Elsie Baker

Women Veterans Day was first observed on June 12, 2018, to mark the 70th anniversary of President Truman signing into law the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act. The law enabled women to serve as permanent members in the regular Army Corps, Marine Corps, Navy, and the later formed Air Force. One of those women who called Kissimmee, Florida, her home was Elsie Ethridge Baker. Born […]

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MAUDE FIELD MURPHY MAKINSON

MAUDE FIELD MURPHY MAKINSON

Maude Field Murphy, the only child of Thomas Malcolm Murphy and Virginia E. Field, was born on August 18, 1869, in Bordertown, New Jersey. At the age of four, Maude lost her mother and lived with her grandparents Isaac and Beulah Field, for several years. In 1886 Thomas Murphy moved to Kissimmee, Florida bringing Maude with him. That same year, Thomas married Mrs. Carolyn Cunningham, […]

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Pioneer Village Coloring Pages

Pioneer Village Coloring Pages

Osceola History offers these coloring pages of four of the buildings at Pioneer Village. Click on the pictures below to download or print a PDF of the page for coloring. Cattleman’s Barn and Chicken Coop The barn at Pioneer Village is a restored barn from the 1930s. The barn was originally on the Partin ranch. The primary purpose of a barn such as this was […]

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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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