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Dallas, Texas, October 31,1933


To the Member Bank Addressed:
In accordance with the provisions of Section 4 of the Federal Reserve Act and my circular dated
September 21, 1933, in regard to election of directors of this bank to succeed R. E. Harding, Class A
director, and J. R. Milam, Class B director, whose terms expire December 31, 1933, there is given here­
with a list of the candidates nominated for such directors, indicating by whom nominated.
There is sent herewith to each bank in Group 1 a ballot for use in voting on the candidate for Class
A director and to each bank in Group 2 a preferential ballot for use in voting on the candidates for Class
B director. There is also enclosed an envelope bearing on its face the certificate in regard to the vote;
also a colored envelope marked “ Ballot,” in which the ballot is to be sealed.
The ballot and certificate on the envelope must be executed by the officer who has been authorized
to cast the vote. A list of the designated voters was attached to my circular above mentioned. In order
that the ballot may be secret, the name of the bank and of the voting officer should not be written on
the ballot, but only on the certificate envelope.
(1) After the preferential ballot has been marked,
(2) It should be placed in the colored envelope marked “ Ballot” and the envelope sealed.
(3) Then after the certificate on the certificate envelope is executed, the colored sealed envelope
should be placed within and the certificate envelope sealed.
(4) Then this certificate envelope containing the sealed ballot envelope should be returned to me in
the enclosed self-addressed envelope.
Under the law the ballot must be returned so as to reach me within 15 days after its receipt. The
polls will open on November 2 and close at 3:00 P. M. on November 17, 1933. At that time the ballot
box will be opened in the board room of this bank. All of the sealed colored envelopes containing the bal­
lots will first be removed and segregated from the certificate envelopes before any of the colored en­
velopes are opened, thus insuring the secrecy of the ballot. Then the colored envelopes will be opened,
the votes counted and results of the election announced. The candidates are invited to be present or rep­
resented on this occasion.
While the banks in Group 3 will not vote in this election, this circular is sent to them without forms
for their information.

Chairman of the Board

It is particularly important that you read carefully and follow exactly the instruc­
tions with regard to voting. Failure to do so will result in invalidation of your ballot.

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Name of Candidate

Nominated by Following Banks in Group 1:

Tucson______________Consolidated National Bank
R. E. HARDING, President
Fort Worth National Bank
Fort Worth, Texas

Mr. Harding was born March 7, 1883, in Paris,
Tennessee, son of the late Noah Harding, one of
the organizers of the Fort Worth National Bank.
Moved to Fort Worth, November, 1883. Received
his primary schooling at the old Fort Worth Uni­
versity. Attended the University of Texas 19001903. First entered the employ of the Fort Worth
National Bank in the summer of 1897, and worked
every vacation until 1903, when he came in per­
manently as a clerk. Occupied various positions in
the bank and in 1906 was made assistant cashier.
Was elected vice-president in 1914, which position
he occupied until March 27, 1930, when he was
elected president, to succeed the late Major Van
Zandt. Married Merle Reynolds, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. W. D. Reynolds, in January, 1911. Has
two children, Robert E., Jr., and Sue.

Shreveport__________ Commercial National Bank
in Shreveport
Amarillo____________________First National Bank
Austin..__ _____________ American National Bank
Beaumont_____________American National Bank
Corpus Christi______________ State National Bank
Dallas____________First National Bank in Dallas
Dallas______Mercantile National Bank at Dallas
Dallas_____ Republic National Bank & Trust Co.
Eagle Pass_________________ First National Bank
Fort Worth__________ Continental National Bank
Fort Worth-------------------------- First National Bank
Fort Worth__________ Fort Worth National Bank
Galveston___________________ City National Bank
Galveston___________________ First National Bank
Houston------------ First National Bank in Houston
Houston-------------------------- Houston National Bank
Houston-------------------National Bank of Commerce
Houston---------------------------- Second National Bank
Houston------------------------------ State National Bank
Houston------------------------------Union National Bank
Paris---------------First National Bank
Port Arthur________________First National Bank
San Angelo_______________ Central National Bank
San Angelo-------------------------- First National Bank
San Angelo__________ San Angelo National Bank
San Antonio________________ Frost National Bank
San Antonio________________ Groos National Bank
Sherman____Merchants & Planters National Bank
Tyler------------------------------Citizens National Bank
Waco------------------------------- Citizens National Bank
Wichita Falls----------------------- First National Bank


Names of Candidates

Nominated by Following Banks in Group 2:

Stockman and Ranchman
Shamrock, Texas
Captain Britt was born near Ackworth, Georgia,
December 12, 1867, coming to Seymour, Texas, in
1883. He worked on a ranch until December of
that year, after which he attended Sam Houston
Normal Institute, at Huntsville, graduating from
that institution in 1885. He taught school in Wal­
ler County, where he studied law and passed the
bar examination. He later practiced law in Vernon
and Childress, quitting practice in 1891 to take
charge of a ranch. Captain Britt remained in the
cattle business until 1904, when he organized the
City National Bank of Childress. Later he was
vice-president of the Traders National Bank of
Fort Worth, until the bank sold its business to
another institution, when he reentered the cattle
business in Wheeler County. Captain Britt served
as a director of the Federal Land Bank of Hous­
ton in 1931, when he was employed by the Fort
Worth National Bank. He has large stock inter­
ests and is active in the management of the Nor­
ris Hardware Company, of Childress, and the
Plains Mercantile Company, of Crosbyton. He was
unofficially connected with the First National
Bank of Amarillo from November, 1931, until
June, 1933.

New Mexico
Roswell____________________ First National Bank
Tucumcari__________________ First National Bank

Abilene___ Farmers & Merchants National Bank
Childress____________________ City National Bank
___ ______________ First National Bank
Lubbock________ ,__________ First National Bank
Lubbock_____ __ _______ Lubbock National Bank
Mercedes------------------------------First National Bank
Ozona---------------------------------Ozona National Bank
Pampa---------------------------------First National Bank

Wholesale Grocer
Waco, Texas
Mr. Milam was born in Weatherford, Texas,
September 20, 1869, the son of Ben R. and Lula
A. Milam. He attended Southwestern University
at Georgetown, Texas. After leaving the univer­
sity, he entered the general merchandise business
in Glen Rose, Texas, and was there for ten years.
In 1900 he organized the First National Bank of
Glen Rose, serving as president of that institu­
tion until 1907, when he moved to Waco, becom­
ing interested in the Cooper Grocery Company, of
which he has been vice-president since that time.
Mr. Milam is a trustee of Southwestern Uni­
versity, and a member of the Board of Stewards
of Austin Avenue Methodist Church of Waco.
He has served as Class B Director of the Fed­
eral Reserve Bank of Dallas since January, 1928.

Beaumont_____ Security State Bank & Trust Co.
Bryan______________________ First National Bank
Clarksville____________ Red River National Bank
in Clarksville
Dawson_____________________ First National Bank
Eagle Lake_________________First National Bank
San Antonio__ National Bank of Ft. Sam Houston
Sonora______________________ First National Bank
Taylor_______________________ City National Bank
Teague___________________ Teague National Bank
Waco_______________________ National City Bank
Winnsboro__________________ First National Bank

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