Bethel AME history spans more than 130 years in Osceola County

Bethel AME history spans more than 130 years in Osceola County

Black History Month 2021 Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Founded by Rev. Sam Hadley, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church was formed on January 14, 1885, two years prior to Osceola becoming a county. Sources differ on where the first church building was erected. One source states the corner of Brack and Walnut Streets while another places it on Palmway and Walnut. A news article […]

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Osceola County plant first to introduce chilled juice in fiber cartons

Osceola County plant first to introduce chilled juice in fiber cartons

Osceola Fruit Distributors George Lester Ivey was born in the Shingle Creek area of Osceola County, Florida, in 1897. He married Hilda Rocker in 1922, and they soon planted citrus trees and acquired several groves.  In 1928 they established Osceola Fruit Distributors and a packing house was built on the northwest corner of Vine and Main Streets in Kissimmee. Their brands were Kissimmee River and Kissimmee […]

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Citrus packing plants in Osceola County

Citrus packing plants in Osceola County

In the early 1900s, Osceola County was well known for its fruits and vegetables, grown and shipped from here. Some of those early packers and shippers were Waters and Carson Grocery Co., W.B. Makinson Co., and J. S. Stratton of the Basswell Grocery Co. in Peghorn. As larger packing houses were needed, they were constructed near the railroad lines in Kissimmee. By July 1914, the […]

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Osceola County: The First 100 Years

Osceola County: The First 100 Years

Osceola County: The First 100 Years By Aldus M. Cody and Robert S. Cody Published by Osceola County Historical Society, 1987 Paperback, 120 pages

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