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r children were: Mrs. Ken-
Sarah J., who first married
Lester, and died in Angelina
lard, who was a f:irmer of
irine the nineties, leaving
in Trinity county in 1902,
who married Charles War-

and loft six chiMr

ner, and died in Trinity county with four children.

The children of George Whitehead Kenley and wife
were: Carrol H.; Samuel P., of Mertzon, 'Texas, who
married Donna Womack; Richard Oscar, of Los Angeles,
a former partner in law with Mr. Minton, and who
married Leona Womack; Fannie, who married Dr. New-
ton Jfc London of Groveton : Minnie, who married C. D.
Poe of Groveton ; .Tonie. wife of John Clark of Houston
county ; Lucy, who married R. E. Minton ; David Crockett,
chief engineer of the Diball Lumber Companv; Polk, a
teacher at Buna, in Jasper county. The father of these
children. George Whitehead Kenley. died November 6,
1905. He was a member of the' Christian church, a
Mason, and a man of useful life and influence in his
community. He moved to Groveton in 1903, and in that
town educated his younger children.


Thomas jErrEiisoN North. Although a resident of
the state of Texas for a few years only, Judge Thomas
Jefferson North has won a name and friends for him- •
self. He is one of the most successful attorneys in Sey-
mour, Texas, and since he has been elected county judge
he has proved as successful on the bench as he was at
the bar. Judge North is one of the younger members
of the legal fraternity in this section and he is looked
upon by the more experienced lawyers as a man with a
brilliant future before him, for he not only has natural
ability and a fine education, but he is also painstaking
and industrious.

Judge North was born in Bell county, Kentucky, on
the 21st of June, 1877. He went to school in his native
state and after completing the course offered by the
public schools he taught school in order to earn the funds
to continue his education. He received his collegiate
course at the University of Kentucky in Lexington,
Kentucky, and after leaving college he located in Stan-
ford, Kentucky, where he began the practice of law.
After a year in this locality he came to Texas, arriving
in the latter state in August, 1905. He first located in
Fannin county. After practicing his profession here for
a tew months he came to Seymour and established an
office here. This was in 1906 and in July of the same
year, so favorably were the people of this county im-
pressed with his personality and his work, he was nomi-
nated and elected county attorney. After serving for
six years in this office he was elected county judge.
This" took place in the fall of 1912 and he is at pres-
ent filling this office.

In politics Judge North is a member of the Democratic
party and takes an active interest in the affairs of his
party, being one of the leaders in this section. He is
a member of the Qhristian church and is active in church
work, being at present an elder and a teacher in the
Sunday school. In the fraternal world Judge North
is a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Woodmen
of the World, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows
and the Eebeccas.

On the 2.3d of December, 1909, Judge North was mar-
ried to Miss Nancy Naomi Stevenson, a daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Stevenson, of Lexington, Kentucky.

Judge North has become as true a lover of Texas as
any of her native sons. He takes an active part in
every movement which tends to the betterment of con-
ditions in Seymour and to the improvement of the
state in general. He says that it seems to him that the
climatic conditions, the thrifty class of people who
form the majority of the citizens, and the varied busi-
ness opportunities will make Texas one of the best states
in the Union. In his opinion Texas has greater oppor-
tunities and more resources than any other section of
the United States.

Stephen J. Treadwell. After a long service as tax
collector of Angelina county Mr. Treadwell is now busied
with his varied property interests at Lufkin, and to
some extent is a farmer in this vicinity. Mr. Treadwell
comes of an old family of east Texas, and three genera-
tions of the name have been actively identified with the
professional and commercial and military activities of
the Lone Star state.

Stephen J. Treadwell was born at Eetrieve in Angelma
county, Texas, October 6, 1861, and grew up at the vil-
lage of Huntington, being educated largely in the
country schools. His father, Richard LeRoy Treadwell,
died while on duty at Tyler, in 1S62. as one of Captain
Anderson's company of Confederate soldiers. At that
time he was twenty-six years of age. Born in Cherokee
countv. Alabama, he ca'me to Texas in iS.56, with his
father Stephen Tr(*adwell, who settled near Huntington
in Angelina county. Grandfather Stephen Treadwell
was born in Georgia in 1810, got a fair education, and
after the war taught school for some time near Hunt-
ington. His death occurred there in 1892. He was a
Democrat, and quite active

