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COLLINS, Eugene Malcolm

Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923, Vol. III pg.215

COLLINS, EUGENE MALCOLM. An integral force in the development and
advancement of Quincy’s EUGENE MALCOLM COLLINS has always combined his two
personalities of capable business man and progressive citizen into a whole
that has been a factor in the gaining of greatly beneficial results and an
example well worthy of emulation. In the capacity of secretary-treasurer of
the Embry Tobacco Company and of the Shelfer-Collins Tobacco Company he has
found much to occupy his time and attention, but this has not deterred him
from exercising his public-spirited sentiments in the furtherance of Quincy’s
civic interests.
Mr. COLLINS was born at Blufftown, Georgia, on a plantation, October
8, 1878, and is a son of EUGENE S. and EMMA (McARTHUR) COLLINS. His father
was born at Washington, Georgia, and his mother at Cuthbert, that state, and
both are now living on a plantation. In his early life EUGENE S. COLLINS was
a schoolteacher, following which he engaged in a general mercantile business
and as a cotton planter. He has been active in the local politics of his
locality as a democrat, and is fraternally affiliated with the Masonic order.
He and his wife are members of the Baptist Church, and have been the parents
of ten children, of whom EUGENE M. is the fourth in order of birth.
EUGENE MALCOLM COLLINS was reared on the farm and acquired a country
school education. At the age of seventeen years, having taken a
correspondence course, he began to realize his boyhood ambition to become a
business man by securing a position as stenographer in a law office at
Blakely, Georgia. After six months he went to Bainbridge, in the same state,
as stenographer for the Bainbridge Oil Company, and remained with that concern
for seven years, from 1907. During this time he rose from stenographer to
assistant manager. On June 2, 1914, Mr. COLLINS came to Quincy as secretary-
treasurer of the Embry Tobacco Company, growers and packers of tobacco, and a
large and growing concern which, for the purposes of improving the livestock
raised in the county, has imported fine Hereford cattle and Duroc-Jersey and
Berkshire hogs. Mr. COLLINS is also secretary-treasurer of the Shelfer-
Collins Tobacco Company, growers of sun and shade Sumatra types of tobacco,
and is a stockholder in the First National Bank.
While his diversion is hunting, Mr. COLLINS’ hobby is the improvement
of Quincy, and he has been president of the Chamber of Commerce since 1921,
being also one of the builders of that body, of which he is a member of the
Board of Directors. From 1916 to the present he has been a member of the City
Council, and in the capacity of chairman of the streets committee has been in
charge of the miles of paving and improvements that have been made. For
several years he has been a member of the School Board, and was a member of
the committee which made possible the remodeling of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, of which he is a steward and trustee. He was one of the organizers of
the Quincy Country Club, and in the building of the Masonic Temple, the finest
in the state outside of the large towns, was one of the most valiant workers.
He belongs to Washington Lodge No. 2, F. and A. M.; Gadsden Chapter No. 30,
R. A. M.; St. Omer Commandery, K. T.; and Morocco Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S.
During the first four Liberty Loan drives he served as vice chairman for
Gadsden County, and in the fifth, or Victory Loan, was chairman. Mr. COLLINS’
career has been one of sustained effort and intelligent management finally
crowned by well-merited success.
On October 25, 1910, he was united in marriage with Miss PEARL WRIGHT,
who was at Auburn, Alabama, where the ceremony was solemnized. She is a
daughter of WILLIAM WILMOT and SARAH WRIGHT, both deceased, Mr. WRIGHT having
formerly been a very successful planter and merchant at Auburn. Mrs. COLLINS
is an active worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church and in charitable
movements. She and her husband have one son, EUGENE MALCOLM, Jr.

Transcribed by Nancy Rayburn

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