G. A. Kelley, of Lufkin, Tex., is a prominent and most practical member of the administrative cabinet of the Frost-Trigg interests in the southwest. He is an active officer in the field. Mr. Kelley can never be president of the United States, but he can and does hold a rung on the ladder of commercial achievement.
Mr. Kelley is the gentleman who designed the plant of the Union Saw Mill Company and that other model monument in saw mill architecture the plant of the Lufkin Land & Lumber Company, at Lufkin, Tex.
Mr. Kelley was born July, 1861, at Huntingdon, Canada, about fifty miles from Montreal, where he lived until he was 18 years old. At that age he took up the millwright trade and followed it closely for several years, being engaged in building saw mills and flour mills in upper Michigan and Minnesota.
He has been superintendent of the Diamond M Company and the Bovey-De Laittre Lumber Company, at Minneapolis; the Red River Lumber Company, Grand Forks, N. D.; he built the Johnson-Wentworth mill at Cloquet, Minn.; the Murphy Lumber Company mill at Green Bay, Wis., and the mill of the Shelving-Carpenter Company at St. Hilaire, Minn.
Following his saw mill building in the north Mr. Kelley was engaged for a number of years as a salesman for the Edward P. Allis -- now the Allis-Chalmers -- Company, of Milwaukee, Wis. During his career of salesmanship in the south he designed and had charge of the erection of many mills.
Mr. Kelley associated himself in 1901 with E. A. and E. W. Frost, C. D. Johnson and others as vice president of the Lufkin Land & Lumber Company, and he remained in that capacity and as general manager until the sale of the plant in 1906.
Mr. Kelley has residence in Lufkin, Tex., and his every day steady occupation now is the management of the Carter-Kelley Lumber Company at Manning, Tex., of which company he is also president. Besides this connection he is associated, in the capacities indicated, in each of the following companies: President of the Kelley Land & Lumber Company; vice president Lufkin Ice Company; director Lufkin National bank; director Lufkin Foundry & Machine Company; vice president Shreveport, Houston & Gulf Railroad Company; stockholder in the Frost-Trigg Lumber Company; stockholder in the De Soto Land & Lumber Company; stockholder Union Saw Mill Company; stockholder in and director of the Star & Crescent Lumber Company; stockholder in the State Savings & Trust Company, Texarkana, Ark., and a stockholder in the Black Lake Lumber Company.