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citizen. He married Frances W. Berry, who was born
September 11, 1820, in Newton county, Georgia, and she
passed away in October, 1898, "having been the mother
of seven children, as follows : Marion O., of this review ;
Juliet T. ; Harriet, who is deceased ; Naonica, who is
also deceased; George A.; Newton, who is deceased; and
Daniel A.

Marion O. Nix received his early educational training
in the public schools of Dallas county, Arkansas, and in
his boyhood divided his time between his school books
and the duties of the home farm. He completed his
studies at the age of nineteen years, and for ten years
thereafter followed farming in Arkansas. In 1877 he
accompanied his father to Texas, and was employed on
farms in various capacities until 1898, when he
was thrown from a mule, and in the fall broke the knuckle
bone from his hi]^, whlcli lias iiindr liiiii ;i rii]i|)le ever
since. In 1900 Mi. Xiv vrrr,v,..i \hr rl.'ctinii to the
office of the justiiT nf tlir |i(':h-i' c.f ('Inltnii. an office
which he filled satistnrri.rilv l.ir six yravs, an,l follow-
ing this spent four years as a clerk in a mercantile
establishment in that city, being so engaged at the time
of his election, in 1910, to the otfice of county treasurer,
an office to which he was re-elected in 1912. He has dis-
charged the duties of his office with zeal, honesty and
ability, and has established a record for notable vig-
ilance in safeguarding public office, of praiseworthy
enthusiasm in official service, and of splendid adherence
to high ideals.

On August 31, 1873, Mr. Nix was married in Dallas
county, Arkansas, to Miss Lethea E. Toone, and to this
union" there have been born eight children, namely:
Eobert T., Walter N.. Lawrence G., Frank M., Charles
E., .lohn E., Lucian M. and Ira, of whom Charles E. is
deceased. Mr. Nix lias ahvays been n stalwart Democrat.

His fraternal coiiih . i - ihlihlc iiu'iiibership in the

Masons, and his n 1 _ - tliai i.t the Missionary

Baptist church. II. ii - n n -nlenee at Marlin,

has a wide acquaintinic.. in tin-, rMiiiiniinity, and numbers
his friends by the scores.

William W. Snell has been identified with the county
clerk's ofiice of Falls county for a period of eighteen
years, the last four years as clerk, and during this en-
tire time has shown himself eminently fitted for the
discharge of its duties. Always noted as a man who
could get results, his service has been characterized by
industry, faithfulness and honesty, while his standing
as a citizen is firm and broad. A vigorous, wide-awake.



experienced man, he promises to maintain the service
of which he is the head at its past standard of superior-
ity, and incorporate into the system the methods deemed
advisable by the needs of the county.

Mr. Snell was born January 6, 1862, in Wilcox county,
Alabama, and is a son of J. W. and Bernetta (Green)
Snell. His father, also a native of Alabama, where he
was born in 1822, was engaged in agricultural pursuits
there until 1877, and in that year came to Texas and
settled in Falls county, where he passed the remainder
of his life and died in 1904. He was a public-spirited
citizen and industrious workman, and attained a fair
measure of success through individual eflfort. Mr. Snell
married Bernetta Green, who was born in Florida in 1824,
and she still survives him and is living in Jones county,
Texas, at the remarkable age of eighty-four years. There
were eight children in the family, "as follows: Ella,
Eossie, William W., John H., James E., Annie, Edward
and Mamie.

Until he was eighteen years of age William W. Snell
attended the public schools of Falls county, here com-
pleting the studies begun in his native state. He then
gave his attention to agricultural pursuits until he
reached his majority, and then, realizing the need of
further education, took a business course at Little Bock,
Arkansas, where he devoted special attention to book-
keeping. Upon his graduation from the business college
he was appointed deputy clerk of Falls county, and
from that time to the present he has continued to be
connected with this office. After fourteen years in the
capacity of deputy, in 1910 he became his party's candi-
date for clerk, and was subsequently elected to that posi-
tion, and re-elected in 1912. He has been faithful in
the discharge of his duties, and Falls county has no
more popular official.