local affairs. From 1872

to 1876 he served in the office of county clerk. His
church was the Baptist, and he was a close observer of
church rules and took pains to criticise the brethren
who violated their pledge to the church. He used no
stimulants or narcotics, and prided himself on these
virtues. Stephen Treadwell first married Miss Faith
Jordan, who died in Alabama. Her children were:
Richard LeRoy; Martha, who married Frank Neyland,
and lives in Angelina county; Mary, who married Frank
Higginbotham, and died in Angelina county; Clementine,
Mrs. J. M. Brashear, died in this county; Catherine, Mrs.
I. N. Fortenberry; Joseph, of Angelina county; and
John, who died in Ellis county, Texas. For his second
wife Stephen Treadwell married Sallie Williams, who
bore him the following children: Frances, who died at
Tahlequah, Oklahoma, as the wife of ,T. A. Thompson, a
Cherokee Indian; Dr. W. B. Treadwell, of Lufkin; and
T. J. Treadwell of Burke.

Richard LeRoy Treadwell spent his brief life as a
farmer in Angelina county, where he married Sarah E.
Morgan, a daughter of Jack Morgan, who came from
Cherokee county, Alabama, though a Georgian by birth,
and located in Texas in 1855. His death occurred in
Red River county of this state in 1873. Mrs. Sarah
Treadwell was born in Cherokee county, Alabama, in
1842. Richard and Sarali Treadwell had only two
children, the elder being Stephen J, and the younger
Mary, wife of I. D. Clark, of Burke.

Stephen J. Treadwell finished a five-year period of
teaching at Burke in Angelina county, and then took up
merchandising in that village, a vocation which he fol-
lowed for ten years and thus laid the basis for his
material prosperity.

While living at Burke the citizens honored him with
election to the office of justice of the peace and county
commissioner, and he served the county in that capacity
for aliout two years. In 1900 came his election as tax
collector. Up to that time the duties of tax collector
had been performed as a joint office, and Mr. Treadwell
was the first to be elected to the distinctive office of
tax collector. His service was in the highest degree
creditable, and efficient, and no better proof of this is
to be found than the fact that he was reelected and
kept in office ten years. At the present time he is
occupied only with his property interests in Lufkin and
in supervision of his farming. ,

His political affiliations have always been with the
dominant party, and he has occasionally attended judicial,
congressional or state conventions on the delegations from
Angelina county. He was a Hogg partisan in the his-
toric convention of 1892, when the convention was dis-
rupted and two Democratic candidates were placed
before the people for the office of governor.

In Lufkin, September 6, 1885. was solemnized the
marriage of Stephen J. Treadwell and Miss Mollii
Robb, a daughter of E. L. Robb, and -a sister of Judge
E. B. Robb, who has rendered much and valuable public
service to Angelina county. Three daughters comprise
the family of Mr. and Mrs. Treadwell, namely: Eda
is a graduate of the School of Industrial Arts at Denton,
with the class of 1909, and has since taught in the city
schools of Lufkin ; Eula, who graduated from the Hunts-
ville Normal School in 1911, is the wife of Kenneth
Hoskins, of Lufkin ; Josephine graduated from the Sara
Houston Normal in 1912 and is now a teacher at Diboll,
Texas. Mr. Treadwell is a past master of the Homer
Blue Lodge of Masons, and has been a representative
to the Grand Lodge on several occasions. He is also
affiliated with the Knights of Pythias.

Eugene W. Copley. A successful business mat
formerly one of the leading lumber dealers of Dallas
Mr. Copley in recent years has become best known as
practical scientist, a noted collector of wild animals,
taxidermist, and as proprietor of the popular Jungle
land, an institution which is probably known to ever
citizen of Dallas and has a reputation throughout thi






territory ot which Dallas is the iiictrdpnlis. Mr. Copley
has been a lover and devoted stndriii of ili.' :iiiiiiial king-
dom since he was a boy and attci attainiii;; tn reasonable
degree of success in business, i^imiiU'd lumself the
happy privilege of giving all his atleutiou to the scientific
bent of his nature.

