Osceola County Historical Society Blog

Cadman Family Christmas: A Community Affair

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Dec 1, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The Cadmans were host to many celebrations and social events throughout the late 19th and early 20th century. According to the Cadman Scrapbook, the family organized and presented many events throughout the year, including horse races, tennis tournaments, fund raisers and even hosted the Episcopal Bishop’s luncheon on his first visit to Narcoossee. While each event was extensively covered by the region’s newspapers, it is the Christmas celebration of 1889 that has captured our imaginations here at the Osceola County Historical Society.

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Topics: Cadman Family, Osceola County History, Pioneer Village, Christmas

Artifact Spotlight: WW II WAC Uniform

Posted by Anza Bast on Nov 29, 2016 9:30:00 AM

This WW II Women's Army Corps (WAC) uniform was worn by Margaret M. Cafero who enlisted in the United States Women's Army Corps on October 12, 1943, at Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Topics: Artifact Spotlight, Osceola County History, World War II WAC Uniform

The Great Endurance Run

Posted by Anza Bast on Nov 23, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Sponsored by the Tampa Automobile Club and The Tampa Daily Times, sixteen vehicles, plus the pathfinding car and a press car departed Tampa on November 23, 1909, on a grueling four-day round trip.  The purpose of the “run” was to bring attention to the poor quality of roads in Florida, and to urge public officials to make the necessary improvements.

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Topics: Osceola County History, The Kissimmee Board of Trade, The Great Endurance Run, Graystone Hotel

Company B, 2nd Infantry, National Guard

Posted by Anza Bast on Nov 17, 2016 9:30:00 AM

In the summer of 1916, sixty-five young men from Osceola County answered the call to form a National Guard unit, originally called Company K, but became Company B, 2nd Infantry.  Their roster contained many familiar family names:  Barber, Bass, Bronson, Carson, Farmer, Graves, Johnston, Lupfer, Makinson, Oliver, Padgett and Tress.  A grand reception was given as the “lads” were sent off by train to Black Point Camp near Jacksonville where they would be deployed to Mexico to join in the fight against Poncho Villa. 

They were welcomed home with great ceremony in March of 1917, but rest was short as war on the European front was building.  In late July, Company B was automatically drafted into service and prepared to be shipped off to camp in Macon, Georgia, and joined by other local men who had been registered for military service.

Source:  “Kissimmee Valley Gazette”
Photo Courtesy: Osceola County Historical Society


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Topics: Osceola County History, National Gaurd, Company B, 2nd Infantry

Memorial Fountain

Posted by Anza Bast on Nov 14, 2016 9:30:00 AM

At the September 5, 1919 meeting of the Kissimmee City Council, it was voted to purchase “a beautiful drinking fountain for Broadway in memoriam for ‘Billie’ Makinson and ‘Nat’ Carson, who sleep in the Argonne.  The idea was presented by S.L. Lupfer, Jr., with the suggestion that the city bear half the cost and citizens who wished to honor the memory of these young men, raise the remainder of the fund.”

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Topics: Osceola County History, Memorial Fountain

Kissimmee Pioneer Spotlight: Colonel Jacob Aderhold

Posted by Anza Bast on Nov 10, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Jacob Wilson Aderhold was the son of German immigrant John George Aderhold and Margareth Hasselberger, of North Carolina.  He was the youngest of their nine children, and was born on November 28, 1825, in Georgia. Aderhold spent his early years in and around Macon,, GA.  Under the name of Wilson J. Aderhold, he enlisted, at the age of 20, as a Private in the Georgia regiment of Volunteers for the Mexican War, his service in the company earned him a fine military record.

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Topics: History, Osceola County History, Jacob Aderhold

Top 25 Reasons to Attend the 25th Annual Pioneer Days Event

Posted by Krystal McIntee on Nov 4, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Every once in a while an event rolls around that you just don't want to miss...this year, that event is the Osceola County Historical Society's 25th Annual Pioneer Days Event!

Here are the Top 25 Reasons to Attend the 25th Annual Pioneer Days Event!!

1. Learn the History! Osceola County is full of rich history. Pioneer Days allows residents and visitors to better understand the Pioneer families and what life in the 1800s would have been like without air conditioning and cell phones. 

2. Help us celebrate our anniversary. Pioneer Day is actually TWO days this year!! We are celebrating our 25th Anniversary with a special TWO day event.

3. Save on admission with this great FREE event! That’s right, we are offering free admission to the Pioneer Village. Friday and Saturday, November 11th and 12th from 10AM to 4PM. FREE ADMISSION AND FREE PARKING!!

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Topics: Osceola County Historical Society Membership, Educational, Kid Friendly, Osceola County History, 25th Annual Pioneer Days Event, Free Admission, Pioneer Village

The History of Hotel Kissimmee/Tropical Hotel

Posted by Anza Bast on Nov 3, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Isaac Merritt Mabbette, experienced in hotel management as well as building and cabinet making, designed and supervised construction of The Hotel Kissimmee with George Bass as contractor. The South Florida Railroad was Mabbette’s financial partner.

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Topics: Osceola County History, Hotel Kissimmee, Tropical Hotel

Antique Funeral Coach

Posted by Kari Whaley on Oct 31, 2016 9:30:00 AM

The haunted history of Osceola County has creaked into the artifact collection at OCHS. The antique funeral coach, shrouded in mystery, was donated to the Osceola County Historical Society by Osceola Memory Gardens in 2015. Although the origin of the coach is unknown, it is suspected to have been manufactured in Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, or Massachusetts circa 1890. However, the only shocking part of this tale is that the horse-drawn funeral hearse has remained in excellent condition, complete with full seat cushions, seat drops, curtains, hitch, and coffin. 

 An official appraisal suggests that the coach may have been manufactured by Cunningham Coach, based in Rochester, New York or George Brownell, who hailed from Bristol County, Massachusetts. Both were award winning manufacturers, known for creating fine carriages of the highest grade. The rise of petrol-driven hearses, circa 1909 in the United States, brought about the decline of horse-drawn hearses. 

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Topics: Osceola History, Artifact Spotlight, Educational, Antique Funeral Coach

Hart Memorial Library

Posted by Anza Bast on Oct 27, 2016 9:30:00 AM

First known as the Chapter House, the Hart Memorial Librarywas erected about 1910 as the meeting place for the Kissimmee Chapter of the American Woman’s League (A.W.L.) and the local Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (W.C.T.U.).

 Catherine “Kate” S. Hart, widow of former Governor Ossian B. Hart, moved to Kissimmee in 1884 and was postmistress for several years. Catherine had purchased lots in Kissimmee, one of which she donated to the Presbyterian Church. A small cottage was erected on the other, where Catherine lived. When her health deteriorated, she moved to Morristown, New Jersey; where she died on October 9, 1897. Catherine’s Campbell sisters were in charge of disposing of her property in Kissimmee.


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Topics: History, Osceola County History, Hart Memorial Library

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The Osceola County Historical Society is focused on preserving Osceola County’s rich, cultural history while sharing it with others. This blog is perfect for just that. 

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