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ber. He is a member of the committee on streets,
bridges and drainage and of the Commerce street widen-
ing committee. He is also chairman of the committee
on street cleaning, sanitation and hospitals.

In the fraternal world Mr. Eische is also prominent,
being a past grand of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows at San Antonio, Lodge No. 11, this being the
largest and wealthiest chapter in the state. In Septem-
ber, 1913, he received from this lodge a A'eteran 's Jewel
in honor of his twenty-five years ' membership therein.
He is also a member of the Sam Houston Camp of the
Woodmen of the W^orld, a member of the Casino Asso-
ciation, and is one of the oldest members of the San
Antonio Club.

On the 28th of February, 1905, he was married to Miss
Leile Pearl Woods, and they have one son, Ulrich H.
Eische, Jr., who was bom March 27, 1910.

Thomas F. Hardy. The financial interests of Thomas
F. Hardy have been varied and his activities have been
of a nature proving directly beneficial to the communi-
ties in which he has labored in the promotion of com-
mercial and intlustrial enterprises. As a citizen he has
ever wielded an influence for good, but has devoted the
greater part of his attention to financial affairs, and is
president of the Cameron State Bank, the Burlington
State Bank, and the Buckholts State Bank, making his
residence at Cameron. Mr. Hardy was born in Barbour
county, Alabama, September 30, 1860, and is a son of
Joseph E. and Martha A. (Patterson) Hardy.

Joseph E. Hardy was born in Bedford county, Vir-
ginia, April 30, 1827, and there received a good educa-
tional training and grew to manhood on the family
plantation. As a young man he went to Barbour county,
Alabama, where he was residing at the time of the out-
break of hostilities between the states of the South and
the North, and, casting his sympathies with the Con-
federacy, he enlisted in the ranks of the Gray. He par-
ticipated in a number of engagements and met a soldier 's
death while with his command in Louisiana, passing
awav in 1863. Mr. Hardy married Miss Martha A. Pat-



terson, who was born in Stuart county, Georgia, June 21,
1838, and after her first husband's death she married
Nathan Watson, a Southern farmer, who died in Ala-
bama. Jlrs. Watson passed away in 1875. By each
of her marriages there were three children born, the
tirst three being those of the first union: William
Hardy, who is now deceased; Thomas F. Hardy; and
Edward Hardy, who is deceased; Lula, John and James

Thoma.s F. Hardy received his early education in the
public schools of Pike county, Alabama, whence his
mother had moved after the death of the father, and
subsequently he receiveil the benefit of attendance at a
private school at Tniv. Alal 1:1111:1, following which he be-
came a student in ]'.:iylor rnivnsity, Waco, Texas. He
had reached the a.>;i> of t\viiii\ .me years when he laid
aside his books to j(piii tlit> woiLI's army of workers, be-
coming a clerk in country stores. In 1883 he came to
Milam county and secured employment in stores in
Cameron, and in 1885 was made assistant cashier of the
First National Bank of Cameron, a position which he
filled for some years before being made cashier. Ho
thus received an excellent training in financial affairs,
and in 1906 became one of the organizers of the Cameron
State Bank, of which he has since been president, with
T. H. Graves as vice president and T. A. Eobinsou as
cashier. This is known as one of the solid and substantial
institutions of this part of Texas, and its depositors have
been attracted to it through their thorough confidence
in Mr. Hardy's integrity and reliability, as well as his'
keen knowledge of financial affairs. It has a capital
stock of $30,000 and surplus and profits of $40,000, and
the business has enjoyed a healthy and consecutive
growth ever since the bank threw open its doors for busi-
ness. Brooking no obstacles that could be overcome by
determined, earnest and honorable purpose, Mr. Hardy
has steadily worked his way upward in the financial life
of Cameron, where he is known for his close adherence
to a high standard of business ethics. He has been suc-
cessful in his affairs because he has given to them abso-
lute devotion and is master of every detail of his chosen
work. In recent years he has broadened the scope of his
activities and at present is president of the Burlington
State Bank and the Buckholts State Bank, both of which
are well patronized institutions. Possessing all the quali-
ties which miike ;i man successful in business, his asso-
ciates hold him in the highest confidcuro, and look con-
stantly to him for counsel and leadershij..

