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years were spent as a farm worker, and in 1887 he
moved to Waco and after six months' experience in a
butcher shop opened an establishment of his own in
that line. He continued to sell meats to the local trade
from 1887 to 189i and then took a place on the local
police department, spent four years in the ranks, and
for eight years was chief of the department. Since re-
signing in 1906, Mr. Dollins has given his active attention
to his large retail meat business, and is one of the suc-
cessful business men of Waco.

Mr. Dollins married Annie E. Seawell, a daughter of
B. A. Seawell, a carpenter of Waco. They were mar-
ried December S, 1891, and four children were born to
them, three of whom died in infancy. The only survivor
is Dudley A. Mr. Dollins has long taken an active part
in the McLennan County Democracy, is a member of the
Waco Commercial Club, the Young Men's Business
League, and belongs to the Methodist church. He owns
his comfortable residence at 1902 Barnard street. Mr.
Dollins takes a just pride in a capable, efficient and com-
petent administration of the department of public service
entrusted to his care and devotes almost as much atten-
tion to his official duties as to his private business and
his home and famUy.

E. L. Eandolph. The record of E. L. Randolph,
sheriff of Wichita county, is that of a man who has by
his own unaided efforts worked his way upward to a
position of independence in material things and promi-
nence in public life. His career has been one of industry
and perseverance and the systematic and honorable busi-
ness methods which he has followed have won him the
support and confidence of many. His election to the
office of sheriff, in 1912, by the largest majority ever
given to a candidate tor that office in Wichita county, is
a high tribute to his personal worth and popularity. Mr.
Randolph was born at Xashville, Tennessee, October 15,
1857, and is a son of John H. and Harriet (Davis)



John H. Eandolph was born in Tennessee, and m
young manhood went to Missouri, where he met and mar-
ried Harriet Davis, a native of Calloway county, that
State. Subsequently, they returned to Tennessee, but in
March, 1877, came' to Texas, settling at Graham, in
Young county. In his native State, Mr. Randolph had
been engaged in farming, and on locating in Texas
took up ranching as a vocation and was engaged therein
during the remainder of his life. He accumulated
considerable city property, was successful in his ven-
tures, and at the time of his death, in 1901, when seven-
ty-two years of age, was known as one of the sub-
stantial men of his community. During the war between
the North and the South he served as captain of a
company of Tennessee volunteer infantry, in the Con-
federate army. His wife passed away in 1895, at
Graham, being sixty years of age, and the mother of



five sons and two daughters, of whom E. L. was the
fourth in line of birth.

E. L. Eandolph secured common school advantages,
and on coming to Texas, as a youth of twenty years,
engaged in freighting. In the fall of 1878, he was ap-
pointed deputy to the sheriff of Y'oung county, and when
his superior officer was killed in a desperate battle with
an outlaw, he was elected constable, an office which he
held for four years. Succeeding this, he resigned his
office and embarked in the cattle business in which he
was engaged for six years, at the end of that time, in ,
1899, coming to Wichita Falls. Here Mr. Eandolph Vie-
came interested in farming ventures, in which he has
been engaged to the present time. He was elected con-
stable of the county in 1904, and four years later was
elected sheriff, to which office he has since been re-
elected, as before mentioned. In the discharge of the
duties of his responsible office, he has ever displayed
courage of the highest order, and a conscientious de-
votion to the tasks devolving upon him that has won
him the respect of the law-abiding people of his county
and the wholesome fear of the criminal class. He has
always been a supporter of democratic principles. Sheriff
Eandolph is a member of the local lodge of the Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, and has numerous friends
therein, as he has in business and political circles of
this part of the State.

In 1892, Mr. Randolph was married at Wichita Falls
to Mrs. M. E. (Davis) Williams, and to this union there
have been born two children: Sudie, born at Wichita
Falls, in 1894, a graduate of the Wichita Falls High
School; and Mrs. Nellie Wyatt, born in October, 1895,
who resides in this city.

