Feb 11, Frances Langford's Outrigger Resort
by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)
In 1969 I was working on the foundation investigation for the future St Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island. I stayed in nearby Fort Pierce for the duration of our work.
During the months I was there, I visited Frances Langford’s Outrigger Resort in Jensen Beach many times for dinner. I got to know Frances and her husband, Ralph Evinrude. They were very nice people.
Frances had been a very famous person in the 1930s and even through the 1970s. She had been a successful singer in the 1930s and 1940s and also had a great career in movies.
She was beloved by veterans of World War Two, the Korean War, and the Vietnam war for her many appearances in war zones with Bob Hope and other entertainers. She toured all over the world with the famous comedian even as recently as the Gulf War.
Even though she was famous and known all over the country, she never gave up her Florida roots.
She was born in Hernando, Florida in 1913 and raised in Mulberry, near Lakeland. She graduated from Lakeland High School and studied music at Florida Southern College. She became a star