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Object ID 2002.088.0001
Object Name Manuscript
Date 03/12/1916
Title "Orange County and Some Personal Reminiscences" by Mahlon Gore
Scope & Content Typed manuscript titled "Orange County and Some Personal Reminiscences" by Mahlon Gore, that was read before the Round Table of Unity Chapel in Orlando on March 16, 1916. The article is a look back from his perspective on Orlando as he remembered it.

The manuscript begins with a geographic description of Orange County, the process of choosing it as the county seat, and the reason for the naming of Orlando (according to Mr. Gore, it was named "for one of Shakespeare's characters"). (p. 1) He mentions the procedures for calling juror's to trial. He writes about the first railroad in Orange County, a "short line from Astor...to Fort Mason" (p. 2), riverboat travel throughout the area, and travel by horseback. He then proceeds to write about the construction of the South Florida Railroad and the first ice making plant in Orange County. He goes on to talk about the two newspapers in the county at the time: the Sanford Journal and the Orange County Reporter. He also writes about the first Masonic lodge in the county.
Gore continues by mentioning an exploration some of the founding fathers of the area made of the northern expanses of the county in order to find a route for a rail line between Orlando and Leesburg (to the northwest) as a connector to Jacksonville and ultimately beyond, a line that was subsequently built. Then he discusses the first schools and places of worship in the area. Following this, he goes on to discuss the building of local roads. He then discusses the freezes of 1886 and 1894-1895.
Lastly, Gore discusses home food production and local bird life, lamenting the pressures put upon their populations by human hunting, and praising the benefits derived from the government having "set apart preserves" where bird hunting was illegal. He ends by lamenting "[h]ad the present policy been inaugurated forty years ago what a bird of paradise Florida might be tody,and what a school for the better education of our children". (p. 15)
Condition Fair
Condition Notes Pages are fragile. Last page is torn in half.
Dates of Creation March 12, 1916
People Anno, W. R.
Beasley, Christopher C.
Beveridge, John
Boone, C. A. (Cassius A.)
DeLaney, James
Flagler, Henry Morrison
French, S. G.
Gore, Mahlon
Grant, Ulysses S.
Harrington, S. B.
Henck, E. W.
Ingraham, J. E.
Luckey, Sam
Patrick, William A.
Poyntz, Nat
Sims, Bluford M.
Spear, J. G.
Trafford, E. R.
Search Terms Local History
Manuscript
Orlando, FL