Frank and Stella Heiser House
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In 1927, Heiser planted his first test crop of sugar cane in Fellsmere's muck land. After that crop's success, he plantd 100 acres in 1929. Heiser's next goal was to build a sugar mill. He traveled between Fellsmere and New York City by train during 1930 and 1931 to secure financing, raising $1 million. Heiser founded the Fellsmere Sugar Company in 1931. The mill was built west of Fellsmere in 1932 using materials from the muck plant and a Louisiana sugar mill. By 1933, the Fellsmere Sugar Mill produced 2 million pounds of raw sugar and employed 225 people. From 1935 to 1937, he converted the company into a cooperative, the Fellsmere Sugar Producer's Association, and added a sugar refinery. In 1936, the refinery, the first in Florida, could produce up to 150,000 pounds of refined sugar daily, labeled "Florida Crystals." Challenges plagued the cooperative, and in 1943, Heiser and the other members sold it to Puerto Rican sugar producers. The Heisers left Fellsmere and moved to Jacksonville, though Frank returned periodically. Frank died in Jacksonville in 1961, followed by Stella in 1976. An unsung hero of Fellsmere, Heiser and his company saved the town from total economic collapse during the Great Depression.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 27° 47.788′ N, 80° 36.455′ W. Marker is in Fellsmere, Florida, in Indian River County. Marker is on 138th Avenue just south of 111th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11055 138th Avenue, Fellsmere FL 32948, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Fellsmere Railroad (approx. 1.6 miles away); Birthplace for Equal Suffrage for Women in Florida (approx. 1.7 miles away); Fellsmere Grade (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Marian Fell Library (approx. 1.8 miles away); Fellsmere Veterans Memorial (approx. 2 miles away); Fellsmere (approx. 2 miles away); Fellsmere Union Church (approx. 2 miles away); The Fellsmere Public School (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fellsmere.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 210 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 25, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.