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Mildred Ophelia, born April 15, 1909, at Panhandle; and
Justin Orphus, born July 28, 1911, at Panhandle. Doctor
York is a great lover of home, and is the owner of a
handsome modern residence in his adopted place.

Hon. Y'ancbtt W. Holmes. A former member of the
Texas legislature, and one of the leading lawyers of Hale
county, Yancey W. Holmes gained entrance to this learned
profession by dint of hard study at night, and at every
leisure moment, and during the past fifteen years has
enjoyed a place among the best in his profession.

Yancey W. Holmes was born at Leesville, Texas, No-
vember 22, 1872, the sevrniii nj tlio eleven children

born to William Francis M: I.tilda Y. (Brown)

Holmes. A native of Tin - h Ikt came to Tex

when a young man, settlm- n 1 p-lmi county, where he
was a farmer and contiuncd actively in his chosen
tion for many years. His death occurred in Gonzales
county, at the age of seveuty-four, in 1903. During the
Civil war he serveil as a private in General Walk,
Texas Division, and went through this service without
wound. The mother was educated and married in Texas,
and her death occurred at the age of thirty-five in 1875.

Mr. Holmes as a boy attended the country schools in
Gonzales county, and finally prepared himself both in
studies and in "financial means, to enter the University
of Texas in the Academic course, graduating in 1898. He
took his studies in law in a night class, and was admit-
ted to the bar in the same year he graduated from the
Academic department of the University. He began his
practice in Gonzales, where he remained nine years, and
then practiced for two and a half years at Amarillo. His
next location was at Hale Center, where he remained a
year and a half, and since 1911 has had his office and
practice at Plainview. He is secretary of the Hale
.county Bar Association. Mr. Holmes represented his
county in the twenty-ninth legislature, and has been very
active in Democratic politics, being now Democratic
chairman of Hale county. Fraternally he is affiliated
with the Woodmen of the World, and his church is the

In December, 1907, at Carrizozo, New Mexico, he mar-
ried Miss Hattie E. Chenault, a daughter of S. Chenault,


her parents both being deceased. The two children of



Mr. and Mis. Holmes are: William Harold Holmes, born
at Amarillo in 1909, and Janet Ellen Holmes, born at
Plainview in 1912. Mr. Holmes owns bis residence and
other property and is a very prosperous man.

Robert W. Baisd. Losing his father when a child of

forced to assist

contributing to the
■ and energetically
he owner of 4825
it of the ofHce of
m lirief, has been

SIX years, e;
support of his \\ iili'wiM
working his «:i\ u\'\\:
acres of Texn- l:iuA :
sheriff of Deal Smill:
the career of Robert W. Baird, one of the best known
men in Western Texas. It is not within the province of
this review to give in detail the numerous interesting ex-
periences of Mr. Baird 's long and varied career, but to
briefly sketch the steps by which he has risen from poor
and obscure boyhood to a place oi prominence and influ-
ence in a section where strong men are not lacking.

Robert W. uaird is a Texan by nativity and training.
Born in Grayson county, October 12. lS6o, he is a son of
.Joseph A. and Mathilda J. (Reeves) Baird, the fifth in


His father, a na-
early day, and at
he North and the
der the command
Iv throuehout the
iM-i, Mires 1.0 doubt

e of the early settlers,
part of the old Reeves

order of birth of their seveii .-hildr
tive of Tennessee, Ciim, t - 1. ^- .<
the outbreak of the - i
South enlisted in a 'I' - _ ■
of Capt. Randolph, :iii
four years of the war.
hastened his death, which oceu
forty-nine years of age. Joso
thilda J. Reeves, a native of .
Texas as a child with her ]i.-
curred in 1904, while on a vi'
and was buried in Grayson ci
nated by Col. W. S. Reeves,
the land having formerly been

