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who died when three years of age. Thomas Wood
Tavlor. the oldest son, and the partner of his father, was
married on June 3. 1909, to Miss Leta Fair, daughter
of William J. and Carlie (Ferguson) Fair. Thomas W.
Taylor is an active member of the Commercial Club and
the Woodmen of the World, and als-o a Democrat. His
wife belongs to the Methodist church. The Taylor fam-
ily represents the best citizenship and social qu.alities
of Midland, and their home is a center of social ac-
tivities and pleasures.

D. J. Young. The men who control the monetary
iustitutions of the Lone Star state have been recruited



from almost every section of the Union and have received
their training under varied conditions and in various
walks of life. It will be found, however, that almost
invariably these masters of tinanee resemble one another
in at least one particular — they have the point in com-
mon of having been the architects of their own fortunes.
In this respect, D. J. Young, president of the First
National Bank of Canadian, is no exception to the rule.
A Chicagoan by birth, he cast his fortunes with the
developing southwest when still little more than a lad,
and subsequently has worked his way up the difficult
self-made road to prosperity, sturdily surmounting the
obstacles which have appeared in his path. His career
is but another instance furnished by Texans of well-
directed and persevering effort culminating in deserved
success. Mr. Young was born October 24, 1865, in Chi-
cago, Illinois, and is a son of David S. and Mary
(Short) Young, natives of Canda. The father came to
Chicago from his native Dominion during the days of
the Civil war and took up the grain business, but in
1S67 removed to Wyandotte, Kansas, and was there
engaged in farming until ISSO. In that year be estab-
lisheii himself in the real estate and loan business at
Kansas City, Kansas, and he was so engaged until his
death, which occurred in 1S9S, when he was seventy-sis
years of age. Mrs. Young was reared and educated in
her native country and still survives her husband, living
at Kansas City, Kansas, at the age of seventy-seven
years. She and her husband were the parents of sis
children, four daughters and two sons, and of these
D. ,T. was the third in order of birth.

The early educational training of D. J. Young was
secured in the public schools of Wyandotte and Kansas
City, Kansas, following which he prepared for a busi-
ness career in SpaldingX'ommercial College, Kansas City,
Missouri. "When but sixteen years of age he left the
parental roof and embarked upon a career of his own,
going to a Colorado ranch as cowboy. It was while thus
employed, in 1888, that he was sent with two thousand
three hundred head of cattle to Texas, for the John W.
Prowers Estate, and after completing the transaction was
so favorably impressed with the appearance of the coun-
try that he decided to remain. Accordingly, he took up
ranching in the vicinity of Canadian, and also spened a
drug business at this place, and these two enterprises oc-
cupied his attention until March 7, 1892, when he com-
pleted the organization of the Canadian Valley Bank, in
piartnership with Mr. Eobert Moody, who was the tirst
president of the bank, Mr. Young being cashier. In May,
1903, this was changed to a national bank, with a capital
stock of $100,000.00, and since that time Mr. Young has
acted in the chief executive capacity. His wise counsel,
his firm control, his farsightedness and his cool judgment
have placed the institution upon a firm and substantial
footing. He combines the sane and conservative qual-
ities of the master banker with the courageous, quick-
acting characteristics of the financier, and his associates
look to him unquestionably for leadership in all matters
of an important nature.

On June 30, 1890, Mr. Young was married at Cana-
dian, Texas, to Miss Mary A. Moody, daughter of Eobert
Moody, an early settler of Texas, who came from Eng-
land in 185S. Four children have been born to Mr. and
Mrs. Young, namely: John S., born April 29, 1891, at
Canadian, a graduate of Canadian Academy and now a,
clerk in the First National Bank of Canadian; Kenneth
Moody, born November 27, 1S93. at Canadian, a grad-
uate of Culver Military Academy, Culver, Indiana, and
now assistant cashier of the First' National Bank; Eobert
Ealph, born February 14, 1897, at Canadian, attending
Culver Military Academy; and Florence Edith, born
January 11, 1904, at Canadian, attending Canadian
Academy. Mr. Young has expressed his confidence in
the future of Texas by investing in numerous business
interests here, among which is the Canadian Water,
Light and Power Company, of which he is a director.

