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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Mary Crankshaw was first county resident to receive Jefferson Award for Public Service

Mary Crankshaw was first county resident to receive Jefferson Award for Public Service

Mary was the youngest of three daughters born to Kelton L. and Mary Belle Gentry Pepper. She was born on July 6, 1908, in Atlanta, Georgia, and was raised as an Army brat, traveling with the family to the Philippines, Japan, China and the Panama Canal. This afforded her the opportunity to meet famous people, such as Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Gen. George Patton, actors […]

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Josephine Chen served on ‘Commission on the Status of Women’

Josephine Chen served on ‘Commission on the Status of Women’

Women’s History Month The eldest of 10 children born to William Ling Chung and Margaret Ma, Josephine was born in 1932 in Suzhou, China. The family moved to Chungking when the Japanese invaded China.  Constant loss of homes due to bombing forced them to move 13 times. They moved to Calcutta, then to Bombay where Josephine and her mother and sisters remained in a hotel for […]

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Kate Knox helped establish county’s welfare system

Kate Knox helped establish county’s welfare system

Shortly before her birth on July 28, 1887, in Dallas County, Texas, Kate Clayton Oliver’s father William Clayton died. Kate and her mother, Elizabeth, moved to Montgomery, Alabama, to be near Elizabeth’s sister, Sarah Johnson. When Kate was only six years old, she lost her mother and was raised by her Aunt Sarah. As a child prodigy on the piano, Kate was given the opportunity […]

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