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mother reared her family in her native country, and in
1904 came to America, and remained with her daughter
in Bessemer, Alabama, until her death in 1905 at the
age of sixty-three. There were four children in the
family. Mrs. Rachel Levy lived at Bar Le Due, France ;
Bernard, also a resident of France, and Mis. Delphine
Schwabacher, of Bessemer, Alabama.

Julien Levy, the youngest of the family, was reared in
Prance, and attended the high school at Nancy. Leav-
ing school when thirteen years of age he began
an apprenticeship in the dry goods business and con-
tinued in that manner until he canie to America. He
arrived in this country on October 13, 1898, went to
Bessemer, Alabama, where he obtained a clerkship in a
shoe store with his brother-in-law, and remained there
six years. He was next at West Point. Mississippi,

employed in a store there for eighteen months, and from
there moved to Augusta, Arkansas, where he was em-
ployed in one of the local shops for twelve months. From
there he came to Amarillo, and entered the e"mploy of
the Famous Store, his connection with that firm continu-
ing for one year. During that time he bought the stock
of dry goods, a department which the Famous Store had
abandoned, and remained in charge of the stock for six
months until he could secure quarters for his independent
enterprise. Since then he has developed his business,
until, as already stated, it is the largest store of its
kind in the Panhandle, and he occupies four large store
buildings in Amarillo, and is sole proprietor of the busi-
ness. One reason of the success of the business is be-
cause Mr. Levy goes to Xew York and other markets
twice a j'ear and his manager, Max Goodman, also
makes the trip twice a year, both getting new ideas while
doing the buying in the Eastern markets.

In politics Mr. Levy is independent, is affiliated with
the Blue Lodge of Masonry and the Woodmen of the
World. At Trinidad, Colorado, in July, 1906, he mar-
ried Miss Blanche Hollander, a daughter of Rebecca
Hollander, her mother now residing in California, and
her father being deceased. Their one child is Bertram
Levy, born at Amarillo, August 21, 1908. Mr. Levy is
fond of travel and outdoor life, and when business per-
mits he enjoys nothing better than recreations in the

Houston Hayxie. With a splendid record in busi-
ness, and as a soldier of the Confederacy, Houston Hay-
nie has been a resident of Kaufman county since 1885,
has been identified with farming, for some time has
managed a large cotton gin. and has also been interested
in banking and in civic affairs in his county and home
locality. His career has been one of exceptional in-
terest. He fought valiantly as a soldier, and had hardly
attained to manhood when the war closed. He began his
career as a farmer with practically no capital and by
many years of continuous effort and honorable dealings
long since acquired a competence, and now lives sur-
rounded with the comforts of material existence, and
with a large and happy family of children and grand-

Houston Haynie was born in Pontotoc county, Mis-
sissippi, November 7, 1845, and spent most of his life
there until he moved to Texas in 1885. From 1878
until he left the state, the portion of Pontotoc county in
which he was born was made into a new county, known
as Union county. His father was Elijah B. Haynie,
who settled in Mississippi from Anderson district in
South Carolina. Elijah B. Haynie was born about 1806,
and died in 1846, soon after reaching Mississippi. He
was at hat-maker and planter, by occupation. In South
Carolina he married Jane Caldwell, a daughter of Wil-
liam Caldwell of South Carolina origin. The Caldwell
family, it should be noted were not slave holders. There
were "only two children in the family of Elijah B. Hay-
nie and "wife. The older was W. M. Haynie, who died
in Kaufman county, Texas, in 1911, and by his two
wives, Mary Moore, and Alice Caldwell left a family of
children, "w. M. Haynie was at one time sheriff of
Kaufman countv, and" for a number of years operated
a gin at Kaufman. The mother of Houston Haynie died
about 1860. His father had a number of brothers and
sisters and among the brothers were Charles, who spent
his life in Anderson district of South Carolina; Martin
and Britton, both of whom moved to Alabama, and
lived there until death; George, who died in North
Georgia; Reuben, who probably lived in the same local-
ity; Gideon H., who came to Mississippi at the same time
with his brother Elijah and .lied there. There were
three sisters, but their names and facts of their existence
are not known.

