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Rotarv Cliil. aii.l the Southern Benevolent Leacr.e.

On 'August 28, 1900, Professor Hum marrie.l Miss
Maud Keith, a daughter of Rev, J, H, K.'ith, n :\retho-
dist minister, of Cleveland, Tennessee. They have one
daughter, Ruth Horn. Their home is a* 228 Emerson
avenue, in Houston.

Jonathan Lane, member of the legal tirm of Lane,
Wolters & Storey, attorneys, promineutiv liiin-n-ii in Hous-
ton and in this section of the state. - :. ■ ''■ I vi.lers
among his profession and a man ..t mi po-

litical circles of the state. Mr. Lan.' :~ ;i ..m. ■ -m of
Texas, born in Fayette county, on Oerolier 1.3, J>.").'i, and
he is the son of Rev. Charles Joseph r.rd Ellen E.
(Crockett) Lane. The father was a native of Alabama
and the mother of Tennessee. She was a niece of David
Crockett of Alamo fame, and it was in her native state
that she met and married her husband. They came to
Texas in 1853, settled in Fayette county, where the
senior Lane was a minister of the Methodist church and
for many years presiding elder of the Austin d. strict.
Rev. Lane also identified himself with the mercantile and
jilanting business, and, though he retired from the min-
istry some few years before his death, he continued his
mercantile and farming activities until the end of his

Jonathan Lane received his education at private
schools in Texas, and he studied law at home, gaining
admission to the bar in 1882. In 1885 he commenced the
active practice of his chosen profession at LaGrange,
Texas, and in 1899 moved to Houston, becoming a mem-
ber of the law firm of Brown, Lane & Garwood, which

later came to be changed to read Lane. Wolters &

Mr. Lane was a member of the Texas Senate from
1887 to 1891, and while it is true that tliis is the one
political oftice he has held thus far, he has been •.■ery
active in the councils of the state Democratic parly.
He has been a memljer of the committee oj platforms
and resolutions at every state Democratic -jonvonLion
since 1888, with but a single exception, and he has been
largely instrumental in the formation of the platfoims
of his party, both in the way of bringing ahout the
insertion of proper planks and the keeping out of detri-
mental ideas such as he considered to be not wholly in
keeping with the full principle of Democracy. In 1892
he was chairman of the Texas State Democratic Con-
vention, and has given other service of a like character.

Mr. Lane has been active in the commercial welfare
of Texas, as well as in her political life, and has taken
a hand in numerous industrial and manufacturing con-
cerns that have been big sources of benefit to the gen-
eral community. As general attorney and then president
of the Cane Belt Railroad Company from 1889 to 1903,
he and associates built one hundred and ten miles of
road for the Cane Belt Radroad, now a part of the great
Santa Fe S.YStem. He is president of the Thompson
Brothers Lumber Company, of Trinity, Texas, one of the
largest lumber manufacturing companies of the state,
with a capital of $1,500,000. Other important concerns
of which he is president are the American Surety and
Casualty Company of Texas, the Guarantee Life Insur-
ance Company of Texas, the Southern Irrigation Com-
pany of Texas, and the Pritehard Rice Milling Company
of Texas. He is president of the Continental Trust
Company of Texas, as well as a member of its di-
rectorate, at the same time acting as a director of the
Union National Bank of Houston and of the Bankers'
Trust Company of Houston.

Mr. Lane is a Knights Templar Mason and Shriner
and he also has membership in the Knights of Pythias.

On December 28, 1880, Mr. Lane was married to Miss
Alma Harrison, daughter of J. M. Harrison of Flatonia,
Texas, where he is a successful and prominent merchant.
Mr. and Mrs. Lane reside at the Rice Hotel Annex, in

Willis T. Bishop. Now filling the office of mayor
of San Angelo, Willis T. Bishop is one of the most
popular and at the same time one of the most successful
business men of that city. His home has been in San
Angelo for many years; every one in the city pays him
the tribute of esteem, and it is in recognition of his
ability as a citizen that he was given the present office.
The reputation for honesty and fair dealing which Mr.
Bishop has attained as a business man has been further
strengthened since his advent into public life. He real-
izes what it means to be a servant of the people and his
ideal is not to serve one party or section of the com-
munity, but the whole body.

