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March 29, 2017
by: jtracy
My father was actually born in Orlando here on the 22 of July in 1912. One of the things I've been doing is recovering an announcement of my father's birth and it mentions his father by initials J. O. that stood for James Otis Byrd; but it mentions...
March 29, 2017
by: jtracy
Dr. Robert Byrd, an Orlando native, recalls the sacrifice and work ethic of his uncle, Marshall Edwards, in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Dr. Byrd at the Orlando Public Library on August 12, 2016. Portrait photo of Marshall...
March 29, 2017
by: jtracy
Marshall Edwards, pictured right, with fresh, hot Merita bread. According to Eve Bacon's Orlando A Centennial History, the American Bakery Company purchased the Reed Baking Plant in May of 1925, located at the corner of South and Hughey Streets....
March 29, 2017
by: jtracy
Merita bread baker, Marshall Edwards, pictured, second row, second from the right, with coworkers in this company photo at the Orlando plant, November 22, 1936. According to Eve Bacon's Orlando A Centennial History, the American Bakery Company...
March 29, 2017
by: jtracy
Listen as Dr. Robert Byrd, an Orlando native, describes growing up in Orlando in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Dr. Byrd at the Orlando Public Library on August 12, 2016. LISTEN Part I (19:23) Dr. Byrd attended Grand Avenue...
March 29, 2017
by: jtracy
A NEW DELIGHT - THE FINEST CAKE GOOD THINGS WILL MAKE - I'VE APPROVED THE RECIPE AND INGREDIENTS A promotional photo advertising Merita Cakes featuring employees pictured inside the bakery.  Marshall Edwards, an Orlando native, is pictured in the...
March 29, 2017
by: jtracy
Delivering fresh baked Merita bread and cakes, the Merita bread truck photographed outside the plant on the corner of South Street and Hughey Avenue in Orlando, November 1933. According to Eve Bacon's Orlando A Centennial History, the American...
March 29, 2017
by: jtracy
Staff at the American Bakery Company pose for a company photo holding signs inviting the public to come to the Merita Barbecue and the Merita Weiner Roast. According to Eve Bacon's Orlando A Centennial History, the American Bakery Company purchased...
March 28, 2017
by: jtracy
My father's family was kind of a produce specialist for many years. He worked for various produce companies. I think worked at one time for the Blue Goose which bought produce in this area and he worked as a buyer. Then my mother's family were...
March 22, 2017
by: jtracy
So my gist in the whole thing was being a Bronc Rider. We call it a saddle breaker. I broke horses to ride. So after a few years, and I worked several ranches, I was pretty much an independent contractor. So I went wherever somebody would hire me, I...