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In the Shade of the Old Oak Tree

Posted by Anza Bast on Jun 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Walk up and down the streets of St. Cloud, Florida and you will pass many homes dating to 1910.  But if you venture to Lakeshore Blvd. a lovely two-story home dating to 1887 greets you.

House view 2018

About two hundred fifty acres was deeded to Samuel Lincoln Lupfer on June 12, 1887 upon which he built a modest one-story house.  S.L., as he came to be known, was affiliated with the St. Cloud Sugar Plantation and Mill until it was abandoned a few years after the death of Hamilton Disston and S.L. moved his family to Kissimmee.  He was featured at the 2014 Dine with the Departed event in Rose Hill Cemetery.

SCN 29 Jan 1954 fp The house had various owners, some added on to the small structure. B.L. Steen transformed it into a two and one half story structure.  Following the 1920s Florida Boom it became the property of a northern owner; the house stood open and abandoned for three years.  During that time, people wandered in and out of the house but no fixtures or chandeliers were ever taken. 

After being told by their doctor in 1933 that each only had three years to live, Dr. and Mrs. F.I. Johnson soon moved from Ohio to St. Cloud and purchased the home.  Twenty years later, in January of 1954 they held an open house.  A detailed account of the event was given by Alma Hetherington in “The St. Cloud News” January 29thissue and an early photo provided by Earle Lupfer, son of S.L. was provided.

SCN 29 Jan 1954 p4 #1

Not only does the house still stand but the large oak tree planted by Mrs. Lupfer in the spring of 1888 continues to provide shade for the current owners.

 Source:  “St. Cloud News” January 29, 1954

Photos:  “St. Cloud News” January 29, 1954; Anza Bast

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Topics: History, Hamilton Disston Sugar Plantation and Mill, Dine with the Departed, St. Cloud, Florida, Samuel Lincoln Lupfer,

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