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Heirs of Pine Island history books author donate rights to MOTI

By Staff | Nov 7, 2019

Former Pine Island Eagle editor and island history book author Elaine Jordan. PHOTO PROVIDED

The heirs to the estate of Elaine Blohm Jordan relinquished the rights to her books about the Pine Island to the Museum of the Islands on Oct. 11, 2019. Jordan was editor of the Pine Island Eagle in the 1980s and authored books about Pine Island.

Daughters Kelly Blohm, Karen Blohm and granddaughter Jennifer Adkins donated the rights to the museum.

“Our reason for doing this is that we hope that future sales of these books will aid and assist in the monetary functions of the museum which our mother loved so much,” Kelly Blohm said.

According to the “About the Author” in Jordan’s most popular book, “Pine Island, the Forgotten Island,” the author was born on a large dairy farm in Suring, Wisconsin, on Feb. 1, 1941. She was stricken with crippling Juvenile Arthritis at age nine and began to write when she was only 12. She earned degrees in Commercial Art, Journalism and Photo-graphy, then traveled.”

Jordan married, had two children and divorced. She earned a living as a journalist for the Joliet, Illinois-based Herald News and announced news for a local FM radio station.

Kelly Blohm, left, and MOTI president Rebeca Brown hold Elaine Jordan’s books. ED FRANKS

“In 1979, she packed up the kids and cats and in the middle of a blizzard, moved to an island off of Southwest Florida,” according to the bio.

Jordan found work as a reporter at the Pine Island Eagle and three years later was promoted to editor. She published her first book “Pine Island, the Forgotten Island” in 1982. In 1983 she published “Tales of Pine Island.”

An advertisement in the Pine Island Eagle described “Pine Island, the Forgotten Island” as “all about Pine Island’s past: the Calusa Indians, Spanish discovery, pirates and treasure, the first settlers, early life here and how the island grew.”

In 1985 Jordan suffered a serious head injury losing her ability to write for three years and forcing her retirement as editor. The Jordans moved to northwest Georgia where Jordan retired.

She passed away March 31, 2009.

In a letter to the museum, the heirs wrote, “Our reasoning for doing this is that we hope that future sales of these books will aid and assist in the monetary functions of the museum in which our mother loved so much. We feel that if she were to have written a will this would have been her wish to do so and our true desire is to honor our mother’s wishes.”

Jordan was instrumental is the creation of the Museum of the Islands.

Both books are out of print. A fundraiser may be held to raise the funding necessary to have the books reprinted.