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James M. iliLSTEAD entered the
only in 1912, yet he has alre.nly a
his chosen field, and thidu^li' li
directed operations has sei\r,i t.j
ests of Waco and the surrounding:



Seld as a dealer
prestige in this
ities and well-
the best inter-
)■. To the ener-



Crate Dalton. The pioneer in the stock and
brokerage business in McLenuan county, I'vnte
has long been identified with the niuvini.nts :nnl
ties which have made Waco one of tlic> Irn.lm^ en
Texas, and both in the business field .mu :!h' p.
arena has disidnved elirirnrtevistir^ which lia\e



•s of
itical



men lie



acconipli^lu'^l iiiii.-h tliiiiiijh riiiri |,ri-,. niMJ initiative, and

his career ^.in.i' !ii^ ,,,;!<-,■ >hiy- hn^ I n .Mie oi constant

activity and <mi.. i h :ineenieut. :\lr. Dalton is a

Kentuekian h. • ma Te,xau by training. He

was born Dim c ', i -:;i. at Mayfield, Kentucky, and

is a son of lii iu.> W . :ii!.l lordelia Dalton. George W.
Dalton was born in Springfield, Tennessee, in 1S43, was
there married, and subsequently went to Kentucky, from
whence he came to the Lone Star state in ISSl and set-
tled in McLennan eountj-. Here he engaged in agri-
cultural pursuits during the remainder of his life and
passed away in 1912, at the age of sixty-nine years. Cor-
delia (Highsmith) Dalton was also born at Springfield,
Tennesseee, in 1847, and still survives her husband, tjeing
a resident of Coryell county, Texas. They were the par-
ents of ten children, as follows: Alice, Martin V., Marcus
P., Tolbert, Crate, Teresa, George W., Jr., Gilbert, Har-
vey and Leonard.

Crate Dalton began his education in the public schools
of McLennan county, whence he had been brought as a
child of two years, and subsequently entered Baylor
University, from which institution he was graduated in
1907 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. One of the
foremost pupils of his class, during his last year at col-
lege he won the oratorical contest for his school in com-
petition witli repn sentatives from six other leading uni-
versities (it tlu' state. Following his graduation, Mr.
Dalton to'ik np educational work, and for six months
was engaged iu teaching in the public schools and Bar-
ton College, but this work did not appeal to him and
he eventually turned his attention to other pursuits. In
1910 he became the pioneer of the stock and bond broker-
age business in McLennan countv, when he opened offices
at No. 301 Amicable building^ Wac, and since that
time he has built up a large and representative clientele
iu this field. Mr. Dalton has large landed interests,
having two farms in Coryell county, comprising 226
acres, and 1482 acres in Gaines county, the latter being
leased and used as ranch land. He is also the owner of
his own modern home at No. 2022 Barrett street. Mr.
Dalton has long been interested in political matters, and
his public spirit and loyal devotion to Waco 's best inter-
ests brought him favorably before the public in 1914,
when he was a candidate for the office of mayor on the
Democratic prohibition ticket. Fraternally he is a Ma-
son, and he also holds membership in the Young Men 's
Business League, of which he was first vice president for
one year and a member of the board of directors for four
years. With his family he attends the Baptist church,
and has been liberal in his support of its various move-
ments. He is fond of fishing and spends much of his
spare time at the sport, but finds his greatest pleasure
in his home.

Mr. Dalton was married at Oglesby, Coryell county,
Texas, June 28, 1903, to Miss Susie C. Isbell, 'daughter of
George P. Isbell, a retired fanner now living in Waco.
To this union there have come two ihildren: Lowell,
born May 15, 1905; and Lena F., bora Julv 29, 1910.



gies of those who devote their attention to the exploita-
tion of real estate, every community owes much for its
growth and development, and the really successful oper-
ator and he who gains the most in the long run is he who
advances the comninnitv's mten'sts wliile furthering his
own. Mr. Milstead ud'.I.iuI.IimIIv l^'huii^s to this class,
and to his energy .-ind imtiatiM' Wan. is imli-bted for
the development of sr\,.ial ^.vluins. Mr. Milstead was
born August 21, ]s7::. m Sumh county, Texas, and is
a son of John L. and .\iihlivd ( Ragsdale) Milstead.

