Jarvis Cutler Howard's detailed journals record his years as a Punta Gorda, Florida homesteader from 1875-1877. Together with the photographs, letters and other documents of the Jarvis Howard Collection, the journals reveal a man with a keen interest in his surroundings, and a way of life that has greatly changed in the last 140 years. Howard was born in New York City in 1840 to an influential East Coast family, young Jarvis Howard served in the Union Army and managed with his father a newspaper that later became The New York Times. He was 35 years old with a wife and three children when he decided to join his brother in the Florida wilds. In his journals, Howard wrote of his experience building a home and farming the land, as well as his encounters with Seminoles, renegades, and homesteaders.