Is W. R. Linville Santa Claus?

Is there a resemblance? We’ll let you decide for yourselves. From the Skidmore, Missouri New Era, December 31, 1908, page 7:

W. R. Linville, the Skidmore banker, was in Maryville Wednesday, coming over with his son Aaron and D. R. Baker in his automobile. Captain Linville denies that he is the original of the Santa Claus which appeared on the front page of the Skidmore New Era. — Maryville Tribune.

The entire front page of the December 17, 1908 Skidmore New Era newspaper (Skidmore, Missouri) contains a drawing of Santa Claus driving an early 1900s automobile with a load of toys in the back of the open car.
Front page of the Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), Dec. 17, 1908.

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