Born at Ayeo in 1879, he is the second son of the late Yeo Poon Myah, who, after trading for ten years in Singapore and Penang, came to Rangoon and established the firm of Sin Chip Moh e Co., importing silk, matches, and other Chinese and Japanese goods, and exporting rice to the Straits Settlements, China, and Japan. When Yeo Poon Myah died he left six children by his wife, Khoo Pyoe, the names of the sons being Yeo Cheow Chip, Yeo Cheow Kaw, Yeo Cheow Sean, Yeo Cheow Lok, Yeo Cheow Han, and Yeo Cheow Hpyeow. The direction of his business devolved upon Yeo Cheow Kaw,
who had been associated with him in it from the age of fourteen. Yeo Cheow Kaw has recently opened branches at Singapore and Penang under the style of Yeo Chip Moh e Co., at Amoy under the style of Chip Kee and Co., at Myingyan, Upper Burma, under the style of Yeo Heng Cheang e Co., at Oktwin, Nyoungchidouk, Kywebwe, under the style of Yeo Chip Moh ; and at Gyobingouk and Okpo, under the style of Chip Moh Chan. The firm, who are agents for Wee Bin e Co., ship-owners, employ upwards of forty hands at the Rangoon branch alone.
MR. YEO CHOW MOH SEONG is a
prominent member of the Chinese mercantile community. His father, the late Yeo Poon Ayi, was a native of Amoy who emigrated to Rangoon and started business as a general merchant under the chop a Kong Moh,a which has been retained to this day. He became one of the largest local importers of china, glass ware, and English enamelled ware. For some fifteen years he was sole agent for the Burma Oil Company, and he was also agent for the Standard Oil Company. The respect in which he was held was evidenced by the large concourse of people who
attended his obsequies in 1905. By his wife, Ma Tha, he left one son, Mr. Yeo Chow Moh Seong, and three daughters, only two of whom are now living, namely, Yeo Shew Kee, wife of Mr. Quah Ee Sin, chief clerk to Messrs. J. W. Darwood e Co. ; and Yeo Shew Khim, who is married to Tan Kim Choon, son of Tan Boon Tee, merchant, of Rangoon. After being educated at Rangoon College, Mr. Yeo Chow Moh Seong, who was born at Rangoon in 1879, entered his fatheras business. At the age of twenty-two he was given full charge, and since that
time the activities of the firm have been extended considerably. He married Tan Kim Lye, a daughter of Tan Boon Tee, merchant, of Rangoon, and has a son and daughter, named respectively Yeo Gek Choo and Yeo Cheang Seng. He owns several properties, including a summer-house at Bawdegon, about a mile and a half out of town.
MR. KHOO KIM CHENG is a large owner of paddy fields, gardens, and other land. His father, the late Khoo Jeow, who died in
1903, left Amoy, China, about fifty years ago and commenced trading in Penang. He
crossed to Rangoon in 1869, and entering into partnership with a Cantonese, took the lease of an opium farm. This business he continued for twenty-one years, when he started rice-milling. In 1892 he retired from active business, and about the same time he was appointed an honorary magistrate. By his wife, Tan Hong Neo, he had several sons of whom three are alive, Khoo Thvvan Beng, who is a trader in Penang, Khoo Kim Cheng, and Khoo Jin Teik. Mr. Khoo Kim Cheng is the third son, and was born in 1873 at Penang. He was educated at St. Paulas
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