Clarence L. Thacker

Clarence L. Thacker

Clarence L. Thacker was raised in Kissimmee, Florida. His character was often described as having strong family values, love for the culture of the south and love for his country. He was known for his successes while flying in the Army Air Corps during WWII and his bravery. Thacker completed only one semester of Law School at the University of Florida when he left school […]

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Tucker/Ivey Estate update

Tucker/Ivey Estate update

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1994 This is an update of a post in Osceola History’s National Register of Historic Places blog post. This Classic Revival style colonial estate in Kissimmee was built about 1915 by J. Wade Tucker, a Georgia lumber baron, and served as his residence. On Feb. 22, 1928, the family home was opened as the Colonial Inn and […]

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Billy Bowlegs III Ahead of his Time

Billy Bowlegs III Ahead of his Time

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate its indigenous people’s accomplishments, contributions, and traditions. Keeping with that theme, Osceola History would like to honor Billy Bowlegs III. A Seminole tribesman was helping to teach the residents of Osceola County all about his peoples’ traditions in the late 1800s. A Boy With Many Names Born Billie Fewell to an African-American father and a Seminole […]

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Story of “Tony the Barber”

Story of “Tony the Barber”

October 18th is a National holiday known as No Beard Day. While there is no explanation for why the Holiday exists or how it began, it is a day that celebrates a clean-shaven face. Since this Holiday is all about shaving off your beard, Osceola History thought we would dedicate a Blog to Kissimees’ very own “Tony the Barber.” Welcome To America Like 3 million […]

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