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nine months in a Federal jirison. Buchanan Lattimore
married a daughter of John Kelley, and she bore him
the following named children : Joseph M. ; John, who
was killed in battle during the Rebellion; Callie, who
married Dr. King; Susie, the wife of William Sartin;
Eveline married William Rowland, and one who died

It thus appears that the Lattimore family is one of
the solid ones of the South, which has produced many
sons in each generation, who have done good work
tor their state in the way of citisenship and public

Robert L. Lattimore was educated in Roxton and was
graduated from the Roxton High School. After a year
as a teacher in the schools of the Prairie Point District,
Mr. Lattimore took up the study of law under' the pre-
ceptorship of W. P. Brown and the firm of Wolf, Sher-
man & Semple, and his admission to the bar followed on
December 21, 1898. Mr. Lattimore established himself
in Paris soon thereafter in the practice of his profession,
and after two years of legal activity was appointed as-
sistant county attorney by Leslie L. Hardison, serving
four years in that capacity. In 1904 he was elected to
the office, which he filled most acceptably for another
four years. His term of office was marked by a number
of prominent cases, among which was the prosecution
of the Youngs for murder, which terminated in the con-
fession of one of those implicated after she had been
committed to prison for life. The murder of one
Jacowby. a prominent rural school teacher, by one Long
furnished another case peculiar in the annals of crime
in Lamar county, the prosecution of which fell to Mr.
Lattimore, who convicted his man, and Long is now serv-
ing a life sentence in prison. Other cases of a similar
kind came up during Mr. Lattimore 's incumbency of
office and he handled them in that careful and effective
manner that came to mark his regime as one of the most
efficient ones in the history of the county.

In 1908 Mr. Lattimore was elected district attorney
without opposition, and served thus for another four
years. His district comprised Red River, Lamar, and
Fannin counties, and the work of his department was
conducted along lines of the most complete thorough-
ness, so that offenders against the law suffered the con-
sequences of their crimes in every instance. He retired
from office in December, 1912, resuming private practice
in association with Mr. Hutchinson.

Mr. Lattimore was married to Miss Jessie Caviness,
daughter of C. G. Caviness, a well-known contractor of
this city, who came to Texas from the state of Ar-
kansas. Mrs. Caviness is the mother of four children.
To Mr. and Mrs. Lattimore have been born two children —
Bob and Louise.

O^Ull^ J^)h-^U.-^9-'LA^'C^



Willis A. Holloway. Now living retired at Jlid-
land, Mr. Holloway is a Texas farmer and cattleman
whose experience covers more than half a century and
who belongs to one of the oldest families of American
stock settled in the state.

Willis A. Holloway was born December 20, 183.5,
near San Augustine, Texas. His father was Simpson
Holloway, a native of South Carolina, who came to
Texas in 1818 and located on a farm near San Augus-
tine. He was thus a settler of Texas three years before
the first Austin colony was introduced into the bound-
aries of the province and he was among the few Ameri-
cans who had located in the eastern border of the state.
Simpson Holloway was a soldier of the Mexican war
and had also served in the Revolution of Texas during
the thirties. The Holloway family is of mingled Scotch,
Irish and French and Dutch descent, and the name has
been identified with the southern states for generations
and the families have always been planters and farmers
and before the Civil war owned slaves.

Mr. Holloway at the outbreak of the Civil war enlisted
in the civil service and served in the troops under Col
Henry McCullough. He went all through the war and
afterwards was at three different times a member of the
State Bangers Service, his service being under John
Cannon, John F. Ford and Captain Kirk Mays. He
also belonged to an independent ranger company for
several years in the Indian campaign and he now draws
a pension for his services of tvventy dollars per month.

Mr. Holloway was engaged in the cattle business at
Midland up to 1905 and in that year was elected county
treasurer, an office which he filled with fidelity and zeal
for six years, and since then has been retired, living on
his farm near Midland. Jlr. Holloway first married
Mifs Mary Roberts, of Alabama, her family having come
to Texas at an early date. She died in 1868. His second
marriage occurred some years later when Miss Martha
McReynolds became his wife. They are the parents of
one son, who is now nineteen years of age. Mr. Hollo-
way is a stanch Democrat in politics and has always
given his time and contributed otherwise to the party
organization. He is affiliated with the Masonic order
and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is a
member of the Baptist church, having been a deacon of
that church for forty years.

