Viola and her husband, real estate salesman Charles Francis Fosgate moved to Orlando from Boston in 1919 along with the other Fosgate brothers, Chester Crawford Fosgate (citrus grower) and Stanley P. Fosgate, drawn here by their father, Leo E. Fosgate . Chester built a thriving, local citrus business and Charles became a successful real estate developer. Stanley graduated from Rollins College and moved to Miami to pursue a career in the insurance business. Viola managed the Gladstone Apartments for many years.
Mr. Spence recorded an addendum on side B of the cassette. We feel that it is helpful to hear this recording first in order to aid in the understanding of the interview so we have placed it at the beginning of the interview.
Viola A. Fosgate nee Precourt was interviewed by James R Spence on October 20, 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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Interview with Viola Fosgate, widow of real estate salesman Charles Francis Fosgate.