Clarence L. Thacker

Clarence L. Thacker

Clarence L. Thacker was raised in Kissimmee, Florida. His character was often described as having strong family values, love for the culture of the south and love for his country. He was known for his successes while flying in the Army Air Corps during WWII and his bravery. Thacker completed only one semester of Law School at the University of Florida when he left school […]

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Citrus groves

Citrus groves

In Florida, the Native Americans carried oranges with them, left from the Spanish, and droppedtheir seeds in heavily forested areas. Early settlers of Florida planted orange groves inparticularly near newly developed settlements. Citrus today is one of the major fruit crops ofthe western hemisphere. Many orange grove plantings were set among the waterways of Florida where the watertransportation to other states was easily accessible. In […]

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Women’s History presentation (off site)

Women’s History presentation (off site)

Join us for a Women’s History presentation at the West Branch of the Osceola Library in Celebration. This is a free event.

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Margaret Turner Bell

Margaret Turner Bell

Margaret Turner Bell was a part of the first graduating class at Kissimmee High School in 1945. She is remembered in the community for opening a preschool just for African American children. In 1946, communities in Osceola County were still segregated. Education did not begin for African American children until the first grade. After attending Bethune Cookman College in Daytona for a brief period, Margaret […]

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