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10 x May 18 - 31, 2017 x CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 $450,000 by the Henry Nehrling Society and is managed by the organization. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The society, with the help of volunteers, cleared invasive plants, replaced rotting porch steps and railings, and trimmed plants. Posters in the living room depict what the home and gardens looked like in the past, and books by Nehrling are placed for browsing. The society uses the site as an educational center where people can learn more about horticulture, environmental conservation and historic preservation. It is open to the public two Saturdays each month. One of the largest cities in Orange County, Ocoee, has a rich as well as troubled history. Early Ocoee As with much of Central Florida, people from the North moved down and settled in Ocoee. After contracting malaria, Dr. J.D. Starke moved to Central Florida in the 1850s. He brought slaves with him to work the land. The town was originally called Starke Lake but was changed to Ocoee, which means “no cold,” in 1886, when the town was incorporated. The town also may have been named for a river in Tennessee. The lake is still called Starke Lake after the early settler. Bluford M. Sims from Tennessee moved to the area in 1881. He purchased 39 acres in 1883, and planted orange trees, grew tomatoes and cucumbers, and founded the small settlement of about 100 people. Settlers established the first school in 1880 in a hut on Floral Street. A twostory wooden structure later replaced it. E.D. Perkins was the first teacher, followed by William Blakely in 1881. He also served as postmaster and justice of the peace. In 1913, Blakely set aside one room in his house on West Oakland Avenue to serve as a library for the community. The Tyler house on Oakland, built in 1920, remains standing and is a private residence. The Pounds- Salisbury House, built in 1887 on Floral Avenue, was not so lucky. It has been torn down. During that time, trains carried citrus products to market and brought tourists to the region. The Tavares and Gulf (T&G) rail line stopped in Ocoee. The Ocoee Lions Club now occupies its former station at 108 Taylor Street. Although Starke’s homestead no longer exists, Ocoee cattle and grove owner William Temple Withers’ home, built in 1888, and the Ocoee Christian Church, which Withers helped to organize, remain standing. Withers-Maguire House Mexican-American and civil wars veteran and lawyer William Temple Withers of Kentucky moved to the area in 1884 on the advice of his physician. Cold temperatures aggravated his war The historic Withers-Maguire House is restored by the Ocoee Historical Commission in 1984. injuries. Withers knew Sims and thought Ocoee would be a good place to live. He built a magnificent heart-pine wood-frame home for about $3,700 and raised cattle and citrus on the property, just to the east of downtown Ocoee. The house is now used as an event center. David Oscar Maguire purchased the home from Withers’ widow, including the furnishings, in 1910. Maguire came from Gwinnett County, Georgia, be beautiful May Specials be you • Treat the man in your life to a NEW hairline, with PRP nonsurgical hair rejuvenation starting at $899 • Liquid Facelift (20 units of Botox PLUS 1 of each: Voluma, Janet Beres, PA-C Vollure and Volbella) ... (Save $500) • Sculpted Look (20 units of Botox PLUS 1 of each: Voluma and Volbella) ... (Save $400) • Get BEACH BODY ready with our (nonsurgical) Juvashape laser! Starting at $1500 Enhance your beauty with natural-looking results! Janet Beres, PA-C master-trained cosmetic injector Dr. Brian Joseph board-certied plastic surgeon 407-772-2583 | 6735 Conroy Windermere Rd., Suite 423, Orlando, FL 32835 SpaBlue is one of rst to offer new AQUAGOLD* ne touch

and had worked as a teacher and principal while in Georgia. He and his wife, Margaret, moved to the Lake Apopka area in 1880 and then to Ocoee in 1893. He was active in politics and helped found the Ocoee Citrus Exchange, serving as president at one point. Maguire died at the house in 1913. His wife continued to live there until 1943, when she died in the house. Margaret Maguire was a charter member of the Ocoee Women’s Club. Members of the Maguire family occupied the house for years. David and Margaret’s only daughter, Lillian Irma Maguire, lived there and died in the home in 1979. The city purchased the property in 1984 for $155,000, and the Ocoee Historical Commission restored it. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Women’s Club of Ocoee The Women’s Club of Ocoee formed in 1924 with members of the former Community Club. Members collected money in a building fund, and an Orlando architect drew up plans for a clubhouse. Eva Sims donated two lots on Lakewood Street, and ads from local businesses were placed on a display curtain there. Ultimately, the members obtained funding from the Works Progress Administration, and the Art Moderne-style clubhouse was built in 1938. It is the only example of this type of architectural style in Ocoee. Ocoee Christian Church Church services and Sunday school took place in people’s homes until The Ocoee Christian Church, which was dedicated in 1891, still stands on land donated by Bluford M. Sims. Withers drew up plans for the Ocoee Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), built on land donated by Bluford Sims. The church features chancel windows designed and made in Belgium and a bell from London. It was dedicated in 1891 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Ocoee Race Riot In 1920, Ocoee made the news when a race riot having to do with voting rights took place. Two black men tried to vote in Ocoee, and one of them was hanged. Many of the details remain sketchy, but by the end of the day, several people were killed, both black and white. Homes, two churches and a lodge hall in the black community were burned, and residents ran. The event only lasted hours; however, poor race relations continued for decades. ª x May 18 - 31, 2017 x 11 WILLIAM RIZZO, D.M.D. Most Insurances Accepted Rizzo Dental Group JEFFREY RIZZO, D.M.D. Cosmetic & Family Dentistry 407.521.8765 NEW PATIENTS AND EMERGENCIES WELCOME Request an appointment online at 6150 MetroWest Blvd., Suite 207, Orlando, FL 32835 • Students will work together to develop and produce a short film, which will be screened at the end of the summer, and families and friends will be invited to a red carpet awards show. Benefit from professional guidance and instruction Character breakdown. Develop teamwork and leadership skills by collaborating on unique projects. • Discover the excitement and satisfaction of putting original ideas into action. All Major Credit Cards Accepted -CareCredit®- Intro to screenwriting. • Immerse yourself in the process on film-making. Casting. Acting scene study. IMDB Credit. • Limited to 12 students. Pottery Wheel • Clay Sculpture • Canvas Painting 407-720-3699 Half-day camps available at Bay Meadows Elementary! Central Florida’s Largest Selection of Office Furniture 50,000-Sq.-Ft. Showroom 440 West Kennedy Blvd. 407-316-0101 • New • Used • Scratch ‘n Dent Dr. Phillips 8081 Turkey Lake Rd., #100 Orlando, FL 32819 407-354-3689 M-F 8a-10p | S 8a-8p | Su 10a-6p DISCLAIMER: *Offer ends 06/18/17. Voucher redeemable at Massage Envy franchised locations nationwide by 09/16/2017. Not valid online for previous purchases. Min. $125 per transaction in gift card purchases. Cannot be combined with other offers. The 30-minute massage session upgrade must be used in conjunction with a 60-minute or 90-minute Wellness Massage session. Session times include hands-on service time and a total of 10 minutes of time for consultation and dressing, which occurs pre and post service. Additional taxes and fees may apply. Prices subject to change. Rates and services may vary by location and session. For a specific list of services, check with specific franchised location or see Gift cards are not redeemable or refundable for cash or credit except where required by law. Each location is independently owned and operated. ©2017 Massage Envy Franchising, LLC. ME-DNLD-1740-00-001-04X6