At Cleveland, Ohio, in May, 1924, Randle T. Moore, of Shreveport, was elected a director of the United States Chamber of Commerce as director in charge of the Fabricated Production Division, an honor that is an enviable mark of distinction to one of the South's experts in the manufacture of lumber and by-products, and also long favorably known in Northwestern Louisiana for his interest in civic and social welfare movements. Mr. Moore was born in Caddo Parish, Louisiana, in 1875, son of S. M., and Jennie Elizabeth (Jones) Moore, who were natives of Middle Tennessee. He was educated in public schools, was reared on a farm, leaving home at the age of fifteen to work for himself. He earned wages of 50 cents a day in the cotton fields, and at the age of sixteen found employment in a general merchandise store at Texarkana, where be remained three years.
He then clerked in another store there, engaged in the retail grocery business for himself, and for a time was a shoe merchant. His career as a lumberman began in 1900 at Texarkana, where and when he married Miss Susie Frost, daughter of E. W. Frost and sister of E. A. Frost, who is one of the South's greatest lumbermen, being now president of the Southern Pine Association.
On leaving Texarkana Mr. Moore for sixteen years was located at Mansfield and had charge of the extensive lumber manufacturing interests of the Frost-Johnson Lumber Company. Then, in 1919, he returned to his native parish at Shreveport, and with home in that city looked after a widely extended program of business affairs.
Mr. Moore is vice president of the Peavy-Byrnes Lumber Company, vice president of the Peavy-Moore Lumber Company, vice president of the Peavy-Wilson Lumber Company, a director of the Frost-Johnson Lumber Company, is chairman of the board of the Commercial National Bank of Shreveport, vice president of the Bank of Commerce and Trust Company at Mansfield, vice President of the K. N.& W. Railway, vice president of the Sabine Neches Valley Railway, vice president of the Christie & Eastern Railway, a director of the Caddo-DeSoto Cotton Oil Company, and is receiver for the Baird Company Department Store.
Mr. Moore is a member of all the prominent organizations of lumber manufacturers and related organizations and in the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce has held the offices of vice president and President, national councilor, and a chairman of the membership committee. He is chairman of the board of Stewards of the First Methodist Church Shreveport, chairman of the Home Visitation Committee of all affiliated churches, teacher of the Moore Bible Class in the First Methodist Church, director of the Shreveport Y. M. C. A., and vice chairmen of its half-million-dollar campaign, is of the Shreveport Council of Boy Scouts, of the Shreveport Federation of Community Work, is vice president of the Water and Sewerage Commission of Shreveport, state chairman of the Louisiana Centenary campaign, and during the World war was chairman of the Fourth Liberty Loan drive. He is a trustee of the Mansfield Female College at Mansfield, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Centenary College at Shreveport and a director of the Louisiana Orphanage at Ruston, Louisiana. A man of action, a clear thinker and forceful speaker, he is well known to the public also through many articles he has written for trade journals and other publications on marketing and distribution of lumber.
Mr, and Mrs. Moore have four children: Wesley Frost Moore, the oldest, is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and now a student of economics in the University of Pennsylvania. The daughter, Virginia Elizabeth Moore, is a graduate of Miss Mason's School at Tarrytown, New York. Edwin A. Moore, the second son, is attending the Virginia Military Institute, and the youngest, Randle T. Moore, Jr., is a student in Centenary College at Shreveport.