N. Lawrence Lindsley. The high accomplishments
that have marked the professional career of N. Lawrence
Linds^ley, one of the leading members of the Dallas
county bar, prove his fitness as a representative of a fam-
ily that for generations has been noted for its attain-
ments in the learned professions. His great-grandfather,
Philip Lindsley, was a noted educator and was president
of what was formerly Nashville University, now Vander-
bilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. His grandparents
were N. Lawrence and Julia (Stevens) Lindsley, the
former of whom collaborated in the compiling of
Worcester's Dictionary, while the latter was a daughter
of Moses Stevens, also a widely known educator, to whose
memory stands a monument in the old city cemetery,
Nashville, erected by the Masonic Grand Lodge of Ten-
nessee. The father of Mr. Lindsley, Henry Stevens
Lindsley, was a lawyer of distinction in central Ten-
nessee, where he died in 187.5, and one of his uncles was
the late Judge Philip Lindsley. of Dallas, Texas. Mr.
Lindsley 's mother bore the maiden name of Mary Bashie

N. Lawrence Lindsley was born at Lebanon, Wilson
county, Tennessee, in June, 1873, and was thoroughly
educated in the classical, literary, and legal courses at
Cumberland University, his native place. He was there
graduated in January, 1894, with the degree of Bachelor
of Laws, and soon thereafter entered upon the practice
of his profession at Evansville, Indiana. His abilities
were quickly recognized, a large and representative prac-
tice resulted, and he was eventually retained as atttor-

ney by the Western Union Telegraph Company. As
counsel for this corporation he came to Dallas, Texas, in
1899, and here he was at once welcomed among the
leading legists of the city. Although he has retained
his official position with the telegraph company, he is
also engaged in the general practice. During the last
.several years, in recognition of his services, the com-
pany has not only retained him in cases in which his
personal attention has been desired, but also in associa-
tion with other attorneys throughout the state on the
appeal of their eases. As a lawyer Mr. Lindsley is up
to the best standards of his ijrofession. In the best
sense of the word he had been a full-measured man and
<itizcii. filling all the places of professional and social
lil'.' with Lire ability and conscientious zeal and an
I'iiiiir^t |.mpiise which have made his influence in Dallas
a i(riist,int l(iri-e in behalf of the principles of good
citiienslii|.. His legal kiiowlclge, |)erception, shrewd-
ness, and aliility are nt tin' liinlirst (irder, and his devo-
tion t(i liis prnfessiDn ainl the iiiiii.sts of his clients has
been di;-tinguished even in a cuniinuiiity of lawyers so
strong, intent and tireless as those of Dallas. He is a
good speaker, of the persuasive and convincing kind, and
his cases are carefully thought and studied before trial
and then ably argued and contested before court and
jury. As might be expected from his scholarly train-
ing, the law has not alienated his attention from general
literature, and he is as pleasant to meet socially as a.
friend as he is formidable professionally as an oppo-

In 1899, Mr. Lindsley was united in marriage with
Miss Mildred Maude Field, the daughter of Judge A. H.
Field, of Dallas, recognized as one of the most famous
lawyers in the state during the early days, and consid-
ered the greatest jury lawyer in Texas.

Stephen Decatur Brown. For manay years one of
the quietly prosperous and enterprising citizens of the
vicinity of Dallas was the late Stephen Decatur Brown,
well known as a stockman and farmer, whose home on
the outskirts of Dallas has in recent years become built
up and practically a part of the city.

Stephen Decatur Brown was born in Virginia, Febru-
ary 21, 1853, and he died Sc| 13, 1883. His
])arents were William and Mary I'.ii.wn, both natives of
Virginia, and they hail fimr ■liihluMi, only one now liv-
ing, named as follows: Osrar. .Icceased; John, de-
ceased; Mary, the wife of Dr. William Berkly, of Wash-
ington, D. C, and Stephen Decatur.

The war disturbed all peace and order in Virginia
during the '60e and came at a time when Stephen De-
catur Brown was a boy hardly in his teens, and while
getting his first lessons in the local schools. He ran
nwny from school and joined the Confederate army
iimlcr (!i>iieral Lee, and served as a private from the
early | art of the war until its close. Although a boy,
lie dill an cttic-ient part as soldier and continued in active
scrvi.(> until the end. He was never wounded nor cap-
tureii. After his discharge from the army he went out
to New Mexico and engageil in the cattle business there.
Later he was in Comanche county, Texas, where he was
elected and gave capable service as sheriff for two years.
After that he moved to Dallas county, and thereafter
until his death was prosperously engaged in stock rais-
ing. He built his home where Mrs. Brown still resides,
at 1320 Penn avenue, and continued to operate his farm
and stock business for many years. His widow now
owns seven residences which were built on the original
farm. Mr. Brown was a member of the Episcopal church
and was a Democrat in politics, and, though always
public spirited and held in high esteem by his com-
munity, was never willinglv a candidate for office.

