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to the latter state in 1901, first teaching in Arlington,
Texas. In 1902 he removed to Itasca, in Hill co\nity,
and here he began the practice of law. He had alto-
gether four years of experience as a teacher. He did not
remain in Hill county long, soon removing to Brad.v,
McCulloch county, where he opened an office and re-
mained for seven years, enjoying a very successful prac-
tice. During this time he served one term as county

In JIarch, 1909, he removed to Amarillo, Potter county,
Texas, and here he has resided ever since. His practice
is a general one and he has very little spare time, so
busy does it keep him. His offices are in the Bivins
block and he is enthusiastic over the future of Texas,
and Amarillo, never exjiecting to live anywhere else.

In politics Mr. Wright is a member of the Democratic
party, and he has always taken an active interest in
county, state and national politics. He is a member of
the Potter County Bar Association and of the Bar As-
sociation of Texas. In the fraternal world his principal
affiliations are with the Knights of Pythias. In religious
matters he is a member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, South.

On the 26th of June, 1911, Mr. Wright was married
to Miss Gladys Yoakum Gillette. Mrs. Wright was born
in Texas, in Greenville, Hunt county, and is a daughter
of William S. Gillette. Mrs. Wright's father died when
she was four years old and when she was seven she went
to Los Angeles with her mother and there they lived
until she was twelve years of age. She attended school
in the California city and when they returned to Fort
Worth, Texas, she went ,to school in that city until she
was sent to the National Park Seminary, near Washing-

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ton, D C, to complete her education. She graduated
from this institution with high honors. Mrs. Wright's
niot^er was a Taylor, a member of a well known family
of Tennessee, and indirectly descended from James K
Polk. After the death of her first husband Mrs Gillette
married Judge C. H. Yoakum, attorney general for the
Frisco Railroad Company, and a brother of B F Yoa-
kum, who is president of this company, and he has been
everything that a stepfather could be to Mrs. Wright
Mr. and Mrs. Wright have one son, Gillette Foy, who
was born m Fort Worth, Texas, on the 9th of February,

William S. Roberts. The Panhandle country within
the last two decades has proved one of the richest and
most fertile areas of the great state of Texas. The
more important factor, liowever, than the resources of
the land and cliin.-itr, is ili,. .-haiacter of the citizenship,
m whose hands aiv .m i iisi,.,l the destinies of this re-
markable couutiy. in il,,s 1,-speet the outlook for the
Panhandle is cspeeially bright, and searching in every
corner of the state would not reveal a higher grade o"f
social and civic character than can be found in the ex-
treme northwest. A family that well represents this
Panhandle citizenship is that of William E. Roberts, a
citizen and well-known business man of Amarillo.

William S. Roberts was born in Hill county, Texas
May 30, 1866, the oldest of ten children in the family of
Jesse and Epsie (Williams) Roberts. The Roberts fani-
is Scotch-Irish in origin, and the first ancestors lo-
cated ni Virginia. The great-great-grandfather of Mr.
Roberts moved west and became one of the early settlers
in Illinois and the grandfather moved from that state to
Texas, among; the pioneers. On the maternal side the
Williams family came from England and settled in Ten-
nessee, whence they lunve to Mississippi, and Grandfather
Daniel W.lliimis liii,-.l!,v lor;, ted in Hill county, Texas,
where he hiiimh;^ iI,,,s,. m ho developed the virgin land
from the'iiicss, .-linl |.l:iiiteil the first crops in that
part of the state. The parents of Mr. Roberts were
married in Hill county iu 1863. Jesse Roberts, who was
born in Illinois, came to Texas in 1854, first settling in
Navarro county, and became stock farmers and accumu-
lated much property and was influential in citizenship.
He is now a retired resident at Springtown, in Parker
county. During the Civil war he served with the Confed-
erate army for two years, and during that time was sta-
tioned at Galveston, where he saw only some small skir-
mishes and was never in the major campaigns of the
war. In politics he is a Democrat and is a member of
the Church of Christ.

Mr. Jesse Roberts is one of the remarkable men of
Texas, in one respect. He holds the world's champion-
ship among the old time fiddlers, and there is no one
anywhere in the country who can wield the bow over the
strings with iiiori' i;i,irc :iii.| :iL;ility and at the same time
jierfect more iucIo.Iimik .nhl .■ntrancing melodies than the
venerable Jesse Kolx-rts. lie never graduated from any
school of musical instruction, trained himself in the art,
and has the ability to execute all kinds of music. The
mother, who is still living, was born in the state of Mis-
sissippi. There were ten children in the family, of
whom William S. was the first.

