“Little is known!”
a tiny downtownOrlandoparcel toP. Phillips, a transaction that at
first glance appears to have little intrinsic value. A closer look though finds
a window to a treasure trove of central Florida history. The reason for taking
a closer look at an old1916deed
was Leo’s surname, as the party of the first part happened to have the same
last as that of the maiden name of the wife of the party of the second part.
Reading that “little is
known”aboutDella Wolf, wife of
Florida’s 20th century citrus grower,
Righting Florida History: Mr. Isaac N. RUTLAND:
“He(Rutland)never served as a state senator.”
Florida’s Clerk of the House, responsible for Florida’s
biennial publication; People of Lawmaking in Florida, answered my January 6,2016inquiry as to whyIsaac N. Rutlandof Orange County was missing
from the state’s official roster of lawmakers by stating Rutland never served
as a state senator. “Isaac was elected,”
the clerk reported, “as adelegatefrom the 19
Senatorial District for the Florida Convention of the People, Ordinance of
The usual account as to how Volusia County’s Spiritualist camp
got its start is that it was founded in1894byGeorge P.
Colby. This is true, but the rest of an intriguing story as to howCASSADAGA, a unique sort ofCitrusLANDGhost Town, came to be wouldn’t be complete without mention as well of a fellow
Colby, the legendaryAmeliaColby Luther, and a lake in western New York namedLakeCASSADAGA.
“What I saw at CASSADAGA Lake,1888,” was authored by a Pennsylvania Attorney, writing of experiences
not at Florida’s CASSADAGA Spiritualist Camp on Volusia County’s
James M & Frances E (Hewlett) ALDEN
The Pine Castle Historical Society
Clarence E. Howardpublished ‘Early Settlers
of Orange County’ in1915. An
Orlando photographer, Howard’s enlightening book of biographies included an ‘Early History of Orange County’authored
byAnnie (Caldwell) Whitner,a
resident of Sanford. (Sanford was part of Orange County until1913). A long-time resident of the
county, Annie wrote of the “bleached
trunk and bare wide-spread branches of an immense dead live-oak
Have you been toFITZVILLEin Orange County, Florida lately? Perhaps
you have and didn’t even know it! Known also asFITZSIMONS, this once-upon-a-timeCitrusLANDrailway depot was a stop on FLORIDA MIDLAND RAILWAY.
The station was
described as being eight (8) miles west ofLONGWOOD; two (2) miles southwest of
aLAKE BRANTLEY; and three (3) miles east ofAPOPKA, these mileages according
to a published list of1892Florida Midland depots. Identified asFITZVILLEby
the railroad, the official Orange County map of 1890 shows the railway’s stop
On the 12th day of Christmas, my-true READ to me, of
TWELVE brave Frontierswomen, ELEVEN Ghost Towns, TEN Altamonte Homesteaders,
the NINTH Post Office, an EIGHT year old pioneer, SEVEN Honorable Floridians, SIX
swans-a-swimming in Lake Eola,FIVE GOLD
STARbookratings, FOUR orphaned
children, THREE historic pyramids; TWO railway depots, and A MEETING BENEATH a
historic COUNCIL OAK TREE.
CitrusLAND books venture well beyond reciting events. Central
Florida, America’s Paradise of the 19 Century, had been a vast
wilderness until tamed by remarkable men AND women.
On the 11th day of Christmas, my true-love READ to
me, of ELEVEN Ghost Towns, TEN Altamonte Homesteaders, the NINTH Post Office,
an EIGHT year old pioneer, SEVEN Honorable Floridians, SIX swans-a-swimming in
Lake Eola,FIVE GOLD STARBOOK
RATINGS, FOUR orphaned children, THREE historic pyramids; TWO railway depots, and
beneath the COUNCIL OAK TREE.
“Multitudes abandoned their groves and homes,” it was stated
of Florida’s Great Freeze of 1894-95; “In some cases leaving tables set and
beds unmade, and went away.
On the 10th day of Christmas, my true-love READ to
Homesteaders, theNINTHPost Office,
anEIGHTyear old pioneer,SEVENHonorable Floridians,SIXswans-a-swimming in Lake EOLA,FIVE GOLD STARBOOK RATINGS,FOURorphaned children,THREEhistoric pyramids;TWOrailway depots, and a meeting
beneath the COUNCIL OAK TREE.
The origins of ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, some historians believed,
began with Boston investors who built a hotel along the South Florida Railroad
line. The real story however began a decade earlier, with a mishmash of
On the 9th day of Christmas, my true-love READ to
me, of a NINTH Post Office, an EIGHT year old pioneer, SEVEN Honorable
Floridians, SIX swans-a-swimming on Lake EOLA,FIVE GOLD STAR RATED BOOKS, FOUR orphaned children, THREE historic
pyramids; TWO rail depots, and a meeting beneath the Council Oak tree.
Visit myFIRST ROAD
webpage for additional information.
“Your work was so needed and well done,” wrote a central
Florida researcher and local resident of 40 plus years. “Exhibits were
wonderful. Even the highlighted names makes the book easier to read.
On the 8th day of Christmas, my true-love READ to
me, of an EIGHT year old pioneer, SEVEN Honorable Floridians, SIX
swans-a-swimming in Lake EOLA,FIVE GOLD
STAR BOOK RATINGS, FOUR orphaned children, THREE historic pyramids; TWO
rail depots, and a meeting beneath a COUNCIL OAK TREE.
Robert B. F. ROPERwas eight years old in April, 1861, when he
rode with his father to ORLANDO for the first time. The boy’s childhood
memories, when matched to Orange County’s official documents, provide
intriguing clues to learning of the earliest days of the remote four acre
Village of Orlando.