This week in history

These are the names, faces and places from West Orange County's history.

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85 years ago

Charming young girls were seen with dog collars around their necks. This is one of the many pleasures (?) of their initiation into the Sub-Deb Club.


80 years ago

Fire of unknown origin destroyed the 57-year-old depot at Oakland. The building was a complete loss, but the freight and express were saved.


70 years ago

Cpl. Elton E. Smoak, with a medical detachment in Korea, whom the War Department reported “missing in action” in August, was reported “killed in action.” His parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.T. Smoak, received a telegram to that effect.

Mrs. M.W. Deariso entertained with a pretty party for the 4th birthday of her daughter, Ann. Present were Barbara Gail Stephens, Linda Reese, Kay Heidt, Jeannie Ellis, Mary Frances and Tommy Gleason, and Bea and Ann Deariso.

Ocoee Junior High School elected the following cheerleaders: captain Jay Turner, co-captain Martha Claunch, Carolyn Quayle, Amelia Updegrave, Doris Ann Davis, Martha Jean Goodman and mascot Delba Ann Gilliam.


45 years ago

City Commissioner Julian Revels received a nine-gallon plaque from the Central Florida Blood Bank. He is the founder of the blood banks at the West Orange Elks Club, Winter Garden Masonic Lodge No. 165 and American Legion Post 109.

Joan Ritten of Ocoee spent six weeks in Japan as part of the Lions Club International Youth Exchange program.


40 years ago

With the exchange of a check for more than $1.6 million, the 592-acre Lake Butler Estates property of Windermere officially changed hands.


20 years ago

Ocoee Mayor Scott Vandergrift cut the ribbon to officially open the new Starke Lake fishing pier to the public during the Ocoee Founders’ Day Festival.




Oct. 19, 1967

Florida Power Corporation urged men to “be a prince … buy her a flameless dryer” in a 1967 advertisement in The Winter Garden Times. The electric dryer was so wonderful that women put it on a pedestal, according to the ad. And what’s more, for $135, homeowners could buy a two-cycle, 230-volt flameless dryer that dried clothes for about 7 cents a load. No more wrinkles setting in those wash’n’wear fashions!




It’s football weather — sort of! Here is a photograph of the Lakeview High School Varsity team taken by B.P. Hannon on Oct. 15, 1965 — that’s 55 years ago. Most of the players have been identified, but the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation relies on West Orange County history sleuths to supply the missing names. Call (407) 656-3244 with any identifications.

Front row, Joseph Toole, Mark Walker, Reggie Sterns, Larry Thompson, Denny Reid, Leigh Kammerer, first name unknown Martin and Harold Tillman; middle row, Gary Youngblood, Mic Hutchinson, Larry Graham, unknown player , Hinton Grimes, Gene  Heidt, John Growland, Ric Huchinson and unknown player; back row, Mitchell Hall, Ray Reeves, two unknown players, Patrick Wiggins, Donnie Graham, Chuck Hawthorne and an unknown player.



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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