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The Simeon & Gertrude Barrett Family

The Barrett family in their early years. Pictured, from left, are (back row) Ruth, Harding, Agnes, and James Hannah; (front row) James Hamilton, Getrude Hunter Barrett, baby Gertrude Alexander, Simeon E. Barrett, and Irene.

  Simeon E. Barrett left St. Elizabeth Parrish in Jamaica to work on the Panama Canal. After about two years he left Panama for Cuba and then for Key West. His family does not know what he did in Cuba. In 1913 he came to Homestead from Key West by train. His first job was working for the Florida East Coast Railway, possibly on the section gang which repaired the tracks in designated areas. 

Officially Killing Americans

The Food and Drug Administration can make two types of errors. It can approve a drug that has dangerous unanticipated side effects, or it can reject or delay approval of a drug that is safe and effective. Let’s look at these errors, because to err on the side of under- or over-caution is costly.