ABOVE: Photo of Joseph S. Guernsey.
Joseph S. Guernsey is the grandson of Orlando’s banking pioneer, Joseph L. Guernsey who came here in 1886, purchased considerable property from the city centre to Colonial Drive, as well as residences on Lake Eola and Lake Ivanhoe. Joseph L. Guernsey’s son, Joseph W. Guernsey, would continue in the family banking business, Guernsey and Warfield, and real estate enterprises. After serving his country as a pilot in WWII and flying as an airline pilot for Pan American, Joseph S. Guernsey returned to Orlando to enter the real estate business. He founded the Florida Mortgage Service, Orlando Federal Savings and Loan Association, served as leader of the realty firm Guernsey, Green and Slemons, and founded Lake Highland Preparatory School in addition to serving in numerous leadership positions in church and civic life.
May 26, 2012 letter from Lake Highland Preparatory School founder Joseph S. Guernsey to the class of 2012. Mr. Guernsey gave a Bible and a copy of the letter to each student graduating from the school.
Listen to the Oral History Interview with Mr. Joseph S. Guernsey conducted by Jane Tracy on May 21, 2012 at his home in Orlando, Florida.
LISTEN Part I (14:19)
LISTEN Part II (14:58)
LISTEN Part III (3:56)
LISTEN Part IV (3:37)
LISTEN Part V (3:04)
LISTEN Part VI (3:38) World War II
Mr. Guernsey was born in Orlando on October 12, 1918 and passed away November 1, 2016. Read his obituary.
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