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taken prisoner at one time and narrowly escaped with
his life, being exchanged at the last minute. He served
through the whole four years.

William A. Hudson was the only child of his parents,
and he received a good education. He attended Add-
Ean College at Thorp Springs, this institution having
since become Texas Christian University and now being
located in Fort Worth, Texas. Owing to illness he
was compelled to leave college when he lacked but one
year of graduation. He came to Dallas prior to his
father's death, at the age of seventeen and there se-
cured a position as deputy county clerk under W. M. C.
Hill. After serving six years in this position he se-
cured the position of deputy clerk of the District court,
in which he served three years. During these years
he had begun the study of law and now he entered the
office of Senator Culberson in Austin, Texas, where he
read law for eighteen months. He was admitted to piac-
tice in 1892 and then returned to Dallas. He was ap-
pointed clerk of the court of criminal appeals, where
he served eight years. He then began the practice of
his profession in Dallas. At this writing Mr. Hudson
is a candidate for Judge of the Seventieth Judicial Dis-
trict of Texas.

He remained in Dallas until 1906 when he came to
Pecos and became associated with T. J. Hefner, one
of the oldest and most prominent lawyers in the county.
This partnership continued for two years and a half
and then was dissolved. Later Mr. Hudson became asso-
ciated with E. C. Canon, the firm being known as Hud-
son and Canon. This firm has continued to the present
day and is widely known throughout west Texas, having
been very successful in a number of important cases,
and doing a large business throughout the section.

Mr. Hudson is a member of the Democratic party
and has always been an active member of the party.
He has served the party as chairman in this county
for the past three years. In religious matters he is a
member of the Christian church. He has taken much
interest in the affairs of the Citizens State Bank at
Barstow, Texas, being a director of the instituton. In
the fraternal world Mr. Hudson is a member of the
Masons, belonging to the Chapter and to the Eoyal
Arch. He is a prominent and active member of the
Knights of Pythias, being past chancellor and present
worthy master. He is also a member of the Woodmen
of the World.

Mr. Hudson has been twice married. His first mar-
riage to Miss Fossie Eowen occurred in 1888, and she
died in 1897. Two children were born to this union.
Willie Fay Hudson married Judge J. E. Starley of
Pecos, and Harl Eowen Hudson lives in Pecos. The
second marriage of Mr. Hudson occurred in 1898. his
wife being Miss Stella Bullard of Waxahachie, Texas,
a daughter of I. H. Bullard. One son. Hill Davidson
Hudson, has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Hudson.

Mr. Hudson owns an attractive home in Pecos, and
he is also the owner of the finest private library in the
town. His books are his chief enjoyment, and he is a
great student. He believes thoroughly in this section
of the state, believing that the outlook and conditions
in the Pecos Valley district are remarkably good for
people of moderate means, for land is plentiful and
cheap and when irrigated big returns may be expected,
especially since the climate is excellent.



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Miss Willie-de Woods. The woman question is cer-
tainly to the fore today and whether we may believe
that there is such a thing as a woman question or
not, we must face the fact that women are playing a
different part in the economic scheme than they did a
century ago. When, therefore, we meet a woman who
is doing a man 's work and doing it well, we must
stop and give her our admiration, not only for the
fact that she has proved that there is at least one
woman capable of competing with men, but also for
the moral courage that enabled her to enter the lists.
In Reeves county, Texas, the county clerk and district
clerk is a woman, Miss Willie-de Woods, and since her
election in 1912, she has proved extremely efficient, win-
ning the praise of all who know of her work, and the
admiration of business men for the efficient way in
which she handles the work of her office.

Miss Woods was born in Pearsburg, Virginia, the
daughter of Oscar F. and Sallie (Dennis) Woods, both
of whom were natives of flic state of Virginia. They
lived in Pearsbury f.ir iii:niv \.'ai>, mniinL; to Texas in
1903. In Septcinliri' of ili;it vr.-ir iliov -ottlo,[ In Pecos,
where Mr. Woods -ii-.i-r.! m iiioivli:iioli-iiio. He later
met with reversrs m his l.\isiiicss iiiol tln'ii it was that
Miss Woods showed the courageous stuff of which she
was made. She had received a splendid education in
her native city and determined to put it to some use
and thus aid in the family finances, for she was the
eldest of the tive children. She therefore secured a
position as deputy in the county clerk 's office and re-
mained here during 1909 and 1910. She next entered



id as a lad was introduced
grocery store of that place.



