From the archives

By on October 2, 2014

WGHF Billie Ruth Austin

From the WGHF archives

In this photograph c.1910, Esther Ruth Walker proudly perambulates her baby doll. The little girl was born in Lamont, east of Tallahassee, in 1902. She married local boy William Narvelle Denmark and, in 1932, moved to the Beulah neighborhood south of Winter Garden. Like so many families in the area, the Denmarks grew vegetables and citrus. They raised two sons, Harold and Charles “Joe,” and a daughter named Billie Ruth. She was married to Lester Austin Jr. for 62 years until his death in 2003. The WGHF thanks the Austin family, which has thrived in West Orange County for six generations, for sharing the photograph.

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