The trial of the century in Sarasota

1885: Members of the

Sarasota Vigilante Committee

went on trial for the murder of Postmaster Abbe. Abbe had

Sarasota Postmaster Charles Abbe
Charles E. Abbe. Click to read about the buildings HSoSC preserves and protects

been involved with some of the “land barons” who had misused the laws to acquire holdings in the area. The Vigilantes killed Abbe over the scheme.

— From J. Whitcombe Rylee, Yesterday’s Sarasota, a 1993 Calendar in conjunction with the Historical Society of Sarasota County.

Photo from the Manatee County Library web site

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