Born in 1878 in Missouri, Mr, Copley's parents, John
M. and Corie M. (Billingtoii) Copley, came to Texas in
1880, locating at Doiitoii, in nci.tnii , nmity, where the
father was a lawvn Im niany vcai^. li'raicd in Denton
county, Eugene W. Cuj.lcv attfiiilcd Ihc |Mildii:- schools
and manifested slnm- iiirlinatiojis for ilir file outdoors.
It was his disposition to find his most slimnlaiinn lessons
in the life of the field and woods rather than m t ho dry
books of the schoolroom. These tastes Ird lino lo lake
up the study of taxidermy, and it was his pihilcgo to
study under Professor William T. Uornaday, then a
resident of Oklahoma Cily, but now distinguished as one
of the greatest naturalists ot Anici icti and director of
the Bronx Park Zoold^ ilanleus of New York City,
Professor Honiaday was also (me of the originators of
the National ihi^.nni at Washington, D. C.

In 1903 Mr. i'(.|i|(.\ ihomnI from Denton to Dallas, and
in 190IJ foiuiili-d ih, ( Iihn .^ ( 'upley Lumber Company, of
which ho was \iro |,M-hKnt and manager. The yards of
this estahlisliiiirht urir at 'I'riith and Lancaster Streets
in Oak (liff. In M inli, IIMifl, Mr. Copley retired from
the busiiiiss. .-iftei a successful career in which he had
developi'd tia' i(jiii|-aiiy to large proportions and during
which tiiiio lie had erected a number of fine residences
in Dallas and Oak Cliif.

In the meantime he had been busy, so far as business
allowed, in gathering a sjilendid collection of birds, fish
and reptiles and all manner of wild animals, as the
nucleus for his museum. Beginning with his studies
under Professor Hornaday he had become an expert
taxidermist and on retiring from business he founded a
museum at Dallas for the benefit of the public. This
museum was first locatcil in Oak ClilT. but siilisocniciitly
has been moved to Elm stioot in hnllas. 'I'hr i Uploy
collection is without dould l lie l;iii;os| uf i\^ kiiol in llio
south, and comprises not only li\o \xild aniinal-, but also
large numbers of mounted spccimons, iitrlndinu Inin.lrods
of wild animals, birds, tish and reptiles. .Mr. i (i|ilcy
maintains four traveling shows, which tiaM'l tlimn^hout
the south and comprise mostly the trained wild animals
which he has gathered together. These traveling collec-
tions are used principally for educational purposes, being
useful to the schools in demonstrating their natural
history work.

Mr. Copley was married in 1002 to Miss Maud Evelyn
Connor, a daughter of John A. Connor of Dallas. Their
two children are Evelyn Eugenia and Helen. The Copley
residence is at 306% N. Akard Street.

John Sherwood Fannin.- Though established in the
practice of law in Dallas but a comparatively brief time,
it has been the good fortune of John Sherwood Fannin
to secure more than ordinary prominence and position in
his profession, and his name is well established in profes-
sional circles in the Dallas County as well as in
ad.ioiniui^ remit ifs and X.otli Tonus, as tlio ivsnlt of
his acti\itirs tlins I'm. Ilr lias .•,indii.-n-<l |iiarMr,. in
Dallas siiiro l!ili;), l„,tli indo|Hanlcntly and witli parlliors.
and is now a memlier of Uie firm of I'annm iV: Yoiinu.
blood, located in the Wilson Building, this city. •

Born in Chatfield, Navarro county, Texas, on April 2,
1876, Mr. Fannin is a sou of D. H. and .Yirtniia i Adams')
Fannin, of Alabama. ITo ror,.iv,-d lil- ,-.1m. ;,t ■. -, 'i ili,.

public schools, hi- hi-!i -> 1 1 ,.. -. I. ■ _ i

attendance at tlio S(,nihiiii I'm.' ■ '\ .,: ,

Tennessee, and also later at tlio Tm ,1! I m u .-i - it i . T.-i i .H,
Texas. Mr. Fannin also taught s.hool four s.lmo] years
in Alabama, beginning at the early age of sixteen, and
continuing until the age of twenty, when he returned to
Texas, and in 1899 he located at Dallas, establishing
himself in the offices of Coke & Coke, attorneys of this

