Stanley Whitted Jr. enjoyed sharing history found in old family Bible

Stanley Whitted Jr. enjoyed sharing history found in old family Bible

Stanley Henry Whitted Jr. was born in Narcoossee, Florida, on January 24, 1924, one of four children born to Stanley H. Sr. and Ella Short Whitted. When Stanley was two, Ella died – her youngest child was only seven months old. Seven years later, Stanley Sr. died; the children were separated and sent to various family members. Stanley’s Aunt Wiggins brought the Whitted children together […]

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Coach Woodruff: From the classroom to the Osceola Q

Coach Woodruff: From the classroom to the Osceola Q

Claude Earnest Woodruff Jr. was born on January 6, 1927, in one of the oldest houses in the black community of Bartow, Florida. He was the son of Claude Earnest and Lula Mae Coles Woodruff. He attended Union Academy High School in Bartow, which had been built in 1897 and was the same school his grandmother and mother attended. Upon finishing 10thgrade at the age […]

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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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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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