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BRANDON, William Scott
Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.
Presented by Nancy Rayburn
III, page 243, 1923.
BRANDON, WILLIAM SCOTT, a member of the Brandon Mill and Elevator Company of Marianna, is
a fine type of the courteous, dignified Southern gentleman, united to the energetic, successful,
practical man of the Middle West. In him meet the best traits of the Cavalier and the Puritan,
producing a breadth and solidarity of character which is proving one of the chief factors
in his rapid advancement in business life.
Mr. BRANDON was born September 1, 1891, at Clyde, Kansas, and is a son of WILLIAM L. and
EVA (HAY) BRANDON. The Brandon family originated in England, whence members came to this
country prior to the Revolutionary war, in which a number of the name participated. WILLIAM
L. BRANDON, the paternal grandfather of WILLIAM SCOTT BRANDON, was born at Newcastle, Pennsylvania.
The maternal grandfather was WILLIAM HAY, a native of Scotland, who on coming to the United
States settled in Iowa. WILLIAM L. BRANDON, father of WILLIAM S., was born in Pennsylvania,
and as a young man went to Kansas, where he met and married Miss HAY, who had been born in
Iowa and had been taken as a child to the Sunflower state. For a number of years Mr. BRANDON
was engaged in business in Kansas in operating grain elevators, but on a trip to the South
noticed the need of elevators in this part of the country and accordingly changed his base
of operations, being now associated with his son at Marianna and elsewhere. The greater part
of his time is devoted to the building of elevators, a field in which he is an expert. He
is highly esteemed both as a business man and a citizen.
WILLIAM SCOTT BRANDON attended public school in Kansas and the Kansas Wesleyan University
of Salina, that state, where he took a course in engineering. After his graduation, in 1911,
he began his business career in association with his father in the grain business at Clyde.
In 1916, seeing the possibilities of the elevator business in West Florida, they came to
Marianna and established the Brandon Mill and Elevator Company, a partnership, doing a
general milling and elevator business, in addition to which they carry on a wholesale grocery
business. Their brand, "Clyde's Best", has attained wide popularity. Since coming to the
South they have located and built thirty elevators at various places in Florida, Alabama,
Georgia and Mississippi. Mr. BRANDON is one of the progressive young business men of his
community, and in addition to his business activities has identified with various civic
movements. He is not interested in politics save as a good citizen who supports men and
measures which he believes will be of benefit to the locality, its institutions and its
people. As a fraternalist he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and
the Blue Lodge of Masonry. With his family he holds membership in the Presbyterian Church.
In October, 1915, at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Mr. BRANDON married ADELINE FLEMING, daughter
of S. F. and ADELINE FLEMING, natives of Nebraska. Mr. and Mrs. BRANDON have two children:
HARRIET MARIE and ELEANOR.
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