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who was a soldier during the war of 1812, and fought
Indians, in Alabama and Florida. Mr. Eichards him-
self has a military record, and during his long resi-
dence in Texas has seen much of pioneer existence, ex-
perienced an occasional Indian raid, has seen the plains
covered with herds of buffalo, and has also hunted
deer, elk, wild turkeys, and other game when it was
plentiful, in regions now covered with towns and well
ordered homesteads. His father moved from Georgia
to Alabama, and became one of the large planters
and slave owners and also operated a mill in that state.
The father died in 1846, and his widow survived nearly
half a century until 1890, and was a second time mar-
ried. There were three children by the first marriage,
and seven by the second, Mr. Eichards being the third
child of the 'second wife. His opportunities for getting
an education were necessarily limited, when in Ala-
bama, where his youth was spent, there being few schools
excepting a private institution here and there, and in
consequence his learning has been largely acquired by
individual training and experience. His father died when
he was sixteen years of age, and at that time the burden
of responsibilities for managing the homestead was



largely shifted to his shoulders. Later he located at
Lonnie, Alabama, and established a general merchan-
dise store, built up a large trade, and at the beginning
of the war his property was worth at least thirty thou-
sand dollars. Practically all of it was swept away dur-
ing the long eonflict among the states, and he himself
raised a company of cavalry and fought on the side
of the Confederacy. His company was in the Sixth Ala-
bama Cavalry, but most of its service was as independent
scouts. Captain Eichards was captured at Bluffs Springs
in Florida, on March 25, 1863, by the army under
General Steele, was taken to prison at Ship Island, and
guarded by negroes until his exchange at Vicksburg.
About that time peace was declared and he returned

In January, 1867, Captain Eichards came to Texas,
spending a short time in Williamson county, and then
locating on a farm in Coryell county. That was his
home for ten years, and as a farmer and stock raiser
he became one of the substantial men in that vicinity.
The ill health of his wife was the cause which prompted
him to move to Mineral Wells. He and his wife went
there on November 19, 1881, and the drinking of the
waters from the Star Well cured his wife of Bright 's
disease. With this happy outcome of the visit, Mr.
Eichards was so pleased with the location that he de-
termined to become a permanent resident, bought the
Star Well, and also a hotel, and conducted it as thg
Richards House. When Mr. Eichards bought the Star
Well the water was drawn up by an old-fashioned rope
and bucket. Since then many improvements have been
introduced, and the water is now pumped to the sur-
face by an electric motor, and is served at counters
in a large pavilion surrounding the well. This pavilion
is the regular resort for visitors and residents, and
has naturally developed as the social center for the
city. Thousands of people who never entered the limits
of the city of Mineral Wells are familiar with and
can testify to the virtues of the Star water, which as
a health drink rivals the famous waters imported
from abroad. The Star water is shipped by thousands
of cases to all points in the United States.

When Mr. Eichards located in Mineral Wells in 1881
there were but eight houses, and only two wells in opera-
tion, the Lynch and Star Wells. Some twenty-five or
thirty families were there and most of them living
in tents in order to drink the water. The approach
to the city at that time could only be gained by taking
a hack or stage at Millsap on the Texas and Pacific
Eailroad, and riding across the rough country for ten
miles. At the present time two railroads enter Mineral
Wells, the Texas & Pacific and the Gulf Western, and
there is an electric street railway line in operation.
The population at the present time is about eight thou-

In politics Mr. Richards has always been a Democrat
and since twenty-one years of age has been affiliated
with the Masonic Order. His church is the Primitive
Baptist. In Chambers county, Alabama, on June 19,
1861, Mr. Richards married Miss Mary Jane Lawson.
She was an orphan girl, and was reared in the home
of her grandfather, W. B. Knox, a prominent planter
and stockman before the war. Ten children have been
born to the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Eichards, six
sons and four daughters, and six are still living,
namely: W. L. Eichards, who is a cattleman and
banker at Dickinson, North Dakota; Mary, wife of Dr.
Lutrell, of Mineral Wells; Martha E., wife of A. J.
Thomas, cashier of the Mineral Wells Bank; Lavisa
Elvira, wife of Augustus Wieklong, an engineer on the
Mineral Wells Northwestern Eailroad; Alice Iva, wife
of W. T. Hiles, a commercial salesman for the McCord-
Collins Company of Fort Worth ; and Frank, a land
and stock trader of Mineral Wells. Mr. Eichards is
of the opinion, based upon long experience and close
observation, that Mineral Wells has no superior as a

health resort in the entire United States. He has lived
here thirty-one years, has reared a large family and
his aggregate doctor bill throughout that time has
been only seven and one-half dollars. He is himself
now eighty-three years of age, is hale and hearty, and
has many reasons besides those of material advantage
to feel grateful to the wonderful well of which he is

