Bio: Raised on a farm in central Florida, DR. HERB CHAPMAN, has experienced the growth of Florida cattle from the days of the open range of the 1930s to its present position as the premier cattle producing state east of the Mississippi River.
A professor emeritus of the University of Florida, where he served 28 years in research for the Florida cattle industry, Dr. Chapman is widely recognized as an international authority. He has served as a consultant to cattlemen and related businesses around the world, including the King Ranch of Texas.
In 1927, when seven-year-old TJ Gallagher wins a blue glass candy jar at the county fair, he does not realize that this seemingly small event is destined to change his life forever. The Gallagher family moves from Alabama to central Florida, with all their possessions crammed into a Model-A Ford truck, but instead of a land of endless beaches, TJ learns about "strawberry schools," where rural children attend classes all summer in order to help their families with winter crops. To make matters wo... more info>>
In 1836, the action never stops for Ace Dover's family at the Three Springs Ranch. Rustling and lawlessness prevail in the Florida Territory, and adopted son Treff Ballowe has his hands full trying to protect the TSR pastures. Putting Joel Godwin in the Fort Brooke stockade only intensifies his problems by fueling Grandma Godwin's vow to "see Treff dead". The Dovers' only daughter, feisty, redhead Marvelous, shows her spunk by delivering a neighbor's baby, but can she save her new husband, Hank ... more info>>
Political controversy is not a new concept to Floridians. In 1838, long before chads and punch cards were ever heard of, Florida Territory Governor Call plans for a constitutional convention to bring Florida to statehood, and questions abound. Should the territory be divided into two states as some wish, or even three? Should the capitol be located in Pensacola, Tallahassee, or St. Augustine? When Ace Dover is elected as one of 53 delegates to the convention in St. Joseph, he turns the operation... more info>>