Coleman House - 800 East French Avenue
c.1980 before renovation by Nash-Stisser family. Photo courtesy Marilyn Stisser.
Backstory and Context
Edward Coleman served in the Union Civil War army which brought him to Florida. In 1879, Coleman became a widower and had a son Nicholas. Coleman married Ida Mae Eleby who was black.
The had Eleven children, the middle son Herman remained in the home and was very involved in OC business.
Edward was one of the 54 qualified voters to incorporate Orange City. Edward was known for growing the largest orange groves in the area said Wi newspaper.
Edward died at the age of 76 but Ida Mae died at the age of 94.
Herman was contracted to supply and install rock and straw on City roads including cleaning up trees and properties that were neglected.
According to the VIA, Herman was paid to fill kerosene street lamps along the main road. In 1948 Herman petitioned the city for Electricity in the black neighborhoods as they were paying taxes but had no electricity. Herman also petitioned the city for drinking fountain “bubbler”(E. Graves) for colored use only.
Marian Lee Young moved to Orange City in 1922 after applying for the teachers position at the William A King’s Vocational School for black students. Marian played the piano and taught third and fourth grades. It was a little three room building on the corner of Volusia & Blue Springs Ave.
Herman married Marian Lee Young who is originally from, Jacksonville, fl.
The Orange City Colored School “Kings Vocational School” had many teachers throughout the years; Marian Coleman, Eva King, Herman J King, William A King, Pauline Poole, Turie T Small, T. E. Thornton, Rosa E Williams and Louis Young. The school was renamed to Orange City Elementary School.
1927 the former Orange City Colored School became the Coleman Head Start Center currently located on East Blue Springs Avenue.
Mrs. Coleman was promoted to principal after many years of teaching. The school was renamed in 1960 as the Marian L Coleman Elementary School. Mrs. Coleman retired in 1964. Marian passed away in 1973 and Herman passed away in 1978.
Mr. & Mrs. Nash Stisser are the current owners of the home. They took great pride in restoring and preserving the home in its original state today.
The Coleman Home is owned by Marilyn Stisser.
2000, Village Improvement Association, Inc., Orange City Woman's Club. "Our Story of Orange City, Florida, 4th ed.
2019 Interview with Marilyn Stisser, owner of home.