Robert W. Baird was but six years of age when his
father died, and the greater part of his early education
was secured in the school of hard work, although he sub-
sequently attended the public schools of Grayson county,
Prof. Carlyle 's private school and the high school at
Whitesboro, thus acquiring a liberal training. For some
time he was engaged in working on ranches in various
sections, and in 1886 entered the employ of .Jot Gunter,
owner of the T Anchor ranch, and while thus engaged
drove cattle across the plains to Kansas, the nearest
shipping point. At that time there was not .a settler in
Randall county; no house had been erected between Can-
yon and New" Mexico, mid tlio first sotthv lietween this
point and New Mexico was .1. ( '. ('(.\. Ambitious and
enterprising, Mr, Bair.l niM'sto.l liis o:ii iiiii;;s in cattle,
and was soon able to oinliarli iiihui opi'iations of his
own. That these ventures in cattle raising and ranching
have proved successful may be seen from the fact that
today he is the owner of 1680 acres of pasture land, and
also leases over 3000 acres, located eight miles southeast
of Hereford, in Castro county, on which great herds of
cattle are annually prepared for the market. A Demo-
crat in his political views, in 1910 Mr. Baird was the
successful candidate for the office of sheriff in Deaf
Smith county, and his success in suppressing lawlessness
in this section during his first term resulted in his re-
election in November, 1912. Both officially and unof-
ficially, he is one of the best known men in Western Texas,
where he is respected by the law-abiding element and
greatly feared by the lawless. He has been fearless in
the discharge of his duties, though always just, and Jjeaf
Smith county has had no oflicial who has given the citi-
7ens of the county more reason for self-congratulation.
Fraternally, he is" connected with the Odd Fellows and
the Woodmen of the World, in both of which orders he
has passed through all the chairs.

In January, 1889, Mr. Baird was married in Grayson
county, Texas, to Miss Dovie J. Bynum, a native of
Texas, and a daughter of W. W. Bviium, an old pioneer
from Arkansas, and a Confederate' veteran who fought

throughout the Civil war. Mr. Bynum died in 1910, at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Baird, and was buried at Here-
ford. Mr. and Mrs. Baird have had two sons: Fred W.,
born in 1891, in Grayson county, a graduate of Hereford
High school and now attending a business college at Fort
Worth; and Horace C, born in Grayson county in 1892,
who has charge of the operations on his father 's ranch.

James I. Hewitt. Holding well earned precedence as
one of the leading contractors and builders of Western
Texas, Mr. Hewitt is numbered among the honored and
valued business men of the city of El Paso, judicial
center of the county of the same name, and has con-
tributed in large measure to the development and up-
building of this fine city on the border of the Republic
of Mexico. He has been the artificer of his own for-
tunes, even as he has of innumerable buildings of the
most attractive and substantial order, and he is one of
the sterling citizens given to the Lone Star common-
wealth by the fine old Buckeye state. He is most liberal
aud public-spirited in his civic attitude and is at the
present time a member of the board of aldermen of his
home city, where his circle of friends is coincident with
that of hi.s, acquaintances.

Mr. Hewitt was born at Camden, Preble county, Ohio,
on the 15th of October. 1849, aud is a son of Thomas
B. and Eusebia Ann (Huddleston) Hewitt, the former
a native of Ohio and a representative of one of the
sterling pioneer families of that state, and the latter a
native of Virginia, in which historic old commonwealth
tlic llii.Mlostoii family was founded in the colonial era.
'lliMMia- l;n.\iM Hewitt was reared and educated in
oliio and was loug and successfully engaged in busi-
ness-; as a contractor and builder at Camden, an at-
tractive little village of Preble county, where he died
when about seventy-two years of age. He was twice
married. His first wife, the mother of our subject, died
in 1869 and his second wife is still living. The lineage
of the Hewitt family is traced back to stanch Irish
origin, and that of the Huddlestons to English stock
of tlu' staiiihcst order. He whose name initiates this
re\ ii-w is the rldest in a family of eight children, and

ouiv OI tlioi of the number is now living — Alice, who

is tlK' wifo of William Overholz, of Oxford, Ohio.

James Irviu Hewitt made the most of the educational afforded to him in the public schools of his
native state, and at the age of sixteen years he became
associated with his father in the contracting and build-
ing business, in connection with which he was employed
during the summer months and during the intervening
winter terms became a skilled artisan at the trade of
carpenter and joiner, and at the age of twenty years
he severed the gracious home ties and set forth in the
world as a full-fledged journeyman at his trade. After
considerable travel through the Middle West, he set-
tled in the village of Morning Sun, Ijouisa county, Iowa,
and there, on the 22d of January, 1873, was solemnized
his marriage to Miss Katherine V. Huifman, who was
born in Ohio and who had accompanied her parents on
their removal to Iowa. After his marriage the am-
bitious young artisan continued his earnest endeavors
as a contractor and builder in that section of the Hawk-
eye state until September, 1883, when he decided to
make a change of location, as the section of Iowa in
which he was living failed to make the substantial
progress which he had anticipated. Under these condi-
tions he returned to Ohio and established his home at
Oxford, Butler county, where he continued operations
along the line of his chosen vocation for the ensuing
fifteen years, at the expiration of which, in May, 1898,
he decided to leave the town in which he hail built up
a sun ev^ful liiisiness and estalilished a high reputation,
as lie lia^l ore. le<l some of the finest buildings in Oxford
ami it-^ \ 1.111113 ^''ifl ""as known as a man of inflexible
integnly au.l as one ever faithful to the terms of every
contract into which he entered. He accordingly disposed



