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is at present filling the office of city auditor. The mother
also makes her home in Covington. They became the
parents of six sons and one daughter, and of the number
Vernor E. Ware is the third born.

The schools of Covington furnished the early training
of Vernor Ware, and he finished with the curriculum of
the high school of that city when he was sixteen years
old, soon after which he entered upon the duties of a
clerkship with the Queen & Crescent Eailway. He began
his duties on a salary of $50 a month, and from that
position worked his way by successive promotions to
assistant chief rate clerk, when he resigned his position
and came to El Paso in the Fall of 1902. For four years
thereafter he was associated with the El Paso & South-
western Eailroad as assistant chief clerk in the general
freight office, and then withdrew from railroad service
to engage in the fuel business on his own responsibility.
He carried on a thriving business under the name of
Ware & Company for four years, then disposed of his
interests in that line and entered into a partnership with
William G. Jolly, under the firm name of Jolly & Ware,
general contractors and builders. They have carried on
a busy trade in their line of enterprise, taking a leading
place from the first among the older established con-
tracting firms of the city, and their reputation for
dependable work is not the least of their assets.

Mr. Ware is a Democrat in his political tendencies, and
has done good work for the party in the years since he
reached his majority. His fraternal relations are with
the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the
Masons, in which he is a member of the Shrine at El

Paso. He has membership in the Country Club, and is
affiliated with the Baptist church.

On August 4, 1900, Mr. Ware was married to Miss
Mary Spanton, the daughter of T. W. Spanton, a resi-
dent of Spring Lake, Kentucky, of which place Mrs>
Ware is a native. They were married in Covington,
Kentucky, the old home of Mr. Ware. Two sons have
been born to them — Vernor E. Jr., Ijorn on September 2,
1906, at El Paso, and Alfred Spanton, born on August
17, 1909. The family home is at 1509 Cotton Avenue.

Dr. Alexander Madison Denmax. Dr. Alexander
Madison Denman, who died at Lufkin, Texas, on Octo-
ber 1, 1908, was a distinguished physician and surgeon
of East Texas, and his days were cut short in the midst
of a busy and active career in the practice of his pro-
fession. He was born in Angelina county, on July 30,
1858, and was a graduate of Eoanoke College, Virginia.
He later was graduated in medicine from Tulane Uni-
versity, at New Orleans, in 1883, and in that year began
the practice of his profession at Lufkin. Previous to
this, in the early part of 1882, he had removed from
his country home, some five miles north, to the newly
established town of Lufkin, and there established a drug
store, being one of the first business men in the new
town. In Lufkin he enjoyed a continued success in his
profession. He established the Denman Hospital and
became widely known as a leaa-ned and skillful surgeon.
Very progressive, he kept well to the forefront in the
march of progress along the line of his profession, and
he took four post-graduate courses, three of them in
New York City and one in New Orleans. He was a
man of the most generous and philanthropic impulses and
was one who always did much for the poor and helpless.
He was esteemed by all, and greatly beloved by many
who with excellent reason knew something of the great
heart of the man. He served as mayor of Lufkin in
1903-04, and proved himself one of the most capable
mayors the city ever had. During his administration
the city water works were built and the city was kept
in the pink of sanitary condition.

Dr. Denman was a son of Colonel W. L. and Algie
(Swaggerty) Denman. The father was born in Georgia
and came to Angelina county in 1803, locating north of
where Lufkin was later established. He was a large
land owner and a prosperous and successful man all his
days. A lawyer of prominence, he served in the Texas
Legislature, and as a man of afEairs was widely known
in State politics and in business circles as well. Through-
out the Civil war he served with distinction in the Con-

Ih. niiiiiia'ii met his death as the result of an unfor-
tunate arrnlciit, a switch engine striking an automobile
in Hhirli lie was riding. His death followed shortly after.
His widow, prior to her marriage, was Mary Caroline
Walker, born in Angelina county, five miles from where
the town of Lufkin later reared its head. There she
met and married her husband when he was only twenty
years old. She is a daughter of Thomas and Emily Z.
(Briscoe) Walker, both now deceased. The father was
born in North Carolina and the mother in Georgia.
Thomas Walker was one of the earliest settlers of the
State, coming to Angelina before county lines were
drawn, and as early as 1840. He made his first settle-
ment on the Neches Eiver. He was a citizen of promi-
nence in his district, and served as sheriff of Angelina
county for seventeen years. Seven children were born
to Dr. and Mrs. Denman. all of whom are yet living,
and are here named as follows: Dr. Peyton E. Denman,
a noted surgeon of Tbiustnu. Trxas; Archie Lovell, Olive
Lillian; Kester Walkn-. r,,nr,Miiiiig whom further men-
tion is made in tli.' f'Mll,,vMnn ].aragraphs; Dr. Linwood
H.; Mary Nell, an.l V.yfovd Harvey.

