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After his return to Texas Mr. Young found that his
step-mother had married a second husband after his
father's death, and being without a home he thence-
forward became entirely dependent upon his own enter-
prise. He traded a gold watch and chain for a horse
and pony, traded that in turn for a mule, and used the
proceeds of these trades in order to pay his board and
attend school to supplement the lack of advantages of .
his earlier youth. During his early business career
Mr. Young engaged in driving cattle from t'ooke county
to market, latet- went into stock raising on his own
account, and that was his chief business until a few
years ago, when he retired and settled in Sherman.

In J[871 Captain Young married Miss Georgie A.
Manion, daughter of A. B. Man ion, a Kentuckiau who
moved to Delaware Bend in Cooke county, Texas, and
spent the rest of his life there. Mr. and Mrs. Young
had six children, namely: Lally S., William C, Annie
B., Sallie G., Mildred L and Sidney J. On July 15,
1887, the mother of these children died, and on October
9, 1889, Captain Young marric.l Mis. D.tty Randolph.
Her maiden name was Elizalietli 'nioiiiiisnii. Inid she was
horn in Grayson county, Texas, s, i.tcmlirr 7. 1847, a
daughter of Judge J. G. Thonipsmi. .-i |irominent early
pioneer of North Texas.

Soon after the death of his first wife Captain Young,
in order to keep his little family together and to educate
the children, moved to Dexter, though he retained what
he humorously speaks of as his "grazing lot" of five
hundred acres, and another small piece of one hundred
and eighty acres, all of which under his management was
brought to a high state of cultivation. From Dexter he
finally moved to Sherman, where he has a comfortable
and happy home, with many kind neighbors and staunch
friends on all sides. The chief reason for his removal
to Sherman was to help his daughter educate her children,
these grandchildren being: Jack Young Randolph, born
in 1896; Elizabeth, born in 1897, and William E., born
in 1901.

Captain Young has had a busy and eventful career,
though since the war his life has been more or less
serene. He has lived worthily in whatever community
he has called his home, and there are none in Sherman
today who have a wider circle of friends than has he.

Preston Conlee. One of the pioneers of Texas before
the Revolution, a soldier during the struggle between
Texas and Mexico in 183.5-.36, one of the gallant army
under Houston, who fought Santa Ana at San Jacinto
and afterwards for many years prominent in public
affairs in south central Texas, the late Preston Coulee in
1870 transferred his residence to Cooke county, and his
family is now represented in Gainesville, where his
widow and a daughter live.

Preston Conlee was born in the state of Tpiiiirssee in
1798. Little information is nl.taiii.-ibl,. couconiiiis his
family and ancestry. His brother John, it should lie
mentioned, was a captain in the Confederate army, and
the last time he was heard from he was living at Little

Rock, Arkansas. Preston Coulee

up m the state

iducation in the common seho
very young man left that state
which was then a provim-i' of

ly with the army
lai'into, in April,
iiiinent in public
|H)sition of sheriff
in the early days
ly, the best quali-


of Tennessee, received an (
of the times, and when a
and moved out to Texas,
Mexico. He loratpd in ol,
himself with tin. nsii:il in
and catllr lai-mu. W li,.|
tween the j.r.n u,,-,- mhi tin
he joined the jiatiioi ai n
the winning of|i.nhlr
of Houston until il,.' I ai
1836. After the uar lir
affairs in Bastroj. r,,iinty.
for ten veais. Tin- datu-
of Texas rr.jim,.l ninrh m

ties of fearless mauliuod,

might confront any and every danger." After i
creditable service as sheriff, Mr. Conlee reini
farm and was engaged in raising cattle and
Bastrop county for a number of vears. Hi:
that county was long known as the "half-wa
being situated midway between Lagrange and Austin
It was known to all the old-timers who traveled the road
to the state capital In, its l,n.p,tality and almost daily
travelers enjoyed iis .n,ni,„,. nnd its board and bed.

In 18/0, m conse ,„•,. „, i,,Unig health, Mr. Conlee

moved his family m (Ja.nesville, and thereatter lived
retired until his death in 1S72.

