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BINKLEY, Almon Carlisle

Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.
III, page 59, 1923.

BINKLEY, ALMON CARLISLE has been for more than thirty years engaged in the practice of law,
principally in the City of Pensacola, where he has well fortified status as one of the
representative members of the bar of this section of the state. He is a scion of a family
that was founded in America in the early Colonial period, and his paternal great-grandfather,
JACOB BINKLEY, a native of Pennsylvania, was a patriot soldier in the War of the Revolution,
after the close of which he removed to Ohio and became a pioneer farmer in Clermont County.
He there established his home in the year 1811, and there he continued his residence until
his death. The first of the BINKLEY family in America immigrated to this country from Germany
and settled in Pennsylvania, the original form of the patronymic having been VON BINKLE.
CHRISTIAN BINKLEY, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born at Johnstown,
Pennsylvania, in 1795, and was a boy at the time of the family removal to Clermont County,
Ohio, where he was reared under the conditions and influences of the frontier period in the
history of that commonwealth and where he gave his active life to agricultural industry, his
death having occurred in that county in 1887. In the civil war period he served as a member
of the Home Guard, or local militia. His wife, who died in 1870, was born in North Carolina,
in 1800, her maiden name having been JOSEPHINE CAUDLE.

ALMON C. BINKLEY was born in Clermont County, Ohio, on the 19th of August, 1864, and is a
son of LEWIS C. and LUCY (SIMONDS) BINKLEY, the former of whom was born in that county in
the year 1829 and the latter of whom was born at Crown Point, New York, in 1831, her death
having occurred in July, 1872, and her husband having thereafter continued his residence in
his native county until his death, in November, 1894. LEWIS C. BINKLEY graduated from Rochester
College, Ohio, but was content to give his active career to farm industry in his native county,
where he became specially successful in the raising of Shorthorn Durham cattle and Poland-China
swine, he having been a pioneer in the raising of these fine types of livestock in that
county. He was a democrat in politics, was influential in public affairs in his county and
was called upon to serve in various township offices. He was a member of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows more than forty years prior to his death. Of the children the eldest
is CLARENCE C., a progressive farmer near the city of Spokane, Washington; MYRA is the wife
of GEORGE E. ALTMAN, of Cincinnati, Ohio; HENRY M. owns and conducts an automobile garage
in the City of Denver, Colorado, and is the owner of a fruit farm near that city; ALMON C.,
of this sketch, was next in order of birth; THOMAS ELBERT is a resident of Hamilton, Ohio;
LUCY is the wife of CHARLES E. WITTMAR, a farmer in Clermont County, Ohio.

The preliminary education of ALMON C. BINKLEY was acquired in the district schools of his
native county, and he early gained practical experience in connection with the work of the
home farm. For two years he was a student in a seminary at Goshen, Ohio, and thereafter
he took scientific and classical courses in the National Normal University at Lebanon, that
state. He next became a student in the National Pen Art Hall and Business College at
Oberlin, Ohio, and after leaving this institution, in 1884, he was for one year an instructor
in the Emporia Business College at Emporia, Kansas. He then came to Florida and for two and
one-half years was a successful teacher in the schools of Santa Rosa County. In the meanwhile
he had applied himself closely to the study of law, and in 1890 he was admitted to the Florida
bar at Pensacola, in which city he has since continued in the active and successful practice
of his profession except for the interim between August, 1893, and January, 1896, during which
he was in practice in the City of Cincinnati, Ohio, and the further interval from May, 1906,
to May, 1914, when he was similarly engaged in the City of Indianapolis, Indiana. His law
offices in Pensacola are established at 713 Blount Building, and he is now attorney for the
Federal Land Bank of the Third District of the United States. He is also local representative
of George M. Forman & Company, farm loan bankers in the City of Chicago, for which concern
he has developed a large business in Escambia County, and surrounding counties in Florida and
Alabama. He has specialized in real estate law, particularly in the examining of abstracts
and the perfecting of titles. He is a democrat in political allegiance, and he and his wife
are earnest members of the Christian Science Church, in which he has served as first reader.
He is a past grand master of Pensacola Lodge No. 4, I.O.O.F., and also a past grand master
of the Florida Grand Lodge of this fraternal order. He is an active member of the Pensacola
Chamber of Commerce and the Pensacola Yacht Club. Mr. BINKLEY is the owner of valuable
real estate in Pensacola, including his attractive home property, and he owns real estate
also in Okaloosa County, this state, and Chippewa County, Michigan. In former years he held
valuable real estate interests in Alabama, Kansas, Ohio and Indiana.

January 20, 1892, recorded the marriage of Mr. BINKLEY and Miss HATTIE I. MOORE, daughter of
the late WILLIAM and GERTRUDE (ROSEBOOM) MOORE, of Cincinnati, Ohio, where the father was a
successful contractor and builder. Mr. And Mrs. BINKLEY have two children: FAITH, who is
now stenographer and typewriter at the United States naval air station at Pensacola, graduated
from the Shortridge High School and the Teachers College, both of Indianapolis, Indiana, and
she has taught successfully in the schools of that city and also those of Pensacola. GAIL,
a graduate of the Pensacola High School, is associate editor of the Polk County Record at
Bartow, Florida. She is an ex-president of the South Florida Press Association, and is now
third vice president of the Florida State Press Association.

Transcribed by Nancy Rayburn

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