Kester Walker Denman was born in Lufkin in 1889,
and he was there reared and had his preliminary educa-
tion in the schools of that district. He was graduated



from Washington and Lee University at Lexington, Vir-
giua, witli the degree of B. A. in 1909, and he later
studied law in the law department of the University of
Texas, finishing his studies there in 1912, when he was
awarded the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He began
his practice immediately at Lufkin, and already he has
made an excellent showing in his profession, taking his
place among the foremost men of the community. He is
now city attorney for Lufkin, as well as the legal repre-
sentative in local" circles for the Cotton Belt Railway, and
he has in many ways demonstrated his iitne^s ;nid capac-
ity for the profession of his choice. Dr. A. M. Denman,
together with Judge E. J. Jlautoutli, organized the first
telephone system in Lufkin, in which the family now
owns a half interest.

That Mr. Denman has shown an unusual capacity for
his profession is not a cause for wonderment when it is
understood that he is a direct descendant of the line
that produced Thomas Denman, Lord Chief Justice of
England, born in 1779 and who died in 18.54. The Den-
man family is distinctively of English origin, and was
established on American shores in the beginning of the
eighteenth century, members of the family settling in
New York and Georgia. The liranch from which this
particular family springs locatcil m (liMiiyia. near Car-
tersviUe, and members are yet n^i.lrni tln'ie. Colonel
M. L. Denman is a large pri.|Hii\ linli|,r i>f Angelina
county and he wris insti\iiiicntal jii ycttuig the Houston,
East & West Tc^ 1;.-,iIi .i:i.| through East Texas, while
A. M. Denniiin Ji.l iim. Ii im' the cause of prohibition in

Angelina county :iiicl tliiuii^jhout East Texas.

Mr. Denman is a meniljcr of the Sigma Nu and Phi

Delta Phi fraternities, the former academic in its nature

and the latter a law fraternity. He is also a member

of the Elks.

On March 2.5, 191.3, Mr. Dennirni \\as iii;niied to Miss

Cleo Lydia Mantooth, a dauijiitii ni .lihl-,. Edwin S.

Mantooth, mentioned above as tin- u^^nri:!!,^ of Dr. A. M.

Denman in a creditable i>iece "t imlli.- utility work in

Lufkin, and concerning whom extended mention is made

on other pages of this work, as befitting one of his


C.\PTAiN James J. Hall. Among the veterans of the
Confederacy in south Texas probably none is better
known and more highly esteemed than Captain James
J. Hall, who for the past three years has been com-
mander of the Dick Dowling Camp, IT. C. V. at Houston.
The Dick Dowling Camp is one of the strongest and
most effective organizations of Confederate veterans in
Te.\as aiu\ its menilirrship iiirludrs iii.-iiiy notable figures
in tlie life .'iihi atf.'iiis ni' this siato, ii,,t least among
them I.eiiii; tlie invsenl r,,ni ma ii.lei-, uln, lias spent almost
a lifetime m T.'xas, who has lieen sneressfnUy identified
with business affairs and who is now living retired in
the city of Houston.

James J. Hall was born in Christian county, Ken-
tucky, October 11, 1840, and is a son of C. G. and Eliza-
beth" (Jones) Hall. His father was a native of Ken-
tucky and his mother of Tennessee. During his resi-
dence in Kentucky the father was a farmer and tobacco
raiser and in Deremliei, ls40. he brought his family
to Texas. The tii|i was ma.le by river to New Orleans
at which point they eiiibarkiil upon the steamer Palmetto.
This boat was wierked at I'ascavallo and all the posses-
sions they brought were lost and they barely escaped
with their lives. From the point at which they escaped
from the waters of the Gulf they made their way over-
land in wagon to the old town of Indianola and sub-
sequently to Victoria, where they began life in the new
country without money. The father finally established
a hotel business in Victoria and was known as the pro-
prietor of the Hall House for fifteen years. He was
then elected county judge of Victoria county, an office
he filled with credit for a number of years. During his
residence he had bought lands and was both a farmer

and stock raiser during the days of free range. He was
known as a cattleman and substantial citizen up to the
time of h.s death, which occurred in 1SS4. Throughout
a large community he was popularly known as "Uncle
Charley He was a member of the Baptist church.

