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Lennan county, for a like period, and succeeding this to
Mobeetie, Wheeler county, for three years. His next lo-
cation was Woodward, Oklahoma, where he spent four
years, spent one year in Lampasas and a like period in
Waco, then practiced four years at Perry, Falls county,
and in 1906 moved to Marlin, Falls county, a health re-
sort, which has since been his field of practice. He
has carried on a general practice, specializing more or
less in rheumatism and skin and venereal diseases, and
has attracted to him a large and lucrative practice by
reason of his acknowledged skill. He has been honored by
appointment and election to various positions of trust
and responsiliility in the different sections where his
practice has been located, serving as county and city
phvsician, a member of the United States Board of
Pension Examiners, physician of the Atchison, Topeka
& Santa Fe Eailroad, and. while in Oklahoma, as coroner.
Since 1909 he has been citv pli,vsi,i;m i.f ^[ailm. He is
a member of the Knights ..l rvtln;,-, tl,.. .M:im„is, the
Woodmen of the World mimI tlir .Mm.I.'ih WiMnlmen ot
America, and serves in thr r;,[,:irity of rNaimning phy-
sician for all of these orders. A natural mechanic,
next to his profession Doctor Munger takes the greatest
interest in machinery of all kinds. He belongs to the
Methodist church. .

On February 12, 1895, Doctor Munger was married
at Waco to Miss Maud Baily, daughter of John C. Baily,
a retired stockman and farmer, and they have a six-year-
old daughter, JIaud.

John William Cook, M. D. During recent years the
eommunitv of Marlin, Texas, has justly become recog-
nized as one of the leading health resorts of the country,
and each year is visited by thousands of people in search
of health" from all over the United States. A number
of institutions for the cure of disease have been estab-
lished here of recent years, but the first was founded by
Dr. John William Cook, a leading member of the medical
frnteniity of Falls county and proprietor of Cook's Sani-
tarium for Chronic Diseases. Doctor Cook is a practi-
tioner of twenty- three years' standing, and has been
in practice at Marlin since 1895, since which time he has

firmly established himself in the confidence of the com-
munity* and built up a large professional business. He
was born near Homer, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, Feb-
ruary 4, 1856, and is a son of John and Penelope Rich-
ardson (Boykiu) Cook.

John Cook was born in Elbert county, Georgia, in
1822, there grew to manhood, and received a good edu-
cational training. He first became a teacher in the pub-
lic schools, and gave up a professional career to enter
mercantile pursuits, which, in turn, he left to become
a farmer. From Georgia he removed to Claiborne county,
Louisiana, and in 1878 came to Texas, settling first in
Tarrant county for two years and then moving to CoryeU
county. Subsequently he went to McLennan county,
where he rounded out a long and useful career, passing
away in 1907. He had an honorable military record,
having participated in the Mexican War under General
Thomas, as well as in the Civil War, and was a successful
business man and farmer and a highly-respected citizen.
He was married in Homer, Louisiana, to Penelope Rich-
ardson Boykin, who was born near Selma, Alabama, in
1833, and she still survives him and is a resident of
Moody, Texas. They were the parents of three children:
Alice C, who is now Mrs. Monk of Moody and the
mother of four children — Dr. Charles L., of New Orleans,
Louisiana, Willie and Nellie of Mineral Wells, Texas,
and Dr. John Boykin of Waco; Dr. John William, of
this review; and Willie, the younger daughter, who died
at the age of six years.

The early eflucational training of Dr. John William
Cook was secured at Emory College, Oxford, Georgia,
where he spent three years in literary work, and follow-
ing this returned to his home and for one year was em-
ployed as a teacher. In 1877 he came to Texas, and after
spending six months at Fort Worth moved on to Arling-
ton, being deputy sheriff of Tarrant county for a period
of three years. Following this he went to Bell county
and spent another year as a teacher, and then entered
mercantile pursuits as a clerk at Moody. After one year
thus spent he embarked in business on his own account
■and had a successful business career covering a period
of three years. He had always, however, entertained an
ambition "to follow a professional career, and at this time,
finding himself in a position to gratify his desires, dis-
posed of his mercantile holdings and took a course of
lectures and studied medicine at the Atlanta (Georgia)
Medical College, from which he was graduated in 1891.
For three years after receiving his diploma he practiced
in Coryell county, and then came to Marlin and estab-
lished himself in a general practice, which he has car-
ried on with much success to the present time. About
the year 1895 he opened the first bath house here and
the original sanitarium, and this has become one of the
leading institutions of its kind in the state, its reputa-
tion having extended to far-distant points in the country.
The Doctor has been a close and earnest student, keeping
fully abreast of the advancements continually being
made in his calling, and in 1898 took a post-graduate
course at the Chicago Polyclinic, in 1900 at New York,
and again in 1901 at Chicago. He belongs to the variou<?
organizations of the profession, and is affiliated fra-
ternally with the Masons, in which he has attained the
Chapter do'^reo. tlip Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
the Kiiiiilits of I'vtliins and the Woodmen of the World.
His poli7irnl \M'i\s roircspond with those of the Demo-
cratic party, aii.l Ins religious faith is that of the Meth-
odist church. He is devoted to his calling, and his prac-
tice is of such an extensive nature that he seldom is
allowed time for recreation, but when he is able to take
vacations they are spent in hunting and fishing. He has
been successful in a business way, and ia addition to
his residence and sanitarium, he is the owner of three
houses and lots in Marlin and of 887 acres of fine ranch
land in Jim Wells county, also a six-story hotel and bath-
house combined.

