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whom Mr. Smith was one. His previous experience in
this office led to his immediate selection as active
manager of the affairs of the office, and in February,
1907, he was appointed postmaster by President Roose-
velt. He was reappointed in February, 1911, by Presi-
dent Taft and has managed the affairs of the postal

business interests in addi-
Is a director in the Pioneer
Iso president of the Valley
;>any. He is very much in-
.elopment of this section

Mr. Smith has
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and is part owner in the Eosedale farm, eight miles below
El Paso, which is one of the fine alfalfa farms in this
region. He is also a director in a company that owns
a dairy farm ahnut twenty miles north of El Paso, and
is owner of a hiniu' in th.- rit\ iisriC.

Mr. Smith liiis ,ilv,,-i>. linn ,i,i ;i, tlve member of the
Republican partv un.i li,is mli-I,. nniiiy u journey in be-
half of the Ri'inilili'mi I niin,L In 1 ; h,' attended the

l.'>rnlili,'an Xntn.nnl r.MiMniinm nl I 'liilmlrliiliia as dele-
yali'-nt lai^^r, nn.l in linil, :iimI n-nin nt I he national
cnnw-ntliin iu ( lihn^'i in liMis h,. w.ns n .Inieoate from
this district.

In fraternal affairs Mr. Smith has always taken a
keen interest, belonging to the Ancient Free and Ac-
cepted Masons, Iu which order he has taken the York
and S.dttlsh Rite degrees. He is also a member of the'
i:iks, ami in both of these fraternities he is a life
nirniliei. He belongs to the chamber of commerce and
at oue time served as president of this liody.

Mr. Smith has been twice niaiin'l. liis'(ii>( marriage
being in 1873 to Miss Eva Hcmlrnks, nt Illinois. She
died in 1879, leaving three cliil'lrcn, uiw nf whom has
since died. Kate, the eldest. Is the wife of Thomas
Fi-auklin, of El Paso, and Lily G. is the widow of E. A.
Howard and is now engage.] in teaching in the El Paso
public schools. In October, 1883, Mr. Smith was re-
married at Cleburne, Texas, his second wife being Miss
Alice Kendrick, a native of Caldwell county, Missouri.
Mrs. Smith grew up near Cameron, Missouri, and was
a dear friend of her husband during their childhood.
When she was fourteen years of age she received a
stroke of paralysis from which she has never entirely
recovered, the use of her left hand being totally lost,
and she has but little use of the right hand. She makes
up for these deficiencies with remarkable cleverness,'
using her teeth for writing and, in spite of her afflic-
tion, her bright and courageous spirit and the devo-
tion that exists between her husband and herself makes
their home life ideal. They have one son, Ray Kendrick
Smith, who lives in El Paso.

Glover W. Worthixgton, M. D. Representing the
first-class ability and skill of his profession and enjoying
the best practice in Marathon and vicinity. Dr. Worthing-
ton is one of the young physicians and surgeons of
Texas who has quickly taken front rank in his profes-
sion. He began practice with an excellent equipment
and the test of real practice found him qualified for this
important service among the social professions. It is
■ noteworthy that Dr. Worthington earned all the money
for his professional education, and his success since be-
ginning practice is commensurate with the ambition and
energies which prompted him to enter this profession.

Glover W. Worthington was born in Houston county,
Texas, June 8, 1874. His father, James Worthington,
was a native of Arkansas, who came to Texas when a
young man, and is now engaged in ranching in Brewster
county. He is one of the active citizens politically, al-
though he has always refused to hold any office himself.
He is a member of the Christian church, and his wife
was also devoted to the religion of that denomination.
Her maiden name was Willie Hawkins, who was born in
Louisiana and was married in Texas, and whose death
occurred in 1894 when thirty-six years of age. Her re-
mains now rest in Houston county. Of the six children-
in the family the Doctor was the oldest, and all the.
other children still reside in this state.

Dr. Worthington had his early education in the com-
mon schools of Houston county, and also attended high



school there. When he left school it was to take a place
as clerk in a store, and for three years he worked hard,
lived economically, and saved all he possibly could in
order to put himself through college. When he was ready
to take up the study of medicine, he entered Tulane
University, at New Orleans, where he was graduated
from the medical department with the degree of M. D. on
May 1, 1901. His first practice after returning from
college was in his native county of Houston, and he en-
joyed a good patronage among the better class of people
in that locality up to 1910, in which year he located in
Marathon and established an office. He has the best
practice through all this vicinity and stands high both
as a gentleman and as a doctor.