of his property and business at Oxford and came to
Texas in 1898, May 2. After due investigation and
consideration he established a home in El Paso, where
his family joiiip.l him shortly afterwards, and here he
tunu'.l li!^ iiti.iit inn, with characteristic vigor and ability,
to i;.iHi:il rniii 1 iirting and building, in which his pro-
noun. cil sii. ri'>s sdi.ii justified his choice of location, with
the result tliat ho has never regretted the action which
made him a permanent resident of the Lone Star state.
He has been a prominent and resourceful factor in the
development and upbuilding of his home city, where many
fine and essentially modern liillin^- ^i.mhI as enduring
monuments to his technical ^1 I ; i h - -> inpulous care
in all details of work in wln^ li ■ :• : M,-,ii,m has been

gained. Among the many tim lii ilhnys oiected by him
in El Paso is Protestant Episcopal church and the
manse, or parsonage, of the Presbyterian church. He
also erected the Henry Pfaff residence, one of the finest
in the city, and also that of Sen. William W. Turner.
He is also the contractor upon whom devolved the erec-
tion of the Masonic Temple in El Paso, this being a
modern, fireproof building of seven stories. His work
in connection with every contract assumed has been of
the most creditable order and the result has. been that
he has become one of the leading contractors and build-
ers of this part of the state, with an unassailable repu-
tation for ability and for uprightness and fairness in
all dealings.

In politics Mr. Hewitt may be designated as some-
what conservative and independent, with affiliation with
the Dcnuirrai ic party. In the spring of 1907 he was
accipiilcil a ili'liniti' evidence of popular confidence and
estecMi in his I'lr. tiiin as representative of the El Paso
board of ahiii iinii. and he has fjiveu service of the most
loyal and cIlV tivr (, as it is unifiirnily conceded
that during fhi' niiiniiipal adininisl latinn in which he
has been a vaiiic(| fai-tcr !•;! I'aso lias had its period of
most substantial progress and most determinate ad-
vancement in the line of permanent municipal improve-
ments and the expansion of general public utilities.
Mr. Hewitt has maintained affiliation with the time-
honored Masonic fraternity since 1872, in Iowa, and
is identified with the various York Eite bodies in his
home city, besides which he has attained to the thirty-
second degree in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and
holds membership in the adjunct organization, the
Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic
Shrine, as well as in the Knights of Pythias. He and his
family hold membership in the Presbyterian church, and
he is known as a citizen of high civic ideals and of
most progressive ideas. He is the owner of his attrac-
tive residence property and also other valuable realty
in El TriM,. iiihl li, i, kn-.wii ami honored as one of the
repir-M i;ii r, > . ■(!- Ml ;]„- till i\ing border city. Con-
ccriiM : II:. . liillnii Ml Ml. :;ih| \I IS. Hcwitt brief TBCord

Margaret .\nn is th> , ,,: [i. \- iiiii.-.lgc. of

Philadelphia, Penus\ I '• :: - i; n ih I' .li,,] ;,t Oxford,
Ohio, at the age nf i .n- ,,,i:> r,, ,| \ir,iiM is asso-
ciated with his fath. I
business, under the firm
C. is at home; Lucia A.

I -Minariiii;; :,,Hi iniii.ung

lame of Hewitt & Son; Floyd
the wife of George C. Meyser,
of El Paso, and James Arthur remains at the parental
home. One child died in Iowa at the age of four years.

Judge William B. Powell. For a period of twentv-
five years Judge Powell has been one of the leading
members of the Jasper county bar. Eight years of this
time were spent in service on the district bench, and
during that service he made a record as a firm, upright,
just and fearless judge. Both as a lawyer and on the
bench he has demonstrated his ability as "a clear thinker,
a sound reasoner, and also possesses a qualification so
essential to a good .iudge, the judicial temperament.
Judge Powell now does a large consulting practice at
the county seat of Jasper county.

William B. Powell, who represents one of the pioneer
families of East Texas, was born in 1855 at Jasper,
four miles east of the county seat. His parents
were Eichard Ely and Mary Ann (Gay) Powell. His
father, a native of Virginia, came to Tennessee, in
which state he was married, and then came on to Texas
in 1839, first locating in San Augustine county. He
removed with his family to Jasper county in 1841, es-
tablishing his home four miles east of Jasper. Both
in San Augustine and Jasper counties he was a pioneer
and began his activities and residence in this state dur-
ing the era of the Bepublic. Jasper county had only a
meager scattering of populatiou at the time of his set-
tlement, and Eichard E. Powell did his full share toward
the development of its early resources and the improve-
ment of its citizenship. By occupation he was a farmer
and died in 1880.

Judge Powell grew up on a farm and in the whole-
some atmosphere of country life. His entrance into the
field of the law came only after a number of years of
hard preparation and much time spent in earning his
own livelihood and in securing the means for his higher
studies. After completing the course of the common
schools, he won a first grade certificate as a teacher, and
spent several years in that interesting and valuable vo-
cation. His studies in the law were conducted in the
law department of the University of Texas, where he was
graduated LL. B. in the class of 1888. Returning to his
native county, he opened an office at Jasper, to which
town he had moved in 1887. Since then his home has
been continuously at the county seat, and he has not
only enjoyed a large, generous practice, but has been
frequently honored by positions of trust and responsi-
bility. He was elected and served as district attorney
during 1901-02. In 1904 he was ,t,M lr,| jintuc of the
First Judicial District, and by re rlrrtinn m I'.iiis served
continuously for eight years, his term runiinilnit; in 1912.
The First Judicial District comprises six counties — Jas-
per, Newton, Orange, Tyler, Sabine, and San Augustine.
On leaving the bench, ' Judge Powell resumed private
practice as a member of the firm of Powell & Lee, in
Jasper. For several years past Judge Powell has had
an affliction of the eye which seriously affects his sight,
and for this reason his work as a lawyer is largely of
an advisory and consulting nature. He owns a couple
of good farms in Jasper county, and for many years has
been practically interested in agriculture. Judge Powell
has membership in the Methodist Episcopal church.
South, and fraternally is affiliated with the Masonic

He has been twice married. His first wife was Miss
Rosa Althea Henderson, a native of Jasper county and
of an old family in this locality. She was the mother
of six children, mentioned as follows: Lloyd B., Mrs.
Ruby R. Stone, Miss Bertha Powell, Paul Powell, Mrs.
Mary Roark, and Miss Eosie Powell. For his second
wife Judge Powell married Miss Mary A. Ward, who
was reared in Jasper county, though her people came
from Mississippi. Of this second marriage there are
four children— Ward B., Myrtle, William Richard, and
Marjorie Powell.

Frank Bozeman King. Ph. G., M. D. Success in what
are properly termed the learned professions is the legi-
timate result of merit and painstaking endeavor. In
commercial life one may come into possession of a lucra-
tive Inisiness through inheritance or gift, but professional
ail\ :i!i' riiiriii is oiiincil iHilv liv .Tiliral studv and con-
sr- ', , :,n liloiiM- roiitiiiii.'.'l. I 'n i| KT intellectual dis-
,1]. , ,|..,.'i^li |.n>i\'sMiiiial l>iMn\l.'<li;(' and the posses-
sin,: :,,mI liiili/ati if tlu' iiiialitirs ;m.l attributes essen-
tial to success made Dr. Frank Bo7eman King, of
Houston, Texas, eminent in his chosen calling and for
many years he has stood among the scholarly and enter-
prising physicians and surgeons in a community long dis-
tinguished' for the high order of its medical talent. Dr.



King's name will be held in lasting honor as one of the
ablest surgeons that ever gave loyal service in behalf of
suffering humanity in the city of his residence, for his
life has been characterized not only by the most adroit
professional ability, but also by the most profound human
sympathy which overleaps mere sentiment to become an
actuating motive, for when a youth he realized that there
is no honor not founded on genuine worth, there is a vital
purpose in life and that the best and highest accomplish-
ment must come from a well trained mind and altruistic
heart. Those who know him well are unstinted in their
praise of his genial disposition and his superior ability.
Older men in the profession here rely on his judgment
and younger ones frequently seek his counsel, all admit-
ting his eminence. The large success which is crowning
his life work, coupled with his ripe experience and kind
heart, enables him to bring comfort, hope and confidence
to the sick room and he brings sunshine into many a
home. He is a plain, unassuming gentleman and uni-
formly courteous.

Dr. King was born in Milam county, Texas, January
21, 1804. He is a son of Kenneth A. and Bettie (Letcher)
King. The father was a native of Tennessee, where he
spent his earlier years and received such educational
training as the times afforded, and from that state he
removed to Texas in 1858, locating in Milam county on a
farm on which he spent the rest of bis life, successfully
engaged in general farming and stock raising. His death
occurred on September 6, 1898. The Doctor's mother
was born in Alabama. Her death occurred on May 6,

Dr. Nathan Bozeman, the famous surgeon of Montgom-
ery, Alabama, now deceased, was Dr. King's great uncle.
He founded, in conjunction with Dr. J. Marion Sims, the
Bellevue Women 's Hospital in New York City.

Dr. King was educated in the common schools of Milam
county, and when a boy he assisted his father with the
general work on the home farm and early in life deter-
mined upon a medical career. With this "end in view he
entered the Louisville School of Pharmacy, at Louisville,
Kentucky, from which institution he was graduated in
1884. He also prosecuted his studies at the Kentucky
School of Medicine and the Louisville School of Medicine,
and was graduated from the same with the class of 1885,
having made an excellent record in both schools.

Thus well equipped for his chosen life work he re-
turned to Milam county, Texas, and began practicing at
the town of Davilla, but after a short time moved to
Eockdale, then to Burnet, Burnet county, where he was
surgeon to Gus Wilke's camp of convicts, when they
quarried the granite of which the state capitol at Austin
was built. Later Dr. King established himself at Lam-
pasas, Lampasas county. In 1888, while residing at Bur-
net, he was appointed by Judge Blackburn, of Burnet,
president of the Board of Medical Examiners and Phar-
maceutical Examiners of the twenty-seventh judicial dis-
trict, which position he held from 1888 to 1894 in a
manner that reflected much credit upon himself and to
the eminent satisfaction of all concerned.

In 1895 Dr. King moved to Houston, where he soon
took his position in the front rank of his professional
brethren and he has continued in the practice here to the
present time with great success, especially as a surgeon,
until today he enjoys a very large, rapidly growing and
lucrative patronage. While carrying on a general prac-
tice he has specialized, for some time, to some extent, in
surgery. He is the physician and surgeon of St. Joseph 's
Infirmary, located in Houston and lecturer at St. Joseph
Training School for Nurses. Remaining a profound
student of all that pertains to his vocation he has kept
well abreast of the times.

Dr. King is a member of the American Medical Asso-
ciation, the Texas State Medical Association, the Harris
County Medical Association, the South Texas Medical As-
sociation and the Clinical Congress of Surgeons r^f North
Vol. rv— 21

On December 21, 1887, Dr. King was united in mar-
riage to Miss Elizabeth Winston, a representative of a
well known family of Quincy, Illinois. To this union one
child has been born, a daughter, Anne Winston King, now
the wife of Morris J. Sullivan, of Detroit, Michigan, and
they have one child, Morris J. Sullivan, Jr.

Hon. Edgar HuBB.UiD Carter. The present roll of
the Texas State Senate contains no abler figure as a
public spirited legislator than Hon. Edgar Hubbard
Carter, who comes from Shelby county. Mr. Carter was
elected to the state senate in 1910, and by his studious
attention to affairs and his thorough grasp of current
economic and political questions has made himself an
important factor in the work of legislation during the
last two sessions. Senator Carter prepared and intro-
duced in 1913 one of the most widely discussed
of the session, the law making it a penitentiary
for any person to make unlawful use of a weapon car-
ried on his person. This is a stringent piece of legisla-
tion, but has been thoroughly approved by the better
class of citizenship, and there is hardly any doubt that
its general result, if properly enforced, will be broadly
beneficial. The bill was passed by both houses and,
having received the governor's signature, has become
a law.

Edgar Hubbard Carter is a native Texan, born at
Caledonia, in Eusk county, in 1875. His parents were
Hubbard and Mandeville (Garrison) Carter. His father,
now deceased, was born in Alabama, from which state
he entered the Confederate army, aud served throughout
the war. Afterwards he moved to Texas, locating on a
farm near Caledonia, in the southern part of Eusk
county. The mother, who is still living, was born in
Georgia and is a sister of Hon. T. S. Garrison, of Timp-
son, Texas, a prominent banker and planter and former
member of the Texas legislature, in which he served as
chairman of the finance committee.

The family having removed from Eusk county to
Timpson, in Shelby county, Edgar H. Carter attended
the public schools there and studied law at Crockett, in
Houston county, under Col. Earl Adams, one of the

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