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 Robert W. Creel

Source: The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.III   p.173-4  1923
Author: The History of Florida:  Past & Present

 Robet W. Creel  
CREEL, ROBERT W.  In the fine little City of Bonifay, judicial center of Holmes County, is to be found in the person of Mr. CREEL an able and popular official, he being the incumbent of the position of clerk of the
Circuit Court for this county, in which office he initiated on the 1st of January, 1921, his second term of four years, he having first been elected in 1916 and his reelection in 1920 having shown the high estimate placed upon his
administration.  In politics he is a stalwart advocate of the principles of the democratic party, and he has been active in its local councils and campaign service.

    Mr. CREEL was born in Dale County, Alabama, on the 30th of September, 1882, and is a son of WILLIAM J. and SARAH (KIRTLAND) CREEL, the former of whom died in 1888 and the latter is still living, both having been born and reared in Alabama, to which state the former's father removed from North Carolina.  WILLIAM T. KIRTLAND, maternal grandfather of ROBERT W. CREEL, was a native of Alabama, and was of staunch  Holland Dutch ancestry.
    WILLIAM J. CREEL gave valiant service as a soldier of the Confederacy in the Civil war, in which he was a member of an Alabama regiment, and after the war he continued his residence in Alabama, until the early '80s, when he came with his family to Holmes County, Florida, where he purchased and established his home on a farm about five miles distant from Bonifay, the county seat.  There his death occurred in 1888, and his widow now resides at Bonifay.

    ROBERT W. CREEL was a child at the time of the family removal to Holmes County, and was but five years old at the time of his father's death.

He continued his studies in the public schools until he had profited by the advantages of the high school at Bonifay, and thereafter he completed a thorough course in the Draughton Business College at Montgomery, Alabama, in which he was graduated in 1905.  Upon his return to Bonifay here he assumed the position of bookkeeper in the general store of T. W. GRIFFITH, with whom he was thus associated in 1906-07.  For the ensuing eight months he held the position of storekeeper in the Florida State Hospital, and then returned to Bonifay, where he was employed, in 1908-09, in general store of S. E. ARMSTRONG.  During a portion of the later year and that of 1910 he was
identified with logging operations in Holmes and Jackson counties, and in 1912 he was bookkeeper in the general store of the D. HUGHES Mercantile Company of  Bonifay.  In 1912 he resumed his association with the logging industry in the same two counties, and in 1914-15 he was bookkeeper and commissary for the Newhome Naval Stores Company at Portland, Walton County.  He then returned to Bonifay, and here in 1916 he was elected to the important office of which he has since continued the efficient and valued incumbent, that of clerk of the
Circuit Court.  His second term in this position will expire in January, 1925.

    Mr. CREEL is affiliated with the local Blue Lodge and Chapter of the Masonic fraternity, in which he is also a member of the Consistory of  Pensacola, and is a noble of the Mystic Shrine, besides which he is affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America.  He and his wife hold membership in the Missionary Baptist Church in their home city, and both are popular factors in the representative social activities of the community.  In the World war period Mr. CREEL was instant in loyal support of local patriotic service, he having served as a member of the Examining Board of Holmes County in connection with the recruiting of soldiers, and having been active also in furtherance of the drives in support of the Government war loans, Red Cross work, etc.

    In August, 1919, was recorded the marriage of Mr. CREEL and Miss CASSIE PAUL, daughter of Hon. DANIEL J. and MATHILDA (FAIRCLOTH) PAUL, well known residents of Holmes County and both natives of Florida.  Mr. PAUL served four years as sheriff of Holmes County, and in 1904-05 he represented the county in the State Legislature.  He is one of the substantial exponents of farm industry in this county.  Mr. and Mrs. CREEL have two daughters, ROBBIE MARJORIE and ANNIE ELIZABETH.

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