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COKER, Andrew B.

Author: The History of Florida:  Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923,  Vol. II pg.299

COKER, ANDREW B. The vital and progressive little City of Winterhaven
(sic), Polk County, claims Mr. COKER as a leading representative of the real
estate and insurance business in this community. He was born in Manatee
County, Florida, December 3, 1885, and is a son of DANIEL L. and SARAH
(ALBRITON) COKER, both of whom were born in the State of Georgia. DANIEL L.
COKER has been a resident of Manatee County, Florida, since 1865, and has not
only been for many years one of the representative exponents of farm industry
in that county, but has also to his credit a record of effective service as a
school teacher. His wife is deceased, and of the four children the subject of
this sketch is the eldest son.
The early years of ANDREW B. COKER were passed on the old home farm,
and his public school discipline included that of the high school. For a
period of about six years he was engaged in the confectionery and soda-
fountain business in the City of Arcadia, De Soto County, and in 1908 he
established himself in the same line of enterprise at Winterhaven. He
continued the business about five years, and then, in 1914, turned his
attention to the real estate business, of which he has continued a leading
representative here to the present time. He has contributed definitely to the
development and upbuilding of his home city, the town having had only two
stores and a few houses when he here established his residence, and sidewalks
and paved streets having been improvements that did not come till a later
period. Mr. COKER’s real estate and insurance business is now one of the most
substantial and important in this part of Polk County. He is a loyal and
active member of the Winterhaven Board of Trade, and formerly served as a
director of the same. He is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is staunchly
aligned in the ranks of the democratic party, and he and his wife are zealous
members of the Christian church in their home city, he having served for a
term of years as a deacon in this church.
The year 1908 recorded the marriage of Mr. COKER and Miss MAUDE SMITH,
who was born and reared at West Salem, Illinois, and the one child of this
union is WILLIS E., who was born in the year 1911.
Pesented by Nancy Rayburn

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