city, and under their guidance resumed his study of law,
suppjlementing his work there with eighteen nionths'
attendance at the Dallas Law School. Mr. Fannin did
not actively engage in the practice of law until on March
30, 1909, when he was admitted to the bar, and about
November 1, 1911, he established the firm of Fannin,
Underwood & Y'oungblood, but about August, 1912, Mr.
Underwood withdrew and the firm became Fannin &
Youngblood and lias loiiducted one of the most success-
ful partnerships known to the city. Mr. Fannin has
handled some ot tlio bi" .ases in this county, as well as
some in ad,ioiuing i-oniitics, since he became established
in the profession, and in 1912 was leading counsel for
the defense in the noted murder trial of the State vs.
Bob Davis. This case attracted wide attention in the
state because of prominence of the principals and was
especially interesting to Dallas people. In February,
1908, Mr. Fannin was married to Miss Belle Brunson,
the daughter of H. D. Brunson, of Alabama, and they
have one child, a boy born January 9, 1909.

It may be said here that the Fannins are a noted Texas
family, and men of the same name have held many city
and s'tate political i.ositions. D. H. Fannin, the father
of the Dallas hiwym. ti night in all the principal battles
of the Civil Wii. -Ih h ,1-. (iettysburg, Nashville, Lookout
Mountain, Mi - i<iii irx l;ol'.;i> and was a member of Hood's
Texas Brigade

J. H. PiCKRELL. In the development and upbuilding
of an important financial and fidueiarv institution which
was the fiist of its kind in the stale of Texas, Mr.
Picki'oll has I n the dominating forr,' and hr has wit-
nessed tlii' iipliiiihiing of a substantial and .-.nistantly
expamllng Inisincss on the j^art of the rtoporation of
which he is vice-])resident and general manager and
which was organized in the face of strong opposition
on the part of those identified with institutions with
which it might possibly come into competition, as well
as by others who were skeptical concerning the demand
for or legitimai-y of its functions. It has been a source
of great satisfaction to ilr. Pickrell to prove to such

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in Pickens county, South Carolina, in 1S66, and is a
son of William E. and Ella (McMaster) Pickrell, both
of whom were likewise natives of that commonwealth
and representatives of families that were there founded
in an early day. In 1869 William R. Pickrell came with
his family to Texas and numbered himself among the
pioneers of Wise county, where he engaged in farming
.iiid -le. h -i.iwim.; and contributed his due quota to civic
'I - ' III .i.\eh.pnient and l)rogress.

t Im . -I 1 1- III' I'eratur, judicial center of Wise

.Miii;i,, fe\ii-. .idnrded .1. It. PickrclI his early educa-
tional advantages, and he is thoroughly and insistently
a Texan in spirit and breeding, as he was a chUd of
but three years at the time of the family immigration
to the Lone Star state. That he made good use of his
scholastic opportunities is shoi\n by the fact that when


but eighteen years of age he gave effective service as tem-
porary principal of the Decatur high school, in which
he himself had been graduated a short time previously.
In pursuance of higher academic studies he entered
Mansfield College, at Manstield, Tarrant county, where
he was a student during the regime of Professor John
Collier as executive head of the institution. In further-
ance of his educational work he finally was matriculated
in the normal uuiversity, at Lebanon, Ohio, in which he
was graduated as a member of the class of 1SS7 and
from which he received the degrees of Bachelor of Sci-
ence and Civil Engineer. Having in the meanwhile deter-
mined to enter the legal profession, he availed himself
of the advantages of the law department of the Uni-
versity of Texas, at Austin, as well as of effective priv-
ate preceptorship, and in 1S90 he proved himself eligible
for ami \v:is admitted to the Texas bar, at Decatur, the
eajiital of his limiie county.

