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E. E. Baldridge
RL E. BALDRIDGE, ;
head of the Fort l
Worth Savings Bank i = i
and Trust Company il
and American National
Cone Bank, has been con- th
nected with an unbroken line of
wonderful business successes,
largely due to the fact that he
has been self-reliant since the age
of fourteen. Born at Possum Trot,
Texas, a short distance from Gonzales,
with its historical associations,
he is typical of the energetic Texas
business man. Receiving his early
tutoring from a Baptist preacher,
young Baldridge began to learn the
lessons of experience at fourteen and
rode for a Pecos ranger at $25 a l
month. Later he engaged in the cattle
business for himself, investing
his meager savings to good advan- i !
tage. He first ranched in Oklahoma 0!:
and later added ranches in Erath,
Crane, Ector, Ward and Winkler
Counties in Texas, as well as the
famous Blue Spring ranch near Waggoner,
Okla. Upon coming to Fort
Worth he engaged in the livestock
commission business as head of the
Godair-Russell Company. Later this
company merged with the CassidySouthwestern,
with which he remained
actively until he became head of
the Waggoner Bank and Trust Company.
Mr. Baldridge is prominent,
too, in public enterprises, director of
the Chamber of Commerce, member
of the Saddle and Sirloin Club, and ' ' .
member of the River Crest Country
Club and an Elk. Deeply interested /
in civic affairs, he came forward 1
despite the recent unsettled condition
of money affairs and took the city's
reservoir and school bond issues at
par. His new home at Arlington 4
Heights is one of the finest residences
in the city. He married Miss
Florence Gibson of Waggoner, Okla.
They have five children, John Lewis,
Helen, Eula May, Earl E., Jr., and A ~.
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