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tact with her, for she is };i>iii:ii iiinl L:niri..ns to rvny one,
and, in spite of her uiiilcm.'ililr :it : i ;irti\ oiioss. .-ilivMys
puts everything on a busiih - l,,i^i^. j tinny wlmli Imsi-

ness men appreciate and wliirl; w on an- so piour to

forget. Her success in her work at the court house, to-
gether with the fact that she liked the work so much, de-
termined her in offering her services as county clerk and
district clerk for Reeves county. She became a candidate
on the 1 leiiioriati.' ti( ket in 1912 and made a determined

tiylit for tl Iti.o :ii;.ilnst one of the ablest men in the

couiitv, .■iiid :i ui;iii hIio had had much experience in the
office, II. M. McKeller, Jier prcddossor in office. She
made a very thorough canvass, gohiy from hons,. to house
and town to town throughout the . oiiii!\ . ;iii'l licr record,
together with her determined fight, tuniod tlio tide in her
favor. She was successful and was elected by a hand-
some majority over Mr. McKeller, who was later ap-
pointed county judge. Miss Woods has the honor of
being the first woman elected to office in Reeves county,
and when one pauses to think that she is a direct de-
scendant of Patrick Henry, one can see whence her inde-
pendence and ability in public matters may come.

Jefferson Davis B.\etlett was born June 27, 1870,
at Water Vallev, Mississippi, and is a son of Josiah and
Elizabeth (Sitton) Bartlett.

Josiah Bartlett was born in Kentucky and as a young
man moved to Neshoba county, Mississippi, where he be-
came widely known and served in the capacity of sheriff
for fifteen years. During the Civil war he enlisted in the
Confederate service, faithfully discharging his duties and
becoming captain in the commissary department. Some
time after the close of hostilities he removed to W(ater
Valley, Mississippi, and there the remainder of his life
was passed, his death occurring in December, 1892, when
he was seventy-two years of age. He was married in
Mississippi to Miss Elizabeth Sitton, a native of South
Carolina, and she died at Water Valley, in 1888, aged
sixty years, having been the mother of four sons and two
daughters, of whom Jefferson D. was the youngest.

Jefferson D. Bartlett received his education in the pub-



lic schools of Water A'alle
to business life as a clerk :

There he remained until September, 1890, when he went
to De Leon, Texas, and accepted a jiosition as book-
keeper for Higginbotham & Co., becoming a member of
the firm five years later. At the end of aiiolli. r |n>riod
of like duration he disposed of his iutori'-i- m i' Leon
and came to Amarillo, arriving in this citv Scpiciniir) 10,
1901. On December 10, 1902, having sc iilo.l :i lo.-ation to
his liking, lie founded his present Ihisiihss. lie is a mem-
ber of Amarillo Lo.lge, A. F. \ A. ,M., No. 7:',1, and the
Eoyal Arch (;ha]iter, Xo. 190. II. i- ;ilso a, member of
the Polk Street Methodist Episropal Church, South.

In 1S95, Mr. Bartlett was married at Water Valley,
Mississippi, to Miss Amma Harmon, daughter of George
and Mary Elizabeth (Anderson) Harmon, of Mississippi,
the former a Confederate veteran under C4eneral Forrest
and still living in Amarillo. Three children have been
born to Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett — Harmon, born in 1896
at De Leon, Texas, now attending Lowry Phillips School
at Amarillo; Louise, born in 1898 at De Leon, and Davis,
born in 1905 at Amarillo, both attending the public
schools of this city.

J.^MEs Isaac Kexdrick. As a business builder few
men in northwest Texas have had so progressive and suc-
cessful a career as James Isaac Kendrick, now head of
a large furniture establishment at Amarillo. Mr. Ken-
drick gained his early experience as a clerk, and on start-
ing business for himself opened a very small stock of
goods in one of the central Texas towns. From small
beginning he has extended his enterprise until he would
now easily rank among the leading merchants of
the state. His career has also been successful from the
point of view of his relations with civic affairs, and he
has always been a leader and a worker for organized
movements which would benefit his local community or
the state at large.