John L. Mdsfead was Ihuti in Mississippi, but was
brought to Texas as a lad and here spent the remainder
of his life in agricultural pursuits. He passed away
February 15, 1912, at the age of sixty-four years, hav-
ing been born October 10, 1848. Mrs. Milstead was
born November 22, 1S54, in Cherokee county, Texas, and
dieil May 24, 1S93, having been the mother of three
children: James M., Jessie T. and Eebecca. James M.
Milstead was given ordinary educational advantages in
his youth, attending the schools of Tyler until he reached
the age of seventeen years. He was industrious and am-
bitious ancl made the most of his opportunities, and em-
barked u]ion his career among the world's workers in a
minoi- posifiiui in a printing establishment, where he

lear I tlir printer's trade. There he spent five years,

and at thi' eiul uf that period came to Waco, where he
became engaged in newspaper work. This held him for
two years only, however, and at the end of that time he
began traveling in the interests of E. G. Dun & Company,
being associated with this concern for a like period. Mr.
Milstead then received his introduction to the realty
business as cashier for the American Freehold-Land
Mortgage Company, of London, England, with office at
Waco, and for twelve years he continued to act in this
capaciix-, all the time gaining valuable experience. In
1912 Mr. Milstead established an office at No. 404 Ami-
calih- liiiihlinc. Waco, and here he has since carried on
his real estate operations. A man of enterprise, energy
and resource, he has been successful iu liuilding up a
large and representative clientage, and his operations
have been extensive in their scope. When not engrossed
in the activities of business, Mr. Milstead may often be
found working among his chickens, for he took up poul-
try raising several years ago as a hobby and since that
time has become somewhat of a fancier. He lielongs to
the Young Men's Business League and the Waco Ad-
vertising Cluli, and when he can spare time for a vaca-
tion takes frequent hunting and fishing trips. Frater-
nally, he is connected with the Knights of Pythias, in
which he has numerous friends, and his political views
correspond with those of the Denux-ratic party. He
has never been an office seeker, but at all times has been
ready to discharge his full share of the duties of citi-
zensliip.

.Mr. .Milstead was married at Waco, March 15, 1904,
to Jfiss Kuby M. Eandle, daughter of Dr. G. H. and
Emma (ilizell) Eandle and a member of an old pioneer
family of Waco, and to this union there have come two
bright and interesting children: Eandle L. and Mil-
dred F.

Thomas J. Be.\ll. One of the best known figures in
El Paso, Texas, is that of Thomas J. Beall, the well
known lawyer, who in spite of his seventy-six years, and
his long and active career is today one of the most
energetic men in the business world of EI Paso. He is
well known all over the state, both in a professional way
and through his prominent fraternal relations. He be-
longs to the type of southern gentleman that the exigen-
cies of the Civil war called into being. They were the
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cause was lost, returned home and devoted the energies
that had heretofore been expended on the battlefields of
Virginia to building up a devastated South, and the
honor and chivalry that is associated with the military
caste has always found its truest exponent in this class
of which Captain Beall is one of the few remaining
members.

Thomas J. Beall was born in Thomaston, Georgia, a
son of Doctor .Jeremiah Beall, a native of Georgia. Dr.
Beall was a prominent physician in Thomaston and
Macon, but removed in 1851 to Texas, locating at Mar-
shall. Here he was actively and successfully engaged
in the practice of his profession a few years when he
retired. He served as surgeon during the Creek Indian
wars, and spent the last years of his life on his ranch
near Comfort, Texas, dying in 1887. He married Susan
V. Xeal, a native of Georgia. She also is dead and is
interred in Talbofton, Georgia.

Captain Beall received his earlier education in the
schools in Georgia, although he was only a youngster
when his father came to Texas. He later attended
Tulane University in New Orleans and then entered the
law department of Cumberland University in Tennessee.
He was graduated from this institution with the class
of 1858 and immediately located in Marshall, Texas.
Here he practiced until the Civil war broke out and in
1861 he joined the Confederate army as a member of
the company commanded by Captain Van Zandt, who was
later to become Major Van Zandt. This company was
known as the Marshall Guards and saw active service
during the war. Captain Beall participated in the bat-
tles around Vicksburg, and then was wounded and cap-
tured in the first battle of Fort Donelson, in which the
fort surrendered. This was on the 16th of February.
1861, and he was held a prisoner at Johnston 's Island
until September of that year, when he was exchanged.
He then took part in the "defense of Vicksburg when the
citv was assaulted by General Sherman, the result be-
ing the defeat of the" latter officer. After the surrender
of the city General Gregg was commissioned a brigadier
general and Captain Beall was appointed on his staff,
with the rank of captain. In October, 1864, Captain
Beall took part in the battle of Chickamauga, where
General Gregg was seriously wounded. After his recov-
ery the general was assigned to the command of Hood 's
Brigade which was then on the march to join General
Lee. Captain Beall remained with the general until he
was killed on the James river near Richmond, during
the Wilderness campaign. The captain participated in
most of the battles leading up to the surrender of
Eichmond, among these being the battle of the Wilder-
ness, Spottsylvania Courthouse, Cold Harbor, and finally
the engagements near Eichmond and Petersburg. In the
battle of the Wilderness Captain Beall had his horse
shot from under him and he was again wounded, but
after the ball was extracted he rejoined his regiment,
for in those last terrible days, every man was worth ten
Federals, for they were fighting with their backs to
the wall and with the courage of despair. Captain
BeaU fought through the last campaign and after the
surremler returned TO Texas to once more take up his
law practice.