J.-iMES B. Badger. The business career of James B.
Badger has been a varied one, and has embraced many
lines of activity from the time when he began his active
independent career until he established himself in his
present business in 1897. Mr. Badger was born in San
Jacinto, Texas, on December 6, 1856, and is the son of
James B. and Fannie (Jameson) Badger.

James B. Badger, father of the subject, was born in
Ohio, and came to Texas in the early days with the
pioneers. He was a ship carpenter by trade, and fol-
lowed that and other (jccujiations during his active
business life. He died in 1863. His wife, who, as
before mentioned, was Fannie Jameson, was born in
Texas, and she has the unique distinction of having
lived under four different flags, namely: the Mexican,
Texan, United States and Confederate "flags. She met
and married her husband, James B. Badger, in Galves-
ton in 18o0. and she died in 1911. They were the par-
ents of eight children, of which James B. of this review
was the fourth born.

James B. Badger has lived in Texas all his life. Here
he received his early education in private schools, there
being no public schools in his early boyhood. His edu-
cation, however, did not extend past his thirteenth
birthday, and at that age he started out to do battle
with the world upon his own responsibility. He went
to Galveston at about that time, and for sixteen years
made his iu.iiii- in that city. His first work there" was
in a cii.;ar ^tnn . wlnrc he worked for one year, and he
|<eiy store for a similar period,
with the L. C. Hirschberger Com-
\-fi\ ;i four-year apprenticeship as
Mtli !Im' above firm. At the com-
iriv|ii|, he continued in this line
•ais, and it was in 1886 that he
came to El Paso and engaged in the grocery business,
with which he was identified for the following seven
years. At that time he sold out the business, and after
a short rest established his present business, which con-
sisted of the dealing in coal, feed and building material,
and he is today one of the largest dealers in these
lines in El Pasi.

Mr. Badger has been identified with some of the
leading business enterprises of El Paso. At one time
he was a stock holder and officer in the Automatic
Telephone Company, and he maintained this connection
with the company until it sold out. when he withdrew
from all participation in its affairs. He has always
manifested a lively interest in the welfare of the city,
and in the days when El Pnso maintained a volunteer
liiv .Irpartmciir In- was a nu-nilier of it for years and
tlirv still iiiaiiitaiii tlic nr-aiiization and are subject to
call in laiuT^iniy rasrs. lli- is now Its secretary and
Has |iresideiit fur a nuinher of years. Mr. Badger "wears
a very handsome medal that was presented to him by
the department for long and faithful service in the
work. He is a Democrat and takes an active interest
in local political affairs, and has served on the city
council for more than thirteen years. During that time
he has been instninicntal in liringing about some very
imjiortant changes in the administration of the city, anil
his service has been one of a highly valuable nature
to the community.

Mr. Badger has been twice married. His first mar-
riage took place at Galveston, Texas, when Miss Harriet
Mannin became his wife. She died in 1880 without
issue. His second marriage took place in 1895 when

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Mrs. Mary F. Lane became his wife. She was a widow
with a family of five children when he married her,
they being named as follows: "Walter, Alice, Florence,
Bessie and Edward. Since the passing of his second
wife and helpmate, Mr. Badger has maintained the care
and direction of the lives of these young people, and
has looked upon them in the same manner he would
as if they had been his own, showing them every care
and attention that a kindly parent would give to his
own offspring. He is a man who enjoys the highest
regard and esteem of the best people in El Paso, where
he is well and favorably known for his many exceUent
qualities of heart and mind.

H0R.\CE A. L.iT. After a quarter of a century as a
traveling man, during which time he had covered all
portions of the country from one coast to the other, Mr.
Lay has his permanent home and business headquarters
in 'the splendid country of western Texas, and for some
years has been located in El Paso. Mr. Lay is General
agent of the Capital Life liisurance Company of Den-
ver, one of the old and substantial life companies of
the' country. The Capital Life Insurance Company has
large investments in Texas, and of the outside compa-
nies now operating within the state, its volume of busi-
ness in recent years has probably not been excelled by
any other organization.