On August 10, 1882, Doctor Cook was married at "The



Grove, ' ' in Coryell county, to Miss Ellen Torbett, daugh-
ter of J. C. Torbett, of McGregor, and three children
have been born of this union: Laverge, who married W.
A. Karns, a salesman of Waco, and has two children —
Mary E. and Laverge ; Jessie, who married L. M. Loring,
superintendent of the Southwestern District for the
Southwestern Telephone Company, and a resident of
Little Rock, Arkansas; and May N., who is single and
resides with her parents at Marlin.

James Otis Chance. A resident of Brazos county
since he was sis years of age, James Otis Chance is
descended from one of the original Austin colony, and
during the past thirty years has played a varied and im-
portant part in his community as a business man, ex-
tensive farmer, and manager of land, and in many useful
ways has advanced the prosperity and welfare of his

James Otis Chance was born in Cal.lwoll. Texas, Feb-
ruary 9, 1862. When he was a child Ijuth parents died,
and he grew up under the care of an uncle, Milton
Parker, a brother to his mother. Grandfather J. B.
Chance was a surveyor, and came into Texas as a fol-
lower of Stephen F. Austin, settling in the vicinity of
old Washington, where he died. He was a man of spirit,
a hardy pioneer, and his character as a family man is
well shown by his effort to educate his children much
above the usual standards of the time, and he gave them
all the advantages that- were afforded by the schools of
Independence and in his home. J. B. Chance and wife
had the following children: William, who died when a
young man; Cole, who spent his life in Caldwell and in
Williamson county, where he died ; Elijah J., and Martha,
who married a Mr. Wyatt of Caldwell, where she died,
leaving a family. Elijah J. Chance, father of James 0.
Chance, was born in Tennessee, but was a .small child
when the famUy moved to Texas and settled in Burleson
county. Some years later he devoted himself to the law.
He died at a comparatively young age, from troubles
contracted by exposure during the war. He was a Con-
federate soldier, fought with the Tennessee army, operat-
ing chiefly in Mississippi. After the war he devoted
himself to his profession at Caldwell, where he died in
1868. His wife was Miss Frances Ann Parker, a daugh-
ter of Rev. Samuel Parker, who came from Tennessee,
and was a pioneer Baptist minister in Texas. Mrs.
Chance died before her husband and the children who
grew up were: John P., who left a f.aniily in Bryan;
James Otis and Francis Alexander, both of whom are
living. Two children died in infancy.

While growing up the early years of James O. Chance
were spent in Bryan, and he lived in a family and un-
der the influance of a busy and thrifty man, whose suc-
cess was of a marked character. Tims he had a good
training for the practical work of life, althousrh his edu-
cation, so far as books were r,.iir,.i i. 1. .n- nm.-h neg-
lected. In young manhood li.' 1 r-n n : rrsliip,
and worked three years f(ir a -:i.MI. '. i ' i ""I then
for some time was in the sa.l.llnx t" -n . - <"i liimself
at Temple. Returning tn P.ryaii in 1^^;, ^li. < 'lianca
opened a grocerv. with his brother, inidi i tlir name of
Chance Brothers! This firm, whifli rvistnJ s,.ni.' ten or
twelve years, was a prosperous cstalilislniH'iit . and was
finally acquired by Mr. Chance in P^Ol and lie .".inducted
this business alone until 1895. On leavinii merchan-
ilising Mr. Chance engaged in farmin^. In this Hue his
enterprise is easily one of the most important in the
Brazos Valley. When he started out he directed his at-
tention to a great tract of virgin soil along the Brazos
River, less than one hundred acres of which was then
under cultivation. After twenty years of close applica-
tion to farm development, Mr. Chance has achieved a re-
sult worth while. Some thirty-five hundred acres have
been brought into a productive state, and scores of homes
for tenants have been liuilt, and far and wide th.i

operations of successful husbandry are now carried on
under the Chance management.

