Wheeler Family, 1942

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Wheeler Family, 1942

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Wheeler Family


Oviedo (Fla.)


The Wheeler Family at their home, located at 340 South Lake Jessup Avenue in Oviedo, Florida, on February 15, 1942. Photographed from left to right are Louise Wheeler; Benjamin Franklin Wheeler, Sr. (1878-1954); Jean Maran; and George Lee Wheeler.

Frank Wheeler was born in Dade City on January 2, 1878. After his father passed away in 1889, his family relocated to his mother's hometown in Oviedo. At age 16, Wheeler began working as a telegraph operator for the Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) Railroad. In 1898, he purchased a seedling citrus grove that had been abandoned during the Freeze of 1894-1985. Wheeler soon became a successful citrus grower and celery cultivator.

Wheeler married George Lee in 1908 and the couple later had three children: Clara Lee Wheeler Evans (1917-2010); Benjamin Franklin Wheeler, Jr. (1920-2006); and Miriam Louise Wheeler (b. 1922). In 1908, Wheeler partnered with C .F. Brannon and Steen Nelson to operate the Nelson Brothers packinghouse. In 1923, Wheeler purchased the company and renamed it Nelson & Company, Inc. Wheeler also served on the Seminole County Commission and the Oviedo City Council. He was also seminal in organizing the Seminole County Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Citrus Mutual, and the Citizens Bank of Oviedo.


Original 5 x 3 inch black and white photographic print, February 15, 1942: Private Collection of Vicki Clonts.

Date Created



Clonts, Vicki
Bruce, Mimi

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 5 x 3 inch black and white photographic print, February 15, 1942.

Is Part Of

Oviedo Historical Society Collection, Oviedo Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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5 x 3 inch black and white photographic print




Still Image


Home of Benjamin Franklin Wheeler, Sr., Oviedo, Florida

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History Teacher

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Copyright to this resource is held by Vicki Clonts and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project


Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Vicki Clonts

External Reference

"Benjamin Franklin Wheeler (1878-1954)." Florida Citrus Hall of Fame. http://floridacitrushalloffame.com/index.php/inductees/inductee-name/?ref_cID=89&bID=0&dd_asId=1088.

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Original Format

1 black and white photographic print

Physical Dimensions

5 x 3 inches



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