In Houston county, in April, 1903, Dr. Worthington
married Miss Lydia Hutchings, daughter of J. L. Huteh-
ings of Houston county. The two children of the doctor
and wife are named James L. and J. Phillip Worthing-
ton. The doctor shows his preference among the churches
to the Christian denomination but is liberal and broad
minded in his support of all. Fraternally he is affiliated
with the Masonic Order, in which he has passed several
of the chairs, has had official place in the Knights of
Pythias, and is examining physician for the camp of the
Woodmen of the World at Marathon. He was at one
time chancellor commander for the Knights of Pythias.
The doctor has membership in the Houston County
Medical Society, and is local railway surgeon at Mara-
thon. Among other responsibilities of his profession he
is at the present time assistant county health officer for
Brewster county. He is a Democrat but not a prac-
tical politician "and gives his vote for the cause of good
government. In the recreations he finds his greatest
pleasure in hunting. Dr. Worthington has found west
Texas by all means the finest part of the state from his
point of view, and he has many excellent reasons to as-
sign for his belief that in the course of a few years it
will become one of the garden spots and industrial cen-
ters of all the western country.

Solomon A. Starr. The proprietor of the only drug
store in Marathon, Brewster county, and possessing a
large and prosperous business, Mr. Starr is a young busi-
ness man who has had an exceedingly practical career,
having begun life when a boy and having won success
by his own efforts. He had a place of influence and
esteem in his present community, and is one of the pro-
gressive leaders in business and civic affairs in Brewster

Solomon A. Starr was born in Bosque county, Texas,
August 20, 1881, and this state has been his home all
his life. His parents were John B. and Nannie (Snow)
Starr. The mother, who was born and married in Texas,
was a member of the Methodist church and died in
1903 at the age of thirty-eight, her remains now resting
at Sweetwater, this state. John B. Starr, the father, was
born in the State of Missouri, coming to Texas when a
young man, and is now engaged in the retail meat busi-
ness at Marathon. Formerly, for many years he was
in the drug busineps. There were nine children in the
family, and of these Solomon A. is the oldest.

After an education in the public schools at Stephens-
ville, at the age of eighteen years, Solomon A. Starr took
a position in a notion store, and thus acquired his first
practical experience in business affairs. After about a
year he went on a farm where he remained for one year
and then became employed in a drygoods house, and
four years later entered his father's drug store, and re-
mained associated with the older Starr until he was
twenty-five years of age. Some two years later he came
to Alpine, where he was employed in the drug store for
about three years and then came to Marathon where he
opened a stock of drugs and kindred goods of his own.
He carries a first-class line of pure drugs and druggists'
sundries, and does an excellent retail business.

In November, 1906, at Sweetwater, Mr. Starr married

Miss Mae Johnson, daughter of W. Sam Johnson,
formerly of Cleburne, Texas. Their two children, one
son and one daughter are named Lonia-Fay and Solo-
mon A. The family are members of the Christian church
and Mrs. Starr is one of its active workers and identified
with the work of the Ladies Aid Society. Fraternally he
is affiliated with the Woodmen of the World, and is a
Republican voter. During his residence in Alpine he was
elected to the office of Mayor and has frequently been
solicited to accept public honors, but consistently re-
fuses. For recreation he is especially fond of tennis,
and of all outdoor games.

William J. Yates. The publisher and editor of the
Alpine Avalanche is one of the ablest newspaper men
in west Texas, and his large experience in the profession
includes relation with various papers in this state dur-
ing a period of nearly twenty years. He was with the
Texas troops during the late Spanish war, and is a man
of much resourcefulness and enterprise, having given
his talents to the promotion of the general welfare of
Brewster county in recent years.

