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a quiet and industrious calling of his private affairs.
He is a vigorous specimen of physical manhood, and
everything he does seems typical of his personality, which
is frank and genial and reliable to the last. His name,
' ' Jim Garrett, ' ' in big letters on the outside of his
store, seems to convey confidence to all who see it.

In the neighborhood in which he was brought up Mr.
Garrett was married on October 24, 1895, to Miss Mary
Eoberson, a daughter of R. E. Roberson and Mary (Wil-
man) Roberson, both of whom came originally from
Alabama. Mr. and Mrs. Garrett's household contains
the following children : Eugene, Elmer, Lillian, Pearl,
Robert, Jack, Pauline, and John. Fraternally, Mr. Gar-
rett is affiliated with the Masonic Blue Lodge, with the
Knights of Pythias, the Knights and Ladies of Honor
and the Modern Woodmen of America. His church is
the Christian denomination.

John- H. Garrett. One of the leading merchants of
Athens, John H. Garrett, was evidently born with a
predisposition to mercantile life, since he has been iden-



tified with merchandising from the early years of his
manhood, and his progress has been steadily upward
until now he ranks second to none among the business
men of Athens and Henderson county. Mr. Garrett is
a son of William P. Garrett, a retired farmer of Ma-
bank, Kaufman county. The family came to Texas in
1869, settling in the Cottonwood locality of Henderson
county, nine miles north of Athens. There the father
carried on a modest farm industry, trained his children
to traits of honesty and diligence, and retired to his
present residence full of years and with the rewards
due one who has added a new and earnest element to the
citizenship of his county.

William P. Garrett was born in South Carolina, Janu-
ary 8, 1838, being one of six children born to Stephen
Garrett, a carpenter by trade, who died about 18711, at
sixty-five years of age. Stephen Garrett took his fam-
ily to Alabama, where William P. was reared and re-
ceived such school training as was afforded to the peo-
ple of that state in the years before the war. He chose
farming as his vocation, and managed his affairs with
such industry and enterprise that he always lived well
and maintained the social and economic traditions of his
house. He married Mrs. Sarah Pool, a daughter of
David Cowan. Mr. and Mrs. William P. Garrett had
the following children: John H., of Athens; Mrs.
Georgia Cook, of Cumby, Texas; Mrs. Mattie Benge of
Oklahoma; Mrs. Ella Chandler, of Oklahoma; James W.,
a merchant of Athens; Jesse, who is engaged in business
at Eustace, Texas, and Mrs. Sallie Roberson, of Mabank,
Texas. William P. Garrett was a Confederate soldier
in General Bragg 's army and helped keep back the in-
vading forces of the north until overwhelming numbers
made the contest so unequal that further resistance was
in vain. John H. Garrett was a boy near school age
when he came to Texas, and his training on the little
farm cultivated by his parents developed in him a
sound and vigorous constitution, and at the same time he
attended the short terms of school accessible to the chil-
dren of that district. He also attended a private school
at Goshen, Texas, and his first venture upon his own
account was in teaching a country schoolroom. His ex-
perience as a teacher was brief, "but it gave him confi-
dence in himself and provided him with some funds for
his first business start. At the age of twenty-three he
left the old home and moved to Athens, to take up com-
mercial work. He was fortunate in his first position, and
the first enterprise which secured his service was likewise
fortunate. At Athens he took charge of the Farmers'
store, which had then just been founded, and remained
in charge of its aft'airs for two years. This experience
brought him into contact with the traveling representa-
tives of wholesale houses and opened the way for enter-
ing a new business for himself as a salesman for UU-
man, Lewis & Company, of Galveston, and for ten
years was with that house in Texas territory. His
earnestness, his industry, his splendid physical endur-
ance, and his inherent qualities of salesmanship soon
made themselves apparent, and he became an almost in-
dispensable man to his friends. ' Eventually Mr. Garrett
found himself one of the best paid commercial men in
Texas. While traveling was an attractive and profitable
proposition, it did not appeal to Mr. Garrett as a social
success nor as an ideal life for a man bringing up a
family. He determined to abandon the road and invest
his personal capital in a store of his own. Thus, in
January, 1898, he became one of the firm of W. C.
Scott & Company, of Athens. He soon bought the in-
terest of Mr. Scott and took Dr. R. B. Longmire into
'the firm, and Garrett & Longmire did business as a firm
until January, 1899. when they sold to Wofford & Bar-
ron. Then Mr. Garrett established himself in business
under his individual name and has since conducted a
large general merchandise stock at Athens. He also
owns a business in Eustace, conducted as Garrett &
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It will thus bo se
Mr. Ganctt l.;is ,!.■
His first ^.■^tu^■ u
ful, ami fiuni ihat
cause til i;rt nut nt
the direction of hi;



