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Mr. Krakauer became general manager for the store
and later became a partner. He sold his interest in
the business in 1885 and in January of that year or-
ganized the firm of Krakauer, Zork and Moye, Mr.
Zork being a son of his former employer at San An-
tonio and his own brother-in-law. In January, 1911,
Mr. Moye sold out his interest in the business and the
firm was then incorporated as Krakauer, Zork and
Moye 's Successors, Incorporated. The firm deals in
hardware, machinery and mining sui)ijlies, and is cme



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wcst. Over seventy meu and women are employed and
tlie liusiness of the company extends over New Mexico,
Texas, Arizona and Old Me'xico.

In addition to being the president and leading spirit
in this enterprise, Mr. Krakauer is deeply interested in
various other enterprises of importance, among these
being the Two Republic Life Insurance Company, of
which he is president. He is a director in the First
National Bank and also in the Eio Grande Valley
Banking and Trust Company. He is a large property
owner, having interests in the city of El Paso and also
throughout the southwest.

Mr. Krakauer has always taken a keen interest in
political affairs and has taken a leading part in local
politics ever since coming to El Paso, though of late
years his business cares have grown so heavy that he
can not give much time to politics. He was at one
time county commissioner of El Paso county, serving
one term. He was later elected alderman and served
for four terms, winning the approbation of the public
to such an extent that he was elected mayor of the
city in 1889, being the first Republican ever elected to
this position.

In his religious beliefs Mr. Krakauer is a member of
the Jewish church, and has done a great deal for the

people of his faith in this city. He at one time served
as president of the Jewish church and is now one of the
trustees. Dunim' ]iis trnn :is |,i,-^i,|cnt he assisted very
materu.llv m ilir rrotn.,, nf thr .leuish Temple.

Mr. lM;ik:iiirv 1^ .-I (luniniii;;. well educated man, a
man ut leiineiin'iil ;is well as liiisiii.'ss ability, and a cit-

!d of

iks the

iting the



d IS widely traveled, frequently
ivith his wife and family.
Adolph Krakauer and Miss Ada Zork were
marriage, and three children have been born
Kubeit and Julius A. are associated with
■r in business and live in El Paso. Addie
:i;;li Iiotter and resides in A]l.ii.|iier<|iie, Xew
li. Krakauer had a brother ami ^ M,i in this
country, Imt tlie tnniier. Max Krakauer. ,lir,| i,, chi-
huahua, .Mexied, wliere he was engage.l in Imsiness as
a partner of his brother's. The .sister, Hermina, is the
widow of Bernard Ordenstein, and lives in El Paso.

J. David Avis. Xo history of Texas and the men

who have (-..lit ribiite.j tn its .l.'velnpuient would be com-
plete tllat taile^l In Miake eMen^e,! nuMltiuU of J. David

Avis, wlm smre is;,", has Imth a partieipant in the won-
derful changes tliut li;ne 1 1 a iixim nied the great South-
west from a practically wil.l ami iiiaivilized section into
one of the most produeti\e ami valuable stretches of the
country. First as freinlun .-iihl Indian fighter, biter as
cattle denier .Tiid bivedcT. ami liiiallv as len.Iin.. business

ably disrli;




Falls. He is a Texan by birth and training, and was
the first child born in the town of Montague, Montague
county, August 13, 1861, a son of David and Jlahlda
Katherine (Webb) Avis.

David Avis was born in the State of Maryland, and
as a young man came to Texas, settling at Montague
during the early fifties. Subsequently he removed' to
Montague, and there, in tlie later fifties, established him-
self in a iniM.antile liusiness, in which he was
engaged duriny Hie leniam.ler of his life, his death oc-
curring in isiis. r, lien li,. uns fifty-two vears of age.

During til.' Tiel- i:-.j.- Mr. .V\ is biiiit llie tmt at

Mont.aune l\,i i I , .i..;, ,: ,.f ll ,ail\ sellLns nr'nl

"lin'h ke sene.l uniil the close of the struggle. His
"lie. a nnti\e ef Missiiiiri, came to Texas as a child and
settli'il .If Mi.ntngiie County, there being married to Mr.
Avis in 1859. After his death she was again married,
and her second husband is also deceased, but she still
survives, and is living at Wichita Falls, aged seventy-
three years and in the best of health. Four children
were bmn tn Ah. ninl Mrs, Avis, nil of whom are living,

and of ilase .1. |i,.ui.| ,. ll kl,.si.

