The Duda family arrived in central Florida in 1911 and bought 40 acres between Sanford and Oviedo. After years of hard work Andrew Duda and his family’s small farm grew to an international agricultural corporation and the small Slavac colony of Slavia, Florida was firmly established.
Frank Manuel interviewed the children of the patriarch, John Duda, Andrew Duda, Jr., Ferdinand Duda, and Ana (Duda) Jakubcin (jay’-cub-son) on June 10, 1975 for the Friends of the Orlando Public Library’s Oral History Committee. We are grateful for the Orange County Regional History Center‘s making this recording available for Orlando Memory.
Interview with Duda Family Part 1
Interview with Duda Family Part 2
A. Duda and Sons (company web page.)
Farm Industry Loses Pioneer Ferdinand Duda (Orlando Sentinel article, September 19, 1996)
Pioneer Farmer Duda Dies Of Stroke At 80 (Orlando Sentinel article, October 28, 1986)
To read the history of Slavia, Florida and its founding families see Like a Mustard Seed : The Slavia Settlement by Paul Wehr, available at the Orlando Public Library.
Interview with the Duda Family Part 2