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C 4 Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 10, 1968 All Frankly Floridians! 1 , 4 f v ' WONDERFUL DAYS ARE YEARAROUND - the air as Jean (Mrs. John Clark Winfree) helps Sugar Pop III, the beagle, enjoys lazy "dog James Keith, 6, and Annette Winfree, 4, fish days" every day at the Winfrees. Here he sniffs from the backyard, on the canal. SING A SONG OF FLORIDA Jean Winfree accompanies the boys, Donald and John Robert in harmony. The family that "plays" together, stays together. John Winfree Clan WW" i i f.- M r :S.' - r- Ilk I 1 7 vv "V J ' Hi '.vy ' w. ' 1 If! : -W 11 .-if.,: m i .: I 4 -W V w i' V : 1 THEY LIKE THE KITCHEN BEST - Helping keep the kitchen a bright and shiny place are Annette, 4, and James Keith, 6, as Mother supervises. Meet The By SHEILA TRYK Staff Writer Members of the John Clark Win-free family of North Palm Beach probably wouldn't be called "average". But they are typical typical of the many vital, active young families who live in the northern part of Palm Beach County. And living, to the Winfrees,-means full Florida living: swimming in their own pool, sailing in the North Palm Beach Waterway behind their house, playing year-round tennis and golf at the club just across the road, frolicking in the waves at nearby beaches, participating in their church and community activities, and working at jobs they enjoy. In an area where the population is made up largely of newcomers, Clark Winfree is an exception a native of Palm Beach County, born in West Palm Beach. His wife Jean, a diminutive, freckled dynamo, was born in Toledo, Ohio. She moved to Florida with her parents when she was still in school. The family also includes John Robert (Bob), 15, Don David, 13, James Keith, 6, and Annette Michelle, 4. And we mustn't overlook Sugar Pop III, the beagle, or Sandy and Pepper, the two "domestic shorthairs", or Honeybun and Pun-kinseed, the hamsters. Both sets of grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. F.F. Winfree, Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Lewis, live nearby In West Palm Beach, allowing for frequent family get-togethers. Clark . Winfree spent several years in California, during his youth, but graduated from Palm Beach High School, as did Jean. Later, he attended Palm Beach Junior College while Jean went to business school. However, the good life didn't just drop into the Winfrees' laps. Hard work, faith, and a gamble that paid off, have all contributed. When they had been married several years, they sold their home in West Palm Beach, and many of their possessions. With their accumulated savings, Clark went back to school for three years at the University of Utah, where he graduated cum laude In engineering. Now he is employed as a test engineer at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft, while Jean works part time as an accountant for Opportunity, Inc., a local charitable organization. The children lead busy, active lives, too. Bob Is a sophomore at the exciting new Palm Beach Gardens High School, where he plays the flute in the school band, and hopes to go out for football. Don attends Howell Watklns Junior High, and plays the clarinet in the band. One of his current alms In life is to put on some growth, and catch up once again with brother Bob. Red-haired, gap-toothed Jim, who has been swimming since he was six weeks old, and who is sure that he is going to grow up to be a doctor, goes to North Palm Beach Elementary School. Annette, the green-eyed blonde princess of the household, isn't old enough for school yet. But in fourteen or fifteen years, she'll probably be the Florida College Queen. When the boys are not tied up with school events, they are Involved in an incredible number of other activities. There's Sunday School, and there are many other church functions. Boy Scouts Bob and Don recently became Life Scouts, and now are working on Duty to God. Both were district Soap Box Derby winners, and got to go to Akron with their cars. They also have regular household and gardening chores. With all this, they find time for swimming, sailing, model airplanes, tennis, golf, and fishing. They probably Inherited some of their enthusiasm from their father. Clark teaches the adult Investigators class at church, Is Scoutmaster of Troop 104, and has such diverse hobbles as astronomy( military miniatures, tennis, and cartooning (he had a featured strip In a local weekly paper at one time.) If all this weren't enough, sometimes he thinks of going back to school at Florida Atlantic University In order to get a Ph.D. "I prefer the calmer hobbies," says Jean with a sigh. When ske is not involved as Sunday School secretary, director of the primary chorus, and organist for the older children at church, she likes to play the-piano, knit, and do needlepoint. As an accountant, Jean Is a careful money manager who knows where her dollars go. "I think it's a common mistake for people to move here thinking everything is going to be very cheap," she cautions. From her own experience in Utah, and from information gathered by reading and by talking with her neighbors, Jean concludes THE WATERWAY The Winfrees love canal life. " ".'1' ""l- -iffgysn...-.- - t pr"zz- 'some things are higher priced here, and some things are cheaper, but the total ends up pretty much the same all over." Housing is still less expensive in Florida than in the northeast or on the west coast, due to lower land costs here, and somewhat lower wages in the building trades, she feels. "But real estate values and taxes are almost certain to go up," she thinks. The Winfrees, who are Mormons, tithe regularly to their church, too. Jean spends $40 a week for all her food and household supplies, except for milk. However, to keep at this low figure, she buys only in large lots, freezes a great deal, and tries only to "shop specials." She finds that the family saves money in clothing costs, because there is no need for a lot of heavy winter garments. "And we have no state income tax so far!" she adds. However, like many of her neighbors, she thinks that her Florida utility bills are high especially water. She has figured out that running their central air conditioning system averages out at $1 a day extra on their power bill over the entire summer. "But then, I'm not troubled with dust or dirt or mil- ; dew," she explains. Clark and the boys do their own pool care, and estimate it costs . them around $10 a month in upkeep ' for their unheated pool. Not bad for year-round vacation fun! Those who are looking for a cut-rate economy probably won't find it in the Palm Beaches. The cost-of-living is pretty much like anywhere else, according to the Winfrees and their neighbors. But it's the QUALITY -of-living that makes the difference. "Oh, I'd just die if we had to move!" exclaims Jean Winfree feelingly. IS ENGROSSING Venice right here at home! Mm. mm If '" .f '-J lit . ' - UMJp ' " S I ,lin ' - j -J , ,,..,, ? -&J INSTANT SPLASH PARTY! - Whenever the Winfree family wants a dip, the answer is right at home. No freeway traffic, no swim club necessary. Mrs. Winfree and Annette; John Clark Winfree and son James Keith. They estimate the pool upkeep is $10 a month.