Mr. Hardy was married at C:inierou, Texas, December
5, 1SS9, to Miss Vance Heflev, of this citv, daughter of
William V. and Jane (Crenshaw) Helley. au.l to this
union there have been born threr . liililioi, ii:iimlv:
Thomas F., who is deceased; Willi:nii IMwm :iinl
Vance. Mr. Hardy ranks with the di>t iiiL;iii>hc.l nprr
sentatives of Masonry in Texas, alliliatiug with the
Knights Templar and Shriners, and is also well known
in the lodges of the Woodmen of the World and the
Knights of the Maccabees. In political matters he is a
Democrat, but is not an active politician and has never
sought public office, although he has faithfully and con-
scientiously performed the responsibilities of citizenship
as a member of the board of education of Cameron. With
his family he attends the Methodist church, in the work
of which he has been particularly active, and at this
time is serving as steward and as a member of the board
of trustees. While he is socially inclined and has a wide
circle of warm and appreciative friends, Mr. Hardy is
naturally a domestic man, and when not found absorbed
in his business affairs is usually located in his home,
where he finds his greatest pleasure.

Maj. Eichard Ltles, who. in the profession of Ameri-
can law and jurisprudence, has conferred honor upon the
legal history of Texas, became one of the early members
of the Milam county bar, and throughout the forty years
of his connection therewith has maintained a foremost

place in its ranks. The law demands not alone a high
order of ability, but a superior combination of tact,
learning, patience, and industry, and the successful
legist must be a man of well balanced mentality, thor-
ighly familiar with the law and practice, of broad and


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formation, and be absolutely devoted
^, I'osscssing these qualities, Major Lyles
'^h |l:i. . in the confidence of the people of
I'lr lio li:is been engaged in practice since
V levies was born at Eussellville, Logan
ucky, December 16, 1839, and is a son of
au.l Harriet T. (Feister) Lyles.
M. Lyles was born at Bockville, Montgomery
laud, ill 1SII7, and was an attorney by pro-
uiii^ Tli:it \.H:itioii successfully throughout
I 111 l^itii. ill Ki'iitucky, to which state he had
voiiiig iii:nilhi,i,|. Mrs. Lyles was born at
rginia, in ]mi:i, :iii,1 mot her death in a rail-
■ven children in the
\., Thomas H., and

Archibald M., all deceased; -Martha E.; Eichard; Eobert
J., deceased ; William W. ; Edward H., who is deceased ;
May C, and one child who died in infancy.

Eichard Lyles was educated in the public schools of
Kentucky until he was eighteen years af age, at which
time he became a student in Lebanon University Leb-
anon, Tennessee, being grailuated from that institu-
tion in 1857. He was admitted to the bar of his native
state during that same voar, :iii.l oiioiigcd in ]iractii-e
at Eussellville until tlio ' uuiliivali nfil,,. ^^al l.rlwr,.ii
the .South and the Xoiili. \\f :ii lii^t mli^ird tor

service in the Fourteenth b'ouiiiinit. 'I'n s^or IniUntry,

and was discharged in Soptonilirr, iMIl. tnllowiiiL: wlin'h
he re-enlisted in the Xintli K.-ntnrliy IntHntiy. • 'Miii|i:iiiy
A, and served for an extrmlo.l ]irriii.l tlnMrin. In l^'ii!:
he raised the Thirteenth KentiK-ky Cavalry of whith he
continued as major until the close of hostilities. Major
Lyles' service was an exceedingly active one, and during
it he was wounded no less than three times, first at
Greenbriar, Virginia; second at Fairview, Kentucky, and
third at Js^olin Creek, Kentucky. He was known as a
gallant soldier and efficient olliier. and wori the respect
of his fellow officers and the admiration of his men.
When the war had closed he returned to his practice
at Eussellville, but there continued for a short period
only, and in 1874. seeking a new location, came to
Texas and settled at Cameron, Milam county. Here he
has built lip a l:ui;i' aii.l ic|iresentative practice, hav-
ing ujioii lll^ I lis ill.' 11:1 s of some of the leading

business lions. 's an. I .-.niLn-it ions in this part of the
state. His .(iiiiic.i ion «iili :i iiiiniber of important cases
lias 111:1.1,. liini :i familial li^iii.. in tin' I'ourts, wherB his
l.r..:i.l !,l:l.^vl.'.|^:.■ iiii-i lii^li a.-.-. . iii| .1 islunents have won
liini sii, ...s^. Maiiii' l,\lr~ :i^-ist,..l 111 putting through
the T. r. A: \V. Kailioiol. 11. uv :i pan .,f the M. K. & T.
Eailroad, in 1892, which ..p.aai,- l.,.tu,...n (;i:iiiu..r ami
Austin, and was the genoral niiiiniLi.'r an.l riL;lit-..f wav
man for this road. Whilo Major l.ylrs ,-arri,.s on a
general practice, his specialty is criminal law, m which
he has been very successful.