His wife died m Victoria in 1872. Captain Hall is
now the only survivor of the three children. C A
Hall was for a number of years editor of a paper at
Sulphur Springs and Mrs. Maria E. Ripley was the
only daughter.

During his boyhood James J. Hall attended school
at Victoria and had just arrived at manhood when the
war between the states broke out. In October, 1861,
he enlisted at Victoria in Company C of the Fourth
Texas Cavalry, un.ler Captain J. A. Hampton, in
Green s fannms l,r,,ade. These troops wore first sent
into New .MeM,.o a,,,! he partie,|,ate,l ,„ the N'al Verde

and later in il nuayi-inenu at |-ori I'raie :,,|,| (ih.rietta

The army »as,hen ann,,| lo Ki I'aso amiCa,„ain Hall
anil nis cuinia.les >vere sent to San Antonio, where the
regiment was disbanded until they could be equipped
with tresh horses. The next period of eventful service
took Captain Hall to the eventful exploit which will
always remain glorious in Texas history. That was the
capture of Galveston from the Federals", and the capture
of the "Harriet Lane," the Fe.leral gunboat in Galves-
ton Bay the bell tower of which is now n trnphv in Sam
Houston s I'ark in ih,' ,iiv of llonsto,, Si,lise.|uently

l"^ a<'<;0"ll'^ I 'lie iroo,,. i„,o 1, sia.ia', uheiv he tOok

part n, several .kirnusl,,. I,.a,l,i„ n,, ,o ,lie hatfles of
Manstie], ami I'leasant 1 1 ill. .\,..xt came the battle of
Blair s l.aihlin^. wliei,. (ieneral Green was killed, and
{'"" ''"■ ';'"il'' "I Keiuirk's Bay, where Mr. Hall and
his eonira.hs rios^r,! th.. liayou on sugar kettles. Tip-
podiii' Mills was an eii^amaiiiait soon after and he was
aninii- th,. iro,,|,s whirli ,ait.aii|,te,| the capture of Fort
Bntlei. I.iit nwiiiy to til,, failure of reinforcements
troni \hksl.iiri;, tins titttok ,li,l not succeed. At Cox's
plantation the tables were turned on the Federal army,
which, a thousand strong, was badly defeated and nearly
all killed or made prisoners although the Confederate
force numbercl only about eight hundred. Captain
Hall was als,, in the l,.,ttle of Vermillion Bayou and

then came th,- I ly battle of Yellow Bayou, which

was practically th,' last ,.f the war.

On returning to Milam Captain Hall was discharged
ami then returned to his home in Victoria. There, in
186.5, he niarrieil iliss Elisabeth Dunlap, who was born
in Ohio, and ^vas a , laughter of J. M. and Lavina (Lock-
wood) Dunhip. H,.r iiarents came to Texas at an early
attleman of Bee county.


date ant

The two sons ,,f Ciptam Hall and wife are both li

m Houston. iKiinely. W. W. Hall, who is secretary of the

Big Tree Lumber- Company, and J. L. Hall, who is a

contractor and builder.

In the fall of 1866 Mr. Hall was elected sheriff of
Victoria county and filled the office for four years. After
that failing health oWige.l him to sjiend three years in
recuperation in Colorado. On returning to Texas he
located at Linden, in Cass county where he spent four-
teen years and was a well known contractor of that
vicinity. Then for a short time he lived near the mouth
of the Brazos and from there came to Houston, which
has since been his home. He is now serving his third
year as Commander of Dick Dowling Camp, No. 197,
U. C. v., of Houston, and he is also brigadier general
of the First Texas District, U. C. V. This latter posi-
tion he has also held for three years. For a long time
he has been prominent in the state and n.ational re-
unions of the Confederate veterans, and the cause of
the survivors of the great war is very dear to his heart.
He is a member of the Methodist church. South, and
enjoys the esteem and respect paid to all the old soldiers
of the Confederacy.



W. C. Kelly. Now a retired resident of Houston and
one of the prominent members of Dick Dowling Camp
of Confederate Veterans Mr. Kelly is a Texan who saw
a long and arduous service during the Civil war and
gave the best years of his young manhood to the cause
of the south. For nearly a generation after the war
he was connected with the railroad service in this sta'.e
and finally retired after a career of much usefulness
and prosperity and thoroughly esteemed among a large
circle of friends and acquaintances.

