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Past leaders inducted into Angelina Co. Business Hall of Fame

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A few prominent East Texas business leaders have a new place in history. The Angelina County Chamber of Commerce inducted three people into its Business Hall of Fame.

This year's inductees are Colonel "Cal" Chambers who established Texas Foundries. Inc. the first malleable Iron Foundry in the Southwest &began operation in 1939, past president of the Angelina County Chamber of Commerce, help established Memorial Hospital and Southland Paper Mill.

 W.R. Beaumier a former general manager of the Lufkin Daily News. The newspaperman was awarded the George Washington Honor Medal by the Freedom Foundation.

 H.J. Shands prominent banker and former chamber of commerce president and vice president of the First State Bank Co, of Lufkin in 1938 and president in 1960.

Board Chairman Dr. Sid Roberts says it was the commitment and dedication of these individuals that helped to make Angelina County what it is today.

"It is important to recognize the leadership of the past so that we can continue that leadership today and develop the business and the community," said Roberts.

"I really appreciate the chamber recognizing my grandfather, he was really a sweet kind, generous person, he worked very hard in the community," said Jay Shands, grandson of honoree, H.J. Shands.

The honoree's plaques will be added to the hall of fame wall and displayed at the entrance of Kurth Memorial Library.

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