Coach “Tom” Gannarelli: St Cloud’s MVP

Coach “Tom” Gannarelli: St Cloud’s MVP

First Generation American Thomas “Tom” Joseph Gannarelli was the son of Italian immigrants Domenic and Anna Gannarelli. Tom was born on August 23, 1913, the youngest of four children in Keewatin, Minnesota. He played football for his high school and was an outstanding fullback for Hibbing Junior College near his hometown. After two years at Hibbing, Stetson University coach Herb McQullan heard of Tom’s abilities […]

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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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Daughters of veterans preserve history & heritage

Daughters of veterans preserve history & heritage

Osceola History celebrates May as History Month. Throughout May 2020, we are featuring local heritage organizations. United Daughters of the Confederacy and Daughters of Union Veterans Lineage societies for daughters of both Confederate and Union veterans were formed for the purpose of not just perpetuating the memory of their ancestors but to assist in Soldier’s Homes and participate in other benevolent works. They continue to […]

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Grand Army of the Republic helped promote founding of St. Cloud

Grand Army of the Republic helped promote founding of St. Cloud

Osceola History celebrates History Month each May. Throughout the month we will feature articles about local heritage organizations. Grand Army of the Republic and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was founded as a fraternal organization in 1866 in Springfield, Illinois, and included veterans of Union Army, Navy, Marines and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service who […]

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