George Simeon Prestridge, biography c. 1907
[American Lumberman magazine]
Source: "A Graphic Story of the Frost-Trigg Interests in Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas", American Lumberman, March 30, 1907. Chicago: American Lumberman, 1907. pp. 51-114.
  George S. Prestridge  

G. S. Prestridge, treasurer and general manager of the Black Lake Lumber Company, Campti, La., is a soldier of southwestern commercial affairs in lumber who was content to Jive for many years in the ranks and on the firing line of effort, without promotion, knowing that all the work he was doing was but fitting him for that reward of official rank which comes always to those who survive the fight.

Mr. Prestridge is very close to the general management of all the lumber interests of the Frosts, and a trusted lieutenant who is on occasions commander-in-chief.

George S. Prestridge was born in De Soto parish, Louisiana, October 25, 1860. In his early life his parents moved to Lafayette, Ark., to what was known in those days as Sulphur Forks, eighteen miles south of Texarkana. In 1878 his uncle took him to Calhoun county, Arkansas, to a little town of the name of Hampton, and he received his education in that town.

In 1881 we find Mr. Prestridge a farmer in Miller county, Arkansas. Barring a little time spent at a saw mill near Texarkana, Mr. Prestridge remained a farmer until 1889. In that year he moved to Genoa, Ark., and there engaged in the logging business for Frost & Ferguson. With the Frost interests he went to New Lewisville, Ark., in 1891, for the Red River Lumber Company, and in 1893 went with that institution to Frostville, Ark.

In 1899 Mr. Prestridge moved to Lufkin, Tex., where the Frost interests began the business of the Lufkin Land & Lumber Company.

Mr. Prestridge assisted in the building of the saw mill and also in the building of the Texas & Louisiana railroad, of which later he was made vice president and general superintendent.

In those days he was also a director in the Lufkin Land & Lumber Company and he is now a director in the Lufkin National bank; director in the Lufkin Ice Company; vice president and a director in the Lufkin Foundry & Machine Company; director in the Union Saw Mill Company; director in the Campti State bank; director in the Black Lake Lumber Company and second vice president of and director in the newly organized Star & Crescent Lumber Company.

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