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Louise Kelley Frisbie, Author

Posted By Cecilia C. Villaescusa, Saturday, April 26, 2014

Louise Kelley Frisbie, Author 


Louise Kelley Frisbie was born in 1913 in Jacksonville, Florida. After graduating from Florida Southern College in 1935 at the young age of 22, she moved to Bartow, a city in Polk County, Florida. At the Summerlin Institute, now known as Bartow High School is where she spent most of her days working with the staff for three years before she joined her husband as a staff member in the Polk County Democrat.

Louise Kelley Frisbie, wrote a series of articles on Fort Meade, and it inspired her to write a historical column called “Pioneers”, which then steered her to write three books relating to Florida history, titled Peace River Pioneers, Yesterday’s Polk County, and Florida’s Fabled Inns. In 1972, the governor at the time Reubin Askew appointed her to the Polk County Historical Commission, where she worked for 16 years. During that time, she was one of the founding members of the Polk County Historical Association and the First editor of its quarterly. Because of her hard work and dedication to preserving local history, in 1976, she was honored by the Florida Senate.

Louise Kelley Frisbie, died in 1989, and her Great Floridian Plaque is located at the Polk County Democrat Building, 190 South Florida Avenue, Bartow. She was a distinguished historian and prodigious collector of photographs. Her large collection of images can be seen at with over 900 images dated between 1910 and 1950, they all consist of areas in Polk County, Winter Haven, and Bartow, as well as all over Florida. All the photos were collected by Frisbie, but many of the pictures were taken by a professional photographer in Winter Haven throughout the early twentieth century by the name of Robert Dahlgren. The photos can also be viewed at the State Archives of Florida in Tallahassee. They comprise of photographs of children, men and women as well as pictures of houses, hotels and companies.

Louise Kelley Frisbie is being honored for her dedication and accomplishments in the State of Florida. At South Dade Regional Library, a garden has been planted in her honor. I choose a library for her garden because of her love of writing, history and photography; so what better place than a place where all of her favorite things are located.


South Dade Regional Library

10750 SW 211 St. • 305-233-8140
Commission District 8

Louise Frisbie and Ed Brooks at site of Payne's Creek Indian uprising - Wauchula, Florida

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,

Standing L-R: Mrs. S. Lloyd Frisbie (Marguerite), Mrs. Loyal Frisbie (Louise), Mrs. Dorothy Brooks, S. Lloyd Frisbie, and Lennox Barnes.

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,

Presentation of award to Louise Frisbie - Lakeland, Florida

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory,


Frisbie Collection. (2014, April 15). Retrieved from Florida Memory Division of Library & Information Services:

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