DeLand in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Erected by the West Volusia Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Notable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Florida - West Volusia Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1905.
Location. 29° 1.735′ N, 81° 18.234′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 110 West Indiana Avenue, Deland FL 32720, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Commercial Store (here, next to this marker); The First Post Office (a few steps from this marker); First Movie House (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Volusia County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Haven Block (within shouting distance of this marker); First Public Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Volusia County Historic Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilcox Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in DeLand.
More about this marker. The Landis-Fish Building is located within the Downtown DeLand Historic District (a National Historic District).
Regarding Landis-Fish Building. At the time of this page's submission to the database, the Landis-Fish Building remains in use as a multi-suite commercial office building.
Prior to the building's construction,
Bert Fish's name is associated with another nearby historic building, which he owned. The Miller-Fish Building, on the south end of this same city block, itself also has a historic marker. (See nearby marker: "Miller-Fish Building")
Before his legal career, Bert Fish served as Superintendent of Volusia County Schools. He obtained his law degree in DeLand, graduating from Stetson University, and for many years served as a county judge.
Fish's time as a county official came during a period when Volusia County was said to be the most corrupt place in the country next to Kirk County, Illinois. Bert Fish was seen by many as leader of a corrupt ring of local political officials. The alleged cronyism was so unpopular that in 1922, Ku Klux Klan members successfully ran against establishment officials in Daytona Beach, briefly winning control of the city government. Though blamed by some historians for
In 1932, Fish served as the Florida Campaign Manager for Franklin D. Roosevelt, a position which became a stepping-stone to his diplomatic career. During Roosevelt's presidency, Fish served as a United States Ambassador, first to Egypt, then later Portugal; and he held the distinction of being America's first ever Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is remembered for his role in establishing a positive relationship between the two countries and in opening the Middle Eastern oil markets to trade with the U.S.
Bert Fish is perhaps best remembered for his philanthropy, since after his death, his wealth and assets have been allocated to meet community needs, particularly in area of health care. His generosity provided for the construction of three hospitals in Volusia and Seminole Counties, including Bert Fish Medical Center, in New Smyrna Beach.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 946 times since then and 92 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. 4. submitted on August 13, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.