Motto: "Gateway to the Ocala National Forrest"
It is home to the Harry-Anna Crippled Children’s Home.
Harry Miller, and his wife Anna, donated their three story hotel in Umatilla to the Elks Club project for crippled children. It was renamed the Harry-Anna Crippled Children’s Home. That was very generous.
Not really much to tell about Umatilla other than it has a colorful past that relates back to a seven term Lake County Sheriff by the name of Willis Virgil McCall.
*Just for the record, I don’t think any Sheriff should be allowed to sit in office for seven terms.
Several incidents regarding Civil Rights Violations, beatings and murder occurred during Sheriff Willis’ 28 year tenure; The Groveland Four, The Harry T. Moore bombing, The Platt Children, and The Vickers incident.
*Once again, Florida’s ugly past rears its head in my blog. The past plays a role in shaping Florida’s future so I couldn’t leave it out.
McCall published a memoir about his experiences, The Wisdom of Willis McCall, in which he defends his long career as sheriff and responds to his critics. He died on April 28, 1994 at the age of 84. His reputation was so damning even the Lake County Commissioner’s voted unanimously to remove his name from a county road.
Another book relating to this violent Sherriff is The Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King.
If you are interested in reading more about this notorious Sheriff you can Google Willis Virgil McCall and learn more about the incidents cited above.
Now for something really ugly….
I got all my stitches out and boy is it sore!
Well that’s my contribution for this week’s Alphabe~Thursday.
“Umatilla“ and “Ugly”
Thanks for Stopping by! ~Ames
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