His politics are those of the Democratic party, but he
has not cared for public life, and his onlv ' fraternal
connection is with the Odd Fellows, having' become a
charter member of the local lodge in 1892. With his
family, he is a consistent attendant of the Presljyterian

C. Homer Wileman, general manager of Draughon's
Business College, at Amarillo, owes his present position
to no happy chance or circumstance, but to well directed
effort, constant industry and persevering ambition. His
education was acquired through the medium of hard and
laborious work on an Oklahoma farm, and from the
start of his career he has exhibited self-reliance and
never-failmg diligence that have steadOy and surely
brought him to the front. Mr. Wileman is a Missourian,
born at Springfield, July 30, 1889, the eldest child of
Joseph H. and Cassie (Stowe) Wileman. On his father's
side he is descended from an old Tennessee family,
while his mother's people, supposedly of French extrac-
tion, were early settlers of St. Louis, Missouri. Mr.
Wileman 's father was born in Indiana, moved to Mis-
souri about 1878, and is now a resident of Beckham
county, Oklahoma, where he is a moderately successful
farmer and prominent politician, having filled a number
of local offices. He and his wife are members of the
Presliyterian church and have been the parents of seven
children, of whom six survive.

C. Homer Wileman attended public school at Spring-
field, Missouri, and subsequently became a student in the
Southwestern Normal school at Weatherford, Oklahoma.
Following this he entered Draughon's Business College,
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, from which he was graduated
in 1908, and at that time adopted the profession of
educator, teaching in the common schools of Oklahoma
and the high school at Erick, in that state. On Oc-
tober 31, 1910, Mr. Wileman came to Amarillo to take
charge of the commercial department of Draughon's
Business College, which was opened on the following
day with an attendance of twelve pupils. On May 1,
191 1, Vi. Wileman was made general manager of this
iiisfitiit K.n, which now has an enrollment of 287 pupils,
ami cmplnys two regular teachers. Draughon's Busi-
nei-s. College operates fifty schools, and the one at Ania-
rUlo had advanced as rapidly in every department as
has any in the country. mV. Wileman, while still a
young man, is thoroughly conversant with every branch
of the work, and aside from his abilities as an edu-
cator is an excellent business man, handling the affairs
of the college in an able manner. The college is located
at the corner of Third and Taylor streets, and although
established in Amarillo for only a comparatively short
period, has become well and favorably known among edu-
cational institutions 'of the Lone Star State.

Mr. Wileman has been an Amarillo "booster" ever
since coming to the city, and as a member of the
Chamber of Commerce has associated himself with other
earnest and hard-working citizens in forwarding move-
ments for the advancement of the city's interests. In
political matters he is independent, 'believing it the
right of every individual to support those men and move-
ments which he deems best suited to the public good,
but, being of a progressive nature, has inclined toward
the new party of that name. He has not, however, had
any personal aspirations, being satisfied to devote his
energies to his business. His religious belief is that of
the Baptist Church. Mr. Wileman is unmarried.

John E. Trolingek. Among the younger generation
of business men of Amarillo, John E. Trolinger holds
prestige as one who has within a few short years fought
his way from obscurity and humble circumstances to
an acknowledged place in the commercial world. His
career is an exemplification of the fact that opportu-
nities still await youths of ambition, determination and
courage, and that neither influential connections nor


financial advantages are necessary at the start to the
man who is willing to work with hia hands and be con-
tent to travel the difficult self-made road. Mr. Trolinger
was born at \\Tiitesboro, Tennessee, October 15, 1S78,
and is a son of Andrew JI. and Josephine T. Trolinger,
both natives of the Big Bend State. His father, who
was for years a successful merchant and subsequently
became a farmer, served eighteen months during the lat-
ter years of the war between the states, in a company
under the command of the Federal General Johnston,
and was discharged with the rank of captain. His
death occurred at Amarillo in 1908, when he was sixty-
seven years of age, while his widow still survives him
at the age of fifty-five years and makes her home in this
city. They were the parents of ten children, of whom
John E. was the third in order of birth.