In 1873, Mr. Brown married Miss Octavia Coleman, a
native of Texas and a daughter of Dr. George S. and
Ellen (Douglas) Coleman. Dr. Coleman was a native
of Asheville, North Carolina, and his wife of Virginia.



There were six chililren in the Coleman family, men-
tioned as follows: Mary S., deceased; David S., of
Athens, Texas; William D., dec-eased; Douglas, de-
ceased; Mrs. Brown; and Carrie, who is unmarried and
lives with Mrs. Brown. To the marriage of Mr. and
Mrs. Brown were born four children: CJeorge C. Brown
is an optician of Dallas, senior member of the firm of
Brown and Montgomery ; Alexander B. is deceased ;
Edgar D. is employed in the treasurer's department of
the Texas & Pacific Eailroad and is unmarried ; Gertrude
is deceased.

Walter Shepherd Trigg. On August 3, 1905, at his
home in Dallas, closed the life record of Walter Shep-
herd Trigg, who had made an almost extraordinary suc-
cess as a business man, and whose charity and public
spirit equaled his material success. For some years dur-
ing his early career he lived at Dallas, but his achieve-
ments in business were centered at Paris, which was his
home until shortly before his death.

Walter Shepherd Trigg was born in Gallatin, Ten-
nessee, July 22, 1854, and was fifty-one years of age at
his death. His parents were John H. and Catherine
(Shepherd) Trigg, both natives of Tennessee, where the
father was a merchant. There were eleven children in
the family, only the first of whom is still living, their
names being as follows: Martha, widow of Will Lucas,
of Gallatin, Tennessee, and the mother of eight chil-
dren ; James, Charles, John, Nannie, Lillie, Nancy, Mary,
Walter, William, and Walter S.

Owing to the death of his mother when he was nine
years of age, Walter Shepherd Triorg had a very early
start in life's responsibilities. His ciUieation after that
was exceedingly limited :mi.I Ih' |.i.ictically carved his
onu fortune from the liryiiinini; tn end. For several
years he earned his way by clerking in a store, and then
took a course in dentistry. He followed that profes-
sion for a few years until he perceived that the possi-
bilities were restricted and that he could never expand
beyond certain limits. In 1876 Mr. Trigg settled in
Dallas, where he began work for a large leather and
saddle manufacturing concern. During the ten years
spent with that house he laid the foundation for his
independent business career. Moving to Paris, Texas,
he engaged in the saddle business for himself and was
for nineteen years proprietor of a constantly growing
concern in that city. He was onaaged in both the
wholesale and rrf:iii 1i,-iiih-« :in.| -iiddlery trade, and
built up his eiitn|i]i^, in l,ii-c |ii (.|iortions. In March,
1905, having sol. I mil in- Iimmims^, In- retired to Dallas,
where he had his home dunny tlie iciiiaining few months
of his life. When he first w.^iif to Paris. Mr. Trigg
started with a very small caiiitid ami only a limited stoi-k.
By hard work, close attention to detail and fair and
honorable dealings, he was soon on the road to success,
and his trade grew so rajiidly that after a few years the
business was incorporated, :ind he continued as its presi
dent until he finally sohl out. While at Paris he also
organized and conducted a horse collar factory and his
products were sold throughout the southern states.

The late Mr. Trigg was extremely charitable, and dur-
ing his residence at Paris there was never an undertaking
in building or in institutional work with which his name
was not connected as a financial contributor or in some
other way. He was long an active member of the Presby-
terian church at Paris, in politics was a Democrat,
though never a politician, and bore a helpful part in all
relations with his conimunitv. Fraternally he was affil-
iated with the Knights of Pythias.