J. lia\nl Avis le.enej Ills e.liieation in the public
schools of .Moiitn-ii,. ..minty, .iinl|ii,.ritlv attended

a private SChonl lindel. ike |,le.-e|anlslll|l nt I nlnliel H,.,||;

but the early ilentli nf his f.-nker i In il iieeessnn- tli.-it

he should contribute to the f.aniily sn|.j.nit, and .arenrd-
ingly in 1876, when but fifteen yeais of age, he left linine,
built a log cabin on Salt Creek, and there engaged in
cattle raising. The long nights were often jiassed m
reading and study by the light of a tnllmv i-an.Ue. and
thus the youth prepared himself for the diiins it after
life. He also carried on farming 0]ieraiinii-. .mi was
engaged in freighting between Deuisnn .ml slhimau

and to the west and had ninuv thrlllin- ,.-!.eiie s in

the Olltlaiv Infested ,-niii]try, as ivnll :,. ■; _. part in

numernns enrniinteis \\ilk'tlie Imstile lii.i,i.i-. In IssO
he sold Ills outfit tn j^ive Ins eiilire ailiiiinni tn i-aftle
raising and selling in Montague county, and in 1882, on
coming to Wichita county, continued in the same line
of business. He still has large interests in farming



lands and stock raising in various parts of the State,
and in this connection is widely known. Mr. Avis en-
tered business life in Wichita Falls in 1891, when he
became the proprietor of a grocery establishment, and
this he conducted successfully until 1896, when he sold
his interests therein and embarked in the hardware busi-
ness. The Avis Hardware Company was established In
September, 1909, and this has since developed into one
of the leading ventures of its kind in this part of the
State He continues as president of this concern, is
vice president of the Fiist National Bank, in which he
has heM an interest for upwards of thirty years, and is
a director in the Southern Wichita Life Insurance Com-
panv having in addition large interests in various other
enterprises. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge, In
which he is Past Master, Past High Priest and a Shriner,
having reached the thirty-second degree of Masonry, and
is comiected also with the local lodge of the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks. A stalwart Democrat m
his political views, he has served as county commissioner
from precinct Ko. 1 and during three terms has been a
member of the city council. With his family, he attends
the Presbvterian church.

Mr Avis was married March 1, 1885, at Montague,
Texas, to Miss Minnie Ollie Bush, native of Virginia,
who was brought to Texas as a child by her parents, Mr.
and Mrs Isaac Bush, pioneers of Grayson county. Mr.
Bush met his death in a runaway accident. Four sons
and four daughters have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Avis:
Frank P., born December 27, 1885, at Montague, a
graduate of Wichita Falls Business College, now m busi-
ness with his father, is married and has one child; J.
Davis, Jr.. liorn in Wichita county in 1887, a ranch
owner' of Wichita Falls, is married and has two children;
Kathrvn Lou, born in 1889 in Wichita county, who mar-
ried W F. Weeks; Lillian Grace, born m Wichita
countv in 1892; Albert W., born in 1894 at Wichita
Falls' who is engaged in business with his father;
Charles Robert, born in 1896 at Wichita Falls and now
attending high school; Gretchen, born at Wichita Falls
in 1900 and now attending the graded schools; and
Kuby Cornelia, born in 1902- at Wichita Falls and also
a stiideut in the public schools.

Hon. Clyde Davis Wbjght. The present county
iudge of Deaf Smith county, Mr. Wright is an attorney
and has been a resident of the Texas Panhandle for
the past twenty-two years. Few men have had better
opportunitv for close study of conditions in this section
of the state and having seen the Panhandle during its
hardest times, he is more than content to stake his
confidence and his all on the continued prosperity and
development of the region. .

Clyde Davis Wright was born January 19, 1879, m
Ellis county near Milford, Texas. His paternal grand-
father was one of the founders of this town, where
Judge Wright was born. The father, John R. Wright,
was born in Indiana, and came to Texas in 1852, the
Wright family being among the pioneers of Ellis county.
The family is of English descent and was founded m
North Carolina early in the eighteenth century. The
original immigrant served as a soldier of the Revolu-
tionary war. Subsequently the Wrights crossed the
mountains and located in Kentucky, and from there
moved to Indiana. Great-grandfather William Wright
was a resident of Indiana before the territory was ad-
mitted to the Union, and was chosen as one of the