John E. Trolinger acquired his educational training
in the public and high schools of Tennessee, and upon
the completion of his latter course came to Texas, in
1897, and for one year was engaged in farming in
McLennan county. He then came to Amarillo, where
he received his introduction to the sheet metal business
as an apprentice, and after a full course of three years
established himself in business in association with Mr.
Britt of the Britt Sheet Metal Company. Desiring to
embark upon a career of his own, he disposed of his
interests at the end of three years and bought the shop
of the JIorrow-Thomas Hardware Company, of which
he has been the proprietor since the spring of 1909.
This business has been developed into one of the lead-
ing enterprises of its kind in Potter county, and five
mechanics are now employed. While the greater part
of his attention has been given to the handling of his
business interests, Mr. Trolinger has also found time to
discharge the duties of citizenship, and at the present
time is serving as city alderman, to which office he was
elected at large on the citizens' ticket, April 1, 1913.
He has for some time been an honorary member of
the Amarillo Volunteer Fire Department, of which he
was formerly assistant chief. Mr. Trolinger is a mem-
ber of the Elks, the Modern 'Woodmen of America, the
Woodmen of the World and the Odd Fellows, and in the
last-named has passed all the chairs of his lodge and
is a member of the Encampment. With his famUy he
attends the Christian Church, in which Mr. Trolinger
is an officer and has been for the past twelve years.
Personally, he is a man of genial personality, and dur-
ing his residence in Amarillo has drawn about him a
wide circle of sincere friends.

On December 30, 1903, Mr. Trolinger was married
at Amarillo, to Miss Mary Agnes ilcDonald, daughter
of F. T. and Blanche McDonald, and to this union there
has come an interesting son, Ealph McDonald, born at
Amarillo, April 23, 1904, who is now attending the
public school.

Samuel P. Vineyard, M. D. Junior member of the
firm of Vineyard & Vineyard, physicians and surgeons,
Dr. Samuel P. Vineyard has been associated with his
brother George in practice at Amarillo for the past ten
years, and has been equally successful in professional
affairs, and in his business "activities. He was born in
Gwinnett county, Georgia, son of George S. and Mildred
C. (Drummond) A'ineyard, who now reside in Armstrong
county, Texas.

Dr. Vineyard while a boy in his native state attended
the public schools, and completed his early education
in the high school at Claude, Texas. Like his brother,
he relied upon his own efforts to put him through med-
ical college and he equipped himself thoroughly for
practice. He was a student in the Barnes Medical Col-
lege of St. Louis, the University Medical College of
Kansas City, and graduated in 1900 from the Medico-
Chirurgical College, an institution which in 1901 became
the medical department of the I'niversity of Kansas.
For one year after graduation he served an interneship
in the Kansas City General Hospital, and began his
practice at Electra" in Wichita county, Texas. He has

post graduated from the Chicago Polyclinic, New York
Post Graduate and New Orleans Post Graduate schools
and attended the Mayo clinic a number of times. After
eighteen months there he came to Amarillo and became
associated with his brother in the present firm, which ia
rapidly branching out into surgery. They do most of
their operation work at St. Anthony's Sanitarium. The
brothers have offices in the Amarillo National Lue in-
surance Building, and Dr. Samuel P. resides at 1205
Polk Street, where he owns a beautiful residence.

Dr. '\'ineyard is a member of the County, State and
American Medical Societies, and is associated with his
brother as an examiner for the board of Federal civU
service. He is associate medical director of the Ama-
riUo National Life Insurance Company, and is now serv-
ing as county physician for Potter county. In politics
he is a Democrat, and is an active member of the
Baptist church, being assistant superintendent of the
Sunday school. He also takes interest in civic rights,
being one who took most part in driving the saloons
from Amarillo.

Dr. Vineyard was married October 13, 1902, to Miss
Nelly L. Black, a native of Kentucky, and a daughter
of George Samuel Black of Franklin, Kentucky. Their
three children, two daughters and one son, are Guydelle,
born in Electra April 24, 1902 ; George Samuel, born
at Amarillo October 27, 1903, and Mary MUdred, born
at Amarillo January 6, 1909.

GEOKCiE T. ViXETARD, M. D. With a large general prac-
tice in medicine and with varied relationship with the
business and civic community of Amarillo and Potter
counties. Dr. George T. Vineyard is one of the successful
and prominent men of the Texas Pan Handle. He paid
his own way through college and university and entered
upon his practice with an excellent equipment which has
stood the test of real practice, and he deserves rank
among the ablest physicians and surgeons of the state.

