Facts You Should Know About LAKE County
TAVARES is the County seat. The court house was erected during 1924-25 at a cost of $300,000.
County Judge's and Circuit Court--Lake being a part of the 16th Judicial circuit comprising Lake and Sumter counties.
County government is administered by a Board of Five Commissioners each exercising supervisory powers in his own district.
State and county taxes are due November first and it paid during the month of November 4% discount is allowed; 3% in December; 2% in January. No discount thereafter and delinquent April first.
County operating costs were reduced approximately $400,000 for 1931.
Lake is one of 18 counties in the First Congressional district and the county has 24 political precincts.
Any community that does not have a post office is served by Star or Rural routes.
Land area of Lake county is 1,047 square miles--670,080 acres.
Population increase from 12,744 in 1920 to 23,161 in 1930.
Located about equal distance between the Atlantic ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Watershed of the state is in Lake county.
Elevation in excess of 300 feet in some locations.
The county has many varieties of soil. A soil survey map prepared by the U.S. Government may be had free by calling at the Chamber of Commerce office in Tavares.
Kaolin, clay, sand, peat and diatomaceous earths are among the mineral substances.
Average rainfall in excess of 50 inches and so distributed over the different seasons that crops may be kept growing year round.
More than 1300 named fresh water lakes, many of them interconnected with rivers and canals.
Fishing is popular recreation winter and summer and sportsmen are convinced by catches that Lake county has the best black bass fishing in the South.
Nowhere can purer drinking water be had and health conditions are a matter of great pride.
Contagious diseases are rarely known and sunstrokes never happen.
No deaths from typhoid or diphtheria and only two from malaria during 1931. Tuberculosis record lowest in state's history.
Health authorities and private physicians recommend the climate and Florida sun rays as conducive to longevity of life and the cure for rheumatism, asthma, est.
Climate permits outdoor work or play the whole year round.
The county has nearly four hundred miles of hard surfaced roads affording motorists interesting and pleasurable drives over hills and along shores of hundreds of lakes through famous orange and grapefruit groves and unsurpassed natural scenery.
Approximately 90% of the improved roads are under state maintenance.
Lake county is famous for diversified hunting--wild turkey, quail, dove, and deer are to be found. One citizen who came out of the Spanish-American war with paralyzed legs has since shot 28 deer while seated in an automobile; the last to fall being an eleven-point buck, on December 1st, 1931.
Walter Johnson, pitching ace and manager of the Washington Senators and Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics, hunt, fish and play golf in Lake county.
The Board of Education is composed of three members and the county superintendent. They are the governing body of the schools. Each individual school also has three trustees. There are seven standardized high schools. Twenty-seven buses carry more than one thousand children from rural sections to centralized schools. Minimum eight months term provided. Two hundred and four teachers employed. Enrollment increased from 2700 in 1921 to 5700 in 1931.
The total value of school property and equipment is $1,711,864. Approximately $122,742 is received annually for schools from the sale of automobile license tags.
Lake county has $7,734,731.53 in its improved road system. (Heavy black lines on map indicate these roads.) The State maintains $5,693,017.92 worth of roads and under the new gasoline tax distribution law the county gets back $199,232.36 annually. It is freely predicted that within two years the State ad valorem tax will be eliminated.
There are twenty-six hotels and apartment houses with approximately 4,100 rooms, including several of the outstanding tourist hotels of the state, reasonable in price and unusually good service.
Eight weekly newspapers are published--located at Groveland, Clermont, Tavares, Mount Dora, Umatilla, Eustis and Leesburg. The Chamber of Commerce will furnish sample copies on request.
The county has an Agricultural Agent, Home Demonstration Agent, Health Nurse and County Chamber of Commerce, all having offices in the court house in Tavares.
Lake county is the home of the healthiest Four-H club girl in the United States as determined by the 1929 Four-H club National Congress.
