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Windermere Memory Event at Franklin W. Chase Memorial Library

As John Mills Nabers has said in 2004, living in Windermere is a special privilege. Its residents tend to form an emotional bond to the town. Over the years people have written poems about it; some have written songs.  They speak of its beautiful lakes, trees, and flowers.

Windermere became an incorporated city in 1925 with population in high 200s.  As of  2014 the town had 2772 residents living in 983 households.

On March 13th, 2015 and March 21st 2015 Windermere Library staff invited local residents to share their story about living Among The Lakes.

Do you have  a Windermere Town  memory to share? Please contact Orlando Memory or speak to us at the Library.

Explore the oral history interviews below. Click on blue text to watch the YouTube videos and click on the audio player arrow to listen to the audio only interviews.

Interview with Mayor Gary Bruhn

 

Interview with Nancy Lahey

 

Interview with Chris Rochell

Chris Rochell moved to Central Florida with his parents in 1962. He has been a piano teacher for 30 years now and serving Windermere customers since the 90’s. Chris talks about town’s growth, Tennessee and the changes before and after Disney World opened.

 

Interview with Rosa Fernandez

 

Interview with Hannah Ammar

 

Interview with Kate Hensler

Kate Hensler has moved to Windermere from Winter Garden. She talks about increased traffic, population growth and her favorite places and things to do around the town of Windermere.

 

Interview with Nancy Guzzi

Nancy moved to Windermere from Boston 10 years ago. She is retired school teacher. In the interview she talks about population growth, increased traffic and how pretty and small the town is.

 

Interview with Winifred Johnson Sharp and McCarthy McCollough

 

Interview with Ellen Chase

 

Interview with Stephanie Desaulniers

 

Listen to Oral History Interview with Frank W. Chase conducted April 16, 1975.

Article about the Windermere Schoolhouse 

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Frank W. Chase, Sr.

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Interview with Frank W. Chase, Sr. - Part 1

Oral history interview conducted on April 16, 1975.




Interview with Frank W. Chase, Sr. - Part 2

Oral history interview conducted on April 16, 1975.




Interview with Chris Rochell

Chris Rochell moved to Central Florida with his parents in 1962. He has been a piano teacher for 30 years now and serving Windermere customers since the 90's. Chris talks about town's growth, Tennessee and the changes before and after Disney World opened.




Interview with Kate Hensler

Kate Hensler has moved to Windermere from Winter Garden. She talks about increased traffic, population growth and her favorite places and things to do around the town of Windermere.




Interview with Nancy Guzzi

Nancy moved to Windermere from Boston 10 years ago. She is retired school teacher. In the interview she talks about population growth, increased traffic and how pretty and small the town is.




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Prominent Citrus Grower Frank W. Chase

Franklin W. Chase, Sr. was born in Sanford on January 20, 1908 and enjoyed visiting the family cottage on Lake Louise so much that when he graduated from Princeton University he took over managing the family's Isleworth groves and made the cottage his home until his death in 1986.

The Times of Winter Garden published this obituary in the October 2, 1986 issue.  This and other articles about notible Orlandoans may be found in the Biography Vertical Files of the Orlando Public Library. 

Be sure to hear the oral history interview with Mr. Chase.

 


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