More about people listed by Napoleon Hill
in his book: Think And Grow Rich.
Data Collection herein by Darlene Hedrick Sartore

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Eventually this document will be separated into documents for each individual... The links connected to these names will help with discovering what these men did in their - (DASH) through living on planet Earth... Exploring their experiences might inspire and help the reader to create Ever-Better Personal Life-expressions, and add ever-more to their contributions to An Ever Better World... How many names do you recognize? ... How many might serve you well to be in your Powerful MasterMind Team?... WHO else would you ADD to YOUR Personal LIST of influences???... WHO are your external Guides and INSPIRATIONS to BE and DO ideals so as to HAVE ideal situations and conditions??? ... These external Conscious Reminders help our brain and solar plexus connect to our INTERNAL Conscience Guides for Authentic IDEALS...

WHY am I investing so much time and effort collecting all this data about people long dead??? .... Mostly because I desire to know HOW these people consumed LESS than they MADE (thus increasing pool of blessings for others to enjoy - Pay It Forward), AND HOW they left the world a BETTER PLACE, and consider WHO among us are respected enough NOW to be remembered???? .. A person mentioned in the following list, Robert A. Dollar in "Opinion On Life and Death" Letter, wrote:

"In this world all we leave behind us that is worth anything is that we can be well regarded and spoken of after we are gone, and that we can say that we left the world just a little better than we found it. If we can't accomplish these two things then life, according to my view, has been a failure. Many people erroneously speak of a man when he is gone as having left so much money. That, according to my view, amounts to very little."

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Henry Ford
born July 30, 1863; Greenfield Township, Dearborn, Michigan - died April 7, 1947 (age 83); Fair Lane, Dearborn, Michigan

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William Wrigley Jr.
born September 30, 1861; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - died January 26, 1932 (age 70); Phoenix, Arizona

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John Wanamaker
born July 11, 1838; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - died December 12, 1922 (age 84); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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James J. Hill
born September 16, 1838; Eramosa Township, Ontario, Canada - died May 29, 1916 (aged 82); Saint Paul, Minnesota

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George S. Parker
born November 1, 1863; Shullsburg, Wisconsin - died July 19, 1937; Chicago, Illinois

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E.M. Statler
born October 26, 1863 near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - died April 16, 1928;
Birth name: Ellsworth Milton Statler

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Henry L. Doherty
born May 15, 1870; Columbus, Ohio - died December 26, 1939; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Birth name: Henry Latham Doherty

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Cyrus H. K. Curtis
born June 18, 1850; Portland, Maine - died June 7, 1933 (age 82); Wyncote, Pennsylvania; interred in West Laurel Hill Cemetery at Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Birth name: Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar Curtis

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George Eastman
born July 12, 1854; Waterville, New York - died March 14, 1932 (aged 77); Rochester, New York; Ashes buried at Kodak Park

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Theodore Roosevelt
born October 27, 1858; New York, New York - died January 6, 1919 (age 60); Oyster Bay, New York

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John W. Davis
born April 13, 1873; Clarksburg, West Virginia - died March 24, 1955 (age 81); Charleston, South Carolina
Birth name: John William Davis

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Elbert Hubbard
born June 19, 1856; Bloomington, Illinois - died May 7, 1915 (age 58); 8 miles (13 km) off the Old Head of Kinsale, Ireland
Birth name: Elbert Green Hubbard

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Wilbur Wright
born April 16, 1867; Millville, Indiana - died May 30, 1912 (age 45); Dayton, Ohio

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William Jennings Bryan
born March 19, 1860; Salem, Illinois - died July 26, 1925 (aged 65); Dayton, Tennessee

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Dr. David Starr Jordan
born January 19, 1851; Gainesville, New York - died September 19, 1931; Palo Alto, California

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J. Ogden Armour
born November 11, 1863; Milwaukee, Wisconsin - died August 16, 1927 (age 63); London, England
Birth name: Jonathan Ogden Armour

