Years 1912 - 1922
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Frank Clayton Groover - 1920-1921

Frank Clayton Groover, eighth President of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville, was born in Brooks County, Georgia on January 26, 1861. He came to Jacksonville in 1883 and entered the wholesale fruit and produce business. Very soon thereafter he disposed of his interest in that kind of venture and entered the wholesale drug business. He was president of Groover-Stewart Drug Company, probably the largest wholesale drug company in Florida with branches in Tampa, Miami, and Orlando. About 1930, this firm was merged into the McKesson and Robbins chain and became known as McKesson-Groover-Stewart Drug Com¬pany.
Mr. Groover was active in religious and civic affairs. He was president of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce from 1915 to 1917; president of the Florida Country Club about 1920; a past president of the National Wholesale Druggists Association. He was a director of the Barnett National Bank. Mr. Groover was active in the organization of the Community Chest in Jacksonville and a past president of the Chest. He was a member of the Board of Deacons of the First Presbyterian Church. He was a Mason and Shriner. Mr. Groover was married on May 23, 1887 to Jessie T. Bernard of Tallahassee, Florida.
He entered the Rotary Club of Jacksonville in April 1912 and resigned June 30, 1929. He died on January 28, 1944.
On July 9, 1920, the Board approved classification changes for William N. Dunham and his associate, Walter M. Edwards, from "Victrolas" to "Talking Machines, Wholesale" and for William E. Arnold from "Printing" to "Talking Machines, Retail."
A letter written to the Board of Directors by the Classifications Com¬mittee, on July 29, 1920, recommended classification changes for certain members and disapproved others. The letter referred to the sixty percent of one's business requirement for a classification and warned against improper classifications under this rule, which it termed "subterfuges." The letter was signed by the three members of the committee: R. T. Arnold, J. H. McKinnon and Myron L. Howard.
On September 17, 1920, President Groover appointed a committee to get up a program for "All Florida Day" at the State Fair in Jacksonville. The committee consisted of: R. T. Arnold, Chairman; B. K. Hanafourde, Joseph H. Walsh, Myron L. Howard, Finley Knight and W. Ansel Elliott.
On October 16, 1920, the Board of Directors' minutes noted: "For the sec¬ond time this year there was trouble in getting a quorum and, on motion by Mr. Hill, seconded by Mr. Payne, it was ordered that in the future any director missing two consecutive meetings of the directors without reason¬able excuse be dropped from the board and that this action be published in the Bulletin."
On September 7, 1920, the club was addressed by Don Senor Francisco de Rodriquez. He was billed as a "Distinguished Spanish Gentleman." He spoke through an interpreter and the Rotary Bulletin says this interpreter was Rotarian George Hardee. Dr. E. Conradi, President of Florida State College for Women, addressed the club on September 14, 1920. A week later, Ernest St. John of the Virginia Chautaugua addressed the club on "Russia and Bolshevism."
Harry W. Whittier, who had served the club as assistant secretary, re¬signed this position on October 1, 1920. R. V. Covington addressed the club on November 16, 1920. His subject was "General Business Conditions."
The club bulletin, on December 20, 1920, announced "A big time next Tuesday at Southside Dance Pavilion." Again on January 3, 1921, the Bul¬letin carried an item, as follows:
"For the past few months little groups of Rotarians have been going across the river to the dancing pavilion and enjoying an evening of dancing on a good floor to very good music. Now it has been suggested that these groups get together and pick out some night in the week that all can go and have this a sort of Rotary night over there."
The All Florida Day at the State Fair was held on November 23, 1920. Rotarians met the trains with their automobiles and took the guests from the depot to Gilreath's restaurant for breakfast. They were then taken to the headquarters at the Windsor Hotel and registered. At 10:30 o'clock A.M., Rotarians met at the Windsor and took visitors for a tour of the city. Rotary luncheon at the Mason Hotel provided entertainment with speeches and vaudeville acts. After the luncheon, a cavalcade of automobiles paraded to the fair grounds where special parking was provided for the cars of Ro¬tarians. After seeing the exhibits at the fair, a barbecue was served to Ro¬tarians and their parties, then another tour of the fair at night. A bill for the day of $1,050.00 covered 300 breakfasts at fifty cents each; 300 lunches at seventy-five cents; barbecue for 400; badges, invitations, etc., and 400 admissions to the Fair at fifty cents each. However, the total expense rose to $1,534.88 as other bills came in.
On January 11, 1921, Mr. B. H. Barnett of the Barnett National Bank, who had just returned from abroad, addressed the club on European con¬ditions and their effect on Jacksonville business.
On January 25, 1921, the officers of the Civitan Club were guests at the Rotary luncheon. The Rotary Bulletin of that week complained that the Rotarians should learn the words to Dixie so that they might sing it; and it carried the words to the chorus of the song. On February 15, 1921 the club was host to the St. Augustine Club, and a large number of St. Augustine Rotarians came to the meeting. On February 22, 1921, the club celebrated Rotary's Sixteenth Birthday. The Past Presidents: George Clark, Harry Hoyt, John Gay, Giles Wilson, George Hardee and Loren Green were in charge of the program.
