LEESBURG, David M. Newell

by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)

David Newell Grave, Fruitland Park

David Newell Grave, Fruitland Park

Mr. Newell wrote a wonderful book about the Withlacoochee area of Florida. It was titled "If Nothin' Don't Happen".

The book features the adventures of a Florida Cracker family as they range through the wilds of this part of Florida from "The Hammock" to the Gulf. He is a master of recreating the old Florida dialect.

The book was published in 1974.

David M. Newell lived most of his life in Leesburg, Florida, some 50 miles east of the Gulf Hammock area he writes about. His career included being the editor of Field and Stream magazine, Sports Afield, and a special correspondent for the New York Times.

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Jun 08, 2020
True my name is
by: Billy Driggers

I just want to say my name is Billy Driggers and I grew up around the Withlacoocee River. The book is not about me.

I found out about the book when my family was in the fruit business in Okahumpka, Florida. It was called Driggers Fruit Shed and a customer told my mom about the book. I just want to say I enjoyed reading it myself.

Thank you.

Jan 22, 2020
In search of.
by: Tim Sauter

I'm aware David Newell wrote stories, was editor of Field and Stream, loved to hunt and fish, but he had some old footage of him and some local fella's hunting in Gulf Hammock.

I believe it was titled " Bear and Panther, Picture of Florida". I'd like to find it, if anyone can help.

Thank You.

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