William J. Yates is a native of North Carolina, and of
a prominent North Carolina family. He was born in
Charlotte, April 3, 1870. William J. Yates, Sr., his
father, spent all his life in North Carolina, where he at-
tained to prominence, both as a journalist and as a pub-
lie man. He spent forty-two years as a newspaper pub-
lisher. Though an influential man in polities, he never
accepted office for himself, though he was honored with
the appointment of adviser to the governor, an honorary
office which he held for twenty years. He was an ac-
tive member of the Methodist church and believed in
practical religion and charity. He educated about twenty
young men and sent them to the State University of
North Carolina at his own expense. He was for many
years president of the board of regents of the Univer-
sity of North Carolina and for about fifteen years was
president of the board of trustees for the Western North
Carolina Insane Asylum. His death occurred in 1888
when about sixty-six years of age, and was the occasion
of inany tributes from prominent men all over the state.
The maiden name of his wife was Sallie Springs, who
was born in North Carolina, where they were married.
She was a devout Presbyterian in religion, and took much
interest in church work. She died in 1899 at the age
of sixty-four and the parents now rest side by side in
the old North State.

Mr. Yates, who spent the first twenty-one years of his
life in North Carolina attained his first education by
private instruction and then was a student in the Caro-
lina Military Institute, the King's Mountain Military
Institute and the State University of North Carolina. In
the newspaper and printing establishment conducted by
his father he was more or less of a regular visitor from
the earliest years of his recollection, and finally be-
came a permanent attache of the office, where he learned
the trade of printer and much else about the general
printing and publishing business. When about eighteen
years of age he determined to take up the study of
medicine, and accordingly went to New York City for
that purpose, spending two years there, but giving up
the work on account of ill health. He soon afterwards
went to Louisiana, and worked in a bank for about one
year, and then came to Texas. With the exception of
three years which he spent at Charlotte, N. C, in the
editorial department of the Daily Ncirs, he has been a
resident of Texas ever since his first arrival here. He
was first in Fort Worth and then in Waco, spending
about one year in the general insurance business. Goliad
was the next field for his enterprise and he was en-
gaged in editing a paper there for about three years and
also became editor of the Daily Times at Victoria. He
was for about one year receiver and editor of the Victoria
Fart. Then the Spanish war came on in 1898 and he
enlisted in Company M of the Second Texas United



states Volunteers as a private, being elected lieutenant
of his company dmiug his first week in the service. He
was with these troops throughout the period of the
war and on being mustered out was offered a commission
as lieutenant in the regular army, but refused this
promotion on account of his approaching marriage.

After the war Mr. Yates resumed newspaper work,
and for three y,',iis w.-is .-it l.'dii^fn, a Iter which he
became owner ami rdii.n- ni ihr ( /(...(, :ii ('.djuis Cliristi,
and while in the lait.'i- mI> v,,■;^ ;ll^u ..lilnr ..r ihe Vaily
Herald. From Corpus elin^ti lie came out lo Alpine
and bought the Avalanciie, a journalistic enterprise
which had been established some years before. Under
his management lie has made the Avalanche a paper of
much iiinueiice an.l with an excellent circulation through-
out this pa It et' I In- state. The plant has a good equip-
ment aim (In, s ninrli Imsiness in general job printing.

Mr. Vaf.s at ti..liad, Texas, on November 21, 1898,
married Miss Jennie Merriweather, daughter of George
W. Merriweather of Goliad. They have no children of
their own, but one adopted child, Lucile Eives, who is a
daughter of Mrs. Yates' sister. The family worship at
the Episcopal church, and Mrs. Y'ates is president of the
Ladies' Guild in that church. Fraternally Mr. Yates is
affiliated with the Elks, the Odd Fellows, the Knights of
Pythias, the Woodmen of the World and the Eagles. At
Corjius Christi he was worthy president of the Eyrie of the
Eagles, is a past chancellor commander of the Knights
of Pythias, and past exalted ruler of the Elks. For
more than twenty-seven years Mr. Y'ates has been an ac-
tive member of the International Typographical Union.
He also has local membership in the Alpine Commercial
Club, and is much interested in Democratic politics, not
only in his home county but in the state. For two years
he was mayor of Goliad, and served for a term as
police judge at Corpus Christi. Mr. Yates is a follower
of baseball and is an ardent supporter of this recreation
in his home town and follows the game of the state and
larger leagues.

R. Waveeley Smith. If the city of Galveston wished
to express in the character of one citizen its best ideals
and achievements, probably no one man could represent
it so broadly and fully as E. Waverley Smith. Mr.
Smith is now, as he has been for upwards of twenty
years, one of the vital forces in the progress of this
community, and none will deny that Galveston in what
it stands for and in what it has achieved, owes a great
measure of gratitude to the broad capacity and ability
of Mr. Smith.