The meetings of the club were held at the Mason Hotel, but on March 15, 1921 the luncheon was held at the Windsor "before Jack Kavanaugh closes the dining room for the summer." The following week the club re¬turned to The Mason. The District Conference was held in Birmingham, Alabama, in March 1921. Jacksonville Rotarians to attend the conference were: Frank C. Groover, R. T. Arnold, Charles Mann, George Hardee, Eddie Cohen, George Avent and George Phillips. A ladies' night party was held on April 12, 1921 at the Mason Hotel. The Mason Hotel closed its dining room for the summer, and the club's luncheons were held on Tuesdays at one o'clock, as usual, at the following places:
April 26: Chamber of Commerce lunchroom; May 3 to November 23: Seminole Club; November 30: Seminole Hotel; December 6 to 27: Seminole Club.
On May 6, 1921, John S. Arnold, Sr. was appointed the club's delegate to the Rotary International Convention in Edinburg, Scotland. In June 1921, the club had a float in the parade to celebrate the opening of the St. Johns River Bridge.
Ten Kiwanis Club members were guests of the club on June 28, 1921, and were seated at a special table for them. The June 6, 1921 issue of the Rotary Bulletin announced a "New Seating Arrangement" for the next luncheon meeting, with the following classifications:
Fat guys
Debonair bachelors
Lean and Hungry
Always late
Marble domes
The old boys
Peanut politicians
Happy tho married

Among those coming into membership of the club during the 1920-1921 year were the following men: Merle E. Bowlin, George W. Clark, Jr., Walter F. Coachman, Abel A. Coult, Charles W. Dishinger, Kay Dixon, Thomas W. Dunk, Frank D. Fant, Linwood Jeffries, Ernest Landrum, Francis S. Mason, Charles C. McCubbin, Ernest R. Paris, William D. Phipps, Jack F. Schad, T. H. Scoville, Sidney S. Simmons, George W. Thames, Neal F. Tyler, Harvey R. Worthington and Howard P. Wright.
Francis P. Conroy died in August 1920, the only member lost by death during the fiscal year.
At May 31, 1921, the club had one hundred and thirty-nine members, divided into thirteen teams of ten members each and one team of nine mem¬bers. The roster was composed of the following members:
Henry Aird, A. P. Anthony, John S. Arnold, Sr., John S. Arnold, Jr., R. T. Arnold, W. E. Arnold, George Avent, Horace Avery, John D. Baker, H. B. Bailey, George H. Baldwin, J. J. Balfe, R. A. Benjamin, Vernon Borum, M. A. Bowlin, R. L. Boyd, J. M. Braxton, W. E. Carter, C. D. Gates, Frank Cartmel, Joshua C. Chase, Leon T. Cheek, Chas. A. Clark, George W. Clark, George W. Clark, Jr., W. F. Coachman , Eddie Cohen, John Cooke, W. P. Corbett, A. A. Coult, H. L. Covington, R. V. Covington, Ellis Crenshaw, W. E. Cummer. Paul Davis, Howard Dexter, Joseph S. Diver, Kay Dixon, David H. Doig, B. C. Dorsey, Horace Drew, W. N. Dunham, Thomas W. Dunk, William Edwards, W. Ansel Elliott, Marcus C. Fagg, Frank D. Fant, Claude D. Fish, E. P. Flemming, John Futch, John H. Gay, G. Golden, Loren H. Green, Morgan V. Gress, Frank C. Groover, John A. Hall, B. K. Hanafourde, Benj. E. Hardacre, George W. Hardee, E. C. Harrell, Harry Hasson, F. A. Hathaway, Harry Hebb, Fred C. Hedrick, G. C. Henry, George B. Hills, Myron L. Howard, E. R. Hoyt, Harry B. Hoyt, F. Hyde, James L. Irwin, B. N. Jones, William D. Jones, Jack Kavanaugh, J. H. Keen, B. R. Kessler, Finley Knight, E. L. Landrum, W. A. Lloyd, W. C. Logan, Fred W. Long, M. Maher, Chas H. Mann, Joseph F. Marron, Ambrose C. Martin, Francis S. Mason, W. M. Mason, Chas. C. McCubbin, Lance C. McCubbin, J. H. McKinnon, Frank O. Miller, Sr., C. D. Mills, Harry S. Moulton, Will Mouser, J. P. Murphy, Ralph B. Murphy, Claude Nolan, Wm. O'Connell, H. O'Dell, E. Paris, Clifford A. Payne, Ralph Payne, George Phillips, Bill Phipps, A. Betts Potter, David W. Ramsaur, F. S. Robinson, C. Roper, Wm. E. Ross, Paul Saunders, T. Scovill, Jack Shad, Bill Sharkey, S. S. Simmons, Ed S. Spencer, John Stephens, L. Stinson, J. N. C. Stockton, Telfair Stockton, H. Marshall Taylor, J. C. Temple, George W. Thames, B. Thyson, Jeff Thomas, Wayne Thomas, E. H. Tomlinson, Neal F. Tyler, James Stuart, E. L. Vodermark, Joseph H. Walsh, Wm. L. Whitehead, Chas J. Williams, W. E. Williams, Jr., Giles L. Wilson, J. Millar Wilson, Lucius Wooten, M. R. Worsham, H. R. Worthington, J. M. Wright.