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CHENEY, Joseph Y.
Presented by Nancy Rayburn
Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923, Vol. II pg.228
CHENEY, JOSEPH Y., manager of the Orlando Gas Company, a former officer
in the American Army during the World war, is a native of Orlando, son of the
late Judge JOHN M. CHENEY, whose distinguished record has been recounted
elsewhere. Except for the time he spent in the army JOSEPH Y. CHENEY has been
closely identified with the business interests of Orlando since leaving
JOSEPH Y. CHENEY was born in Orlando, August 4, 1891. He is a graduate
of the local high school, graduated Doctor of Science from Dartmouth College
in 1913, and on his return home was for several years connected with the
Orlando Water & Light Company, now the Orlando Gas Company, a public utility
founded by his father.
In August, 1917, he entered the Second Officers’ Training Camp at Fort
Oglethorpe, was commissioned second lieutenant and assigned to duty with the
Seventeenth Infantry. He commanded a company which was sent to Tampa to guard
the shipyards. Later he was transferred to Camp Meade, Maryland, and was
there when the armistice was signed. In the meantime he had been promoted to
first lieutenant and was discharged with that rank.
Since the war Mr. CHENEY has been prominent in the American Legion in
Florida, serving as post adjutant and post commander of the Orlando Post, as
state adjutant of the legion, and is now a member of the state executive
committee. Mr. Cheney is also a Royal Arch Mason, Knight of Pythias and an
In 1914 he married Miss HAZEL M. LOCKE of Lebanon, New Hampshire. They
have had two children, JOHN LOCKE, born March 7, 1916, and KATHERINE JULIETTE,
the latter now deceased.
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