Joseph Ramsey Ferrell, M. D. A number of the
most talented and learned members of the Texas medical
fraternity have devoted their attentions to specializing,
believing that in this manner they are better able to ac-
complish a greater measure of good than in the line of
general practice. Among the foremost is found Joseph
Ramsey Ferrell, M. D., widely and favorably known as
a specialist in diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat,
who for more than twenty years has been located in
practice in Waco, where he now has offices at No. 49 and
50 Peerless Building. Doctor Ferrell was born in Ten-
nessee, December 2, 1860, and is a son of Jesse R. and



Lucy (Ramsey) Fe
Cannon count v. T. ii
ily in 1883 ;in i -
a nurseryman. ; i -
and reliable i n i, i m



His father, born in 1834,
iir - r, . ,,ime to Texas with his fam-
I .1 the remainder of his life as
J :i\ in 1891. He was a good
i,.|i -tiious in his labors and thor-
oughly progressive in his citizenship, and won the re-
spect and esteem of those with whom he came into con-
tact by reason of his many admirable traits of character.
He married (first) Lucy Ramsey, who was born in 1836,
in Washington county, Tennessee, and died in 1862, the
mother of two children: Jesse and Joseph Ramsey. Mr.
Ferrell married (second) Mrs. Deater, a widow of Leb-
anon, Tennessee, who passed away in 1896.

The public schools of his native locality furnished
Doctor Ferrell with his preliminary educational train-
ing, and he early displayed a predilection for a profes-
sional career. AccordiiiLrlv, lie entered Vanderbilt Uni-
versity, at Nashville. Tenn,— ee, :iinl subsequently be-
came 'a student in the rmvei-itv ,,t Tennessee, where he
was graduated in ISs- "itli the .U-gree of Doctor of
Medicine. In that year he embarked in practice m Bed-
ford county, Tennessee, where he remained one and one-
half years", and following this spent eight months at
Nashville, with Dr. J. G. St. Clair, in specializing in dis-
eases of the eye, ear, nose and throat. He next took a
post-graduate course of four months in New York City,
and this was followed by four months in Vienna, and
upon his return to the United States he located in Waco,
where he has since remained. He is in the enjoyment
of an excellent practice, attracted to him by his skill.



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learning and sympathy, and since 1907 has been exam-
ining physician for the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Kail-
way, and has held a lilje position for the St. Louis &
Southwestern Railway since 1912. In the latter year he
was elected to the position of general inspector of the
school children of \\ aco for the Board of Education, the
pupils being examined twice annually. Doctor Ferrell
has never ceased to be a student and generally takes his
vacations in trips to New York for post-graduate courses,
when he is accompanied by his wife. He is a valued
member of the various organizations of his calling, and
his strict adherence to professional ethics have given him
established standing among his fellow-practioners in the
state. Fraternally, he is connected with the Woodmen
of the World, and he was also a member of the Waco
Light Infantry for four years. In a business way he
has been successful, and at this time he is a stockholder
in the Lumbermen 's Security and Trust Company of
Waco and owns several pieces of real estate in this city.
Progressive in all things, he has given his support to
the new political party of that name since its organi-
zation in 1912. With Mrs. Ferrell, he attends the Chris-
tian church.

On April 2, 1893, Doctor Ferrell was married at Car-
lisle, Kentucky, to Miss Marie Fisher. They have no
children.

Francis M. Maxwell. Among the strong and able
members of the McLennan county bar, one who has won
merited distinction in the tield of civil law is Francis
M. Maxwell, who for twenty years has been located in
practice at Waco. Tlie predilection which he manifested
at an early age for :i |iiot'r^^i.iiial career seems to have
had a good basis in In- iiitni:! icndencies and abilities,
for in the calling tn \\hirli I,, li;i< devoted his life he has
won substantial success and his position among the lead-
ing legists of his adopted city is tirmly established. Mr.
Maxwell was born in Coosa county, Alabama, March 4,
1861, and is a sou of Francis M. and Alabama R. (Jor-
dan) Maxwell. His father was born in Elbert county,
Georgia, in 1826, and was a farmer and planter through-
out his life, passing away in 1891 as one of the substan-
tial men of his community. The mother, who was born
in Coosa county, Alabama, in 1835, still survives and
makes her home at Waco. There were twelve children in
the family, namely: Reuben, who is deceased; Annie;
Willie E. ; Francis M.; Eugene; Thomas, Mary and Ora,
who are all deceased ; Cecil K. and Charles M., twins ;
Otis A. and Sidney T.

