Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Yes, Grandma Nettie's Deviled Crabs Were a Devilish Delight

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Yes, Grandma Nettie's Deviled Crabs Were a Devilish Delight

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Byline: Sandy Strickland

Dear Call Box: I bought a guitar from American Music at Main and Monroe streets during the 1960s. Mr. Turner, I think, was the owner's name. Do you have any pictures or information about this downtown music store?

M.C., St. Augustine

Dear M.C.: We wish we did, but we were unable to find anything in our archives. We contacted several Jacksonville music professionals, and they were not familiar with the store. We searched the Main Library's city directories and found that it was first listed in 1956 at 403 N. Main St. In subsequent listings, we found the address as 307 and 302 N. Main. The last listing was in 1973, leading us to believe it closed around 1974.

The man you refer to is Cloyer A. Turner. We found a short online notice that a man by that name had died in 2003 in Crescent City. No other details were given.

Philip Barnes said he first bought his Gibson C-O Classic guitar from the American Music Store in the early 1960s for $120. He's not sure of the man's name, but he said, "I remember he had a curved little finger on his right hand that he told me was the result of playing guitar so much over the years."

His Gibson is still a great instrument, by the way, Barnes said.

Ron Allen, who has a music ministry, said his father bought him an Ovation guitar from a store on Main for his college graduation circa 1973. He does not recall the store's name.

If we learn more about American Music, if it was sold or if it moved from downtown, we will do an update.

Dear Call Box: In a history column about Shady Rest Fish Camp at the end of Starratt Road, it mentioned a recipe for deviled crabs. I would like that recipe if the family is willing to give it out.

P.B., Westside

Dear P.B.: Cookie Faling Davis, whose father owned the camp for a few years in the late 1940s, still has the recipe for her grandmother's prized deviled crabs that were very popular with visitors to the camp.

Davis, an artist who does clay sculptures and acrylic paintings, is happy to share Henrietta Anderson-Copeland's recipe. Davis said her first paid job was catching crabs and picking crab meat for a penny per crab. …

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