William S. Roberts was reared and educated in Texas,
and began his career as a teacher. He was graduated
in 1893 from the well-known institution Springtown
Academy, and after leaving that school taught mathe-
matics for five years, and for ten years was engaged in
public school work in Erath, Cooke and Roberts coun-
ties, Texas. During that time he served two terms as
superintendent of the schools of Cooke county, and was
also a member of the Board of Examiners. In the
■Spring of 1903 Mr. Roberts came to Amarillo, where he
opened a real estate office, and where he has since built
up a large business in this line. He is thoroughly well
informed as to land values and resources of the country,



and is a real estate dealer in whom his patrons have im-
plicit confidence.

In political affairs Mr. Roberts has always taken an
active part, both locally and in the state, and gives his
support to every movement for better government. His
party is the Democratic. He is now serving and has
served for four years as president of the AmariUo school
board. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Modern
Woodmen of America, and is an elder in the Church of
Christ. . , . , ,,.

On August 2", 1895, at Springtown, he married Miss
Lulu Nolchutt, daughter of E. L. Nolchutt, formerly of
Tennessee, but settling in Texas many years ago. Mrs.
Roberts was born in Texas, and is a talented, highly edu-
cated woman. She was graduated in 1894 from the
Springtown Male and Female Institute and besides rear-
ing a fine family of children, she has talien much interest
in women's affairs, having membership in the Mothers'
Club and civic leagues, and other local movements. Six
children have been born to the Roberts home, and they
are named as follows: Lora,born at Springtown. graduated
in 1913 from the Amarillo high school. Miss Lora
gained special distinction by winning the first prize in a
contest offered by the Santa Fe Railroad in a contest, the
award being made for the best essay describing the edu-
cational advantages of the Santa Fe's demonstration
train. Two hundred and seventy-three schools and col-
leges in six different states and five thousand two hun-
dred and eighty contestants were represented in this
unique competition, and among others represented were
students from the University of Oklahoma, the Canyon
City Normal, Baylor University at Waco, and other
higher schools. Leta, the second of the children, was
born at Era, in Cooke county, and Lona was also born
in the same place. Jo Billy Roberts was born in Ama-
rillo, which was also the birthplace of Juanita and one
now deceased. Mr. Roberts and family reside in a com-
fortable and attractive residence at 1810 Tiler street.
He is also engaged in farming and stock raising and
owns a large amount of land in this section of the state.
Mr. Roberts has thoroughly studied conditions in north-
west Texas, and claims in" time the plains country will
become one of the leading grain producer centers of the
United States.

William C. Eutledge, M. D. A prominent physician
and surgeon of North Texas, Dr. Rutledge has practiced
medicine for twenty years, and for the past fourteen
years has been located at Denison, where he enjoys large
professional success.

He was born April 4, 1861, at Martinsburg, Ken-
tuckv, in Cumberland county. He is of English stock on
his father's side and Irish on his mother's. The early
ancestors of Dr. Rutledge, Edward and John Rutledge,
came from England to North Carolina. Edward Rut-
ledge was governor of North Carolina and John was one
of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and
both were verv prominent men. The doctor's great-
grandfather came from North Carolina and located
in North Alabama and the doctor's grandfather,
John Eutledge, came from Alabama to Kentucky,
and married a Murlev. To them were born eleven chil-
dren, six sons and' five daughters, Milton Rutledge
being the fifth in order of birth. There are a num-
ber of relatives in Texas, and most of them live in
Collin county. The doctor's parents were Milton and
Nancy (Smith) Rutledge, both born in Kentucky, and
the father, who was a farmer, came to McKlnney, in
Collin countv, Texas, in 1884, and farmed in that vicinity
until his death in 1909. The mother is still living, and
is an active woman of seventy-five years. Dr. Rutledge
is the second in a family of two sons and two daughters.
His early education was acquired in the public schools of
Kentucky, also the normal schools of Burksville and
Glasgow, Kentucky, and besides private study he pre-
pared for his profession in the Hospital University of

Medicine at Louisville, Kentucky, graduating in 1898,
with the degree of M. D. Dr. Rutledge also took post-
graduate work in the New York Policlinic, in 1905. By
license from the state board, he began practice in CoUin
county, Texas, in 1891, and was identified with the local-
ity until 1899, since which time Denison has been his
home and the scene of his professional efforts. He has
membership in the Denison, the Grayson county, the
State and North Texas Medical Society.