On February 27, 1S95, Mr. Snell was married at Eagan,
Falls county, to Miss Minnie Chapman, daughter" of
Henry D. and Georgia Ann (Finney) Chapman, and to
this union there have come four children, namely: Chesly
C, Leroy W., Bessie Ilene and Leslie B. Mr. Snell is
prominent in local fraternal circles as a member of the
lodges of the Masons, Woodmen of the World and Mod-
ern Woodmen of America. A Democrat since attaining
his majority, he has wielded a distinct iiitlin'n.c in his
community and is one of his party's nm^t .li'|iriHlalile
workers. His religious connection is with th.' I'.aptist
church. Mr. Snell has invested in realty in tliis si.,tion,
and in addition to his home in Marlin is tlu^ owner of
287 acres of good farming land in Brazos cniintv. While
he is popular among his fellow-citizens. Mr." Snell is
more given to the sociability which is in the household
than that which centers in the club.

Benjamin L. L. Taylor. Falls county is an excep-
tionally well governod cnninuinity, made so by the efficient
and unselfish scr\ir(s nf tlio^o who have been elected to
positions of ]inlirn- tnisl. :iinl aiinnii;- the officials who
are dischargiuy tlmn dntin^ in a rn|ialile manner is
found Benjamin I.. I,. Tn\lMi-. In-lin' ,.f tlie peace. A

resident of Marlin -m..- 1: Ii,. lia^ Innl rxperience in

official and l,iisiii.-< 111,., :,„.[ thi^, mnilniird with nat-
ural .abdity, keen disccniiiiniit :ma a kimwlrdyo of human
nature, enables him to maintain the high standard and
dignity of his office. Judge Taylor has spent his entire
life in Falls county, having been born here on his
father's farm. Feliruarv 24, 1871, a son of Eev. Isaac
and Amanda njiilih'i Tavlur.

Eev. Isaac TaNtir \vn~ liiiin in Kentucky, and was a
child of four ynai, when tnki>ii by his parents to Illinois,
the family settliiit; in Ihc vicinity of Springfield, where
the lad was reared and educated and ado]>ted the occu-
pation of farmer. He was twenty-four years of age
when he came to Texas and settled in Falls county, and
his subsequent career was spent here as a farmer and
minister of the Methodist church, and here his death
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Miss Amanda Euble, who was born in Falls county in
1831, and she died in 1875, having been the mother of
three children: May, Benjamin L. L. and Caledonia.
Mr. Taylor's second marriage was to Miss Cazady Eng-
lish, of West Falls, Falls county, and she still survives
and resides at Chilton. There were no children by the
second union.

The public schools of Falls county furnished Benjamin
L. L. Taylor with his educational training, and until he
was nineteen years of age he applied himself assidu-
ously to his studies. Following this, he spent four years
in assisting his father in the cultivation of the homestead
place, and then went to Blevins, where he accepted a
position as bookkeeper in a mercantile establishment.
He was so occupied for a period of five years, and then
came to Marlin, having been elected district clerk, a ca-
pacity in which he acted acceptably for sis years, and
upon the expiration of his term ofoffice turned his at-
tention to the insurance and cotton business, a venture
upon which he concentrated his activities until 1910,
when he was elected justice of the peace of Marlin. He
has continued to act in this capacity to the present, and
his management of the affairs of his office has been such
as to win him universal commendation.

Judge Taylor was married November 16, 1890, at the
home of the bride near Holland, Bell county, to Miss
Cora Bowers, daughter of Daniel and Anna Bowers, of
that county, and seven children have been born to this
union: Euth, Roy, Ronald, R. L., Ramonia, Reynold
and a babe. Judge Taylor is a Democrat in his political
views, and has been active in his support of his party's
policies and principles in this section. His fraternal
affiliations are with the Woodmen of the World, the
Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and
his religious faith that of the Methodist church. When
he is able to put aside the duties of his office and take
a vacation, he goes on hunting and tishing trips, but his
greatest pleasure is found in his home, and he is the
owner of a comfortable residence at Marlin.

Charles D. Fant. Under the conditions and organ-
ization of today, the fire department of any progressive
community worthy the name is one of the most im-
portant in the municipal service, and its management re-
quires rare abilities of an executive nature, good diplo-
matic powers in the handling of a large body of men,
the bravery and courage of a soldier and "the broad
judgment and directing powers of a general. All of
these qualities were taken into consideration when Charles
D. Fant was chosen assistant chief of the Marlin Fire
Department, November 6, 1913, since which time he has
continued to act in his official capacity. Mr. Fant was
born in Henry county, Alabama, November 22, 1873,
and is a son of Terrell C. and Mattie M. (Hamilton)
Fant, the former born at Ansonville, South Carolina, in
1846, and the latter in Dale county, Alabama, in the same
year. Mr. Fant, a farmer by vocation, brought his fam-
ily to Texas in 1879 and settled at Waco, here continu-
ing in agricultural pursuits up to the time of his death
in 190.5, the mother surviving until 1911. They were the
parents of six children, as follows: Samuel, "who is de-
ceased; Low M., who is now Mrs. J. M. Lockridge, of
Waco; John W., a prosperous retired farmer of Fort
Worth, Texas; Terrell, who is a farmer in McLennan
county; Charles D., of this review; and one chUd who
died in infancy.