Francis M. Maxwell received his early education in the
public schools of Coosa county, Alabama, which he at-
tended until he was twenty years of age, and early de-
veloped a strong desire for a professional career. Ac-
cordingly, he began to read law in the offices and under
the preceptorship of Col. W. D. Bulger, at Dadeville,
Alabama, and at that place was admitted to the bar in
1884. After spending eighteen months there he removed
to Waxahachie, Texas, where he spent eight years, and
while there acted for two years as i omity attorney of
Ellis county. On leaving W'axahacluo lir w'u: to Port-
land, Oregon, where he remained tw(. year-:, .unl in 1895
came to Waco, which city has continued to be liis field
of practice. He has confined himself to a general prac-
tice of civil law, and has been very successful in this de-
partment, at all times displaying a comprehensive knowl-
edge of law and unfaltering fidelity to the interests of
his clients. He maintains offices at No. 403 Amicable
Building. Mr. Maxwell belongs to the various organiza-
tions of his profession, and devotes much time to study,
being thoroughly devoted to his vocation.

On June 6, 1902, at the home of his bride, in Fayette
county, Texas, Mr. Maxwell was married to Miss Lucy
Drisdale, daughter of William E. and Judith (Matthews)
Drisdale, and four children have been born to this union:
Edith, Edward D., Eunice and Francis M., Jr.



Robert Sherman Vaughan. Among the jironiinent
business men of Waco, Texas, may )»• m. ii :>,ii,.! ilio
name of Robert Sherman Vaughan, wlm i- ; ■ , ,,1

manager of the McLennan County Al.-! i ' ii v.
Mr. Vaughan has spent practically the \\\i.,], , r !,, i io
within tlir l.,.iiihl:,ii,.s nf tlie state of Tcxa> and is uell
l>nn\Mi airl 1m;^1i1\ i.-|MTird as :i business man throughout
til'' -tatr. Ilr ha- .lav. a,., I lanrh of his life to the wairk
ui wliK li la. 1^ a..\v aayayad and there is no nuin in this
section who is more thoroughly capable of holding the
position which Mr. Vaughan now occupies.

Robert Sherman Vaughan was born in McMinn county,
Tennessee, on the 27th of October, 1864, the son of Rob-
ert Y. and Martha A. (Tripplett) Vaughan, both of
whom were born in Tennessee. The paternal grandfather
of Robert S. Vaughan was a native of Virginia and came
to Tennessee about the time of the Revolutionary war.
He became register of deeds for McMinn county and in
other ways was prominently identified with the public
affairs of this section of Tennessee. Robert S. Vaughan 's
maternal grandfather was Joel Tripplett and he died in
1877 at the age of eighty-eight. Robert Y. Vaughan
left his native state in 1857 and came to Hayes county,
Texas, where he became in time a large stockman and
laud owner, .it the outoreak of the Civil war he returned
to Tennessee and entered the engineering corps in the
Federal army. He served in this department of the army
throughout the war, his entire service being in the state
of Tennessee. He remained in this state after the close
of the war until 1877, when he again came to Texas and
settled in Grayson county, later moving to Bosque county.
It was in 1880 that he came to McLennan county and
here he lived for many years, widely known and highly
respected. He always took a prominent part in local af-
fairs, both political and civic, and his death on January
12, 1912, was a serious h.-s t.. the \ illage of West, where
he was then living. Ha \\ a- aiyliiv ciolit years of age.
His wife was born in ls:a; aa.l .la. I m 1893, the mother
of ten children, eight nf ivlaaa an- living. Those de-
ceased are Thomas and Sallie J., who was the wife of
E. W. Neilson. The living children are John M., Joe
M., Robert S., Iradell Tennie, Flora, the wife of H. V.
Aderhold, Mary, the wife of T. B. Terry, Barsha, who
married R. E. Cook, and Mattie, who became the wife of
W. J. McFarlen.

Robert Sherman Vaughan received his education in
the public schools of West, being an attendant at the
high school of the village. He came to W-jm ia IssS

and there engaged in the abstrai-t liusinas-, I., iai; i>f

the first to compile the abstracts uf pr(i|i. rty in .M.l.au-
nan county. He w.as appointed deputy county clerk
shortly after taking up his residence in Waco, and was
reappointed at 'different tiuu^s, his term of office covering
in all a space of fourteen years. He was in charge of
a court department during this time and in the course
of his duties in this line he became fairly well acquainted
with the law in the matters under his charge and by
making it a special study he was an expert in this line
when he resigned from this office. During 1900 and
1901 he was traveling inspector for the American Free-
hold Land Mortgage Company, and carried out the duties
of his office so successfully that he was brought to the
notice of the officials of the Southern Pacific Railroad
Company, in consequence of which he was appointed
claim agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad Company
in the state of Texas. He held this position from 1903
until August, 1912, when he came to Waco to become
manager of the McLennan County Abstract Comjiany,
resigning from his former position. This abstract com-
pany has compiled the fine book of abstracts of the
county which are now in use.

