Margaret Turner Bell

Margaret Turner Bell

Margaret Turner Bell was a part of the first graduating class at Kissimmee High School in 1945. She is remembered in the community for opening a preschool just for African American children. In 1946, communities in Osceola County were still segregated. Education did not begin for African American children until the first grade. After attending Bethune Cookman College in Daytona for a brief period, Margaret […]

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Mary C. Bryan

Mary C. Bryan

During Women’s month at Osceola County Historical Society, we are celebrating Mary C. Bryan for her contributions as an educator. Miss Bryan came to Florida in January 1892. She was 26 at the time when she moved to Florida from Georgia and it was the first year of the forty that she served as a teacher. She was given the third grade and she never […]

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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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