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Maj. Irving E. Webster is shown in this portrait, which was taken around 1893. Webster was born in Hartland, Vermont, on February 13, 1852, and came to Florida as a young man. In July 1878 he was a charter member of the Gainesville Guard, and he rose steadily through the ranks until, when he retired in 1903, he was Colonel of the Second Regiment, Florida State troops. In 1888 Webster led the Gainesville Guard when they were sent to help calm yellow fever riots that were raging in Fernandina-several young men from the Guard contracted the disease. Webster served in the Spanish-American War; he was a Mason, an Odd Fellow, and a Methodist, and he is buried in Evergreen Cemetery. His home was located on Michigan Avenue (now N.W. 16th Avenue).
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