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CANNON, Greene F.

Author: The History of Florida:  Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol. II  p189  1923

CANNON, GREENE F., general manager of the Florida Nutex Brick Company of
Tampa, is a native of this state, for many years had his business headquarters
at Jacksonville, and as a merchant, manufacturer and a traveling salesman has
an extensive acquaintance with business men and with business interests
throughout Florida.
Mr. CANNON was born at DeLand, Florida, September 30, 1878, son of JOHN
W. and JOSEPHINE (FISKE) CANNON, both natives of Indiana. His parents came to
Florida in 1873 and located at DeLand, and they are now living at
Jacksonville, where his father is connected with the Atlantic Coast Line
Railway. They have a family of two sons and one daughter: GREENE F.; FRANK
of Lenori, North Carolina; and MAY, wife of JOHN W. JAMISON of Tampa.
GREENE F. CANNON spent his boyhood and early youth partly in Florida and
partly in Indiana and attended the public schools of both states. He was also
a student in Stetson University at DeLand and DePauw University at Green
Castle, Indiana. His first important business experience was operating an
electric and ice manufacturing plant at DeLand. He was for two years loading
clerk for the Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West Railway at Jacksonville, was
with the S. F. and W. Railway as assistant yardmaster of Jacksonville about a
year, for two years was head shipping clerk at Jacksonville for the Florida
Grocery Company, and continued the same duties with its successor, the
Consolidated Grocery Company. Later he engaged in business for himself as a
retail grocery and meat merchant on Bridge Street, now Broad Street, in
Jacksonville. On retiring from this he returned to the Baker and Holmes
Company as head shipping clerk, and in 1905 he went on the road as a traveling
salesman. In 1915 he opened a branch at Tampa for Baker & Holmes Company, and
in 1920 he and GEORGE BOOKER bought out the firm of Baker & Holmes, wholesale
building material dealers. January 1, 1922, he sold his interest to Mr.
BOOKER and since February 1, 1922, has been manager of the Florida Nutex Brick
and Tile Company, one of the important and prosperous industries of the state.
Mr. CANNON is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner, is
a Rotarian and a member of the Country Club. In 1906 he married ADA C.
SLORAH, a native of Syracuse, New York. They have one daughter, DAISY, now
thirteen years of age.

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