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sixteen to twenty-eight he engaged actively in farming
in the northwestern part of Collin county. He then
made up the deficiencies in his early edu. .ii i..n ami ic
ceived a course in the academy inCoIlm rMnnu wlan
twenty-eight years of age. During fcnii' li.. was
merchandising in Collin countj-, between l~^!ir> and l^iiii,
at Roseland, Texas, and in January of the latter year
moved to Deaf Smith county. For three years he was in
the grain business and then entered into a partnership
in the present establishment, his three partners in the
.•.iii.crn being W. H. Patton, J. M. Garner and A. J.
Li|is.onil.. .Ml the other partners have since dropped
out aii.l .Mr. Stambaugh is now sole proprietor and con-
ducts what is easily the largest store with the :
stock of general nierc-haiidiso. dry goods, notions,
and women's furnisliniys and mi'llinery in Hereford and
Deaf Smith county. The store has floor space of thirty
by one hundred and sixty feet and six clerks are em-
ployed in att<?nding to the" trade. Mr. Stambaugh is also
financially interested in the Dallas Dry Gooils Company,
which is a new wholesale firm whose stockholders are
merchants in Te.xas anil sn^^lMlndlll^; states.

Mr. Stambaugh is a li.^iiHi.iat (Mtlimit official aspira-
tions. He is atHliate.l witli the WoiMlmen of the World
and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is a
deacon in the Christian church. In 1895 in Collin county
he married Inez Harris, who was born in Illinois, reared
in Missouri, being a daughter of James T. and Lovisa
Harris. Their one son is George V. Stambaugh, born in
Deaf Smith county, June 14, 1901.

Alfred R. Hamblen. One of the oldest and most
distinguished names in the Harris county bar is that of
Hamblen. The late Judge W. P. Hamblen made a dis-
tinguished record both as a lawyer and as a jurist and
was a man of exalted character and his name stood for
the finest qualities of the able attorney wherever it was
known, and that was all over southern Texas. Two sons
of the late Judge Hamblen now continue the relations
of the family name with the leeal jirofession at Houston
Of these. Alfred R. Hanil.l.Mi is t|,e -eninr menil er of
the firm of A. R. and \V. I'. Ilanil.len. ulm^e .itlires
are in the Stewart Building; at llmiMen. Mr. Ihuiil.len
has had a number of distinctions m the course of his
pr.actiee ,is :, lawyer, and particularly from his numerous
a|.|ioinlnieiifs as special .judge.

Altre.l K. Hamblen was born in Houston in 1877, a
son of the late William P. and Isabella T. (Miller)
Hamblen. William P. Hamblen, who died in April,
1911, was born in Indiana in 1834, came to Texas in the
Spring of 1848. locating in Houston, where he studied
law, and with his admission to practice on June 21,
1855, began a career which for nearly half a century
kept him in the foremost ranks of Houston lawyers, and
brought him many enviable successes. In 1902 came his
election to the office of .judge of the district court of
Harris county, and he presided over that court with a
.splendid dignity and a ripeness of judgment which made
the sessions of his court nnttible for their exemplification
of the fine-r i|iialiTies nf , ,,iiit i,,om practice. The widow
of Judge ll:,i,,l.|eii ,v siiM liM,,!-.

Alfred K'. llainlihn i.,,Mv,.d his education in the
Houston schools. Ili- -tnWies in |.ie|..-ir.-iti..n for the
practice of law were ,arnr.| nii under In- latlier's direc-
tion and in the (illir,. .,t' niitrliin-iin ,v Srin-, ;ind later
with Hutchinson, Cainiiliell c'^ Sears. The latter was one
of the most distinguished legal eoniliin.irions of its time
in south Texas. His admission te tlie bar came in
1897. He at once began praitiee in partnership with
his father, under the firm name of W. P. and A. R.
Hamblen. The elevation of Judge Hamblen to the
bench in 1902 interrupted their active relations as j^rt-
ners. and at that time W. P. Hamblen, Jr., came into



the firm and it has since been continued under the
title of A. E. & W. P. Hamblen.

Probably no other member of the Harris county bar
has been so frequently selected from the private walks
of the profession for duty as special judge. Mr. Ham-
blen has served in all the local courts in that capacity,
three times in the county court, and four times in the
district court. He is well known fraternally, belonging
to the Benevolent and PTotective Order of Elks, the
Houston Turn Verein, and the Loyal Order of Moose.
Mr. Hamblen was married in 1904 to Mrs. Mlinnie E.
Matthews, a daughter of John Lynch of Galveston.
They have their home at 1920 Leeland Street.

