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

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

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70 many years back

Mr. and Mrs. George Akin entertained a team of younger couples in their residence, serving supper, looking at television and enjoying canasta. The property was most attractively embellished in the season’s motif, and the television exhibits arrived by means of additional plainly. Visitors had been 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 several years ago

Kay Sims and Virginia McNeil of Bay Hill — alongside one another with Kay’s sister, Eleanor Lauren, of Windermere — lately opened an eye-catching new shop in the Turkey Lake Buying Center on Kirkman Road.


45 years ago

Many thanks to Buzz Lamb’s class and Kitty Osburn and Kelly Hicks’ Lady Scout troop for making tray favors for the Meals on Wheels program. These favors were a welcome additional embellishment to a significantly-appreciated company.


40 a long time back

Oakland experienced a “paintin’ party” for the submit place of work creating, which was owned by the city. Several folks came to paint, fix the roof, trim trees or just view.


30 yrs ago

Christopher Pfeiffer, a 15-12 months-old Wintertime Garden teen with cerebral palsy, obtained his a great deal-desired laptop or computer due to the fact of a generous anonymous donor.

“On Christmas Eve 1985, W.T. ‘Tommy’ Zeigler experienced an enviable life. His organization was prospering. He was fortunately married and an superb member of his community. But in a handful of hours that night time, the American dream turned Zeigler’s nightmare. He was the only survivor of a capturing spree in which his spouse, in-rules and a bystander ended up brutally slain in his (Winter Backyard) home furniture retail outlet. On Christmas Day, Zeigler awoke in a clinic, critically injured, to locate that he was the key suspect.…” “Fatal Flaw,” a new book by journalist Philip Finch, explained to an intriguing tale of an innocent person who was unjustly found responsible. Finch claimed that, at each individual phase of the investigation, mysterious oversights and outright carelessness occurred, performing with each other to supply a defective verdict. According to the e book, the decide, jury, prosecutor, area law enforcement officers, criminal investigators and FBI lab all acted wrongly. It also asserted that the essential witnesses for the point out all lied underneath oath.

“The city of Ocoee has reinvented itself,” stated Bruce Behrens, director of planning. The metropolis permitted the annexation of 1,861.3 acres, an improve of extra than 30{3ad958c56c0e590d654b93674c26d25962f6afed4cc4b42be9279a39dd5a6531} in Ocoee’s whole land location. These annexations moved the city’s boundaries further into the Clarcona and Gotha communities in unincorporated Orange County.




The West Orange Instances & Observer and the Southwest Orange Observer want our viewers and the group a Merry Christmas, Delighted Holiday seasons and Delighted New Year!

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



This cheerfully optimistic ad ran in the Winter season Backyard garden Situations for the duration of Christmas 1932. The Tavares & Gulf Railroad, whose 1913 Winter season Yard depot serves as today’s Central Florida Railroad Museum, was not noted for trying to keep a timely routine — but that didn’t halt the organization from shipping a lot more citrus and develop than any other countrywide railroad in its class throughout the 1940s.

The Tavares & Gulf, which had operated under that title even right after the Seaboard Air Line-Seaboard Coastline Line merger absorbed it, experienced its ultimate operate Dec. 28, 1969.

“The Tavares & Gulf Legacy,” an illustrated historical past by Rick Cronin and Phil Cross, tells the tale of West Orange County’s beloved railroad. It’s available for purchase at the two the Central Florida Railroad Museum and the Winter season Backyard garden Heritage Museum.

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