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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Coach Woodruff: From the classroom to the Osceola Q

Coach Woodruff: From the classroom to the Osceola Q

Claude Earnest Woodruff Jr. was born on January 6, 1927, in one of the oldest houses in the black community of Bartow, Florida. He was the son of Claude Earnest and Lula Mae Coles Woodruff. He attended Union Academy High School in Bartow, which had been built in 1897 and was the same school his grandmother and mother attended. Upon finishing 10thgrade at the age […]

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Native American Month

Native American Month

Ann Whitewolf was named for her great-grandmother Cynthia Ann Parker and had reason to be proud of her Native American ancestry. Ann was the granddaughter of Quanah Parker, the last chief of the Comanches.

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Levi Shambow: Union Veteran

Levi Shambow: Union Veteran

Prior to being one of the early settlers of St. Cloud, Florida, Levi Shambow was also a pioneer in the cities of Aurora, Illinois, Portland and Eugene, Oregon, Seattle, Washington and Butte, Montana. Levi was born in Montreal, Canada on December 4, 1843.  Enlisting at the age of 17, he mustered into Company A, Illinois 52ndInfantry in October 1861, served as a Private and was discharged […]

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