Grover Cox is credited with being the first Floridian to make a commercially
available wooden lure. His sporting goods business started out by selling
bicycles. He later added his Tampa Minnows to his Tampa Tribune newspaper ads.
His lures were sold out of his Sporting Goods shop in the the late 1910's
through the early 1920's. In 1922 he stopped making his minnows, but continued
to run his sporting goods shop. The Tampa City Directory shows the Cox's store
location moved four times. From 1912 to 1915, it was located at 907 Franklin St.
From 1916 to 1921, the store was located at 201 Polk St. and was at 713 Florida
Ave. from 1922 to 1926. The final location was 1106 Tampa St. The Tampa Minnow
ads show only the Polk Street address. Grover Cox was born in 1884 and died in
An Old Photo Postcard Showing Grover Cox, circa 1920
The COX'S TAMPA MINNOW & Wooden Box, circa 1920
The COX'S TAMPA MINNOW No-Chin Zaragossa Minnow, circa 1920
The COX'S TAMPA MINNOWS, circa 1920
The COX'S TAMPA MINNOW Hook Hardware
COX and HEDDON NO-CHIN MINNOWS, circa 1920
1915 & 1916 Tampa Tribune Newspaper Ads
1920 Tampa Tribune Newspaper Ad
1920 & 1921 "The Florida Fisherman" Magazine Ads
COX'S SPORTING GOODS, 1106 Tampa St., 1927
Creek Chub Boxs w/COX'S SPORTING GOODS Labels Applied
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