Look back on Marco Island history

Fast facts

Test your memory: The present location of Kretch’s Restaurant on Bald Eagle has seen a lot of changes. Among other things, the business was once a 7-Eleven store, then later became Brennan’s restaurant and the Café Calusa before it’s present owners took over. This area was the site of the original “Town Center” on the island, and at various times featured a barber shop, the Jones hardware store, a gas station and the post office nearby.

Kretch’s used to be in Olde Marco, across the parking lot from the Café de Marco, along with a restaurant known as the Crab Shack, and all three of these establishments were within a short walk of the Olde Marco Inn. The Crab Shack moved to Goodland and has changed hands and names many times since then. Kretch’s has survived to remain one of the island’s most popular spots.

Thanks to Helen Tateo for assistance with this article.

A sad report

Longtime faithful member Mary Stought succumbed to a brief illness in late November, and will be sorely missed by all of us. She was one of our earliest contributors when we started the campaign to raise money for the museum, and she never failed to donate when we needed more.

The Stought family generously designated the Historical Society to receive memorial contributions for Mary in lieu of flowers. Here’s to her and the entire family; we will always remember her enthusiasm and high spirits. The address for the Society is P.O. Box 2292, Marco Island, FL 34146.

Marion Nicolay and Betsy Perdichizzi, of the Marco Island Historical Society, compile this report on a weekly basis for the Eagle. Shirley Beckwith oversees the archiving of photos for MIHS.

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