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3 weeks 2 days ago "A Byrd Baby," July 1912.

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 his father, his grandfather, A. S. Drawdy, and his great grandfather, Levi Drawdy. As they had not yet named my father, my father's name [Sherman Otis Byrd] does not get mentioned in the article... Orlando Daily Reporter Star, front page, Tuesday...

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2 weeks 6 days ago Marshall Edwards

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 Edwards courtesy of the Robert Byrd Family Archives.

LISTEN Part III (5:39)

Dr. Byrd attended Grand Avenue Elementary School, Cherokee Junior High School, Orlando High School, and Boone High School. He studied at Stetson...

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3 weeks 2 days ago Merita Bakers, circa 1930's

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. Merita Bakery Company broke ground September 21, 1960 for its plant at Harding Avenue and Division Street.

Listen as Dr. Robert Byrd, an Orlando native, describes his uncle, Marshall Edwards, his sacrifice and his work ethic in this...

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2 weeks 6 days ago American Bakery Company, March 1936

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 purchased the Reed Baking Plant in May of 1925, located at the corner of South and Hughey Streets. Merita Bakery Company broke ground September 21, 1960 for its plant at Harding Avenue and Division Street.

Listen as Dr. Robert Byrd, an...

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1 week 5 days ago Dr. Robert Byrd

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 Elementary School, Cherokee Junior High School, Orlando High School, and Boone High School. He studied at Stetson University and Belmont College. Dr. Byrd worked as Professor of Religion for 40 years at Belmont University. His speciality...

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2 weeks 6 days ago Merita Cakes, circa 1933

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 second row, second from the right.

Listen as Dr. Robert Byrd, an Orlando native, describes his uncle's work ethic in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Dr. Byrd at the Orlando Public Library on August 12, 2016....

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2 weeks 6 days ago Merita Bread Truck, November 1933

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 Bakery Company purchased the Reed Baking Plant in May of 1925, located at the corner of South and Hughey Streets. Merita Bakery Company broke ground September 21, 1960 for its plant at Harding Avenue and Division Street.

Photo courtesy...

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3 weeks 2 days ago Going to Merita, circa 1930's

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 the Reed Baking Plant in May of 1925, located at the corner of South and Hughey Streets. Merita Bakery Company broke ground September 21, 1960 for its plant at Harding Avenue and Division Street.

Photo courtesy of the Robert Byrd...

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3 weeks 4 days ago Merita Bread, November 1933

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 farmers. My grandfather, if he lived today, we'd call him a truck farmer. But he had a mule and a single tree plow. So he plowed and farmed. He was quite a good carpenter. He would do carpentry work and that kind of a thing... His older son stayed at...

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3 weeks 4 days ago Oral History Interview with Florida Horseman Brent Bachand

Brent Bachand on little Charlie, a wild Florida Cracker horse.

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LISTEN Part I (20:41)

Central Florida Cow Pastures

I grew up on the east side of Orlando down by Jetport, Curry Ford, 436, and nothing like it is now. That was all country back then. It was all country and T.G. Lee Dairy had its cows down there off of what is now 436. There wasn't even a road back then. You would have to go to the Daetwyler Conway Road, Daetwyler Drive to get back that way. And...

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