Hon. Cornelius Ware Robinson. The present judge
of the criminal district court pf Harris county got his
training in the law while engaged in farming in one of
the south Texas counties. He has been a hard worker
all his life, and it was a steadfast ambition which led
him from the restricted field of agriculture to the
higher sphere of the law and life.

Born November 22, 1863, at Point Blank, in Polk
county, but now in San Jacinto county, Texas, Judge
Robinson is a son of Henry Ware and Annie (Goodall)
Robinson. He is a descendant of prominent Alabama
and Tennessee families. His great-uncle was Judge
Todd Robinson, who rose to distinction as a member of
the Texas bar, from this state moved out to California,
where he was elevated to the bench and became chief
justice of the supreme court of California. Henry
Ware Robinson was born in Alabama, came to Texas
about 1855, settling at Point Blank in what was then
Polk county, and as a business man was a planter and
stock raiser. During the war he went to the front with
a Texas regiment, and after the struggle was over re-
turned and took up the quiet vocations of country life.
Annie (Goodall) Bobinson was of a Tennessee family,
whose members were long prominent in that state.

Judge Robinson was educated at the Agricultural and
Mechanical College in Bryan and in Baylor XTniversity
while located at Independence, Texas. He became a
farmer, and while looking after his farm and providing
for his little household he applied himself diligently
to the study of law at night, and at all leisure inter-
vals, and by continuing this dual occupation was quali-
fied and admitted to the bar in March, 1887. He at once
began practice at Cold Springs in San Jacinto county,
and was a member of the bar there until 1903. Since
then he has had his home and practice in Houston,
and became associated with the law firm of Hume, Robin-
son & Hume. His partnership continued until April
1, 1910, when Governor Campbell appointed him judge
of the criminal district court of Harris county to fill
the unexpired term of Judge Ed. R. Campbell. Such
was his record on the bench during those two years, that
in 1912 he was chosen at the regular election for the
term of four years. Judge Robinson enjoys a repu-
tation for broad learning and absolute impartiality as a
judge, and is held in high esteem by all the members of
the Harris county bar.

Fraternally he is a Master Mason, and belongs to the
Knights of Honor, the Knights and Ladies of Honor, the
Woodmen of the World, the Lodge No. 151 of Houston
Elks, the Loyal Order of Moose, and the Houston Turn

At Galveston in 18S2 Judge Robinson married Miss
Annie Bell Dorroh, daughter of Dr. John Dorroh of
Mississippi. Her mother was a descendant of Caesar
Rodney, who was one of the signers of the declaration of
independence. The judge and wife have two daughters,
Jimmie Lea, who is the wife of E. L. Stephens of
Houston; and Mary Louise, who married Fagin Burch
of Houston. The home of the Judge and family is in

M.\rion F. H.4MM0XD. Texas has upwards of two
hundred counties, but not one of them has a sheriff 's
office administered with greater efficiency of system than
that of Harris county. The present sheriff of Harris
county is Marion F. Hammond, who took up his du-
ties after his election in 1912, and who has made a
remarkable record in the handling of the important
duties entrusted to the sheriff under Texas state laws.
Mr. Hammond saw a long term of service on the Hous-
ton police force, and for some years did outside work
for a large and prominent firm of lawyers. This experi-
ence gave him unusual qualification for his present
office, which he conducts along the lines of modern busi-

Marion F. Hammond was born at Kosse, Limestone
county, Texas, July 22, 1872. His parents were Benja-
min Franklin and Sarah Elizabeth (Burns) Hammond.
His father came to Texas in 1856 from Yalobusha
county, Mississippi, settling at Kosse as one of the
pioneers of Limestone county, and engaged in farming
and stock raising. He was married in 1857, and four
years later left his home to enter the service of the
Confederate army. He was fighting on the side of the
south all through the war, and then returned to his
old home at Kosse, where he has continued to reside on
the homestead and is one of the venerable pioneer
residents of that vicinity, being now in his eighty-third
year. His wife was a daughter of Judge Burns, one of
the early settlers of Limestone county. She is now living
in her seventy-ninth year.

