It’s All in the Details

Fashion seems to be a revolving door. A particular “fad” may be popular for a time, but will surely be replaced by another. However, that fad will probably find its way back into popularity a few decades later. One aspect that never seems t…

Historical Wedding Traditions – Wedding Cakes Part 2

With the opening of our 1800s Replica Historic Church available for Weddings and Vow Renewals, we wanted to take a look into many common wedding traditions still performed.
Have you ever wondered why the Bride wears a white dress? Or …

John Carroll: The “Big Boss”

Born in Bedford, Ohio, John Carroll worked for Ohio oil companies until 1936 when he became manager of his father’s 55,000 acre Carrollton Ranch in Deer Park.  In 1947, he became Vice President of the First National Bank of Kissimmee, retiring in 1975 as Chairman of the Board.  John was one of the sixteen horsemen who rode in the inaugural parade for Governor Spessard Holland in 1941.  He was a charter member of the Silver Spurs quadrille, helped organize the Silver Spurs Riding Club and was its first “Big Boss” in 1942.  At the age of 81, John was honored by being named “Coca Cola Cowboy” in 1988 by the Club. 

The Hilliard Family

James Kinchen Hilliard was born in Coffee County, Georgia on December 17, 1852.  He lost his father in 1863 during the War Between the States.  Perhaps to ease the burden of his mother, who was left to rear some of his eleven siblings, James headed to Texas at the age of fourteen. For nine years he roamed the central west encountering Indians and buffalo and gathering tales of his experiences.

Ernest P. “Kayo” Murphy

The nickname “Kayo” would follow Ernest Patrick Murphy, all his life and only strangers would call him Ernest. In February, 1942;Ernest P. “Kayo” Murphy Kayo was drafted into the U.S. Army. Assigned to the 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment of the famous 82nd Airborne Division, he fought for 2 ½ years in major campaigns in the Mediterranean and European Theater of Operations. The Purple Heart was awarded to Sgt. Murphy for wounds received at Anzio Beachhead in Italy, along with a Battlefield Commission to 2nd Lieutenant during that battle.

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