Charles W. Bressler-Pettis The Bearded Man

Charles W. Bressler-Pettis The Bearded Man

The origins of Beard Day are a mystery. Still, the belief is that Danish Vikings held celebrations to honor their beards as early as 800 BC. Here in Osceola County, Florida, beard contests were held in conjunction with the local rodeos. In the 1950s, Kissimmee downtown merchants were required to grow beards or else pay hefty fines – all done in the name of good […]

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The Lanier Family: from John to Raymond

The Lanier Family: from John to Raymond

 This photo was found on Ancestry.com, It shows Isaac Lanier with his third wife, Mary Lula Walker Lanier and an unidentified child. The Lanier family, like many others, migrated from another state to the wild frontier of Florida. The patriarch, John Lanier, came from Georgia where he was born in 1805. The exact date when John came to Florida is unknown. However, we do know that it […]

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