History for Week of 10-8-20

These are the names, faces and places in West Orange County's past.

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85 years ago

Saturday specials for grocery shoppers listed the following: Pillsbury flour, 24 pounds for $1.10; beef roast, 10 cents per pound; spare ribs, two pounds for 25 cents; Maxwell House coffee, 30 cents per pound; Irish potatoes, 10 pounds for 15 cents; canned milk, six tall cans for 35 cents; steak, all cuts, 15 cents per pound.


80 years ago

Spurred from reports from northern sources that Florida may expect an early influx of winter visitors, work was being rushed to complete modernizing improvements at the Edgewater Hotel, and the new coffee shop was opened.

Jaycees sponsored a Barnyard Dance at the City Auditorium, proceeds of which will be used to construct new bleachers at Walker Field.


75 years ago

The Winter Garden Welfare League sponsored a picture show, “On Stage Everybody,” with Jack Oakie, at the Winter Garden Theatre.

Clicking with the progressive spirit of Winter Garden, Bob Kerr announced he was planning to open a marine sports equipment store and already had the franchise on Dunthy boats, outboard motors, sailboats, powered dinks and rowboats.


70 years ago

A jook dance was planned at the Winter Garden VFW home, located midway between Ocoee and Winter Garden.


50 years ago

Betty Burch received checks on behalf of the West Orange Youth Center from Dr. Otho Watford, president of the Winter Garden Rotary Club, and Charles Hawthorne, president of the Winter Garden Lions Club. They represented proceeds from the recent donkey softball game at Walker Field.

Johnny Nowell of the Rotary Club pushed C.H. Johnson of the Lions Club along Plant Street in a wheelbarrow as payoff for a wager on the donkey softball game.





Oct. 5, 1967

The Winter Garden Times printed random clothing styles each week so West Orange County residents could stay fashionable and modern. In 1967, both sexes could dress hip.

For the males, the double-knit cotton pullovers with turtlenecks or contrasting dickey fronts “add up to a neat but rugged look for the ‘in’ crowd.” For the females, the pantsuit and vest create “a snappy sports ensemble.”




This young angler is Janis Dickerson, proudly showing off the fish she just caught in Lake Apopka. The photo is dated “1943-1944,” and the description notes the fish weighed 20 pounds — or is that a fish story?

The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation has meticulously catalogued thousands of photographs documenting life in and around Lake Apopka, now the fourth largest lake in Florida. Citizens are welcome to research the collection. Call (407) 656-3244 to make an appointment.




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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