Flagami Elementary School
920 SW 76th Ave
Miami, FL 33144
Josephine O. Cortes, a
Journalist, publisher, and Pioneer. An adoptive Floridian, who always cared for
her neighbors, friends and the entire community of Englewood Florida.
Originally working for the United States Office of Education in Washington D.C. Josephine
moved to Englewood with her son and daughter, where she would find her true
home. She was a reporter for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, helped establish The Elsie Quirk Public
Library, as well as the Englewood Herald, and she is the founder of “Pioneer
Days” a yearly celebration in Englewood celebrating the founders of the small
town. She was described as enthusiastic, and caring, she often spearheaded many
initiatives within her community, including one where she gathered donated
clothing and personally shipped to Poland for people in need. She wrote two
books, It Happened in Englewood. a collection of her columns in the Sarasota Herald, and History
of Englewood on the founding of Englewood, and
its pioneering settlers.
An inspiration, Josephine’s attitude is one
that is not found very often, hundreds of people have been effected by her many
contribution to society and don’t even know it. That is why it is an honor for
me to plant a few flowers and give her just a little bit more recognition for
Josephine shall be remembered as one of 500
Floridians that helped shape this great state and the people within it.
Image of Josephine Cortes collected from- the Englewood review:Memories: Josephine Cortes