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By: Raymond Powell

DeSoto Parish and Mansfield have supplied their share of notable people over the years such as ex-presidents of large oil companies, generals, doctors, educators and etc. Today’s article will deal with financial institutional leaders of the past, especially of the Commercial National Bank of Shreveport.

The Commercial National bank of Shreveport was chartered in 1886 growing out of several earlier banks dating back to 1852. Its greatest growth resulted during the tenure of Capt. Peter Youree who served as president from 1892- 1914. Capt. Youree married Bettie Rose Scott from Scottsville just east of Marshall, Texas. Bettie Youree was very active in the U.D.C. and purchased three acres of land to start the Mansfield Battle Park Museum and worked closely with Lana Jenkins to erect three large monuments at the park.

 

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