Confederate Veteran, Valentine V.VanHuss
Pioneer to Lakeland, dies at the age of 101, V.V.VanHuss a patient at Bay Pines Veteran Hospital, and one of the few remaining Confederate Veteran of the Civil War died, Thursday, at the age of 101.
Mr. VanHuss a pioneer resident of Lakeland was 101 years old on Oct.16,1941. He entered Bay Pines Hospital only a short time before his death.
During the Civil War he served with the 8th. Regiment of the Tennessee Cavalry for 3 years. He was the oldest resident of Lakeland, settling in the city in 1885. He built the city's first opera house and the VanHuss building. He was active in business there for many years.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. J. R. Duggan of Lakeland; a son, Orlando S.VanHuss, Miami. ( see obit below )
(The Independant, St.Petersburg, Florida,Saturday, June 13, 1942, pg.10.)
In 1912, the Van Huss Opera House was located in Lakeland,, it was moved to the corner of Main Street and New York Ave. to make room for a new building. The New Van Huss Building became the first headquarters for the tourist organization on Jan. 27, 1916. Its rooms were later the location of the Western Union Office.
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| Orlando S.Van Huss
Members of the Elks Lodge of Lakeland will conduct services Saturday at Dukes- Steen Funeral Home Chapel. Oralndo, of Miami was a former resident of Lakeland, he died yesterday morning, March 25, 1953, in Miami. Burial in Lakeview Cemetery.
Mr. Can Huss held the first membership card issued by the Lakeland Lodge of which he is a life member. Mr. Van Huss lived here in Lakeland from 1885 to 1920, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Daisy Kate Van Huss, 2 sons, I.M. Van Huss of Greenville, Tenn. and W.B.Van Huss of Miami, a sister, Mrs. Sarah Duggan, of Lakeland.
( Lakeland Ledger, March 26, 1953 )
> Sallie ( Sarah) Van Huss married James R.Duggan on March 23, 1897 in Polk Co. <
> Mrs. Daisy Kate Van Huss was buried in Polk Co. on Sept. 19, 1972<