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Re: Tomlinson co-founder TG&Y stores, OK
Posted by: Susan Gabel (ID *****6463) Date: January 23, 2005 at 16:32:28
In Reply to: Tomlinson co-founder TG&Y stores, OK by Ginger of 2927

In response to your request, his name was Rawdon E. Tomlinson of Frederick.
According to Mr. Young's book, The Making of a Merchant, Mr. Tomlinson was born in Kansas in 1899 and he was the son of the land agent for the Santa Fe Railroad, Wilber M. Tomlinson. The family would move to Oklahoma in 1901 when the Kiowa-Caddo-Comanche lands were opened to settlement by lottery. Wilber Tomlinson held a lucky number in that lottery and got a homestead near the community of Indiahoma. Ten years later, in 1911, he traded this farm to Josiah Gooden for the Wide-A-Wake Store in Frederick, which had a frontage of 25 feet and might have been worth $2500. R.E., just coming of age, worked for this father, marrying Alta Marie Joiner of Richmond, Missouri, in 1912. Eventually they would have four children: Elaine, Milton George, Nadine and Peggy.

R.E. was active in business and civic affairs in Frederick. He served on the board of directors of the First National Bank from 1919 until 1941 when he became its president. He was a member of the First Methodist Church. With a partner, Kadane, he owned the local movie theater.

He died in 1948.

There is more information, but I'm not sure how much you want. It talks about his time with TG&Y. It does say that his major contribution was a line of credit as he did not move to OKC, but stayed in Frederick.

There is a picture of him in the book. If you would like it, I can scan it in and e-mail it to you.

It says for background information, see History of Tillman County (2 vols.: Tillman County Historical Society, 1978)

E.L. "Les" Gosselin was born in Altus, but his store was in Cordell.n R.A. Young was born in Stillwater, but his store was in Kingfisher.

Susan Gabel

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