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Polk Pioneers

Polk County is currently changing host sites for videos, including our Polk Pioneer interviews. The History Center maintains the original files in our library archives. Please call (863) 534-4386 to schedule an appointment to watch one or more of these videos at the History Center. We apologize for the inconvenience and will have the Polk Pioneer interviews available again on our website as soon as possible.

Available Pioneer Interviews

  • Polk Pioneers 2018: Royce Godwin
  • Polk Pioneers 2017: Kenneth Laurent
  • Polk Pioneers 2017: William "Grady" Witter
  • Polk Pioneers 2016: Agnes Smith Welty
  • Polk Pioneers 2016: Lillian Juhler
  • Polk Pioneers 2016: Albertus Maultsby
  • Polk Pioneers 2016: Jim Ellis
  • Polk Pioneers 2013: The Cooks
  • Polk Pioneers 2013: Maxine Hancock
  • Polk Pioneers 2013: Ivan Richardson
  • Polk Pioneers 2013: Dick Riley
  • Polk Pioneers 2013: Leta Mitchell Wright
  • Polk Pioneers 2013: Wilma Waldron Coulter
  • Polk Pioneers 2012: Bill Moore
  • Polk Pioneers 2012: The Northrup Sisters
  • Polk Pioneers 2012: Owens Sisters
  • Polk Pioneers 2012: Lucille and Hershall Mitchell
  • Polk Pioneers 2012: Lois Losh
  • Polk Pioneers 2012: Hobson Strain
  • Polk Pioneers 2012: Irving Wheeler
  • Polk Pioneers 2012: Wilma Hendrick
  • Polk Pioneers 2012: Peggy Langston
  • Polk Pioneers 2012: Frances Hunt
  • Polk Pioneers 2012: Robert Strain
  • Polk Pioneers 2012: Ivanhoe Craney
  • Polk Pioneers 2011: Mary Howell
  • Polk Pioneers 2011: John Hunt
  • Polk Pioneers 2011: Jonnie Hutchinson
  • Polk Pioneers 2011: Josephine Roberts
  • Polk Pioneers 2011: Martha Edwards
  • Polk Pioneers 2011: Hilda Byrd
  • Polk Pioneers 2011: Al Chiles
  • Polk Pioneers 2010: Ammie Lang
  • Polk Pioneers 2010: Albert Lang
  • Polk Pioneers 2010: June Felt
  • Polk Pioneers 2010: Viriginia Davidson
  • Polk Pioneers 2010: Bill Brown
  • Polk Pioneers 2010: JJ Corbett 555th PIB
  • Polk Pioneers 2010: Randolph Wiggins
  • Polk Pioneers 2010: JJ Corbett
  • Polk Pioneers 2010: Lillian Juhler
  • Polk Pioneers 2006: Raymond Louis Driver
  • Polk Pioneers 2006: Al Bellotto
  • Polk Pioneers 2006: Mary Mosen Alligood
  • Polk Pioneers 2006: Mary Holt Bunch
  • Polk Pioneers 2006: Tess Daniels Dull
  • Polk Pioneers 2006: Edna Haynes Scarbrough
  • Polk Pioneers 2005: Orrin Hughitt Wright
  • Polk Pioneers 2005: Mary Taylor Lyons
  • Polk Pioneers 2005: Ray Robert Albritton
  • Polk Pioneers 2005: Mary Jane Snively Andrews
  • Polk Pioneers 2005: Grace Knight Wolford Podsiadlo
  • Polk Pioneers 2005: Mae Enlow Hartsaw
  • Polk Pioneers 2004: Virginia Blaze King
  • Polk Pioneers 2004: Bobbie Louise Stewart Edwards
  • Polk Pioneers 2004: Charlie M. Deal
  • Polk Pioneers 2004: George Edwin Albritton and Mollie Albritton Cooper
  • Polk Pioneers 2004: C. Kenneth Laurent
  • Polk Pioneers 2003: Vita Peterson Hinshaw (Part 2 )
  • Polk Pioneers 2003: Frances Kile Groves
  • Polk Pioneers 2003: Harvey B. Snively Jr.
