Sidney C. Inman (1853-1927)
Florence Villa Citrus Growers Association
Inman Late Grapefruit
Polk County Citrus Sub-Exchange
Sidney C. Inman was born in Parkman, Ohio, in 1853 and came to Winter Haven, Florida in 1888 with his brother, Frederick William Inman. In 1909, he incorporated Florence Villa Citrus Growers Association, of which he was an officer. A pioneer citrus grower, he helped develop many of the basic citrus cultural practices that are still in use today. He originated cooling methods in the preservation of citrus fruit that were used for years in the industry and took an active part in the fight against citrus canker by making the problem known to the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1915. Along with W. T. Swingle, USDA, Inman developed the Tangelo orange and collaborated in developing the Temple orange. The “Inman Late Grapefruit” was first produced in his grove and he was one of the first growers to do “top work” on citrus trees.
In addition, he was a pioneer in the campaign to wipe out white fly. For many years, he was President of the Polk County Citrus Sub-Exchange.