Former Orlando Police Department officer, driver for Drs. McEwan and Beardall who lived at 100 Montana Street, Orlando, Florida.
This interview was conducted by Jean Yothers on March 11, 1975 for the Friends of the Orlando Public Library’s Oral History Committee. At the time of the interview, Mr. Rodenbaugh was 79 years of age.
In part one, Mr. Rodenbaugh describes his background, and talks specifically about his father’s new mill. He also describes the city of Orlando and his education. He talks about the first race track and his experiences driving Dr. McEwan and Dr. Beardall. He continues on and discusses early law enforcement in Orlando, the Cheney Highway, murder cases and bolita, a type of lottery that was popular in Florida at the time.
In part two, Mr. Rodenbaugh continues discussing murder cases and also mentions Harlan Blackburn, a native Floridian and unquestioned head of organized crime in the Orlando area. He also discusses crime reporting, playing football, baseball, Dr. Beardall and the Sanford-Orlando rivalry. Mr. Rodenbaugh also talks about Nick Carter, the Ocoee Riot, and the Forty and Eight Society for veterans.
We are grateful for the Orange County Regional History Center’s making this recording available for Orlando Memory.
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