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Ted Smallwood, Jr.
Chokoloskee, Florida

Charles Ted Smallwood, Sr. was one of the first pioneer settlers of the 10,000 Islands area of the western Everglades in south Florida. He came to the islands in 1891 and settled on Chokoloskee Island in 1897.

The Post Office on Chokoloskee had opened in 1891. In 1906 Ted and his wife Mamie established the Smallwood Store and Indian trading post, which they ran along with the Post Office. The store was rebuilt at the water's edge following a hurricane in 1916. Ted Smallwood, Sr. died in 1951. Smallwood's store closed in 1982, but was reopened by Smallwood's granddaughter as a museum in 1989.

Ted Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee, Florida    Ted Smallwood Store in 2002
Smallwood's Store Museum when I last visited in September 2002

Ted Smallwood, Sr. on the steps of the Chokoloskee, Florida Post Office.

Ted and Mamie's son, Ted Smallwood, Jr., was an avid fisherman and guide. In the 1950's, Ted was having lures made to his specifications by the Porter Bait Company of Daytona Beach. The darter type plugs were stenciled Ted Smallwood's Plug on the back. Stencil on Ted Smallwood Lure

The lures shown here are part of our collection. Click on the thumbnail pictures to see a larger image

Ted Smallwood's Plug
Ted Smallwood's Plug Ted Smallwood's Plug Ted Smallwood's Plug
Ted Smallwood's Plug was made in three colors.

We are always interested in adding to this collection. Please send an email if you have any old Ted Smallwood baits for sale or trade.
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