In Ib'.i;'. -Mr. I'ickrell established his residence in the
city 01 Dallas, where he became identified with the
representative law firm of Leake, Henry & Reeves.
Early in his professional career he began to give special
attention to real-estate law, and in this field of prac-
tice he gained wide experience and definite precedence.
His activities along this line led to his promotion of a
business enterprise for which he discerned a definite
necessity, and in 1902 he effected the organization and
incorporation of the North Texas Land Title Company,
of which he became vice-president and general man-
ager. Through careful, discriminating and legitimate
means he made this corporation a medium for important
functions, in the identification, verifying and guarantee-
ing of land titles throughout the various counties in the
northern part of the state, and since the consolidation of
the business with that of the Dallas Title & Guarantee
Company, in August, 1906, the functions of the concern
have been still further vitalized and expanded, the while
he has continued to serve with marked ability as vice-
president and general manager of the consolidated in-
stitution, which is one of the largest and most important
of its kind in Texas, even as it was the first of the
kind to be organized in the state. There has been an
unqualified popular approval of its functions and man-
agement and the enterprise has become one of far-
reaching and benignant influence in connection with in-
dustrial and business activities that form the basis of
generic progress and prosperity in this section of the
great state of Texas, the success which has attended
its operations having most effectually silenced the ob-
jections and skepticism which attended its projection
and organization. Mr. Pickrell is also a member of the
directorate of the Dallas Trust & Savings Bank, and
other of the staunch institutions of the metropolis of
northern Texas, and he is the owner of valuable realty
in his home city and county, the while he has at all
times stood foremost in the ranks of loyal and liberal
citizens whose public spirit has been shown in definite
actiron. He has largely withdrawn from the practice of
his profession, owing to the exigent demands placed
upon him by his other important interests. His political
allegiance is given to the Democratic party, but he has
manifested naught of predilection for the honors or
emoluments of public office. Mr. Pickrell has not identi-
fied himself with clubs or fraternal organizations, but
he gained to himself a host of friends and is a popu-
lar factor in the business and social life of Dallas, his
attractive home being at the corner of St. John's drive
and Lexington avenue, in the beautiful Highland Park
district of Dallas.

Hon. William B. Lewis. It is not a light function
to describe justly or adequately the life of a man who
has had an active and eminently busy career, and who
has attained to a position of high relative distinction
in the community in which his interests are located. Yet

biography finds its most complete justification in the
tracing and recording of such a life history, for if his-
tory teaches by example, the lessons inculcated by biog-
raphy must be still more impressive. We see exhibited
in the varieties of human character, under different cir-
cumstances, something to instruct us in our duty, and
to encourage our efforts, under every emergency. There
is perhaps no concurrence of events which produce this
effect more certainly, than the steps by which distinction
has been acquired through the unaided efforts of youth-
ful enterprise, as illustrated in the life of Hon. William
B. Lewis, county judge of Hale county, and superin-
tendent of public schools of Plainview, Texas.

Judge Lewis was born in Limestone county, Texas,
March 20, 1876, and is a son of Henry H. and Mary
J. (Georgej Lewis. The pa'ternal grandfather, Benja-
min Lewis, was the founder of the family in America,
coming from Ireland during the early part of the nine-
teenth ceutury and settling in Virginia, %vhere he became
a successful planter. Subsequently, he moved to Ala-
bama and in 1854 came to Texas, where the remaining
years of his life were spent. Henry H. Lewis was born
in Alabama, and was stUl a youth when brought to
Texas. Settling in Limestone county, he was reared
on his father 's ranch, being thoroughly trained in all
matters which are desirable for the successful stockraiser
and farmer to know. At the outbreak of the war be-
tween the South and the North he enlisted in the Con-
federate army, and as a private participated in a num-
ber of fiercely contested engagements, among them
Lookout Mountain, but was never wounded. Near the
close of the war, however, he was taken prisoner, and
on being exchanged returned to Texas and re-enlisted
under Gen. Kirby Smith. On his return to the pursuits
of peace he again took up agricultural work, in which
he was engaged successfully until his death, in 1885, in
Taylor county. In political matters he was a demo-
crat, while his religious connection was with the Baptist
church. His wife was born in Texas, the daughter of
a pioneer Methodist minister of this State, and she still
survives, being a resident of Abilene, Texas, and the
mother of six children, of whom two are deceased, Wil-
liam B. being the second oldest living and the third in
order of birth.

During the entire period of his school days, William
B. Lewis worked faithfully at various employments in
order to pay for his tuition, and when he entered Buf-
falo Gap College he was forced to ride horseback six-
teen miles daily. While a student in this college, he
took up the profession of teaching, in which he continued
four years, in the meanwhile graduating with the de-
gree of Bachelor of Arts, in 1897. He had prosecuted
his law studies assiduously whenever the opportunity
offered, and in 1899 was admitted to the bar, at once
entering upon the practice of his profession at Abilene,
where he continued to reside until 1909. In 1904 he
was elected county attorney,' a position in which he
served eflieiently vmtil 1908," and in 1909, on coming to
Plainview, at once interested himself in public and polit-
ical matters, soon becoming known as an active worker
in the ranks of the Democratic party. In the spring of

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