Mr. Vaughan was married on the 6th of December,
1903, to Miss Corinne Foreman, a daughter of the late
W. Z. Foreman, of Waco, and they have one daughter,
Dorothy.



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J. H. Sturgis. The city of Waco since its very begin-
ning has had no more influential nor beneficent civic
factor than those furnisheJ by the Sturgis family. That
a community should be what it is largely as a result of
one man's or one familv's life of activity is perhaps the
highest possible tribute that can be paid to human enter-
prise. None would dispute that the city of Waco, espe-
cially during its earlier years, was deeply impressed with
the character and influence of the late Edwin A. Sturgis,
as in later years the city has also had among its most
progressive citizens the son of this pioneer business
builder and civic leader.

James Henry Sturgis, who has been actively identified
with business affairs in Waco for more than a quarter
of a century, was born in this city January 26, 1867, a
son of the late Edwin Anson and Eosalie P. (White)
Sturgis. The father was born in Maryland and the
mother in Virginia. James Sturgis, the paternal grand-
father, moved from Maryland to Hillsboro, Texas, during
the early fifties. The late Edwin A. Sturgis attained his
education and was reared in Maryland, whence he ac-
companied the family to Arkansas and subsequently to
Hillsboro. He became a citizen of Waco in 1859, a year
which practically marks the beginning of growth and
business enterprise in that town. He was married in
Texas, and brought his bride to Waco, and began his
career there as a general merchant. He had all the
qualities of a successful business man and at the same
time was a civic leader, whose name and support were
considered necessary to the success of every general
movement for the upbuilding or welfare of a community.
He was also frequently honored with the conspicuous
oflSces at the gift of the community. He served as one
of the first Mayors of Waco. Nearly all the early public
schools were built under his supervision, and on his own
account he organized a fire protection service, an almost
unique example of civic service, since the matter of fire
protection rests more inimedately upon community co-
operation than almost any other public necessity. He
was also the originator of the beautiful Oakwood Cem-
etery, and was the active spirit in a. number of less im-
portant enterprises. His death occurred in 1895 at the
age of sixty-three years, axter a life of long and honored
usefulness. His wife passed away in 1882 at the age of
thirty-eight. Of their children, besides James H. the
following survive: Edwin A., Jr., of Waco; Littleton;
Eowena S., wife of A. B. Cowan of Waco; and John N.
of Lexington, Missouri.

Mr. James H. Sturgis received his early education in
a private school at Waco, and subsequently studied in
Baylor University of this city, and from here went east
and matriculated in the Washington & Lee University at
Lexington, Virginia. He was graduated from this old
institution in 1886, and soon afterwards returned to his
home in Waco, where his residence and business activity
have since been centered. He engaged in the fire insur-
ance business, and also for some time was general book-
keeper in the Provident National Bank at Waco. Since
1906 lii-^ riitirr time has been devoted to the real estate
loan liiisiiH - -,, :iim| he has a large record of important
transait Mills .nnl :i steady patronage through these ave-
nues of r iiinrial practice.

Mr. Sturgis in 1SS7 married Miss Jenni.' \V. Mri'niinli.
whose death occurred in 1899. The one ilimulitci of t'n n
marriage is named Eowena. The ]ircs.iit Mi-. >'h'u <
was before her marriage Miss Lulu Ciiiiull of '^\''["-
Their three children are James H.. Jr., Carroll White
and Anna Elizabeth. Mr. Sturgis is a memlier of the

y. it. B. L.

James S. Kone. A prominent attorney at Denison
since 1897, Mr. Kone has enjoyed a large private prac-
tice, and has served several years in the otfice of city
attorney.

Mr. Kone, who was born July 24, 1S74, at Chetopa,
is of Scotch-Irish descent, and the only one of



his immediate family in the state of Texas. His parents
were O. B. and Nora S. (Standifer) Kone. His mother
was a sister of I. M. Standifer,. one of the noted political
leaders of Texas. She was related to the family of Mad
Anthony Wayne, of Eevolutionary and Indian war
fame. The father was born in Maryland and the
mother in Jlississippi. The former served as a soldier
in the Confederate army, and was all through the war
and fought in many of the best known battles. Later
he was engaged in the insurance business for a number
of years, and had previously represented as traveling
salesman a wholesale house in St. Louis. His death oc-
curred in January, 1913, while his wife passed away in
1883. There were three children in the family of the
■parentsj and the Denison lawyer was second in order of
birth.

