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1950s - Bobye Jo Kirkland, Hialeah Mayor Henry Milander and Ida Snow of Snows Jewelers
1950's Courtesy of Jackson Blake

1950's - Bobye Jo Kirkland, Hialeah Mayor Henry Milander and Ida Snow of Snow's Jewelers

Hialeah, Florida

Thank you to Jackson Blake for contributing this great old image.

Mrs. Kirkland was a president of the Pilot Club. The Kirklands last resided in Boca Falls. They owned K.M.I., a large masonry company on East 57th Street in Hialeah for 30 years and they were one of the contractors building the E-Satellite and E-1 Satellite terminals at Miami International Airport. They were also contractors for the Fontainebleau Hotel, Doral Beach Hotel, and the Seacoast Towers East & West on Collins Avenue. Many a mason and laborer worked for them.

Mayor Henry Milander was the popular mayor of Hialeah for decades.

Ida and Ed Snow owned Snow's Jewelers in the Catalina Shopping Center at Palm Avenue and 55th Street for many years. Ida Snow is the only survivor of the three in the photo and she is still assisting her son Gary with Snow's Jewelers in Miami Lakes and Weston. Update December 2011: Ida Snow passed away on November 25, 2011. Her obituary is below. RIP Mrs. Snow!

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anthony pecorino 13-May-2013 21:55
when my mom was sick the mayor came to see her.growing up in hialeah was the best time of my youth. lived there from 1946 to 1958 lived at e27st&5ave my friends were hollis wheeler, tommy callahan,kids from that time. i went to the elem school, the jr high, and some at the new school,i was a boy scout at troop 303,on the river i loved hialeah.i could talk for hours,god bless hialeah and all from my time tony chidichimo
Don Boyd04-Dec-2011 20:04
Obituary for IDA J. SNOW from the Miami Herald:

SNOW, IDA J., March 6, 1922 - November 25, 2011

Matriarch of the Snow Family, Ida Snow of Surfside, Florida, was surrounded by her family when she passed away peacefully on November 25th.

She was born in Lynhurst, NJ to Anna and Joseph Sozzio. Ida grew up in Asbury Park, NJ and graduated from Asbury Park High School in 1941. The following year, she met the love of her life, Edward Hugh Snow, at a USO dance. They wed in June 1943 and spent the next sixty years happily married.

Together, they traveled the world, raised three sons and founded Snow's Jewelers. In 1950, they relocated from NJ to South Florida. Using Ed's watchmaking skills learned at the Bulova Watch School for disabled veterans after WWII, they opened the first Snows Jewelers in 1958. They opened the store with high hopes, a lot of prayers, a $600 loan, three used showcases and their dining room table covered in gift-wrapping paper to serve as another display case. They survived by Ida selling Avon door-to-door while Ed repaired watches for other jewelry stores. Eventually, their efforts paid off and Snows Jewelers became one of South Florida's most established independent fine jewelers.

In the 1970s, Snow's was well known for its campaign offering a white Rolls Royce to its bridal customers. Today, Snows Jewelers has two locations: one on Main Street in Miami Lakes and one on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables.

In addition to being a pioneer businesswoman, Ida loved the arts, particularly the opera, and was a dedicated community leader in South Florida. She was a Cub Scout den mother, President of the Immaculate Conception Altar and Rosary Society, Charter President of the North Hialeah Business and Professional Women's Club; 5-year director of the Hialeah-Miami Springs Chamber of Commerce; Charter President of the Miami Lakes Zonta Club; 2-year chairman of the Heart Fund Ball; past Board member of the Marion Center; past president of the U of M Ear Dears; member of the "Friends of the Library" at St. Thomas University; member of the Miami Chamber Symphony; and a member of the Surf Club.

We are very grateful to Marcel St. Jean for the wonderful care she provided to our mother in her final years.

Ida is preceded in death by Edward, Sr. on 10/19/01 and her youngest son, Christopher, on 11/11/11. She is survived by her sons Edward, Jr. and Gary; seven grandchildren: Jennifer, JJ (Christopher), Kelly, Amy (Kevin), Mary, Marisa and Edward III; three great-granddaughters: Lucy, Charlotte and Lyla; sister Marie Griffin, brother John Sozzio as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 28th, 2011 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Vista Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, 14200 NW 57th Avenue, Miami Lakes, Florida. Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, 15801 N.W. 67th Avenue, Miami Lakes, with internment immediately following at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery, 11411 Northwest 25th Street, Miami. The funeral mass will honor both Ida and her son Christopher who passed away two weeks ago.

Our mother was not only an angel, but also a saint. We know she is happy with her husband and youngest son now, but we will miss her forever. God Bless her.

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Published in The Miami Herald from November 27 to November 28, 2011

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Guest 21-Nov-2010 18:33
Bobye Jo Kirkland was born 6 Nov. 1924 and passed away 7 Mar. 2008. She was preceeded in death by her husband Hugh Kirkland who was born on the 9th of November 1921 and passed on 8 of March 2002.
Guest 15-Jan-2009 02:52
Mr. Greise

I know the Snow's personally. My husband went to school with Ida's granchildren at HML.

My parents moved to Hialeah in 1960. Not sure if you were old enough back then to remember that was the year the "Cubans" invaded.

My parents are Cubans. I'm so glad that they "invaded" Hialeah and through hard work and education along with so many other hard working and highly educated families brought Hialeah out from the "backwood, po-dunk" town it was into a progressive, modern and bustling city.

The Mariel Boatlifts were more of an invasion I would think, as Castro let loose most of the worst the island had to offer onto Miami's shores and eventually into Hialeah. But that is a story for another time.

In keeping with the rich history Hialeah has to offer, perhaps you should do your research before quantifying a section of the city's population and and expect them all to be created equal.

This is only a humble suggestion.
Ken Griese 07-Jan-2009 23:23
I sure remember the Kirklands! They lived in the larget house in the neighborhood and it was right across the street from us on 57th street. Hugh Kirkland and his wife ran the masonry business and the crews and trucks would be out front every night. Their house sat on six lots! Three lots wide and two deep. They had two children, Kathy and Dennis. THe Kirklands always had the BEST cars! I remember Hugh had the first 1963 Corvette I ever saw. They had a great swimming pool that all the kids used and they had a great back yard to play in.

I also remember my mother campaigning for Henry Milander time and time again. He is now burried in Vista Memorial Gardens off of Red Road. I also remember the Snows and their jewlery stores. I first met Ed Snow in about 1959. Good people.
Hialeah was a fun place in the 50's. Too bad it is such a slum hole now. Great to see what the Cuban invasion has wrought. LOL