An article published 16 May 1957 provides a photo and brief history of Judge James Gamble Speer’s life in Orange County, Florida from the time he arrived just nine years after Florida was admitted to the union until he died in 1893.
The article also mentions: Orlando Reeves, Benjamin F. Caldwell, Village of Orlando, Oakland, Lake Gatlin, Deep Lake, Underwater Sound Reference Laboratory, Lake Jennie Jewell, Fort Gatlin, Seminole War, Enterprise, The Lodge, Apopka, Fort Reed, Lake Monroe, Jernigan Post Office, John R. Worthington, Francis P. Fleming, E. H. Gore, Lake Cherokee.
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The obituary for Robert Gamble Speer was published in the Orlando Morning Sentinel on Sunday, August 13, 1939, page 2A. Robert was part of the well known Speer Family of Orange County. Related to Judge James Gamble Speer and others to be found in Orlando Memory. Mentioned in the obituary include: Oakland, F. V. Speer, E. V. Speer. A descendant states that E. V. is Edward Vernon Speer.