Tallahassee, Fla., July 15, 1940.
Hon. Spessard L. Holland,
Dear Senator Holland: -
I know you are receiving many suggestions concerning matters to be mentioned in your inaugural address,and I am going to add one more to the list.
In coming to Tallahassee in the past you have enjoyed the shade and beauty of the magnificent live oak trees on our streets and in our parks, as well as those of the surrounding section; and, in thinking of your approaching four years' residence here, which I assure you pleases Tallahasseeans, perhaps without being aware of the fact, the presence of these trees probably lends its part to the attractiveness of the prospect.
The Tallahassee Garden Club and the Community Flanning Council are committed to the work of preserving the live oak trees for the enjoyment of the present generation and the benefit of generations to come.
In expressing your pleasure at coming to Tallahassee will you, in the exercise of your good taste and judgement, make some mention of our beautiful trees? It will mean much to us in our work of preserving the live oak trees on the streets and in the parks of Tallahassee.
Thanking you, and with all good wishes, I am,
(Mrs. Fred C. Elliot)
Chairman Tallahassee Live Oak Trail.
State Archives of Florida: Collection M86-38, Box 01, Folder 4
Letter from Mrs. Fred C. Elliot requesting that Senator Spessard Holland mention Tallahassee's live oak trees in his inauguration speech.
July 15, 1940
Caroline Edwards Elliot served as a member of the Tallahassee Garden Club and as chairman of the Tallahassee Live Oak Trail. The trail was held in 1940 and 1941 before being postponed indefinitely due to World War II. The Tallahassee Garden Club was organized in 1927 and committed to promoting gardening and preserving Tallahassee's trees for future generations.