Mr. Chan.'e was married in Brazos county, December
18, 18S7. to AIi-^. (ienrge Bessman. She is the only
daughter ..t (;.nr^,. Williams, who came to Texas in the
early fiftms. Hi-; ..n-mal state was Connecticut, and he
was born at A'orth Stonington, in 1818. Growing up al-
most entirely dependent upon his own resources and
ability, he finally came west and engaged in the buying
of furs, finally reaching Texas and establishing stores at
different points along the Brazos River. In connection
with his trading operations he wisely invested in land,
and accumulated a vast amount of the virgin bottom
lands. His later years were spent as a rancher, and his
home and his pride was the famous ' ' GG ' ' Ranch, one of
the best known of the older homesteads of Burleson
county, and which in recent years, under the manage-
ment of Mr. Chance, has become equally noted for its
diversified agriculture as much ^s in earlier years for its
live stock and cotton. George Williams died January 2,
1897. He married Mrs. Patience (Lawson) Loverin, who
was a daughter of John H. and Sallie Richardson Dent
Lawson. The Dents were of the old Georgia stock of
that name, and both they and the Williams family went
back to Revolutionary ancestry. Mrs. Chance was the
only chUd of George Williams and wife. She grew up
on the old ranch, but was educated in Philadelphia, and
in Poughkeepsie, New York, and was married soon after
leaving school. Mr. and Mrs. Chance have the follow-
ing children: George G., born in 1888, now associated in
business with his father, and by his marriage to Miss
Lucile Williamson has a daughter, Eleanor Frances;
Catherine Parker, who was borm January 4, 1892, and
died in childhood; James Otis, .Jr., a schoolboy, and now
a student in the city of Philadelphia. The Chance fam-
ily have membership in the Episcopal church. At West
Anderson street, in Bryan, on§ of the new and splendid
homes is that of Mr. Chance and family. It is a beauti-
ful colonial residence and its broad and ample galleries
are themselves typical of the generous hospitality which
has ever been characteristic of this family.

A. Marcus. Vice president of the People's Ice Com-
pany of Wichita Falls, A. Marcus is one of the promi-
nent citizens who have earned a place among local
business men entitled to the honor of substantial achieve-
ment and success. Although still a young man he has
demonstrated his fitness to handle large concerns.

A son of the late Marx Marcus, A. Marcus was born at
Gainesville, Cooke county, Texas, July 31, 1881. The
public schools of Wichita Falls, where he has resided
since infancy, furnished him his preliminary education,
and he was for a time a student in the Agricultural
and Mechanical College. Ambitious to begin a career
of his own, he left before graduation, and became identi-
fied with the cattle industry in Potter County, where
liis father was at that time operating. After five years
he sold his own interests there, and became associated
with his father in the establishment of the People's lee
Company, of which he haS since been vice president.
This business, some description of which will be found
on another page, has add.'d materially to the commer-
cial prestige of Wb Intn falls, and its officials are all

In politics ilr. Manns is a stanch Democrat, is a
thirty-second degree mason and a shriner, and also a
popular member of the local lodge of the Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks. On December 5, 1911, he
was married at Waco to Miss Carrie Ettelson, who was
born in this state, a daughter of Benjamin and Betty
Ettelson. Her father is deceased and her mother now
lives in Waco. Mr. and Mrs. Marcus have one child,
Benjamin Marx, born .July 20, 1913. Like most west-
ern men, Mr. Marcus is a great lover of outdoor life, and



has done a great deal of traveling, being well known
all over the state.

DxjBANT MOTIEB Dansby. Alabama is the native state
of Durant Motier Dansby, his birth occurring there in
Macon county on September 16, 1841, and he was but
eight years old when he came to Texas with his parents.
He is a son of Daniel M. Dansby, who died In Brazos
county, this state, in 1879, when he was seventy-seven
years of age. The father was born in Fairfield District,
South Carolina, and there he was reared, getting a fairly
good education, and himself engaging in teaching for a
term or two in his native community. He came to Ala-
bama with his widowed mother, Winzey (Barker)
Dansby, the widow of Isham Dansby, who died in South
Carolina in early life, leaving children as follows : Daniel
M., father of "the subject; John, who died at Barber
county, Alabama; Isham, who died in Alabama, near
Bladen Springs; Catherine, who married Jesse Johns and
died in Cass county, Texas ; and a daughter who married
Jacob Minshew and died in Union county, Arkansas.

