Grinding Sugar Cane by Bettye Reagan

Dublin Core

Title

Grinding Sugar Cane by Bettye Reagan

Alternative Title

Grinding Sugar Cane by Bettye Reagan

Subject

Oviedo (Fla.)
Sugar--United States
Painting--Florida
Art--Southern States

Description

A painting by Bettye Reagan, a local artist in Central Florida, depicting farmworkers grinding sugarcane at the Wheeler family farm. The Wheelers lived at 340 South Lake Jessup Avenue in Oviedo, Florida. The family patriarch, Benjamin Franklin Wheeler, Sr. (1878-1954), 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 Wheeler 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.

Creator

Reagan, Bettye Jean Aulin

Source

Original painting: Reagan, Bettye. Grinding Sugar Cane. 1994: Private Collection of Bettye Reagan.

Date Created

1994

Date Copyrighted

1994

Contributor

Reagan, Bettye Jean Aulin

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original painting: Reagan, Bettye. Grinding Sugar Cane. 1994.

Is Part Of

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

Format

image/jpg

Extent

149 KB

Medium

1 painting

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Oviedo, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher
Humanities Teacher
Visual Arts Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Bettye Reagan.

Rights Holder

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

Contributing Project

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Bettye Reagan

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.

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

1 painting

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