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C. W. Harkrider
OKE W. HARKRIDER
was born at El Paso,
Arkansas, J u n e 5,
1871, the son of William
H. and Martha
l-,rz Harkrider. The Harkrider
family was among the early
ones to settle in Virginia, having
come from Germany. With his opportunities
for an education limited
to the small country free school,
and the responsibility of educating
a younger sister, Coke Harkrider
began the battle of life at the age
of fourteen as clerk and bookkeeper
in a country store in Arkansas. Later
he took up insurance work and met
with such success that in 1893 he i
was one of the leading field men
for the New York Life. Later, he i
became general agent for this company
in Western Texas, and when
it withdrew from Texas was writing !above
two millions annually in in- I
surance. The year 1909 found Mr.
Harkrider crystallizing a plan for
forming a large trust company, the
result of which was the successful
organization by himself and associates
of the Bankers Trust Company.
Later, realizing the great need
of a large bonding and casualty
insurance company, he and associates
organized the Commonwealth
Bonding and Casualty Insurance
Company. He is now engaged in
the stock and bond business through
the firm of Harkrider & Company,
of which he is the president. He
has during the past two years been
engaged in the formation and management
of several oil producing
companys, among them the John
Scharbauer Oil Co., of which he is
vice-president and general manager,
the Four Sands Oil Co., of which he
is secretary, and a number of others. ' ' ftf
Mr. Harkrider is a thirty-second
degree Mason, belonging to the
Scottish Rite Consistory, and Moslah
Shrine. He is also a member of the
Knights of Pythias, Elks and treasurer
Rotary Club. His hobby is
co-operation. Mr. Harkrider married
Miss Carrie Rebecca Rollins of P
Abilene, Texas, in 1896. They have
three children, two boys and a girl, - -- -
17, 14, 8.
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Newspaper Artists' Association, Forth Worth. Makers of Fort Worth, book, 1914; Fort Worth. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth41334/m1/66/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Amon Carter Museum.