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Charles M. Schwab
born 18 February 1862; Williamsburg, Pennsylvania - died 18 October 1939; buried in Loretto, Pennsylvania at Saint Michael's Cemetery in a private mausoleum
Birth name: Charles Michael Schwab

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Harris F. Williams - Scarce data available
Born March 1, 1869, at Springfield, Mo;

from near end of document at

Born March 1, 1869, at Springfield, Mo.; graduate of Drury College (Springfield, Mo.), University of Chicago; admitted to Bar, 1894; married Miss Marie Owen. July 20. 1898, at St. Louis; member Delta Kappa Epsilon, life member Illinois Athletic Club;

listed as a successful lawyer in Chicago, Illinois in 1910 Delta Kappa Epsilon.

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Dr. Frank Gunsaulus
born January 1, 1856; Chesterville, Ohio - died March 17, 1921 (age 65); Chicago, Illinois
Birth name: Frank Wakeley Gunsaulus

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Daniel Willard
born January 28, 1861; Hartland, Vermont - died July 6, 1942 (age 81) - buried Hartland, Vermont

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King Gillette
born January 5, 1855; Fond du Lac, Wisconsin - died July 9, 1932 (age 77); Los Angeles, California
Birth name: King Camp Gillette

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Ralph A. Weeks - Scarce data available


In 1929, after a year of driving for Ridge Road Express - Ralph A. Weeks purchased the company…a two-bus operation based in Jeddo, NY.

With Mr. Weeks behind the wheel of a 15 passenger 1927 Garford bus and Mrs. Weeks driving a seven-passenger Buick Sedan, Ridge Road Express began its first regularly scheduled line run, offering service between Lockport and Lyndonville NY along Ridge Road (Route 104).

But, as times changed, so did the company and today nearly 80 percent of our current operation is carrying students. With 300 buses and vans serving 10 school districts, Ridge Road Express safely transports 3.6 million students per year.

In 1935, the Weeks family purchased Grand Island Transit Corporation (GITC), an inter-city bus line offering service between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY across Grand Island. Over the years, GITC evolved into a full-service deluxe charter and tour motorcoach company now known as Grand Tours.

But as times changed, so did the company, adapting itself to student transportation. Today nearly 80 percent of the current operation is carrying students. With 300 buses and vans serving 10 school districts, Ridge Road Express safely transports 3.6 million students per year.

In building his company, Weeks never lost focus and was clearly a man who understood what it takes to succeed. He used the principles Hill espouses in his writings -- desire (ambition), self-belief, persistence, planning and organization, particularly in regard to knowledge or information.

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Judge Daniel T. Wright
born September 24, 1864; Riverside, Ohio - died November 18, 1943; Fenwick, Maryland
Birth name: Daniel Thew Wright

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John D. Rockefeller
born July 8, 1839; Richford, New York - died May 23, 1937 (age 97) Ormond Beach, Florida; Buried: Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio
Birth name: John Davison Rockefeller

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Thomas A. Edison
born February 11, 1847 ; Milan, Ohio - died October 18, 1931 (age 84) West Orange, New Jersey
Birth name: Thomas Alva Edison

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Frank A. Vanderlip
born November 17, 1864; Aurora, Illinois - died June 30, 1937
Birth name: Frank Arthur Vanderlip
November 1910, member of Jekyll Island group
Trustee of Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching
American banker

Frank A. Vanderlip was an American banker. From 1897-1901, Vanderlip was the Assistant Secretary of Treasury for President of the United States William McKinley's second term, 1897-1901. In that office he negotiated with National City Bank a $200 million loan to the government to finance the Spanish American War. Thereafter he was vice president and then president of National City Bank of New York (1909-19). In November, 1910, he was a member of the Jekyll Island group, a group of bankers that are believed to have formulated the outline to a plan that influenced the drafting of the eventual Federal Reserve Act.

