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Charlie Finley

Mr. Finley was well known around town for the family’s paint and wallpaper business but he also had a small cattle business on the side and was an avid hunter.   In the late 1930s he served the state of Florida as a Game Warden (“for 11 years”) and then later in life he worked for Martin Marietta as their Range Custodian.  This interview was conducted by Frank Manuel for the Friends of the Orlando Public Librarys’s Oral History Committee.  We are grateful for the Orange County Regional History Center‘s making this recording available for Orlando Memory.

Interview Part 1: Family background; recalls weighing a speckled perch caught by a local fisherman: 6 lbs, 2 oz.!  cattle round-ups:  collecting the local cattle for branding, social event;  Thursday afternoon beer-busts (keg parties,) footraces, food;

Interview Part 2:  Bird dogs, panthers, bob cats and deer; the first automobiles; first airplane; Game Warden, Range Custodian.

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Charlie and Effie Finley - 50 Years... Same House

This Orlando Memory comes from the Orlando Evening Sentinel, dated June 28, 1971 (page 4B.)  You may find this and many other Orlando Memories in the Vertical Files of the Orlando Public Library.  

Be sure to listen to the audio interview with Mr. Finley, courtesy of the Orange County Regional History Center.

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