Durant M. Dansby had his early training m Cass
county, town of Douglassville, and when the war broke
out he enlisted in Dallas on June 6, 1861, in Company I,
Third Texas Cavalry, the command making a forced
march to Missouri soon after, where it participated m
the battle of Oak Hills, or Springfield, on August 10,
1861. The young soldier came through his first battle

without suffering


scare, and the

„.„^.. remained in that section until winter set m, when
it went into winter quarters at Camp Wigfall, near Van
Buren, Arkansas. When spring came the battle of Elk-
horn came on and through this experience also he passed
without injury. The enemy drove the command back to
the Arkansas Eiver, where it was dismounted at Little
Eock and sent across the Mississippi to Corinth, there to
participate in the Mississippi campaign. Mr. Dansby s
company there joined in the general work of that locality
and in the battle of luka he was shot through the left
shoulder, the shot tearing away the humerus bone and
rendering him a cripple for the rest of his days. He was
taken prisoner by the Federals, but later escaped, and
was taken bv an uncle to Mobile. Alabama, and there
had his wounds treated, remaining in the hospital for
about two months. He reached home on June 1, 1863,
and was then appointed by the Confederate government
as tithe agent for Cass county, in which office he served
until the close of the war. ,,,:,,

When the war was over, Mr. Dansby settled /own to
farming. He made one crop, then disposed of all his
Cass county lands and moved to Brazos county, settling
there in January, 1867. He engaged in farming four
miles east of Bryan, buying land at a figure of $-.50 an
acre Later he was so fortunate as to pick up other lands,
which seemed to him to be fairly desirable, at a figure as
low as forty cents the acre. His capital was small when
he settled 'in Brazos county, and he purchased a com-
paratively small tract of land, to which he applied him-
self dUigently in the expectation that he would make
a farm out of it. He devoted himself rather closely to
sheep raising, and in that line his success was excellent.
He increased his herd from season to Feason untd the
drove aggregated several thousand head, and the clip
from this drove he sold at forty cents the pound. He
paid close attention to the quality of his breed, and his
flock held a goodly number of choice Merinos, from which
he improved the herd until a sheep would shear from five
to eight pounds annually. With wool at that fi.mno, i\[r.
Dansby prospered, and he gradually acquired more lands.
He continued to operate until the results of his industry
made it possible for him to retire about ten years ago.
About twenty years ago he moved to Bryan and here has
since maintained his residence.

Mr. Dansby is one of the popular and prominent men
of Bryan. He is a Democrat, active in the work of the

party, a stanch Baptist, and he has been a Master Mason
since the war.

Mr. Dansby was first married in Brazos county, on De-
cember 14, 1871, when Miss Laura C. Todd, a daughter
of Atha Todd, from Lowndes county, Alabama, became
his wife. On October 30, 1892, Mrs. Dansby passed
away, leaving three children. Marshall F., the eldest,
is a retired merchant and farmer of Bryan ; Miss Icy
married Edgar Peters and lives in Brazos county; D.
Paul lives in Bryan. On May 17, 1894, Mr. Dansby
married Mrs. Eliza C. Lee, a daughter of J. Irwin Bar-
ron, a native son of Louisiana. Concerning him a few
brief facts are wholly consistent with the spirit and pur-
pose of this work, and it should be said that he was
born in Alabama in 1811 and died in the year 1866. He
was a man of rather limited education and was all his
life a farmer. He was a small slave holder in his native
state, and served in the southern army under General
Forrest. He was a son of James Wingate Barron, of
Union Parish, Louisiana, and the family was one of Irish
ancestry. The father of Mrs. Dansby was one of four
brothers: Jorid Irvin, John, James and William. Jorid
I. married Amelia Soles, a daughter of Joseph Soles, of
Lowndes county, Alabama, a farmer and large slave
holder, and the issue of their union were Sarah Ann,
Caroline E., Mary Frances, James Wingate, Elraina, John
M. and Pink L. Of these, Caroline E. first married
George W. Lee, and her second husband is Durant M.
Dausby. The children of Mrs. Dansby by her first mar-
riage are Samuel Irwin, of Neuces county, this state,
and Dr. George Francis of Welborn, Texas.

