Canadian in Hemphill County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Robert R. Young
(February 14, 1897 — January 25, 1958)
His grandfather was traildriver, pioneer rancher; his father, president of the first bank in Canadian.
Educated at Old Canadian Academy, Culver Military Academy (where he won highest honors), University of Virginia. Married, 1916, Anita O'Keeffe, sister of the famous painter Georgia O'Keeffe. Had a daughter. One of close friends was King Edward VIII of England.
Assistant to treasurer of General Motors, 1920's. Made fortune in stock market in 1929. After years on Wall Street, won acclaim of financial world in a proxy battle to gain control of and modernize New York Central Railroad. In this fight, enlisted aid of Texas friends Clint Murchison and Sid Richardson.
Until 1939, retained banking interests in Canadian. Was a lifelong member of Presbyterian church here. Remembered native state with gifts of rare papers to University of Texas. Restored an historic local burial ground, naming it “Edith Ford Cemetery,” to honor an aunt who reared him after early death of his mother. Maintained close ties (in visits, hunting trips, correspondence) with people known in boyhood.
Erected 1967 by State Historical
Location. 35° 55.4′ N, 100° 22.614′ W. Marker is in Canadian, Texas, in Hemphill County. Marker is on U.S. 60 north of 6th Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in city park at north end of town. Marker is in this post office area: Canadian TX 79014, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hemphill County (here, next to this marker); Canadian River Trails (here, next to this marker); Edith Ford Memorial Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Tom T. McGee (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Former Canadian Hospital (approx. ¾ mile away); First National Bank of Canadian (approx. ¾ mile away); Moody Hotel (approx. ¾ mile away); R. Dick Bussell (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canadian.
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