James Isaac Kendrick was born in Scott county, Vir-
ginia. August 1-5, 186.5, and comes from a family which
in its several generations of American residence has been
characterized by the best qualities of citizenship and busi-
ness ability. Of Scotch-Irish stock, the paternal grand-
father, J. Q. Kendrick, was the founder of the American
branch of the name. He was in his time one of the
wealthiest men in southwest A'irgiuia. He took up his
residence in America prior to the Revolutionary war,
and, settling in southwestern Virginia, became owner of
large tracts of land there. These lands are toda.v worth
millions of dollars on account of their mineral reSQurces
and arr l.irudy . i.]itro|l,.,l by eastern capitalists. On the
maternal ^nlc, Mr. Ki iidi Ick 's ancestry goes back to his
great ui.in.ltiitlioi, |ir:i|icr, who was the founder of the
Draiier family m tins cimtry in the colony of Pennsyl-
vania. (ii;iiolf:itlicr .Io!i:iili,in hraiicr was a Methodist
preai-hci-. Inn ln-loiiycd to :i i|tii;iki'r family, and was born

in Phil.-I. loll, Ilia, of Scotch ,k-,-cllt.



Tlie t:itlicr of tl
Kendrick, ulm ua

retired m tl n |o

West A'iryiiii.-i. r
Texas, and whilo
dising and in the
moving to Piano,
business as a met
been captain of :



ss man was James P.
.■I, and is now living
i.nt life at Wheeling.

lie was a resident of
engaged in merchan-
t Ennis, subsequently

where he continued
he Civil war he had
' ( 'oiifi'derate armv,
.ciiiy wounded in tlie
icinl.cr of Stonewall



going tliiiiii-lioi.t ilic ^tiii-ylr nil, I liciii
battle ot' (nntv-lnir-. lie wns a men

Jackson'- c iraml durum the enrK veni- of the war.

In politics he is a Den rat and i- n nieml.er of the

Methodist church. Tlie niinden ii.n i li i. was

Annie Draper, who was I.om m \"ii'j'n i :nid \vn- mar-
ried in Lebanon, Russell county, tl.it -!,i!i', :n Is.'s. He-
death occurred at Piano, Texas, in lsS7, at the age of
forty-six. There were nine children in the family, of
whoin James I. was the third. Two of his brothers, M.



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E. and A. S. Kendrick, are residents of Texas, the
former at Piano, where he is a merchant, and the latter at
Dalhart, in the real estate business.

James I. Kendrick attained part of his early education
in the Emory and Heury College, near Abingdon, in
Washington county, Virginia. He also attended school
in Ennis for a short time, and on leaving school entered
the employ of his father in the store, where he remained
until 1885 and gained a thorough knowledge of business
details. On embarking in business on his own account,
he chose the town of GatesvUle, in Coryell county, where
he opened a stock of hardware and furniture, and pro-
ceeded with characteristic vigor to build up a trade. He
transferred his operations to the Panhandle country in
1S91, first locating at Quanah, and he conducted several
branch stores at different points in this part of the state.
In 1904 he moved his headquarters to Amarillo, and in
the past ten years has created the largest store and stock
in furniture and house furnishing goods at this city. His
store is sixty by one hundred and ten feet in dimension,
and there is a large warehouse for storage of additional
stock.

A Democrat in politics, Mr. Kendrick is not now active
in party affairs, but before coming to Amarillo was hon-
ored with a number of places of trust at the gift of his
party. Mr. Kendrick is now a director and the only
official in this section of the state of the Fish and Game
Association of Texas, an organization whose purpose is
the protection of game within the borders of Texas, and
composed of leading citizens throughout the state. Mr.
Kendrick some years ago took a very active part in hav-
ing passed by the legislature the law regulating the un-
dertaking and embalming business. He is one of the
oldest undertakers and embalmers in the state, although
now retired from active practice. He still retains his
membership and was at one time president of the State
Association of Embalmers. During his residence m other
Texas cities he has held such offices as alderman, mayor,
school director, but has declined official honors smce
coming to Amarillo. He holds membership m the Am-
arillo Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the
Presbyterian church. ^ , . , . ,

On June 27, 1887, at Waco, Mr. Kendrick married
Miss Maggie Kendrick, daughter of Capt. B. J. Ken-
drick, one of the pioneers of Texas, who died m April,
1912 at Waco, at the advanced age of eighty-seven years.
Captain Kendrick was one of the first settlers m the vi-
cinity of Waco, having come to Texas at the close ot
the Civil war. He served as a soldier in the Confederate
army from Georgia, serving in General Morgan's com-
mand. Mr. and Mrs. Kendrick are the parents of ten
children, all of whom were born in Texas. The Kendrick
residence in Amarillo is at 1110 Harrison street. Mrs.
Kendrick takes an active part in church work and the
activities of the Woman 's Club at Amarillo.