Interestingly, in the final month and a half before the Act's enactment on December 23, 1913, Vanderlip's alternative plan for a Federal Reserve Act nearly derailed the one that President Wilson and the Democratic leadership were promoting.

RE: Hundred MillionSoldiers - (has audio speech on this link)

After leaving the public schools he studied for a time at the university of Illinois and at the old university of Chicago. In 1889 he became a reporter on the Chicago Tribune and in 1890 was made its financial editor, but resigned in 1894 to accept the associate editorship of the Economist, a paper published weekly in Chicago. His contributions to it attracted wide attention and he was frequently called upon to deliver addresses. On March 4 1897 he became private secretary to the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Lyman J. Gage, and four months later was appointed by President McKinley assistant Secretary of the Treasury. On resigning in 1901 he was elected vice-president of the National City Bank, of New York City, and in 1909 president, serving in the latter capacity for ten years. Before taking up his work in 1901 he spent a year in Europe studying financial and industrial conditions. When the War Savings Committee was appointed by Secretary of the Treasury McAdoo, to promote the sale of War Savings Certificates during the World War, he was made chairman, serving from Sept. 1917 to Sept. 1918. He was chairman of the board of directors of the American Industrial Corporation and director in many organizations, including the Haskell & Barker Car Co., the Midvale Steel & Ordnance Co., and the Union Pacific R.R. Co. He was a trustee of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He was the author of The American Commercial Invasion of Europe (1902, the result of his studies in Europe); Business and Education (1907); Modern Banking (x911) and What Happened to Europe (1919).


List of some books written by Frank Vanderlip --

The Currency problem and the present financial situation: -

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F. W. Woolworth
born April 13, 1852; Rodman, New York - died April 8, 1919 (age 66); Glen Cove, New York
Birth name: Frank Winfield Woolworth
founder of F.W. Woolworth Company (now Foot Locker), an operator of discount stores that priced merchandise at five and ten cents. He pioneered the now-common practices of buying merchandise direct from manufacturers and fixing prices on items, rather than haggling.

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Col. Robert A. Dollar
born March 20, 1844; Falkirk, Scotland — died May 16, 1932 (age 88) San Rafael, California
1858 emigrated to Canada with his father

No discovery as to why Napolean Hill placed title of "Col." As sources say title "Captain" was honorary; bestowed after his entry into shipping industry.
lumber baron, shipping magnate, philanthropist; Freemason.
1929 built Robert Dollar Home for Boys
California Governor James Rolph, Jr. said at the time of his death, "Robert Dollar has done more in his lifetime to spread the American flag on the high seas than any man in this country." He made the cover of Time magazine on March 19, 1928, with several writings concerning his business', and was given a long obituary in the May 23, 1932, issue.
In Robert A. Dollar "Opinion On Life and Death" Letter, he wrote:

"In this world all we leave behind us that is worth anything is that we can be well regarded and spoken of after we are gone, and that we can say that we left the world just a little better than we found it. If we can't accomplish these two things then life, according to my view, has been a failure. Many people erroneously speak of a man when he is gone as having left so much money. That, according to my view, amounts to very little."

What Robert Dollar Gave to Marin
by Jocelyn Moss
From the Marin County Historical Society Magazine, vol. XVI, no. 1, 1991, pp. 13–15.

Robert Dollar began life as a Presbyterian in Scotland and these religious teachings and their influence followed him throughout his eventful life, From his earliest days, he carried his bible with him whether in the forests of Ontario or on the sea routes to China and the East. Both his granddaughters remember him reading from the bible at the start of every day and in the evening.

He was generous in his gifts to the Presbyterian Church. Back in 1877 while in Bracebridge, Ontario, he contributed lumber to build the Presbyterian Church there. When Robert Dollar moved to San Rafael he became a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He attended both morning and evening services. He was a trustee of the church from 1896 to 1916, when he was elected an elder which he remained until his death.

