Cat Savage

A Proud, Hard Working Florida Woman

by Mary Frances Brinson

Cat Savage
Pinterest

Cat Savage

A Proud, Hard Working Florida Woman

by Mary Frances Brinson

Published Dec 15, 2014
166 Pages
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers



 

Book Details


Cat Savage is not your typical story of the South—with large plantations, antebellum mansions, hoop skirts, fancy parties, or servants running hither and yon to fulfill the commands of their owners. No, this is the story of those on the other side of the coin—the rugged pioneers who migrated to Florida, cleared a small piece of land, and carved out an existence. Cat was one of those rugged folks. She was the oldest child of a pioneer family near the pristine Suwannee River in rural North Florida. Her father was a locomotive engineer for the Florida East Coast Railroad for over 45 years and brought the last train back from Key West to Miami in 1935 just before the big hurricane destroyed the railroad tracks running to Key West. Cat’s mother was from an upper-class Atlanta family, and her grandfathers fought for the South during the Civil War. A woman with a strong sense of self-preservation and a deep empathy for others - especially those who were handicapped or otherwise “different.” Cat raised her family the only way she knew how—with tough, unconditional love. Her story is one of adversity and strength and the values she passed on to her descendents. Cat Savage was scarred both inside and out, but she lived her life with honesty, integrity, and a strong work ethic in the state she loved so much.

 

About the Author

Mary Frances Brinson

Mary Brinson Jones brings her ancestor’s story to life, using a combination of Cat’s own words, historical research, and an epilogue written by Cat’s son and daughter. Cat Savage was born on April 16, 1915 in Mayport, Florida, and she died peacefully in her beloved state on January 21, 2002 at the age of 86. She married at the age of 17, and had two sons, Bobby and Richard, and a daughter, Lesta Ann Sasser.

Also by Mary Frances Brinson

A Culture Worth Saving
Death at the Inlet