Houston Havnie grew up in the home of his grand-
father Caldwell, and his early career was spent on a

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farm, during nbioh time he received the advantages of
country schools. AVhen he was seventeen years old in
1862, he enlisted in Company G of the Forty-fifth Mis-
sissippi Infantry under Captain John N. Sloan and
Col. A. B. Hardeastle. Later he was under the com-
mand of Col. W. H. H. Tyson, in Lowrey's Brigade,
Pat Cleyburne 's Division of Hardee 's corps, Army of the
Tennessee. His regiment joined the army at Tullahome,
Tennessee, and took part in many of the famous Atlan-
tic campaign. He was at Chickamauga, Mission Ridge,
Ringgold Gap, Resaea, New Hope Church, Kennesaw
Jlountain, Atlanta, Jonesboro, and was in the big en-
gagement of the twenty-second of July, 1864, before
Atlanta. With Hood 's army, he went back into Tennes-
see, and captured many Federal prisoners on the way to

H<- v\.-i- .•n^:iL;.'d in detail duty at the time of the bat-
tle .il I'l.iiikliii, :ind immediately thereafter his com-
pany \ (lisliiihlod. and its members secured horses
and many of tljcni joined Forrest's Cavalry. With that
famous command, Mr. Haynie engaged in desultory
fighting and skirmishing until his surrender at Meridian,
Mississippi. Only once in his many campaigns and
marches and battles was he hit by a ijall, and that was
at New Hope Church. He kept good health throughout
the service, and when mustered out was ready to take
up the battle of civic life at once.

Witli the close of the war his possessions consisted
only of the clothes which he wore home and a dollar bill
on an Alabama bank. Twenty years of age he took up
farming on his grandfather's place, where he lived three
years, ami tliiii sj^it married. He set up for himself in
Uiiiiiii r,,mity. viliich was still a part nt' l'(int(.tMc .-nunty.
He iiia-l(' ;i liltir more than a liviiiy. ami witli his in-
creasing family was induced to migiati' to Ti'xas by his
brother, who had aheadv moved to the Star State.
He brought his wife and two children, and in 1885 began
his career in Kaufman county. Renting land near Kemp
from John T. Rice, he spent two years there, and next
bought a lot in Kemp, where he put up a resdience, and
continued for two seasons to rent land and farm. At the
end of two years he bought eighty acres of improved
land, and subser|uently added to his estate considerable
new laml, buying at prices ranging from two dollars to
three and a half per acre. He finally accumulated five
hundred acres, and having inijiroved' it and its value
having also increased through tin' gradual rise in prop-
erty values in Texas, he evtntn:illv suM at a good profit.
He invested in the proceeds of lind ad i. lining the town
site of Kemp, and some of tliis |.rM|„.rty has since become
a part of the town. A considerable part of his land is
being i-nltivat. .1 . \iry srason, and the whole represents a
large anil |iriilitalili' inxestment. In 1901 the family
became identilied with mercantile enterprise, when the
sons engaged in Kemp as general merchants under the
title of Haynie Brothers. They are still connected with
merchandising there, and among the other family con-
nections are large interests in land in Kaufman and Hen-
derson county. Some years ago Mr. Haynie organized
the First National Bank of Kemp, with a capital stock
of twenty-five thousand dollars, and was a director from
its start and is now vice president.

In politics, Mr. Havnie has long had an active and in-
fluential part. He has attemled state conventions in
Texas, and assisted in the nomination of Governor Col-
quitt. He has served on the executive committe of Kauf-
man county, and previous to his removal to Texas was
county treasurer of Union County. Mississippi, for four
years,' from 1878 to 1882. Immediately after the war he
had joined the local democracy in Mississippi, in sup-
port of local management of affairs, and with many of
his fellow citizens took an earnest and etfective part
in the movements which eventually brought about the
ousting of the carpetbag rule in the state. He at-
tended various state conventions in ilississippi and
helped to nominate Governor Lowrey. This was General

Bol] Lowrey in contra-distinction from General M. P.
Lu>\rey. who had been his brigade commander during
tho war. aiiil \\ ho was a noted Baptist preacher in Missis-
sipl'i- In .Inly, 1913, Governor Colquitt tendered the
suiierinrm.liiiiy of the Confederate Home at Austin to
Mr. Houston Haynie, but owing to ill health, he had to
regretfully decline the honor. At the present time he is
a member of the board of managers. He has been a
member of the Confederate Veterans Association, has at-
tended many of their national reunions, and belongs to
the Juda P. Benjamin Camp at Kaufman. With the
Baptist church his membership has been active for
many years, and fraternally he is aflSliated with the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, is a past grand, and
has attended the Grand Lodge.