Mr. Smith is at the head of one of the largest banks,
and is ofificially connected or otherwise with perhaps a
dozen well known corporations. However, his most last-
ing distinction will always consist in the prominent part
he took in originating and perfecting the "Galveston
Idea," resulting in the Galveston plan of commission
government for the city, an idea and form which has
since been adopted by hundreds of American cities, and
•which only recently has been proposed and is now being
seriously "discussed as the proper solution for the in-
adequacies of state government. The best brief out-
line of Mr. Smith's work during the great storm at
Galveston, in 1900, and the subsequent rebuilding of
the city and the origin of the commission plan is con-
tained in a pamphlet written liy E. R. Cheeseborough, and
published by the Galveston Tribune Company on Decem-
ber .51, 1909. A portion of this article is quoted as
follows :

"After the storm of 1900, it was suggested that the
first step necessary to a complete rehabilitation was a
thorough reorganization of the city government. It
■was seen and understood, as every keen observer knows,
that an efficient city government encourages the people,
stimulates them to activity, invites capital and creates
prosperity. The Galveston Deep Water Committee, there-
fore, decided that there was an imperative necessity that

the charter of the city be completely overhauled and
application made to the state legislature for a new
charter along broader and better lines, and that some
action should be taken looking to a compromise with
the holders of the city 's bonds, as to the interest on the
outstanding bonds for a period of five years.

"Mr. R. Waverley Smith, president of the First Na-
tional Bank of Galveston, a lawyer by training, and
who for four years prior to that time, had held the of-
fice of city attorney, and who was then a member of
the Deep Water Committee and now its chairman, sug-
gested the appointment of a committee from that or-
ganiaation to thoroughly revise and rewrite the city
charter. Accordingly a sub-committee of three from said
organization was appdinted, .-.insisting of Mr. Smith,
Col. Walter Gresham. a lanv.i and a former member

of Congress and ili
character and splei
procured copies of tl
including the law u
District of Columbia,
Commission for Mei
vellow fever epi.leini
called Model Charte.
' ' The commission
rggested and dr


r, a lawyer of high
This subcommittee
a number of cities,
city of Washington,
Act creating the Tax
see, after the great
il a coijy of the so-
, Maryland,
he new charter were
ith, and the controlling

idea was the creation of a governing body which should
conform as near as possible to the organization of a
great business corporation, providing the duties, carefully
defining the responsibilities, and through the heads of
the various departments concentrating both power and

' ' In presenting the proposed charter to the legislature
for adoption, the Deep Water Committee issued a re-
markable address, setting forth in strong language the
urgent needs of Galveston. This address which was
written by Mr. R. Waverley Smith, stated in part: 'We
believe that municipal government, as it has been ad-
ministered in this community for the past twenty years
is a failure. It did not require the storm to bring a
realization of this fact, but it brought it home with
greater force upon us. We are seeking relief from the
municipal destruction and despair which is staring us
in the face. It is a question with us of civic life and
death. This committee has labored diligently and earn-
estly to prepare and present to the people of this city,
and to the legislature, remedial legislation adequate for
the grave emergency confronting us. Months have
been given to its preparation. It is hoped that the
central idea of the new charter — that of a commission —
embodies the practical solution of that hitherto un-
solved problem ; ' ' How to govern, cheaply and well, a
municipal corporation." We are asking for a charter,
placing the entire control of the local government in the
hands of five jommissioners, designed to benefit the peo-
ple, rather than to provide pin.vnres for politicians."
The passage of the ( 'iiniiiii'^)..ii , li.arter bill through the
legislature was accoiii|ilislii il .mh after a long and bit-
ter fight, and as a t«.i \.,te in favor of the bill
was not secured, it did not go into active operation, un-
til ninety days after the legislature had adjourned. It
was just twelve months after the great storm of Sep-
tember 8, 1900, before the city government passed into
the hands of the new board of city commissioners, the
new charter becoming effective September 18, 1901.

