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ANDERSON, Robert M.
Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.
Presented by Nancy Rayburn
III, page 88, 1923.
ANDERSON, ROBERT M., the vital and progressive secretary of the Plant City Orange Growers
Association, at Plant City, Hillsborough County, was born in Dale County, Alabama, May 8,
1870. And is the son of F. F. and M. E. (SMYTH) ANDERSON, the former of whom was born in South
Carolina and the latter in Alabama. The parents continued their residence in Alabama until
1904, when they came to Florida and established their residence in Lake County, where the
father became a successful truck farmer and where he passed the remainder of his life, his
widow being still a resident of that county, and six children who likewise survive the honored
father. ROBERT M. of this review is the eldest of the children.
The public schools of Alabama afforded ROBERT M. ANDERSON his youthful education, and he
remained at the parental home in that state until his marriage, in 1898, to Miss JESSIE EDWARDS,
who was reared and educated in Elmore County, Alabama. After his marriage Mr. ANDERSON resided
at Prattville, Alabama, until 1904, when he came to Lake County, Florida. In that county he
was engaged in truck farming three years, and he then returned to Alabama, where he remained
six years and was manager of the Pratt Gin & Milling Company. At the expiration of the period
noted he returned to Florida, where he continued his active association with the ginning and
milling business six years. In 1917 he removed to Plant City and took a position with the
Plant City Growers Association. After having held for some time the position of manager for
this important industrial concern he was elected its secretary and treasurer, of which dual
office he has since continued the popular and efficient incumbent, with prestige as one of
the representative business men of Plant City. The concern of which he is secretary and
treasurer controls a large wholesale and retail business, and conducts a large well equipped
store and also a grist and feed mill at Plant City.
Mr. ANDERSON is a loyal supporter of the principles of the democratic party, is affiliated
with the Masonic fraternity the Woodmen of the World, and is a zealous member of the Baptist
Church, in which he is serving as superintendent of the Sunday school at the Knight Church,
four miles distant from Plant City and one of the prosperous rural churches of the county.
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