And also the home of the 1931 winner of the State Health Championship and Blue Ribbon winner in the 1931 National Congress.
Many of the 175 varieties of fruit and vegetable raised in the state can be grown in Lake county.
The growing of cucumbers in hot houses in a new industry that promises profitable returns.
Lake county ranks third in the state in volume of citrus production and second in the state in number of acres planted.
There are 28,000 acres in groves, divided into 1,342 parcels of which 704 are owned by non-residents.
A total of 5,294 car loads of citrus went out of the county during the 1930-31 season of which 2,546 were oranges, 164 tangerines, 1,346 grapefruit and 1,238 mixed.
Approximately thirty cooperative and private packing houses are needed to handle the crop.
For the last three successive seasons Lake county growers received first premium on citrus and vegetables displayed at the Central Florida Exposition at Orlando and have taken many similar prizes at the South Florida Fair at Tampa.
Numerous bi-product plants for canning grapefruit hearts and juices and several preserving and jelly industries operate in season.
Approximately 1,000 acres are planted with Tung oil trees; 2,000 acres in grapes; 3,000 acres in watermelons, and the county leads in the production of plumosus ferns.
There are four general nurseries.
Lake county has steadily increased its popularity as a poultry producing county. For more than ten years its poultry has won in the leading shows of the state. Its County Poultry Association has functioned continuously the past nine years and holds an annual poultry show at Eustis, considered one of the best poultry shows in the United States.
The mild climate combined with ample shade and green pasture encourage dairying and live stock raising.
Plenty of native fuel supplements artificial and bottled gas for cooking.
Electric light and power, telephone and telegraph lines reach virtually every community.
Four 18-hole golf courses as good as can be found anywhere in the state. (Location indicated on the map.)
One established Airport at Leesburg with steadily growing interest in locating others.
The Seaboard Air Line and Atlantic Coast Line railways traverse the county furnishing excellent connections for through trains.
Varied industrial and manufacturing plants and more invited.
Daily passenger bus service connecting all important towns in the county with state wide and interstate service.
Law passed by the last legislature authorized County Commissioners to provide funds for the conservation of natural roadside growth and scenery and the beautification of highways and the maintenance thereof.
Only in a few sections is live stock permitted at large.
Lake county has five Kiwanis and two Rotary clubs. (Only one other county in the United States and Canada has more Kiwanis clubs.)
Nearly every Fraternal organization with their various auxiliaries are represented.
Churches, libraries, music clubs, garden clubs, and numerous civic and social organizations.
Sanctioned by the Amateur Trapshooting Association of America the mid-winter Vandalia is held each year at Eustis, attracting sportsmen from all over America.
FEATURES OF INTEREST:
The Harry-Anna Elks Memorial Home for Crippled Children at Umatilla. (Location shown on the map.)
The largest single citrus unit in the world at Howey-in-the-Hills.
The Baptist Assembly at Umatilla.
The Montverde School (private) at Montverde.
The U.S. Fruit Experiment Station at Eustis.
The Log House at South Clermont (second largest in the U.S.).
Summerall Park and Zoo at Tavares.
Grape vineyards comprising 2,000 acres.
More than 3,000 acres watermelons in season.
The 3,000 acre Postal Colony development and 600 acre Tung oil planting near Clermont.
Annual Flower Show at Tavares.
Annual Poultry Show at Eustis.
Washington's Birthday celebration at Eustis.
Watermelon Festival at Leesburg.
Boat Races at Mount Dora.
Labor Day at Clermont.
Armistice Day at Tavares.
Bugg Springs near Okahumpka; Alexander Springs near Astor Park (picture of this spring shown on opposite side); Minnieboohoo Springs, gourds neck, Apopka lake; Seminole and Messing Springs near Sorrento (Locations of all springs indicated on the map.)
Mount Dora--where Ex-President and Mrs. Coolidge spend their winters.
Lake County Chamber of Commerce
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