  • Polk Pioneers 2003: Alice Chambers Thompson
  • Polk Pioneers 2003: Vita Peterson Hinshaw (Part 1)
  • Polk Pioneers 2003: Hettie Scanlin Whatley
  • Polk Pioneers 2003: Tim Craig
  • Polk Pioneers 2003: Barbara Greene Bissett
  • Polk Pioneers 2003: Meromay Boynton Davis
  • Polk Pioneers 2003: Caroline Varn Loadholtes
  • Polk Pioneers 2002: Margaret Nichols
  • Polk Pioneers 2002: Ruth Anderson
  • Polk Pioneers 2002: Lila Lee Gregg Clifton
  • Polk Pioneers 2002: Martha Ellen
  • Polk Pioneers 2002: Bonnie T. Impecoven
  • Polk Pioneers 2002: Velma Ellison Howell
  • Polk Pioneers 2002: J. Claude Walker
  • Polk Pioneers 2002: Louise Colner Shutt
  • Polk Pioneers 2002: A. Olma Hendrick
  • Polk Pioneers 2001: Carolynn Stuart Johnson Girtman (Part 2)
  • Polk Pioneers 2001: Carolynn Stuart Johnson Girtman (Part 1)
  • Polk Pioneers 2001: June Touchton Haigler
  • Polk Pioneers 2001: Doris Summerlin Davis
  • Polk Pioneers 2001: Betty Ann Clapp Williams
  • Polk Pioneers 2001: Hilda Margaret Polk Thornhill
  • Polk Pioneers 2001: Constance Bennett Van Hook
  • Polk Pioneers 2001: Eunice Claire Bowman Sloat
  • Polk Pioneers 2001: Constance Bennett Van Hook
  • Polk Pioneers 2001: Evelyn Trowell Raulerson
  • Polk Pioneers 2001: Max Elmer Hammond
  • Polk Pioneers 2000: Samuel Joseph Stickney
  • Polk Pioneers 2000: John Sanford Edwards Jr.
  • Polk Pioneers 2000: Claude Ernest Woodruff Jr.
  • Polk Pioneers 1999: Hazel L. Bowman
  • Polk Pioneers 1999: Le Claire Noble
  • Polk Pioneers 1999: Thelma Hall Allin
  • Polk Pioneers 1999: Martha Sobek Bartholomew
  • Polk Pioneers 1999: Judge Clifton Kelly
  • Polk Pioneers 1998: Sherman Sweet
  • Polk Pioneers 1998: Van D. Howell
  • Polk Pioneers 1998: Izora Allen Waldon
  • Polk Pioneers 1998: Ella Dossey Jordan
  • Polk Pioneers 1998: Willard Whitehurst
  • Polk Pioneers 1998: Sue Cooper
  • Polk Pioneers 1998: Edna Williams
  • Polk Pioneers 1998: Bill Clayton
  • Polk Pioneers 1997: Odessa Simmons
  • Polk Pioneers 1997: William (Bill) Ruster
  • Polk Pioneers 1997: Annie Pipkin Hardee
  • Polk Pioneers 1997: Katie Mae Combee
  • Polk Pioneers 1997: Robert (Bob) L. Cromer
  • Polk Pioneers 1997: Louise Lang
  • Polk Pioneers 1996: Gertrude Anna Kuhn
  • Polk Pioneers 1996: Marguerite G. Murray
  • Polk Pioneers 1996: Dorris Johns Bissett
  • Polk Pioneers 1996: Maxine Rich Dow
  • Polk Pioneers 1996: Benjamine Cotton Walker
  • Polk Pioneers 1996: Frances Raulerson
  • Polk Pioneers 1996: Barbara Greene Bissett
  • Polk Pioneers 1996: Charlie Wynelle McNeil (Part 2)
  • Polk Pioneers 1996: Julian (Pete) Francis Denham
  • Polk Pioneers 1996: Earl M. Cain
  • Polk Pioneers 1995: Sarah Belle Swatts (Part 4)
  • Polk Pioneers 1995: Sarah Belle Swatts (Part 3)
  • Polk Pioneers 1995: Sarah Belle Swatts (Part 2)
  • Polk Pioneers 1995: Sarah Belle Swatts (Part 1)
  • Polk Pioneers 1995: Carl M (Kid) Ellis (Part 2)
  • Polk Pioneers 1995: Carl M (Kid) Ellis (Part 1)
  • Polk Pioneers 1995: Andrew H. Kinsey
  • Polk Pioneers 1995: Outro
  • Polk Pioneers 1995: Loyal Frisbie
  • Polk Pioneers 1995: Etoile Altman
  • Polk Pioneers 1995: Rebecca Keith
  • Polk Pioneers 1995: Gwendolyn Jones Bryant
  • Polk Pioneers 1995: Jack Sheppherd
  • Polk Pioneers 1995: Dudley Putnam
