Crandon, Charles H., 1889-1979

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Crandon, Charles H., 1889-1979

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Charles H. Crandon was born in Acushnet, Mass., on 1886 November 16. His family were Quaker farmers; at 11 he played the church organ. In 1917 he came to Miami, where he founded the Crandon Wholesale Drug Company. He was elected commissioner for District 1 in 1929, serving for 20 years. He was instrumental in creating the county park system--Crandon Park on Key Biscayne was named for him. He also pushed for the creation of the county's health department. Active in Miami Civic Music Association from 1936, he sponsored the building of the Dade County Auditorium. Well known for his hobby of growing earthworms, he was interested in gardening and had a grove of avocados at his home on Red Road. After his retirement from the commission, he became president of Fairchild Tropical Garden's Board.


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