Dr. Rutledge is a Republican in politics, and has
taken considerable interest in party affairs. He is atfili-
ated with the Woodmen of the World, is a deacon in the
Christian church in Denison, and allies himself with
every movement for the betterment of his community.

Dr. Rutledge was married October 8, 1885, in Glasgow,
Kentucky, to Miss Sallie E. Myers, a daughter of Robert
and Mary Ellen Myers, now deceased. Her father was a
millwright by trade. To the marriage of Dr. Rutledge
and wife have been born five sons, one of whom is de-
ceased. The four now living, all except the youngest of
whom, are well started in their careers, are as fol-
lows: R. M., aged twenty-seven, is in the wholesale
grocery house of Waples-Platter at Denison; Dr. J. A.,
aged twenty-three, is a surgeon at Woodville, Oklahoma;
B. F., aged twenty-two, is bill clerk in the Waples-
Platter wholesale grocery house at Denison ; and W. C.
Rutledge, aged fourteen, is still in school. The Rutledge
home is at 1103 South Armstrong Avenue, and his office
is in the Security Building.

Louis Gillman. For many years America and her
business opportunities have been exploited in other
lands, and to her shores li.ive come people of every coun-
try to take advantage of these. ^Miile a welcome has
been extended to all and a large degree of personal
freedom assured to them, it has been the solid, thrifty
European who has been most acceptable, for in a large
majority of cases he has come already prepared for self-
support, and with aspirations that include the founding
of a home, the educating and rearing of his children,
and the assuming of the responsibilities of citizenship.
Such a man is Louis Gillman, who, as proprietor of the
Pan -Handle Furniture Company, at No. 215 East Fourth
street, is one of the well-known and substantial business
men of Amarillo. Although a resident of this city
only since 1908, Mr. Gillman has already firmly estab-
lished himself as a man of ability and usefulness, one
interested in the pirogress and development of his
adopted city and taking pride in its achievements. A
self-made man in every sense of the word, his career has
been one of steady advancement, and should be of a na-
ture encouraging to the ambitious youth of any land.
Mr. Gillman was born April 17, 1878, in Russia, and is
a son of Abraham and Katherine (Eyfa) Gillman, farm-
ing people of that country, who never left Europe, the
father dying in 1908, when sixty-five years old, and
the mother in 1907, when in her sixty-third year. They
were the parents of eleven children, of whom Louis was
the sixth in order of birth.

The son of a moderately successful farmer, Louis
Gillman was given a common school education at Visna,
but at the age of fifteen years completed his studies and
was apprenticed to learn the wood-worker's trade, which
he followed for seven years, in the meantime serving for
one and one-half years in the Russian army. Like thou-
sands of others of his worthy countrymen who could see
ahead of them in their native land only a long career of
hard labor, with but little chance of achieving independ-
ence, he left Russia in 1906, and came to the United
States, by way of England. In 1908 he made his ad-
vent in Amarillo, Texas, and during the first six mouths
was emploved in the establisbmeiit of Green Brothers
Furniture Company. At the expiration of that period
he decided to enter business on his own account, and
accordingly formed a co-partnership with King Broth-
ers, and established what was Unown as the Pan-Handle

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Furniture Company. Six months later he bought out
his partners, and since that time has conducted the busi-
ness alone, meeting with unqualified success. Despite
the newness of the business, and the size of its quarters,
the amount of trade handled compares favorably with
that of any establishment of its kind in the city. This
success may be traced directly to Mr. Gillman 's good man-
agement, honest business policy, thorough knowledge of
his chosen calling, and energetic, untiring enterprise.
At all times manifesting a desire to please his patrons,
he has made many of them personal friends, and at all
times has been popular with his business associates and
those who have met him in any waj-. It is only natural
that Mr. Gillman should be satisfied with Amarillo and
to have faith in its future, and to manifest this confi-
dence he has invested heavily in city realty. He is a
member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Merchants'
Association, and can be counted upon to withhold his
support from no progressive movements inaugurated by
these bodies. In political matters he is a Kepublican,
but only takes a good citizen 's interest in matters of a
public nature.

