The mural, "Jennie Reninger - A Remarkable Woman", is located in Lake Placid, FL and was completed in 2004. It is 50' wide by 10' high and is on the side of Personal Rehab, Inc. on S. Main.
Jennie Reninger was born in Zion City, IL in 1903. She lived a remarkable life, working as a rancher, real estate broker, farmer, and Easter lily grower, among other things. She and her family had lost everything during the depression and lived in a one room shack. She wrote a column for a newspaper, increasing their circulation by 50%. She founded the Easter lily industry in Lake Placid from a gift of 14 bulbs. They multiplied into 12 acres and the Reningers became wealthy during the war when Japan no longer exported lilies.
Someone set fire to her barn and destroyed $30,000 worth of bulbs. Then a new grower brought in some diseased planting stock that introduced a virus disease that caused spotting on the lilies. The end of the lily business came about during a big freeze. Near the end of her ranching days, she bought a head of purebred Brahman cattle that grazed on her 63-acre ranch. She was given the title "Good Will Ambassador and Official Greeter" by the Maggie Valley, NC Chamber of Commerce, and lived to the ripe old age of 94.
She took a challenge to ride a bucking bull in a rodeo and won $1 for her efforts. She could take a cigarette out of your mouth with her whip, or strike a match from 10 feet away.
There are 4 things, in each corner of the mural, that represent parts of her life - a freighter, typewriter, bucking bull, and a vehicle. Jennie truly was a remarkable woman.
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