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Myrtle Scharrer Betz

Myrtle Scharrer Betz (1895–1992) was a resident of Caladesi Island in the early 1900s and authored a book about her experiences. She was the daughter of 1880s homesteader Henry Scharrer who lived with her on the island. At the age of 87, Betz wrote the book, Yesteryear I Lived in Paradise (University of Tampa Press, 2007) telling of her life on the barrier island. She is listed as a Great Floridian, a title bestowed upon citizens in the state of Florida by the Florida Department of State.