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CRAIG, William Blackwood

Author: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., 1923, Vol. III pg.334

CRAIG, WILLIAM BLACKWOOD, a successful contractor and builder engaged
in business at Winterhaven (sic), Polk County, was born at Waynesboro,
judicial center of Wayne County, Tennessee, on the 20th of May, 1886, and is
the only surviving member of a family of three children, his parents, P. H.
and JOHNNIE (HARVEY) CRAIG, having continued their residence in Tennessee
until their deaths.
Mr. CRAIG gained his preliminary education in the public schools of
his native state and supplemented the same by attending the Dickson Normal
School at Dickson, Tennessee. In 1908, shortly after attaining to his legal
majority, he came to Florida and established his residence at Bartow, county
seat of Polk County. In the following year he initiated his career as a
contractor at Fort Pierce, and his contracting operations have been
successfully extended to Bartow, Mulberry and Winterhaven, in which last
mentioned place he established his office headquarters in the year 1911. He
now has prestige as one of the leading contractors and builders of Polk
County, and has been the contractor in the erection of many of the largest and
best buildings in Winterhaven. At the time of this writing, in the autumn of
1922, he is doing contract work in the erection of the new City Hall of
Winterhaven, a building that will represent a cost of $45,000, is making
improvements on Florence Villa Hotel, involving the expenditure of $50,000,
and is carrying forward the contract in the erection of the local Masonic
Hall, at a cost of $12,000. He gives special attention to the erection of
houses of the better grade, and many of the fine homes of Winterhaven stand in
evidence of his ability and business fidelity. The Cameron Building, the
office building of Winterhaven Citrus Exchange and other important structures
have claimed Mr. CRAIG as contractor and builder, and at the time of this
writing he has eleven important contracts under way. He is one of the
principals in the Seymour-Craig Company, which conducts the largest building-
material enterprise at Winterhaven, with two warehouses and well stocked yards.
Mr. CRAIG has shown his progressiveness not only in his business
operations but also in connection with community affairs. He is vice
president of the Winterhaven Board of Trade, and is actively identified with
the Winterhaven Building & Loan Association. In the Masonic fraternity he is
a past master of the Blue Lodge at Winterhaven, is a Knight Templar and a
member of the Mystic Shrine. He is past chancellor commander of the local
lodge of Knights of Pythias, and past grand of the lodge of Independent Order
of Odd Fellows.
The year 1907 recorded the marriage of Mr. CRAIG and Miss ALVINA SELMA
JOHNS, of Jackson, Missouri, and they have two children: LILLIAN HARVEY and
WILTON VIRGINIA.

Pesented by Nancy Rayburn

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