Major Lyles has been married three times, his first
union being with Mary E. Jones, in 1857, who died in
ISSl. the mother of two children ; Eic-hard M. a ri'si-
dent of Temple. Texas, who married Eliiia IJol.iiison
and has two children: Lee M. and May G.; and Irby M.,
who married Ida V. Bradley, and has four children —
Eichard, 1.1a. May V. and Nadine. Major Lyles' second
niarriaf^e was to Mrs. Iilelia Looney, in" 1882, who
being two children to this union —
marrie.l Edna Eose, lives in Wnco
ren — Francis D.. Colin 11. and Jose-
M., who is sinule an.l his father's
law partner. JIajor Lyles was marrie.l in IsOS to
Lucy P. White, at Waco, she being a daughter of
Captain White of Falls county, Texas, and three chil-
dren have been born to this union — Gladys D., Hazel K.

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and Mattie C, all of whom are single and live with
their parents.

Politically, Major Lyles is a Democrat, and his abili-
ties have been recognized repeatedly by the people who
have sent him to positions of responsibility and trust, in
which he has failed in no way to discharge the duties
devolving upon him. He has frequently served as
special judge of the district court of Milam county,
and was also county attorney of Caldwell county, Ken-
tucky, for four years. In 1912 Major Lyles was ap-
pointed superintendent of the Confederate Soldiers'
Home by Governor Colquitt, but after thirteen months
resigned his position in order to concentrate his ener-
gies upon discharging the duties of his profession. He
is a member of the Texas Bar Association and is held
in high regard by his fellow members, who recognize in
him a man who has the highest regard for professional
ethics, a valued associate and a worthy opponent. With
his family he attends the Episcopal church. He owns
his own residence at Cameron and is never as happy as
when in his home, surrounded by his children. He is
now reaching his seventy-fifth year, yet still takes an
active interest in his profession, in affairs of importance
to the country and in those movements which are mak-
ing for the betterment of his community. Major Lyles'
life has been an exceptionally full one and in none of
its activities has he failed to bear himself creditably.

Mabvin C. Overton, M. D. Now regarded as the
physician with the largest practice in Lubbock county,
Dr. Overton has the distinction of being the first doctor
to locate permanently in the town of Lubbock. "Within
the town limits there were only one hundred and twenty
five persons to whom he could offer his services when he
opened his office. Dr. Overton by his own work paid
his way through college and it has been his constant aim
to keep his ability and knowledge up to date, which
he has done by close attention to his work, and by post-
graduate courses since beginning practice. He well
deserves his success.

Dr. Marvin C. Overton was born in Morganfield. Ken-
tucky, June 13, 1878. His father, George B. Overton,
was also born in Kentucky and now resides in Lubbock,
Texas. His profession has been the ministry of the
Methodist church, to which he has devoted his time and
energies for a period of fifty-three years. Bev. Overton
is a graduate of the Pennsylvania University. His
ancestry was English, of early colonial settlement, mem-
bers of" which bore arms during the Eevolution and sub-
sequent generations moved from Virginia to North Caro-
lina and then to Kentucky. The maiden name of Dr.
Overton 's mother was Susan J. Lawson, a native of
Kentucky, and now a resident at Lubbock. She was the
mother rif six children, all of whom are living, the doctor
being the fifth in order of birth.

He attained his early education in the public schools
of Louisville, Kentucky, graduated from the high school
of that city, and pursued his medical studies and took
his degrees in 1902 from the University of Louisville.
He served one year as interne in the University hos-
pital after his "graduation, and in the spring of 1902
arrived at Lubbock to begin practice. In 1905, having
established himself firmly in tiie regard of a large num-
ber of patients. Dr. Overton went east to continue his
studies by post-graduate work in the New York Polv-
clinic. In 1910 he again took a vacation from his
work and was a student in the Chicago post graduate
schools. Besides his large private practice he has the
post of examiner for a number of old-line insurance
companies, and secret orders. He is also, together with
his partner. Dr. C. J. Wagner, now conducting the
Overton Sanitarium, an institution with twenty beds,
modernly equipped for medical and surgical cases.