nent citizens of his community to be one of the

committee which greeted General Lafayette on Tiis visit
to America during the twenties. Wdlliam Wright was
a farmer by occupation. On the maternal side Judge
Wright's family were early settlers of Georgia, coming
to that colony from England. They lived on the Sa-
vannah river," where they were prominent planters and
slave holders. John R. Wright, the father, was a farmer
and also a surveyor. He served as county surveyor,

and also as county commissioner of Ellis county, and
was one of the men of that county who was depended
upon tor leadership in public affairs. He is now living
retired at Hereford, which has been his home since
December, 1907. During the Civil war he enlisted in
Company B of the First Texas Cavalry, serving as a
private from beginning to end. Although he thus
fought for the southern cause, neither he nor his father,
Arvin Wright, had ever held slaves, did not believe
in the institution, and opposed secession. John R.
W'right married Florence Tate, who was born in Geor-
gia, her family moving to Texas after the war, and
she was married in Ellis county in 1874. Her death
occurred in that county when thirty-eight years of age.
One of the three children is now deceased.

Clyde Davis Wright, partly through the advantages
supplied by his father and partly on his own account,
secured what would be accounted a liberal education,
first in the public schools and then in Clarendon College.
The first twelve years of his career he spent on a
farm, and then began reading law in the office of Ware
& Smith at Clarendon. By close attention to his studies
he was admitted to practice in 1902 in all the courts
of Texas. His professional career began at Silverton,
where he was in general practice for three years. In
December, 1907, he opened his office in Hereford, and
has been in general practice there until elected to the
office of county judge in 1910. He is now serving his
second term, and the eiti7ens have given him their hearty
support, and recogni2e him as one of the most capable
officials Deaf Smith county has ever had. Mr. Wright
ha-s also served two terms in the office of county at-
torney of Briscoe county, one term by election and
one by appointment.

He is a worker for the Democratic party, is a mem-
ber of the Masonic Blue Lodge and the Knights of
Pythias, and he and his family worship in the Pres-
bj-terian church. He was married June 15, 1910, in
Hereford to Miss Lelia Gregg, who was born in Cali-
fornia, but was reared in Indiana, a daughter of Austin
W. Gregg. The two children of their marriage are
Elva Lee Wright, born at Hereford, May 26, 1911,
and Arvin Gregg Wright, born August 26, 1913, in
Hereford. Judge Wright devotes all his time to his
official duties and his profession. His chief recreation
is the game of tennis, and he is a thorough student
of general literature, and of current affairs. He is
also interested in agriculture and stock raising.

Henry J. Collins. The El Paso Tent & Awning
Company, Incorporated, of which Henry J. Collins is
manager and president, is the largest concern of the
kind in the southwest, and does a very extensive busi-
ness in El Paso and over all the country tributary to
this commercial center. The store and factory is lo^
cated at 312 South El Paso Street, and in the work-
shop and store rooms floor space of 4610 feet in dimen-
sions is occupied. Some half dozen workmen are em-
ployed and the output has become standard, and the
name denotes highest quality in trade circles.

Henrv J. Collins, the head of this business, who has
been identified with El Paso citizenship for ten years
and previous to that was one of the pioneers in the
development of the Pan Handle country of Texas, was
born at Henderson in Rusk county, July 29, 1861. His
father was Anderson B. Collins, a native of Tennessee,
who came to Texas about 1848. His career was remark-
able in many respects, and he was one of the settlers
of the county who bore a full share in the burdens of
pioneer life." He had served through two wars, the
Mexican and the Civil war, and in the latter went
through from beginning to end, a full period of four
j'ears and was a commissioned officer in the Confed-
erate army. For a number of years he was a merchant
at Henderson, where he died in 1884 at the age of
eighty-four years. The mother, who was born in 1834


in North Carolina, now makes her home in Henderson,
and is a cousin of General Fitzhugh Lee. Seven chil-
dren were born to the parents, and Henry J. was the

His education was attained in the public schools of
Henderson, and he graduated from high school in 1882.
On taking up practical li^'e, his fin'st position was
as a fireman with the Fort Worth & Denver Railway,
and he continued railroading for three years. He was
among the first trainmen to run a traiu along the route
of the Fort Worth & Denver Eoad up to the Pan Handle
country, and on leaving the railroad service he estab-
lished a store at Texline, and spent seven years there
in general merchandise business. Then moving to Fol-
som in New Mexico he continued as a merchant and
also in the live stock business for six and a half years.
Then on January 1, 1902, he arrived in El Paso, and
established a grocery store at 204 San Antonio Street.
This business was conducted under the title of the Pio-
neer Grocery and he did very well for two years. At
the en<l of that time he transferred his attention to
the furniture liusine^s and also the tent and awning
trade. The latter branch of enterprise he has continued
ever since and is largely responsible for the success of
the El Paso Tent & Awning Company.

