The Sweet Potato Pie that Built a Church

An “Osceola Sun” article headline for July 13, 1977 read, “Sweet potato pie that built a church”. In 1962, the congregation of St. Luke Baptist Church was in need of a new sanctuary to replace the original building erected a few years after organizing in 1882. About 1966, under the leadership of Rev. T.C. Callahan, planning and fundraising began for the $100,000 project. Contributions and special events brought in some funds, but bake sales featuring Bertha Stallworth’s sweet potato pie were the major fundraiser.

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Theresa Robinson Helms

Theresa Robinson was born on March 7, 1912, in Narcoossee, Florida. Her father John owned a 10 acre orange grove. John died before Theresa graduated from the local school but her mother was determined for her to have an education. Since the beginning of the county, Black education up to the eighth grade was available but those who wished to go to high school had to go elsewhere. Theresa’s mother sent her to Florida Normal College in St. Augustine, a high school level institution designed to train teachers for the Black schools.

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Have You Ever Imagined Having Dinner in a Cemetery?

Have you ever imagined having dinner in a cemetery?

This idea sounded crazy to me the first time I heard it until I learned a little more about Dine with the Departed and had a chance to experience it for myself.

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Thomas C. Callahan

April 15, 1904 is shown as the birthdate of Thomas Carroll Callahan on his headstone. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Callahan and was born in McCormick, South Carolina. Idella Thomas became his wife on June 24, 1930, in Hillsborough County, Florida. The same year, he joined the First Baptist Church of Lakeland, Florida. City directories and census records show the couple living in Lakeland, Polk County, Florida where T.C., as he came to be known, worked as a janitor, grocer, and yardman.

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A, B, C’s and 1, 2, 3’s: The Completion of the Pioneer Village Schoolhouse

The Osceola County Historical Society is pleased with the new additions popping up around the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. During the 25th Annual Pioneer Days, in November 2016, the Osceola County Historical Society was able to present to the public, the late 1800s replica train depot and the replica Narcoossee Schoolhouse, two of the three completed structures as part of the Expansion Project for the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek.

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