He located in Bryan. Texas, and there remained un-
til 1880, gaining a 'wide reputation as a brilliant and
able lawyer. In 1866, during the campaign of Governor
Geddings, he was offered the nomination for Congress,
which at that time was equivalent to an election, but he
refused the offer, having no aspiration towards political
honors. He was one of the eight electors who cast their
votes for Samuel J. Tilden for president in 1876.

In 1881, after a very successful career as a lawyer
in Bryan, Texas, he removed to El Paso where he or-
ganized the firm of Davis and Davis. This firm became
the leading law firm in the city and did a large and
lucrative business. In 1884 Captain Beall accepted the
attornevship for the Gould and Santa Fe Eailroad sys-



tem and removed to Fort Worth where he made his
headquarters until 1S87. He then resigned his position
and returned to El Paso where he established the firm
of BeaU and Kemp, which in its turn became one of
the most prominent and successful firms in the city.
Since this time he has been engaged in practice here
and his firm numbers among its clients such powerful
and influential corporations as the Southern Pacific
Eailroad Company, the Galveston, Harrisburg and San
Antonio Eailroad Company, the Western Union Tele-
graph Company and the State National Bank. He was
elected president of the State Bar Association in 1887,
and served his term with distinction.

Captain Beall takes an active part in the affairs of the
fraternal associations of which he is a member. His
chief interest is in the Masons, of which he has been
a member since the war. He is a Knights Templar and
was honored with the office of grand commander of the
order of Knights Templar of the state of Texas. He
was the prime mover in the organization of the Benevo-
lent. Protective Order of Elks'in El Paso and was the
first Exalted Euler of the order.

Captain Beall has been twice married. His first mar-
riage was in 1866, to Miss Laura Wilson, a daughter of
Colonel Thomas Wilson, of Brazos county, Texas. She
died in 1867. His second marriage was to Miss Mar-
garet Eagsdale, a daughter of Daniel Eagsdale, of the
state of Mississippi. Mrs. Beall is living, and is the
mother of four children. The captain has one daughter.
Mary Beall, by his first wife. Susan, the eldest of the
children of his second marriage, is the wife of E. E.
Neif, of the firm of Neff and Xiles, of El Paso. Nancy
married Joseph F. Williams, who is cashier of the City
National Bank, of El Paso. Florence became the wife
of John A. Covode of the Bank of Grand Eapids, of
Grand Eapids, Michigan, and his one son, Thomas, who
lives in El Paso.

William R. Sauxders. Jr. One of Waco's very suc-
cessful attorneys in civil practice is W. E. Saunders. In
five years he has won his spurs in many cases, and ranks
alongside many older men at the bar.

What Mr. Saunders is in the law is an illustration of
the old saying that as the twig is bent so is the tree in-
clined. From childhood he was accustomed to the ad-
monishing of his father to take up a legal career, and
his early ambitions having thus been cast in a definite di-
rection and with a liberal helpfulness on the part of his
father he began practice soon after reaching majority.

William E. Saunders was born in Winona, Mississippi,
May 10, 1887, a son of William E. and Francis (Allen)
Saunders. His father, who was born in Starksville, Mis-
sissippi, in 1852. was a merchant, and in 1892 located at
Forreston, in Ellis county. Texas. The mother was born
at Selma, Alabama, in 1859. Of the two children, the
daughter. Clyde, died in 1SS4.

