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Alma Hetherington

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Alma Hetherington
Born20 Jul 1897
28 May 199128 May 1991
Burial placeVolusia Memorial Park
💼 Occupation
🏢 OrganizationOsceola County Historical Society
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Alma Gibson Phillips Hetherington was a School Teacher, Newspaper Reporter, Florida Historian, Artist and Author of The River of the Long Wate[1], a historical book about the Osceola County, FL published in 1980.


Alma Gibson Phillips Hetherington was born in Tampa, FL on July 20, 1897. She was Daughter of Annie Lucy Chandler and Paul Ernest Gibson, a steamboat engineer on the Kissimmee River during the 1880's.

She attended high School in Miami and received her higher education at Florida State College for Woman, Florida Southern College and the University of Miami.

Alma Hetherington married Wallace H. Phillips in 1916. He was one of the well-known Phillips brothers who built the first hotel and operated a store in Kenansville, FL and they had three sons. She taught school in Kenansville for 13 years and was widowed in 1935. Ten years later, she married Eugene Hetherington and they operated a store in Kenansville for two years before moving to Daytona Beach, where she studied journalism. She later returned to St. Cloud and worked for the St. Cloud News and was also a correspondent for the Orlando Sentinel[2] and the Jacksonville Journal.

She is past president of Osceola County Historical Society[3], and Halifax Historical Society. She was a former president of the Daytona Beach Branch of the National League of American Pen Woman.

Alma Hetherington is the mother of Wallace H. Phillips, Paul R. Phillips, and Carroll G. Phillips.

She died on 28 May 1991 (aged 93) Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida, USA.


  1. "LC Catalog - No Connections Available". Retrieved 2023-01-10.
  2. "ALMA HETHERINGTON, AUTHOR, CORRESPONDENT". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2023-01-10.
  3. "Who We Are – Osceola History". Retrieved 2023-01-10.

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