ty or thirty-five years
luc to merchandising.
~i ■ Store was success-
!■ luis never felt any
liirh he first chose as
Garrett is a dynamo
ighs two hundred and



energy. :
of physical and mental energy,

sixty pounds, and is ruddy and as sprightly as a youth.
Fraternally, he is prominent in Jlnsonry ami has taken
the degrees qualifying him for nu'niliiMslii|. lu the Mystic
Shrine, his membership being with llrll:i '['.■iiiple, at
Dallas. He is also a member of tlir Wu.mIiiu-u of the
World, and was brought up in the Christum church, with
which he still has membership.

On February 10, 1883, Mr. Garrett was married in
Henderson county to Miss Pauline Roberson, a daughter
of Eobert G. Roberson, a farmer from Alabama. Their
children are: John R., a bookkeeper for his father, who
first attended the public school of Athens, later a busi-
ness college at Tyler, and who by his marriage to Miss
Mary Spencer has a son, John S)iru.iM ; Nrll is the wife
of J. O. Roberts, of Corsicana, Ti\:i-; i:ilc n is the wife
of Martin Forrester, of Athens; \li-^ M.iinl is the
youngest child. Mr. Garrett has a euiuturiulilc home in
Athens, having erected it himself a few years ago.

William Dubant Scott, M. D. Now a retired physi-
cian and an honored citizen of Athens, Dr. William D.
Scott is one of the few medical men still surviving from
a practice which identified them with Texas during the
war times and later. Doctor Scott is a fine type of the
old time physician. Like many of the doctors of the
early days, "he served his fellowmen with the best re-
sources of his generation and of a fine character. He
never had a college training, hut that was not consid-
ered necessary when he started j.vacti.e, and for many
weary years he rode about on luus, liac k, with his saddle-
bag and his apothecary sliii|i i, ;uly tnr every emergency.
He rendered kindly, capatile scr\ i.e to the community,
and is gratefully remembered by hundreds of the old
families whom he attended during his active profes-
sional career.

This family is one of the most numerous in American
biographical annals, and dates its founding during the
colonial period of South Carolina. The great-grand-
father of Doctor Scott settled as an Irish emigrant,
but at a date whi.h raunnl miw be accurately ascer-
tained. The meniti. is „f tlir family were lovers of lib-
erty, and the old | i s,. tilers took a very positive

stand in this attitiule tiiward the question which sep-
arated the colonies from Great Britain. Thus the Scott
family was early marked for venyeaii.i> l.v ihe Tories,
who did so much to hinder the cause nf lilierty and in-
dependence. At the beginning of the llevolutiniiary war
Great-Grandfather Scott and his son Eobert were re-
garded as leaders in their community in the cause of the
Revolution, and on this account soon had the active
enmity of ' ' Big John ' ' Garrett and his Tory band. One
day as the Scotts were going to mill with a bag of corn,
they saw dust rising ahead of them as from horsemen,
and were soon apprised of the approach of Garrett and
his followers. The son was commanded to hide himself
in the brush, while the father remained in the road,
thinking his advanced years would save him from vio-
lence at the hands of Garrett. When the band rode up,
Garrett struck the venerable jiatriot on the head with a
dragoon saber. Mr. Scott fell from his horse with a
piece of his skull lifted from his brain, and thus hav-
ing dispatched another enemy of King George, as he
believed, Garrett rode on. The younger Scott then came
forth from his concealment and lifted his father upon
his horse, tied him fast, took him to a doctor, who
dressed the wound, and within a few nionths the old
man was as sound as before. Many iuri^lents might be
told of the family experiences during the war. Their
home was frequently robbed of bed quilts, as tliey were



hung out in the yard, and after the war the good house-
mother saw many of her own quilts gracing the beds of
Tory families in the neighborhood. At another time
Eobert Scott lived for four days without drink or meat,
save one snail and a bit of bacon which he picked up on
the road during one of his trying marches.