The family are popular and prominent in Bryan, where
they have had a residence since 1894, and they have a
host of stanch friends throughout the county, where they
have long been favorably known.

T. W. Parker. One of the best known newspaper
men in the state and one who has done much to promote
the best interests of Iowa Park, Texas, and the sur-
rounding communities, is T. W. JParker, long identified
with publicity work in these parts, and a most success-
ful and enterprising young man. It was in 1909 that he
located in Iowa Park, and since he took over the paper,
then known as the Wichita County Herald, its successor
the Iowa Park Herald, has reached a high state of effi-
ciency and popularity in and about the county. Mr.
Parker has shown himself to be a capable newspaper man
and one who appreciates to the full the functions and
responsibUities of a country sheet.

T. W. Parker was born in Noble county, Indiana, on
January 18, 1871, and is a son of Asher Snow and Cloe
(Wadsworth) Parker, the latter a cousin of William
Wadsworth Longfellow, of poetic fame and name. The
father was a native of New York state, and he came to
Indiana as a young man. He was a well known physi-
cian in Noble county, and a noted Democrat, participat-
ing largely in the jiolitical activities of his time. Later
in life he identified himself with newspaper interests and
became well and prominently known in those circles,
being located for twenty-six years in Kendallville. In-
diana, and the editor and proprietor of the Kendallville
News. He died there in 1904, at the age of seventy-l'.vo
years. The mother, it may be of interest to note, was
the first white child born in Noble county. Indiana, her
birth occurring in 18.39, and she died in Kendallville,
Indiana, in 1882, when she was but forty-three years
old. She was a woman of many excellent attainments
and worthy qualities of heart and mind. A rarely edu-
cated woman, she was ever the greatest help to her hus-
band, and shared alike in hLs successes and his disap-
pointments. They became the parents of five children, of
which number T. W. Parker of this review was the

T. W. Parker attended school in Noble county as a
boy, and he was nineteen years old when he was gradu-
ated from the high school of Kendallville. He then went


straightway into the newspaper offices of his father in
Kendallville, ami remained there for nine years. In 1905
he went to Olslahoma, settling in Shawnee, that state,
and remaining for two years. Thence he came to Na-
cona in 1908, and for a year at that place he conducted
a newspaper. In 1909 he came to Iowa Park, where he
proceeded to buy out the Wichita County Herald, tlie
publication becoming known as the Iowa Park Eerakl
upon his assumption of the enterprise, and it has since
expanded into a most creditiiMc [rnjMT ;ind a decided
boon to the community, in . c.iii|i:m with its former
newspapers. Today the ilirnld rii](>\s a wide eircuia-
tion and is patronized by the biisiiuss men of the county
to a pleasing degree, its methods and its guaranteed cir-
culation verifying the support which the merchants and
other advertisers have accorded to it.

Mr. Parker is a Democrat, and his paper voices his
opinions on political subjects. He is a Master Mason,
a Pythian Knight and a member of the Independent
Order of Odd Fellows. His churchly affiliations are with
the Episcopal church.

Twice has Mr. Parker been married. His first mar-
riage took place on December 2-t, 1896, at Montpelier,
Miami county, Indiana, when Mihs Carrie Rice became
his wife. She was a dau-hter nf C D. Rice and his wife,
and the parents still iv^i^l.' in tlnir Indiana home, though
Mrs. Parker died in lUiiii, Iraxiiiy two children: Ryal
Bryan Parker, born in .liilv, ISDT, and Paul Parker, who
died in infancy. The first named is now in business with
his father. On April 14, 1903, Mr. Parker married Miss
Hazel Starr, who was a native daughter of Peru, In-
diana. Xo children have come of their union.

Antonio W. Tobin. A life long resident of the Lone
Star state, who has witnessed the wonderful development
of the Southwest from a wide o])Pii ranch cnuntry, given
over entirely to the raising of rattl.-. tn unp .if tlu> i^ioat
est commercial and industri:il -.■rthui^ nt tit.' .i.mitry,
Antonio W. Tobin has .•onl'.l mat.'riaily t.J tl'ic

ablr .■..ii.liti..n al..,ut. Mr. w:i- t'..i~a number of
yeav^ |..m ^i.iiallv .'n^au.^.l in .attl.' raising;, ami still owns
a ran.h iii .rim' Wells .ounty, but .luriny the past several
years has made his home in San Diego, where since
1908 he has acted efficiently in the capacity of sheriff
of Duval county.

Sheriff Tobin was born in the city of San Antonio,
.Texas, in 1858, and is a son of Dan and Josefa (Na-

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