Oakland resident Oscar Clifford Vick (1889-1970) is shown dressed in his World War I uniform while stationed at Camp Blanding in Jacksonville. His monthly service pay was $11.40 after deductions. Vick served in the Battle of Verdun, France, in 1918. (A cousin, John Henry Vick, was the first Orange County resident to die in World War II.) Oscar was one of six children born to Ezekiel C. and Sarah Vick. They moved to Oakland in 1903 and bought the house belonging to Katherine Wise. Built circa 1860, it began its life as an inn operated by an English couple and is one of the oldest structures in Orange County; it still stands at the southwest corner of Tubb Street and Oakland Avenue.
The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, which seeks to preserve our heritage and architecture while creating new cultural experiences, is celebrating its third decade with the debut of its new History Research and Education Center.