W. C. Kelly was born in Eussell county, Alabama,
October 17, 1843. His parents were John W. and Caroline
(Martin) Kelly. His father, a native of Pennsylvania,
came South at the age of eleven years and was married
in the state of Georgia. During his boyhood he had
been bound out as an apprentice to a saddler, but be-
came dissatisfied with his employer and occupation and
ran away. Embarking on a boat at Pittsburg he came
down the Ohio and Mississippi Eivers to New Orleans
and finally reached Appalaehicola, Florida. Here he
became connected with one of the boats which plied on
the Chattahooche River and was a riverman for thirty-
seven years. He then retired and made his home at
Columbus, Georgia, but died during a visit to Hempstead,
Texas when he was sixty-eight years of age. His career
as pilot and subsequently as captain of the river boat
had been fraught with many varied experiences includ-
ing sharp encounters with the Indians, who at that time
inhabited the extreme southeastern part of this country.
He was a man of superior attainment and took an active
part in all measures for development and improvement.
He was too old to enlist during the Civil strife, but his
sympathies were all with the South. The mother 's peo-
ij'le, the Martins, were among the oldest of tieorgia
families and were slave owners and planters. The
mother died at Leadbetter, Texas.

Mr W. C. Kellv is the only survivor of three children.
His sisters, both now deceased, were Mary Virginia
MeMannus and Carrie Elizabeth Walker. During his
youth in Georgia he attended the common schools, which
at that time and place were of a very primitive char-
acter. Subsequently he attended Duff's Commercial
College in Pittsburg. In Pittsburg lived his uncle,
George A. Kelly, whose death occurred in that city in
1902 and who for many years had been among the
most wealthy and prominent men of the city. He had
served on nearlv all the important Civic boards in-
cluding the Western Penitentiary of Pennsylvania, the
Western Insane Hospital, the Smallpox and Ship Channel
Committee, the Commercial Club and he had for many
years been connected with the United States Marme
service. Mr. W. C. Kelly's father during the stirring
days of '49 had joined a caravan of thre« hundred
persons who went overland to California, but he was not
successful in the gold fields and soon returned.

Up to the time of the war W. C. Kelly was occupied
in the position known as second or ' ' Mud ' clerk on
a boat plying along the Chattahooche Kiver On April
9, 1861, he enlisted in the Tuskegee light infantry,
Third Alabama Regiment, under Captain Gube
Swanson. Sent to Norfolk, Virginia, he was placed in
General Hughes' division and remained in the infantry
service. At Malvern Hill on July 1, 1862, he was
wounded and was sent home for ninety days. At home
he obtained a transfer and in November, 1862, he joined
Forrest's famous cavalry and served under that notable
cavalryman throughout the war. His first fight of im-
portance was at Drury's Bluff, where the cavalry sup-
ported the land batteries in repelling the Union gun-
boats which were attempting to come up the James
River He was then sent to Richmond and attached to
the army under Joseph E. Johnston, remaining m John-
ston's command until that general was wounded at
Seven Pines, after which Lee assumed the supreme com-
mand. Besides the engagement at Seven Pmes Mr.

Kelly also took part in the terrific engagement which
marked the Seven Days ' battles.

Joining Forrest 's cavalry at Pulaski, Tennessee, Mr.
Kelly went to Murfreesboro and from that time was
on the move all the time. Every one who is at all
familiar with the history of the Civil war is aware
that the Forrest cavalry was one of the chief factors
in the Confederate army, and its brilliant and aggressive
fighting has never been excelled in the history of any
nation. Forrest about this time was given a separate
command and transferred to north Mississippi and west
Tennessee, and most of his campaigns were made
through this region. At the end of the long struggle
the Forrest command was surrendered to General Canby
on the Tom Bigbee Eiver in Alabama May, 1865, and
was disbanded.

On returning home to Tuskegee, Alabama, Mr. Kelly
became connected with the hotel business. There, on
April 6, 1866, he married Miss Addy Moore, a daughter
of Ed Moore, who was a merchant, a native of Virginia,
while her mother was a native of Alabama. There were
nine children born to Mr. and Mrs. Kelly and the eight
now living are: George E. of Giddings, Texas; Mrs.
J. J. Doyle; Mrs. H. L. Beard; Mrs. O. C. Jersig;
Ernest; Mrs. C. E. Wolf of Austin; Charles of Los
Angeles, California, and Felix of Sherman, Texas The
four whose residence is not noted are residents of
Houston. The deceased child was James Norman Kelly,
who died in Houston at the age of thirty-one. The
mother of these children died at Austin in 1905.

