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100 Years Ago: The Lake Wales Highlander Feb. 27, 1924

In 1924 Lake Wales was in the midst of not only a land boom, but a citrus boom. A calculation by local grower Charles M. Hunt showed nearly 12,000 acres of citrus had been planted... — Updated 2/27/2024

 

This Week in History: The Highlander, Feb. 20, 1924

The Lake Wales Highlander of 100 years ago reveals much about the history of our community. Each week the Lake Wales News will publish a front-page image of the former Lake Wales... — Updated 2/22/2024

 

February 4, 1924 Highlander Offers Glimpse Into City's History

Controversies including the sudden cancellation of a road bond election by the county commission and a charge that someone illegally added a letter to a bill of deed highlighted... — Updated 2/6/2024

 

January 30, 1924 Highlander

The January 30, 1924 issue of the Highlander was filled with significant reports, including one claiming that Polk County, with it's sparse population, had been recorded as having... — Updated 2/2/2024

 

January 23, 1924 Highlander

A murder, a automobile crash on Scenic Highway, and the doings of the Board of Trade were among the topics that made the front page of The Highlander 100 years ago this week.... — Updated 1/24/2024

 

100 Years Ago: The Highlander of January 16, 1924

The concern of local residents in 1924 was the widening of Scenic Highway, not to four lanes, bu to four rods, enough to allow two motor vehicles to safely pass each other.The... — Updated 1/22/2024

 

100 Years Ago: The Highlander of January 9, 1924

A housing boom in Lake Wales is not an unprecedented thing, as 100 years ago the young city was experiencing the same thing as 78 new homes were built in 1923, without filling the... — Updated 1/10/2024

 

100 Years Ago: The Highlander of January 2, 1924

The new year of 1924 started out with big news in the community of Lake Wales as voters apparently chose to fund a new county hospital, a b ig achievement for the largely-rural... — Updated 1/3/2024

 

100 Years Ago - The Highlander of December 26, 1923

As 1923 drew to a close the growing Lake Wales area was documented by the writers of the Lake Wales Highlander, led by editor and publisher J. E. Worthington. A major topic of the... — Updated 12/27/2023

 

December 19, 1923 Highlander

December of 1923 saw plenty of changes happening in the growing town of Lake Wales, then with a population of perhaps 2,000. A bit of a land-rush had been initiated weeks before... — Updated 12/20/2023

 

December 12, 1923 Highlander

The Highlander from 100 years ago noted the rise in fruit shipments from area groves, noting that more than 11,000 railcars of fruit had been shipped north.. At that time mostly... — Updated 12/10/2023

 

December 5, 1923 Highlander

The big news from 100 years ago included the sale of the historic first box of fruit from the Orphan Grove for $1,000, which was enough to purchase some homes in the city at the... — Updated 12/10/2023

 

November 28, 1923 Lake Wales Highlander

The Lake Wales Highlander of 100 years ago offered stories about the very active Lake Wales Woman's Club's hiring of a landscaper to beautify railroad park surrounding the... — Updated 12/1/2023

 

November 21, 1923 Highlander

Lake Wales voters were facing three election sin a 60-day span 100 years ago, with the first of the separate ballots to decide the burning issue of whether to require the fencing... — Updated 11/23/2023

 

November 14, 1923 Highlander

The big issue before the voters in the Lake Wales area in 1923 was whether Polk County should opt in to the new state policy of requiring that farm animals be fenced in. Prior to th... — Updated 11/15/2023

 

November 7, 1923 Lake Wales Highlander

The extension of a local rail line to reach the east coast of Florida was all the talk of Lake Wales residents in November 100 years ago. Many were undoubtedly hoping that the line... — Updated 11/8/2023

 

October 31, 1923 Highlander

In 1923, 100 years ago this week, the Highlander was celebrating the "paving" of three-foot wide rock shoulders on Scenic Highway from Haines City to Frostproof. That primary road,... — Updated 10/31/2023

 

October 24, 1923 Highlander

100 years ago the young Highlander newspaper celebrated the area with a 24-page special edition of "Who's Who and What's What" in the Lake Wales area. The edition was packed with... — Updated 10/31/2023

 

October 17, 1923 Highlander

As Lake Wales was going about its rapid spurt of growth between 1917 and 1927, area real estate agents gathered to create the city's first board so thasat they could exchange... — Updated 10/19/2023

 

October 10, 1923 Highlander

Only 100 years ago the young town of Lake Wales was kept up-to-date by stories shared on the pages of The Highlander. This week the buzz was about a pair of men who had made the dri... — Updated 10/11/2023

 

October 3, 1923 Highlander

The Lake Wales area in 1923 was a bustle of activity as the Great Florida Land Boom took serious hold of the imaginations of investors from across the nation. Land speculation in... — Updated 10/11/2023

 

September 26. 1923 Highlander

The Lake Wales Highlander of 100 years ago reveals much about the history of our community. Each week the Lake Wales News will publish a front-page image of the former Lake Wales... — Updated 9/26/2023

 

September 19, 1923 Lake Wales Highlander

The Lake Wales Highlander of 100 years ago reveals much about the history of our community. Each week the Lake Wales News will publish a front-page image of the former Lake Wales... — Updated 9/20/2023

 

September 12, 1923 Highlander

The Lake Wales Highlander of 100 years ago reveals much about the history of our community. Each week the Lake Wales News will publish a front-page image of the former Lake Wales... — Updated 9/13/2023

 

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