In 1914 he and Mrs. Dollar gave the bell chimes which were placed in the old Presbyterian Church tower. When the old church was torn down, the bells were moved to a place outside the new building. The bells are still heard on Sundays and special celebrations.

When Robert Dollar died in 1932, the funeral was held at the First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael. thousands crowded the small town to attend the funeral. He had so many friends and acquaintances in high and low places. There were chairs set up on the San Rafael Library lawn to accommodate those who could not find a place in the church. A loud speaker system broadcast the funeral service to the throng outside. Notable dignitaries from around the world sent floral attributes and the Governor of California, James Rolph and Mayor Rossi of San Francisco were honorary pall bearers. The Navy dirigible, Akron, dropped rose petals in recognition of this extraordinary man. A stained glass window was given to the church in the memory of Captain Dollar by all the employees of the various Dollar enterprises around the world.

Another recipient of Robert Dollars attention was the Sunny Hills Orphanage. This orphanage started when a widow died in San Rafael who left three children. The founder of the orphanage was Mrs. P. D. Browne. She incorporated the orphanage as the San Francisco Orphanage and Farm. The orphanage was governed by a Board of Directors and an advisory board. Robert Dollar was a member of the Advisory Board. As Mrs. Browne said, "Captain Dollar's name and the Orphanage are to my mind synonymous...." When the first little house grew too small, temporary quarters were taken at the old "Gilbert House" at 4th and E Streets in San Rafael. Looking for a larger property, they located 20 acres in San Anselmo. Robert Dollars generous donation towards the purchase made the acquisition possible. The dedication ceremonies were held on February 10, 1900. At that time there were 135 children at the orphanage who eagerly helped with the move. There was quite a bit of interest in the community; 600 visitors inspected the new building. Robert Dollar had a school built on the property in 1902 and when it burnt in 1913 he had it rebuilt. He was also concerned that the children have a good supply of milk and in 1920 gave 42 acres of pasture land as a Christmas gift. In 1922 a major fire burned the main building and the children were homeless. The children were put up in makeshift quarters. The Superintendent and his wife lived in a small garage for over a year. Robert and Mrs. Dollar came forth to donate the Grace Dollar Dickson Memorial building in memory of their beloved daughter who had died in 1921. Captain Dollar also built the Robert Dollar Home for Boys in 1929.

Robert Dollar's involvement with the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo was equally important. This Seminary originated in San Francisco as an institution to train young men for the ministry of the Presbyterian Church. The Seminary moved to San Anselmo in 1896. Arthur Crosby, the minister of the First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael was quite instrumental in promotme Marin County as the ideal spot for a Seminary. He touted the superior weather but emphasized the young men would not only be out of the reach of unhealthy fogs but also the sin and vice of San Francisco. Robert Dollar served as a member of the Board of Trustees for twenty years. In 1917 Robert Dollar founded the Chair of the New Testament Interpretation with an endowment of $50,000. The new position was filled by Rev. E. A. Wicher and was known as the Robert Dollar Chair.

In 1919 Lynn T. White, the minister of the First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael gave a sermon titled "The Christian Attitude Toward the Organized Labor Movement in America." Since this was a time that there was a waterfront strike in San Francisco, Rev. White could certainly expect some comment from his parishioners, especially Robert Dollar. Beloved by all, Rev. White served as pastor of San Rafael's First Presbyterian Church from 1908 to 1920. He had baptized and married many local people and was considered an institution in the community. But he was also a bit of a radical with a tinge of socialism about his philosophy. After this Sunday sermon, Rev. White and Robert Dollar had several sessions together in which they both expressed their opinions. Then they more or less agreed to disagree. Robert Dollar was called away on a business trip so it was some time before Rev. White heard from him again. When he called on Rev. White, he proposed that he would fund a new Chair at the Presbyterian Seminary in Christian Sociology in honor of Mrs. Dollar. Lynn White could hardly believe his ears. He then heard Robert Dollar say, "There is a new day coming in these matters and I would like the Church to have something to say about it." A meeting was arranged between Dr. Landers, President of the Theological Seminary, and Robert Dollar in which Mr. Dollar offered to endow the Margaret S. Dollar Chair of Christian Social Ethics. Lynn White was nominated as the first professor at Mr. Dollar's request. He also held the position of Librarian for the Seminary. This was the first time a Presbyterian Seminary anywhere in the United States had a Chair of Christian Social Ethics. Dr. White held the professorship until he retired in 1948. Dr. White was the kind of professor that inspired heated discussion among his students. The students either agreed with Dr. White or they strongly disagreed. Robert Dollar saw in Lynn White the ability to teach about the social issues of the day and thought it important to prepare these future ministers to the gospel of a social ethic as well as the religious gospel. Robert Dollar took a special interest in the training of ministers as he admired in them their ability to turn away from the pursuit of material goods to follow the calling of Christ.

