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COMER, Thomas Linville

Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923, Vol.III pg.331

COMER, THOMAS LINVILLE, of Kissimmee, who is serving as county judge
of Osceola County, was elected to this office in 1920 for a term of four
years, and he was the first man to be elected to this office on the republican
ticket in this county by popular vote, while it is probable he was the first
in the entire state to be thus elected by popular vote as a representative of
the republican party. His administration is fully justifying the high
estimate thus placed upon him by the voters of his home county.
Judge COMER claims the old Hoosier State as the place of his birth,
which occurred near Kokomo, Indiana, August 10, 1864. He is a son of Rev.
JAMES HARRISON COMER and MARY (WRIGHT) COMER, the former of whom was born in
Ohio and the latter in Illinois. JAMES H. COMER was one of the first settlers
in Howard County, Indiana, where Indians were still much in evidence at the
time when he there established his home, his marriage having been the third
solemnized in Howard County. He reclaimed and developed a farm of 160 acres
near Center, that county, and both he and his wife continued their residence
in Howard County until their deaths. At the age of thirty-five years Mr.
COMER became a minister of the New Light Christian Church. In his early
ministerial labors in a newly settled community he rode horseback over his
circuit, besides making many visitations by walking over the country. He was
one of the venerable and revered pioneer citizens of Howard County at the time
of his death, at the age of eighty-three years, his noble and gentle wife
having passed away at the age of seventy-five years. The kindly and gracious
influence of this pioneer couple rested as a benediction upon all who came
within the sphere of that influence. Of their ten children one died in
infancy or early childhood, the eldest son attained to maturity and the
youngest son is Judge COMER, the immediate subject of this sketch.
Judge COMER was reared on the old homestead farm and received his
early education in the schools of his native county. He remained with his
parents until the death of his mother, and thereafter he traveled through
various states of the Union.
At the age of fifty-two years Judge COMER married Mrs. DAISY NESBITT,
a resident of his native county, and thereafter they remained for a time on a
farm in that county. Miss CUBAH NESBITT, a daughter of the first marriage of
Mrs. COMER, was in impaired health, and this fact primarily led to the removal
of the family to Florida. Upon coming to this state Judge COMER first settled
at Fort Myers, Lee County, and later he came to Osceola County, bought
property and engaged successfully in the real estate business at St. Cloud.
He bought a small citrus grove east of that village, and since his election to
the office of county judge he has maintained his residence at Kissimmee, the
county seat. The Judge is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, is a deacon in the Baptist Church, and has
been active in church work since his young manhood. He is vice president of
the Perfection Orange Company, which was organized in the summer of 1922, and
is otherwise associated with the citrus-fruit industry in this section of his
adopted state.

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