In the years which have passed since the inception of
the commission government at Galveston, the importance
of Mr. Smith's public spirited citizenship has suft'ered
no decline. He is as alert to.lay in behalf of all mat-
ters effecting Galveston and the state of Texas as he
was in. the crisis of 1900. He is a big civic leader, a
man who enjoys the thorough confidence and respect of
his fellow citizens, and is one of that group of business
men who have been laying a solid foundation in recent
years for the greater and better Galveston, shaping all
forces and plans to a realization of the possibilities



which will come about when Galveston becomes in truth
and in fact the greatest port city on the continent.

E. Waverley Smith is a native of Virginia, born in
Buckingham county, August 10, I860. His father, Eob-
ert B. Smith was born in Tennessee, and during his resi-
dence in Virginia, was an extensive tobacco planter.
The mother Mary (Taylor) Smith was born in Vir-
ginia, a daughter of Eev. W. H. Taylor, a distinguished
Baptist minister. The family moved to Austin, Texas,
in 1880, and the mother died in 1S84, and the father in
1905. E. Wtiverley Smith was fifteen years old when
he came to Texas, and from 1SS3 to 1887 was a
student in the literary department in the University of
Texas, graduating in the latter year, A. B. He then be-
gan the study of law at the University, but in August,
1887, came to Galveston and continued his law studies
under private instruction. His admission to the bar
came in 1889, and he was engaged in private practice
in this city until 1S95. He was then elected city attor-
ney, and held that office until 1S99, his service contin-
uing almost to the time of the storm.

In 1900, Mr. Smith was diverted from his career as a
lawyer to finance and business, by his election as presi-
dent of the First National Bank of Galveston, an insti-
tution of which he has been the head ever since. He is
president of the Eeal Estate Loan company, of the Gal-
veston Development Company, of the Security Land and
Trust Company, and is president of the Galveston Clear-
ing House. The office of vice president is held by him
in connection with the following corporations: The Gal-
veston Tribune Company, The Galveston Hotel Company,
builders and owners of Hotel Galvez, with the Gal-
veston Gas Company, the Texas Industrial Development
Company. Mr. Smith is treasurer of the Cotton Con-
centration Company, of the Galveston West End Com-
pany, and of the Texas & Gulf Steamship Company. He
is also one of the board of Pilot Commissioners of the
Port of Galveston. Mr. Smith has been a member of
the Galveston Deep Water Commission since 1899, and
after the death of the late George Sealy, in 1901, be-
came chairman of the committee, a place which he still

Mr. Smith has membership in the Aziola Club of Gal-
veston, the Oleander Country Club, the Galveston Garten
Verein, the New York Yacht Club, the Columbia Yacht
Club, and mauv other social and civic organizations. In
1S96 he was married to Miss Etta Jane Sealy, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. John Sealv of Galveston. They have no
children. Mr. and Mrs. Smith reside at 822 Tremont
street in Galveston.

W. Jeff Johxson, M. D. During nearly thirty years
of active practice in his profession in North Texas, the
services and attainments of Dr. Johnson have ranked him
as one of the leading physicians in this part of the state,
and he enjoys one of the best practices in Hardeman
county, his resident and professional headquarters hav-
ing been at Chillicothe since 1906. Dr. Johnson is one
of^the men who began life with many handicaps. He was
a poor boy, but was resolute in his ambition to enter
the higher" walks of life. In attaininig this purpose, he
spent five years in the employ of a regular physician,
studying and getting his board for such duties as he
performed, which were of a very miscellaneous character.
He then taught school in order to get the means to at-
tend medical college, and has always been very progres-
sive and kept himself by study and by attendance at
post-graduate schools abreast of all the advancements
in his science and art.

Dr. Johnson was born in St. Frances county, Arkansas,
July 16, 1861. the oldest of six children born to A. F.
and M. T. ("Walker) Johnson. The parents were both
natives of Tennessee, the father born in Maury county,
.Tilly ]fi, 1832, and the mother in 1837. The father, who
' :i'' a substantial farmer, came to Texas, November 5,
l^TS, locating at Cleburne, where he made his home

until his death, June 22, 1911. During the Civil
war he vpas a soldier of the Confederacy, and served
under General Price, continuing from the beginning to
the end of the long war. At Springfield, Missouri, he
was wounded. The mother now makes her home at Fort
Worth, Texas.

Dr. Johnson was reared in Tennessee, up to the age of

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