Preston Coulee was married in 1850, to Miss Martha E
Llanton a native of Louisiana, and a daughter of John
and Catherine (Hughes) Clauton. Her father was a
brick mason, and was born in Mississippi. Mrs. Conlee
IS the only survivor of the seven children in her parents'
household. The four children born to Preston Conlee
and wite are mentioned as follows: Mattie, widow of
Charles W. Dobbins of Ardmore, Oklahoma- Sue widow
of Augustus McKemie; Angeline, wife of W. B. Johnson
a very prominent attorney, and former United States
attorney under Roosevelt at Ar.lmore, Oklahoma; and
Preston, of Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Hon. Warner Marion Peticolas. A native i)roduct
of the state of Texas, Hon, Warner Marion Peticolas has
passed his life thus far within its borders, and though
still a young man, has already gained distinctions in
his professional career that has been withheld fioni many
an older as,, nam f,., la.nors. He is now local attornev
tor the El ]■:,-., \ SMHthwestern Railroad Company, hav-
ng accepted a|i|H,iiitinent after the expiration of
istire of the Court of Civil Appeals
Mi-tia t, 1,1 which he was appointed

his se:

ii;lith ,


. .xas. ,,n .lune 19, 1S73, Mr. Peti-

colas IS the son of Alfred Hrowu and Marion (Gn,,dwin)
Peticolas, natives of A'irginia and Ohio, respectively The
father came to Texas in the ,lavs prior to the Civi'l war
period, m which he served the full four vears as the
lieutenant of his company under General Sibley. He is
still living and is a resident of Victoria. He was a lawyer
of prominence and is the author of Peticolas' Civil &
Criminal Digest. Although he has never been an aspirant
for public oflSce, he has always taken an active part in
the Democratic politics of the state and nation, as well
as m local affairs. The mother came to Texas from her
Ohio home as a young n-i,-! and in Victoria she met and
married her husband, .'^h,. still liv,.. an,l is the mother

of three sons, as .f,,ll,,\vs : slnaanan r, Iwin, livino- in

Omaha, Nebraska; Warnei- Marion uf this review ■ ^and
Alfred Ralph, a resident of Baltimore, Maryland.

Warner Marion IJeticolas was educated 'in the public
schools of Victoria, Texas, and of Ithaca, New York,
comi,leting his training in the Fniversitv of Texas, from
Hliah li,- »a- ^.ia,li,a',.l ., l-'i:-.! I . d,.-ree of LL.B.
H,' l,i - aii III- |,in(-.-^ , - :,i i-^s.iciation with

his tath,'r in lii^ l],,ii,,. ■,, ■ ." re for six years.

or until l^!Mi, \vli,ni In- iiio\,.d •.. [d \':,<,,, and here took
up independent praeti.e. He was successful from the



beginning and gained a high place at the bar of El Paso
county. In 1911 he was appointed Chief Justice of the
Court of Civil Appeals for the Eighth Judicial District,
serving in that office until November 1, 1912, since which
time his energies have been given to the legal department
of the El Paso & Southwestern Eailroad Company in
El Paso.

Like his father, Mr. Petieolas is a Democrat, and he has
always had an active part in the labors of the party, per-
forming worthy service in its behalf, and receiving hon-
ors at its behest. He is a member of the Coiinty and
State Law Associations, and fraternally is a member of
the Knights of Pythias.

On November 1st, 189-1, Mr. Petieolas was married to
Miss Lola Givens Davis, the daughter of John A. Davis,
a native son of Texas. The marriage took place in
Galveston, the home of the Davis family and the birth-
place of Mrs. Petieolas. To them have been born sis
children, as follows : Floyd Davis ; Warner Marion, Jr. ;
Ella Goodman ; Alfred Brown ; John Davis ; and Williani,
The home of the family is at 1407 Montana street.

John H. Glasgow. To have a statewide reputation
when the state in question is as large as the state of
Texas, is no small thing for one man to accomplish.
John H. Glasgow, of Seymour, Texas, can easily lay
claim to this honor, for he is widely known as one of
the greatest criminal lawyers Texas has ever claimed.
Endowed by nature with a legal mind, through years
of study and close application, and through an ability
to read men and grasp the significance of their actions,
Mr. Glasgow has risen to his present high position in
the regard of his fellow lawyers and the people of the
state in general. Not only is he a great lawyer, but
also he is a man of splendid character, a man of cul-
ture and fine intellect, and his personal popularity is
widespread. Although he takes an active interest in
public affairs yet he has never been prevailed upon
to accept a public office save once, preferring to devote
his entire, time to his profession, his family and his