He grew up in Denison, attended the public schools
there, later was a student in the Agricultural and Me-
chanical College of Bryan, and studied law with the
firm of Standifer & Epstein of Denison. With his ad-
mission to the bar in 1897 he began active practice, and
has since built up a large clientage in Grayson county.
In 1902 he was elected city attorney, an oflice which he
held for two years. In 1905, he was appointed to fill
out an unexpired term in the same position, and again
in 1911 the city council appointed him city attorney,
and he performed the duties of that ofiSce until April,
1913.

In political affairs Mr. Kone has been a worker for
the Democratic party since attaining his majority. He is
affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of
Elks, and the Woodmen of the World. On June 7, 1905,
at Sherman, he married Miss May Evans, a daughter of
J. F. and Lizzie Evans. Her father is in the real estate
business in Sherman. Mr. and Mrs. Kone have one
child, James S., Jr., seventeen months old at this writ-
ing. Mr. Kone is a lover of fishing and hunting and
spends his vacations as a rule in pursuit of those sports.
His home is at 819 West Gandy Street, and his oflSce in
the Security Building in Denison.



John Wesley Downs. A soldier, planter, journalist,
Major Downs has had a long and active career in central
Texas, and is one of the most eminent citizens of Waco.
Waco has been his home for nearly sixty years, and he
is probably the oldest living resident in point of years
of this splendid city of central Texas. He is one of the
few men now living who have witnessed its growth from
a pioneer community on the banks of the Brazos Eiver,
until it has now become a center of many railroads and
great commercial, educational and civic enterprise.

John Weslev Downs was born at Mount Hope, Ala-
bama, November 15, 1838, a son of William W. and
Henrietta (Sparks) Downs. His father was a native of
North Carolina and his mother of Georgia. They moved
to Alabama in 1820, and in 1854 brought their family to
Texas, coming up into what was then the frontier border
and locating at Waco. For many years his father was
the proprietor of tho Inrsost general merchandise store
in that town, and al-o roihlmroil :i Ma.-ksmith shop, and
was a leader amony linsiii,-s mni mnl citizens of this lo-
calitv. He was a stronu iiiiiii. li.ol tlio ,|ua]ity of true
Icad.Msliip, aii.l it «as natural tliat many followed his
.xamiil.' ii'npliritlv. «ith rom|ilrt,. r..nliilrn.-e of the sue-
,a-s of aiiv iin.lmtakina- to ivhi.li lio put bis hand. He
aiTumiilatcd a laryc amounr of ].rn|icity. and lived to
eniov its income and the general esteem paid him by all
wlio'knew his life. He and his estimable wife attained
the age of eighty years, and they reared a family of
twelve children, among whom Major Downs was the
seventh, and he is one of the three now living.

Eighteen months after the family moved to Waco, John
Wesley Downs, in company with L. S. Boss, who subse-
quently became noted as a general and as governor of
Texas, set out on horseback and made the trip across
the country through rough and uncertain ways to Flor-




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ence, Alabama, where both these young Texans entered
college and pursued four years of instruction in the
Weslevan University. Major Downs graduated from
that institution in "July, 1860, and returned home to
Waco for a short time before the troubles of Civil war
devastated the country. During this brief interim, he
was a member of the mercantile firm of S. C. Downs
Brother & Company. The father devoted his time to
other pursuits, such as the supervision of his plantation
and large other enterprises, while the sons had active
management of the store. Only a few months were al-
lowed for this quiet mercantile enterprise, and then the
war was precipitated and every civil condition and rela-
tion and occupation disturbed and thrown into confusion
in which it remained for four years. Major Downs re-
signed his home business interests to his father, joined
an independent company, and from OctoluM-. ^^>^^2. L;avo
two years of faithful and efficient servii-o tn tln' I'miiVd-
eracy. In -the engagements at Corinth. M i-~i - !|i|ii. in
the famous charge at Battery Eobenet, Iv was wiMnnled
in the groin, and so disabled that he was soon afterwards
discharged. However, he was appointed under the Con-
federate government to office as an assessor and tax col-
lector, and in this way continued his service in behalf
of the South until the close of the war.

Upon his return home. Major Downs received from his
father a gift of three thousand acres of land. As this
relieved him from the necessities of close attention to
business and the hard work of providing for the necessi-
ties of living, he was somewhat free to give his time to
the satisfaction of his literary inclinations and tastes.



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