The junior Saunders in 1908 was graduated Bachelor
of Science from Baylor University, and remained in
Waco to read law in" the office of ".Judge George Clark.
On June 21, 1909, he was admitted to the bar. and about
the same time received his license to practice in the Fed-
eral courts. His work has been entirely confined to the
civil law, and he makes a specialty of damage and per-
sonal injury cases. He is the junior member of the firm
of Witt & Saunders, who have their offices on the fif-
teenth floor of the Amicable building. Mr. Saunders
from 1909 to 1913 was assistant city attorney of Waco.
Mr. Saunders is unmarried, is aflSliated with the Knights
of Pythias, the Woodmen of the World, the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks, the Fraternal Order of
Eagles, and the Eoyal Order of Moose. In politics he
is a Democrat, and is an active member of the Young
Men's Business League of AVaco. His church home is
the Austin Avenue Methodist. When he gets away from
his profession it is usually for a fishing trip, since that
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Dr. John Mangum, oue of the leading and most suc-
cessful erponents of the osteopathic system of treat-
ment, has been in active practice of his profession in
Waco since he was graduated from the Still College of
Osteopathy at De Moines, Iowa, in 1907. Dr. Mangum
was born in Ealeigh, Smith county, Mississippi, on March
19. 18.53. and is a son of Arthur and Celia E. (Caraway)
Mangum. The father was a farmer and one time sheriff
of Smith county, Mississippi, and in his later years was
a merchant at Silver Creek, Mississippi. He died there
in 1898, when he was seventy-two years old. The mother,
who was also a native daughter of Smith county, Mis-
sissippi, died in 18.58, after which Mr. Mangum married
a Mrs. Dixon, a widow with one child. Five children
were born of the first marriage, — Eugenia, Frances,
John, Margaret, and William.

John Mangum was scantily enough educated in his
boyhood days, for he was only permitted to attend school
a few days at a time up to his twentieth Ijirtbday. He
began clerking in a store then, and continued in that
work until the fall of 188.5, when he came to Texas, set-
tling in Burnet county, and until 1893 he was cashier
and bookkeejier for F. H. Halloway & Company. Then
he was engaged as a cotton buyer for two years, and in
1896 he came to Waco as manager and head of the gin-
ning department of the McFadden Cotton Business.
In 1905 he resigned from that position and going to
Des Moines, Iowa, entered the Still College of Osteopathy
at that city, and in 1907 was graduated from the insti-
tution. He established himself in Waco soon thereafter
and he has since been active iu the practice of his pro-
fession, meeting excellent success in his work and draw-
ing to him a wide and ever growing clientele.

Aside from the regular practice of the Doctor, he has
given some attention to the preparation and manufacture
of a remedy for eczema, burns and skin diseases of
every order, which he puts on the market under the
name of Zee-Ma-Lol, and by the Dr. Mangum Medicine
Company, of Waco. This preparation, though but
lately placed on the market, has already gained a deal
of popularity, and is regarded as a reliable and effica-
cious remedy for the ills for which its manufacturers
offer it. Dr. Mangum has made a specialty of diseases
of the skin, and has met with excellent success in his
treatments of those disorders since he identified himself
with his profession.

On April 4, 1876,. Dr. Mangum was married to Miss
Jane Gibert, daughter of Rev. Joseph and Mary (Stan-
ley) Gibert, of Mount Olive, Covington county, Missis-
sippi. Thev have two children, — Bertha S. ami Marv S.
Mangum. The first named is the wife of C. E. Sherrill.
a lumber merchant of San Antonio, and the mother of
two children, — Charles M. and Eugenia, and Mary is
married to C. L. Maule, a bookkeeper in San Antonio.

Dr. Mangum is a member of the Pretorians, and he
and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church.

William F. Cole. il. D. Numbered among the lead-
ing specialists of Texas in diseases of the eye, ear, nose
and throat, is Dr. William F. Cole, who has returned
to the scene of his former successes at Waco, after five
years passed in other localities of the state. Doctor Cole
came to Waco more than twenty years ago and rapidly
rose to the leadership among the practitioners engaged
in specializing in his line, his thorough preparation, his
inherent skill and his deep and comprehensive knowledge
liringing him a large practice and high distinction in his
calling, and today he is repeating his former achieve-
ments and again rapidly forging to the forefront.

