Our FloridaPast Citrus History Tour Continues 6B
Orangeland Citrus Stand at 10181 Rt 41 Brooksville Fla 1950s
Roadside billboard for A-OK BRAND Select Florida CITRUS
ALEXANDER AND BAIRD COMPANY
PIERSON & DELAND FloridaPast
Taken from an October 8, 1909 issue of The DeLand Newspaper;
"Now Shipping Oranges from South Florida. Alexander and Baird have begun shipping of oranges from Lee and DeSoto Counties.
The fruit there as usual, is riper and better colored than that in this section. A. G. Hamlin made his first shipment from DeLand this week Mr. Hamlin has a very early smooth-skin variety that never fails to a good price in the market.
He expects to ship about 1500 boxes of fruit this year. Grapefruit is coloring up fine.
Both oranges and grapefruit are small this year notwithstanding the heavy
rains of the past summer and this will this curtail the crop a good many
hundreds of thousand boxes throughout the State. Small shipments of fruit are now going forward every day. Nearly every grower who cultivates as much as five acres or more has one or two
trees that ripen the fruit earlier than others. While quite green this fruit is
juicy and sweet in September and quite palatable. The small grower who handles his own crop generally picks this early fruit and gets a good price for or it."
Another blurb of history borrowed to share;
"ROSS HEFLIN MOOTY was the General Manager of the Alexander & Baird Packing Association in DeLand and Pierson, Florida for many years. Also a member of Florida Citrus Mutual, he served as chair of its Tangerine Co-op." - See more and credit; at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/orlandosentinel/obituary.aspx?n=ross-heflin-mooty&pid=150727845#sthash.k7aiLEoA.dpuf"
Hammock Brand Billboard Tavares Florida
We can still remember when this packing house was alive and well. As history is gathered, we'll add it here.