Charles Delemere Haines

Charles Delemere Haines (June 9, 1856 – April 11, 1929) was an American businessman and member of the United States Congress.

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Charles Delemere Haines
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York‘s 19th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895
Preceded by Charles Tracey
Succeeded by Frank S. Black
Personal details
Born June 9, 1856
Medusa, New York
Died April 11, 1929[1] (aged 72)
Altamonte Springs, Florida[1]
Resting place Hudson Falls Cemetery, Hudson Falls, New York
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Katherine L.[2] (died March 2, 1932)[3]
Children Benjamin F. Haines (Step son)

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Haines was born in Medusa, Albany County, New York. His parents, David Tompkins Haines and Emma De Maugh Haines, were prominent in Albany County, and Governor Daniel Tompkins was of this family.[4] He moved with his parents to Coxsackie where he attended the common schools.

Starting as a telegrapher at age 16, he rapidly became a train dispatcher, assistant superintendent, superintendent and owner of railroads.

He moved to Kinderhook, New York in 1888 and built the Kinderhook & Hudson Railroad.[5] In 1913, Haines joined with his brothers in the building and operation of numerous railroad lines; they built and managed eighteen steam railroads and sixteen street railways in fifteen states, Canada and Mexico.

He was elected as a Democrat to the 53rd United States Congress (March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895). He was unsuccessful in his bid for reelection in 1894 and resumed his former business activities.

Having first come to Altamonte Springs, Florida in 1913 for his health, Haines soon purchased property on the west side of Lake Orienta and began growing asparagus plumosa ferns shortly after World War I. By the early 1920s he was shipping ferns to all parts of the United States via the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. His Royal Fern Corporation was chartered in 1922 with an authorized capital of $450,000. Haines was the major stockholder with three hundred shares, but George Kingsley, the secretary/treasurer, was also a substantial investor with one hundred forty-five shares. Vice-president James A Cotting of Winter Park owned five shares. Ed W. Mitchell was general manager. With thirty-three acres in production at the time of its incorporation, the firm expanded until it was cultivating sixty-five acres by 1925. Since much of the area was under slat-roof covering to protect the tender plants, one over-enthusiastic reporter called it the largest industry in the world under one roof. The fernery had thirty miles of irrigation pipe, a pre-cooling plant, and its own electric light and water system. There was a complete company town with forty homes for employees, a commissary, a church, a school, a park, and a moving picture theater adjacent to the fernery. The Royal Fernery was the catalyst which made Altamonte Springs a center for fern growing for many years.

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