Willis T. Bishop, who is of Scotch and English descent,
was born at Griffin, Georgia, on May 27, 1859. His
father was Willis M. Bishop, a native of Georgia, and
who before the war was a large planter, and also oper-
ated a mercantile business at Griffin. With the outbreak
of the war between the states he enlisted in the Con-
federate army, became captain of a company a'^d sa\'/
active service during the struggle between "the North
anil the South. TI.- ] aitiripntirl in manv impori-ant en-
gagements, and liii " :i ■ Icath on "the fifth of the
"Seven Day" l.i^- .r ;;:.limond. That was (he

2tith of June. l^'L. 1 I, Minki^.l the beginning if a
series of disasters which finally drove the armies of Me-
Clellan and Halleck completely out of northern Virginia
with the second battle of Manassas.

Willis M. Bishop married Eliza Steagall, a daughter
of Rev. Ive.v F. Steagall, a prominent minister of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, South, who worked and



preached in Georgia, and was presiding elder for a num-
ber of years. Mrs. Bishop, after the death of her hus-
band, continued to live in Georgia a number of years,
and in 1870 moved to Texas, where she had her home
until her death in 1884 at Henderson. She was the
mother of three children, two of whom are stiil livirg.

Willis T. Bishop was a small boy when his mother
moved to Texas, and his education was largely
obtained in the latter state. The public schools afforded
him the fundamentals, and when old enough to enter
college he matriculated at Tulane University, in New
Orleans. After studying there during 1888-9, he de-
termined to leave his books and get into business for
himself. His first venture was as a druggist, and he lo-
cated in San Angelo in 1890 in that capacity. His health
began to fail and caused him to sell his business m
1893, but later he resumed his relations with the busi-
ness community as a general merchant. In that busi-
ness he has continued up to the present time and has
been very successful.

The political career of Mr. Bishop began in 1906,
when he was elected a member of the city council of
San Aagelo. He served as such during 1906-07, nnd,
when elected mayor in April, 1912, he entered upon the
duties of that office with considerable practical experi-
ence in municipal government. He is now filling the
executive chair to the entire satisfaction of those who
placed him in ofiice. Mr. Bishop is a member of the
Democratic party and has taken much interest m party
affairs and gives his services wherever they are needed.
He affiliates with the Masonic Order, the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, and the Woodmen of the World.
His church is the Baptist, and for about ten years he
has been a deacon in that society.

On October 29, 1884, Mr. Bishop and Miss Jennie
Birdwell were married. Mrs Bishop is a daughter of
Colonel Allen and Jane Birdwell, of Mt. Enterprise,
Texas. Colonel Birdwell was a large landed proprietor
in the days before the war, and a prominent citizen, rep-
resenting his district in the legislature for several terms,
and a man whose name was known much beyond the
limits of his home locality. He died in 1893 at the good
old age of ninety-two. His wife also lived to old age,
passing away in 1903, when eighty-three years old. Mr.
and Mrs. Bishop are the parents of three children, one
of whom is deceased. The other two are Miss Addie
Bishop and Metz Bishop.

Alpheus D. Stroud, M. D. More than fifty years
of devotion to his profession is the record of Alpheus
D. Stroud, M. D., a veteran physician of Henderson,
Texas; more than fifty years of his life given to the
calling which he chose as his life work in young man-
hood; more than a half a century of time spent in the
alleviation of the ills of mankind. Such indeed is a
faithful service, a record in which any man might feel
a reasonable degree of pride. Today, although well
advanced in years, his tall, erect and well-built figure
is still to be seen on the streets, and his alert and
energetic mind continues to answer every call made
upon it along the lines of his honored vocation. Doctor
Stroud was born in Chambers county, Alabama, March
29, 1839, and is a son of Mark and Sarah (Tranimell)

The original ancestor of this family in America was
Mark Stroud, who came to this country from England,
a refugee from the miiihui-. nf tlic rinwii wlm wished his

punishment as a ioU"- r - lM,ln^,■ll tlir i.^i.-idc He

settled in Georgia, it - :-i < I. :iii.l liis :hhviit to the

American shore woul.l -inily ]„_• soini .-iftcr 1661;

when Cromwell's conununuualth came to an end. Eli
Stroud, the grandfather of Dr. Alpheus D. Stroud, was
a Georgia planter and slaveholder, and died in Eussell
county, Alabama, in 1S67, when about ninety years of
age. Among his several children was Mark Stroud, who
was born in Walton county, Georgia, in January, 1812,