Sim Florence. A resident of Grand Saline, Texas,
since the early eighties, Sim Florence has a wide ac-
quaintance in and about the county and as the leading
insurance and real estate man of the city and proprietor
of the Journal and Sun. a weekly newspaper, his repu-
tation and standing is most secure. Possessing none of
the more showy qualities, he manifests in his daily walk
those more sturdy and quiet traits that mean so much
in their possessor and never fail of producing excellent
results in the better interests of the community wherein
their owner resides. Mr. Florence is well known among
the newspaper men of the county, having engaged in the
work soon after his advent to the county as the founder
of the Grand Saline Sun, which printed its first issue in
1893 with Sim Florence as projirietor and Jud Kiley as

Born in Lincoln county, Georgia, on September 13,
1841, Sim Florence is the son of Seaborn Florence, who
spent his life in farming. He was born in Georgia, of
slaveholding parents, and he was reared under that in-
fluence. He came to Texas in 1S69 with his family and
settled in Smith countv, where he died In 1S93, when he



was seventy-three years of age. His ancestors were
French people and his wife was Eveline Blayloek, who
died in Alabama in 1853. They had children as follows:
David, who died in Dallas county, Texas, leaving a
family, he having been a Confederate soldier; Gibson,
Martha and Lucinda did not reach mature life; Wilson
died in Smith county, Texas, in 1912, and he had served
in the Confederate army also, and, like his brother, he
left a family at his death; Thomas B., another Confed-
erate soldier, died in Henderson county, this state, leaving
one son, Dudley; John, who died in Van Zandt county
in 1893, leaving a son and a daughter; Hamilton died
in the Confederate service; and Virginia died in child-
hood. Seaborn Florence married in later years and
reared another family. He was a member of the
Baptist church and the tenets of that church were effec-
tively instilled into the minds of his oft'spring.

Siiii Florence spent several years of his boyhood in
St. Clair county, Alabama, whither the father settled
after the birth of the boy, and there he acquired his
education in the country school of the district as well
as in similar schools in Texas after they took up their
residence in this state. Like his brothers, he entered
the service of the southern army, and when he returned
from the war he taught school for a short time in Hen-
derson county, no certificate being required at that time,
the principal element that entered into the making of a
successful teacher being the courage to approach the
task. He later engaged in farming here, which he fol-
lowed until 1876, and in that year he moved to Wills
Point, where for some time he was engaged in cotton
buying. He came to Grand Saline in 1888 or 1889 and
here continued for a time in the same enterprise, leaving
it to enter the newspaper field and the insurance and
real estate business.

The Grand Saline Sun was the first vigorous and per-
manent periodical given to the readers of this industrial
center, and its literary and editorial success was the
result of the efficiency of Mr. Riley, mentioned in a
previous paragraph, while its business success lay with
Mr. Florence. They continued in control of the paper
for a time, then it was sold, and the Journal of Edge-
wood was purchased. In 1908 it was moved to Grand
Saline, and it now occupies an ideal newspaper home,
built by its owners after many years of experience in
familiarizing themselves with the needs of a country
office such as theirs. A concreA? building, with concrete
floors, amply lighted and ventiJated and equipped in the
most thorough manner, is now the home of the Journal,
a Democratic paper which aims to instruct and entertain
the home folk rather than to dispense political opinions
and prejudices.

In February, 1914, Mr. Florence bought the Grand
Saline Sun and consolidated it with the Journal, discon-
tinuing the name Journal and keeping that of the Sun
as it was the oldest paper. After the consolidation he
sold a half interest to Eov Walton who now has charge
of the best paper in the best field in all East Texas— the
Grand Saline Sun.

With the Sim firmly founded and its editorial depart-
ment well provided for, Mr. Florence turned his atten-
tion to the development of a business where his own
superior talents might be displayed. He found this in
the writing of fire insurance and in the exploitation of
real estate enterprises, a combination for which he has
displayed and demonstrated an aptitude and ability
wholly equal to his hopes. His business connection has
served to ally him with the vital affairs of the town and
his hand has" been seen in much that has taken place m
the development of it and its enterprises.

When Mr. Florence first came to Grand Saline he was
placed in charge of the mercantile affairs of Dr. J. C.
Austin the pioneer merchant of the place. As perma-
nent administrator of the doctor's estate, he wound up
its affairs and himself remained in the merchandise
business and in cotton buying until he saw an oppor-
tunity to engage in newspaper work.