John H. Glasgow was born in Cape Girardeau county,
Missouri, on the 17th of December, 1851. He attended
the common schools of Missouri, and after completing
the work of the public schools, he became a teacher, his
aim being to earn enough money to enable him to go
to college. He was eventually able to lay aside the
money by which he paid his expenses in the Fruitland
Normal Institute at Pleasant Hill, Missouri. After a
four year course in this institution, he came to Texas.
This was in 1874 when he was twenty-three years of
age and he located in Young county, Texas. Here he
taught the first public school in the county. The roof
was a tarpaulin and the floor was of dirt and condi-
tions were primitive indeed. During his years as a
student he had been studying law more or less and
during his one year as a teacher in Texas he continued
his studies. In 1876 he was admitted to the bar and he
has practiced law continuously since that time. He
first opened an office in Graham county and until 1886
he remained in this county. It was while he was a
resident of this county that he accepted his only public
office, that of county judge, serving in this office for
four years. In 1886 he came to Baylor county and es-
tablished himself in practice here. He is now the
oldest lawyer in Seyninur. piactieed all over this
county before a mil.- -f i,nl...,,| l.iid been built.

Mr. Glasgow has i.lmI.' In- ir|mtation as a great
lawyer in the practice ..f .• law. He has deiende.l
as liianv men as any other lawyer m the state and his suc-
cess has not been due to trickery but to a comprehen-
sive knowledge of the law and to his eloquence and the
force of his personality in the court room. Mr. Glas-
gow has been many times urged to accept office but has
steadily refused. He has been tendered the district
iudgeship upon more than one occasion but has pre-
ferred the work of an attorney to -' '■ "' " -"^"°

vork of a judge.

One of the finest things about the success of this man
is that he is not the object of the bitter envy that so
often assails men in high places. His methods are too
fair and his personality too well liked to bring him
anything but the friendship and respect of other men.

In his religious affiliations Mr. Glasgow is a member
of the Methodist church. Politically he is a member of
the Democratic party and takes a keen interest in na-
tioual as well as state and local political questions. He
has always been very active in fraternal circles, being
a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons
and of the Knights of Pythias. He has been senior
warden in the Masonic lodge in Seymour and is a mem-
ber of the Blue Lodge in Seymour and of the Com-
mandery and Knights Templar. He has also held offices
in the Knights of Pythias. He was one of the men
who organized the latter order in Seymour and on the
twenty-fifth anniversary of his membership the members
of the lodge presented him with a gold button as a
token of their friendship and esteem. Mr. Glasgow is
keenly interested in baseball, having been at one time
a great ball player himself. He enjoys everything in
the shape of art, but his especial passion is for jjoetiy.
He has a fine memory and poetical quotations add to
both his public speeches and his conversation, for he
has the gift of speaking poetry that few men have.

Mr. Glasgow was married at Columbus, Texas, in 1S91
to Miss Manti Cummins, a daughter ot Mr. and Mrs.
Cummins, of Seymour, Mr. Cummins b^ing one of the
pioneers of Colorado county. Two children have bee»
born to Mr. and Mrs. Glasgow, a son and a daughter,
Jack, Jr., and Kitty Gale.

Elias p. Lester. The thriving city of Cameron, the
metropolis and judicial center of Milam county, is fa-
vored in having as its mayor a citizen of such marked
progressiveness and loyalty as Mr. Lester, who is ably
administering the affairs of the city government and
who holds also the position of assistant cashier of the
Cameron State Bank, one of the staunch and popular
financial institutions of central Texas. Further interest
attaches to the career of Mayor Lester by reason of the
fact that he was born and reared in the county that is
now his home and is a scion of one of the best known and
most honored pioneer families of this favored section of
the Lone Star State.

Elias P. Lester was born at Maysfield, Milam county,
Texas, on the 30th of October, 1862, and is a son of
Elias J. and Elizabeth (Nunn) Lester, both natives of
Tennessee, where the former was born in 1823 and the
latter in 1825, both having been children at the time of
the removal of the respective families to Texas. Elias
J. Lester came to Texas in 1834, at which time he was
about eleven vears of age, and his parents settled in
Milam rnuntv." IK- lii.anie one of the representative pio-
iH-ti tanii.M- Ml till- -rrt ion of Texas and not only served
as a gallant -Mhlirr in tlir revolution through which Texas
was si'iiaiat.d I'lnin Mrxico and made an independent re-
public, but he also went forth as a representative of
the same commonwealth as a soldier in the Civil war,
in which he sacrificed his life in the cause of the Con-
federacy. His death occurred in 1S63. and was the result
of disease contracted when si-rvin^: h itli his regiment.
He was a man whose IuhIi iniiH )|iIi- and genial ways
gained to him the respect and r<rrni ni all who knew him,
and his name merits an euduiint; place on the roster of
the honored pioneers of the Lone Star State. His wife,
who survived him by more than thirty years, was sum-
moned to the life eternal in 1898, and thus passed away
one of the revered pioneer women of Milam county. In
the family were seven children— Sarah E. is the widow of
Prank Jones, of Kerrville. Kerr county, Texas, where
her husband was a successful farmer, and they have two
children; Eliza E. is the widow of S. D. Beasley, who was
a farmer and stock-grower of Callahan county, Texas, and
they liecame the parents of seven children : William J.,
who is married and has two children, is a successful horti-



