published: Friday, October 31, 2008
By Ann Dupee
50 Years Ago - 1958
n The Lake County School Board, in special session Aug. 8, decided to have a "straw vote" to get public opinion on consolidating Lake County's high schools. The question will be, "Are you in favor of consolidation of Groveland and Clermont and Mount Dora, Eustis, Umatilla and Tavares high schools?"
n Edwin Mattson Jr. is seeking election to the Lake County School Board, District 3. Mattson, 40, is a Mascotte resident and has been a Lake County resident since 1921. He is active in community affairs and served as mayor of Mascotte for 5 1/2 terms.
n Bill Godwin and Gilbert Equevilley are beginning a Saturday weekly radio program over WGOA, Winter Garden. To be known as "Rhythm Riders," they will present hillbilly and rock and roll songs, accompanying themselves with guitars.
n The Groveland School will offer insurance this year as usual. Cost for grades 1 to 9 is $1.50 and $2 for grades 10 to 12.
A new plan called "Round the Clock" will provide coverage 24 hours a day, 12 months a year for $10.
n Mascotte's Police Chief B.M. Morey and Mrs. Morey, vacationed in Carolina and parts of Florida.
n Mrs. Gladys Jones of Clermont visited in Mascotte Sunday with her father Mr. Willie Knight and sister Mrs. J.C. Cowart and family.
n Mrs. William Bickford, who is moving to Lakeland, was honored at a "Coffee" in the home of Mrs. Ray Williams. Guests, who comprised some of the Room Mothers with whom she had worked at the Groveland School the past 11 years, included Mesdames Floyd Piercefield, Luther Cockcroft, Charles Holbrook, J. L. Adkinson, Lois Holley, Auby Sewell, Tom Bridges, Norton Wilkins, Ed Mann, Ina Dowdey, Frank Farr, John Barmore and Alton Story.
n The Rogers Ranch in Okahumpka will be the scene of the Girl Scout Day Camp Aug. 25-29. Attending from Groveland will be Linda Smith and Kathy Carter of Troop 10 and Lana Harb and Paula McRae of Troop 65.
n Attending First Lutheran Vacation Bible School were: Roy Caughell, Diane Jones, Lyn Norquist, Jeannie Norquist, Jeanette Skipper, Karen Lucas, Scottie Adams, Debbie Lucas, Gladys Wendt, Vicki Jones, Johnnie Lucas, Lillian Carlson, Jimmie Skipper, Charlene Haines, Pat Lucas, Dottie Haines, Kaye Hunt, Faye Hunt, Danny Rozell, Jim Hunt, Ken Norquist, Iris Hunt, Kathy Caughell, Ann Norquist, Ginger Hunt and Annette Wendt.
Adult teachers were Mrs. Lillian Hunt, Mrs. F.K. Adams, Mrs. Winton Norquist and Mrs. Magnus Swanson. Pastor is Rev. Carl Moberg.
n New teachers at the Mascotte School this year are Mr. Marshall Morgan, 5th grade; and Mr. Albert Williams, 6th grade. Teachers returning are Mrs. Mary Olson, 1st; Mrs. Ann Jackson, 2nd; Mrs. Floyd Rice, 3rd; and Mrs. Elsie Pearson, 4th.
n Glenna Middleton, 14, won Clermont Photo Shop's "Picture of the Week" with her snapshot of her 10-month-old sister, Phoebe.
n Students in Grades 1- 8 at the Mascotte School were shown in a picture taken around 1918 and given to the Press by Mr. McFarland of Groveland, he was a barber at the time and friend to all the students.
Names of students available were: Fred Thomas, Elbert Stevenson, Oliver Drawdy, Milligan Stevenson, Hoyt Myers, Claudia Knight (now Mrs. Jake Cowart), Leslie Brown, Angus Stevenson, Robert Revels, Flossie Crum, Jewell Slone, Estelle Holcombe, Lavern Pullen (now a Missionary in Nigeria), Ella Drawdy, Velma Stevenson, Bonnie Revels (now Mrs. Euland McKinney), Rufus Merritt (deceased), Lee Brown (deceased),
Maynard Watson, Pearl Drawdy (now Mrs. Wimple of Leesburg), Madaline Dukes, Laura McDonald, Cora Carter (now Mrs. Cora Bridges), Harold Myers, John Watkins, Harry Carter, Hugh Parish, Curtis Drawdy, Edgar Jones, Sherman Drawdy, Cecil Pullen, Delwin Crum (deceased), Junie Pullen, Opal Myers (now Mrs. B. J. Gano), Eva Drawdy (now Mrs. Ralph Nash),
Inez Tutten, Estelle Drawdy, Ruth Watson, Nellie Merritt (now Mrs. Joe Worley), Roxie Douglass (now Mrs. Leslie Booth), Tannie Dukes, Willie Grimes, Veda Pullen, Nita Jones (now Mrs. Kelly), Nancy Merritt (deceased), Hubert Pullen, Arthur Carter and Andrew Varn. Teachers were Miss Mae Whittey, Melva Lee and Mrs. G.T. Watkins.
n The Montverde School's executive committee authorized construction of the first of two units in the new boys' dormitory and voted unanimously to name this unit Carpenter Hall in memory of H.P. Carpenter, founder of the Montverde School and president for 35 years, who retired in 1947.
n "Best Buys" from Wm. W. Boyd Realtor: 4 acres on nice clear water, sand bottom lake, $1,700 - terms.
Grove - 90 acres in tract, 60 acres in grove, Hamlins, Pineapples, red and pink grapefruit. Most trees 15 years old. Price $165,000 - good terms.
Excellent home site on nice corner lot in one of Clermont's best residential sections. Price $5,300.
n Exclusive Values from Lockmiller - Foster Realtors: 11,000 acres, south of Groveland, per acre $45.
New motel, furnished, plus house trailer on Hwy. 50, $17,000.
High wooded lake front, Cathedral Shores, nearly an acre, about 3 miles of fishing shores. $2,500.
n Real Estate "Bulletin" from Bowman & Brown: 5 room Spanish-type home, living room, dining room, kitchen, 2 BR, bath, screened porch, $5,250.
Home, cement block, terrazzo floors, 1 BR, 2 tile baths, excellent location. $16,300.
Duplex - Frame - Furnished. $8,000.
CB home in Clermont Heights Section, 2 level, 3 BR, 2 bath. Fireplace, built-in oven and tabletop stove, large lot, well landscaped. $23,500.
n Officers elected at the last meeting of the Groveland-Clermont Luther League take office Sept. 4 at the Zion Lutheran Church parish hall in Groveland: John Pearson, president; Tom Kelly, vice president; Ruth Mattson, secretary; Louise Carlson, treasurer; Diane Rozell, reporter and historian; Paulette Eirsman, Devotional secretary. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wendt accepted the duties of Counselors again this year.
n The Press costs only $2.50 yearly.