Sarah Bingham Norris

Sarah Bingham Norris

Born on November 18, 1849 in Yorkshire, England to Joseph and Mary Bingham, Sarah immigrated to Illinois with her family in 1861.  With the nation unsettled due to the outbreak of war, they found farm life hard and moved to Iowa.  Sarah struggled to obtain an education and along with doing missionary work and some nursing, she eventually taught school. The death of her two older sisters […]

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St. Cloud’s Santa

St. Cloud’s Santa

Edward Adam Boehme (pronounced Bayme) was born in Dayton, Ohio on October 26, 1877; one of eight children.  German parents Franz Oskar and Louise Boehme may have instilled an early love for Christmas in him as evidenced by his generosity to the Florida community of St. Cloud. After retiring as an agent for the Prudential Life Insurance Company, Edward and his third wife Anna arrived in […]

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Lights, Camera, Christmas Lights!

Lights, Camera, Christmas Lights!

The hustle and bustle of working, shopping for gifts, and making sure the house is decorated with holiday décor can be exhausting and overwhelming at times so we’ve created a list of family friendly locations that are decked full of cheer and picture perfect. Here are 5 locations to check out over the holiday season! The Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek –The Pioneer Village at Shingle […]

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The Mapes Family

The Mapes Family

 Shown in photo, left to right:  Sgt. Dana, Corporal teddy and S/Sgt. Victor L. Mapes When Union Veteran John H. DeGraw arrived in St. Cloud, Florida in the fall of 1909, little did he know that when his daughter Myrtle married Victor G. Mapes, three of John’s grandsons – Victor Loris Mapes, Dana Austin Mapes and Theodore Augustus Mapes would serve their country in the […]

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