20th Century

History of Time Period

The time from 1900 until 1999 has seen Tallahassee come from a sleepy southern town to a bold and progressive metropolitan area.  State Government is still the primary industry, but education plays a very important role in the city’s economy.  The Florida State Flag as we know it today was ratified in 1900, the orange blossom was designated the State Flower in 1909, the Mockingbird was named State Bird in 1927, and since 1935 we’ve all sung Suwannee River with the special reverence of a State Song.  A governor’s mansion was built in 1905 that one razed, and the present one built in 1957.  The population of the state has grown by leaps and bounds and thus state government has grown to keep the pace.

Tallahassee is now the seat of learning for two major universities, a junior college, a vocational school, six tax supported high schools, and several private schools.  Agriculture, timber, and cattle take an important seat in the economical structure of the community.  Beauty still abounds. The people are aware and concerned about their heritage, they are friendly and still bear signs of the Southern charm read about in romantic novels … and the love affair continues.

20th Century Krewe Chief- Randy Nunn

Randy Nunn and his better half, Melinda Daniel are participating in their ninth year as members of Springtime Tallahassee and the Twentieth Century Krewe. Both Randy and Melinda have been involved in various roles to support the Springtime festivities such as Float Chair, float driver, silent auction representative, parade participant, party coordinator and host.

Randy grew up in Havana, Florida and Melinda grew up in Miami, Florida. Randy works at a local trucking company in the maintenance department. Randy loves FSU football, fishing and building ramps for Ability First. Melinda earned a Bachelor’s of Social Work followed by a Masters of Social Work from Florida State University, an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Tallahassee Community College along with a Bachelors in Nursing from Thomas University. Melinda works at Elder Care Services. They have five children and one grandson.