Some time after the cowardly assault upon the older
Scott, the news came that Garrett and a number of his
friends were having a revel at a Tory home nbnnt a
mile from the Scotts. A group of pati'ints wrvf liastily
summoned, their flintlocks put in rea.line^s. .in,! uith
the Scotts as their leaders they proeee.li.l to I lie Tory
home. Robert Scott, after reeonnoilei mt;. .Iismxered
that the Tories were seated at a table wiili iian.tt as
master of ceremonies. The patriots llnn -niionn.led
the- house, and by a vigorous assault e\tei unnate.l the
entire band, excepting only one, and Scott, Sr.. killed
the man, Garrett himself. All the Tories were buried
in the same spot, and many years later William F. Scott,
while visiting the scenes of his ancestor 's home, saw the
place of burial. Robert Scott later entered the Revolu-
tionary army and came out of the service with a bayonet
wound in his shin, given him by a British horseman as
they matched skill in defense in rough and tumbling
fighting of that day.

Robert Scott married some time during the war, and
early in the following century moved out to Mississippi,
where he became a large planter and slave owner, w-here
his death occurred. Among his children were: John,
who became a banker in Mississippi; Eobert, who spent
his life in that state; one who moved out to Texas and
died in this state; William Finney, next to be men-
tioned; Washington, who died in Mississippi; and also
a daughter who lived and died in Mississippi.

William Finney Scott was born in Abbeville district,
in South Carolina, in 1788. In the primitive manner of
the old time, he was educated with very little, if any,
knowledge of books and letters, but with skill in all the
accomplishments of the American manhood of that time.
He was a high-spirited young man, loved his drink, was
a ' ' shoulder-slapper ' ' at gatherings of the country, and
loved to match a fight and see the sport. With the
weight of middle years he softened down in character

and conduct and ber.m le of the most orderly and

peace-loving liti/ens. l|o\\ever, he always continued to



ampaign. and was on
n of islii, when Gen-
~ii|eni\ by the Whigs.
ii 'Ini oiu the decades

aihi lie returned to
niilv e~t:ito. Outside
altli. e\, ept the negro
that kiml of property,
1845 he ac-



love the exc

the Democratic side

eral Harrison was plaee.l m the pi c'^idcin \

William F. Scott left Mi-m-.m|-|ii .limn;

of the twenties and uio\e,| i no, m

Some ve.ars Later In- t.atliei- ,lie.| aihi Im
Mississipin loi a i-iithin nf the fauiilv e~t
of laml llii in wa- |na.tha!lv an wealtli. es.
slaves, an.l as he h.a.l nn .iesire tnr that kirn
he refurnod home almost empty-haudcd. I
complished another western stage of emigration, and es-
tablished himself in New Madrid county, Missouri, and
in the following year moved to Stoddard county, in the
same state. In 1847 he brought his family "down to
Texas, settling in Lamar county, where he remained a
prospering farmer until late in life. He then went to
Athens, nii.l died at the home of his son, William D.
Scott, ill l^i'.a. His wife, whose maiden name was Sarah
Hawkins, die. I in ls.-|0. Their children were: Lncinda,
who nuiirieil 1,'ev. Jnseph Edwards, who died at Paris,
Texas, after which his widow hha.M to Aik.ansas and
died; Travis, who died in Ibi.li - -oi, uiiy. Texas;
Eayburn, who died in Texas; T li i,|. i, ,]i|.a in Co-
manche county, Texas; Ashley, "Im .ii, ,| , h ie a Federal
prisoner during the Civil war"; Eoliert, wlm ilicd in T.yler,
Texas, in 1853 ; William Durant, the sidi.iect of "this
sketch, and Joseph E., who died in Stoddard county,
Missouri.

Dr. William Durant Scott was born near Tro.v, Obion
county, Tennessee, in 1831. He was a boy of sixteen
years when the family reached Tyler, Texas, and there



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he arrived at manhood. His education was supplied
by the common schools of several difEerent localities,
and in Tyler he took up the study of "Physic" under
Doctor Lindsay. According to the understanding of such
things and the standards of medical education, it was
believed that a knowledge of the effect of certain com-
mon drugs on the system, and a practical skill in ob-
stetrics, made up the training and equipment of a doctor.
Dr. Scott accordingly began practice in Henderson
county, his home being located ten mUes east_of Athens,
and he remained there until February 1, 186.o. He was
one of a very limited number of medical men in all that
part of the state. Doctor Mabry being the only doctor
in Athens at the time of the outbreak of the war. Pro-
fessional work as performed fifty or sixty years ago in
this western country was largely carried on in the saddle.
The old pill bags made a veritable traveling apothecary,
and the doctor almost never wrote a prescription for a
pharmacist to fill, but compounded his medicine and
boluses on the spot.

