Thomas Maximus Rivers attended the Medical College of South Carolina and graduated in the class of 1900.He served as health officer of Kissimmee and of Osceola County for many years. He was a member and former president of the Orange County Medical Society, a member of the Florida Midland Medical Society and also belonged to the Florida State Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Florida Railway Surgeons Association, and the Society of the Atlantic Coast Line.
Sixty-six years ago, William B. “Dick” Makinson formed the first Boat-A-Cade. Seventy-five boats participated in this first venture from Kissimmee to Okeechobee; the number doubled the following year. By 1954, four hundred boats made the 220 mile cruise.
The tie between Osceola County and the Seminole Indians goes deeper than our county merely being named for Seminole Indian Chief, Osceola. Billy Bowlegs III, his sister Lucy Pearce, Martha and Tim Tiger and others were frequent visitors to Kissimmee. We are reminded of the connection when we see and hear the names of extinct communities in Osceola County or current cities, towns; lakes and waterways.
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Osceola County Historical Society
4155 W. Vine Street · Kissimmee, FL 34741
Pioneer Village 2491 Babb Rd. · Kissimmee Fl 34746
Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum 4155 W. Vine Street · Kissimmee, FL 34741
Research Center 750 N Bass Rd · Kissimmee, FL 34746