Doctor Cole is a Georgian, born in Franklin county,
January 24, 1857, a son of Jacob L. and Frances P.
(Herndon) Cole. His father was born at Westminster.
Pickins District (now Oconee county), S. C, in 1826,
and grew up on a plantation, adopting the vocation of
farming when he attained his ma.iority. At the out-
lireak of the war between the South and the North, he



enlisted as first lieutenant in Company I, of the Georgia
infantry, and served until the close of hostilities, when
he returned to his Georgia plantation. In 1868, how-
ever, he came to Texas, and here continued as a farmer
and cattle raiser until his death in 1880. Mrs. Cole, who
was also born in Pickins District, South Carolina, in 1828,
passed away in Texas in 1913, having been the mother of
nine children, as follows: Dr. William F., of this review;
Salina, who is now the wife of Dr. J. W. James, a prac-
ticing physician of Cal Allen, Texas; David H., a pros-
perous merchant and farmer of Aline, Texas- Lucy, who
IS deceased; Edmond M., a well-known cattleman of
Kent, Texas; Ida, wlio is .loceas..(l; ciau.lius. who is suc-
cessfully engaged in l;iMiiiii- ;it K,-i,i, Tcx.-is: Burder, a
successful farmer of Su,'.m;,i,). Tex;,-: ;,ii,| Samuel, of
Lake Charles, Tcxn-. wluir he .v a .,iu~|.,aMii> farmer.

William F. Cnl, u;,. rlrvcii wuis ul at;c when he' ac-

'■"i"l'''i ' '"- I' ' '' ' '- '" Texas, and here he attended the

I'lil'li' -. I ■ . I- i[ -I I Iv^nnville and Sherman. Following
tins la- Im.uii. : -in. I, lit of the University of Nashville,
Teuuc-sci-, 11 here lie » as graduated in 1882, with the de-
gree of Bachelor of Laws, and he next entered George
Washington University, at Washington, D. C. He was
graduated from that noted institution in 1889, and at
once took a post-graduate course at Georgetown Uni-
versity, succeeding which he went to Europe and studied
in clinics and hospitals in London, Paris, Berlin and
Vienna, from 1891 until 1893, in the latter year return-
ing to the United States and establishing himself in
practice at Waco. Here he continued in active practice
as a specialist in diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat
until 1909, when he was generally accounted the most
eminent and successful specialist in his line in Central
Texas. Giving up his practice because of impaired
health, due to too constant devotion to the duties of his
callilrg, he n-ent to Brownsville, iu the vicinity of which
city he was engaged in farming until 1912, and then
again started practice, at Brownsville. There he con-
tinued until January 24, 1914. when he returned to Waco,
and here he has i-ontinued to maintain offices at No. 902
Aiiiicaljle Building. lie is a member of the McLennan
County iledical Society, the Texas Central Medical So-
ciety, the Texas State Medical Society and the American
Jledical Association. He has done much scientific re-
search work, and his hobby consists of inventions along
the line of his calling. During his vacations Doctor Cole
takes frequent trips accompanied by rod or gun, and
seldom returns without some trophy of the field or stream.
In political matters a Democrat, he served as county-
commissioner of Cameron county from November, 1912,
until March, 1913, although he has not cared for public
ottice. That he was popular, however, is shown by the
fact that the voters gave him 355 ballots to 5 for his
opponent. Doctor Cole has been successful in a business
way, and is the owner of 240 acres of valuable land in
Cameron county. He was for some years a director of
the old Business Men 's Association. Fraternally, he is
connected with the Masonic Fraternity, a member of
Gurly Lodge of Waco.

Doctor Cole was married July 30, 1890, at Baltimore,
Maryland, to Miss Mary Brennan, whose parents were
born in Ireland, and to this union there have come two
children: William, who is deceased; and Frank B., a
student at Baylor College.

John T. Dollixs. In popular government the tend-
ency of the choice of the people falling upon men best
fitted for the special duties of the particular oflice is well
illustrated in the case of John T. DoUins, who is now
commissioner of the police and fire departments, of
water and lights, in the city government of Waco. Mr.
Dollins has been an active business man at Waco for
many years, was a patrolman and for eight years chief of
the police department, and the people of the city recog-
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community for supervising and looking after the impor-
tant duties lodged in this department of muuicifial af-
fairs.

John T. Dollins was born in Boyle county, Kentucky,
December 8, 1863, a son of Reuben H. and Mary C.
(Springer) Dollins. His father, who was born in Lin-
coln county, Kentucky, in 1826, was a farmer by occu-
pation, and moved to Texas, arriving in this state
March 7, 1878, and lived here the remamder of his days
untU his death, April 15, 1901. The mother was born
in Mercer county, Kentucky, in 1830, and died m 1892.
Their eight children were named as follows: Susie W.,
Stella M., Jennie E., John T., Annie B., Dudley E., and
two that died in infancy.

John T. Dollins was about fifteen years old when the
family moved to Texas. Up to that time he had attended
the public schools of his native state, and throughout the
period of his residence in Texas his career has been an
active one in vigorous pursuit for the means of his own
success and in work of public service. His first eight



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