Horace A. Lay was born in Philadelphia, Pennsyl-
vania, June 6, 1859, a son of Michael and Elizabeth
Lay. The father died in 1S63 at the age of thirty-six,
and the mother is now a resident near Philadelphia.
Mr. Lav attained his early education in the public
school o"f Philadelphia, and was thirteen years of age
when he began the battle of life on his own account,
at which time he took a position as a traveling sales-
man. Two vears later he left the road and entered a
store in order to gain a thorough knowledge of the
hardware business in its retail aspects. Then two years
later he again took a position as traveling salesman, and
did not leave the road for any length of time during
the nest quarter of a century. His home was in Phila-
delphia until he was about twenty years of age, and
after that in Ohio, his residence and headquarters being
at Sidney, Ohio.

On resigning from his place as a traveling salesman
Mr. Lay first located in the Pecos VaUey, at Eoslyn,
where he remained about two years, and established an
office in the insurance business. Then in the fall of
1905 he moved to El Paso, where he has since had his
headquarters and office. As general agent for the Capi-
tal Life he covers all of west Texas, New Mexico, and
a part of Arizona. . , ,,.

At Sidney, Ohio, July 23, 1883, Mr. Lay married Miss
Clara E. Kirkley, daughter of Cyrus Kirkley of Sid-
ney. They are the parents of two children named
Horace G. and Louis E., both of whom reside in El
Paso. The family worship at the Methodist church, and
Mr. Lay is a well known and prominent Mason. He
was master of the work in, the thirty-second degree of
Scottish Eite and is now chairman of the reception
committee of the Consistory. He is also a member of
the Knights of Pvthias. His politics is Eepublican, al-
though in local afiCairs he is usually independent. He
enjoys hunting and fishing, and has excellent equipment
for following both sports with profit and pleasure. Mr.
Lay believes that the undeveloped possibilities of Texas
are beyond any adequate description, and says that the
resources are so remarkable that people in order to ap-
preciate them must come and see for themselves.

Egbert A. Childers. M. D. Practicing medicine in
Floydada since 1903, Dr. Childers is a Texan by birth, a
physician of ability and serviceful ideals, and in all a
man whose presence is a good thing for a community.

Eobert A. Childers was born in Cooke county, Texas,
September 3, 1877, the son of an early pioneer family,

John W. and Martha (Gunter) Childers. His father,
a native of Kentucky, came to Texas when a young
man, settling in Wood county, where he was engaged
in farming and stock raising. From there he moved to
Cooke county, where he followed his chosen vocation for
a number of years. A few years ago he retired and
has since lived in Abilene, being now seventy years.
During the Civil war he enlisted with the Confederacy
and saw a great deal of hard service in a number of
the noted battles of the war, and went through without
wound or other serious results. The mother was born
in the state of Georgia, went to Texas with her par-
ents who settled in Wood county, where she grew up
and received her education and was married. She is
now sixty-four years of age.

The youngest of six children. Dr. Childers attended
school in Cooke and Denton counties. He then en-
tered Vanderbilt University at Nashville, Tennessee,
where he was graduated M. D, in 1899. His first ac-
tivities of a practical kind in the profession were af
Abilene, where during four years ' residence he built
up an excellent practice. Then in 1903 he moved to
Floydada and since locating there has been more than
successful. He owns his own home, which is one of
the best residences in town, and has other valuable city
property. During his residence at Abilene he was elected
county physician of Taylor county, serving four years.
Since coming to Floydada he has served two terms as
county physician of Floyd county, his second term ex-
piring in November, 1912, at which time he refused the
nomination for further service in that position. He has
also served as alderman in Floydada from 1910 to 1912.

Dr. Childers is connected with the county and state
and Panhandle medical societies. In polities he is a
Democrat. He has taken the Knights Templar degrees
of Masonry, and belongs to the Knights of Pythias.
His church is the Christian. In December, 1900, at
Gurdon, Arkansas, the doctor married Miss Katie
Burt, a daughter of Willie Burt. Her father is now
deceased, and her mother is living. Their one child is
named Honerhea Childers, born at Floydada, April
13, 1906, and now attending school.