The Theological Seminary also received a set of chimes in 1923 from Robert Dollar. Thirteen bells were installed in Montgomery Hall. The bells were cast at the McShane Bell Foundry in Baltimore and brought through the Panama Canal in one of Robert dollar's ships, the Melville Dollar. The chimes played hymns that could be heard from Wolf 's Grade to White Hill. The bells still chime the hour at the Seminary and the Doxology is played in the evening.

Robert Dollar's last public appearance was at the Commencement Exercises at the Seminary. Although he was not feeling well, he insisted in walking in the academic procession and as President of the Board of Trustees gave a congratulatory message to the graduating class.

Although most of Robert dollar's gifts were to religious institutions, he did give one very important gift to the city of San Rafael. He presented the city two gifts of land. In 1920 he gave eleven acres and in 1923 he gave eight more. This gift of land plus help with the funding made possible the construction of Robert Dollar Scenic Drive from Boyd Park to the summit of San Rafael Hill.

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Edward A. Filene Edward Albert Filene)
born September 3, 1860; Salem, Massachusetts - September 26, 1937; Paris, France

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Edwin C. Barnes
born around 1878; Wisconsin - died September 23, 1952; Bradenton, Florida

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Arthur Brisbane
born December 12, 1864; Buffalo, New York – died December 25, 1936;

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Woodrow Wilson
born December 28, 1856; Staunton, Virginia - died February 3, 1924 (age 67) Washington, D.C.

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Wm. Howard Taft (William Howard Taft)
born September 15, 1857; Cincinnati, Ohio - died March 8, 1930 (age 72) Washington, D.C.; buried: Arlington National Cemetery Section 30, Lot S-14, Grid Y/Z-39.5

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Luther Burbank
born March 7, 1849; Lancaster, Massachusetts - died April 11, 1926 (age 77); Santa Rosa, California

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Edward W. Bok Eduard Willem Gerard Cesar Hidde Bok -- Americanized: Edward William Bok
born October 9, 1863; Den Helder, The Netherlands – died January 9, 1930, at 4:25 a.m.; Lake Wales, Florida (Heart attack)
President Theodore Roosevelt said of him, "Bok is the only man I ever heard of who changed, for the better, the architecture of an entire nation, and he did it so quickly and yet so effectively that we didn't know it was begun before it was finished."

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Frank A. Munsey (Frank Andrew Munsey)
born August 21, 1854; Mercer, Maine – died December 22, 1925; (age 71) New York City December 22, 1925 (burst appendix)

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Elbert H. Gary (Elbert Henry Gary)
born October 8, 1846; near Wheaton, Illinois – died August 15, 1927; New York

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Dr. Aexander Graham Bell
born March 3, 1847; Edinburgh, Scotland, UK - died August 2, 1922 at 2:am (age 75); at his private estate, Beinn Bhreagh, Nova Scotia, Canada (complications of diabetes)

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John H. Patterson (John Henry Patterson)
born December 13, 1844; near Dayton, Ohio – died May 7, 1922; interred in the Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio

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Julius Rosenwald
born August 12, 1862 Springfield, Illinois – died January 6, 1932 at his home in Ravinia section of Highland Park, Illinois
born and raised few blocks from Abraham Lincoln residence during Lincoln's presidency of the United States

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Stuart Austin Wier
Born August 21, 1894; Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana - Died April 23, 1959 (age 64) Dallas, Texas

Mentioned in "Think And Grow Rich" Author Preface and Chapter 5

"Stuart Austin Wier prepared himself as a Construction Engineer and followed this line of work until the depression limited his market to where it did not give him the income he required. He took inventory of himself, decided to change his profession to law, went back to school and took special courses by which he prepared himself as a corporation lawyer. Despite the fact the depression had not ended, he completed his training, passed the Bar Examination, and quickly built a lucrative law practice, in Dallas, Texas; in fact he turned away clients.

Just to keep the record straight, and to anticipate the alibis of those who will say, "I couldn't go to school because I have a family to support," or "I'm too old," I will add the information that Mr. Wier was past forty, and married when he went back to school. Moreover, by carefully selecting highly specialized courses, in colleges best prepared to teach the subjects chosen, Mr. Wier completed in two years the work for which the majority of law students require four years. IT PAYS TO KNOW HOW TO PURCHASE KNOWLEDGE!

The person who stops studying merely because he has finished school is forever hopelessly doomed to mediocrity, no matter what may be his calling. The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge."

OBIT: Stuart Austin Wier, 64, of 6826 Clayton, a lawyer, writer, and lecturer, died Thursday in a hospital after a long illness. Wier had law offices in the Davis Building and was associated with Atty. Howard Moore. He was a native of (Avoyelles) Parish, La., he attended Louisiana State Normal College, Rice Institute, the University of Chicago Southern Methodist University, Cornell University and George Washington University. He served in the Army Engineer Corps during World War I. After the war, he was a lecturer under the auspices of the Chicago Welfare League and Chicago newspapers. A resident of Dallas for 40 years, he began a general law practice in 1931. His books covered a wide range of fields: Art and Science of Selling; How to Remember; Shakespeare: Re-Creator of Shakespeare, and the Rise of Individualism From a Legal Standpoint. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in George A. Brewer Funeral Chapel, 3603 Ross, with the Rev. David W. Brown officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Survivors are his wife; one son, Lt. Cmdr. Richard A. Wier of Jacksonville, Fla.; one daughter, Mrs. John Murtaugh of Everett, Wash.; two brothers, Harvey Wier of Opelousas, La., and D. Lee Wier of Houston; two sisters, Miss Claudia Wier and Miss May Wier, both of Dallas, and two grandchildren.

Family links:
James Richard Wier (1849 - 1925)
Emma Louisa Allen Wier (1860 - 1938)

Richard Austin Wier (1922 - 2004)

Greenwood Cemetery
Dallas, Texas, USA

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Dr. Frank Crane

Search of connected to name Dr. Frank Crane reveals some books available
Dr. Frank Crane (1861–1928) was a Presbyterian minister, speaker, and columnist who wrote a set of ten volumes of "Four Minute Essays" which were published in 1919. He later penned a much longer treatise entitled "Everyday Wisdom", which was published in 1927. This leather-bound book was subtitled 'A page for every day of the year', and consisted of 365 Four Minute Essays and 52 Little Talks on How to Live. Only scarce remnants of his works on positive thinking and a populist political philosophy have survived for reflection by modern readers.

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough.

As quoted in Business Education World, Vol. 15 (1935) p. 172

Four Minute Essays Vol. 5 (1919)

The Human Heart

The human heart is a wide moor under a dull sky, with voices of invisible birds calling in the distance.

The human heart is a lonely lane in the evening, and two lovers are walking down it, whispering and lingering.

The human heart is a great green tree, and many strange birds come and sing in its branches; a few build nests, but most are from far lands north and south, and never come again.

