Gone with the Wind: The Hurricane of 1844 presented by Kesley Colbert
Up to now perhaps the most infamous storms to hit the area would be the two catastrophic hurricanes that hit the area in September of 1844--dealing the final blow to the abandoned city of Old St. Joseph. Through his presentation, history buff Kesley Colbert will tell us about the storms and pay homage to those from our past who created the St. Joe of today from the old doomed city of the 19th Century and help us gain a better “sense of history” of our beloved community.
Kesley was born and raised in McKenzie, Tennessee. He graduated from The University of the South in 1969, then moved to Port St. Joe just as fast as he could, and taught high school history for 12 years, ran an abstract and title company for 4 years, elected Property Appraiser of Gulf County in 1984 and served in that capacity until retiring in 2013. He has coached high school football in St. Joe in six separate decades and has written a “weakly” column for the local paper for the past 35 years. Kez enjoys, in no particular order, reading anything about history, repairing antique clocks, golf, running, the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Melba Montgomery music, old western movies and telling his grandchildren about the time he floated down the Cascade River with Tom, Bill, Joke, Luke, Max……and Grover Cleveland Alexander! He and Miss Cathy have been married for 44+ years and are proud of their family including their two sons, daughters in law and six grandchildren.