HERstory: Boca Raton's Pioneer Women
By Cindy Strasser and Susan Gillis
A New Frontier
Boca Raton’s first women pioneers were the wives and daughters of men who came to farm the rich soil of South Florida at the turn of the twentieth century. They battled numerous flying and crawling insects, unmitigating heat and humidity, and the occasional tropical storm. Many were from northern middle class families, accustomed to such amenities as electricity, indoor plumbing, markets, and department stores. Floy Mitchell recalled the rather primitive conditions when she and husband Joe arrived at their first Boca home, as late as 1923:
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