On January S, 1868, Mr. Haynie married Miss Mary
E. larldf, a daughter of Frank and .Mary (Stephenson)
'.iililo. Alls. Ilavnie was one in the following family
of iliiMivn; .John; James; Thomas: Kliza, who" married
Pi.'s|,.y Cihluell; Martha, who first married William
West, who was killed in the army of the south, and for
her second husband married William Caldwell; Mary E. ;
and Rebecca, who married John Haynie. To Mr. and
Mrs. Haynie were born the following children : Virgil A.,
a merchant of Kemp; and Martin Lamar, also in
merchandising at Kemp. A'irgil A., first married Kate
Votton, and his second wife was Miss Ola Boles. Martin
L. Haynie married Miss Nettie Holly. Mr. Haynie has
grandchildren by both sons. The children of Virgil and
wife are: Henry Waterson, cashier of the First Na-
tional Bank of Kemp; Mary; Clarence W. ; Jennie;
Mabel; Annie; Charles; and Sibyl. Martin Haynie 's
children are: May; Roy; John and Donald.

W. H. DocKRAY. Among the prominent and success-
ful men in Aniarillo, Texas, is W. H. Doekray. He has
been engaged in real estate and in the land business in
this section of the state for a number of years and has
won a reputation for keen business sense" and n strict
sense of honor that makes him a popular man to di'id
with. He has always taken an active part in iho i|i\(l-
opment of this section and has given liotli time ami
money to improving conditions in this part of Texas.

W. H. Doekray was born in Dallas, Texas, on the
6th of February, "1871, the son of I. G. T. and Pamthae
(Morgan) Doekray. His father was born in the state
, T.' until after the
Uri] in Fannin countv,
I ami a merchant. He

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I'm-i, Ti \;i-, iiirii Kii n::- -:\ty years of age. His wife
was :i native of Mississippi, who came to Texas in the
early days. She is still living and makes her home in
Center Point, Kerr county, Texas.

It was in the above locality that W. H. Doekray was
reared. He attended the local schools and when he had
outgrown their methods of instruction he entered the
ITniversity of Texas at Austin, where he took the law
course and was graduated in 1S92. He never took up the
practice of law, however, preferring a business career.
He first went to ilexico City, and spent some time there
studving conditions with an to engaging in business,
but did not care for the Outlook and so returned to
Austin, where he engaged in the real estate business.
He made a success of his business and felt free after a
time to indulge a desire which had always animated
him, that is to take a trip to the Old World. He spent
some time journeying through Europe and upon his re-
turn re-engaged in business, being interested in building
and loan associations. He was on the road for the as-
sociation until 190.3 when he came to Amarillo and
started here in the land business. He has been engaged
in the general land business here ever since and has

of Alabama and did not
close of the Civil war.
Texas, where he became :



made a decided success, his business growing until it is
now carried on on a large scale. He was among the men
who founded the thriving town of Dalhart, Texas. He
was one of the finance committee who financed the
Woodmen of the World building in Amarillo, which is
one of the best buildings in the state.

Mr. Doekray is a member of the Woodmen of the
World and of "the Knights of Pythias and has served as
grand representative of the Palo Duro lodge. In poli-
tics he is a member of the Democratic party, and is
actively interested in the success of his party, though
not earing for oflSce.

Mr. Doekray was married in May, 1901, to Miss Lola
Veek, the marriage taking place in San Angelo, Texas.
Mrs. Doekray is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Veck,
her father being deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Doekray have
no children.

A. A. Lumpkin. An Amarillo lawyer, a resident of
the city for more than ten years, Mr. Lumpkin has en-
joyed exceptional success in his practice, and in his
present association with two other leading lawyers of
the city is identified with what is regarded as the best
legal practice in the Panhandle. Mr. Lumpkin has been
a resident of Amarillo from the time it was a town of
2,500 people, nntil it is now a population of more than
ten thousand, and whenever possible has given his own
co-operation and help to promoting the prosperity of this
remarkable young city of northwest Texas.

