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Belleview was founded in 1884 by the “Ma-rion Land and Improvement Company,” which was composed of a party of gentlemen who were actuated by a desire to open up and develop a body of land which seemed to possess all of the elements that are necessary to the financial prosperity, individual happiness and healthfulness of a community.

The village site is upon an elevated rolling tract of pine land of more than average fertility, surrounding a beautiful little lake and situated upon the line of the Florida Railway and Navigation R. R., 116 miles southwesterly from Jacksonville and twelve miles south of Ocala, the thriving seat of Marion county. Source: Semi-Tropical News: 1-1889

Mr. E. E. Voyle, of the long distance telephone, was in Ocala yesterday and says that the line has now been completed to Ocala and is in readiness for business. This marks another step in the progress of Ocala. Source: Ocala Banner: 11-23-1906

Marion County Has Many Hills

Highest Elevations Are Two Hundred Ten Feet

 The topography of Marion county varies from fifty to two hundred and ten feet above sea level. There are in the county more than 118 points where the contour level is 150 feet above sea level; 57 points 150 feet above; 43 points 180 feet above; 21 points 190 feet above; 23 points 200 feet above sea level. There are two hills in the county 210 feet above the sea. These are the highest elevations in the county. All of these elevations are east of the Ocklawaha river. No topographical map west of the river is available. There are hills equally as high on the west side of the river as well as on the east. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 7-22-1921

Purchase Large Area of Land

Barrett Brothers Buy Twenty-Six Thousand Acres In County

 Announcement is made that Barrett Bros., of Sedalia, Mo., have purchased twenty-six thousand acres of land in the northeast section of Marion county, astride the Ocklawaha Valley railroad and that the purchasers expect to manufacture pine products from the stumps and top wood on the lands and later, expect to develop the land, probably selling it to live stock farmers in large tracts. The purchase of Barrett Bros. was made recently from Mr. R. L. Leavitt, of Indianapolis, Ind. Mr. W. W. Barrett and Mr. E. R. Barrett are president and cashier, respectively, of the American Exchange Bank of Sedalia, Mo.

The Barrett Bros. are represented here by Mr. G. H. Morthland, of Gulfport, Miss. In the summer of 1920, in seeking a new location for a plant to manufacture pine products, Mr. Morthland was attracted to Ocala by its railroad facilities, and in August, wrote to the Marion County Board of Trade, in regards to the possibilities for locating a pine products plant in this county and in other sections of Florida. The purchase of the twenty-six thousand acres by Barrett Bros., whom Mr. Morthland represents, followed ths year. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 7-22-1921

Good Local Institution

Since the Ocala Building and Loan Association has been in existence, now about nine years, it has loaned in Ocala the handsome sum of $139,33075, and has built over 100 houses. In this company Class A of stock matures in December. This company has done as much good for the city as any local institution in the country. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 10-18-1895


Another Mine Open

 The tramway from York mines, nine miles southwest of Ocala to Ocala, connecting to the F. C. & P., near this place is now finished and some rock is being shipped. This is a good mine and we are glad to see that some returns are to be realized from the rock that has been mined so long. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 10-29-1895

Today was payday at the big Zuber sawmill of the Sumner Lumber Co. There are 135 men employed at this big mill and the amount of money turned loose on payday is immense. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 4-4-1908

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