William Francis Blocker (1862 – )

Note:  This is the grandson of Henry Ware.  The owner of Belle Grove Plantation.  “HENRY WARE had a glamorous daughter named Frances, who became the wife of a premier Marshall physician, Dr. E.B. Blocker. …”

BLOCKER, William Francis; Capitalist; born in Texas, May 14, 1862; son of Dr. E. B. and Frances (Ware) Blocker; educated in Marshall, Texas, and later In Southwestern Univ., Georgetown, Texas: married In Honey Grove, Texas, Aug. 30, 1883, Julia Richardson. Engaged In drug business in Honey Grove, Texas, 1884-1885; railway postal clerk 1886-1887; went to Oklahoma at opening, and engaged in drug business; became connected with Meyer Bros. Drug Co. of St. Louis as traveling salesman, 1889, representing them in Arkansas and Indian Territory for several years, later In Texas and New Mexico. Resigned after 11 years’ service and engaged in retail drug business in Fort Smith, Ark. Organized The Fort Smith Bank & Trust Co., 1903, and connected with that bank ever since, now holding office of vice-president. President Western Development and Investment Co.: vice-president Blocker Coal and Land Co., Little Rock and Fort Smith Oil and Trust Co.; secretary Peoples Building and Loan Ass’n, Arkansas Investment and Loan Co. City attorney of Capital Hill, Okla.. 1888; member City Council, Fort Smith, elected 1910. Democrat. Member National Geographic Society. Mason, Elk. Recreations: Motor boating, automobiling, hunting, fishing. Residence: 1023 N. 12th St. Office: Fort Smith Bank & Trust Co., Fort Smith.”

Source:  Who’s Who in Finance, Banking and Insurance, by John William Leonard, Joseph & Sefton, Publishers, New York, 1911, page 15


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