During the war Doctor Scott arranged to go to the
front, and had already equipped himself with a mount,
when he was prevailed upon to remain and attend to the
needs of his community, while Doctor Mabry went out
and satisfied himself by duty as a soldier. Thus the
country would not be left entirely without the services
of a physician. During this delay Doctor Scott dis-
covered that sons of slave-holding planters were staying
out of the army because of legal exemptions for slaves,
and Doctor Scott accordingly determined not to expose
his life to the dangers of bullets for a cause in which
he had no personal grievance, and as a result he never
did take up arms. For a few years after the war Doctor
Scott carried on merchandising at Athens. That, to-
gether with his medical work, constituted his business
activities through a long period of years. He never as-
pired to oflice, though he cast his vote regularly with
the Democrats, and has always been a lay member of the
Methodist church. Though an octogenarian, Doctor
Scott is still vigorous and a hale and hearty old man,
with a long and interesting retrospect over the decades
extending clear back to the fifties.

In 1860 Mr. William D. Scott was married in Hen-
derson county to Fannie Morrison. She was a daughter
of Eev. Henrv B. Morrison, of Alabama, where Mrs.
Scott was born. She died in 1872, leaving two children
— Mrs. Florence Barron, of Athens, and Dr. Walter
Scott, of Athens. In December, 1880, Dr. Scott mar-
ried Mrs. Amanda Warren, a widow of Doctor Warren,
of Athens. She died in ISSS without children.

Walter Scott, who has followed in the footsteps of
his father, is one of the leading physicians of Athens,
was born in his home town February 27, 1868. After
his education in the public schools at Athens and Tyler,
he started out as a business man, first as a clerk, spend-
in - a few years with C. T. Scott & Company. He then
attouded medical schools and was graduated M. D. from
the Keutuckv School of Medicine, at Louisville, in 1890.
During the "following six years he practiced at Tyler,
and then continued in Athens, until his health obliged
him to abandon professional activities. After that he
was in the drug business as a member of the W. T.
Green Drug Company, until his recent retirement.

Dr. Walter Scott "was married in Benham, Texas, in
1892, to Miss Emma Wilson, a daughter of D. A. Wil-
son, a mechanic, who came to Texas from Kentucky.
Doctor and Mrs. Scott have one son, William Finney,
born in 1S97. Doctor Scott is a past master of Lodge
No. 165, A. F. & A. M., and is affiliated with the Eoyal
Arch Chapter and the Coramandery at Athens. His
church is the Methodist.

John E. Callaghan, deceased. From the early set-
tlement of Panhandle, Texas, to the present time the
name of Callaghan has been familiar to its residents, and
Callaghan enterprise and public spirit — that of both



father and son — have been prime factors in pushing for-
ward the development of the town,

John E. Callaghan was born in West Virginia, the
son of slave-holding parents with large plantation in-
terests. The fortunes of war, however, left them im-
poverished, but he remained on the home plantation
until 188.5, at which time he migrated with his family
to Kansas, and the next five years he spent in farming
in Kan.sas, at Kiowa, Barber county, and from farming
he turned his attention to railroading. He came to
Texas, in 1890, as an employe of the Santa Fe EaU-
road Company, and established his home at Panhandle,
where he spent the rest of his life. After coming here
he continued in railroad work for two years, as super-
intendent of construction, Caison county was at that
time but sparsely settled, but the railroad brought in
more people, and soon Mr, Callaghan saw the need of a
hotel at Panhandle. Accordingly he erected the Cal-
laghan Hotel, the first hostelry opened to the traveling
public in the town. This hotel he conducted for a period
of thirteen years. In the meantime, in 1892, he estab-
lished the J. E. Callaghan Mercantile Co., which he
conducted, in connection with operating the hotel, until
his death. He died August 26, 1903, at the age of
fifty-one years. As a business man he was successful.
He accumulated a comfortable fortune, his possessions
including both farming and town property. Politically,
he was a Democrat, but he never sought or filled office.
He had no time for office holding; his own business
affairs occupied his whole attention. His religious creed
was that of the M. E. Church South.

Bettie J. (Morton) Callaghan, Mr. Callaghan 's wife,
also a native of West Virginia, died at Panhandle in
1908, at the age of fifty-six years. She had accompanied
him to Texas, and shared with him the privations of
frontier life and the later success he achieved through
his efforts here. They were the parents of two children :
Canterbery F. and Asbery A.