On January 2, 1909, Mr. Gillman was married to Miss
Eose Sborr, daughter of Gidalia Shorr, a native of Eng-
land, and to this union there has come one daughter:
Katherine, born at Amarillo, October 17, 1911. The
pleasant family residence is located at No. 1211 Pierce

Hon. D. Leon Habp. A young lawyer of San An-
gelo, and a member of the present state legislature, Mr.
Harp is very highly regarded as a young man whose
ability and accomplishments are certain to take him far
in his profession and in the field of politics, and at the
age of twenty-seven he has already made an excellent

D. L. Harp, who is of Scotch-Irish stock, and a descend-
ant of old families, who for many generations were plant-
ers and slave owners in Georgia, was himself born in
Texas, October 8, 1S86. His parents were R. M. and
Millie Harp, of Georgia, the former a lumberman of
that state. He left Georgia in 1883 and moved to one
of the principal lumber districts of Texas, in Cass
county. He was in the lumber business there for some
yearsi and in 1895 moved to Morris county, where he
was a ranchman and stockman in partnership with John
L. Sheppard. In 1901 he sold bis interests and moved
to the town of Naples, where he was iu the hardware
business for some time, later moving to Sweetwater in
1904, and still later to Cleburne. There he was in the
retail grocery business until 1907, in which year he es-
tablished himself at San Angelo, and once more resumed
ranching, which he followed until his death in 1911.
The mother passed away in 1912.

The fourth in a family of seven children, D. Leon
Harp received his first education from the public schools
of northeast Texas. He was then a student in Gray-
son College at W]iite» i iylit. in rir:iys,iii cunty. where
he was graduntiMl m i;im^ vmiI, tl,,. ,ic-irr< at B. S. and
B. O. From tlinv h,. ,.nir,v.| tli.' riii\rixity of Texas,
where he stndu'^l l;nv tnr rwn ycai<. lii 1909, having
been admitted to the bar, he began his practice in San
Angelo, and has made himself known in the local bar as
a forceful and well informed lawyer, and a speaker
both in court and on the stump, of execeptional ability
and fluency.

Mr. Harp in 1912 was elected to the legislature as rep-
resentative of the One Hundred and Thirteenth legislative
district for the regular two-year term. Since he was
little more than a boy he has been interested in politics
and has done much speaking in the various campaigns.
Fraternally he is aflHliated with the Knights of Pythias,
the Woodmen of the World, the Benevolent and Protect-
ive Order of Elks, the Modern Woodmen of America,
and the Loyal Order of Moose. His church is the

On November 6, 1912, the day following his election
to the state legislature, Mr. Harp married Miss Laura
Kirkpatriek, daughter of W. A. and Alice Kirkpatrick
of Whitewright, Texas. Her father is a Presbyterian
minister, came to Texas from Tennessee about forty
years ago, and has been devoted to his profession in
Texas for many years. He is now secretary of his pres-
bytery. The mother is also living and their home is at

Emette Westbrook. Now president of the First
State Bank of Sterling City, Mr. Westbrook has been
identified with this section of west Texas since the be-
ginning of his business career, and is thoroughly familiar
with banking and especially with financial conditions iu
this part of the country. He was formerly a private
banker in Sterling City, and has been identified with the
First State Bank as cashier and president from its be-

Emette Westbrook was born in Johnson county, Texas
August 5, 1874. His parents were J. B. and Joanna
Westbrook, who were of Scotch-Irish stock, and the
father was an Alabama resident, from which state he
moved to Texas, in 1869. The family were known as
cotton planters and slave owners in Alabama, before the
war. The father had three brothers and one sister, and
all of them married and had families. J. B. West-
brook for many years was a farmer and stock raiser in
Johnson county, wheie he died October 15, 1912. Dur-
ing the war he entered the Confederate army, responding
to the second call for troops in 1862, and "then continu-
ing until the close of hostilities. The mother died in
1883. Of the four children in the first union of the
father, Mr. Westbrook is the only one now living, and
there were three children by the second marriage of his
father, and all now live in Texas.