Sheriff Hammond was educated in the public schools
of Kosse. His early training was on the home farm,
and he lived with his parents until twenty-one, at which
time he started out as an independent "farmer in that
vicinity. In September, 1897, he moved to the City of
Houston, and during the following season put in a crop
and carried on general farming in the vicinity. After
that came his appointment as a member of the police
force, and his service in the department continued for
five and a half years. He resigned in order to go into
railroad train service, and followed that work about one
year. The large law firm of Lovejoy & Malevinsky at
Houston then engaged him to attend to their outside
work, and he continued as their representative in the
performance of many responsible and delicate tasks,
for eight years. In the fall of 1910 Mr. Hammond
resigned his position with the law firm in order to
make the campaign for sheriff of Harris county. He
was defeated in that year, but in 1912 was again a
candidate, and was elected by a handsome majority
against four other candidates. Since taking office he
has proved his fitness for the position and the opinion
of attorneys composing the Harris county bar is quite
unanimous" to the effect that the sheriff's office of Harris
county under Sheriff Hammond is the best conducted
in the entire state.

Mr. Hammond is well known in fraternal circles, be-
longs to the local lodge of Masons, the K. of P., the
Woodmen of the World, the Loyal Order of Moose, the
Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Knights of the Macca-
bees, the Tribe of Ben Hur, the Grand Fraternity, and
the Houston Turnverein.

In 1895 occurred his marriage with Miss Pearl Win-
field, a daughter of W. J. Winfield, of Kosse. They
are the parents of five children, afe follows: Eldred,
who has manifested special inclination for art work and
is now at the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago ; Marion,
now a student in Baylor College at Belton; and Gladys,
Janice, and Hope, all at home. The family residence
is at the foot of Capitol Avenue in Houston.

Joseph Alexander Kemp. That a city may become
great in its facilities and commercial service to a large
scope of country all through the vitalizing energy of one
man is the conspicuous fact in the career of Joseph A.
Kemp and Wichita Falls. There is hardly one of the

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larger institutions and enterprises of this city upon which
and with which the name and intluenee of Mr. Kemp has
not either now or at some time been impressed and asso-
ciated. That a community should be what it is largely
as a result of one man's life and activities is perhaps
the highest tribute possible to pay to human individuality.
Mr. Kemp has had a career tj'pical of many successful
Americans. He started out in life a poor boy, but pos-
sessed peculiar qualities and abilities in a business way,
and was hardly of age when he had become a factor in
local business circles. He has been oflBcially connected
with a dozen or more successful enterprises, including
railroads, in and about Wichita Falls, and he is known
all over the state of Texas for his energy and also for
his modest manner. Though a man who has attained
almost the summit of success, Mr. Kemp is still a loyal
and every day citizen of Wichita Falls, and has no de-
sire to leave the scene of his many successes for life in
the larger metropolitan centers of the world.

Joseph Alexander Kemp was born at Clifton in Bosque
county, Texas, .July 31, 1861, a son of William T. and
Emma F. (Stinnett) Kemp. His father, a native of
Tennessee, came to Texas when a young man before the
in 18.56, locating in McClennan county, after-
ing tn Clifton, where for many years he was
.\vn ;ind respected merchant and citizen. He
1 .1- tax assessor of Bosque county, and died at
all-. Ti'xas, in 1S91 at the age of fifty-two.
f CimI war lie riilisfcd liis services with the
•y anil «a\\ a Inim aii.l ai.liicnis service, includ-
ing many iH.taMc liaitl.-, hut wriit through the war
without wounds nr .ai'tnir, an^l at its close returned to
his regular business in Bosque county. His wife, who
was a native of Missouri, where her people were pioneer
settlers, came to Texas when she was a girl, and from
Grayson county moved to Bosque county, where she com-
]iletc,| h.M- fdnratiiin and was married. She is still living
at WirhiTa TalN, and is a fine old lady who easily bears
the uiiyl.t cil lier seventy-three years. She was the
mother of seven children, three sons and four daughters,
of whom Joseph A. was the oldest.