A. A. Lumpkin was born in ileridian, Texas, Septem-
ber 30, 1878, the second of three children in the family
of S. H. and Laura (Alexander) Lumpkin. The father
was born in South Carolina, and the mother in Texas.
S. H. Lumpkin came to Texas in 1874, settling at La-
Grange. He was a teacher during his early life, then
studied law with the firm of Brown & Lane at Houston,
and is now living retired after a successful practice at
Meridian, being sixty-two years of age. The mother
was born, reared and educated in Texas, where she mar-
ried. Her death occurred at Meridian in 1908 when
fifty-five years of age. Of their children the oldest is
Mrs. Otis Trulove, a resident of Plainview. Mr. Lump-
kin is next to the oldest in order of birth. The second
daughter, Mrs. E. B. Mayfield, is the wife of Mr.
Mayfield, the present railroad commissioner of Texas,
and one of the best known men in the public life of the

He attended school at Georgetown and in the State
University of Texas at Austin, graduating from the law
department of the latter institution in 1899. He began
his practice at Meridian, where he remained for two
years, and in 1902 located in Amarillo. He became a
partner of Judge H. H. Wallace, and had special op-
portunities for acquiring a practice in that association,
which continued until the death of Judge Wallace in Jan-
uary, 1909. Until September 1st, 1913, he has been as-
sociated in practice with Mr. S. E. Merrill, and Mr. H.
H. Cooper. These three gentlemen are regarded as
among the ablest attorneys of the Panhandle. Their
law library is probably the most extensive and best se-
lected owned by any law firm in the northwestern sec-
tion of the state.

Mr. Lumpkin is a Democrat, is a member of the Potter
County Bar Association, is aflSliated with York Eite
Masonry through the Knights Templar Degrees, and the
Mystic Shrine, and with the Woodmen of the World and
the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was
married at Meridian, Texas, June 5, 1907, to Miss Ada
Dunlap, who was born in this state, a daughter of T. L.
and Lou (Hall) Dunlap, both her parents being now
residents of Meridian. The three children in the Lump-
kin family are named as follows: Simon, born at Ama-
rillo, July 23, 1909; Cynthia, born at Amarillo, Septem-
ber 22, 1911; and Hugh, born at Amarillo, February 13,

George Stewart Murphy, JI. D. A distinctive and
valuable contribution to the facilities for health and serv-
ice to the sick in Amarillo and vicinity has been contrib-
uted by Dr. ilurphy, who some years ago located in this
city and established a sanitarium which now has a reputa-
tion all over this section of the state. Dr. Murphy is a
physician and surgeon of broad experience, having had a
number of years ' practical work in hospitals and sani-
tariums of Chicago and elsewhere, and being one of the
most competent men of his profession in the Texas Pan-

George Stewart Murphy was born at Chicago, Illinois,
November 28, 1868, a son of John A. and Katherine
Louise (Wright) Murphy. The parents were both na-
tives of Ontario, Canada, the mother having been born
at Glengarry, and came to Chicago in 1863, where the
father was m the general contracting business until his
death in June, 1911, when seventy-two years of age.
The mother passed away in December, 1910, at the age of
sixty-one. They were the parents of three children.
The doctor's sister, Mrs. E. A. Bell, is a resident of
Helena, Montana.

Dr. Murphy, the oldest of the children, attended the
public schools of Chicago and for his medical training
was a student in the Creighton University at Omaha,
Nebraska, where he was graduated in medicine in 1896.
He began his practice in Iowa at Macedonia, where
he remained two years and then moved to Chicago, where
he took post-graduate work and was associated with
some of the most eminent practitioners of the state in
hospital experience. After four years he took charge of
a hospital in the vicinity of Chicago and conducted the
institution for eight years. At the end of that time he
came to Texas and established the Lubbock Hospital,
running the same for three years. He then removed to
Amarillo, establishing the Amarillo Hospital with an
equipment of twelve beds and every convenience and
facility which are found in modern first-class hospitals
and sanitariums. Dr. Murphy is a member of the County
and State Medical Societies,' and the American Medical
Association, is nfliliated with the Benevolent and Protect-
ive Order of Elks, and the Blue Lodge of Masons. He
has served as city health officer at Lubbock, Texas. In
politics he is a Democrat and belongs to the Episcopal
church. At Omaha, in Janary, 1897, the doctor married
Miss Grace E. Bartlett, a daughter of E. C. and Mary
J. (Moore) Bartlett, of Omaha. Her father died at
Seymour, Missouri, in 1905, and her mother is now liv-
ing at Greenfield, Idaho. The two children of the doc-
tor and wife are John Bartlett Murphy, born at Jlace-
donia, Iowa, June 16, 1898, and now a student in the
high school; and Mary Louise Murphy, born Decem-
ber 29, 1900, at Chicago', and also attending school.