The early education of Charles D. Fant was secured
in the public schools of McLennan county, and his youth
was devoted to a variety of pursuits, in all of which he
displayed a spirit of enthusiasm and determination to
succeed. When he was twenty-four years of age he em-
barked in business on his own account, becoming the pro-
prietor of a grocery establishment at Erath, McLennan
county, where he was subsequently made postmaster.
After two years he disposed of his" interests there and
went to Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he was also engaged



in the same line of business and was deputy sheriff of
Muskogee county during his residence there. He resided
in Oklahoma until April, 1911, when he came to Marlin
and founded a meat market, which he conducted for nine
months, then selling out to engage in the restaurant
business. Three months later he disposed of this and be-
came a dealer in horses and mules, but in 1912, when he
joined the Marlin Fire Department, he retired from busi-
ness affairs. On November 6, 1913, he was appointed
assistant chief. The assistant chief is a man of forty-
one years, vigorous, wide-awake and experienced, and
promises to assist to maintain the service at its past
standard of superiority, and incorporate into the sys-
tem the methods and improvements indicated by the ad-
vancement of science and mechanics.

Mr. Fant is a member of the Masons, the Woodmen of
the World and the Modern Woodmen of America. His
business affairs have been successful in a material way
and he has shown his confidence in the future prosperity
of Falls county by investing in land here, being the
owner of a fine ranch of sixty-four acres. A consistent
member of the Presbyterian church, he takes an active
and helpful interest in its work. In political matters
Mr. Fant gives his unreserved support to the Democratic
party, but has never found time to actively engage in
polities as an office seeker. He is unmarried.

MoKRis A. Marcus. Among the progressive younger
business men who through their activities are developing
the commercial and industrial interests of Wichita Falls,
one of the ablest is Morris A. Marcus, son of the late
Marx Marcus, and now directing head of the People 's
Ice Company, the largest manufacturing concern in this
section of Texas. Mr. Marcus has been identified with
this enterprise since its beginning, and its success has
in no small degree been created by his energy and man-
agement.

Morris A. Marcus is a Texan, and was born at Tyler
in Smith County, May 7, 1878. When he was three years
old his parents moved to Wichita Falls, and after at-
tendance at the public schools he was sent to New York
to attend Packer College. He did not remain to
graduate, but returned to Wichita Falls to enter business
with his father, and since the latter 's death has been
treasuier and secretary of the People's Ice Company.
The original plant which was at first considered large
enough to take care of all demands, was found inade-
quate as the business continued to grow and on May 1,
1913, the new plant was ready for occupancy, a structure
covering two acres of land with a capacity of one hun-
dred and ten tons of ice daily. Thirty men are employed
in the business, fifteen teams are used in delivering the
product, and the equipment is of the latest and most
highlv improved pattern manufactured. Mr. Marcus is
one olf the most progressive and energetic men of Wichita
Falls, and has other relations with local business affairs.
In political matters he is a Democrat, but is not a
politician except where the welfare of his community-
has been concerned. He is a master Mason, and affili-
ated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

On May 25, 1902, at Weatherford, Texas, Mr. Marcus
was united in marriage with Miss Glennie Barry, a
native of Texas and a daughter of Dr. William and
Rosie Barrv, her father being deceased. Three children
have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Marcus: Adele, born in
1903 at Abilene, and now attending school in Wichita
Palls; Lawrence, born in 1904 at Abilene and also a
public school student ; and Kathryne, born at Wichita
Falls in 1909. It would be difficult to find a more
enthusiastic booster for Wichita Falls, its people, its
opportunities and its climate, than Mr. Marcus, for, to
use his own words, he has "seen the town grow from a
shoestring and expects to see it continue to prosper."
One of ih best features, to his way of thinking, is its
climate. It has specially impressed itself upon him as a
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Francis A. Nott. One of the prosperous
terprises of Marlin which is meeting with pr
der able and effective management, is the Alarlin Steam
Laundry, of which Francis A. Nott is proprietor. He
has been identified with business interests here only
since July, 1913, but has impressed himself upon the com-
munity as an energetic and progressive business man
and a citizen who may be relied upon to help his new
locality in every possible way. Mr. Nott is an Arkansaii
by nativity, born in Crawford county, July 31, 1872, a
son of Cyril W. and Leathy (Forrester) Nott.

