Richard William Kindel arrived in Weatherford a month before his 21st birthday in 1868. He started drug companies in Stephenville and Fort Worth. His business was so successful, he turned to wholesaling. He founded the first castor oil plant west of the Mississippi and was an officer of the Texas Pharmaceutical Association. His wife, Fannie Allison, was daughter of Col. R. D. Allison, a member of the Texas Senate.

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