May 31, 1889
Published every Friday by the Winter Park Pub. Co.
S.A. Williams, Editor
G.C. Henderson, Business Manager
Entered at the Post Office at Winter Park, Fla., as second-class mail matter
On introducing the Winter Park Advocate we feel it our duty to take a stand that we may never be afraid or ashamed to advocate. We know that we are now entering a life that but few succeed in; but after telling to the readers of this issue of our intention we hope that none who are able to contribute the widow’s mite will withhold it from our paper. We are here to do good and not to do injury. So after seeing the many things that can be done we have from various sources picked courage enough to enter the journalistic life with all its difficulties and bankruptcy that is ever staring the adventurer in the face.
Upon our first visit to Winter Park we remember picturing out the wealth and happiness that the place, with its beautiful lakes in all directions, might offer to new settlers or sojourners; fortunes (made here) and the pleasure seekers, are still here, the signs of wealth yet stares us in the face as it did three years ago. The exhilarating breeze from the gulf strikes one about midday about the face and makes him think that some kind friend had come with a bucket of ice and threw a small sheet in his face. The summer rains have never deserted us. So the ADVOCATE comes, full of vigor, full of exhilarating news, filled with truth of the many things that our beautiful little and fast growing town can give the settler.
We are not a political machine, but our voice may be heard in advocacy of the right things.
We are not filled to kill with Floridaism, but whenever the calamity liar undertakes to put the climate and zephy?? and fruit (especially oranges)_______ Florida’s then we will hunt him up and show him up to the world.
Upon entering the journalistic arena we fully realized the difficulties that confront us. We will state that while we have been quiet and peaceable citizens and while we have rendered little assistance to our town, State and county, we have had but few enemies, or, we have really had no enemies at all; but we now present to the citizens and friends of Winter Park a journal under the name of THE WINTER PARK ADVOCATE. In so doing, we offer the columns of the ADVOCATE to protect and defend the citizens of Florida on all matters of right. We are here to work for the perpetuation of Winter Park.