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Gabriel Toombs Anthony

GABRIEL TOOMBS ANTHONY, merchant, Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia, son of Edwin M. and Clara J. (Pope) Anthony, both parents natives of Wilkes County, and his mother a daughter of Henry F. Pope, was born in Taliaferro County, Georgia, June 9, 1868, the sixth of thirteen children.

When he was four years old his parents moved to Washington, and until he was eighteen years old he had to work on the farm, his only schooling being that obtained at such intervals as he could be spared.

At the age of eighteen he entered the store of Mr. J. A. Benson in Washington as a clerk, and remained with him as such until January, 1894, when he and his fellow-clerk, Kimble A. Wilheit, bought their employer out, and are now doing the largest general merchandise business in the city. He made his money by hard work, and knowing how he made it he saved it.

Mothers point to him as a model for their sons, and legions of friends in and out of the county are proud of him and his partner as representative young men and merchants of Washington. Avoiding the associations and contaminating influences of the fast young people of modern society, they are free from the expensive habits and vices consequent upon such associations, and have honorably won the esteem they enjoy, the prosperity secured, and that promised. That Mr. Anthony will take a front rank in commercial circles and exert a commanding influence in the future cannot be doubted.

Source: Memoirs of Georgia, Containing historical accounts of the states civil, military, industrial and professional interests and personal sketches of many of it’s people, Volume II, The Southern Historical Association, Atlanta, Georgia, 1895.

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