Winkle, a Pioneer resident of Tarpon Springs was born August 25, 1860
in South Bend, Indiana. He was connected to the Pullman Co. in Chicago
after arriving there as a young man. In 1885 he came to Tarpon Springs
as a surveyor when the Orange Belt Railroad was being planned for the
area. He was a contractor and built many of the buildings in Tarpon
Springs and many of the government buildings in Key West. He operated a
sawmill as well. Mr. Van Winkle became a prominent
the banking field in Tarpon Springs. He was president of the Bank of
Commerce and Trust Company for many years. His health was bad and when
the bank consolidated with the First National Bank, he decided to
retire, but served as a chairman of the board of directors. He served
in that capacity for several years as well as a city councilman.
Mr. Van Winkle died December, 1932 leaving his wife Nora, a daughter and two grandsons. He is buried in Cycadia Cemetery, Tarpon Springs.
Author: Linda Flowers
Source: St. Petersburg Times