Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present
The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.III
Page 161, 1923.
AUSLEY, CHARLES MERRITT, M. D. Along with an
extensive practice as a physician and surgeon at Tallahassee, where he
has lived over twenty years, Doctor AUSLEY has formed and maintained
important relations with business enterprises and with practically
every public spirited movement undertaken during that time for the
advancement and improvement of the city. His associates know him as a
progressive in the best sense of the term, always alive to the real
interests of his community.
Doctor AUSLEY was born at Camden, South Carolina,
March 22, 1879, son of JOHN CURRY and MARY (McCASKILL) AUSLEY. His
father was born at Lumber Bridge, North Carolina, and died at Slocum,
Alabama, in 1919, at the age of seventy-two. The mother was a native of
Camden, South Carolina, and died in 1903, aged forty-nine. JOHN C.
AUSLEY throughout his active business career was in the sawmill and
turpentine industry, and his home and business headquarters for varying
lengths of time were in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and
Mississippi. He retired from business about ten years before his death.
In every community where he lived he was active in establishing or
maintaining a Baptist Church.
CHARLES MERRITT AUSLEY, second in a family of four
children, spent most of his boyhood at Bainbridge, Georgia. He was
educated in the public schools, attended the University of Tennessee
three years, and in 1901 graduated M. D. from the medical department of
the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He was a member of the Phi Chi
fraternity. Doctor AUSLEY located at Tallahassee in June, 1901, and has
been busy in a general practice of medicine ever since. He is surgeon
at Tallahassee for the Seaboard Air Line and the Georgia, Florida and
Alabama railroads. He is a member of the Florida State Medical
Association, and during the World war he served as a member of the
District Examining Board, with supervision over ten counties in West
The upbuilding of the town is his hobby and the
object of his careful study. He is a good road enthusiast, has served
ten years on the city council, was city health officer three years, and
one of the original directors of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.
He is a director of the Capital City Bank, and is now serving his
second term as commissioner of the Third District of Leon County, being
chairman of the board. He is interested in the lumber and saw mill
business as a member of the firm of AUSLEY-McMATH Company at Perry,
In 1906, at Tallahassee, Doctor AUSLEY married Miss
BESSIE M. SAXON, daughter of GEORGE W. and SARAH (BALL) SAXON. Her
father has been one of the most influential men of Tallahassee, was
formerly a member of the firm G. W. SAXON & Company, bankers, and
later organized and became president of the Capital City Bank, from
which he retired in 1920. He and his wife are still living at
Tallahassee. Doctor and Mrs. AUSLEY have four children, named CHARLES
SAXON, MARGARET McCASKILL, JOHN CURRY and HELEN SAXON.
Transcribed by Nancy Rayburn and used with permission.