It was a decade of momentous events across the U.S. and the globe. Citrus County followed that trend and was the site of significant milestones as well.

At the start of the decade the county population had grown to 6,731 (Inverness boasted 1,264) and marked the beginning of a period that saw much capital outlay for public buildings, primarily a new courthouse, a new jail and the Masonic Temple in Inverness.

The jail was built on Apopka Avenue in 1910. The Masonic building was dedicated in 1910 and was ready for occupancy in early 1911. The new courthouse, now the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, was open in 1913.

The period also saw the use of automobiles become more commonplace and the electrification of Inverness in 1913.

In 1909 phosphate ruled the economic fortunes of the county, but 1910 brings a downturn in the industry, which for the most part was eliminated by the outbreak of World War I in Europe.

However, timber production and agriculture kept things humming in the county.

During the war years, the Inverness Woman’s Club was formed in 1917 on the eve of the U.S. entering the conflict and the members formed a Standing Committee for Red Cross. The women found themselves in Red Cross work and other war interests.

Walter Warnock sold the Chronicle and took his family to Mexico to grow citrus fruit.

George Butler, 70, became owner and editor of the Chronicle.

In the summer of 1914, while the war with Germany was raging in Europe, Albert W. Butler became editor and owner.

Around the world, big things were going on:

• The first Indy 500 race was held in 1911.

• The Girl Scouts were founded in 1912.

• World War I began in Europe in 1914.

• Pancho Villa attacked New Mexico in 1916.

• The Russian Revolution began in 1917

• The United States entered World War I. Citrus County would lose seven men to the fighting.

• Prohibition became law in 1919.


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