George P. Kaiser
George P. Kaiser was born November 27, 1911, in Elberta. One of eight children, he worked on the farm when the weather was good and went to school in a one-room schoolhouse when farm life permitted. As a testament to his strong will and sense of accomplishment, he went on to finish high school in Foley – the first in his family to reach such a goal.
The growth of south Baldwin County mirrors the growth of Mr. Kaiser. From barely existence level, he built a modern farming operation that was in 1991 selected as Alabama’s Farm of Distinction. He was a director of the Baldwin County Farm Bureau for over 50 years and president for 24 years. He is a former director of the Baldwin County Cattlemens’ Association and helped to establish the Southwest Alabama Pecan Growers Association, now the Alabama Pecan Growers Association.
Mr. Kaiser excelled in innovative ideas, and was always willing to help others develop business plans. He served on the Alabama Farmers Marketing Board Authority and won an award for leadership from the Public Affairs Division of the Alabama Farmers Federation.
In addition to building an outstanding farming operation, Mr. Kaiser also helped build an outstanding community. He was instrumental in bringing first class health care to south Baldwin County, serving as a director of the South Baldwin Hospital from 1956 until 1962, and as president during construction of the facility. Mr. Kaiser was a past president and trustee of the St. Benedictine School and of St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Foley. He was also a charter member and past president of the Foley Rotary Club and served as director and president of the Foley Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Kaiser died in 1994, leaving behind an outstanding family, business, and community legacy. His tireless work and innovative leadership played a key role in the development of south Baldwin County, providing growth in that area that continues to benefit all the people of Alabama.