The human heart is a deep still pool; in it are fishes of gold and silver, darting playfully, and slow-heaving slimy monsters, and tarnished treasure hoards, the infinite animalcular life; but when you look down at it you see but your own reflected face.

The human heart is an undiscovered country; men and women are forever perishing as they explore its wilds.

The human heart is an egg; and out of it are hatched this world and heaven and hell.

The human heart is a tangled wood wherein no man knows his way.

The human heart is a roaring forge where night and day the smiths are busy fashioning swords and silver cups, mitres and engine-wheels, the tools of labor, and the gauds of precedence.

The human heart is a garden, wherein grow weeds of memory and blooms of hope, and the snow falls at last and covers all.

The human heart is a meadow full of fireflies, a summer western sky of shimmering distant lightnings, a shore set round with flashing lighthouses, far-away voices calling that we cannot understand.

The human heart is a band playing in a park at a distance; we see the crowds listening, but we catch but fragments of the music now and again, and cannot make out the tune.

The human heart is a great city, teeming with myriad people, full of business and mighty doings, and we wander its crowded streets unutterably alone; we do not know what it is all about.

The human heart to youth is a fairy-land of adventure, to old age it is a sitting room where one knows his way in the dark.

The human heart is a cup of love, where some find life and zest, and some drunkenness and death.

The human heart is the throne of God, the council-chamber of the devil, the dwelling of angels, the vile heath of witches' Sabbaths, the nursery of sweet children, the blood-spattered scene of nameless tragedies.

Listen! You will hear mothers' lullabies, madmen's shrieks, love-croonings, cries of agonized terror, hymns of Christ, the roaring of lynch mobs, the kisses of lovers, the curses of pirates.

Bend close! You will smell the lily fragrance of love, the stench of lust, now odors as exquisite as the very spirit of violets, and now such nauseous repulsions as words cannot tell.

Nobilities, indecencies, heroic impulses, cowardly ravings, good and bad, white and black — the mystery of mysteries, the central island of nescience in a sea of science, the dark spot in the lighted room of knowledge, the unknown quantity, the X in the universal problem.

Clean Business

Better than big business is clean business. To an honest man the most satisfactory reflection after he has amassed his dollars is not that they are many but that they are all clean. What constitutes clean business? The answer is obvious enough, but the obvious needs restating every once in a while. A clean profit is one that has also made a profit for the other fellow. This is fundamental moral axiom in business. Any gain that arises from another's loss is dirty. Any business whose prosperity depends upon damage to any other business is a menace to the general welfare. That is why gambling, direct or indirect, is criminal, why lotteries are prohibited by law, and why even gambling slot-machine devices are not tolerated in civilized countries. When a farmer sells a housekeeper a barrel of apples, when a milkman sells her a quart of milk, or the butcher a pound of steak, or the dry-goods man a yard of muslin, the housekeeper is benefited quite as much as those who get her money. That is the type of honest, clean business, the kind that helps everybody and hurts nobody. Of course as business becomes more complicated it grows more difficult to tell so clearly whether both sides are equally prospered. No principle is automatic. It requires sense, judgment, and conscience to keep clean; but it can be done, nevertheless, if one is determined to maintain his self-respect. A man that makes a habit, every deal he goes into, of asking himself, "What is there in it for the other fellow?" and who refuses to enter into any transaction where his own gain will mean disaster to some one else, cannot go for wrong. And no matter how many memorial churches he builds, nor how much he gives to charity, or how many monuments he erects in his native town, any man who has made his money by ruining other people is not entitled to be called decent. A factory where many workmen are given employment, paid living wages, and where health and life are conserved, is doing more real good in the world than ten eleemosynary institutions. The only really charitable dollar is the clean dollar. And the nasty dollar, wrung from wronged workmen or gotten by unfair methods from competitors, is never nastier than when it pretends to serve the Lord by being given to the poor, to education, or to religion. In the long run all such dollars tend to corrupt and disrupt society. Of all vile money, that which is the most unspeakably vile is the money spent for war; for war is conceived by the blundering ignorance and selfishness of rulers, is fanned to flame by the very lowest passions of humanity, and prostitutes the highest ideal of men — zeal for the common good — to the business of killing human beings and destroying the results of their collective work.

