Pic of the Week

When William Burnette Burch arrived in Winter Garden in 1910, 250 people lived in the city. As a young man he served overseas during World War I, then returned home to work for the Winter Garden Times before publishing his own newspaper called The West Orange Herald. The newspaper “was printed on a Washington hand press where the type was set by hand. Two of us put out the paper once a week,” sai…d Burch in a 1973 Orlando Sentinel interview. In this photo, Ed Story, Walter Parrot, Burch, Roy Burgess, an unidentified man, and Bill Story are standing by the press in the Burch-Story Printing Office in 1935. Burch also grew citrus, dabbled in real estate, and was the 1945 census enumerator for Winter Garden. His neatly written records documenting the 2,985 people living in the city at the time can be found on the internet. W.B.’s son, Selby, and grandson, Billy, have shared this and other photos, as well as their collection of Burch’s newspapers with the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation. The newspapers are full of valuable historic information about the early days in West Orange County.