He grew up in Bosque county, had the usual amount
of schooling in the common schools, graduating from the
high school at Clifton at the age of seventeen. In the
meantime he had become more or less familiar with
merchandising through his vacation periods of work in
his father's establishment, and at the age of eighteen he
undertook his first independent venture as a merchant,
opening a stock of goods at Clifton, and conducting the
business successfully, until at the end of two years he
accepted an excellent offer to sell. Then, in 1883, he
came to Wichita Falls, a town which was very small at
the time, the Ft. Worth and Denver City Railway having
only recently been completed, and he thus became one of
the pioneers in laying the foundations of the present
city, and has been very closely identified with all the
work of rearing the superstructure of this city as a
commercial center of North Texas. His first enterprise
was the establishment of a small stock of general mev
chandise, and he was one of the early merchants in tlic
village. His store was located on Ohio Street, ami was
one of the typical establishments of its kind, at least In
general appearance, although there was probably no
other business man in Wichita Falls at that time who
possessed so much resource and ambition as young Kemp.
After several years of successful merchandising he sold
out in 1887, and then spent several years in looking over
the field preparatory to his next venture. In 1890, was
established the J. A. Kemp wholesale grocery company,
an enterprise which had been established some time be-
fore by C. C. White. Under his control the wholesale
grocery business prospered exceedingly, and continued
to flourish and develop under the presidency of Mr.
Kemp until it was doing a business of more than a mil-
lion dollars each year. At the same time branches were
established in different parts of the western part of the

state, and the success of this establishment has been one
ot the corner stones of Wichita Falls' importance in
trade circles of north Texas. In the latter part of 1903,
.\lr. Kemp sold his controlling interest in the grocery
(■oiiipany to Mr. Blair and Mr. Hughes, but still has stock
in the liusiness and is its vice president. The grocery
house has continued to prosper under its present manage-
ment and now has branches in all the leading trade
centers of the southwest, including a branch house in
Dallas, Texas.

Probably at the present time and in years to come
the work of Mr. Kemp of greatest importance to Wichita
Falls and surrounding territory will be his activity as a
builder and promoter of railroads. He has become in-
terested m railroad construction before leaving the whole-
sale grocery business, and since then has devoted much
of his time and ability along this line. His first venture
was the organization of a company, and the building of
a railroad from Henrietta to Wichita Falls, this beino-
the second railroad built into Wichita Falls. He served
as president of the road for many years. Under his
management, it was extended four hundred and thirty
miles, and was an enterprise of which every citizen of
Wichita Falls was very proud. These lines embrace
what is known as the Wichita Falls & Northwestern
R. R. extending from Wichita Falls to Forgan, Okla-
homa, a distance of three hundred and three miles and
the Wichita Falls & Wellington R. R. from Altus, Okla-
homa to Wellington, Texas, and also a line known as
The Wichita Falls & Southern extending from Wichita
Falls to Newcastle in Young County, known as The
Young County Coal Fields. Mr. Kemp was President
during the promotion and construction of all these lines
and remained President until 1911, at which time these
properties were acquired by the M. K. T. R. R., Mr.
Kemp, however, remaining as vice president of all these

In 1890 the City National Bank of Wichita Falls was
organized and in 1891, Mr. Kemp as one of its organizers
was elected to the office of president, a position which
he has filled to the present time. The capital and surplus
of this well known bank now aggregates four hundred
thousand dollars, and it is easily one of the strongest
financial concerns of North Texas. Mr. Kemp is presi-
dent, P. P. Lanford is vice president, Wiley Blair is also
vice president, C. W. Snider is cashier, and W. L. Rob-
ertson is assistant cashier. It is a model institution of
its kind, and its quarters are the entire first floor of the
Kemp-Kell office building in Wichita Falls.

Mr. Kemp is vice president of the Blair-Hughes
wholesale grocery company of which he was the founder
and for so many years active as its president. It was
his success in the wholesale grocery business which gave
Mr. Kemp his first great start.

The Wichita Falls Traction Company owes its incep-
tion and construction to Jlr. Kemp, and is a first-class
electric line affording good urban transportation facili-
ties, and regarded as one of the best equipped properties
nt its kind in the state. This road was built and opened
in mill, and ;\lr. Kemp has been its president since it
started. The main line of the svstem operates between
Wirliita Falls and the beantifnl' Lake Wichita. Along
the route of this electric line is lo.ated the plant of the
Wichita Falls Window i;la-s ta.tnn'. and also of the
Wichita Bottle Manufartnnn- ( i.n.i.any. These manu-
factures have proved iiiiportaut additions to Wichita
Falls' growing importance as an industrial center, and
were both organized and brought to successful issue by
Mr. Kemp. The plants manufacture high grade of
wares, eiii|ilny a iininlier of expert workmen, and repre-
sent a laii^e ni\i-tnieiit of capital. Mr. Kemp is presi-
dent of li.itli r,iin|iaiiies.

