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First Publix Store 1930. . . George W. Jenkins, founder of Publix Super Markets . Inc. was born Sept. 29, 1907, in Harris City, GA. . At the age of 17, he came to Florida and took . a job as a food store clerk in Tampa. In 1930…
Austin Craig Welch,
who died attempting to save
Crystal E. Droz from drowning.
September 3, 2016
"Our hero, Our protector"
"I got this!"
On December 20, 1964, Winter Haven businessman Bob Parsons opened the Derry Down in this building. The English-themed teen club's primary purpose was to give his stepson, Gram Parsons, a performance venue for his folk band, The Shilos. The club no…
During the early 1900s, this area's long leaf and slash pine forests were home to several small turpentine and timber communities. One such town was Sumica, located approximately two miles south of this location. The name "Sumica" is an …
The Oakland School opened on this site in 1928. The school accommodated first through eighth grades. It operated with funds from the county school board and the Julius Rosenwald Foundation, a charitable organization that provided access to educati…
In the seventeenth century
under Spanish rule
Indians buried their dead here
Glass beads and silver ornaments
found on an Indian skeleton
identified the mound as pre-Seminole
George W. Jenkins opened the first Publix Food Store in Winter Haven in 1930. Five years later, he opened a second location in town. He closed these first two stores to open his dream store, the first Publix Super market, on this site, Nov. 8, 194…
This house was built in 1901 by pioneer cattleman, financier, and philanthropist W. Henry Lewis (1860-1940). Lewis was born in Thomasville, GA, and came to Florida as a young man. He married Sallie Singletary in 1887. Six of their children lived t…
Settlers from Georgia and the Carolinas began arriving in the Socrum area in the 1840s, before the creation of Polk County in 1861. In August 1851, preaching with baptism was offered at Wm. T. Rushing's homestead at Indian Pond, named for Seminole…
On this site stood the phosphate mining town of Pierce. It was one of many company-owned mining towns and villages that once populated Polk County. Pierce was started in April 1906 by the Pierce Phosphate Company. This company was acquired in Octo…