Panama City in Bay County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
John Christo, Senior
Built in 1927 by A.A. Payne, a banker, and bought by John Christo, Sr., the house is significant in architecture, a mixture of styles typical of the late 19th and early 20th centuries which includes Neo-Colonial Revival and Italianate Villa influences and the accomplishments of John Christo, Sr., 1885-1973. He was born to a Greek family on a farm near the village of Kirte, Turkey. As war between Turkey and Bulgaria drew near, he left Turkey and came to America in 1912 at the age of 27. He had $50, which he borrowed from a relative in Turkey. His ship sailed to New York where he knew no one and was advised to travel by steamer to Jacksonville, Florida and from there to Tarpon Springs where he could communicate in Greek and get a job. He overcame the language barrier by obtaining a Greek-to-English dictionary. He got a job at a restaurant peeling onions, then was advised to go to Quincy, Florida where he was able to work, save and borrow enough to realize his dream to own and operate a five and dime store.
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Christo became so successful that he eventually owned 42 stores named Christo’s 5 Cents, 10 Cents and $1.00 Stores in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. He founded four successful corporations: Christo’s, Inc., Christo’s Stores,
Erected 2009 by The Christo Family and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-657.)
Location. 30° 9.68′ N, 85° 40.503′ W. Marker is in Panama City, Florida, in Bay County. Marker is at the intersection of West Beach Drive and Balboa Avenue, on the right when traveling west on West Beach Drive Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 940 W. Beach Drive, Panama City FL 32401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The St. Andrew Bay Saltworks (approx. half a mile away); St. Andrew Skirmish (approx. 0.8 miles away); Robert Lee McKenzie's Home and Office (approx. one mile away); The Gideon Versus Wainwright Case (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Old Sentry (approx. 1.6 miles away); Salt Kettle (approx. 1.6 miles away); St. Andrew(s) School (approx. 1.9 miles away); Panama City Airport (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Panama City.
Also see . . . Historic listing honors immigrant's achievements. Panama City News Herald (Submitted on May 5, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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