Up­dates on Miller Ra­dio’s fate, the nam­ing of Mil­i­tary Trail

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Read­ers: To­day we do some up­dates.

Mil­i­tary Trail: We’ve writ­ten often about how it got its name. It re­ally was a mil­i­tary trail.

Dur­ing the Sec­ond Semi­nole War, the long­est and costli­est of the In­dian wars and one of the most un­pop­u­lar in U.S. history, Maj. Wil­liam Laud­erdale was lead­ing troops of Ten­nessee Vol­un­teers. Laud­erdale, a long­time col­league of An­drew Jack­son and a fel­low Ten­nessean, was in ill health but had an­swered the call of his old friend, now Pres­i­dent of the United States.

After the battle of Okee­chobee in De­cem­ber 1837, which in­volved Mis­souri vol­un­teers, Laud­erdale’s Ten­nessee Vol­un­teers made their way from Cen­tral Florida to what is now Jupiter, where they fought the bat­tles of Lock- ahatchee (Lox­a­hatchee), Jan. 15 and 24. Nearly 1,700 vol­un­teers and reg­u­lar sol­diers squared off against 200 to 300 Semi­noles and black al­lies along the banks of the Lox­a­hatchee. The sol­diers went on to build Fort Jupiter, 3 miles west of Jupiter In­let, on Jan. 26. It would be aban­doned three months later.

After fin­ish­ing Fort Jupiter, the vol­un­teers then hacked a sup­ply trail south­ward; it would be­come Mil­i­tary Trail. They worked their way from Fort Jupiter to “the new river,” where they built a fort that later was named for Ma­jor Laud­erdale.

But Gra­ham Huls, a Jupiter sur­veyor, says the Mil­i­tary Trail we know to­day is nowhere near the his­toric one, which he said hugged the coast­line. The Post al­ready had ref­er­ences to the cur­rent Mil­i­tary Trail lo­ca­tion as early as 1916, its first year. But how was it named? Was it just to honor the orig­i­nal mil­i­tary trail? Or was there an­other rea­son? Sigh. We’ll add it to our list of mys­ter­ies.

Miller Ra­dio: Our March 22 col­umn on the mys­te­ri­ous “Miller Ra­dio” photo prompted a call from Jay Parthe­more of Ocean Ridge. He’s a nephew of Wen­dell E. Miller, who founded the ra­dio shop. The last ref­er­ence we have to Miller Ra­dio is in 1964 at its later lo­ca­tion, at 519 S. Dixie High­way. We fig­ured it was sold. No, Jay says; the fam­ily con­tin­ued to op­er­ate it, and in fact moved it to Belvedere Road, west of Dixie — not far from where The Palm Beach Post com­plex now stands.

Armed with that, we went back to the city di­rec­to­ries. We found it, start­ing around 1967, at 805 Belvedere — be­tween Lake and Parker av­enues — a store called “Ra­dio and Hi-Fi Inc.”

From 1957 to 1965, it had been In­gram’s Paint Shop, just across from the gro­cery store the In­gram fam­ily would op­er­ate for decades. The “Hi-Fi” shop last ap­pears in The Post in 1978, men­tion­ing owner Roy Holton. The city direc­tory has it still there in 1984, but it’s a bar­ber shop in 1986. It later was a dance stu­dio, and now is a de­tec­tive agency.

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