Native American Month

Native American Month

Ann Whitewolf was named for her great-grandmother Cynthia Ann Parker and had reason to be proud of her Native American ancestry. Ann was the granddaughter of Quanah Parker, the last chief of the Comanches.

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Italian-American Month

Italian-American Month

The Rinaldi and Sabetto families of Kissimmee When the S.S. Berlin sailed on December 6, 1912, from Naples, Italy, passengers Giovonni (John) Battista Rinaldi, age 48, and his wife, Giocondina Perugini, listed their final destination as Lake Mary, Florida. By 1930, they had moved to Kissimmee, Florida, and had six children, ages 16 to 1 month.   John engaged in truck farming with the help of […]

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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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Charles Lee led charmed life farming in Kissimmee

Charles Lee led charmed life farming in Kissimmee

May is Asian Pacific American Month Charles Lee was born as Lee Gwe Sui in March 1855 in Canton, China. His name meant “Charmed Life” and according to family lore, his mother was 60 years old when he, her 16th child was born. Thinking he would die from dysentery as a child, his mother took him to an opium den, hoping the smoke would ease […]

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