In politics a Democrat, Mr. Collins has been very
active in public affairs, especially during his residence
in the Pan Handle. He was one of the organi2ers of
Dalham county, and was honored with election as first
treasurer of the county, an office which he held for
six years. He was also appointed to the office of post-
master during the second Cleveland administration. At
Texline, on December 16, 1895, he married Miss Helen
' McCrary, daughter of Thomas MeCrary, who was one
of the pioneer settlers of Comanche county, this state.
Eleven children were born to Mr. Collins and wife, of
whom ten are still living, one having died in infancy.
Their home is at 1520 N. Campbell Street in El Paso.

William L. Brown, M. D. Since 1902 a physician
and surgeon of El Paso, Dr. Brown came to this city
thoroughly equipped by training and experience for his
professional work, and since coming here has made a
splendid reputation as a skUlful and successful physi-
cian and surgeon.

William L. Brown was born September 23, 1873, at
Coffeyville, Kans. His parents were William V. and
Katherine A. Brown. His father gave four years of
soldier service in the Union army during the Civil war.
He was a native of North Carolina and his ancestors
were early settlers of that state. On the mother's
side Dr. Brown is descended from English ancestry.
William V. Brown died at El Paso, November 20. 1911,
having come to this city to spend the winter with his
two sons. Dr. W. L. and C. P. Brown. He was seventy-
four years of age at the time of his death.

Dr.' W. L. Brown as a boy attended the common and
high schools at Centerville, Iowa. On determining to
prepare himself for the medical profe-ssion he selected
as his school probably the strongest and certainly the
oldest and best known medical college of the middle
west, t*e Bush Medical College of Chicago. He was
graduated there M. D. in 1896. Following his gradua-
tion he took a competitive examination for the posi-
tion of house physician and surgeon in the Cook County
Hospital at Chicago. He passed this examination suc-
cessfully, and remained for one and one-half years as
house physician and surgeon at the hospital, a period
during which he obtained broad and valuable experi-
ence in the practical work of medicine. From Chicago
Dr. Brown moved to ITnionville, Missouri, where he was
engaged in practice for two years, and then in 1902
located at El Paso where he has enjoyed a fine success.
Dr. Brown now devotes himself almost exclusively to
the practice of surgery, and has done a large amount
of experimental work, especially in the line of bone

surgery, and he is a careful student

plans to make the

observer and
.ilts of his experimental work
valuable not only in his own practice, but for the bene-
fit of the entire profession. Dr. Brown w.orked his way
through school, paying his tuition by his own earnings
from outside work, and has always been an ambitious
and energetic member of his profession. He has taken
a very active part in the work of the medical societies
and has been honored on different occasions by the fra-
ternity. He is a member of the County & State
Medical Society, and in 1911 and 1912 was' state dele-
gate to the American Medical Association.

Dr. Brown has always voted for principles rather
than party, and is entirely independent in his political
affiliations. Socially he is a member of the El Paso
Country Club and the El Paso Social Club, and his
church is the Presbyterian.

On June 2, 1906, at El Paso, Dr. Brown married
Miss Katherine A. Murphy, a daughter of David M.
and Katherine Murphy, who were formerly residents
of Corpus ('hristi, Texas. Mrs. Brown's father was
one of the pioneer settlers of Corpus Christi and one
of the best known citizens of the entire state. For
many years he was a leading business man engaged
in the transportation business both by ship and rail-
road at Corpus Christi. All over that section of the
state he was known among his thousands of acquaint-
ances as "Honest Dave." He served four and a half
years as a soldier of the Confederacy. His death oc-
curred October 14. 1913, an honored veteran of the war
and esteemed among all whose fortune it was to know
him. From 1903 Mr. Murphy was a resident of El
Paso, and was well known in the citizenship of this
city. Dr. Brown and wife have one adopted daughter,
Louise Bridges Brown, age three years. She is a
daughter of Pierce and Alice Bridges, former resi-
dents of Luling, Texas. During ten years of residence
and active practice in western Texas Dr. Brown's faith
in the resources and comforts of Texas has continually
increased, and he is a firm advocate of his section of
the state as a home for all classes of people who need
a healthful climate and splendid natural resources and
wholesome large-hearted citizenship.

