Did You Know What Happened In Orlando Back In 1926??

Okay, I’m at the library downtown, bored and it’s my day off and well I won’t see the boyfriend until later tonight and my friend is at work until really late tonight so I cruised the geneology section to see if I might find something interesting to read. (Okay, I know I had the word and in their alot, sue me… I’m not an Grammar teacher).

Anyways… I came across this book and it was filled about important events, purchases and deaths in Orlando from 1926 to 1940. I wrote a bunch down and will share some with you from 1926. Only good ones, nothing boring. I promise.

1. March 1926 The Good Humor Ice Cream Company was granted permission by the city to manufactor and distribute from trucks an ice cream sucker, much to the delight of the younger generation. The Good Humor man soon became a national institution.

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2. March 1926 E. L Price won the $100 prize offered by the Whitman Investment Company for naming Loch Haven Park Subdivision. (I always wanted to know how some of these places got their names.)

3. The Orlando Police Department opened a modern indoor pistol range, the first department in the state to have it’s own range.

4. April 1926 The city began a program of painting street names on crubs and police alarm boxes were placed in downtown streets.

5. April 1926 The first radio program by remote control was given at the Angebilt Hotel, from WDBO with a one-half hour program.

6. June 1926 Orlando’s fisrt violation of the ordinance restricting flying over the downtown area occured. The flyer J. G. Halderman of Lakeland, was arrested at the East Colonial flying field were he landed his plane.

7. July 1926 An Orlando Rapis Transit bus collided with a train at the Highland Ave. crossing, with nine passengers injured and taken to the Florida Sanitarium. The accident led to legislation requiring all buses to stop before crossing any railroad.

8. August 1926 The first narcotics arrest was made in Orlando, when two men arrived by train carring morphine concealed in aluminum soap boxes.

9. November 1926 The Bell Telephone Co. under took an extensive program to instruct the public in the new dial system which went into effect later that same month.

10. December 1926 A new occupation liscense was passed for palmists and clairvoyants at $1000.

2 Comments so far

  1. dawn (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 2:29 pm

    I always wondered WHAT accident triggered the bus and RR crossing rule. Now we know!

    All of the rules we have nowadays are, for the most part, the result of something tragic. It’s too bad we can’t get great ideas BEFORE something bad happens.


  2. AnnMarie (unregistered) on July 29th, 2005 @ 5:13 pm

    Very Interesting!



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