A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 98
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98 A THUMB-NAIL HISrxY or
Bank, with a capital of $1,000,000. Nineteen days
after the consolidation the deposits of the new bank
were $11,000,000, while the capital and surplus
amounted to nearly $2,000,000.
The home of this bank is one of the finest and,
architecturally, most beautiful buildings in the
South. The front of the building is perfectly plain,
but is of the purest marble. There are four columns
supporting the main pediment, each turned
from a solid slab of marble, the shafts of each being
twenty-two feet long. The interior of the building
is more beautiful than its exterior. Only the finest
marble and ornamental bronze were used in the interior
finish and the result is most pleasing. The
high arched ceiling is an attractive feature. Only
the very best artists and superior workers were employed
in finishing this building and the results obtained
by them speak volumes for their taste and
skill The following are the officers of the South
Texas Commercial Bank: Chairman of the board,
Charles Dillingham; president, W. B. Chew; active
vice president and cashier, B. D. Harris; vice presidents,
James A. Baker, John M. Dorrance, J. E.
IcAshan, Thornwell Fay and Judge T. J. Freeman.
Assistant cashiers, August De Zavalla, P.
J. Evershade, Paul G. Taylor. There are twentyfive
directors, being the directors of the two consolidated
banks. They are: James A. Baker, F.
A. Heitmann, Conrad Bering, O. T. Holt, R. Lee
Blaffer, R. S. Lovett, Horace Booth, H. F. McGregor,
Chester H. Bryan, J. E. McAshan, W. B.
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Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912, book, 1912; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/m1/112/: accessed April 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .