For all practical application, things became official when the first Lake County Commission meeting, a two-day affair, ended Aug. 3, 1887.
When it was finished, the five men appointed commissioners by Gov. Edward A. Perry – pending an election, had created Lake County’s government. The board met in June and established Bloomfield as the temporary county seat. Bloomfield was located a little west of Yalaha. In other action that day, a two-story home owned by Rev. J.W. Hanner was leased as the courthouse.
If you went looking for information about Bloomfield in The South Publishing Company’s most recent Florida State Gazetteer and Business Directory of the day, you quickly noticed that Bloomfield was listed as being in Sumter County. And if you glance at the date, you’ll understand why. It was Vol. 1 and good for 1886-87 – before Lake County was formed. At the time, the booming community had a population of 250. It had a school, a Baptist church, four stores and a saw and planing mill.
When Lake County’s 23 election districts were selected and numbered, Acron was number 3, according to Kennedy’s history. The rest listed are as follows: Astor was No. 1, Altoona – No. 2 Crow’s Bluff – No. 4, Cassia – No. 5, Seneca – No. 6, Umatilla – No. 7, Higley – No. 8, Fort Mason – No. 9, Leesburg – No. 10, Lady Lake – No. 11, Okahumpka – No. 12, Eustis – No. 13, Sorrento No. 14, Tavares – No. 15, Lane Park – No. 16, Yalaha – No. 17, Mascotte – No. 18, Astatula – No. 19, Victoria – No. 20, Mascotte No. 21, Minneola and Clermont – No. 22 and Mount Dora – No. 23.
It’s very likely that one of the two Mascotte districts, 18 and 21, most likely 21, should have been Groveland because when Kennedy’s book was published there were 25 districts with Groveland as 23 and Mascotte as 14.
By the way, in 1929 District 3 was Paisley and not Acron.
Let’s get back to what the Florida State Gazetteer said about Acron, which was the second community listed in the more than 400 pages of counties, cities, towns and villages alphabetically listed.
The Gazetteer gave “a brief descriptive sketch of each, with an alphabetical and classified directory of the business and professional citizens; together with separate lists of the orange growers, vegetable raisers, farmers and cotton planters and banana and coconut growers throughout the entire State of Florida.”
Just in case you’re wondering, Abe’s Spring in Calhoun County was the first community listed. Calhoun County was established in the Florida Panhandle in 1838. And in 1886-87, it was primarily cotton country.