This week in West Orange County history

These are the names and events that shaped this area of Central Florida.

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85 years ago

South Lake Apopka Citrus Growers Association sold its first car of oranges in New York. The Fellowship brand containing 186 boxes averaged $4.45; South Lake brand containing 208 boxes averaged $4.13. This car had the honor of being the first Exchange car of oranges sold in New York this season.


80 years ago

Boys from local Board No. 3 of the Selective Service were scheduled to leave for Camp Blanding, where they will be inducted into the U.S. Army: Edwin Pounds, S.M. Willis and Robert A. Rewis of Ocoee; George Borysewich, William “Bill” Cody Sansbury and Edward Lee Gibson of Winter Garden; Irving John Pearson and Byron Belroy Buck of Apopka; and Franklin Jimmison of Vineland.


70 years ago

Several boy scouts from Troop 209 rendered splendid services at the Lions Club local talent play: Larry Mask, Jimmy Breadwell, Ernest Crawford, Guns Harter, Jimmy Roper and Johnny Rodgers.

Mr. and Mrs. Milton Deariso bought the Dickinson home on North Lakeview and planned to move from their home in Ocoee.


50 years ago

After years of expectation, D-Day arrived! The fabulous $400 million Disney World entertainment complex opened its turnstiles to the public Friday, Oct. 1.


45 years ago

Glenn Joiner and Son Inc., located on West Plant Street in Winter Garden, was starting its 40th year. It has been a member of NAPA for 35 years.


40 years ago

Bob Hope led the inaugural Tencennial parade as Walt Disney World began its gala 10th birthday party.



Oct. 7, 1971

Are you still enjoying meals with this elegant and graceful china that was offered at the local A&P? In 1971, the grocery store chain offered free pieces with a grocery purchase of $5 or more and the coupon that appeared in The Winter Garden Times. Additional dinner plates were 33 cents apiece, and shoppers could buy four soup bowls for only $2.99, no purchase required.

During the 15-week promotion, in addition to the dinner plates, shoppers could get a set of soup dishes, salad plates, sugar and creamer, round vegetable serve, salt and pepper, gravy boat, platter, oval serving bowl, covered casserole dish, relish tray/gravy boat stand, and coffee server.



Twenty years ago this week, students from Dillard Street Elementary School participated in a field trip community project, “Today for Tomorrow,” at the Winter Garden Heritage Museum. Student participants were, l-r: front row, Erin Lowery, Dorianna Fiore, Johnny Sanchez, Khalil Royal, Keron Prashad, Keri Jamerson, Austin Gomber, Andrew Gooch and Austin Meadows; back, teacher Linda Rees, Rebecca Jadooram, Kelly Morgan, Jessica Jadooram, Simone Barnes, Brandon Gay, Mason Minor, Sean Holland, Ellen Brown, Andrea Aguilar, Charles Wells and Brittany McKee.

Looking for the history of your school? The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation has files on just about every center of education located in West Orange County. Call (407) 656-3244 to make a research 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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