DeLand in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Erected by the West Volusia Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Florida, West Volusia Historical Society marker series.
Location. 29° 1.735′ N, 81° 18.234′ W. Marker is in DeLand, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker is on West Indiana Avenue west of North Woodland Boulevard (U.S. 17/92), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. The marker is mounted on the building's front, to the left of the front doors when facing the building. Marker is at or near
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); 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); Early Grocery Stores (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). 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, this site had been home to an earlier wood-frame building. In 1877, that building opened as the first commercial goods store in the city. Entrepreneur George Dreka later bought the
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 the corruption problem, Fish was never formally charged with any improprieties.
In 1932, Fish served as the Florida Campaign Manager for Franklin D. Roosevelt, a position
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.
Also see . . .
1. Bert Fish bio page. at the Volusia County Heritage website (Submitted on August 12, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
2. "The Unforgotten Man" blog. Honoring the career and works of the late Wm. James Carpenter, AIA, the architect who designed the 1925 renovation and addition to the Landis-Fish Building, blending its Romanesque origins with a stately, Federal-style facade. (Submitted on August 13, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 588 times since then. 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.