Edward R. Taft. General Agent for the Wells
Fargo & Company Express at El Paso, Mr. Taft has
been identified with the express business all his aeti%-e
career, having begun as a boy of fifteen years, and
having by industry and reliable service worked his way
from one position to another until he now has one of
the most responsible places in the service in Texas.

Edward E. Taft was born July 16, 1881, at Ballston
Springs, New York, a son of Gurdon A. and Carrie
Elizabeth Taft. His father before him has been in
the express business for more than thirty years, and
with his wife now makes his home at Houston, Texas.
There were five children in their family, four sons and
one daughter, one son having died in "childhood.

Edward B. Taft, the oldest in the family, was edu-
cated chiefly in the public schools of Texas, and when
fifteen years of age began learning the express busi-
ness under the supervision of his father. His first work
as an employe was at Houston as an express messen-
ger, and he was a railway express messenger for seven
years on the Southern Pacific and the Santa Fe Bail-
way. In 1903 when he was twenty-two years of age,
his steady promotion began when he took the agency
at Amarillo, Texas, after having acted as relief agent
at Yoakum and San Angelo for some time. At Ama-
rillo he remained until July, 190^, at which time he
was transferred to the agency at Bisbee. Ari?ona. and
two years later took the appointment of Route Agent
for the same companv, with headquarters at Ash Fork,
Arizona, remaining there one year. In April, 1910, he
took the appointment as agent of El Paso, and was
promoted to the larger responsibility of General Agent



on Jauuarv 1, 1911, since which date he has continued
in his position to the satisfaction of the company and
the public patronage. His offices are at 312 Mills

MT.Taf't during 1903 and 1904 was a member of the
Texas Volunteer Guards. His father before him has
been a stanch Republican all his adult life, and the son
was reared in these principles and has given steady
adherence to Eepublican doctrines and policies. Fra-
ternally he is affiliated with the Elks and has been
active in the work for the good of the order.

On June 20, 1903, be married at Houston, Texas, Miss
Helen Green, a daughter of Alexander B. Green and
wife Mr Green for a number of years held the office
of county clerk at Giddings, Texas. Both her parents
were formerlv from Mississippi and among the early
settlers of Texas. Mr. Green died at Houston

id JIis. Green



the old home at

Houston. Mr. and Mrs. Taft are the parents of one
child, Mary E., age four years.

Jas L Dow. A schoolboy and printer's devil at the
same time; promoted to the "case," and by practical
doing learning the art preservative; then a journeyman,
and gradually accumulating, in spite of reverses, the
means for independence; and now editor and manager
and largest stockholder in the best country newspaper
and printerv in west Texas— such in brief, suggestive
phrasing, has been the career of ilr. Dow of Lubbock

James L. Dow is a Texan, born in Hamilton county,
September 25, 1878. His father, James Dow, came from
his native Scotland to America in 1870 and direct to
Texas, locating first in Collin county, near McKmney.
He was a farmer and stock raiser, but prior to coming
to America followed the sea as a sailor In Texas he
served for a term as county treasurer of Gaines county
and took a very prominent part in school matters. He is
now a resident of Gaines county, having gone there in
1904 He is a Democrat and a member of the Methodist
church. Of late years he has engaged in the telephone
business, being one of the principal stockholders and
directors of the Seminole Telephone Company of Games
county. The maiden name of his wife was Margaret G.
Nisbett, who was born in Scotland, and followed her
husband to America as soon as he had established himself
in this country. Her five children are all now living.
She died at Seminole, Texas, at the age of sixty-tour
on March 6, 1911. ^ ^ , , , ._

The third child of the family, James L. Dow, had ms
education in the public schools of Lampasas and Borden
counties, and attended high school in Colorado City,
Texas, where he was graduated in 1897. His early career
was spent on a ranch and farm, and at the age of twen-
tv-one he started out for himself. His first practical
training for his career was during his school days, when
he was attending school and working between tmies m
a printing office, where he first learned the technical de-
tails of printing. He completed his apprenticeship with
Colorado Spokesman, and his first w;iy.< was not more
than ten dollais a month and h.,:ty.]. !!.■ ":i~ rumicctea
with this paper for more than uu. y,-:«^. :mM '"•■ o»e
year was with the Stockman Pulilishm- i ..mpiiny. Airer

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