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Inverness in Citrus County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

109 Courthouse Square

 
 
109 Courthouse Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 6, 2018
1. 109 Courthouse Square Marker
Inscription. Reportedly, this land was purchased by W.S. Warnock, founder of the Citrus County Chronicle and George Demuro, Clerk of the Court, in 1908. The building was constructed and operated by City Savings Bank in 1910. Edward Sasser ran a dry goods store here in the 1930's, and also first served as a City Councilman in 1918 and again from 1935-1951. West & Reaves Lumber Co. purchased the building in 1920, and operated it as a commissary for the lumber mill across the street, in the vicinity of what is currently N. Apopka Ave. The building was then purchased by Wilson Plumbing in 1936, and sold in 1939 in a tax deed sale for $17.26. G.W. and M.C. Scofield (attorneys) occupied the building from 1945-1952. The Citrus Co. Chronicle occupied the building during the late 1950's. Balasch Dry Cleaners is remembered in this building for many years, owned and operated by both Paul Balasch, Sr. and Paul Balasch, Jr. A steam boiler was used in the dry cleaning process prior to modern day cleaning and technology. Paul's wife Kathleen, served on City Council for 17 years and was the first woman Mayor from 1972-1973. Other occupants of the building have been Lovick Williams Law Office, Endangered Species, Digicell Communications, and at the time the plaque was dedicated, The Deco Café, owned by David and Sibylle Kurtz.
 
Erected
Deco Cafe (<i>front view; marker visible on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 6, 2018
2. Deco Cafe (front view; marker visible on right)
2005 by City of Inverness & Inverness Sertoma.
 
Location. 28° 50.185′ N, 82° 19.835′ W. Marker is in Inverness, Florida, in Citrus County. Marker is on Courthouse Square north of Old Main Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is a large bronze-like metal plaque, mounted at eye-level, directly on the subject building, just to the right of the main front entrance. The marker and subject building are directly across Courthouse Square from the Old Citrus County Courthouse building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 Courthouse Square, Inverness FL 34450, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dampier Building (a few steps from this marker); Historic Citrus County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Korean War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Korea and Viet Nam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Persian Gulf War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Citrus County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); World War I and World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Valerie Theater (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Inverness.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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