George T. Vineyard was born in Gwinnett county,
Georgia, January 30, 1870. Since CivU war times the
name has been modified in its spelling to Vinyard, but
the correct spelling is as above given, as shown by the
name as spelled on the tombstone of Grandfather Alen
A'inej-ard and in early legal documents belonging to the
family. Dr. Vineyard and his brother are now making
application to the court to have the correct spelling
re-established. The father of Dr. Vineyard was George
S. Vineyard, who was a native of Georgia, and now liv-
ing in Armstrong countv, Texas. He is a ranchman,
and has lived in this state since 1890. During the CivU
war, whUe living in Georgia, he enlisted in the Twenty-
Fourth Georgia Infantry in Warfield's Brigade, in
Cashaw's Division and Longstreet 'a corps, going through
the entire struggle until Lee"s surrender. The maiden
name of the mother is Mildred Drummond, a daughter
of William Drummond and a native of Georgia. She is
still living and of her ten children, eight survive. Dr.
George T. was the second in order of birth, and his
brother, Dr. Samuel P., associated with him in practice
at Amarillo under the firm name of Vineyard and Vine-
yard, was the fourth in order of birth. Dr. E. L. A''ine-
yard, youngest of the six boys and the tenth chUd in
his parents' family, is also associated with his brothers.
He graduated from the medical department of the
University of Texas in 1913. after which he served a
year as house surgeon in the Santa Hospital of Temple.

Dr. George T. Vineyard attained his early education
in the public schools of Georgia, and also in Mercer
University at Macon. By the earnings of his work in
various occupations, and by much self-denial, he was
graduated from the Barnes Medical College at St. Louis
in 1894, and after graduation returned to the famUy
home in Texas, and began practice at Crafton in Wise
county. He spent nine years in Wise county, and then
cameto AmariUo, where he has enjoyed a comfortably
increasing business as a physician. He is a member of
the Potter County and the" Texas State Medical Soci-
eties, and the American Medical Association, and has


served one term as president of the Potter County So-
ciety. Dr. Vineyard is a progressive physician, who
believes in keeping up with the times, and has taken
post-graduate work in the Chicago Polyclinic, the New
York Polyclinic, and the New Orleans Polyclinic. He
also took a course of lectures and practical hospital
experience in the Mayo Hospital at Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Vineyard is medical director of the Amarillo
National Life Insurance Company, an office which he
has held since the company "s organization, and is ex-
aminer for a number of the old-line life insurance
companies. He is also a member of the board of pen-
sion examiners at Amarillo, and on the board of civil
service examiners in the Federal service. Politically he
is a Democrat, but takes no active part in party affairs.
His church is the Baptist.

Dr. George T. Vineyard was married December 6,
1894, at Sunset, Texas, to Miss Clemmie Armstrong,
who was born in Tennessee, but was reared in Texas.
Her father was William Armstrong. Two children
have been born to their marriage; Frank, the older, is
now deceased and Truman is the younger.

Dr. Vineyard and family reside in a beautiful home
at 1700 Tyler Street. The doctor is also a director of
the Brady-Neely Grocery Company, a director of the
Amarillo National Life Insurance Company, being on
the finance committee of this company, and is a hard
worker for every enterprise calculated to advance the
general welfare of Amarillo and vicinity.

Michael M. Walker, M. D. A representative of a
family identified with Texas since the time of the Ee-
publie. Dr. Walker graduated in medicine six years ago,
and in the meantime has built up an excellent practice
as physician and surgeon of Wichita Falls.

Michael M. Walker was born in Lavaca county, Texas,
September 20, 1883. His paternal ancesters came from
Scotland. His father, Samuel W. Walker, was born in
Texas, a son of Thomas Walker, a native of Georgia,
who came to Texas about 1838, was a pioneer, and
among the first American settlers in Lavaca county,
where he was a farmer and stockman, and owned a
numl.ier of slaves. He had an influential place in that
county, and enlisted and served from this state as a
soldier in the Mexican war. His death occurred at
Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1870, at the age of sixty-five.
Samuel W. Walker, the father, was reared and educated
in Lavaca county, and on reaching manhood took up
the occupation of farmer and stockman, and was fairly
successful as a business man. He was a Democrat in
politics and is now living retired and enjoying the fruits
of a well spent life at Wichita Falls. His church is
the Baptist. The wife of Samuel W. Walker was be-
fore her marriage, Miss Mary Muckleroy, who was born
in Colorado, Texas, a daughter of Charles L. Muckleroy,
a jiioneer of that county, and a slave-holding planter,
and veteran of the Civil war. Great-grandfather Michael
Muckleroy came from Scotland. The mother is still
living, and of her seven children six are living, among
whom Dr. Walker is the oldest.

