Introducing Dessie, Marjorie Rawlings Friend
Pioneer Florida outdoorswoman Dessie Smith Prescott, good friend of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, led a long and exciting life. The two women made a memorable trip up the St. Johns River, which Rawlings turned into a story, "Hyacinth Drift." Candace Boothe, Dessie's longtime caregiver, presented a fascinating program on December 6, 2008, at the Rawlings Farm based on the outspoken, independent Dessie she knew, a woman who earned her living as a hunting and fishing guide, served in the WACS during World War II, and earned a spot in the Florida Women's Hall of Fame. Historic photographs and memorabilia were arranged on the porch of the tenant house for the program.
Candace Boothe introduces Dessie to the audience.