culturist at Durant, Oklahoma ; Amanda J. is the wife
of J. A. Mayes, a farmer at Gatesville, Coryell county,
Texas, and they have five children ; James E., who wedded
Miss Ida Martin and has seven children, is a farmer and
merchant of Jones Prairie, Milam county; Thomas died
in infancy; and Elias P. is the immediate subject of this

Elias P. Lester was an infant at the time of his father 's
death and he was reared to adult age at the old family
homestead at Maysfield. Milam county, where he attended
the public schools until he had attained to the age of
fifteen years. Thereafter he gave his attention to agri-
cultural pursuits and stock-growing until he was twenty-
four years of age, when he entered the employ of Edward
D. Atkinson of Maysfield, in whose service he continued
for seventeen years, in the capacity of bookkeeper. At
the expiration of this period he removed to Cameron, the
county seat, to assume the position of bookkeeper in the
First National Bank. After one year he was advanced
to the position of assistant cashier, and retained this en-
cumbency five years, at the expiration of which he resigned
the office to accept that of assistant cashier of the Cameron
State Bank, with which he has been identified in this
capacity since 190S. Mr. Lester has made an admiral>le
record "as an executive officer in connection with banking
operations of appreciable scope and importance, and
he has at all times been accorded the fullest measure of
popular confidence and esteem. He is the owner of his
attractive home property in Cameron, besides other city
property, and has in his native county a well improved
farm of 250 acres. He is also a stockholder in the State
Bank of Burlington, Milam county, and one of its direc-

Adhering closely to the Democratic party, Mr. Lester
has had no desire to enter the arena of so-called practical
politics, though he is essentially liberal and progressive
as a citizen, "in 1913 he was elected to fill out an unex-
pired term as mayor of Cameron, ami the best voucher
for the efficiency of his service in this important office
was that given in his re-election in 1014. Mr. Lester is
a popular factor in the social life of his home city and
the fact that he still permits his name to 1 e enrolled on
the list of eligible bachelors has in no sense militated
against the good will thus manifested toward him by all
who know him. He attends and supports the Presbyterian
church in Cameron.

Louis BOBERT B.\ In 1909 Mr. Barras came to
Texas from Portland. Oregon, and organized, with Mr.
Jones, the Fred A. Jones Building Company, with offices
in Dallas and Houston, and this company achieved imme-
diate and conspicuous success under the sole manage-
ment of Mr. Barras.

Louis E. Barras was born in Philadelphia, Pennsyl-
vania, on September 28th, 1871, and is the son of Samuel
T. and Isabella (Taylor) Barras, of Philadelphia also,
and is directly descended from the old French Provencal
family of that name, whose proud boast is "Yivat Bar-
rasia Proles, Antiquatate Nobilus, Virtute Nobilior"
("Live the descendants of Barras of the most ancient
nobility, but in virtue excelling nobility"). Mr. Barras
is the fifth generation in America.

Educated in Philadelphia, his first position was that
of Assistant Engineer of Tests at the Peneoyd Iron
"Works, later becoming Chief Engineer of Tests. In 1892
he resigned to become an inspecting and consulting engi-
neer with Messrs. Hildreth & Company, of New York :
while with them he induced that comiiany to enter the
construction field and superintended for them several
interesting projects, including one of the first highspeed
interurban electric roads — that from Washington, D. C,
to Alexandria, Virginia, and to Arlington ; he also built
two of the principal buildings for Smith College, North-
In IftOO and 1901 he was superintendent of the construc-
tion i,f certain Military Highways in Porto Eieo, "W. I.,
running from Arecibo to Utuado and from Manati to

Morovis and Ciales. This work included not only the
necessary grading and surfacing, but also some interest-
ing bridge work and some of the largest concrete arches
constructed up to that time.