As a boy he attended the public schools of Wichita
Falls and graduated from the high school at the age
of eighteen. On leaving the public schools he spent
two j-ears in the drug business, and in 1907 graduated
M. D. from the St. Louis College of Physicians and
Surgeons of St. Louis, Missouri. For six months after
graduation he served as interne in the Jefferson Hospital
at St. Louis, and in the spring of 1908 began his active
practice at Wichita Falls, where he has since gained a
large clientage in the general practice of medicine and
surgery. In 1913 Dr. Walker took post-graduate work
in the improvement of his ability in Tulane University
at New Orleans. Dr. Walker is medical examiner for
a number of the old-line insurance companies, is a
member of the County and State Medical Societies, and
is a Democrat in politics, but not an active party man.
He is affiliated with Masonry through the Blue Lodge.

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Chapter and Council, and also belongs to the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks, and the Woodmen of the
World. As a local factor in the business and civic
affairs of Wichita Falls he belongs to the Chamber of
Commerce and the Retail Merchants' Association.

Dr. Walker was married at Wichita Falls, January
12, 1909, to Miss Vella Rainey, a native of Texas, and
a daughter of J. T. Rainey. They have no children.
Dr. Walker owns his comfortable home at 1502 Bluff
Street, and his offices are in the Kemp-Kell Building.

Bert J. Bean. At the head of the oldest retail and
wholesale grocery concern of Wichita Falls, Mr. Bean
has proved a worthy successor to his honored father,
who was the father and gave prosperity to the business.
During a period of nearly thirty years the family of
this name has been closely identified with the welfare
and progressive business interests of Wichita Falls,
and the grocery house of 0. W. Bean & Son may prop-
erly be considered as one of the foundation stones of
Wichita Falls' greatness in the commercial life of north

Bert J. Bean was born November 18, 1868, at Jack-
son, Michigan. His birthplace is historic. The home in
which he was born was located on the tract of ground
near the ' ' Old Oaks, ' ' under which was organized in
1853 the Republican party in Michigan, that conven-
tion having been the first formal movement which later
broadened out over all the states and became the Grand
Old Party. The land on which this historic political
episode occurred was owned by the father of Bert J.
Bean, and in later years a large and imposing monument
has been erected on the site to commemorate the event.
The Bean family was founded in America in 1610, by
Sir John Bean, who came from Scotland and settled in
one of the Atlantic colonies. All the subsequent de-
scendants of that first ancestor had been on the frontier
line of civilization, each generation moving further
westward, and practically all of them had been farmers,
and accumulators of substantial material prosperity.
The maternal grandparents of Mr. Bean came from
Reading, England, first settling at Niagara Falls on
the American side, and afterwards moving across to the
Canadian banks. The late Otis W. Bean, father of the
Wichita Falls business man, was born in New Hampshire
and was two years old when his parents moved to
Michigan, in 1834. The grandfather was Sinclair Bean,
and a pioneer in southern Michigan, locating in the
vicinity of Jackson, when it was a village in the wilder-
ness. Otis W. Bean was a merchant, for a number of
years was engaged in the tanning industry in Michigan,
and in 1884 moved to Wichita Falls, Texas, where in 1889
he founded and established the grocery concern which has
grown to such large proportions under the name of the
O. W. Bean & Son. Otis W. Bean, who died at Hot
Springs, Arkansas, in 1900. was never active in politics,
though he supported the principles of the old Green-
back party and later the Populists. He married Jennie
Butler, who was born on the Canadian side at Niagara
Falls, and is now living in Wichita Falls. Of their
three children, Bert J. was the second, the others being:
Charles W, Bean, and Mrs. Nina Butler, widow of
Charles W. Butler of Wichita Falls.

Bert J. Bean up to the age of sixteen years at-
tended school at Tecumseh, Michigan, and the first
work for which he received wages was as clerk in a
retail grocery house. This was after his removal to
Texas, and he was actively associated with his father
when the present business was organized in 1889. Since
the death of his father he has succeeded to the con-
trolling interests and management of the concern, and
still conducted under its old firm name. Mr. Bean is
also vice president of the Wichita Falls State Bank,
and owns considerable stock in other local corporations.

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