Canterbery F. Callaghan was born in 1872, and died
in 1890, shortly after the removal of the family to
Panhandle. He had been educated at Kiowa, Kansas,
and was a railroad man, in the employ of the Santa Fe.
He met with accidental death while in train service, at
Wellington, Kansas, and is buried at Kiowa, that State.
Asbery A, Callaghan, the only survivor of the family,
was born at Craigsville, West Virginia, November 16,
1878. He was educated in the Polytechnic College at
Fort Worth, Texas, where he graduated in 1897 from the
Commercial Department; and he took a four years'
course in the Literary Department of Fort Worth Univer-
sity. On his return home from the university he became
associated in business with his father, and at his father's
death succeeded him in the interests above outlined.
On first entering the mercantile business, young Cal-
laghan assumed the responsibility of its management,
and has conducted it ever since, for a period of twenty-
one years. The Callaghan general store is the oldest
mercantile establishment in the town. Jlr. Callaghan is
a stockholder and director in the Panhandle Bank, he
owns about two-thirds of the city's business property,
and he has two farms, four hundred and eighty acres m
extent.

During his college days, Mr. Callaghan was corporal
and afterward captain of the College Guards Infantry
Co., and throughout his business life as well as in college
work he has taken the initiative. He helped to organize
the Panhandle Commercial Club and was its first sec-
retary, serving one term. He served four terms, eight
years in all, as County Treasurer of Carson county, and
at the end of his last term openly declined to be a candi-
date for re-election, announcing the fact through the
columns of the Panhandle Herald. This announcement
was received with much regret by the people of the
county. Mr. Callaghan has always harmonized with
the Democratic party and has taken an active part in
politics ever since he became a voter. He helped to




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organize the Carson County Democratic Committee, and
since its organization has been its secretary. As the
representative of this committee, he met Governor Col-
quitt on the train en route to Snyder from Post City,
Texas, on May 2, 1912, and gave him an invitation to
deliver an address at Panhandle. May 13, the Governor
addressed at Panhandle the largest assembly ever gath-
ered in the entire Panhandle section.

Mr. Callaghan is associated with the church in which
he was reared, and is one of its trustees, and he has
membership in the fraternal organizations of the I. O.
O. F. and W. O. W.

Mr. Callaghan 's favorite playmate in the primary
school days is now his wife. This was Miss Louie A.
Henson, daughter of Col. A. L. Henson of Jocksboro,
Texas, Sergeant of the Texas Eangers, Sheriff of Car-
son county, and for many years a prominent stocls; man
in the Panhandle. They were married June 5, 1901, in
the M. E. church at Panhandle, by the Eev. Henry B.
Coleman, and are the parents of two children: Lillian,
born October 30, 1903, and Pauline, May 23, 1906, both
natives of Panhandle.

Thomas H. Barron. In the little city of Athens and
the country surrounding, Thomas H. Barron is a man
who has succeeded as a man of aflfairs, a farmer, mer-
chant, and freighter, and is now retired from active par-
ticipation in those concerns which for many years made
up the business of his life. He is an example of the
self-jnade man in the matter of his achievements, and
without an inventory of his resources it would be only
a guess to estimate just how fortunate he has been. His
career has been one not only prosperous from his indi-
vidual standpoint, but has been useful in service and
in many ways to his community, and he has long stood
as a leader in Henderson county affairs.

Thomas H. Barron was born 'in Marion, Perry county,
Alabama, October 14, 1857. When two years old he
came to Texas with his father, Joseph J. Barron, who
located in Houston county. Joseph J. Barron was bom
in Alabama in 1832. There is evidence that a portion of
the ancestral stock was Spanish, since Thomas Barron,
the grandfather, is believed to have been a son of peo-
ple who were originally subjects of the King of Spain.
Thomas Barron was married in Alabama to a Miss
Jameson, a sister of Henry, Bobb and Jack Jameson, of
Perry county. The children in the grandfather's family
were: Eobert, Joseph J., Thomas, Elias, Alfred, Kittie,
and Puss, who married a Mr. Wells, and Eunice, who
married William Hinton.

Joseph J. Barron married Eliza Xelms, of Perry
county, Alabama. It was in Perry comity that Gen.
Sam Houston married his last wife, a wefblina- cere-
mony which Mrs. Barron attended, as a giie'it. Mr. J.
J. Barron died in Houston county, Texas, in '1868, and
his widow survived him many years, until 1906, when
she was sevent.y-two years of age. They had come to
Texas in 1859, by wagon, and along with their famOy
and houshold possessions also brought a number of
slaves. Mr. Barron during the war joined ~the Con-
federate army and was in the Trans-Mississippi De-
partment, under Gen. Tom Green, and was present when
that gallant Confederate leader lost his life by a can-
non shot in the Eed River campaign. The children of



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