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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Kate Sudo

Kate Sudo

Kaku Sudo was born in Japan on January 26, 1861 to Tauidi Sudo and Yeuri Funita.  Before coming to the United States in 1891, she studied medicine in an American mission school in Yokohama.  She then studied at the Philadelphia Institute of Electro-Therapy and later graduated in 1899 from Laura Memorial Woman’s College in Cincinnati.  Kaku returned to Japan, where she practiced medicine and did missionary work […]

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Emma Eulalie Clark Woods Raymond

Emma Eulalie Clark Woods Raymond

Born on January 5, 1873 in Jacksonville, Illinois; Emma was the only child of Charles W. Clark and Eleanor Shuler  The family moved to Jackson, Michigan, then to Chicago, Illinois, where Emma was in charge of the Auditing Department of Fair’s Department Store for five years.  She was in charge of thirty-two clerical workers.  Later she worked for two years in the bookkeeping and auditing offices of Sears […]

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Jessie Lee Wilder Thacker

Jessie Lee Wilder Thacker

Jess (as she was known) was the eldest of five children born to Augustus “Gus” Wilder and Freddie Leigh Jenning and was descended from Revolutionary War soldier William Wilder.  She was born in Brooksville, Florida on April 20, 1914 but the family soon moved to Clearwater. After high school in Clearwater, she received her A.B. in Economics at Florida State College for Women and taught commercial […]

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