart, in which seven hundred
trees, some forty years old, annually bear an enormous crop of the golden fruit, and yield their owner an income of
$12,000 or $15,000. The trees bear from twelve to twenty-five hundred oranges each; some have been known to bear
four or five thousand. The orchard requires the care of only three men, an overseer and two negroes. The myriads of
fish to be caught at any time in the river furnish material for compost heaps, with which the land is annually enriched. At
the gateway of this superb orchard stand several grand bananas; entering the cool shade--some resplendent
December day--one finds the negroes gathering the fruit into bags strapped at their sides, and bearing it away to
storehouses where it is carefully packed for the steamers which are to bear it North. On the sand from which the hardy
trunks of the orange spring there is a splendid checker-work of light and shade, and one catches through the interstices
occasional glimpses of the broad river current. In an adjacent nursery, a hundred thousand young orange-trees await
transplanting and "budding." The property is becoming exceedingly good, yearly rising in value. Colonel Hart thinks his
grove is worth at least $75,000 The property is becoming exceedingly good, yearly rising in value. Colonel Hart thinks
his grove is worth at least $75,000
E. Palatka Site is Selected for New Industry (Hastings Herald, 13 December 1929)
Contract Let for Erection of Building
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Will Can Potatoes from this Section -- Daily Capacity Two Carloads
Contract for the erection of a plant for the Southern Potato Products, Inc., canners by special process of the Irish
potato, has been let to A. N. Marvick, local contractor, and will be rushed to completion. Chowning Cauthorn, director of
the company announced Wednesday.
The plant will be located east of Browning's Spur at East Palatka between Highway No. 3 and the main line of the Florida
East Coast Railway, it was stated. It will be constructed of galvanized iron with a wooden framing at an estimated cost of
$7,500 and will house equipment valued at $16,000.
The plant is expected to be finished in three or four weeks and manufacturing will begin about March 1 with 40
employees. The capacity will be about two carloads of canned potatoes a day.