Captain W.C. Tyrrell, President of the Heywood Oil Company, is a citizen of Iowa. He is a man of wide business experience, owning great tracts of land in Iowa, Minnesota, the Dakotas and Texas. He is a large shipper of cattle and is interested in many other business enterprises which have been notably successful. He represents the best type of the successful American business man who has been education in the world wide school of experience. He familiarizes himself quick with surroundings and adapts himself to conditions so easily that he is at home where you put him. He sees life through glasses of the rosiest hue and is an optimist first, last and all the time. His personality is charming to those who know him intimately and he can entertain a New York swell with as much ease as he transacts ordinary business affairs. His connection with any business enterprise is a guarantee of its merit and assurance that it will be managed with a conscientious regard for every interest represented.
Six months ago he knew no more about oil and its development than any other man who had never seen a well or taken any interest in it. He was in Texas looking after his interests in and near Port Arthur when the Lucas well was struck. He immediately became interested in the field, and began looking around for a good opportunity to invest.
With those who have had dealings with Capt. Tyrrell, he is known as a man of decisive action and quick to see through a proposition and as quick to accept or reject it. The manner in which he became identified with the Heywood Brothers is interesting.
Capt. Tyrrell had a habit of associating with the oil men in the hotel lobby, hearing their conversation and make his own deductions. As he said, “I want to tie up with some good oil men and make my own estimate of them.” One day, although never having had a personal acquaintance with the Heywood Brothers, he stopped them in an abrupt manner, and said, “Say, you fellows seem to be pretty busy.”
They good naturedly replied, “Well, everyone seems to be busy in Beaumont these days.”
Capt. Tyrrell replied.
“That’s right, that’s right. Well, now, look here. I’m not much of a talker. I like your energy and the way you boys have taken hold of this matter. If this proposition you are working on is large enough to require more assistance and you me with you call on me and let us talk it over.”
About a week later they came to him with a proposition. They only stated it once, he said. “I am with you” and sitting down at his desk, remarked, “How do you spell your name?” When told he wrote his check for $5000, saying; “This is to show you that I don’t change my mind over night—give me a receipt and tomorrow we will draw up papers and I will turn over the balance.”
In this short and decisive way he became interested in one of the greatest oil producing companies in this world, and it is a compliment to his business ability that he was unanimously chosen as its president. Although not an experienced oil man, he practices the same clean cut, unswerving business methods that have made all his enterprises a success and which have already placed the Heywood Oil Company in the foremost ranks.
Source: Wright County Democrat, September 11, 1901.