came to Texas in 1839 and settled in what was then
Robertson county, but now a part of the domain of Rusk
county. He had been married in Chambers county,
Alabama, to Miss Sarah Trammell, and the journey to
Texas was made overland by wagon. After a short
sojourn in Robertson county they moved to Nacogdoches
proper and subsequently came into the present bound-
aries of Eusk county and settled, ultimately, northeast
of Henderson, where the father passed his remaining
active years in farming and died in Rusk in December,
1888. Prior to the outbreak of the war between the
states he was a member of the lower house of the state
legislature, and always aided and abetted in the success
of the democratic party. He opposed secession, like
Houston, but unlike that old warrier he came to the
support of the Confederate cause with what means he
could command, and with his sons, one of whom died
in an army hospital in Kentucky. Mark Stroud was
a ilethodis't, and died in that faith in 1888, the same
year in which his wife passed away. She was a daughter
of John Trammell, a Georgia man who died in Chambers
county, Alabama, ilr. Trammell married Mary Dickin-
son, and Sarah was one of their ten children and the
only one to make her residence in Texas. The children
born to Mark and Sarah Stroud were as follows: Mary
E., who married William F. Richards and died in Tinip-
son, Texas; Ethan Allen, who was the soldier who died
in Kentucky; Alpheus D., of this review; America, who
married W. M. Masson, of Henderson ; and Sarah, who
is the widow of F. H. Oberthier, of Henderson.

Alpheus D. Stroud has been a resident of Rusk county
since 1845. For his higher education he attended school
at Lafayette, Alabama, and. choosing medicine as his
life work, studied in the New Orleans School of Medi-
cine, an institution from which he was graduated in
March, 1861. Before he could take up the practice he
enlisted to the call of arms, and was commissioned assist-
ant surgeon of the Tenth Texas, in the Confederate
service, and was with the Army of the Tennessee through
all its various struggles and achievements in the thick
of the war. He was under fire frequently while on duty
and ministered to the wounded on a score of bloody
fields, his engagements including Richmond (Kentucky),
Chickamauga, Murfreesboro, Missionary Ridge and Look-
out Mountain, Resaca, Dalton, Ringgold Gap, New Hope
Church, Kennesaw Mountain, where he witnessed from
the heights the fascinating panorama of the whole Fed-
eral army forming and marching below and the firing of
cannon and maneuvering of troops as the forces of the
north closed in on the retreating soldiers of Joseph E.
Johnston toward Atlanta. He attended the wounded
at Peach Tree Creek and at Jonesboro, and when Atlanta
fell his immediate command became, by transfer, the
Fifteenth Confederate Cavalry that reinforced Mobile
and turned its front toward Fort Claiborne on the Ala-
bama river subsequently, and was soon surrendered to
the Union forces operating in that section. Doctor
Stroud was paroled at Montgomery, Alabama, and given
transportation to Shreveport, Louisiana, from which
point he continued on foot to his Texas home. His war
record is an excellent one and his memory is enshrined
in the hearts of many of his old comrades whose distress
and pain he was able to assuage on the field of strife.

During the four years that he was in the army. Doctor
Stroud gained a wide experience in his profession, and
he at once took up practice on the old home farm near
Henderson. A year later he moved to the county seat
and here he has lived continuously since January 1,
1867. He is the oldest physician "in the county and
few in Texas of his age are actively dispensing relief
to the sick and afflicted. He attended the initial pro-
ceedings toward the forming of a local medical society
and is an ex-president of the Rusk County Medical So-
ciety, holding membership also in the Texas State and
American Medical Associations. Doctor Stroud is a
Democrat without a record in active politics. His



Masonic connections are with the Blue Lodge and
Chapter and no man has enjoyed in greater degree the
respect and esteem of his fellow members. A consistent
member of the Presbyterian church, he is now serving
as elder, and has frequently officiated as a delegate to
synods and presbyteries and several of the general
assemblies of the church.

Doctor Stroud was married (first) in Eusk county,
Texas, in June, 18(35, to Miss Fannie G. Eogers, a
daughter of John Eogers, who came to Texas from
Georgia. Mrs. Stroud died in 1884, the mother of these
children : Minnie, who is the wife of E. C. Hearne, of
Texarkana, with these children — Ollie, Frank, William,
A. D. and Worth; Miss Martha, a resident of Hender-
son ; Mark, of Monroe, Louisiana, who married ' Pearl
Sharp, and has four children — Lucile, Eva, Martha and
Frances; John P., of Palestine, Texas; Albert Sidney,
of Monroe, Louisiana, who married Neta White and has
a son. Carl W. ; and Fannie, who married Eugene Croon,
of Mooringsport, Louisiana. Doctor Stroud's second
marriage occurred in June, 1894, when he was united
with Miss Pattie Foreman, daughter of Stephen Fore-
man, a Mississippian, and one son has been born to
them — Alpheus F.

