Jul. 2, 1873 Live Oak Suwannee County Florida, USA
Nov. 15, 1920 Fort Myers Lee County Florida, USA
Release from Florida State Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville, FL, Oct. 27, 1963 - The late Walter G. Langford, who had much to do with the early planning and decisions that have brought about the development of Fort Myers and Southwest Florida, today received a posthumous award from the Florida State Chamber of Commerce. The directors of the state association unanimously approved the establishment of a Chair of Business to be placed in the Hall of Achievement in honor of Mr. Langford, whose brilliant career ended at age 47 at his Fort Myers Residence. Born in Live Oak, FL on July 2, 1873, he moved to Fort Myers when seven years old with his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Langford. Dr. Langford became one of the largest cattle owners in Southwest Florida and his son joined him in this business after his graduation from Stetson University. Walter Langford added land development to his cattle interests and in 1907 organized The First National Bank of Fort Myers. He served as its president until the time of his death, November 15, 1920. The bank building, when erected, was described as the "finest and best appointed bank building in Florida." While still a young man, Mr. Langford became associated with John M. Roach, president of the Chicago Traction Company, who had purchased Useppa Island as his first land holding in Florida. Together they developed Deep Lake - an extensive orange and grapefruit grove deep in the Everglades, about thirteen miles north of the present city of Everglades. This was such a large operation they constructed a railroad from the grove to tidewater. It was through the efforts of Mr. Langford and Mr. Roach that Baron G. Collier became interested in Florida. On July 21, 1898 Mr. Langford married Carrie Watson. She died March, 1961. Two daughters survive: Mrs. Fay (Robert T.) Paul and Mrs. Buena (Edward L.) Flaitz.