This week in West Orange County history: Dec. 22, 2022. | West Orange Times & Observer
70 yrs ago
Mr. and Mrs. George Akin entertained a group of young couples in their home, serving supper, observing tv and playing canasta. The property was most attractively adorned in the season’s motif, and the television exhibits came via extra evidently. Company ended up Mr. and Mrs. Lester Austin, Mr. and Mrs. Ward Britt, Mr. and Mrs. Judson Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Johnie Griffin, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Lease and Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Cappleman.
50 yrs back
Kay Sims and Virginia McNeil of Bay Hill — alongside one another with Kay’s sister, Eleanor Lauren, of Windermere — a short while ago opened an desirable new shop in the Turkey Lake Shopping Heart on Kirkman Highway.
45 yrs in the past
Thanks to Buzz Lamb’s course and Kitty Osburn and Kelly Hicks’ Girl Scout troop for making tray favors for the Foods on Wheels method. These favors were a welcome additional embellishment to a substantially-appreciated support.
40 a long time ago
Oakland had a “paintin’ party” for the post place of work making, which was owned by the city. Many people today arrived to paint, correct the roof, trim trees or just look at.
30 many years ago
Christopher Pfeiffer, a 15-yr-aged Wintertime Back garden teen with cerebral palsy, received his considerably-needed pc mainly because of a generous anonymous donor.
“On Christmas Eve 1985, W.T. ‘Tommy’ Zeigler had an enviable life. His organization was prospering. He was happily married and an exceptional member of his neighborhood. But in a number of hours that night, the American dream turned Zeigler’s nightmare. He was the only survivor of a shooting spree in which his wife, in-legislation and a bystander had been brutally slain in his (Winter Yard) home furnishings store. On Christmas Day, Zeigler awoke in a hospital, critically wounded, to discover that he was the key suspect.…” “Fatal Flaw,” a new reserve by journalist Philip Finch, advised an intriguing story of an innocent man who was unjustly discovered responsible. Finch claimed that, at just about every stage of the investigation, mysterious oversights and outright carelessness happened, performing with each other to produce a defective verdict. In accordance to the ebook, the decide, jury, prosecutor, regional legislation enforcement officials, criminal investigators and FBI lab all acted wrongly. It also asserted that the key witnesses for the point out all lied underneath oath.
“The city of Ocoee has reinvented alone,” reported Bruce Behrens, director of setting up. The city authorized the annexation of 1,861.3 acres, an boost of additional than 30% in Ocoee’s full land spot. These annexations moved the city’s boundaries deeper into the Clarcona and Gotha communities in unincorporated Orange County.
The West Orange Periods & Observer and the Southwest Orange Observer wish our readers and the neighborhood a Merry Christmas, Joyful Holidays and Satisfied New Yr!
Here are some season’s greetings from Dec. 23, 1982, and Dec. 19, 2002.
FROM THE Winter Backyard garden HERITAGE Basis ARCHIVES
This cheerfully optimistic ad ran in the Winter Backyard garden Moments all through Christmas 1932. The Tavares & Gulf Railroad, whose 1913 Winter Back garden depot serves as today’s Central Florida Railroad Museum, was not mentioned for maintaining a timely agenda — but that did not end the corporation from shipping and delivery a lot more citrus and develop than any other nationwide railroad in its class during the 1940s.
The Tavares & Gulf, which experienced operated below that title even just after the Seaboard Air Line-Seaboard Coastline Line merger absorbed it, had its last run Dec. 28, 1969.
“The Tavares & Gulf Legacy,” an illustrated historical past by Rick Cronin and Phil Cross, tells the tale of West Orange County’s beloved railroad. It’s readily available for acquire at both of those the Central Florida Railroad Museum and the Wintertime Garden Heritage Museum.
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