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In 1S61 ilr. Florence enlisted in Company K of the
Third Texas Cavalry, with Captains Gaines and Johnson
and Colonel Greer in command of the regiment. He
participated in the battles of Oak Hills and Elkhorn and
went with his command across the Mississippi river and
fought at Corinth and other engagements in which the
Tennessee army was active, leading up to the fall of
Vicksburg, then going with General Johnston 's army on
the retreat from Chattanooga to Atlanta. He was with
General Hood 's army when it made the last Tennessee
campaign, after the fall of Atlanta, and after the battle
of Nashville Mr. Florence furloughed home, where he
was when the war ended. He was wounded in the hand
with a poisoned bullet at Newuan, Georgia, on the
Atlanta campaign in July, 1S64, but otherwise passed
through the war without injury.

As a Democrat, Mr. Florence has participated in state
politics to some extent and he was in the state conren-
tion when ' ' Charley ' ' Culbertson was nominated for
governor of Texas. He has always been a factor in
Baptist affairs in Grand Saline and as one of the older
members of the church here he has attended state con-
ventions and missionary associations of the church as
a delegate.

Mr. Florence was married in Talladega county, Ala-
bama, in September, 1864, to Miss Fauuie E. Curry, a
daughter of Allen K. Curry and Elizabeth (Hogan)
Curry, both Irish people. The children of their union
were Elizabeth, who died in Grand Saline as the wife of
Jud Eiley, without surviving issue, and Jennie, who
married Walt Smith of Grandfield, Oklahoma, and has
one son, Sidney.

DeWitt C. Pkiddt. Beginning his independent busi-
ness career with only fifty dollars of capital, and having
from early boyhood relied upon his own efforts to pro-
mote along the line of his ambition, Mr. Priddy is now
one of the foremost real estate men of Amarillo, and,
besides possessing a large brokerage business, he is the
individual owner of a large amount of property and one
of the successful men and influential citizens of "the Texas
Panhandle.

DeWitt C. Priddy was born near Booneville, Missis-
sippi, March 4, 1 875, and was a son of Dr. Eacy Priddy,
who was born in Alabama and later moved to Mississippi
after the close of the war. The paternal ancestry was
from Ireland, and its members were early settlers in Vir-
ginia, and the famOy furnished several soldiers to the
Bevolutionary war. The founder of the American branch
of the family was James Priddy. For services rendered
during the early wars one of the ancestors received title
to one hundred and sixty acres of land, including the
site of the present courthouse of St. Louis, Missouri, and
this property has never been relinquished or deeded away.
Dr. Kacy Priddy was a carpenter by trade, and during
the Civil war enlisted in the Twelfth Alabama Infantry
at the beginning of hostilities, and went through the
entire command as a soldier in Lee's army in Virginia.
He was never taken prisoner, but was twice wounded
and fought in every important engagement that took
place on the great A'irginia battlefield. He was one
among those who stacked arms at Lee 's surrender and
helped take the last two pieces of artillery secured by
Lee 's army. He is now living at the age of seventy-six
in Quanah, Texas, being retired after a long and suc-
cessful career. He came to Texas on December 15, 1880,
first locating" in Gainesville, in Cooke county, at the time
the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Eailroad was first being
operated through that section of the state, and removed
to St. Joe, Texas. For a number of years he was en-
gaged in merchandising at that place. The maiden name
of the mother was Mary Cornelius Osborne, who was
born in Alabama, of a family which settled in this
state many years ago and before the war were planters
and large slave owners. The mother died at Quanah on
November 19, 1912, at the age of sixty-eight years. Of



the twelve children in the family, DeWitt C. was the
ninth.

As a boy he lived in Montague county and attended
school in that vicinity, at Liberty Chapel, Montague
county, and completed his education in the St. Joe high
school of Montague cpunty. At the age of nineteen he
left home and started to make his own way. His first in-
dependent imdertaking was in the confectionery busi-
ness near Wichita Falls, where during four and a half
years he built up a good trade and made considerable
money, at the end of which time he sold his business at
a profit and then entered the employ of the Wichita
Mill & Elevator Company, of which Mr. Frank Kell was
proprietor. He continued for several years to work in
the milling business, and after resigning engaged as a
grain buyer for E. R. and D. C. Cobb, who were whole-
sale grain dealers. At the close of three years in that
line of business he came out to Clarendon, where he es-
tablished a real estate oifice and made the beginning of
what has proved a very successful career as a real estate



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