Osceola County Historical Society Blog

Kaku Sudo

Posted by Anza Bast on Mar 28, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Kaku Sudo was born in Japan on January 26, 1861 to Tauidi Sudo and Yeuri Funita.  Before coming to the United States in 1891, she studied medicine in an American mission school in Yokohama.  She then studied at the Philadelphia Institute of Electro-Therapy and later graduated in 1899 from Laura Memorial Woman’s College in Cincinnati.

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Topics: Osceola History, Women, St. Cloud, Florida, Women's History Month

Emma Eulalie Clark Weeks Raymond

Posted by Anza Bast on Mar 21, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 Born on January 5, 1873 in Jacksonville, Illinois; Emma was the only child of Charles W. Clark and Eleanor Shuler  The family moved to Jackson, Michigan, then to Chicago, Illinois where Emma was in charge of the Auditing Department of Fair’s Department Store for five years.  She was in charge of thirty-two clerical workers.  Later she worked for two years in the bookkeeping and auditing offices of Sears Roebuck and Company. 

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Topics: Osceola History, Women, St. Cloud, Florida, Women's History Month

Jessie Lee Wilder Thacker

Posted by Anza Bast on Mar 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: Osceola History, Women, Kissimmee, Women's History Month

Lawrence Silas

Posted by Anza Bast on Feb 21, 2019 7:00:00 AM

 Lawrence was born in Kenansville, Florida on November 8, 1891, to former Georgia slave Tom Silas and his wife Elizabeth, the sixth of thirteen children.  Because it was a rural area, Tom built a school and hired a teacher so his children could receive an education. 

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Topics: Osceola History, Black History Month, Osceola County Historical Society

OCHS Venue Recap

Posted by Maggie Ferrara on Jan 28, 2019 7:00:00 AM

With the weather cooling down in the last quarter of 2018, ten private events were hosted between the Buster Kenton Room at the Osceola County Welcome Center and History Museum and the Pavilion and grounds of Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek. The weather proved to be perfect for the many events hosted in the Pavilion at the Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek.

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Topics: Osceola History, Osceola County Welcome Center and HIstory Museum, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Venue Rentals, Big John's Rockin' BBQ, Outside Venues, Baby Shower

Eat. Shop. Cruise.

Posted by Audrey Snow-Brine on Nov 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Do you like trying new foods? Are you a fan of unique stores? How about classic vehicles and muscle cars? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then Old Town in Kissimmee is perfect for you!

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Topics: Osceola History, Around Osceola, Tourism, History, Summer Activities, Osceola County History, Around Osceola County, City of Kissimmee, Osceola County, Business Membership, Oscoela County Historical Society, Outdoor, Kissimmee, Old Town

The Lanier Family: from John to Raymond

Posted by Kayleigh Heister on Oct 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The Lanier family, like many others, migrated from another state to the wild frontier of Florida. The patriarch, John Lanier, came from Georgia where he was born in 1805. The exact date when John came to Florida is unknown. However, we do know that it was after his first wife’s passing and preceding his marriage to Margaret Hogan in 1839. It was during his time in Florida that he made a name for himself and his family in the cattle industry.

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Topics: Osceola History, Around Osceola, Pioneer Family, The Pioneer Village, Shingle Creek, History, Educational, Osceola County History, Pioneer Village, Around Osceola County, City of Kissimmee, Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek, Osceola County, Oscoela County Historical Society, Kissimmee

A Rockin' BBQ Experience

Posted by Audrey Snow-Brine on Oct 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Fair warning—this blog post contains pictures of mouth-watering barbeque food. Be prepared to crave this amazing food!

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Topics: Osceola History, Around Osceola, History, Osceola County History, Around Osceola County, City of Kissimmee, Dine with the Departed, Osceola County, Business Membership, Oscoela County Historical Society, Kissimmee, Big John's BBQ

Not Your Mother's Halloween: The Origins and History of the Spookiest Night in America

Posted by Larissa Bixby on Sep 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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Topics: Osceola History, History, Halloween Traditions, Pumpkins, Halloween, Harvest Festival

Rising from the Ashes

Posted by Anza Bast on Aug 28, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When the ten-year-old wooden Osceola High School burned to the ground on July 7, 1908; the headlines read “Pride of Osceola Is Laid In Ashes”.  A committee of citizens was immediately appointed by the School Board to secure plans for the erection of a new school building.  Cooper Contracting Company of Fitzgerald, Georgia was awarded the contract for $17,500 to construct the three-story structure using sand lime brick. 

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Topics: Osceola History, Around Osceola, History, Educational, Osceola County History, Around Osceola County, City of Kissimmee, Osceola County, Oscoela County Historical Society, Kissimmee

About this Blog

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. 

Remember, here you can find information on:

  • Osceola County History
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