James T. Montgomery. A member of the strong
and successful law firm of Carrigan, Montgomery &
Brittain, with oflSces in the Kemp-Kell Building in
Wichita Falls, Mr. Montgomery has been identified with
the legal profession in Texas "for thirty years, and as
a citizen has witnessed and taken a part in the develop-
ment of the country of northwest Texas from its pioneer
time. He practice'd in the country to the west of Fort
Worth in the days when a court district comprised from
half a dozen to "a dozen counties, and when the popula-
tion consisted almost wholly of cattlemen, with only a
sprinkling of farmers and homesteaders. Mr. Montgom-
ery has been in practice at Wichita Fall^ for nearly
twenty years, and is one of the older members of the
Wichita county bar.

James T. Montgomery is a native of Mississippi, born
in Chickasaw county, March 2, 1861. His father was a
physician, Dr. J. P. Montgomery, a native of South
Carolina, who moved to Mississippi in 1838. He was a
veteran in both the ilexican and the Civil wars and
served in both wars as surgeon. His death occurred in
Chickasaw county, in 1892, at the age of seventy-six

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rears. The mother, whose maiden name was Eegma
Taliaferro, was a native of South Carolina, and a mem-
ber of one of the old and best known southern families.
She was married in Mississippi, and became the mother
of seven children, of whom Mr. Montgomery was the
third. She died in Houston, Mississippi, at the age of
sixty-two, in 1892. Her father was Dr. E. D. Talia-
ferro. The paternal ancestors of Mr. Montgomery were
Scotch, and they came to America and were among the
early settlers in Delaware. The great-grandfather was
a soldier in the Eevolutionary Vtar. On the mother 's
side the ancestry is English, and the Taliaferros settled
in Virginia many years before the Eevolutionary war.

James T. Montgomery has made his own success. He
started out with a cash capital of forty dollars, and is now
considered one of the most prosperous men as well as
most successful lawyers of Wichita Falls. He was edu-
cated in the country schools of his native county, and
finished with two vears in the Universitv of Mississippi,
where he was graduated LL. B. in tlie fall of 1SS3. He
then came out to Texas, l.HMtiiii;- in Seymour, a town at
that time without railroad fa.ilit ir^, iind lived there
until 1S94. and enjoyed o lilural -liaiv ,.f the local prac-
tice. In the latter .year ho luralcd in Wiidiita Falls, and
has been connected with much of the most important liti-
gation conducted in the local court. Mr. Montgomery is
a member of the county bar association. He has never
filled any public office, and is a Democrat of the Wood-
row Wilson tvpe. Fraternally he is affiliated with the
Benevolent aiid Protective Order of Elks, and belongs
to Wichita Falls Commercial Club.

At Wichita Falls, on March 25, 1896, he married Miss
Nellie Darnell, who was born in Indiana, a daughter of
Allen and Martha Darnell. The two children born to
their marriage are Allan and Louise.

Mr. Montgomery has a distinctive position in business
circles of Wichita Falls, as president of the First State
Bank of this city. He is also a director in a number of
other local corporations.

Judge J. Stewart Cleveland. Until death laid its
restraining finger upon him no man stood higher by the
quality of his character and sum of his achievements in
Brown county than the late Judge J. Stewart Cleveland.
While many felt a personal loss in his death, a multitude
had cause to rejoice in his life. Untiring industry, great
and varied enterprise, conspicuous ability, conscientious
public service, fearless defense of his own rights and
scrupulous regard for the rights of others, were the
characteristics that made him not alone one of the best
known men of his community, but the best beloved.
Thirty-six years old at the time of his death on May
C, 1890, he had made his mark in the world, and the
regret was not so much for lack of perfection in his
own career as for the interruption of an ever increasing
beneficent service to his community.

.Tesse A. H. Cleveland, grandfather of Judge J.
Stewart Cleveland, was born at Harper 's Ferry, Virginia,
about the year 1801, was reared in his native state, and
married Sarah Lander. Subsequently he moved to Ken-
tuckv, lived for some time on a plantation in that state,
then' went to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1833, leaving which
place he made his way overland to Texas, where he took
up a large tract of land in Brazoria county, buying a
large number of slaves from African slave traders, cul-
tivating great plantations of cotton, in the fertile region
along the lower courses of the Brazos. Later he sold
his interest in the country and moved to Galveston,
where he was appointed deputy United States Marshal
for his district, an office which he held for some years.
A man of generovis impulse he gave liberally to the poor,
but the state has reason to remember his name for other
causes than for his private philanthropy. At the time
of the great yellow fever epidemic, he gave up his pri-
vate home for use as a hospital. More than that he
lent his personal efforts in caring for and in treating

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