Mr. Nott comes of Eevolutionary stock, one of his an-
cestors having been a soldier in the patriot army during
the War for American Independence. His father was
born in Washington county, Arkansas, and came to Bell
county, Texas, in 1875, here settling on a tract of land
and engaging in agricultural pursuits, in which he con-
tinued during his active career. At this time he is liv-
ing somewhat retired, making his home at Temple, Bell
county. Mrs. Nott, who was born near Greenville, South
Carolina, in 1832, passed away in 1911, having been
the mother of three children : Francis A. ; Phoebe,
who married B. F. Giles, of Temple, and has two chil-
dren — Beatrice and Sybil; and Florence, who married
T. F. Prater, of Temple, and has two children — Bernice
and Mabel.

Francis A. Nott attended the public schools of Temple,
Texas, until he was seventeen years of age, at which
time he engaged in agricultural pursuits, and continued
as a tiller of the soil until his thirty-first year. At that
time he turned his attention to mercantile lines, and also
engaged in the laundry business, and in July, 1913, came
to Marlin and purchased the Marlin Steam Laundry. He
has steadily developed this into one of the successful
enterprises of the city, attracting a large custom by good
workmanship and prompt fidelity to every engagement.
His plant has been equipped with the latest and most
highly improved machinery known to the business, and
is now valued at $4,000. A thoroughly progressive and
self-made man, Mr. Nott has been the architect of his
own fortunes, fighting his own way steadily up the lad-
der of success from a humble position among the world's
workers. He has gained the reputation of being a man
of the strictest integrity, and his associates have every
reason to have confidence in his business ability. When
the Progressive party was organized in 1912, Mr. Nott
became a supporter of that organization, and although
he has not been an active politician has continued to
support its priuciples and candidates. With his family
he is a member of the Baptist church. Fraternally he
belongs to the Praetorians and the Modern Woodmen of
America, but prefers the pleasures of the home circle to
those to be secured in fraternal orders.

On December 16, 1894, Mr. Nott was married to Miss
Nora Wright, daughter of F. L. Wright, of Temple,
Bell county, Texas, and three children have been born
to this union : Imogene, who is a student in the Marlin
nigh school; Barton, who is in the sixth grade of the
grammar school; and Wilma, who is in third grade.
Botl; of Mr. Nott 's daughters are eligilde to membership
ill the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Sylvester S. Munger, M. D. Few families of Texas
are better known than that of Muuger, whose members
have been identified with the history of the state since
18.38. Men of the name have honored the professions,
business, the military and public and civic life, and
always they have been found contributing to the ma-
terial progress and advancement which have made the
great state what it is today. A worthy representative of
the name is found in the person of Dr. Sylvester S.
Munger, one of the leading medical practitioners of
Marlin, a man whose thorough training, inherent ability
and devotion to his profession have made his career one
of rapid and consecutive advancement. Doctor Munger
was born in the city of Houston, January 1, 1869, and



is a son of the late Judge Sylvester S. and Margaret
Josephine (McGowan) Munger. ^

Judge Sylvester S. Munger was born at Colchester,
Connecticut June 3, 1821, and came to Texas in 1838
settling in Fayette county. He was in the civil service
of the Kepublic of Texas while the seat of Government
was at San Felipe, and became a member of the Jlilam
Guards, ot Houston, under Captain Ridlev, during the
raids by the Mexicans in 1838-40. In an article written
by Judge Munger m 1899, under the title ' ' Texas Sixty-
One ^ears Ago " and published in the Lampasas Leader,
he gave an interestmg description of several incidents
which occurred at that time, in which he was a partici-
pant: ''At this time there were a good many Indians
scattered over the country, and the Mexicans took special
pains to incite them to depredations upon the settle-
ments. In 1839 the capital of Texas was located at
Austin, on the extreme west and north of the settle-
ments. * * In the year 1840, just succeeding the
moving ot the capital to Austin, occurred one of the
most daring raids the Indians ever made. This too was
instigated by the Mexicans. Over 1,000 warriors 'with
many squaws and pack-horses, made a descent from the
north entirely through Texas, passing south about fifteen
miles east of Gonzales, by way of Victoria, to Liunville
on the coast, a small town on the present site of Port
Lavaca. They were so stealthy in their advance that thev
were near Gonzales before the news spread, but soon our
small scattering forces were in pursuit. The Indians
sacked Linnville and started back, when they were
overtaken by the Texans about 100 miles away, and a
fight ensued. The Indians were completely routed. It
was a running fight for thirty or forty miles. The
leaders m this fight were Gen. Felix Huston, Col. J. H
Moore, Capt. Clark L. Owens, Ben and Henry McCul-
loeh, and others of our brave frontiersmen. This fight
had the effect of checking the In.lian ^Irprodations for
a while, but there was much an\i(t\ nf inin.l, as our
forces were not large enough for -r, „,,tx :ii -M points "

