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for three years. From Solomon he went to Abilene, Mr. Pemberton is a Shriner, of the Moslah Temple,
Kan., and was president of a large banking institu- and a Knight Templar of the Worth Commandery.
tion there for five years. From Abilene he went to He is a member of the Rivercrest Club, the Fort
Kansas City, where he was president of the Wyan- Worth Club, the American Bankers' Association.
dott State Bank. Although a man of large banking His church affiliation is with the First Baptist
experience he has not followed the business con- Church of Fort Worth where he is a deacon. In
tinuously. For twenty years he was interested in church and in business he is a man of big influence
the oil and gas business, and concerns which he and beloved by a host of friends.
organized and with which he is still connected, sup- L T E T , o r ro
ply many towns in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri THOMA, anoer o
with gas. Texas banker, who began his career as an
Mr. Pattison was born at Monticello, Ill., July 18, office boys Albert E Thomas, vice-presi1871,
the son of L. W. Pattison, a mining engineer. dent of the National Bankof commerce,
He has twice been married, his first wife being Miss Fort Worth, Texas, who, prior to his coming to
Nellie Dewar, of Solomon, Kansas, deceased June,Fort orth in 1919, was connected with the First
1906, daughter of a prominent Kansas banker, and National Bank of Bowie, Texas, for twenty-five
two children were born to this union, Eloise and years, the last ten years serving as vice-president,
Donald. His second marriage was to Miss Kate Mr. Thomas was one of the original organizers of
the National Bank of Commerce, which opened for
Critchfield, Oskaloosa, Kansas, the marriage cere-the National Bank of Commerce, which opened for
nony taking place in New York City . The family business August 25, 1919, became president in Nohome
is at 1326 Hemphill Street. He is a York
home6Hemphill Street. He is a York member, 1919. All of his business activities have
h e is been confined to banking, and as a banker he is
Rite Mason and a Shriner and in the civic and social
known to be progressive, conservative and thorlife
of Fort Worth is identified with the Kiwanis n t poessie, conseatie and
1 7 / 1- , 1 ,r * ',. \ .1.. A IT Toughly posted on the science of finance.
Club (a director in the organization), the Ad League,
the Salesmanship Club, the Lions Club, the Fort He is a native of Fannin County, born August
Worth Club and the Rivercrest Country Club. His 29, 1875, and his father, Giles D. Thomas, a native
church affiliation is with the Episcopal faith. He of Virginia, was a prominent figure in the cattle
is identified with and takes an active interest in and investment business at Bowie for a number i
all agencies working for the greater development of of years. Mr. Thomas' mother was Emily J. Grant,
Fort Worth, and a man highly esteemed and re- and came from a prominent Missouri family. The
spected by all who know him. Bowie public schools supplied the foundation for ;
Mr. Thomas' education, and a course in Hill's BusiESSE
T. PEMBERTON, president of the ness College at Waco, provided him with his early
Farmers & Mechanics National Bank, Fortbusiness training
Worth, Texas, director of Fakes & Company,
of the Pemberton Furniture Company Mrs. Thomas, prior to her marriage to Mr. Thomas l
and of the Fort Worth Life Insurance Company at Bowie, Texas, November 10, 1897, was Miss Ellen
is one of the men who is making possible the greater wsley, daughter of J R. Owsley and two fine boys
future of Fort Worth in the immense developmenthave graced the union.
it is now entering. In the stock industry, in the Mr. Thomas is actively identified with the fraagricultural
backing, in the oil developments Fort ternal civic, commercial and social life of his city,
Worth stands at the forefront of those cities be- being a Mason and Shriner, with membership in the
ginning to come into their own, and Mr. Pemberton, Bowie Blue Lodge Commandery, Moslah Temple,
as he has in the past, will be a big factor in this director of the Chamber of Commerce, the Fort
new future for his city. Worth Club, Rivercrest and Glen Garden County
Clubs and the Ad League.
Mr. Pemberton was born at Sedalia, Mo., on February
3, 1866. His parents were J. M. Pemberton, The family church affiliation is with the Baptist
a farmer who later settled in Texas as a ranchman denomination
in Runnels County, and Mary Lennox Pemberton. ARCUS BRIGHT, president of the Fort
They came to Texas, at the call of the West, in Worth State Bank, Thirteenth and Main
1879. Warrensburg State Normal of Missouri and Streets, Fort Worth, Texas, is one of the
the Kansas City Business College gave the youth most active of Fort Worth capitalists. As
his education. Locating in the West, Jesse T. Pem- a director of the Denver-Glenn Furniture Company,
berton has always been interested in the stock secretary-treasurer of the Polytechnic Heights
business which he developed until he sold his com- School District, a director of the Englewood Heights
plete interests in 1910, long after he had become a Realty Company, he is in the forefront of those who
banker. In 1887, he began the mercantile business are developing their city.
and to this day, in several of the largest firms of r B i a ni T h i
his city, he is a leader. It was in 1898 that he defi- Mr. Bright is a native of Tennessee, having been
nitely began the banking business when he became born in the city of Jackson of that state on February
cashier of the First National Bank of Midland,24, 1880. His father, Marcus Bright, was a lawyer
cahero eFis NtonlBakofMdlnan d congressman from the Memphis district. His
Texas. He continued in this capacity until 1905 and congressman from the Memphis district. His
when he came to Fort Worth to become vice-presi- mother, Belle G Perkins Bright, was an accomdent
of the bank today he directs as president, plished artist, studying abroad in Italy and France,
being elected in January, 1920. and has produced the many wonderful paintings of
In 1887, at Paris, Texas, Miss Annie Moseley be- her home. She was the daughter of George G.
came the bride of Mr. Pemberton. They have nine Perkins, a colonel in the Confederate army. The ^
children: Cecil A., Ara M., Jennie B., Clara M., private schools of Tennessee and Oklahoma, for hisse
George R., Guy L., J T., Jr., Rowena G., and Ras I. family located in Ardmore in 1890, gave the youth;i
The family reside at 1324 Summit Avenue. his earlier training. Then the University of Texas
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