National Day of the Horse

National Day of the Horse

December 13, 2021 A Boy with a Dream Stories about great Quarter Horses like Steel Dust (born in 1843) filled a young boy’s head with dreams of one day owning his own Quarter Horse.  Born into a prominent Osceola County, Florida ranching family, that boy, Edward L. “Geech” Partin grew up working long days on the family ranch with his father and brothers.  The Partin […]

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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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Honoring POW from Kissimmee

Honoring POW from Kissimmee

The third Friday in September was designated National POW/MIA Recognition Day in 1979. Osceola History has chosen to honor former resident and POW Malvin Wayne Samuel by sharing his story.  Early Life Born in Agency, Missouri, on November 29, 1915, to Dooley and Bessie Marie Samuel, the family moved to Kissimmee, Florida, in 1925, where Dooley began working for the post office. Malvin was one […]

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Osceola Natives

Osceola Natives

In the mid-1700s, large groups of Native Americans, primarily from Georgia, began to come into Florida, which was still owned by Spain. Many were displaced from war and were looking for a safe home. They would band together to form a new tribe, known as the Seminole Indian tribe. The Seminoles, meaning “separatists” or “runaways”, gained their name as a result of their decision to […]

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