In ISSO Mr. Trigg mairie.l Miss Mary Catherine Hat-
yenbuehler, a native of IIIukh- ,iio1 a daughter of Peter

and Elizabeth (Lutz) ll.iizenl in, v. Her parents were

natives of Germany and her lather was a farmer. Mrs.
Trigg was the oldest in a family of nine children, the
others being mentioned as follows: Peter, deceased;
Catherine, deceased; Elizabeth, deceased; Denie, of Dal-

las; Katie, wife of Jack Gorman, of Dallas; John, of
Dallas; Phillip, of Dallas, and George, also a resident at
Dallas. The one child born to Mr. and Mrs. Trigg is
Ruby Shepheril Trigg, a successful business man at
Dallas, and living with his mother at their residence at
4503 Junius street. Ruby S. Trigg married Miss
Mary Felix Coonce, a native of St. Louis. They have no

Hubert Felix Leach, M. D. In matters of progres-
sive citizenship, as also in the ability and skill of his
profession, the city of Weatherford acknowledges one
of its leading men of affairs in the person of Dr. Leach,
whose work as a physician and surgeon and proprietor
of the only sanitarium in Parker county are well known.

Hubert Felix Leach was born July 2U, 1875, in eastern
Tennessee, a son of W. J. and M. E. Leach, who came
to Texas in 1878 and located in Wise county. There
are large families of the Leach name in eastern TeJ-
nessee, and before the war most of them were slave
holders and planters. The descent is from Scotch-Irish
ancestors. W. J. Leach went through the war as a Con-
federate soldier, and afterwards followed farming on a
substantial basis throughout his active life. Dr. Leach
was the third in a family of five sons.

His early education was in the public schools of Wise
county, and from 1892 to 1895 he was a student in the
Polytechnic College of Fort Worth. His medical studies
were pursued in the medical department of Fort Worth
University, where he was graduated in 1899, with the
degree of M. D. Soon after his graduation he began
active practice at Aledo in Parker county. Since 1910
Dr. Leach has had his home and practice in Weather-
ford. In that city under his direct supervision has
been erected a modern private sanitarium, on a high
and healthful location, and the sanitarium receives and
treats medical and surgical cases from all the ad.join-
ing country. It is the only institution of the kind in
Parker county, and has been of great service to the com-
munity in affording facilities which previously could
not be obtained short of Fort Worth. In addition to
his large private practice is now serving as health officer
of Weatherford. Since graduating from medical col-
lege, his studies and experience have combined to keep
him fully abreast of the times, and he has taken three
post-graduate courses in the Chicago Poly-Clinic, ami in
1913 was a student in the medical department of Tulane
University at New Orleans.

In politics Dr. Leach is a Democrat. His fraternal

pith the Masonic Order, in
the York and Scottish Rite,

ch he


dier of the

Mvstir Sin in.'. His only other fraternity is the Wood-
men of the World. As" a niendier of the Weatherford
Commercial Club, he contributes his share to the ad-
vancement of commercial interests as promoted by that
liody. For a numljer of years he has been a steward
in the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

At Fort Worth on August 12, 1896, Dr. Leach and
Miss Eva C. Hall were married. Mrs. Leach is a
daughter of A. S. and M. E. Hall, her father a promi-
nent ranchman and stockman, who donated the site to
the Methodist Episcopal Church for the Polytechnic Col-
lege at Fort Worth. Mr. and Mrs. Hall now have their
home with the doctor and wife, and are living retired.
Mr Hall came to Texas from Kentucky, and located
in this state before the war, later serving as a Con-
federate soldier throughout the period of hostilities.
Four children have been born to the doctor and wife,
and the only son is now deceased. The daughters are:
Eva Sue, aged fourteen; ilamie, aged twelve, and
Elizabeth, aged four. The two older are now in schooli

Dr. Leach is an enthusiastic advocate of the resources
and advantages of Parker county and vicinity. By his
own example he has done a good deal to keep the com-
munity abreast of modern progress. He is the owner




of a farm, and was the first man in Parker eoimty to
build a silo, an improvement which has subsequently
been copied by many of the most progressive farmers
in this vicinity. He also shipped the first cream from
Alcilo, Parker county, and did much to promote the
establishment and extension of telephone lines in the
county. He was the first member of his profession in
Parker county to buy an automobile and use it in his

Elihu il. Wbsb, M. D. One of the pioneer physi-
cians of northwest Texas is Dr. Elihu il. Webb, who
has been identified with Hardiman county and adjacent
territory for upwards of twenty-five years. He is a
resident and man of affairs of Chillicothe and is the
oldest physician in point of continuous practice in that
locality. Dr. Webb has had a very prominent place in
activities outside of his profession, and has done much
to promote and develop business enterprise in his section
of the state.

