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Life and Death on the Loxahatchee [Paperback]

By James D. Snyder (Author)
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Life and Death on the Loxahatchee is both the story of a real-life "Tarzan" and the people who grew up with him along Florida's first wild and scenic river. Vince Nelson was unique, but also a symbol of all those who fished, trapped, ploughed and hammered out hardscrabble lives on the Jupiter-Tequesta riverfront in the days before it became golf courses and mega-mansions. Who was Trapper Nelson? He was born in 1908, the sickly son of a landless Polish peasant. Over the next sixty years he would wrest from the wilderness an eleven hundred acres along Florida's most breathtaking jungle river. Along his life's journey Nelson became the Legend of the Loxahatchee, with as many faces as the people who thought they knew him. Hobo, trapper, hunter, alligator wrestler, gambler, celebrity host, charmer of snakes and women alike, this modern Tarzan's life ended as mysteriously as he had lived it. On a steamy July day in 1968, a friend found Trapper Nelson dead in his jungle paradise, his torso torn open by a shotgun blast. Many people had a motive. So did Trapper himself. Draw your own conclusions as you read interviews with his family, friends, and those who insist that his spirit still roams the old campsite.

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"Life and Death on the Loxahatchee" is both the story of a real-life Tarzan and the people who grew up with him along Florida?'s first wild and scenic river. Vince Nelson was unique, but also a symbol of all those who fished, trapped, ploughed and hammered out hardscrabble lives on the Jupiter-Tequesta riverfront in the days before it became golf courses and mega-mansions. Who was Trapper Nelson? He was born in 1908, the sickly son of a landless Polish peasant. Over the next sixty years he would wrest from the wilderness eleven hundred acres along Florida?'s most breathtaking jungle river. Along his life?'s journey Nelson became the Legend of the Loxahatchee, with as many faces as the people who thought they knew him. Hobo, trapper, hunter, alligator wrestler, gambler, celebrity host, charmer of snakes and women alike, this modern Tarzan?'s life ended as mysteriously as he had lived it. On a steamy July day in 1968, a friend found Trapper Nelson dead in his jungle paradise, his torso torn open by a shotgun blast. Many people had a motive. So did Trapper himself. Draw your own conclusions as you read interviews with his family, friends, and those who insist that his spirit still roams the old campsite.

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Studio: Pharos Books
Pages   156
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2002
Publisher   PHAROS BOOKS
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0967520061  
ISBN13  9780967520063  


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More About James D. Snyder


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jim Snyder has been a lifelong journalist since graduating from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1958. After 40 years as a Washington news correspondent and magazine publisher, he moved to South Florida and and has since authored several books on its rich local history. Snyder lives on the Loxahatchee River and is active in promoting and preserving its history and designation as the first federally-designated Wild and Scenic River.

James D. Snyder currently resides in Jupiter.

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He's my uncle  Jul 2, 2008
Vince Natulkiewicz was my uncle -- my mother's brother. When I was growing up I didn't know a lot about my family since, in those days, children didn't ask questions. My parents used to take me to Uncle Vince's camp when they visited in the early '50's. I was between 2-4 years old then and don't remember much, of course, but I do have a lot of photos on hand that my own brothers and sisters explained to me as I grew up. At some point, Uncle Vince and my mother (Emily) did have words and she and Vince never spoke to each other up until he died which is in the book. I still have no idea what that was really about since my parents are long gone and I never asked them about Vince when they were alive. My two brothers who used to go down to Vince's camp when they were teenagers said Vince was strict, mean, a slave driver, strong as an ox and very frugal. The only thing I remember about Uncle Vince really is that he used to send me baby alligators in boxes through the mail!! Yes, it's true. Occasionally one would survive being sent from Florida to New Jersey and we would keep them a while then sell them to pet shops. My own father had two alligators he brought back from Vince's camp that he kept in a pond in our back yard that grew to about 4 foot until neighbors complained and my parents were worried I'd be injured by one of them since I was small enough to make a good meal. My father donated the pair to the Philadelphia Zoo. Anyway, this book is full of holes, unfortunately. Some of it is true and I actually learned a lot about the early days of my two uncles Vince and Charlie that my mother never told me. But the author has mixed people up who were in Vince's life and left people out who were a big part of his life. My one brother who lives in Florida and worked at Vince's camp for many years was never consulted by the author about the book, instead the author takes the word of my mother's sister's family (Marcy and Phil) which makes the book very one sided. I finally got to visit my uncle's campsite on the Loxahatchee in 2004 which is now a state park, and brought my photos, and when the rangers found out who I was, I got a special tour of the place and I was able to fill in a lot of the gaps for them that Mr. Snyder left out of his book. Despite the lack of true research on my uncle's life, it is still cool that someone took an interest to put something down in writing or it would have been lost forever and that is what makes this book important.
 
A Most Enjoyable Read  Aug 12, 2002
A Fascinating Journey into the life of one of South Florida's most interesting pioneers. I thought that the book was very educational and opened up a mysterious man's life for other's to enjoy.
 

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