In 1854 Judge Munger became jiidyr oftl nunty court

of Fayette county at LaGrange, and prior to the out-
break of the Civil war also served as county judge of
Bastrop county. During the -war he was placed at the
head of the courier service between Houston and Iberia
Louisiana, by General Magruder. In 1866 he moved to'
Houston, where he was engaged in the lumber business,
then went to Eureka, where he was president of the
Eureka Manufacturing Company, in 1877 moved to Wil-
liamson county, and in 1880 to Georgetown, Texas, and
in 1882 went to San Saba county. In 1883 he located
111 Lampasas county, and in 1885 was made postmaster bv
President Arthur, being reappointed to that office in
1889 by President Cleveland. When his term expired
he retired to private life, and his death occurred at
Lampasas, March 27, 1901. He was a Past Grand High
Priest of the Eoyal Arch Masons of Texas and a con-
sistent member of the Methodist church. Judge Munger
married Margaret Josephine McGowan, who was born
in 1833 in Coffee county, Tennessee, the daughter of
John McGowan, and granddaughter of Andrew McGowan.
a notable man in the history of Tennessee. At the time
of the war, under General Jackson, he was given a
colonel's commission, raised n veciuiont of Indians and
fought in the battle of tin. \\r^u\. U,- came to Texas

m 183o and was proniinn,' n ;1 ;,,lv days of the Be-

public. To Colonel McG. .«,,,! un,. l.nrn eleven children,
and two of the sons i.:utiri|iatc,i in the battle of San
Jacinto. The family knew much of the hardships of
frontier life, and when :\nirgarot was but four Tears of
age her father died, leavin- tlio care of the large family
to the mother whn p.i-r,! :nv.-,v six years later. When
she was fourteen x.:p- ,.i ;,^,. Margaret McGowan was
converted under thr iiimitu ..f Rev. Josiah Whipple.
There was in her ili-if vtinnu faith in God which char-
acterized her whole life. Her mind thirsted for knowl-
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books as ' ' Lord Bacon 's Essays, " " FoX 's Book of Mar-
tyrs, " " Lives of Gsorge Washington and his Generals, ' '
etc. Fortunately for her, a noted teacher from Scotland,
a Professor Montrose, established an academy of high
grade at Anderson, Texas, which she attended and at
which she graduated when fifteen years old. For three
years she taught school, and while on a visit to her
brother, Carroll, met Judge Munger, whom she married
in January, 1S54. She led an active Christian life and
for fourteen years was conference president of the
Women's Foreign Missionary Society— two years in the
West Texas Conference and twelve years in the North-
west Texas. She had executive ability of the highest
order, presiding with dignity and firmness, mingled with
such sweetness and poise that commanded respect and
order in the largest assemblies. At the time of her death
sorrow was universal, for her many admirable qualities
had made her widely beloved. She passed quietly away
in the faith of her Maker, December 4, 1901, at Lam-
pasas. Ten children were born to Judge and Mrs. Mun-
ger, namely: Nora, Nelson C, Ennis, Eloise, Josie, May,
Maggie and Sylvester S., William T. and Henry L. Mag-
gie and Sylvester S. are said to have been the first
pair of twins born in Houston.

Dr. S. S. Munger attended Centenary College at Lam-
pasas until 1887, in which year he became clerk in the
postoffice at that place, and continued to act as such for
four years. During this time he had prepared for college
to some extent, having decided upon a career in medi-
cine, and took a course in the medical department of the
University of Tennessee. Upon his graduation there-
from, in 'l891, he embarked in practice at Rogers, Bell
county, where he siient six months, next went to Trick-
ham, Coleman county, for one year, then to Brady, Mc-



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