Charlks Chauncey Gidney, M. D. In the active prac-
tice of medicine in Texas, since 1892, Dr. Gidney, by his
thorough training and successful experience, may easily
be ranked as one of the ablest men in his profession at the
present time. It is of special interest to note that the
partnership of Drs. Anderson & Gidney, which was
formed at Granger, Texas, in January, 1895, and still
exists after nineteen years, is probably the oldest medi-
cal partnership existing in the state. Dr. Gidney and
partner are now practicing at Plainview, in Hale county,
and are the recognized leaders of their profession in that

Charles Chauncey Gidney was born May 17, 1867, at
Shelby, North Carolina, a son of Capt. John W. and
Mary E. (McFarland) Gidney. His father won his title
and "rank through service in the war between the states.
Dr. Gidney has an unusually liberal and thorough edu-
cational equipment. After spending two years at the
University of North Carolina, in 1884-85, he was ap-
pointed and was for one year a student in the United
States Military Academy of W^est Point during 1886.
He later graduated from the Eastman Business College
of Poughkeepsie, New York, and soon afterwards di-
rected all his efforts to fulfill his ambition for the
medical profession. For some time he taught school in
North Carolina, and in New York City worked as a hotel
clerk. With the means acquired through these occupa-
tions, he entered Louisville Medical College, in Ken-
tucky, where he was graduated M. D. in 1892. On four
different occasions, since beginning his career as a
physician in Texas, Dr. Gidney has interrupted his prac-
tice for varying lengths of time in order to take post
graduate courses. He spent one term in St. Louis in
1895, and has done post-graduate work in Chicago in
1897, in 1900, and in 1902. Dr. Gidney began the gen-
eral practice of medicine at Granger, Texas, in 1892,
and lived there until 1910. Since the latter date he
and Dr. Anderson have been in practice at Plainview.

With excellent professional success he has also inter-
ested himself in business and financial affairs. While in
Granger he owned several brick business houses, stock
in the First National Bank, and still owns farm lands in
Williamson, Nueces, Jim Wells, and Hale counties, be-
sides residence and business property at Plainview.

In his political views he is a Democrat. Fraternally,
his associations are with the Knights of Pythias, of
which order he is district deputy grand chancellor, and
also has membership in the Woodmen of the World and
the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. The doc-
tor has the different professional associations with the
medical societies. He has served as president of the

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board of stewards of the Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, at Granger and at Plainview for ten years.

On November 6, 1894, at Granger, occurred his mar-
riage to Miss Maggie K. Keliehor, a daughter of Col.
and Mrs. William Keliehor, of Williamson county. They
have the following children: Anna Marie, Daisie Eliza-
beth, C. Chauncey, John William, and James A., the last
named being ni

Elmer E. Winn. In Plainview, Mr. Winn since 1908
has made a very successful record as a real estate man
and practical colonizer. He does a large business, has
located many contented families in the south of the Pan-
handle country, and is highly esteemed by his com-

Elmer E. Winn was born in Hancock county, Indiana,
May 18, 1863. His father, Ira Winn, a native of Vir-
ginia, from Indiana moved to Wayne county, Iowa, in
1865, where he was long engaged in farming. He had no
taste for political affairs, though he was a lifelong
Democrat. He belonged to the Methodist church. His
death occurred in 1907 in Kansas, to which state he had
removed in 1905. He married Maria A. Mack, who was
born in Indiana, where she was married. There were
six children. The mother died at Plainview, Texas, while
on a visit to her son Elmer, on January 13', 1913, at the
age of seventy-two. She is buried beside her husband at
Burlington, Kansas.

Elmer E. Winn, who was the third of the children,
n-as educated in the public schools of Wayne county,
Iowa, and his early life was spent on a farm. He began
his own career as a farmer, purchasing some land in
Adair county, Iowa, where he was a prosperous farmer
for twenty years. In 1908 he came to Texas, locating
at Plainview, where he established himself in business
in buying and selling lands and in loaning money. From
his previous acquaintance with the people of Iowa he
has become instrumental in bringing a large number of
families from that state and from other states, and has
located them comfortably and prosperously in the Pan-
handle of Texas.

