A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 161
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THE CITY OF HOUSTON, TEXAS 161
ficient and economical administration of our muricipal
government, to collect, preserve and disseminate
information in relation to our commercial,
financial and industrial affairs and to unite,
as far as possible, our people in one respresentative
The following gentlemen were chosen as the first
officers of the new organization: J. MI. Cotton,
president; Ed Kiam, first vice president; J. C.
Bering, second vice president; E. T. Heiner, third
vice president; W. W. Dexter, secretary; Guy H.
After serving for only a short time, Secretary
Dexter resigned and Mr. George P. Brown was
chosen as his successor. The election of Mr. Brown
was a most fortunate thing for the Business
League, since he brought to its service splendid
executive and administrative talent and a wonderful
amount of energy and zeal. Under Mr. Brown's
administration the Business League forged rapidly
to the front. A large number of manufacturing
and industrial plants were secured for Houston, the
Floral Festival and No-Tsu-Oh associations were
formed and the name of the city was placed permanently
on the map of the country.
In 1910 the Business League was enlarged and
practically a reorganization took place. The name
Business League was dropped and the orgamzation
became the Houston Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Adoph Boldt was secretary at the time and it
was largely due to him that the scope of the asso-
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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/m1/179/: accessed June 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .