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that faith in Athens in 1855. He belonged to the
Bacon Presbytery. In 1860 he took the census of
Henderson county. In politics he was always a Demo-
crat, and led a life of long and honorable usefulness.
He had only a common school education, but was a
student both of books and men and began preaching
when about twenty years of age.

In the state of Mississippi near Jackson, in the old
home of Governor Runnells of that state and father of
Governor Dick Runnells of Texas, Reverend Hodge was
married to Miss Bethany Hall, a niece of Governor
Runnells just mentioned and a cousin of the Texas Gov-
ernor. She died in 1860 at forty-six years of age. She
was born in Mississippi in 1815, and her children are
mentioned as follows: Harden A., who died wearing
the Confederate uniform during the war; Mrs. Captain
Goo. P. Wallace of Mississippi, who died in Texas; Au-
relia, who married Asbury Mitcham and died in Texas
without children; John, who died in Henderson county;
Margarite I., who became the wife of William Morris
of Hill county, Texas; Magnus Hall, who served four
years in the Confederate army as a member of
"Howdy" Martin's Company; Richard S., who died
in early life; Harmon, who went through the war
fighting for the southern cause, and died unmarried.
Rowena, who married W. J. Wallace, and left no chil-
dren; and Dr. James C. of Athens. Rev. Hodge's sec-
ond wife was Mrs. Lizzie Richardson.

Dr. Hodge spent his boyhood days at Athens, and his
early experiences and associations were laid on a farm.
He took up farming as a regular vocation, and did
much in the way of raising stock. Some years after
he had reached his majority, he took up the study of
medicine and did his first work in that direction while
still wearing his farmer clothes. Later he attended
the Kentucky School of Medicine, and was graduated




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M. D. with honors in 1891. When he was thirty-two
years of age the Judicial District Board, embracing the
counties of Anderson and Houston, granted him a cer-
tificate to practice, and he later became president of
that board which issued him his first license. In 1900
Dr. Hodge, who has always kept abreast of the times,
and has been a student and worker in his profes-
sion, took a post-graduate course in the New Orleans
Polyclinic. He has served as president of the County
Medical Society, and as a member of the legislative
committee of the state Society of Medicine. For some
time he has served as local surgeon of the Cotton
Belt Railway Company, and belongs to the Railroad
Company's Surgeons' Associaion. He has never held
any political office, has never had any desire for po-
litical activity, though he is a good Democrat, and a
very public spirited citizen. His church is the Pres-
byterian. In physical appearance, Dr. Hodge gives
the impression of a man who has always been strong
and able to bear his own burdens and a considerable
share of other people 's. He has lived well, has always
been in comfortable circumstances and in his county
and home town is a man of the highest standing.

In Henderson county, in September, 1875, Dr. Hodge
married Miss Bethany T. Burns, a daughter of Robert
Burns, her family having been Scotch Presbyterians
and farmers by occupation. The cliildren of Dr. and
Mrs. Hodge are: Dr. Robert H., who graduated from
the Galve.'iton Meilical College in 1905, and is now
sure i>-full\ ]ir:u-ticing his profession at Athens, mar-
ricii .\lis> li.>\ If ilcWilliams, and their one daughter is
Knur, IK, : wniu- .1.; Hugh Marvin; Bruce; and Mary.
Mr>. ll.Hlyr died in .June, 1911. Dr. Hodge is past
master of Athens Lodge No. 165, and also a member
of the Royal Arch Chapter of Masonry.

Emanuel M. Rogers. A resident of A'orTinn since
1894, Mr. Rogers has been one of the iniiMMtiuit f.irtnrs
in the improvement and upbuilding of tln^ ^irti.Mi nf
the state, and has a long record of eliininr imliln-
Bervice. At the present time fce is filling the office of
County Clerk of Wilbarger county.

Emanuel M. Rogers was born in Johnston county, Ar-
kansas, Sept. 18, 1867, the youngest in a family of
:seven sons and five daughters born to J. S. and Har-
riet (Smith) Rogers. His father, who was born in
Bonham, Texas, moved to Arkansas in 1866, locating
in the county where his son was born. He was a
planter and a man who was regarded as successful in
"business affairs, and held a place of esteem in his com-
munity. During the Civil war he entered the service
■of the Confederate army, with an Arkansas regiment.
His death occurred at Clarksville, Arkansas, in 1882,
at the age of sixty-two. His wife, who was born in
middle Tennessee, received her education in that state,
and died in Arkansas at the ago of sixty-two in 1880.

As a boy Emanuel M. I,'..u, is li\r.| on the farm in
Arkanass, and first atten.lcil tlir ili^tiirt schools. That
education was supplemental with a rourse at Hendricks
college in Arkansas, and when he left school he found
a field of experieni-e and o]iportunity for advancement
in a store at Hartnian. Arkansas. Arkansas continued
to be his home until 1S92, in which year he moved to
Texas, and located first in Knox county, where he was
in the stock business for a couple of years. Then in
189-1 he moved to Wilbarger county, and for eight
years was employed in one of the local mercantile
establishments at Vernon. His popularity as a citizen
and well known integrity brought him to the front as
a candidate for public office and elected him county
assessor, which position he filled from 1905 to 1912. In
November, 1912, he was elected county clerk, and is
now filling that office.

In politics he is a Democrat, and fraternally is affili-
ate<l with the Knights of Pvthias, the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, and the Woodmen of the World,



and has filled the chairs in these different orders. His
church is the Methodist.

In Johnston county, Arkansas, December 17, 1SS6
Mr. Rogers married Miss Nannie McFadden, a daugh-
ter of John and Nannie McFadden. The McFadden
family has been well known in northwest Texas, and
Mrs. Rogers' ninther is now living at Vernon at the
advanird .-i-,. ,,i niohty-nine years. Her father died in
1912. Ml. ;mi.| Mis. Rogers have five children: Mrs.
Lela i'liiksioii. 1m, in in Arkansas in 1889, lives in Ver-
non and has one child; H. E. Rogers, born in Arkansas
in 1890, is married and lives at Vernon, has one daugh-
ter; Miss Annie Rogers, born in 1897 in Texas, is at-
tending school at Vernon; Lois Rogers, born in 1904,
IS a school girl, and Buddy Rogers, born in 1906 at
Vernon, is in school.

James F. Boyd. As cashier of the First National
Bank of Iowa Park, James F. Boyd has a prominent
place among the leading men of the town, and his lead-
ership is further accentuated by his incumbency of the
office of Mayor, to which he was elected in 1911. He
has been identified with various business enterprises in
the years of his residence in these parts, and yet retains
his interest in the grain business in which he was ac-
tive prior to his association with the First National
Bank. He has made his way upward without appreciable
help from others, and he is today one of the most widely
and favorably known young men in these parts.

Born on the 2oth day of July, 1880, Mr. Boyd
is the son of James A. and Emma (White) Boyd, natives
of Virginia, and of Dallas county, Texas. James A.
Boyd came to Texas as a young man and settled at
Lancaster, in Dallas county, where he eventually came
to be a well known merchant. He has been postmaster
at that place for many years, and has also demonstrated
his versatility by taking an active part in the agricul-
tural industry in that community. He is still living
at Lancaster, busy and alert as ever at the age of sixty-
three years. His wife, who was born, bred and educated
in Dallas county, there married her husband. She was
the daughter of parents who came to Texas among the
first settlers of Dallas county, and were long and
worthily identified with the development of that dis-
trict. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Boyd:
Mrs. Aileen Roland, living in Dallas; James F., of this
review; and E. P. Boyd, living in Wichita county.

James Boyd in his boyhood days attended the schools
of Dallas .ninify, and in 1899 was graduated from Ran-
dolph r,,!|,.^,. ii, l^ancaster, his home town. He then
engaged in I In- retail merchandise business at Lancaster,
remaining tljus identified for five years, and severing
his connection with menliandise to associate himself
with the grain buying business. For two years he
followed that enterprise, in 1905 coining to Iowa Park,
locating in the grain business here and continuing therein
for two and a half years. It was then that he became as-
sociated with the First National Bank as a clerk in
the establishment, anU in 1911 he was elected to the
office of cashier, in which he has since continued and
where he has given a valuable and praiseworthy serv-
ice. The bank, which is one of the sturdy and "stanch
among the smaller institutions of the county, has a
capital stock of $25,000; surplus of $25,000; "with un-
divided profits of $15,000. The bank was organized
in 1900, and has made a pleasing record in the pass-
ing years.

Mr. Boyd, in addition to serving as mayor of the
city, is serving as treasurer of the school boa"rd, and his
interest in the educational affairs of the town is one of
the fine spots in his makeup. He is a Democrat, but
does not permit national politics to interfere with civic
fidelity and service. Fraternally he is a member of
the Knights of Pythias and is a mcniEier of the Meth-
odist Episcopal church as well.

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Pearl Ferguson, of Iowa Park, the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. B. N. Ferguson, who are yet residents of this
community, and among the best known and most highly
esteemed people of the city. The two children of Mr.
and Mrs. Boyd are Fay, born in Dallas county, m
1904, and Francis, born in 1908 in Iowa Park.

Charles E. Houston. The modern merchant is found
in nearly every town and city of west Texas. The
man who knows what the people want, and how far
their wants can be faithfully stimulated; who keeps a
large and well selected stock of goods, but never so.
long that it is out of date; and who acts on the prin-
ciple that real success is only a return for an adequate
commercial service— those are the qualities of the most
prosperous men in merchandising in west Texas today,
and one such merchant is Charles B. Houston, secretary
and manager of the Carter-Houston Dry Goods Com-
panv at Plainview.

jir Houston is a native of Mississippi, born in Cal-
houn, July 8, 1878, a son of L. B. and Mattie (Thorn-
ton) Houston, both parents also natives of that state.
During his earlv life the father was a farmer and
planter in Calhoun county, and in 1867 moved to Texas,
spending three years in Ellis eountj'. He then went
back to Mississippi, but eventually returned to Texas
for his permanent home, and is now living in Bell
county. He is a farmer and stock raiser. The father
was born in 1848, being now sixty-five years of age.
The mother, who was born in 1850, died in this state
May 15, 1906.

Of the six sons and two daughters of the family,
Charles K. was the third. At an early age he began
laying the foundation for his career, by attendance at
the public schools, and after leaving the local schools
he took a course in the Metropolitan College of Dallas,
where he was graduated in the commercial class of May
1, 1901. In 1899 he had begun his practical career as
a' clerk at Bartlett, and spent five years in working for
W. W. Walton. The Walton Dry Goods Company was
then organized and he became one of the owners and
the active manager for four years. He then sold out
and came to Plainview, and was employed by the
Carter Mercantile Company for one year. At the end
of that time the business was reorganized and incor-
porated, Mr. Houston buying an interest and being
made active manager. Under his control the Carter-
Houston Dry Goods Company has become one of the
largest stores in west Texas. Mr. E. M. Carter is
president of the company, Mr. Ellis Carter is vice
president and Mr. Houston is secretary and manager.
Since Mr. Houston took charge the business has in-
creased in volume to double its former aggregate.
About a dozen expert salespeople are employed
throughout the year and at times the force is increased
to twenty-five.

Mr. Houston in politics is a Democrat, and is af-
filiated with the Masonic Order through the York Kite
to the Commandery degrees. His church is the Meth-
odist. On May 8, 1911, at Plainview, Mr. Houston
married Miss Mamie Ethel Grigsby, who was born in
the state of Tennessee. Mr. Houston has won his own
success, having started in at the lowest grade of mer-
cantile service and worked his way up to the top. He
believes that he has selected the finest portion of
Texas for his residence, a region which is bound to
develop and grow in prosperity with the passing years.
He is the owner of his own home in Plainview, and he
and his wife enjoy the highest standing in social
circles.

William Henry Wolcott. For many years one of
the big men in the cattle industry of west Texas, Wil-
liam H. Wolcott retired a few years ago, and while not
traveling he and his wife maintain their pleasant home
in Midland. He has had a long and prosperous career



and represents a family whose members have borne the
responsibilities of life honorably and usefully.

William H. Wolcott was born at Hot Springs, Ala-
bama, November 29, 1843, a son of William and Eliza
(Galligher) Wolcott. The father was a native of New
York and the mother of Alabama. William Wolcott, Sr.,
when a young man of eighteen, having been well edu-
cated in schools of New York City, came to Alabama
during the early forties and located in the Wetumpka,
in what was then Coosa county, but is now Elmore
county. A man of education, he found his work as a
teacher, and was engaged in teaching in different parts
of the state until 1S53. In that year he brought his
family overland to Tyler, Texas, and thus became one of
the early settlers of Smith 's county. He continued his
profession as teacher in the vicinity of Tyler until his
death, in 1860. Outside of his regular occupation, he
was prominent in many ways in his community and al-
ways took a leading part in political affairs. His wife
died in Dallas county, Texas, in 1878, at the age of fifty-
five. His great-grandfather, a native of Georgia, had
the distinction of being the first white man who lived
in Wetumpka county, Alabama, being an Indian trader
and a man of great influence, not only among the In-
dians who then inhabited Alabama, but algo subsequently
among the ijioneer white settlers. There were eight
children in the family of the parents, and they are
named as follows: Benjamin F. Wolcott, who is a prom-
inent farmer at Corpus Christi and Fannley of Midland,
this state; Elmira, now deceased, was the wife of Samuel
Cooper of Dallas county; William H., who was the third
in the family; Mary, wife of Timothy F. Garvin of Ellis
county, a prominent farmer and stockman ; Eva, widow
of Samuel Garvin, brother of Timothy, Mrs. Garvin now
residing in comfort and ease in the city of Dallas;
George Wolcott, who is a successful stockman at Mid-
land ; Andrew J., who is retired from ranching and
makes his home in Dallas; Oliver P, Wolcott, who is a
farmer in Dallas county and has a prominent part in
politics in that part of the state, having served as county
commissioner of Dallas bounty for several terms,

Mr. William H. Wolcott is now a man of seventy, yet
in appearance and activity is still in his fifties. He is
optimistic, genial and an enjoyable companion, has al-
ways enjoyed success, and has won his prosperity without
interfering with the rights of others and has been helpful
to his friends and neighbors throughout his career. He
attained his education in Smith county, near Tyler, and
when fourteen years old left school and assisted in the
farm work until the outbreak of the Civil war. He was
eighteen years old when he enlisted in the Nineteenth
Texas Cavalry, under Col. Buford, in Parsons' Brigade.
For four years he was a Confederate soldier and one of
the most loyal and efficient men who bore arms for the
South. He was in many campaigns, and was in the es-
pecially trying battle of Yellow Bayou, where for thirty-
six days his brigade were continually engaged in fighting.
After the war he was connected with the transportation
business of northern and central Texas as then con-
ducted. He drove ox teams, hauling wagons loaded with
merchandise and other products from Waxahaehie to Mil-
lican. Millican at the time was the northern terminus of
the Houston and Central Kailway and the nearest railway
station to all points in north and central Texas. It was
a distance of one hundred and fifty miles from Waxa-
haehie to Millican, and the round trip required a number
of days and was a slow and arduous method of trans-
portation, but practically the only one prevailing in that
time.

On March 28, 1867, Mr. Wolcott married Miss Mar-
garet Boydstun, who was born in Illinois and when a
child came across the country to Texas, in 1848, when
she was 11 years bid. Her father was Jacob G. Boyd-
stun, a farmer and a man of standing in his community.
After his marriage Mr. Wolcott located in Ellis county,
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followed the same oceupation in Tarrant county. As
one of the oWtinie i-:ittU'iiien, and by exercise of the

const:iiit 1 ii;il;iiirc mid iiidi^iiiciit whii-h wore essential to

proini.tcir (It l:ii-r Ik'i.U, w Ihi li.lli.w c.I the pasture
over iiKiiiy ranges, ;nid, lluiiiyli he hiid the reverses which
wer-e inseparable frour the range-cattle industry, he on
the whole was successful and prosperous, and when he
finally sold out he possessed a conrpeteirce for his declin-
ing years. After selling out he moved to Deaf Smith
county, in 1906, and also bought many hundreds of acres
of land in Midland county. In 1909 he finally sold out
practically all his stock interest and has since lived re-
tired in Midland. He and Mrs. Woleott have enjoyed
one long vacation in California, and they now contem-
plate the places of travel in many parts of the country.
Mr. Woleott has always been a loyal Democrat, but has
always avoided any practical party work or official
honor. He and his wife are members of the Christian
church.

Egbert .J. King, is postmaster of Clarksville, where
he has resided continuously since 1885. Save for a
short period in the educational field of the county upon
his advent to the state, his relation to the com-
munity of Clarksville was clerical until he entered
the government service nearly sixteen years ago.
In his service as postmaster of the metropolis of
Eed River count.y, he has rendered unusual and con-
spicuous attention to duty, and holds a record seldom
equaled in presidential offices as a continuous servant
of the government.

Mr. King is one of the many contributions of Bed-
ford county, Tennessee, to the citizenship of Texas.
He was born in that locality on May IS, 1860, where
his father. Rev. Robert J. King, spent his life preach-
ing the Gospel as a minister of the Lutheran church,
and he was a son of Samuel King, who came out of the
state of North Carolina and passed away in or near
Shelbyville, Tennessee when in his young manhood.
He, as the founder of this pioneer "family, was de-
scended from ancestry that settled in the colony of the
old Tarheel state when King George yet held sway in
America. This old patriarch was the father of 'five
sons and three daughters, and their preacher son was
among the first born of the number. One of these sons
passed his life near Nashville: another lived near to
Knoxville, and a third made his home in the vicinity
of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Rev. King was born on Christmas Day, 1810. He
was a man who was self-educated as well as self-
assertive, and from his early life he felt impelled to
take ministerial work upon himself. He died near
Shelbyville in 1S92, after an active and vigorous re-
ligious life that was resultant of much good in the
cause in which he labored. During the turmoil of the
Rebellion he remained steadfast for the Union, al-
though many of his relatives went south because of
their sentiment and gave active aid to the Confederate
cause. Even his own son took the path marked out
by the leaders in secession and opposed his brother on
the battlefield at Murfreesboro.

Rev. King married Miss Mary Ann Philips, a daugh-
ter of William Philips, who migrated to Tennessee from
Virginia. Mrs. King died at the age of seventy-five.
Their children were eight in number, named as follows:
John F., of Manchester Tennessee, an ex-soldier of the
Confederacy: Samuel F., who passed away in his native
state; Charles B., of Cottage Grove, Oregon, and a
Union s-oldier; Edraond C, of Alexandria, Indiana;
George T.. of Fresno, California: Mrs. Samuel Brant-
ley, of Beech Grove, Tennessee; Mrs. Leah V. Bobo, of
Tullahoma, Tennessee, and Robert J., of this review.

Robert .1. King received a liberal schooling in Shel-
byville, Tennessee, and made use of his learning for a
time as a teacher. He was twenty-five years old when



he sought the west in Texas, and dates his advent into
Red River county from September, 1885. He taught
some two years at Rosalie and in 1887 he became a
merchant 's clerk in Clarksville. Four years were spent
in the employ of R. N. Shaw and six years with Sam
Steinlein, and from the store of the latter he went as
the appointee to the office of postmaster of the city.
He received his appointment from President McKinley
and took the office on May 1, 1898, as the successor of
W. H. Dickson. In 1902 he was commissioned by
President Roosevelt and again in 1906, and Mr. Taft
gave him his fourth commission in 1910, with the com-
pletion of which appointment he will have served six-
teen years and broken the record for official tenure in
tlie I '1,1 rks\ lie office. His record has been one that he
'"■■|> "eli l.e proud of, and he occupies a prominent
jihice III ei\ic and municipal affairs in the city. He
was brought up in a loyal home where the doctrines
of Republicanism overshadowed all other political
topics, and whatever active connection he has dis-
played in politics went to Republican fortunes, al-
though he has never sought for political honors at any
time in his life.

In April, 1883, Mr. King was married to Miss Nannie
Newman, in Winchester, Tennessee. She was a daugh-
ter of Col. "Taz" Newman, a former Confederate
officer, well known as a public man in Tennessee and
a speaker in the state senate for four years. Col.
Newman married Miss Sarah Buchanan, and Mrs. King
and "Taz" Newman, of Mexico, are the issue of their
union. The children of Mr. and Mrs. King are: Ed-
ward S., of Hugo, Oklahoma. He is with the Goldman
Grocery Company and is married to Miss Mary Graham
of Paris. They have two sons, Robert Joseph and Al-
bert Edward. Newman King, of Shaw, Mississippi,
married Miss Bonnie Sherry. Miss Carrie May King,
the youngest of the family, is a resident of Clarksville.
Mr. King is well advanced in Masonry, and is Past
High Priest of the Clarksville Chapter of Masons, and
has represented his chapter in the Grand Chapter of
Texas. He is a Past Chancellor of the Knights of
Pythias and has sat in Grand Lodge of the Texas
Pythian Knights, and filled other offices in the lodge.
He is a member of the Presbyterian church of the
United States of America.

Allen T. Reed, M. D. Despite the fact that Dr. Allen
T. Reed gained his medical training under circum-
stances in which he was desperately handicapped, he
has won through to a place of prominence in his pro-
fession in Clay county, and is well an.l favorably
known to the medical profession as well as to the
laity. He is a native Texas product, born in Sherman,
on July 17, 1863, and has lived in Texas all his life.
He is a son of Dr. Nelson B. and Lavanda A. (Trous-
dale) Reed, concerning whom brief mention is made
here as follows: Nelson B. Reed was born in Iowa and
came to Texas-in the fifties. He practiced medicine all
his life, dying in 1867 when he was forty-eight years
of age. He was a Methodist and a member of the
Masonic order, and when he died in 1867 he left his
widow and seven small children practically unprovided



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