Wauchula Of January 1908

Wauchula Of January 1908

Edited by Spessard Stone from the Tampa Daily Tribune of January 2, 1908

Wauchula, Fla.--Few towns in Florida have improved and grown from a small village of wooden buildings to a hustling little city of brick and concrete such as Wauchula in the past eighteen months.

A new bank, one of the finest hotel buildings in the state, a new church and blocks of stores, built of concrete blocks and brick are the business additions, while many fine new houses are seen in all directions, the result of but one and one-half years' time is a record made by few towns in this country.

Work on a city water works plant is just started and Wauchula will soon have pure artesian water to add to its already healthy condition.

The foundation of this wonderful growth lies in the fact that this is one of the largest fruit and vegetable producing sections in Florida and while this past year's vegetable crop was
very short on account of the extremely dry season, yet the orange crop will reach nearly if not quite 75 per cent of last year's shipment.

Another industry here which brings thousands of dollars to Wauchula's wealth is the Wauchula Manufacturing Company, a manufacturer of high grade fruit and vegetable carriers, one of the largest and most complete factories of its kind in this state.

This company, under the sole management of J. L. Close, is doing a larger business than ever before by making a special heavy crate for the Cubans and other long distance shipping trade.

An ice plant has also been added to this factory, enabling the growers of perishable fruits and vegetables to look after the proper icing of cars before starting on their way to market.

Among the growers and interested people here are the following:

E. F. Bostick is one of the large orange growers here, having 20 acres of grove under irrigation. He will also have beans, tomatoes and thirty acres of watermelons for spring shipment.

G. W. Bostick has a fine little orange grove and grows vegetables in season. He is now shipping fancy wax beans.

J. T. Burnett is one of the successful growers of fancy cukes, tomatoes and peppers.

G. W. Harp, who has a fine irrigated orange grove at Ona, Fla., is one of the leading growers and shippers of vegetables in this vicinity.

G. M. Hardee is now shipping beans and tomatoes and will have cabbage, beans and tomatoes for the early spring market. Mr. Hardee is also a heavy buyer and shipper of oranges and grapefruit.

Mrs. E. M. Hinson has a fine irrigated vegetable farm and will grow beans, tomatoes and other vegetables in season.

W. H. Kayton is a real estate dealer in orange and vegetable lands.

W. B. Lanier, mail carrier to Zolfo, Fla., has an orange grove and grows a general crop of vegetables in season.

W. S. Shelton has twenty acres under irrigation and is one of the large growers in this section. He will have eight acres in cukes and four acres in squash, beans and other vegetables, and 100 acres of watermelons.

A. E. Spivey is a large grower of beans, cukes, tomatoes and other vegetables for the early spring market.

J. A. Stenstrom has five acres of fine vegetable land under irrigation and will grow cukes as a principal crop, also beans and tomatoes for the early spring market.

R. W. Underhill will have beans, tomatoes and other vegetables for the spring market.

This article was published in The Herald-Advocate (Wauchula, Fla.) of January 18, 2001.

May 13, 2001