In the public schools Mr. Westbrook received his
early training and later attended the Grayson College
at Whitewright, where he was graduated in 1901, with
the degree of B. P. His first business experience was in
the office of Beall & Beall at Sweetwater, and he then
took a clerkship with Thomas Trammel & Company,
private bankers at Sweetwater. From there he moved
to Sterling City and started the private bank, known as
the Sterling County Bank, in November, 1904. In Sep-
tember of the following year was organized the First
State Bank, and the Sterling County Bank was one of the
constituent elements in the new bank. With the open-
ing of the First State Bank for business, Mr. Westbrook
became cashier, and held that position until 1910, since-
which time he has been president.

During his residence in Sweetwater, Mr. Westbrook
for two years served as secretary and treasurer of the-
city. He has been a Democratic worker, and is affiliated
with the Masonic order, in which he has taken the crvp-
tic degrees, and is also affiliated with the Woodmen" of
the World and the Modern Woodmen of America.

April 27, 1902, he married Miss Jennie L.
of Weatherford, a daughter of John Anderson,
in the furniture business at Weatherford, until his
death. Two children have been born to Jlr. and Mrs.
Westbrook. Emette Westbrook, Jr., is eight years old
and Miss Madeline Westbrook is four years old. Mr.
Westbrook as a banker has been able to contribute much
to the development of the North Concho Valley country,
and from his business experience here it is his judgment
that there is no finer stock raising country in the west
than that portion contained in Sterling county.

E. T. Miller. A native of Texas who has spent nearly
all his life in the northwestern counties of the state, Mr.
Miller has for several terms served as city attorney for
Amarillo, and is one of the rising young members of
the bar in that city.

E. T. Miller was born in Johnson, Texas, December 22,
1884, the fourth of six children born to Albert William



and Mary J. (Thompson) Miller. The father, a native
of North Carolina, came to Texas when a young man,
began farming, later transferred his attention to mer^
chandising in Egan, Johnson county, and since 1907
has resided in Potter county, being now retired and
sixty-eight years of age. He was in Texas when the
Civil war broke out and he served in the Twelfth Texas
Begiment and saw much hard service and participated in
many battles. For four terms he was honored with the
office of tax assessor for Armstrong county, and has held
other positions in public affairs. The mother, who is
also living, was born in Johnson county, in 1852, and
her father was a veteran of both the Mexican and Civil
wars. Besides the Amarillo attorney, the other living
children of the family are Jlarion, W. M. Miller,
Claude, Mrs. Margaret Slay and Mrs. Ora ilay Trice.

Mr. E. T. Miller, when a boy, learned to depend upon
himself for his personal advancement, and has followed
the leadings of his ambition until he now ranks as a
successful lawyer. He attended the public schools, and
finished at the" high school in Claude, the county seat of
Armstrong county. He subsequently was a student in
the Polytechnic College and the University of Texas,
and for" one year was a student in Washington & Lee
University of Virginia. After passing a successful ex-
amination as an attorney he located at AmariUo, opened
his office as a lawyer in September, 1907. Six months
later he had progressed so far in his profession and in
popularity among the citizens that he was elected to the
office of city attorney, and is now serving his third tenn
in office. He also enjoys a large general practice. He
is a member of the County Bar Association, and frater-
nallv is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, the Be-
nevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and the Woodmen
of the World. He is a Democrat in politics and a mem-
ber of the Methodist church.

At Claude, in Armstrong county, August 11, 1907, Mr.
Miller married Miss Agnes Zona Brummett, a daughter
of Judge W. H. and Fannie Brummett, the former
county judge of Armstrong county. Mr. Miller and wife
have two children. Mary Frances was born at Amarillo
in May, 1908, and lona Kate was born at Amarillo in
April, 1910.

JULIEN Levy. To have started in business on a mod-
est scale, with a small stock of goods and in limited
quarters, and to have built up the largest department
store in the Panhandle, all within the space of four
years' time, is the achievement in merchandising at-
tained by Julien Lew, of Amarillo, now one of the fore-
most merchants of that city. Mr. Levy is a young busi-
ness man who came to America fifteen years ago, began
as a clerk, was promoted for efficiency and by fair and
square and courteous dealing and on the plan of giving
good merchandise at low prices, has acquired a liberal
prosperity and an infiuential position. Julien Levy was
born in "Brumath, in Alsace, Germany, June 5, 1880.
His parents were W. and M. (Meyer) Levy, both par-
ents natives of Alsace, where the father died in 1884
at the age of thirty-nine. He was a merchant. The

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