During 1909 Dr. Overton was president of the First
National Bank of Lubbock, and since locating here has
always been closely identified with public affairs and

business, so far as his large practice would permit. He
is independent in politics, and at the present time is
serving as an alderman. For four years he was school
trustee, and for several years served as county phy-
sician of Lubbock county. Fraternally he is affiliated
with the ilasonic Order, including the Knights Templar
degree, with the Knights of Pythias, the Woodmen of
the World, the Modern Woodmen of America, and the
Knights and Ladies of Security, and professionally be-
longs to the county, district, state, and the American
Medical Association. He is now vice president of the
Lubbock County Medical Society. His church is the

On June 25, 1902, at Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Overton
married Miss Georgie T. Robertson, a native of Ken-
tucky, and a daughter of G. W. Robertson. The three
children born to their marriage are: Marvin C, Jr.,
born in Lubbock, April 29, 1903; George, born in Lub-
bock, November 7, 1905; and Philip R., born at Lub-
bock, March 26, 1908.

J.\MES Watson, D. D. S. An able and popular repre-
sentative of the profession of which he is a successful
exponent at Cameron, the judicial center of Milam
county. Dr. Watson here has built up a large and sub-
stantial practice, the extent and character of which
attest his technical skill as well as his distinctive hold
upon popular confidence and esteem.

Dr. Watson comes of stanch Southern lineage and was
born at Brundidge, Pike county, Alabama, on the 17th
of November, 1874. His father, Nathan C. Wiatson,
was born in Macon county, Alabama, in 1830, and his
mother was born at Cuthbert, Randolph county, Georgia,
in 1836. Her death occurred in 1875, only a few
months after the birth of her son James, whose name
introduces this article. Nathan C. Watson married
Martha Sellers, who survives him and who resides at
Banks. Alabama. The death of the husband and father
occurred in 1902, and he had long been numbered among
the representative farmers and honored citizens of the
state of Alabama. The three children of his first mar-
riage are Lulu, John and James, and the one child of
his second union is Hugh, who remains with his widowed

Dr. Watson attended the public schools of Brundidge,
Alabama, until he had completed the curriculum of the
high school, and for the purpose of preparing himself
adequately for his chosen profession he then went to
Nashville! Tennessee, in which city he entered the de-
partment of dentistry in fine old Vanderbilt University.
In this institution he was graduated as a member of
the class of 1907, and from the same he received his
coveted and well earned degree of Doctor of Dental
Surgery. In the same year he came to Texas and en-
gaged "in the practice of his profession at Cameron,
where he has since maintained his home, where he has
finelv appointed offices, with the best of modern equip-
ment, and where his practice is of appreciative and
representative order. He and his wife are popular in
the leading social circles of their home city and here
they are zealous members of the Presbyterian church.
The Doctor is a stalwart in the local camp of the Demo-
cratic party, is liberal and progressive as a citizen, but
he is devoted to his profession and has had no desire
for the activities of politics. He is affiliated with the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of
Pvthias and the Woodmen of the World.

"On the 23d of April, 1913, was solemnized the mar-
riage of Dr. Watson to Miss George Bowman, daughter
of George W. Bowman, of Monroeville, Texas, and she
presides as the gracious chatelaine of their attractive
home in Cameron.

Robert A. Nabours. The career of Robert A. Na-
bours. of Cameron, has been one of singular interest,
including all the essentials for a story of self-made




manhood and clearly illustrating the vicissitudes which
occur in the life of the man who has the courage of
his own convictions and the daring to grasp opportuni-
ties in the form in vfhich they present themselves to
him. As a lad he led the life of a cowboy, drifted
naturally into the business of speculating in cattle,
shipped at one time more stock than any other man
from Milam county, and is now serving ably in public
office, having been appointed justice of the peace of
precinct No. 1, in 1913.

Justice Nabours was born in MUam county, Septem-
ber 17, 1856, and is a son of Jerry M. and Mary (Stew-
art) Nabours. His father was a native of Alabama,
born in 1817, was a local Methodist minister, served as
county assessor and collector of Milam county prior to
the Civil war, and as district clerk and county clerk
following the close of that struggle until the two offices
were separated, and was known as one of the foremost
and most influential meu of his community. He had
come to Texas when a 3'oung man of about twenty-five
years, and here he passed the remainder of his active
life, passing away in ISSl. Mrs. Nabours, who was
born in 1822, in Tennessee, survived her husband until
1894, and was the mother of eleven children, of whom
five are now living: William A.; Pamelia, who is now
Mrs. Wheeler; Belle, who is now Mrs. Jones; James O.
and Robert A.