Mr. Winn is a Democrat, belongs to the Plainview
Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the Metho-
dist church. He was married in Wayne county, Iowa,
in January, 1887, to Miss Alice Brown, who was born in
Illinois, a daughter of Washington P. Brown. The
seven children born of their marriage are Mabel, Alda,
Fern, Virgil, Elger, Merlin, and Margaret.

Willis H. Flamm, M. D. Each profession or voca-
tion has its prominent men, some made such by long
membership, others by their proficiency in their calling.
Dr. Willis H. Flamm, president of the Hale County
Medical Society, and one of the leading physicians of
Plainview, Texas, is made conspicuous among the medi-
cal men of this section, not because of the length of
time he has devoted to his profession — for he is as yet
a young man — but because of the eminent success he has
already attained therein. Dr. Flamm was born in Jef-
ferson county, Nebraska, July 13, 1882, and is a son of
Philip and Anna (Mosley) Flamm.

The Flamm family originated in Germany and was
founded in this country by Nicholas Flamm, the pa-
ternal grandfather of Dr. Flamm, who settled in Pennsyl-
vania and later moved to Illinois. In the latter state
was born Philip Flamm, who moved to Ndir.Tska .ibout
the year 1878, and was there imil:iiu'i''1 m im iiniltural
pursuits until his retirement frcmi :i. lur i i - m 11109,
In that year he came to Texas, :iim1 - i <"j: quietly

at Plainview. He was well and t'aviji:i; 1 n n niiioiig

the farmers and stock raisers of Nil!' ,.- nui_' a

fine tract of land in Jefferson count) li i
faith is that of the Eepublican party. :>,,■', n i. 1i-i..hs
belief he is a Presbyterian. His wile, Anna Mosley,
was born in England and came with her parents to the
United States when still a child. She still survives and



is the mother of three children, of whom Willis H. is
the youngest.

Willis H. Flamm secured his early education in the
public schools of his native county, and supplemented
this by attendance at the University of Nebraska, from
which he was graduated at the age of twenty-one years.
In order to pay for his tuition, he worked throughout
his college period, turning his band to whatever hon-
orable employment appeared. He subsequently decided
upon a professional career, and again went to work to
earn the means to take him through St. Louis Medical
College and Creighton Medical College, Omaha, gradu-
ating from the latter in 1908 with his diploma and de-
gree. After serving for some time as interne in St.
Joseph's Hospital, Omaha, Dr. Flamm began practice in
that city, where for eighteen months he served in the
capacity of police surgeon. In 1910 he came to Plain-
view, Texas, and here he has continued in the enjoyment
of a large and representative practice to the present
time. Possessed of a kindly, genial nature, great ability,
and a natural taste for the various branches of medical
work, it may be said of Dr. Flamm that he is one of
those men who have chosen well. In addition to his large
private practice, he is examining physician for a number
of the old line life insurance companies, and is the
owner of a quarter section farm located not far from
Plainview, although he lives in the city, where he is the
owner of his own home. He belongs to the Hale County
Medical Society, the Texas State Medical Society, and
the American Medical Association, and is president of
the first-named.

On August 2, 1904, Dr. Flamm was married at Fair-
bury, Nebraska, to Miss Mattie B. Blagrade, who was
born in that state, daughter of T. E. Blagrade. To this
union there has come one son, Harold, who was born at
Fairbury, Nebraska, June 19, 1906. Dr. Flamm is a
Eepubliean, but has taken little more than a good citi-
zen's interest in affairs of a public nature. His fra-
ternal connections include membership in the local lodges
of the Elks, the Odd Fellows, and the Woodmen of the
World, and he is also connected with the Chamber of
Commerce. He has done much to advance the interests
of his community in numerous ways, and few men are
more highly esteemed in professional or social circles.

Luther Finley Cobb. A resident of any one of the
middle states who has a considerable attendance with
its people extending over a period of years has frequent
occasion to use the phrase in referring to former neigh-
bors — "Gone to Texas." In a central section of Mis-
souri, about the town of Odessa, "Gone to Texas'' is
often spoken of a one-time popular and successful busi-
ness man of that locality, now equally, if not more, popu-
lar and successful business man of Hale county in the
Panhandle, where he is proprietor of several grain ele-
vators and is so well satisfied with this new country that
he states with conviction, when asked, that nothing could
induce him to return permanently to his native common-

Luther Finley Cobb was born in La Fayette county,
Missouri, May 9, 1857, a son of Alfred L. and Louise
(Hoskins) Cobb. North Carolina was the native state
of his father, whence he came to Tennessee when a young

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