Walking in downtown Stuart, I passed Ernie Lyon's guest house on Oceola Street. I stood in front of the house and looked at the design and structure. It is very "Florida". I walked to the front of the property on Seminole St. There is a main house and a large yard with a beautiful swimming pool.
The guest house is a tiny structure now refurbished and it is right in the center of town.
Who was Ernie Lyons? Well, Ernest Fulton "Ernie" Lyons was born in 1905 in Mississippi.When he was 10 years old in 1915, Ernie's family moved to Florida.
He loved discovering the rivers and streams of the Stuart area. Fishing became a passion. Nature was another of his passions. He was also a great conservationist.
He also wrote for a newspaper and later became the editor of the Stuart News in 1929. He wrote a column and expressed his love of "Old Florida" and wrote about small town life in Stuart. For instance, he wrote about the areas Seminoles who used to come into town to but supplies or sell their fish catch to the local fish stores.
Ernie also wrote The Last Cracker Barrel and My Florida - two books about his Florida and his love of all things Florida.
He retired from the Stuart News in 1975.
Mr. Lyons passed away in 1990 after living a wonderful life in which Stuart, Florida was always his "Paradise".
He was a genuine local treasure.
I enjoy historical sites. This was a very interesting one. There are many in Stuart and many of them go back to the turn of the 20th century.