William Edward PiCkard, a retired farmer of Kauf-
man, Texas, has by his life in this state proved what
can be accomplished here by an energetic and persever-
ing man who started out with a determination to win

Born in Maury county, Tennessee, William Edward
Piekard grew up in the Mount Joy neighborhood, four
miles west of Mount Pleasant. His birth occurred
October 25, 1859, and his educational advantages were
limited to the schools close by. He merely tasted
grammar, geography and history and in arithmetic he
went little beyond its elementary parts. The period of
the Civil war "militated against him in this matter. He
reached manhood, however, with a spelndid physique,
good judgment and an inordinate ambition to succeed
at something.

Mr. Piekard 's grandparents, William and Millie
Piekard, went to Tennessee from North Carolina, where
thev passed their lives on a plantation which was con-
ducted without slave labor. Of their children, three
sons and two daughters, we record that Xaney was the
wife of Eev. David Jones, a Baptist preacher, and
Emily, wife of Harvey Cloyce, lives in Arkansas. One
son was named Alexander' and another .John Sidney.
William Piekard died in JLaury county, Tennessee. The
father of the subject of this "sketch "was born there in
1831 and passed a'wav in 1901, in Kaufman, Texas. In
early life he operated a sawmill and was thus occupied
during the Civil war and so missed service in the Con-
federate army with his two brothers. After the war he
engaged in agricultural pursuits and reared his family
on a farm. His widow, Sallie E. (Cooper) Piekard,
lives with her son, W. Ed Piekard, in Kaufman, Texas.




She is a daughter of Eobert Cooper, of Lewis county,
Tennessee, a public olficer and farmer. Her children
are E. Josephine, widow of Rev. John King, of Kauf-
man, Texas; Laura, deceased, was the wife of ilonroe
■Wyrick ; "William Edward, whose name introduces this
sketch; Mrs. llary E. King, deceased; and Cora Lee,
who died unmarried.

Ed Pickard, as he is familiarly known, seems to have
made little progress financially back in the old state of
Tennessee when he iiKinifl. :iiiil lie rlniso t.i start his
career with a wife :iiiimiiu -trimuei^ in Texn^. Wlien he
reached Dallas, neremlin- l:i, 1^-:,. |„. tmiiel his cash
resources amountiiij; tn ^'.KT''. He fell in "ifh "Par-
son" Hughes at Dallas, who rented him land and
'•furnishfd him" entirely the first year. "While he
made a crop of thirty-five bales of cotton, fifteen hun-
dred bushels of corn and some other grain, he had
domestic misfortune. Death entered his home and
claimed his wife, leaving him with an infant daughter.
He began the second year with his widowed sister and
family as his companions and had two teams and ample
provision to carry himself through the season. Misfor-
tune in the way of sickness now attacked him and kept
him out of the field until nearly fall, but when the
year's business was footed up he found himself master
of the situation, and he remained on that farm another

In 1888, Mr. Hughes came to Kaufman county and
purchased a farm of twentv-fiv.- hundred acres, of which
111 rleirye. By this time Mr.
to iimy himself easily and he
experienced n fair de^r.-e nf iiide|iendence. A few years
later Mr. Ilimlie. nffere-l tn sell out to Mr. Pickard,
seeinu tli:it \:r \\;\< 111 :i lici^irinn tn Viuy ; but Mr. Pickard
deeliiied III |.;iy The piire, .* 1 reiiiiii, for the two thousand
five hundred a.-res. and continued to remain a tenant. He
did a large amount of substantial improvement, paid
•$500 a year rent and the taxes on the farm and bought
the premises after fourteen years for .f^4ll,0ll0.

During the progress of the y
Mr' pickard improved his opporti
land in Texas. He owns a ranch
acres in Toyah "V'allev and is i]
Brothers anci "«'. A. S'ash in ri
county. He cultivates eight Ininil
in Kaufman county, person.illy m\
telephone and automoliile. He is :
National Bank of Kaufman and n
in Crandall, in both of whi.h he
a stockholder of several ice plants

IS of independence
ity to si.e.nlate in

thirtv-five lumdred
^rested with Spikes
trl.' r:iii.-li in King
I n^'ii- nil liis farm
s.M.ini; the work bv
liieetnr of the First
the same institution
,ns stock, and he is

His home in Kauf-

man is the old M. H. ('ossett property which occupies
an eminence north of the city proper and overlooks
a vast stretch of country to the north.

Mr. Pickard has membership in the fraternal orders
of Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias, and his religions
creed is that of the Methodist church.

