John Leroy Olson (1897-1961)
Dundee Growers Association
Growers’ Loan & Guaranty Company
Highlands Crate Company
Florida Citrus Exchange
Columbia Bank of Cooperatives
Exchange National Bank
Polk County Fertilizer Company
John Leroy Olson was born in St. Joseph, Mo. He received his B.S. from Missouri and moved to Florida in 1923, settling in the Dundee area in order to take charge of the family groves and expanded operations into citrus caretaking.
Olson ended up joining the Dundee Growers Association, where he served as president for 24 years. He also served as President for both the Growers Loan and Guaranty Company in Tampa and the Highland Crate Company. He was a director of the Florida Citrus Exchange, the Columbia Bank of Cooperatives, the Federal Land Bank of Columbia, South Carolina, and the Exchange National Bank. He also served as a partner in the Polk County Fertilizer Company.
John L. Olson was inducted into the Florida Citrus Hall of Fame in 1965, four years after his death in 1961.