Elihu M. Webb was born in Perry county, Tennessee,
December 2.3, IS.^.'j. He was left an orphan at an early
age and earned his way and means necessary to equip
himself for his learned profession. His great-grand-
father Webb came from Buncomb county. North Caro-
lina, to Perry county, Tennessee, in 1816, one of the
pioneers of that section. The Webbs are of English
ancestry and there is also an admixture of German
stock in the family. Dr. Webb's father was Joseph
Webb, a native of Tennessee, who died when his son
was a child. He was a farmer by occupation and a
Democrat in politics. The Doctor's mother was Eli?a-
beth Webb, also a native of Tennessee, who died in 1864,
the mother of four children, of whom Dr. Webb was the
first born.

After the death of his mother Dr. Webb was reared
by an uncle. ^I:ijnr .Inlm L. Webb, of Linden, Tennessee,
aiid he attemlra„.l at Linden to the age of twenty.
By hard work lie .|ii;.li)i,.d himself for the duties of a
teacher, and lie follo\\eil that occupation for five years.
It was with the earnings from this work that he entered
upon his college training and was graduated from the
medical department of Vanderbilt University at Nash-
ville in 1881. His first practice was in Perry county,
where he remained for two years, and on. May 12, 188.3,
arrived at Eockdale, Texas.

Until 1889 Dr. Webb practiced at Valley View, in
Cooke county, and then moved to Chillicothe, where he
was one of "the few physicians who practiced over the
broad extent of northwest Texas, and in the early days
he had his full share of pioneer practice, with all its
hardships and difficulties which the physician had to
encounter before the era of telephone and of modern

Dr. Webb is sole proprietor of what was once the
Chillicothe Telephone Company, and he owns the entire
plant. He owns the Webb building, a two-story brick
block, and the Webb opera house and has given his
support to a number of local niidcrt:ikinu^ for tlir bene-
fit of the community. He i- ;i iiuiiili.T c,f tl).. Hardi-
man f'ounty aiKl the P;inh.-ni.ll.- Pistnri Mc,|ir:il Asso-
ciations, also the Texas St:iti' ;\ A'^snciiitiun. He
is a local surgeon for the Fort Worth & Denver Railway
and for the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient Railway, be-
sides being local examiner for a number of old-line in-
surance companies and a nnnilier of fraternal orders.
Fraternallv. Dr. Wel.l. Mliilint.-^ witli the Masonic order
through the Royal Ar. li, thr Cliapter and Eastern Star
bodies, and with the liHii'pcii.lciit Order of Odd Fellows,
the Woodmen's Circle and the .Modern Order of Pre-
torians. He is a ilethodist in his religious faith though
he retains membership in no denomination.

At Eldorado, Texas, as it was then called, but now
a portion of Greer county, Oklahoma, Dr. Webb was
married on April 13, 1892, to Miss Thursey C. Bishop,
a Texas girl, born April 13, 1877, and a daughter of

Simpson B. and Margaret (Littlejohn) Bishop, now both
deceased and who were old pioneer settlers of Fannin
and Greer counties. To Dr. and Mrs. Webb were born
two children, a daughter and a son. Jessie May was
born on August 14, 1893, and was graduated with the
class of 1913 from the Chillicothe high school. She is
a member of the Mi'tlimlist iluirch and is now a student
in Clarendon coiliy.-, :i M.tlin.Hst institution of Claren-
don. She is a tinv i\|i.- ul Texas young womanhood and
has always been an uljidicut daughter, very conscien-
tious in all her relations with family and others, and
has exercised her talents to increase the happiness and
pleasure of all about her. Her father and mother take
great pride in this daughter and have great hopes of
her success and a worthy place in the world. The son,
William S.. was born in Chillicothe, which town was
also the birthplace of the daughter, on September 6,
1895, and is now a student in the local high school.
He has already done much to justify the care and labors
bestowed upon him by his parents, who have well
grounded anticipations for his future, feeling that he
will always be true to the principles whicli they have
endeavored to inculcate in his training. Mrs. Webb,
who is popular and prominent in local society, was a
charter member of Prairie Gem Lodge. No. 232, Order
of the Eastern Star, at Chillicothe, and has filled all the
Star offices and is Past Worthy Matron of the order.
Dr. Webb is justly proud of his family and of his wife
and says he believes that there never was a mother who
has tried harder to instill the principles of truth and
veracity in her children than Mrs. Webb.

James M. I'.i. axkfx.ship. Since 1910 identified with
the bar of Wirhita I'idls, Mr. Blankenship has reached
a very crc^lifalili- jHiMtion in local professional and busi-
ness circles, and has been honored with the position of
vice president of the Wichita County Bar Association.
He is a young man, possesses the qualities of energy
and talents which are the chief requisites in the law,

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