  • Polk Pioneers 1995: Loyal Frisbie
  • Polk Pioneers 1995: Rebecca Keith
  • Polk Pioneers 1994: Persis Marks Hardy (Part 2)
  • Polk Pioneers 1994: Persis Marks Hardy (Part 1)
  • Polk Pioneers 1994: Virginia Rebecca Hickman
  • Polk Pioneers 1994: Isaac Hogg
  • Polk Pioneers 1994: Arthur Moody Bissett
  • Polk Pioneers 1994: Mildred Booth Grizzard
  • Polk Pioneers 1994: Harold R. Grizzard
  • Polk Pioneers 1993: Archie Benjamin Raulerson (Part 2)
  • Polk Pioneers 1993: Archie Benjamin Raulerson (Part 1)
  • Polk Pioneers 1993: Nora McLean Venrick
  • Polk Pioneers 1993: Ruth Durrance Simpson
  • Polk Pioneers 1993: Frankie Major Workizer
  • Polk Pioneers 1993: John William Campbell
  • Polk Pioneers 1993: Sheriff Hagan Parish
  • Polk Pioneers 1993: Ruth Richard Shinn
  • Polk Pioneers 1993: Mabel Durrance Sweat
  • Polk Pioneers 1993: Maedene Dees Feagin
  • Polk Pioneers 1992: Charles Crittingon Rushing
  • Polk Pioneers 1992: Rev. Thomas G. Butler
  • Polk Pioneers 1992: Lena Gertrude Woodard
  • Polk Pioneers 1992: Lucy McAulay Livingston
  • Polk Pioneers 1992: Bessie LaRue Jones
  • Polk Pioneers 1992: Nina Mims Hammond
  • Polk Pioneers 1991: Robert Paul Williams Sr.
  • Polk Pioneers 1991: Mary Vanskiver Langenhorst
  • Polk Pioneers 1991: Floy Streeter Hyde
  • Polk Pioneers 1991: James H. Griffin
  • Polk Pioneers 1991: Lillian Brown Shafer
  • Polk Pioneers 1991: Hettie Reddick Dridgers
  • Polk Pioneers 1991: Merle Fennell Trask
  • Polk Pioneers 1991: Dallas Alto McCall
  • Polk Pioneers 1991: James Anthony 'Red' Griffin
  • Polk Pioneers 1991: Edna Carmen Davis
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Eula Long Williams
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Hazel Hebb Menendez & John L. Hebbs Sr.
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Joe D. Davis
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Ruby Monroe Walters
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Hazel McAulay Paul
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Mr. & Mrs. Connie Raulerson
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Lola Smith Weed Bush
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: William Vivian Collins
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Kathleen Anderson Greenlee
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Eveleen Eby Bryan
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Hazel Galloway
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Frank R. Feagin
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Harris Fussel
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Aleeta Campbell Miller
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Mary Lucille Martin
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Willie G. Dees
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Ruth Allison Wilson
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Grace Shepard Pattey
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Ruby Barrington Catton
  • Polk Pioneers 1990: Thomas Irven Lawhorn
  • Polk Pioneers 1989: Ben Hill Griffin Jr.
  • Polk Pioneers 1989: Ed Brown
  • Polk Pioneers 1989: Arther Bissett
  • Polk Pioneers 1989: Ruth Elkins
  • Polk Pioneers 1989: WH "Bill" Stuart Sr.