The country schools of Milam county furnished Robert
A. Nabours with his educational training, but at the
age of seventeen years he laid aside his books to face
the world on his own account, accepting employment as
a cowboy, a capacity in which he was employed during
the following ten years. He then turned his attention to
farming for two years, and while thus engaged became
a speculator in cattle, and shipped and raised more
stock than any one individual in Milam county. For a
number of years his ventures were crowned with a high
order of success, but circumstances over which he had
no control caused the failure of several of his large
transactions, and for a time he was compelled to accept
heavy reverses. However, it is not in Mr. Nabours'
nature to become disheartened, and he has since re-
cuperated his losses and is known as one of the sub-
stantial business men of his community. He has al-
ways been straightforward in his dealings, has been
content to accept conditions as he has found them, and
to make the most of whatever chances have come his
way. His associates have had every reason to trust him
implicitly and his reputation is that of a man of high
liusiness integrity and stalwart personal worth. It was
probably the possession of these qualities that gained
him the appointment as justice of the peace of precinct
No. 1, in 1913, an office in which he has shown himself
capably fitted for the discharge of its responsibilities,
and a "man of impartiality and exeelleut judgment. His
politics coincide with the principles of the Democratic
party, in the ranks of which he is known as a strong
and influential factor in Milam county.

Mr. Nabours was married March 15, 1877, at the
home of the bride in Milam county, to Miss Rebecca
Poteet, daughter of J. B. Poteet. She was born in
Mississippi, but at the age of eleven years was brought
to ililam county, and this has since been her home. Mr.
and Mrs. Nabours have a comfortable home at Cameron
and are the parents of five children — Lula P., May
Ethel, Willard, Parolee, and Homer. Of these, Lula P.
married John House, engaged in the grocery business
at Cameron, and has one child, ilaourine. May Ethel
married Herbert Massingale, a farmer of Milam county,
and has four children — Robert, LeRoy, Rebecca, and
Mildred. Willard married Mollie Lascoski, of Cameron,
is an auditor of Oklahoma, and has one son, Don.
Parolee married C. M. Davis, a civil engineer, and they
reside at Fort Worth and have one child, Martha Zoe.
Vol. rv— 27

Arthur V. Smith. Manager of the Cameron Herald
Arthur V. Smith is one of the successful newspaper
men of central Texas. He has been through all the
grades of service in the fourth estate, from devil to
editor, has written leading articles and performed the
various mecLauical duties of the composition and print-
ing room, and with his mature ability in the newspaper
held IS also a popular and progressive citizen of his
home community.

Arthur V. Smith was born in Robertson county, Texas
October 6, 1881. His father, B. D. Smith, known more
generally as Bird Smith, was born in Alabama in 1853,
came to Texas after the war, and followed the voca-
tion of bookkeeper. His death occurred in 1894. The
mother, Octavia Welborn, was born in Mississippi in
1859 and now lives at Groesbeck, in Limestone county,
Texas. There were five children — Lamar, Arthur V.,
May, Emmett, and Belle. The son Lamar is a rail-
way attorney and married Maud Campbell; May is the
wife of B. B. Smith, a merchant; Emmett is a con-
tractor and is unmarried, while Belle is also unmarried
and a teacher in the schools of Limestone county.

Arthur V. Smith received his education chiefly at
Thornton, in Limestone county. At the age of nine-
teen he began learning the printer's trade in an office
in that county, and in 1909 came to Cameron and spent
five years with the Milam County Enterprise. In 1913
he acquired an interest and was made manager of the
Cameron Herald, and his aggressive policy and hard
work has placed this newspaper on a sound financial
basis and has made it one of the best mediums of news
and advertising in Milam county.

Mr. Smith is a Democrat and has no particular church
affiliations. He affiliates with the Knights of Pythias,
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Wood-
men of the World. At Cameron on Christmas Day of
1909 he married Sallie Stone, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Joe Stone, of Thorndale, Texas. They have one chUd,
Elva Lois. This daughter in May, 1913, at the baby
show held in Cameron, was awarded the first prize for
beauty for children between two and four years of
age, and this honor is naturallv one of which the
parents are proud.

John R. Young. A Cameron merchant and business
man whose success has been much greater than the
brevity of his years, John R. Young is proprietor of the
Red drug store and has many interests which
identify him permanently with that community.

John R. Young was born near Brenham, in Washing-
ton county, Texas, April 6, 1886. His father. Dr. Ed-

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