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COnklin, Samuel D.
Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923, Vol. II pg.134
COCHRAN, SAMUEL D. is a veteran railroad man and one of the older
passenger conductors of the Florida East Coast Railway. His home has been in
Miami for a number of years, and he has taken an active part in the industrial
and business life of that city.
He was born near Nashville, Tennessee, in 1878, and acquired a good
education in the public schools and in the Southern Normal School and the
Bowling Green Business College at Bowling Green, Kentucky. He has been a
railroad man since he was twenty-one. In 1899 he became a brakeman with the
Louisville & Nashville Railroad on a division in Tennessee. In 1901 he came
to Florida as a brakeman on the Florida East Coast, running out of St.
Augustine. In 1904 he was transferred to Miami, and that city has been his
home now for nearly twenty years. Mr. COCHRAN was promoted to passenger
conductor in 1907, and he now has charge of trains numbered 29 and 30 between
Miami and Fort Pierce.
In September, 1920, Mr. COCHRAN bought the Lehman Electric Works,
changing the name to the Miami Electric Works, and he is president of that
important local industry. Early in 1921 the business was opened in its new
plant on Northeast Fourteenth Street at Miami Avenue, in a two-story building
50 by 95 feet, equipped with the most modern machinery for electrical
engineering and general electric business. The technical man of the industry
is EDWARD L. PRAETORIOUS, an electrical engineer of the highest qualifications
and with several years of experience with some of the leading electrical
concerns of the country. The industry is growing rapidly, and is supplying an
important and essential service to the city.
Mr. COCHRAN is a member of the Order of Railway Conductors. He
married MARGARET ROCHFORD, of New York, and their two children are MARGARET
and SAMUEL D., Jr.
Transcribed by Nancy Rayburn
©2010 Fran Smith
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