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Mayor John Land, Funeral CortegeJohn Land, ‘The Mayor,’
laid to rest

First elected in 1950, Land was mayor of Apopka for all but three years since. He died Sat., Nov. 22, following a stroke.

The funeral cortege for former Mayor John Land stops in front of City Hall on Wednesday, November 26, during the procession from the Apopka Community Center/VFW to Greenwood Cemetery. The three adult Land children, Sue, Cathy, and Johnny, walk behind the horse-drawn carriage to the cemetery. A story from the private and public funeral services is on page 13A.

With this edition, we honor the legacy of Mayor John Land who served this community
with all his heart for 61 years as Apopka’s mayor.
Throughout Section A, which is 24 pages long in two sections, are
pictures, stories, and statements about Mayor John Land.

Feature headlines Opinion & Articles of Interest
Apopka Mayor John Land
John Land, the man,
The Mayor

In 1920, Bennett Land, Sr, with his wife Josephine, her uncle Albert Schneider, and others, purchased Consumers Lumber and Veneer Company (CL&V) from the Starbird family.

Bennett was at a CL&V company board meeting on
November 5, 1920, the evening John Land was born in Plant
City. John is the middle child of nine.

To John, living on the Land three-acre homestead was like living in Norman Rockwell America. This all changed when the whole world was drawn into the flames of war in the 1930s.
John attended Apopka High School, graduating with the Class of 1938. He entered the University of Florida in the fall of 1938, pursuing his education in agriculture and forestry. He participated in the activities
of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and received Army ROTC training in Field Artillery.
Reporting for active duty in the U.S. Army on June 25, 1942, John was assigned to the First Battalion Field Artillery Replacement Training Center at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He saw action in WWII at the end
of the Battle of the Bulge, with General Patton’s Third Army with Corp Artillery in V Corp. The war in Europe ended May 8, 1945, while John was in Czechoslovakia, having crossed Germany from Belgium.

Captain John H. Land returned home June 3, 1946, and returned to work in the family business. He had met Betty Ross Hall at a school dance while he was home on military leave. John and Betty dated when she was home from Georgetown University, where she was earning a nursing degree. She graduated in 1948 and they were married in1949.

John and Betty have three children – Suzanne Larkin, Catherine Waters, and John, Jr. They also have five grandchildren – Catherine, Jordan, India, Samantha, and Caroline.

The year John and Betty were married, John was elected mayor of Apopka and became the youngest mayor in the history of the city. His three-year term started January 1, 1950.

Copyright 2011 by Jack R. Christmas and published in Tales of the Big Potato, which can be purchased at the Museum of the Apopkans.


Mayor Land, who made everyone feel special, is soaring even higher
"...a love for Apopka so much that he dedicated his life to serving the people of this community..." Find out more about the incredible life of former Mayor John Land in this week's Apopka Chief.


If you were born in or moved to Land’s Land, you are truly blessed
"Apopkas don’t just happen – they take decades of moral leadership." Read more about the leadership effect Mayor Land had on Apopka in Corbeil's column on page 4A.

Mayor Land really part of my family

"He embodied the industry and character of the greatest generation and his unique hometown leadership can be with us in perpetuity." Read more the impact of Mayor Land in Christine Moore's column on page 4A.

Fourth graders make Thanksgiving come alive
By Lee Wishing
Center for Vision & Values
"... didn’t expect to learn anything. But I did...." Find out what Lee Wishing learned while visiting a 4th grade Thanksgiving play. Read the full story on page 4A.

Needed: Rules for Change

"...the police can’t change the history, and improve the future, alone..." Find out what's she's referring to in this week's Apopka Chief. Read her column on page 5A.

Group authorized to seek funds to establish
clinic in Apopka

Read about the farm workers health clinic and the people who were instrumental in its development.

Your Opinion Counts. Send us a letter

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Symptom of American family break-down

Police Beat: STAY INFORMED. Get the details: who, when, and why arrests were made in our community by

Family service gives friends,
loved ones chance to reflect

"The sanctuary was filled as Doug Bankson, pastor of nearby Victory Church World Outreach Center, began with a greeting, a prayer and a hymn..." Read more on the service on page 13A.

Lifestyle & Community headlines
John Land visitation
Community honors heartbeat of Apopka
Apopkans and dignitaries
from across Central Florida
honored former longtime mayor,
John Land...with a three-hour
visitation period at City Hall and
then a 90-minute funeral service
at the Apopka Community Center/VFW.
John Land prays with commissioners
John Land’s final meeting, final election, various thoughts
Stories reprinted this year as
John Land transitioned from being Apopka’s mayor to John Land, private citizen. Read about what he chatted about with The Apopka Chief staff.
Bags of Love
‘Bags of Love’ cheer bags help children going through crisis
Read about who is involved in making love bags and how the charity got started. See page 17A for the story on the Bags of Love projects.
Church of The Holy Spirit Prepare and Share dinner
Church dinner benefits local charity
Over 80 people gathered in the Parish Hall at the Church of the Holy Spirit for a ‘Prepare’ and ‘Share’ dinner. Find out who benefitted from this event .
Chamber President, Laura Heiselman
Chamber president to speak at Sertoma club meeting
Find out when this event will take place. A brief bio on Laura Heiselman and all her accomplishments on page 21A.
FFA Quiz
Team competes and places in county event
Find out where The Apopka High School FFA quiz bowl team placed at the event on page 22A.
Debbie Turner Cancer Care Center
Donations presented to the local cancer center
The Debbie Turner Cancer Resource Center received donations from a group of women. Find out which group on page 23A.
Holiday Gift Guide
Local businesses help make holiday gatherings festive
Looking for gift ideas for your family or friends? Turn to pages 18A & 19A and see how local businesses can help.

Other Feature Headlines, Events and More:

  • Take a trip to one of the most visited island destinations, right here in Florida. Read Golden Chief and learn more abour Sannibel Island. See page 8A.
  • The Orange County Tax Collector’s Office will return again to Apopka with a mobile unit. Find out where the mobile unit will be parked and what services it will supply in this week's Apopka Chief.
  • Add more joy to the Christmas holiday with these Apopka-area recipes. Read Kitchen Kapers by Ramona Whaley on page 20A.
  • The choirs of Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, First Presbyterian Church of Apopka and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church will present “Lessons in Carols.” For more information on this event, see page 16A.
  • First Baptist Church of Tangerine will host a fifth Sunday sing. Read more about the sing and find out who will be attending.
Sports headlines | Check out Sports Photos in our PHOTO ALBUM

Darters face 12-0 team in 3rd-straight regional final
Find out the details of this week's upcoming regional finals football game.

Apopka’s dream game is a 42-0 nightmare for West Orange Warriors
Read about the Darters' success during thier game against the West Orange Warriors.

Darlington wins 129th game at Apopka High, most in school history
Read about the success of Rick Darlington during his career as the Football Coach of Apopka
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Blue Darters hosting basketball event with two more days stuffed with top-notch games
Get all the information about the upcoming annual basketball event hosted by the Blue Darters during Thanksgiving week.

Wekiva’s Logan Gilbert will play baseball at Stetson
Read about senior Logan Gilbert as he pitches his last season for the Mustangs and anticipates his upcoming career as a Stetson Pitcher.

Raising funds for trip
Apopka High track and field athlete Kirk Sneed is raising funds so that he may participate in the 27th Down Under Sports events in the summer of 2015 in Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii. Find out how you can help in this week's Apopka Chief.

Special Olympics champs
The Apopka High School Special Olympics softball team won its first gold medal in the state tournament by defeating the Miami Southridge Spartans. Find out more in this week's Apopka Chief.
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