Alpheus Lee Ellis biography
|Title:||Alpheus Lee Ellis biography.|
|Name(s):||Covington, James W. (James Warren), 1917-, creator|
|Publisher:||Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc.|
|Abstract/Description:||Brief biography of Tarpon Springs banker A. L. Ellis. Includes portrait. Appeared on p. 26-27 of vol. 2 of the book: The story of southwest Florida / by James W. Covington.|
"Alpheus Lee Ellis’ career in banking has taken him to various cities of the Peninsula State since he came here from his native Alabama thirty years ago. For the past decade he has served as president of the First National Bank in Tarpon Springs. He is also the chairman of the board of directors of the Gulf State Bank at New Port Richey, and chairman of the board of directors of the First National Bank of Bradenton. He has held public office, and has been a constructive worker on behalf of civic and welfare organizations. Born at Elba, Alabama, on February 5, 1906, he is a son of Osceola Alpheus and Lillie (Lee) Ellis. His father, who was born at Ellistown, Alabama, is still active as a banker in his native state. He is now the president of the Central Baldwin Bank at Robertsdale, Alabama, and in full possession of his business abilities and executive capacities at the age of eighty-five. The town of Ellistown, where he was born, was named for O. A. Ellis’ father, who homesteaded there. After completing his secondary studies in the public schools of his native state, Alpheus L. Ellis attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute at Auburn, and the University of Alabama. Before he had completed his education, he had already had experience in banking, working on the staff of the First National Bank of Elba, Alabama, during vacation periods in the early 1920s. On completing his studies he came to Florida where he was formerly with a bank in Winter Haven. He left that bank in 1929 to accept a position in which he did receivership work for a federal banking agency. In 1931 he joined the staff of the Florida National Bank of Lakeland, remaining there until 1936. He then became cashier of the Wauchula State Bank, and in the course of his seven years’ connection with that institution, was promoted to the presidency. From 1943 to 1946 he served as president of the Sarasota Bank and Trust Company. He left to accept the presidency of the First National Bank in Tarpon Springs. At the present time, in addition to serving as president of this bank, and as an executive of the Gulf State Bank and the First National Bank of Bradenton, Mr. Ellis is also a director of the Sarasota Bank and Trust Company, and chairman of the board of directors of Central Baldwin Bank, Robertsdale, Alabama, and a member of the board of directors of Home Owners Life Insurance Company. He was a member of the City Advisory Board of Sarasota, and has also served on its Zoning Board. He is a former director of the Florida Health and Tuberculosis Association, is a director of the local Chamber of Commerce, and is a member and past president of the Rotary Club. He is a member of the Yacht Club of Tarpon Springs, and the lodges of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Free and Accepted Masons. In Masonry, he is a member of the higher bodies of the order and belongs to the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine and the Jesters. He is also a member of the Knights of Pythias, and of Theta Chi fraternity. He and his family attend the First Baptist Church of Tarpon Springs. Miss Helen Lansden, a native of Cookeville, Tennessee, became the wife of Alpheus L. Ellis in a ceremony at Winter Haven on April 11, 1936. Mrs. Ellis’ parents, Hugh C. and Etta (Grimsley) Lansden, are both natives of Jamestown, Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis are the parents of a daughter, Helen Carol, who was born on December 25, 1944."
Ellis, A. L. (Alpheus Lee)