This week in West Orange County history: Dec. 22, 2022. | West Orange Times & Observer

Greg Stevens

Old Occasions

70 decades in the past

Mr. and Mrs. George Akin entertained a group of young couples in their home, serving supper, viewing tv and playing canasta. The dwelling was most attractively decorated in the season’s motif, and the tv exhibits arrived by way of more evidently. Friends were Mr. and Mrs. Lester Austin, Mr. and Mrs. Ward Britt, Mr. and Mrs. Judson Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Johnie Griffin, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Lease and Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Cappleman.


50 a long time in the past

Kay Sims and Virginia McNeil of Bay Hill — collectively with Kay’s sister, Eleanor Lauren, of Windermere — not long ago opened an appealing new store in the Turkey Lake Browsing Center on Kirkman Highway.


45 decades in the past

Thanks to Excitement Lamb’s class and Kitty Osburn and Kelly Hicks’ Lady Scout troop for producing tray favors for the Foods on Wheels program. These favors were a welcome included embellishment to a a lot-appreciated services.


40 many years back

Oakland experienced a “paintin’ party” for the article office setting up, which was owned by the city. Quite a few men and women arrived to paint, deal with the roof, trim trees or just observe.


30 several years ago

Christopher Pfeiffer, a 15-calendar year-previous Winter Backyard garden teen with cerebral palsy, received his a lot-required laptop mainly because of a generous nameless donor.

“On Christmas Eve 1985, W.T. ‘Tommy’ Zeigler had an enviable daily life. His small business was prospering. He was happily married and an fantastic member of his neighborhood. But in a couple of hours that night time, the American desire turned Zeigler’s nightmare. He was the only survivor of a taking pictures spree in which his wife, in-laws and a bystander were being brutally slain in his (Wintertime Yard) furnishings retail outlet. On Xmas Day, Zeigler awoke in a clinic, critically hurt, to discover that he was the key suspect.…” “Fatal Flaw,” a new ebook by journalist Philip Finch, explained to an intriguing tale of an innocent male who was unjustly found responsible. Finch claimed that, at each individual phase of the investigation, mysterious oversights and outright negligence transpired, working with each other to deliver a faulty verdict. In accordance to the reserve, the judge, jury, prosecutor, regional regulation enforcement officers, legal investigators and FBI lab all acted wrongly. It also asserted that the essential witnesses for the condition all lied under oath.

“The town of Ocoee has reinvented itself,” said Bruce Behrens, director of organizing. The town approved the annexation of 1,861.3 acres, an boost of extra than 30{f32667846e1257729eaaee80e922ba34a93c6414e9ad6261aff566c043b9e75d} in Ocoee’s whole land region. These annexations moved the city’s boundaries deeper into the Clarcona and Gotha communities in unincorporated Orange County.




The West Orange Moments & Observer and the Southwest Orange Observer would like our viewers and the neighborhood a Merry Xmas, Satisfied Vacations and Satisfied New Yr!

In this article are some season’s greetings from Dec. 23, 1982, and Dec. 19, 2002.


FROM THE Winter Back garden HERITAGE Foundation ARCHIVES

This cheerfully optimistic ad ran in the Wintertime Yard Moments for the duration of Xmas 1932. The Tavares & Gulf Railroad, whose 1913 Wintertime Garden depot serves as today’s Central Florida Railroad Museum, was not pointed out for maintaining a well timed plan — but that did not prevent the company from delivery more citrus and make than any other countrywide railroad in its course for the duration of the 1940s.

The Tavares & Gulf, which experienced operated less than that identify even after the Seaboard Air Line-Seaboard Coast Line merger absorbed it, had its ultimate run Dec. 28, 1969.

“The Tavares & Gulf Legacy,” an illustrated heritage by Rick Cronin and Phil Cross, tells the story of West Orange County’s beloved railroad. It’s out there for order at both equally the Central Florida Railroad Museum and the Winter season Backyard garden Heritage Museum.

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