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Author: The History of Florida:  Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923,  Vol. III pg.169

Collins, Paul F. photo COLLINS, PAUL F. came to Florida in 1912, completed his education in
the University, almost immediately went into service as an officer in the
American Army, was on duty in France for over a year, and since his return has
achieved a place of definite success in the business affairs of Lakeland.
Mr. COLLINS was born at Racine, Wisconsin, June 5, 1892, son of Dr. W.
P. and GRACE (KENNEDY) COLLINS. His parents were also born in Wisconsin, and
his father is still living. Paul Collins is the second in a family of four
He was reared in Racine, attended grammar school there, was a student
in the University of Wisconsin, and after coming to Florida entered the
University of Florida, where he graduated in 1917. His home was at Haines
City in Polk County until he located at Lakeland.
Mr. COLLINS early in the war was commissioned a first lieutenant in
Company F of the Three Hundred Twenty-sixth Infantry, went overseas with the
Eighty-second Division, and was in France fourteen months. He was in some of
the most important engagements in which the American forces were engaged.
During the Argonne Forest battle he was wounded, and for three months was in a
hospital. His elder brother was killed during the war. Mr. COLLINS after
leaving the army located at Lakeland in 1919, and on November 1, 1920,
organized the Growers Supply Company, of which he is president and manager.
This company handles a general line of supplies for troops and vegetable
growers in this section of Florida and does both a wholesale and retail
business. Mr. COLLINS owns several citrus groves.
In 1921 he married Miss LELA COLEMAN of Racine, Wisconsin. They have
one son, EDMOND RICHARD. Mr. COLLINS is affiliated with the Elks, the Rotary
Club, the Woodmen of the World and the Chamber of Commerce.

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