Signatories of the Banco de Guanajuato
Identified signatories are Joaquín Palau, José P. Bustamente and [ ] as Gerente; Manuel Balarezo,Federico Saavedra, Carlos Chico, Dwight Furness, Manuel Antillon, George Bryant, R. Castelazo, Jesús Fernández, Ramon Alcazar, [ ], Juan B. Castelazo, M. B. Faboada and Federico Kunhardt as Consejero and J. J. Farias, Enríquez Baz, [ ] and Manuel Chico as Interventor.
|José P. Bustamente|
|Baré de S. Leu|
Carlos Chico belonged to a family with heavy involvement in mining and political ambitions. He was a lawyer (abogado) and investor in mining companies.
His son, Carlos Chico Ibargüengoitia, in 1907 was manager and general proxy (apoderado general) of the bank, representing its branch in Zamora, Michoacán.
Dwight Furness arrived in Guanajuato in 1887 to take charge of the interests that the Santana Mining Company of St. Louis, Missouri, had in the Negociación Minera La Esperanza. He was a shareholder in various mining companies in Guanajuato, Jalisco and Nayarit; shareholder and president of the Huautla Santa Ana Mining Company, and an intermediate between the mining companies in Guanajuato and the smelters in Aguascalientes and Mexico City. Furness was also an investor in the Grocery Company, in 1906, selling groceries, liquor, and Mexican and foreign goods. In 1900 he transferred his properties to the Dwight Furness Company, of which he was representative, president, manager and treasurer, with the aim of avoiding tax and finding investors in the United States. At times he was a shareholder in the Compañía de Alumbrado Eléctrico y Fuerza Motriz de Linares, S.A. (organised in Nuevo León), and held the concession to build a railway line between Guanajuato, Marfil and Salamanca. He was also the U. S. consul in Guanajuato in the first years of the twentieth century.
|Ramón Alcázar began as a businessman, but later concentrated on dealing in mining shares in Guanajuato, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas, and was part of the Compañía Guanajuatense Zacatecana, which controlled the Guanajuato and Zacatecas mints at the end of the 19th century. His son, ingeniero Ramón Alcázar, also invested in various mining companies. He dealt in cattle with Antonio N. Hernández of Monterrey, a director of the Banco de Nuevo León.
As a comisionista, Alcázar made mortgage loans in the 1890s in the name of Stallforth, Alcázar y Compañía, of which he was manager from 1895. This firm invested in the Banco Mercantil Mexicano, of Mexico City, in 1881, before it was a shareholder in the Banco de Guanajuato.
|Juan B. Castelazo was a lawyer by profession and a mining investor. He married Josefina Glennie, a member of another family involved in mining, industry and finance in Guanajuato. From the 1890s he was a shareholder in various mining companies and part of the Compañía Guanajuatense Zacatecana, which controlled the Guanajuato and Zacatecas mints at the end of the 19th century.. He represented members of the Alcázar family in their dealings with the Banco Mercantil Mexicano in 1881|
|J. J. Farías|