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This week in West Orange County History: Dec. 9, 2021

These are the names and events that shaped our beloved West Orange County.
by: Amy Quesinberry Community Editor


85 years ago

Ned Vick, who was attending Boles Military Academy in Jacksonville, was home for the Christmas holidays.


75 years ago

Winter Garden was experiencing a building boom. Construction had started on the new Ed Fisher and Bill Hartzog business block located on Plant Street between the hardware store and the Winter Garden Theater. Work on the Roy Fulmer business block on Story Road was progressing rapidly. Roy Rouse and Leroy Hoequist, who were planning to erect a building at Main and Miller for a self-serving laundry, were to build a proposed building at a new location. The new furniture factory, operated by Wayne Rachel and Perry White on Story Road, began turning out beautiful furniture in nature cedar.


70 years ago

Troop 204 Boy Scouts who attended an Orlando Court of Honor were Herbert Schley, Larry Mask, Ernest Crawford, Louise Kenneday, Jimmy Breadwell, Jody Gufford, Jimmy Crawford, Buddy Arflin, Charles Seagraves and Phillip Fiedler.

Sen. J.B. Rogers, Rotary Club program chairman, introduced as guest speaker A.D. Davis, president of the Winn-Lovett Grocery Company.

Dr. John Scanlon had the misfortune of breaking his arm while on a hunting trip.


40 years ago

Cast members of West Orange High School’s production of “Terror on the Hill” are Rick Charron, Melissa Messeguer, Chris Arnett, Mike Jones, Tracey Veler, Kathryn Garrison, Mark Parker, Susan Harper, Michelle Tuck, Dominic Boebel, Kevin Broughton and Suzie Massa.

Grand-prize winner in the Ocoee Christmas Parade was the Ocoee Junior High Student Council float.


30 years ago

The Ocoee City Commission approved an 18-hole public golf course and a 50-year lease agreement for a 240-acre tract of land off Ocoee-Clarcona Road.


20 years ago

Elizabeth “Lib” Youngblood was chosen by the congregation as Disciple of the Year at the First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden. She received a cross necklace and was recognized at a reception. Her main focus has always been with the United Methodist Women, where she served as vice president, president and secretary of missionary education. Past Disciples of the Year were Vivian Johns, Dot Gracey, Frankie Woosley, Lowell Teal, Billy Davis, George Van Demark, Ruth Hawk, Ellen Roper, Mary Tanner, Gay Annis, Gloria Quesinberry, Tammy Starling, Vikki Chitwood, Virginia and Franklin Cappleman, Nancy Sines, Anna Fulford and Jim Campbell.

Ward Britt was named president of the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, the umbrella organization for the Winter Garden Heritage Museum and the new History Center.



DEC. 9, 1971

If you were looking for something special to give a loved one for Christmas 1971, J. Philip Jewelers was one store that had a little bit of everything. During its Christmas sale, the shop offered everything from jewelry, tape decks and tape recorders to cake plates, radios and lighters.

Promise rings were available for $14, portable tape recorders could be had for $29.95, cut glass giftware such as covered dishes and relish dishes were on sale for 69 cents each, loose diamonds were $299, and an 8-track stereo tape deck could be yours for $69.95.

The shop, located on East Cypress Street in the West Orange Shopping Center, advertised its holiday deals in The Winter Garden Times.



The Ocoee Fire Department’s firetruck fire truck cruises past the intersection of Franklin Street and the Ocoee-Apopka Road in this photograph taken at a 1960s Christmas parade. Winter Garden photographer B.P. Hannon took the picture.

Christmas parades are beloved traditions in West Orange County, and they continue to attract thousands of holiday revelers.

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Amy Quesinberry is the community editor of the West Orange Times & Observer and the Windermere Observer. She was born and raised in Winter Garden, grew up reading the community newspaper and has been employed there as a writer, photographer and editor since 1990....

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