Returning from Porto Bico in 1901, Mr. Barras be-
came superintendent for the George A. Fuller Company,
of New York. This company was the pioneer in the
introduction of the steel skyscraper, and is today the
largest building organization in the world. While with
them he superintended the erection of Saks & Company's
Store, the Spring-Broadway Building, the New Amster-
dam Theatre, the Breslin Hotel, the ^Tew York Hippo-

Besigning from the Fuller Company, Mr. Barras under-
took and carried through successfully some difficult work
in the Mississippi Eiver below New Orleans, for the
Foundation Company, of New York. This work involved
the first use in this country of a floating pneumatic
caisson for working men below water, and it excited con-
siderable interest in scientific and engineering circles.

In 1896 Mr. Barras went to San Francisco, as General
Superintendent for the Thompson-Starrett Company, of
New York, and in two years handled the construction of
some seventeen buildings, all designed to be fire- and
eartlh|n;iif pi.iMt. nnil costing from $200,000 to $1,000,-
0011 , ,h li. |i,,ni San Francisco he went to Portland,
Ore^:i.n. ns ni:iii;im'r for the same company, and erected
several ot the most prominent buildings there.
■ In July, 1909, he came to Texas and since then has
built The Bossonian Apartments (which are the largest and
most expensive in Texas), the Bender Hotel, the South-
western Telephone Main Building, the Sunset Hospital,
the Finst Church of Christ Scientist, and the remodeling
— " building of addition to Messrs. Levy Brothers' Store,

all in Houston. In I
Sumpter Building. A
ern Methodist 'Univi
several smaller strn
Norte Hotel, in Coi
Galveston, the Amer

built the Country Club,
tion Building of the South-
■ Municipal Building and
I i:i Paso, the Paso del
.^ti, the Nueces Hotel, in
oiial Insurance Company's
eleven-story steel office building, and in Birmingham, Ala-
bama, the twenty-story American Trust & Savings Bank

Mr. Barras is a member of the Dallas Club, the Dallas
Country Club, the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the
Dallas Automobile Club, A. A. A., and a non-resident
member of the Southern Club and Country Club of
Birmingham, Alabama.

In 1895 Mr. Barras married Madeleine Bliss Bennett
Duncan, of Alabama, daughter of the Confederate Major
Benjamin Duncan and Sue (Kidd) Dttncan. Mrs. Barras
is a direct descendant of Martha Jefferson, aunt of
Thomas Jefferson. They have three children— Madeleine
d'Orville, born in New York City, Louis Bobert, 2d, born
in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Martha Jefferson
Virginia, born in Pelham, New York.

Laf.\tette MmpHY. This name introduces one of the
oldest families of Kaufman county, founded by a grand
old pioneer, Captain Dul'.art .AJurphy, who was the
father of the above named Lafayette Murphy, and whose
descendants are found numerously both in Kaufman and
other counties of the state and in the Southwest. The
careers of both Captain Du Bart Murphy and Lafayette
Murphy deserve more than ordinary mention among the
noted Texans of the past.

I'aiitain DuBart Murphy, who died in 1891, was for
nearly half a century a resident of Texas. His was an
eventful and adventurous career from his childhood. He
came into the unexplored regions of the Southwest when
seventeen years of age on a mission of hunLanity, and
for twenty years before taking up his permanent home
in Texas was a frequent traveler over the routes leading
up and down the country to the west of the Mississippi.
He was born at Genevieve, Missouri, May 20, ]80f>, a son
of William Murphy and a grandson of William Murphy.
Grandfather Murphy was the youngest of three brothers



who left Ireland and settled iu the Virginia colony just
heiore the outbreak of the Revolution. All were Baptist
preachers, and the two older brothers, Joseph and ±iich-
artl, remarned loyal to the Crown, while William gave his
support to the cause of independence and saw it succeed.
\\ ilham Murphy was a merchant and importer in Eich-
mond when the war broke out, and, thinkiug that the
aftair would soon end, donated his coarser goods to the
quartermaster for the use of the Colonial troops, and the
hner goods he packed away in boxes and stored in a,
cellar to await tu» restoration of peace. V\ hen he finally
reopened his stock, at the end of eight years ot war,
he found the boxes so rotten that they fell to pieces
and his goods ruined with dampness and decay. During
the war grandfather William Murphy was an officer in
the Kevolutionary army, and for four years served under
Generals Kash, Knox and Putnam. Atter the war he
moved to Tennessee, taking all his married children with
him and settling near Knoxville, where among his neigli-
bors and associates were Captain Menafee and Governor
Blount, the first governor of the state. After some years
as a farmer there, he became restless and followed
his pioneer desires to acquire a home beyond the Mis-
sissippi. All the country west of • the Mississippi was
then the territory of Louisiana, under the dominion of
Spain and later of France. On horseback grandfather
Murphy made a journey to the Spanish post of St. Louis,

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