After 1866 Mr. KeUy went to West Point, Georgia,
where he was appointed United States inspector of dis-
tilleries for the second district of Alabama. In this
public service he continued up to 1868, at which date
he came to Texas. His first location was in San Saba
county and in 1869 he came to Hockley, in Harris county.
During the seven years of his residence at Hockley he
was acting as agent for the Houston & Texas Central
Railroad. In the same capacity he was then sent to
Leadbetter, where he was stationed for seventeen years.
For five years after that he was agent at Waxahachie
and then for three years was agent at Manor, and the
last two years of the thirty-four years of continuous
rural service was spent as claim agent for the Houston
& Texas Central Railroad at Austin. In 1907 Mr. KeUy
moved to Houston, where he has since lived retired.

He is adjutant of Dick Dowling Camp, No. 197, U.
C V and a member of the Baptist church. He is a
fine type of the Southern gentleman and possesses the
intelligence and courteous manners which are always
associated with the true man of the South. His military
record is one of which he is justly proud and he enjoys
the thorough esteem of his many associates among his
old comrades. Mr. Kelly bears a striking resemblance
to General Robert E. Lee, whom he knew personally and
was also a friend of General Forrest.

E. O Reed. At the end of a career of more than half
a century spent in Texas, Mr. Reed reviews with sati^
faction and pleasure a lifetime of accomplishment and
experience such as are the lot of few men and such as
can never happen again in the story of mankind. He
has always been a loyal and true citizen, was a brave
and capable soldier in the times when the south most
needed such men, and has been true in all the varied
relationship of a long and prosperous career.

Mr R O Reed was born in North Carolina, September
5 1838, and was a son of J. V. and Mary (Jayeocks)
Reed both parents being natives of North Carolina, and
married in that state. The family by descent is of
mingled Scotch and English ancestry. The father was a
planter and owned a considerable number of slaves, and
died in 1849, while the mother passed away m 1857. The
father was a man of considerable means and a gentleman
of the old southern school, and for a number of years



served in his district as a magistrate. On the maternal
side the grandfather was a soldier of the Revolutionary
war. There were nine children in the family, and of
these Mr. E. O. Reed and his brothers, J. V. and D. W.,
are the only survivors. Two died in infancy, but the
others all reached maturity.

Mr. R. O. Reed went to school at Hertford, N. C,
until he was about twenty years of age, and had then
advanced so far as to enable him to teach school. In
1860, at the age of twenty-two, he moved to Texas, in
Bell county, and began his career as a stock raiser. Bell
county at that time was in the outermost fringe of the
settled county, and his early years there were spent in
almost pioneer conditions. In May, 1862, Mr. Reed en-
listed in Company I of the Seventeenth Texas Infantry,
under Captain J. F. Smith, who is yet living at Galveston.
He made an excellent record as a faithful soldier, and
remained in the war until its close. He was first sta-
tioned at Little Rock, Arkansas, and took part in a
number of the skirmishes and minor campaigns over that
state, during which he saw some of the hardest and most
disagreeable of his military experience. The first engage-
ment of importance in which he participated was Mil-
ligau 's Bend, in Louisiana. Subsequently he fought in
the crucial battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, after
which his regiment was sent to Saline, Arkansas. He
was confined in the hosijital by sickness, so that he was
prevented from taking part in the Battle of Saline. Soon
afterwards occurred his transfer to the engineer corps
and for eight months he assisted in the construction of
pontoon bridges, fortifications and other military work
in Louisiana and Arkansas during the Trans-Mississippi
campaign. When the struggle was ended and the south-
ern armies set out for home he was discharged at Milli-
gan, Texas, and thence returned to Bell county.

In 1867 Mr. Reed moved to McLennan county, which
continued to be his home until 1891. During most of
this time he was actively engaged as a carpenter and
builder. In 1891 he transferred his business enterprise
to Velaseo and was in the hardware business at that old
town until the great storm on Galveston Bay in 1900.
He then returned to the central part of the state and
was a resident of Waco until 190H, since which time he
has lived retired in the city of Houston.

Mr. Reed in 1862 married Mrs. Nannie D. Reed. Four
children were born to their marriage, two of whom died
in infancy, and the living are: Nettie Bolton Reed, now
the wife of N. J. Kavanaugh of Houston, and Lola
Richard, now Mrs. W. M. Stewart of Houston. Mrs.
Reed passed away in 1905. Mr. Reed is a member of the
Baptist church and is one of the popular comrades of
Dick Dowling Camp of the United Confederate Veterans
at Houston. His residence is at 410 Fargo Avenue.

Richard Edward Brooks. Houston as the commercial
metropolis of south Texas has been fortunate in the pos-
session of a fine body of citizenship, including men of
ability and integrity to direct the large enterprises which
have been centered in this city and in this class there is
probably none better known or as an individual carrying

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