His first marriage, which was in 1SS.5, was to Miss
Belle Beekum, a daughter of Eobert Beckum. Maud,
the little daughter she left, is now the wife of "William
Youngblook and resides on a Kaufman county farm.
In January. 1907, Mr. Pickard married Miss Dixie
Pickard, a" daughter of G. K Pickard, of Tennessee,
and a distant relative of his. To them have been given
two children, Polly and James E., of whom the latter
died in May, 1913.

Halbert 0. Eaxdolph. a successful legist of Plain-
view, Halbert C. Eandolph has been engaged in practice
at this place since 1901, and is recognized as one of
the leading members of his profession in Hale county,
having attained high distinction in the line of his
chosen calling. "With strong intellectual endowments,
laudable ambition and resolute purpose, he has achieved
enviable success and has won the favorable criticism
of his professional brethren as well as the confidence
of the public. Halbert C. Eandolph is a Texan, born

m the city of Austin, September 22, ISCl, a son of
Cyrus H. and Susan (Nowlin) Eandolph. On the pa-
ternal side he is descended from English ancestors, the
progenitor of the family in America being Peyton Ean-
dolph, of Virginia, a Eevolutionary soldier and presi-
dent of the first Colonial Congress organized after the
declaration of separation. On the maternal side Mr.
Randolph's forebears were early South Carolinians of
Irish descent.

Cyrus H. Eandolph was born in the southern part of
Illinois, but when a child of three years was brought
to Alabama by his parents, Jesse and Susanna (Halbert)
Eandolph. In that state he received his education and
was reared to manhood, in 1838 coming to Texas. Five
years later he joined the famous Snively Expedition,
which crossed the plains on a secret journey for the
Texas Government. Later Mr. Eandolph, who was a
lawyer by profession, became very active in political
affairs. He served as sheriff of Houston county, was
later elected county judge, and after serving four terms
as representative of his district in the State Legislature,
was elected state treasurer, an office he held during the
Civil War period. His death occurred at Austin in
September, 1889, when he was seventy-two years of
age. He was married in Texas, in 1848, to Miss Susan
Xowlin, daughter of P. "W. Nowlin, born and reared in
Missouri, who came to Texas in 1848. She passed away
at Austin in September, 1911, when eighty-two years
of age. Mr. and Mrs. Eandolph were the parents of
five children: P. D., who died in 1883; Judge J. C,
whose death occurred in 1910; Miss Anna, a resident of
Alvin, Texas ; Halbert C. ; and Miss Lulu, who also sur-
vives and makes her home at Alvin.

Halbert C. Eandolph Teeeived his early education in
Prof. Jacob Biekler 's private academy atAustin, Texas,
and graduated from the law department of the Uni-
versity of Texas in 1S85. During this same year he
was admitted to the bar, and at once entered upon the
practice of his profession at Coleman, Texas, where he
resided until 1901. In that year he came to Plainview,
and here he has continued to pursue his profession,
limiting himself to a civil practice. He devotes his
entire attention to his profession nnd has no nntside
connections, and altho\ii:li Imh^ , .-ii^ ,,ur ..f the
leading lights of his vn,:iri,,ii, ,iih| ;i in^m ,,i ^, Imlarly
ability and learning, he i-. iiiilml, mie sii^naliy free
from ostentation, and has nexer desired nor aceepted
public office. He has shown an interest in fraternal
matters, being a member of the Blue Lodge of Masons,
high priest and past high chief of the Eoyal Arch Chap-
ter, and a member of the Knights Templar, and also
stands high in Oddfellowship, being a past grand of
that order. He belongs to the Chamber of Commerce
and assists its members in forwarding movements for
the benefit of his adopted community. His religious
connection is with the Christian church, where he is a
member of the board of directors and of the finance

On August 23, 1887, Mr. Eandolph was married first
to Miss Lucille Beaumont, who was born in "Washington
county, Texas, daughter of G. H. Beaumont, an old
settler of that county and highly esteemed citizen. Mrs.
Eandolph died in April, 1893, at Coleman, Texas, when
but twenty-eight years of age, having been the mother
of one son, Peyton B., born at Coleman, May 24. 1888,
who is now associated with his father in the "practice of
law, the firm style being Eandolph & Randolph. He
was admitted to the bar in 1909, and is considered an
attorney of promise. On June 5, 189.5, Mr. Randolph
wag married at Coleman, to Miss Anna Blackburn,
who was born in Texas, daughter nf W. P. Black-
burn, a pioneer of this state. One son has been born to
this union, Leslie N., born May 15, 1902, at Plainview.

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