Azalea Park Ice Cream Party
More than 300 youngsters flocked to Azalea Park Saturday for an ice cream party on September 19, 1953. Wellborn C. Phillips, president of Phillips Industries, was host and residents of the Azalea Park development turned out en masse for the event. ... Read more
Azalea Park - An Illustrated History
The Azalea Park neighborhood in Orlando was created from the remains of a private air field and was considered at the time to be the crowning achievement for developer Wellborn C. Phillips, Sr. Residents of the neighborhood researched and collected histo ... Read more
Good Shepherd Catholic School
Sister Mary Dorothea and the Sisters of St. Joseph began holding classes in the sanctuary of Good Shepherd Catholic Mission Church in 1956.  That same year Bishop Thomas J. McDonough dedicated Good Shepherd Catholic School with a student body of 150 ... Read more
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
Good Shepherd Mission Church was established through the efforts of Monsignor John G. Bishop.  Ground breaking took place  in 1955 and the first Mass was celebrated on March 18, 1956 by Rev. Roman S. Gromala. The photo above is of the new sanct ... Read more
Azalea Park Baptist School
Azalea Park Baptist Church opened its School in a newly completed building in 1961. From the beginning, the school's co-founder, Rev. James S. Raskins, was determined to offer a quality education superior to that offered by the public school system. More ... Read more
Reverend Willard Lynn
ABOVE: Featured photo is of Reverend Willard Lynn, Sharon French, and deacon, Fred Frey. This photo was taken during the 1966-1967 school year. Rev. Lynn was the headmaster of the day school there for many years.   Born in Marianna, Florida, W ... Read more
Azalea Park Swimming Pool
The  Azalea Park Swimming Pool was built and originally operated by the developer of the Azalea Park subdivision, Phillips Properties.  Officially managed by Marguerite "Peggy" Phillips with the help of Dixie O'Brian and Betty Hurd, the pool was sold to ... Read more
Christ the King Episcopal Church
ABOVE: Photo of the current sanctuary of Christ the King Episcopal Church, designed by Nils Schweizer and built in 1961. Christ the King Episcopal Church - In the Beginning Founded in January, 1955, Christ the King Episcopal Church held its first servic ... Read more
Azalea Park Neighborhood Celebrates 60
Back in the late 1930s,  J. W. Cannon operated a 400 acre private airport along Lake Barton Road (now Semoran Blvd.) It was a grass runway for small airplanes and it had its own flying school. The Florida Aeronautical and Supply Company bought the pr ... Read more
Betty Hurd Cramer
ABOVE: Betty Hurd Cramer Celebrates 90th Birthday. Betty Jane Kepler Hurd Cramer and her family moved to central Florida in 1951.  Her husband  (William P. Hurd) found employment as an accountant and became Orlando General Hospital's first administrato ... Read more