This week in history: Nov. 19, 2020

Do you remember these names, faces and places from West Orange County's history?

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85 years ago

The federal government allocated $17,445 to Winter Garden for the building of a waterfront recreational area. Plans call for a recreation pavilion; boathouse to accommodate eight large boats; shuffleboard, tennis and croquet courts; and thatched-top houses for picnicking parties.


80 years ago

John Irrgang was honored at kindergarten on his fourth birthday. Mrs. T.A. Shepherd’s class participated. Guests were Billy Britt; Billy Bob Davis; Bobbie Brown; Shirley Ison; Dian Story; David Sayer; George Joiner; Donald Biggers; Tommy Britt; Bill Irrgang; Fritz Harter; and Bill, Ben and Sam Carpenter.


75 years ago

The first green stamp to be used by housewives for rationed foods became valid Nov. 1. Green stamp N-8 became valid, along with the list for red stamps in War Ration Book Four. Red stamps W-1 through Z-1 and green stamp N-8 will be good until Feb. 28.


70 years ago

The city will be “Lit Up” Christmas with 16 strings of lights. Gerald Thompson, secretary-manager of the Chamber of Commerce, after consulting chamber members, decided to light up the city for the holidays. Clubs and organizations were contacted for contributions. Fourteen strings were obtained, and the chamber bought the two strings to compete the project.


30 years ago

Winter Garden Mayor Ray Spears presented John Rees with the first-ever key to the city. Rees is stepping down from the City Commission after serving four years. Spears said he hoped to make a tradition of presenting keys to the city to individuals who do something special.

Ocoee Mayor Lester Dabbs officiated at the swearing-in ceremonies for the returning city commissioners. Present were Sam Woodson, Paul Foster Vern Combs and Rusty Johnson.



Nov. 19, 1970

Citrus has played a monument role in West Orange County for decades. Every year, when the holidays rolled around, the local citrus packers started advertising their gift boxes, which they shipped all over the country and especially to the northern states. X-tra Fine Citrus Packers, in Winter Garden, was one of the many citrus companies who advertised in The Winter Garden Times, eager to share their sweet produce.



A Lakeview High School student contemplates the Pratt-Mastenbrook mansion during a field trip with art teacher Rod Reeves in this photograph from November 1968. The house, constructed in 1928 during the craze for Mediterranean architecture, is located on the north shore of John’s Lake in Killarney, located west of Oakland near the Lake County line. The sprawling home features a guitar-shaped swimming pool and is currently owned by an investment group. It has had many owners, including a member of the infamous Bin Laden family.  



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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