Coach “Tom” Gannarelli: St Cloud’s MVP

Coach “Tom” Gannarelli: St Cloud’s MVP

First Generation American Thomas “Tom” Joseph Gannarelli was the son of Italian immigrants Domenic and Anna Gannarelli. Tom was born on August 23, 1913, the youngest of four children in Keewatin, Minnesota. He played football for his high school and was an outstanding fullback for Hibbing Junior College near his hometown. After two years at Hibbing, Stetson University coach Herb McQullan heard of Tom’s abilities […]

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Grand Army of the Republic helped promote founding of St. Cloud

Grand Army of the Republic helped promote founding of St. Cloud

Osceola History celebrates History Month each May. Throughout the month we will feature articles about local heritage organizations. Grand Army of the Republic and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was founded as a fraternal organization in 1866 in Springfield, Illinois, and included veterans of Union Army, Navy, Marines and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service who […]

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Woman’s Club of St. Cloud helped establish city library

Woman’s Club of St. Cloud helped establish city library

April is National Volunteer Month. Throughout the month we are featuring articles about service organizations in Osceola County. Woman’s Club of St. Cloud The Woman’s Club of St. Cloud traces its beginnings to a small group of women who met in a tent on March 14, 1910, soon after the city of St. Cloud, Florida, was formed. Known as the Ladies Improvement Club, the women […]

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Spinelli’s Restaurant was a St. Cloud favorite

Spinelli’s Restaurant was a St. Cloud favorite

October is Italian American Month Joseph James “Joe” Spinelli was born in Middleton, Connecticut, in 1941 and was named after his Italian immigrant grandfather. His father George began as a cook in a Meridian, Connecticut, restaurant and progressed to owning his own restaurant. Cooking was in Joe’s blood; when they moved to Central Florida in 1971, he and wife Diane opened Spinelli’s Restaurant in St. […]

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