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Auburndale,Polk County, Florida

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  • Lester Ernest Ellerbe (1911 - 1975)
  • Alice Balkcom (1905 - 1996)
    ALICE SEWELL BALKCOM, 90, of Auburndale died Thursday at Integrated Health Services. A native of Dale County, Ala., she moved to this area in 1927. She owned Linder/Balkcom Grocery and was a member of ...
  • Ralph Otto Balkcom (1899 - 1972)
    AUBURNDALE - Ralph Otto Balkcom, 72, of Ariana Ave died Sunday. He was a native of Ozark, Ala., and had lived in Auburndale for the past 48 years. He was a retired grocer market owner and was a member ...

This project is for those who were born, lived or died in Auburndale, Polk County, Florida.

Auburndale was founded in 1880 by Frank Fuller, who was seeking refuge from chilly winters in the Northeast United States. The place was originally named Sanatoria, from a hotel located there. When the railroad arrived in the 1880s, the town was renamed Auburndale at the suggestion of settlers from Auburndale, Massachusetts. The New England town had been named from the opening line of the poem "The Deserted Village" by Oliver Goldsmith. Early on, the city became a chosen destination for a number of America's most prominent artists.