Everyday Wisdom (1927)

THERE is a passage of Holy Writ that exhorts us that if there be any good things, such as love, virtue, truth, and so on, we ought to think on these things.

The fact that seems to underlie this exhortation is that we become what we think about. ...

Thoughts are given us, not only to chew over for ourselves, but to communicate to others. And if we can find a man that is ready to receive them, and a suitable occasion, there is nothing more pleasurable than giving them.


In the 1910s, George Matthew Adams was selling Dr. Frank Crane's Four Minute Essays. Then, he lost Crane to a competitor. However, George didn't throw in the towel. As a matter of fact, a marvelous career as a writer started. George set to write short essays himself when he traveled from city to city selling his wares. In the 50s, Crane was all but forgotten, but George Matthew Adams' short inspirational columns appeared in about 100 newspapers.

George Matthew Adams ascribed his success to courage and positive thinking and began writing daily inspirational essays. In 1907 he organized the George Matthew Adams Service to distribute his essays. Later on, he began attracting writers and syndicating their work as well. Soon he set to syndicate comics, first with the Abe Martin panel in 1910. Even though the syndicate offered sundry comic strips, its strong suit was in small panel cartoons, especially those accompanied not only by jokes but also by backwoods homilies, light verse and Adams-style inspiration.

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George M. Alexander
born September 21, 1839; Glasgow, Scotland – died August 2, 1923; age 83) interred Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles, California

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J. G. Chapline (Jesse_Grant_Chapline)
born July 2, 1870; Waverly, Missouri - died July 4, 1937 (agee 67); Chicago, Illinois

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HON. Jennings Randolph
born March 8, 1902' Salem, West Virginia - died May 8, 1998; St. Louis, Missouri
Truman Library references: Hon. Jennings Randolph, Chairman, House Committee on Civil Service; Honorable Jennings Randolph, former Congressman from. West Virginia
served 1958-1985 in US Congress; bio

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Arthur Nash
born circa 1870; Tipton County, Indiana - died in 1927; based on references in his book "The Golden Rule in Business" published 1923
A prominent Freemason, Nash, who died in 1927, dedicated his life to the idea of human achievement fueled by a higher power, and this heartfelt work embraces ... RE:

Mason report - I went into the Masonic Blue Lodge in 1909 in Waterville, Ohio. At that time the lessons of the Degrees made no great impression upon my mind, perhaps because my mind was not in a condition to be impressed. I took the higher degrees of Scottish Rite Masonry in what was known as the Golden Jubilee Class of 1919, at Cincinnati, and later in the same year went through the York Rite.

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Clarence Darrow
born April 18, 1857; Kinsman Township, Trumbull County, Ohio - died March 13, 1938 (age 80); Chicago, Illinois

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These names represent but a small fraction of the hundreds of well known Americans whose achievements, financially and otherwise, prove that those who understand and apply the Carnegie secret, reach high stations in life. I have never known anyone who was inspired to use the secret, who did not achieve noteworthy success in his chosen calling. I have never known any person to distinguish himself, or to accumulate riches of any consequence, without possession of the secret. From these two facts I draw the conclusion that the secret is more important, as a part of the knowledge essential for self-determination, than any which one receives through what is popularly known as "education." What is EDUCATION, anyway? This has been answered in full detail.

As far as schooling is concerned, many of these men had very little. John Wanamaker once told me that what little schooling he had, he acquired in very much the same manner as a modern locomotive takes on water, by "scooping it up as it runs." Henry Ford never reached high school, let alone college. I am not attempting to minimize the value of schooling, but I am trying to express my earnest belief that those who master and apply the secret will reach high stations, accumulate riches, and bargain with life on their own terms, even if their schooling has been meager.

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