  • Polk Pioneers 1989: Buck Mann
  • Polk Pioneers 1989: Jim Byrd, Maude Byrd Day & Annie Byrd
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Harry Snow (Part 4)
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Harry Snow (Part 3)
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Harry Snow (Part 2)
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Harry Snow (Part 1)
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Vera Mitchell Wharton
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Katherin Mann Waggaman
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Bessie Elizabeth Newman Cochran
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Luther Herman "Socky" Davis
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Janie Wallace
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Mary Ellen Anderson
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Maude Hart Altman
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Velva Elliot
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Edna Hooker
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Mary Huffaker Blanker
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Doratea White Addison
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Herbert Frazier
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Vesta Bass Blood
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Merle Fennel Trask & Selah Griffin Trask
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Myra Curtis Chandley
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Roberta Scott Carruthers
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Newell B. Thornhill
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Myrtle Padgett Cook
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Ellen Hodges Meharg
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: James Allison Johnson
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Edith McAulay Allen
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Bennie Lloyd Valentine
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Lavonia E. Braddock
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Dorothy Shafer Morris
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Kathleen Caffee Dickinson
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Sudie Bowen
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Myrtle Davis Tate
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Evelyn Ziperer Martin
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Pauline Martin Burris
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Nila Logan Streater
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Cornelia Knighton
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Elsie Coker Pollock
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Austin Estell Graham Jr.
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Kenneth Landis Rhodes
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Linnie Cleo Hardman
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: William Henry Lamaraux
  • Polk Pioneers 1988: Pope Morgan Myer
  • Polk Pioneers 1987: Dr. Houston Hilliard Murphy
  • Polk Pioneers 1987: Ernest M. Powell
  • Polk Pioneers 1987: Maggie Addison Lassiter
  • Polk Pioneers 1987: Ruth Alderman Dees
  • Polk Pioneers 1987: Lydia Harrell Graffenberger
  • Polk Pioneers 1987: Daisy Raulerson Reed
  • Polk Pioneers 1987: Julius E. Bowen
  • Polk Pioneers 1987: Viola Cole Baker
  • Polk Pioneers 1987: Maude Hart Altman
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Bonnie Lee Stuart Peeples (Part 2)
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Bonnie Lee Stuart Peeples (Part 1)
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Sadie Ivey Russ
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Mrs. Roy H. Haldeman Amidon
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Hilda Starling Hunt
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Newell B. Thornhill
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Arrila Rebecca Kirkland Prine
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Myrtle Padgett Cook
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Corrine Brenner Riedeman
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Irene Shirley Smith
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: L.O. Feagan Jr.
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Annie Alderman Durrance
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Melba Bryan Varn
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Nora McLean Venrick
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Clyde Polk
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Madie Alligood Peacock
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Phyllis Hammond Zipperer
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Helen Boswell
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Nina Mims Hammond
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Blanche Paulk White
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Ruth Epling Cosey
  • Polk Pioneers 1986: Lettie Armstrong Glatti
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Alice Carlton
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Ruth Alderman Dees
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Gladys Estes Hogan
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Margaret Overrocker Reeves
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Effie Mennis Burright
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Harley Agen & Bob Petit
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Madie Alligood Peacock
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Virginia Holland Gallamore
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Phyllis Hammond Zipperer
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Nina Mims Hammond & Eugenia Hardy Hammond
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Ruth Maxey Eury
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Roy & May Haldeman Amidon
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Bessie Etheridge
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Gladys Rhoden
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Jennifer Rice
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Mr. and Mrs. Glover
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Katie Barnett
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Thelma Hall Allen
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Mary Hall McLain
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Vera Congers Thompson & Ruth Congers Scorgy
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Newell B. Thornhill
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Ester Anderson Davis
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Maude Johnson Channet
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Nora Brown Bryan
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Lettie Armstrong Glatti
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Archie Zimmer
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Inez Brown Berkley
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Martha Bartlet English
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Mr. & Mrs. R.T. Nelson
  • Polk Pioneers 1983: Helen Glover
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Ed Taylor (Part 2)
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Ed Taylor (Part 1)
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Maude Pascal Miller
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Mrs. Lawton Chiles Sr.
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: MJ Tillis Sr.
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Katie Barnett
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Thelma D. Palmer
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Beullah Cunberger
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Newell B. Thornhill
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Nora Brown Bryan
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Jenny Kelly
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Mrs. HS Griffin Moore
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Marguerite Lumpkin Blane & Kirby Blane
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Maude Hart Altman
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Bob Petit
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Ruth Alderman Dees
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Geneva Pollard
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Margaret Overrocker Reeves
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Jane Curry
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Robert A. Russ
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Effie Mennis Burright
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Nathaniel Glover & Mamie Smith Glover
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Frank Scaggs
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Roy & May Haldeman Amidon
  • Polk Pioneers 1982: Mary Hattie Davis