Through liis iiistniiiientality has also been brought to
Wichita Falls an industr,y which has alread.y given this
city a reputation throughout the west and in various
parts of the entire country. This is the Wichita Motor



Truck Company, an entirely new enterprise for Texas.
The company confines its output entirely to trucks, and
the Wichita trucks have already established themselves
in the favor of users all over the United States and
Canada. Mr. Kemp is president of the company. He
is also president of the W-ichita Falls Water Company,
and is president of the Lake Wichita Irrigation and
Water Company, which was organized by him in 1901
and is one of the largest irrigation undertakings in this
part of the state. Through his success in carrying out
this irrigation enterprise, Mr. Kemp first became promi-
nent as a pioneer in industrial affairs, and larger con-
structive enterprises.

With regard to the project, which involved the im-
pounding of the waters of Holliday Creek and the mak-
ing of an immense artificial lake, three thousand acres
in extent, Mr. Kemp had complete confidence in the mat-
ter, but had to endure a great deal of suspicion and
apathy before he could get the undertaking well under
way. It was regariled as one of those visionary schemes
in which a great deal of capital might be sunk and from
which the material benefits would never be great. How-
ever, Mr. Kemp finally succeeded in enlisting the aid of
outside capital, did much of the preliminary work him-
self, mid finally jiroduced a body of water which in itself
i.s ail .iitNiri I'.i'. feature of this vicinity, and affords water
111 iMl.i;i'< \, lined at many thousands of dollars every
year tn the farmers in this" locality. Through his success
"in this enterprise, Mr. Kemp may properly be regarded
as one of the pioneers in irrigation in north Texas, and
the Lake Wichita project has without doubt influenced
many similar enterprises undertaken in different sec-
tions of the semi-arid regions of the western plain

Mr. Kemp is president of the Wichita Falls & South-
ern Life Insurance Company. He is president of the
Floral Heights Realty Company, a company which has
laid out a subdivision of beautiful home sites within the
city limits of Wichita Falls. The company platted and
has sold for homes over eight hundred lots, fifty by one
hundred and fifty feet and this entire tract is within
easy access of the carline.

One of the enterprises in which Mr. Kemp may prop-
erly take great pride is the Model oflace building, which
he and his partner Mr. Kell constructed, and which is a
building of such size and accommodation and modern
facilities as would be a credit to any city in this state.
Mr Kemp is president of the company which con-
structed and owns the Kemp-Kell Building, and Mr.
Kell is vice president. This building occupies 50x150 ft.,
is six stories high, and has every convenience and fea-
ture of the modern metropolitan otfice building.

These are the more important undertakings m which
Mr. Kemp has engaged in line with his purpose to make
Wichita Falls one of the leading commenial and linsinoss
centers of Texas. It is a distinctly WMitliv ainlntinn
and the more so because in his success h,- i- \MiikiiiL; not
less for the citv than for himself. As »ill ir;iilil.v he
understood from this brief review of his active business
career Mr. Kemp has had little time for public affairs,
and has never been in any sense a politician. However,
■when he was twentv-two years old he was appointed to
the office of county treasurer of Wichita county, and at
the expiration of his appointed term was elected for two
successive terms to the same office. Since then he has
been too busy to accept any preferment from his party,
although he "is and always has been a loyal Deniocrat.
Fraternally his associations are with the Masonic bodies,
in which he has attained to the Thirty-Second degree^
Shrine with the Knights of Pvthias, and the Benevolent
'and Protective Order of Elks. He is one of the directors
in the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce. His church
is the old school Presbyterian. .

On October 18, 1882, at Clifton, Mr. Kemp married
Miss Flora Anderson, a native of Texas and a daughter
of Captain and Mrs. Mary (Eobinson McLennan) An-

derson. Captain AUen Anderson was a well known pio-
neer and Indian fighter, and did much service on the
frontier during the early days in protecting life and
property of the settlers. He was accidentally killed by
a member of. his own company while engaged in a fight
with Indians on the western border. Mrs. Kemp 's
mother was a daughter of the McLennan for whom Mc-
Lennan county was named, and was one of the very
prominent pioneers in central Texas. The five children
born to Mr. and Mrs. Kemp were Emma Sibyl, ;Mary
Jewel, Flora Charlotte, Bertha May, and Joseph Ander-
son. The first, born in ISSo at Wichita Falls, is a grad-
uate of St. Mary's College at Dallas, and also a gradu-
ate in the languages and music from the University of

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