This week in history

Here are the people and events that shaped West Orange County.

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85 years ago

Mrs. Harry Bumby, a stimulator for the beautification of Winter Garden, donated about 20 lovely flame vines to adorn the lakefront projects. These were to be planted at the poolside and near the shuffleboard courts.


80 years ago

Norman Lee Thompson, of Sanford, was visiting his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T.T. Cappleman. Mrs. Henry Britt Jr., Mrs. Phil Pounds, Mrs. Ruby Stone, Mrs. Robert Brown and Mrs. John Minor left to attend the State Convention of the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs, which was convening in Miami. Mrs. John T. Ezzard Jr. and Mrs. Carey Youngblood spent last Wednesday in Tampa and Palm Harbor.


75 years ago

Seen at the Yacht Club dance were Johnnie and Dottie Lu Johnson, Leila and Wilson Griffith, Charles McMillan, Ty Youngblood, Elmer Youngblood and Jerry Brown.

Lakeview High School seniors sold magazine subscriptions for the purpose of purchasing a new-model electric mimeograph, which they will present to the school at graduation.


70 years ago

Carol Ann Bekemeyer, Beth Minor, Beverly Cooper and Eva Jane Hovsepian helped Linda Rose Hull celebrate her birthday with an Easter egg hunt.


55 years ago

New directors elected for the Winter Garden Stamp Plan were B.P. Hannon, Joe Valdes, Abe Haimowitz, J.C. McClung, Evelyn Lease, Johnie Griffin and Beulah Zeigler. Stamps given by the downtown merchants may be redeemed for either cash or merchandise.


20 years ago

West Orange High School Principal Mike Armbruster was spotted in a kilt when he made good on a deal with Kathryn Austin. He promised to wear the get-up if Austin’s team raised a certain dollar amount for the West Orange Relay For Life.



April 4, 1947

It once was common for companies to offer a free promotional item in hopes of selling more merchandise or goods. In a 1947 advertisement in The West Orange News, Pillsbury offered one of three useful kitchen pieces — the baby elephant pitcher, early-bird pie whistle or Puss-in-Boots flower vase/pitcher — with every 25-pound bag of enriched flour purchased at local grocery stores. Could anyone in your family have one of these in their attic?



VENI VIDI VICI — Fifty-six years ago this month, the Lakeview High School Latin Club held its annual banquet. Some of the students elected to appear in “Roman” garb, while the adults opted for a more traditional look — some would say “futuristic,” considering the setting. Pictured are, from left, Assistant Principal Raymond Aldridge and his wife, Principal Bob and Dolly Moore, student Reggie Sterns, Latin instructor Carroll Barrett, and students Mitchel Hull and Eddie Bradford.



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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