A. B. Hurst Company

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A. B. Hurst Company

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A. B. (Albert Baxter) Hurst operated a coontie starch mill near Little River from around 1908. Some time in 1919 or 1920 the business moved to the Kendal area in southwest Dade County (near present-day U.S. 1 and S.W. 104 Street), closer to unharvested fields of the coontie plant (Zamia Floridiana). World War I increased demand for the starch, which was found to be easily digested by soldiers who had been gassed. In 1921 Hurst began the process of incorporating the family business; by 1925 the demand for the starch had declined, and the company ceased operations in 1926.

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