Orange blossom is only state flower used to make perfume

Orange blossom is only state flower used to make perfume

Yeasel’s Orange Blossom Perfume Brought to the Americas by the Spaniards in the 15thcentury, oranges became an important part of Florida’s economy over the centuries. During his travels through northeast Florida in 1774, American botanist and explorer William Bartram told of groves of orange trees in full bloom and the air filled with the sweet fragrance of the delicate orange blossoms. Chosen as Florida’s state […]

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A Sweet Business: Esper Products Deluxe

A Sweet Business: Esper Products Deluxe

Esper Products Deluxe A small jelly factory began in the fall of 1937 at 46 Main Street in Kissimmee, Florida. It produced 15-20 varieties of jams, jellies and marmalades. By 1950 there were 38 varieties of tropical flavors offered and the plant used an average of two tons of sugar per week. Aided by J.B. McCauley, Mrs. Emily Bast, widow of G.Y. Bast Sr. founded […]

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Osceola County plant first to introduce chilled juice in fiber cartons

Osceola County plant first to introduce chilled juice in fiber cartons

Osceola Fruit Distributors George Lester Ivey was born in the Shingle Creek area of Osceola County, Florida, in 1897. He married Hilda Rocker in 1922, and they soon planted citrus trees and acquired several groves.  In 1928 they established Osceola Fruit Distributors and a packing house was built on the northwest corner of Vine and Main Streets in Kissimmee. Their brands were Kissimmee River and Kissimmee […]

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Citrus packing plants in Osceola County

Citrus packing plants in Osceola County

In the early 1900s, Osceola County was well known for its fruits and vegetables, grown and shipped from here. Some of those early packers and shippers were Waters and Carson Grocery Co., W.B. Makinson Co., and J. S. Stratton of the Basswell Grocery Co. in Peghorn. As larger packing houses were needed, they were constructed near the railroad lines in Kissimmee. By July 1914, the […]

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