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Henry A. Porter

Henry A. Porter

Mr. Porter is one of the six Porter brothers who were born in Conway, grew up there, and made their homes in south Orlando.  Mr. Porter was 81 at the time of this interview.  He discusses the early church in Conway, the first Star Route (which had only 8 mailboxes and each family had a mailbag used by the black mail carrier).  Only 8 people voted in Conway in 1880, including Mr. Porter’s father, John H. Porter, who came to Conway from London in 1873.  Mr. Porter discusses citrus, hunting, business and other topics, including the first school bus. He also was present for Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation in 1952.

LISTEN 30:42
Part One

 

LISTEN 11:21
Part Two

 

This interview was conducted by Eleanor Fisher on June 14, 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.

 

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