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COUNCIL, Jesse Farry

Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923, Vol. III pg.11

COUNCIL, JESSE FARRY is one of the best known railroad officials in
Florida. For eighteen years he has been division superintendent of the
Atlantic Coast Line at Lakeland. Mr. COUNCIL has had an interesting record of
promotions and advancement since he took up railroading in the capacity of a
flagman more than thirty years ago.
He was born at Reevesville, South Carolina, March 2, 1869, a son of
CHARLES R. and MILDRED P.(FARRY) COUNCIL, his father a native of Bladen
County, North Carolina, and his mother of Orangeburg County, South Carolina.
Of their seven children JESSE F. COUNCIL is the oldest.
Mr. COUNCIL was reared and educated in South Carolina, attending
public schools there. In 1890 when he was twenty-one years of age he became a
flagman on a run from Charleston to Wilmington, North Carolina. From flagman
he was advanced to freight conductor on the division running to Columbia,
Norfolk and Savannah. About five years later he was appointed general yard
master at Charlestown, and in two years was made trainmaster of the
Charlestown division. He left this post to return to the same service as
passenger conductor between Florence, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia.
His next transfer was to Wilmington, as trainmaster of the Atlantic Coast
Lines. He went there in 1904, and in 1905 was made trainmaster at
Charlestown, and in 1906 was appointed superintendent of the Norfolk Division
of the Atlantic Coast Line with headquarters at Norfolk. Just six months
later he came to Lakeland, Florida, as division superintendent and has
efficiently served the railroad company and the local interests of his
division now for eighteen years.
Mr. COUNCIL has his home and other interests permanently identified
with Lakeland. He has invested in citrus groves, in city property and also
has some holdings in Lee County. He has been a director for ten years and is
a member of the finance committee of the First National Bank of Lakeland and
owns stock in other local enterprises. Mr. COUNCIL is a member of the Elks,
the Order of Railway Conductors and the American Association of Railroad
Superintendents.
In 1897 he married Miss LILLIE KENNEDY of Charlestown, now deceased.
They lost their only child. In 1907 he married FANNIE NELSON of Lakeland.
They have one daughter JESSIE FARRY. Mr. COUNCIL has taken an active part in
local affairs, and has served on the city council and school board and at the
last election was candidate for mayor. He has been on the official board of
the Methodist Episcopal Church for twelve years.

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