This week in West Orange County history

Do you know what was happening in West Orange County in the past?

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65 years ago

Boy Scout Troop 210, sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Winter Garden with Joe Gufford as scoutmaster, closed a week at Camp LaNoChe. Campers were Buddy Schmitt, Pat Moran, Robert Garner, Billy Jones, Jimmy Kerr, Ron Anderson, Bill Cappleman, Billy Stagg, Stanley Starr, Frank Milwee, Richard McCord, Ward Britt, J.B. Johnson, Stanley Roper, Tommy DeLoach, Ron Strosnider and Roger Strosnider.


45 years ago

Gov. Reubin Askew was welcomed by an enthusiastic crowd at a West Orange Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Winter Garden Inn. It immediately followed a personal inspection tour of the West Orange Memorial Hospital’s new 88-room wing.


40 years ago

The West Orange Debutantes of 1979, sponsored by the West Orange Junior Service League, are Kristin Boardman, Leslie Dabbs, Debbie Davis, Susan Dorman, June Greer, Kim Guernsey, Tracie Hall, Beverly Hart, Melodye Hendrix, Janet Hickman, Becky Howard, Virginia Spigener, Debbie Strickland, Susan Wolfe and Billie Youngblood.


25 years ago

Discover Florida’s natural beauty at the now-open Tibet Butler Preserve. The Vera Carter Environmental Center at the preserve is the first facility of its kind in Orange County and was named for the former county commissioner who was instrumental in procuring the land for public use.



10 years ago

Ocoee Mayor Scott Vandergrift and city commissioners cut the ribbon for the new Lakewood Manor, a new affordable-housing project in the city. Fifty-four of the homes participated in the USDA Rural Development’s Mutual Self Help Housing program.

Carol Bergman was absent from her home on Lake Butler Boulevard when the huge live oak that had been part of her life for 54 years came crashing down, apparently the result of a lightning strike. The tree was more than 200 years old.



June 10, 1976

There weren’t as many apartment complexes in Winter Garden as there are now, but in a 1976 advertisement in The Winter Garden Times, Inland Seas offered garden villas on its property on West Bay Street overlooking Lake Apopka.

One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments were available for $155, $175 and $200, respectively.

Inland Seas continues to provide locals with another living option, although the prices don’t reflect 1976 anymore. Today, residents can rent an apartment there for prices starting at $850, $900 and $1,090, respectively.



Antonia Margarethe Haltenhoff moved to Oakland from Brooklyn, New York, around 1905. She took the teacher's exam and began teaching at Tangerine in northwest Orange County and then taught for almost six years in Oakland and Tildenville. Antonia next taught at the Boggy Creek School in south Orange County.

The photograph shows Antonia with her students, although the location has not been verified.




Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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