Timing Made Carpetbagger Rich

That being in the right place at the right time can make you wealthy is no joke. Monroe Dunaway Anderson moved to the right place and at the right time to become a top cotton broker in Houston, Texas.

Born during late Reconstruction in the southern town of Jackson, Tennessee to a banker father, Monroe attended college and learned the banking business.

Monroe’s brother, Frank Anderson, went west to Oklahoma in pursuit of fortune. Frank became a cotton trader. In 1904, Frank persuaded brother Monroe to put up capital for a new business buying and selling cotton.

In 1907, Monroe relocated to Houston for the deeper pockets of funding created by the Texas oil boom. Their business, Anderson, Clayton and Co., took off in 1914 with the opening of the Houston Shipping Channel, a sea way to the world. Anderson, Clayton and Co. became the largest exporter of cotton.

Upon his death in 1939, the never married Monroe Dunaway Anderson left behind a tidy thrift of $19 million to a family foundation. Trustees of the foundation used the money to seed a specialized center of medicine named for its benefactor, the MD Anderson Hospital for Cancer Research of The University of Texas, or just MD Anderson as it is commonly called throughout the world.

Cadillac of Duck Blinds

As a member of the Wheeler Island Duck Club from 1957 to 1977, Henry A. Smith knew all too well the problems associated with in-ground, wooden blinds. Made from California redwood, they were cramped, cold and damp.

Smitty set out to construct a better duck blind.

He built a permanent fiberglass, tank-like structure that did not leak. A 360-degree, swivel seat allowed the hunter to see ducks coming from all distances.

The enclosure afforded room to shoot. A heater gave warmth. And convenient shelving for ammo, food, and other supplies made it a luxury in the reeds.

For his ingenuity, Henry Smith received a patent in May 1970 for a “Hunting blind construction and adjustable seat.”

Dimensions of duck blind.