Today in History: Lake Wales Highlander of July 11, 1923

Reprinted from the Archives

Series: This Week in History | Story 2

Last updated 7/30/2023 at 10:44pm

Courtesy Lake Wales Public Library Archives

The July 11, 1923 Lake Wales Highlander featured stories about the creation of a local Babson Park school district, The leasing and possible expansion of the Hotel Wales (later known as the Plantation Inn) and the formation of the town's new Masonic Lodge.

Each week the Lake Wales News will publish a front-page image of the former Lake Wales Highlander from 100 years earlier, tracking the growth of the community a century age.

The images are retrieved from the digital archives of the Lake Wales Public Library.

The Lake Wales Highlander eventually became The Daily Highlander under several different names, and was published six times a week as a Sunday morning paper, and afternoons Monday through Friday until 1995.The original Lake Wales News was a weekly broadsheet newspaper that also served the community for many decades until six years ago. Lake Wales was among only a handful of small communities that supported two local newspapers, a mark of the level of literacy and community interest here.


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