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Texas over thirty years ago. Everett 0. Vaughan is the
agent of the Houston & Texas Central Railway at Corsi-
cana, and has lived in this state since 1882.

Mr. Vaughan came to Texas direct from Halifax
county, Virginia, at South Boston in which county he
grew up. He was born in Amelia county, Virginia,
February 2, 1858, and his childhood was spent in town.

His father, Adolphus Vaughan,
born in Amelia county, about 1828, and spent his time
as a saddler, and died in 1878. The father married
Mary Haskins, who died before her husband. Their
children were: Albina, who married Hiram Carter and
lives in South Boston, Virginia; Edgar H., who died in
Virginia; James 0., of Paces, Virginia; Henry T., who
died in Navarro county, Texas, leaving one child ; Rosa,
who married W. H. Shepherd of South Boston, Virginia;
Everett O. ; Joseph, who died at South Boston ; and
Aaron H. of South Boston.

Everett 0. Vaughan was educated in the public schools '
and as a boy learned teleigraphy with the old Richmond
and Danville Railway Company at South Boston. During
his residence in his native state he continued in the em-
ploy of that company, and while there met the young
woman to whom he gave his heart and hand, and after
their marriage they came to Corsicana in 1882. Mr.
Vaughan at once began work as an operator with the
Houston & Texas Central Railway Company. After five
years in that position, employed by both the Houston
& Texas Central and the Cotton Belt, he was transferred
to the Missouri, Kansas & Texas and Texas & Pacific
Railway Company's joint oflice in Dallas. After a
year there, in 1892, he returned to Corsicana and resumed
work with the Houston and Texas Central. He was
operator, bill clerk, car clerk, cashier and agent, and in
1911 succeeded E. L. Gibson, deceased, in the office of
agent, at one of the most important stations in Texas.

Mr. Vaughan has never identified himself with ofii-
cial affairs in Corsicana, and has given all his time
to railroad work and his family. He and his wife
are members of the Baptist church. On June 11, 1882,
he married Miss Blanche Mullins, daughter of Seth G.
-Mullins, a Baptist minister who moved to Texas from
Crystal Springs, Mississippi, and spent his remaining
years in Corsicana. His death occurred in 1913, at the
age of seventy-nine, and for fifteen years he had been
pastor of his church in Corsicana. Rev. Mullins married
Ophelia Tillman. Mrs. Vaughan was among the young-
est of a family of eight children. Her brother, Dr.
Edgar Y. Mullins, is president of the Baptist Theolog-
ical Seninary at Louisville, Kentucky. The children of
Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan are: Frank Edgar, who died in
San Francisco, California, as a commercial operator, and
was unmarried; Everett Oscar, Jr., an accountant with
the Western Pacific Railway at San Francisco, and Al-
myra, wife of C. A. Gordon of Corsicana.

Hon. James Henry McCdlloch. No more pronounced
study in contrast is found available among the upbuild-
ers of Navarro county than that presented in the career
of James Henry McOulloch, mayor of Dawson. Mr. Mc-
Culloch 's present status is represented by the possession
of large and important business holdings, by his promi-
nence in the business and public life of his section, and
by the general high esteem in which he is held by his
fellow citizens. When he first came to Texas he did not
even own a horse with which to till his land. Between
his labor-enslaving and poverty-clouded days and those
of the prosperous present have occurred many varied and
developing experiences, the very existence of which
stamps him as a man of courage, initiative, and re-

James Henry McCuUoch was born August 15, 1859, in
Morgan county, Alabama, a son of Thomas D. McCul-
loch. Samuel McCulloch, his grandfather, passed his life
as an Alabama farmer and died during the period of the
Civil War. He married Hester Dannell, who died in ad-
vanced age, and they became the parents of the follow-
ing children: Samuel. Richard, Harvey, John, Thomas,
Lee. Mary, who married Houston Knapps, and Martha,
who became the wife of J. H. Kitchens. Thomas D. Mc-
Culloch was born in Morgan county, Alabama, and in
young manhood adopted the calling of farmer, which he
followed until the time of his enlistment in




infantry company for service during the Civil War.
Wounded at tlie battle of Day's Gap, Alabama, he was
captured by the enemy and taken a prisoner to Eieh-
mond, and there his death occurred. His Tridow subse-
quently married William N. Oden, but they had no chil-
dren. Mr. and Mrs. MeCulloch had two children: James
Henry and William Thomas, who came to Texas with
their mother and settled in the Dawson neighborhood.
Mrs. Oden died at the home of her son Thomas, in Stam-
ford, Jones county, in 1908.

James Henry MeCulloch received his education in a
ty|iical log schoolhouse in his native county, and lived
with his mother until he was married, at which time he
engaged in farming on his own account. He was a
renter for ten years, and at the time he and his wife
started their married life he did not even own a horse
to help him in his work. He was married in his native
county, and came to Texas by rail, it taking about all
he had made in three ^-ears of steady work to bring the
family here. Kesuming farming, he rented a place near
Dawson until he was able to purchase 120 acres of land,
and this became much more valuable by his labor and
improvement, so that subsequently he purchased some
property in Daw'son, upon a part of which he erected
the MeCulloch gin, this suei i^crni; fh,. uin erected by
Akers Brothers. His gin plant is :i six seventy-saw Mun-
ger and is one of the four yins ef tlir icwn.

Mr. MeCulloch has been ideiii ilied witli some of the
leading and successful business enterprises of Dawson,
ami through his callable management and wise direction
has developed them into prosperous ventures. He built
the original telephone exchange at Dawson, assisting Mr.

Duke, whose first efforts marked
telephone system here, and Mr. Mc( '
plant for some ten years, and in I'M
Pruitt. He assisted in the orq^aiii/:
State Bank of Dawson, and siuee ils i
place on its directing board. Mi. ;\b

the incorporators
time, and has
time he ha-
greatly needel
clean, bnsiin-^
as a trustee of
various offices
Dawson. He i;
A. F. & A. M.,

of the
tod the
. ,1. W.
e First
i held a

one of

-if Dtiwson. wt.s an a

1 for two years, during which

iDontal in securing numerous

leforms, giving the people a

istration. He has also served

board, and at times has filled

1. fraternal an.l social life of

ter of Dawson Lodge, No. Li.5,

iiember of Hubbard City Chajiter,

R. A. M., and also holds membership in the Odd Fellows.
With his family, he attends the Methodist church, has
been a supporter of its movements, and for several years
has acted in the eapneitv nf steward

Mr. McCtillnrl, ,,a. inaiiae,! An:;,, si 1 L\ IS;;, |„ Miss
.Jane Eoper, da,,yl,le,- nf Xels,,,, and Tad,lv i Carter)
Koper of Alaliair,:,. 'I'he rliil.livai l:,,iii to thisiiniou liave
been as follows: \Villiam Henry, an engineer at Daw-
son, married Zelia Whitener and has two children, De-
lora and Janie; Hettie. the wife of W. Carroll of Lan-
caster, who has three childreu, Winnie Lois, Jenice, and
Eloise; Lonnie of Dallas, a bookkeeper with the Times-
Ucrald, married Miss Vera Roddy and has a daughter,
Evelyn; Lee, connected with the First State Bank of
Dawson, married Letha Sims and has one child; and Ar-
thur, Allie, and Ifabel, who reside with their parents.

Judge Egbert L. B.\ll. During the last thirty years
it is doubtful if any Texan has been more distinguished
for influence and success, whether as a lawyer, banker,
and in civic affairs, than Judge Ball of San Antonio.
He made his reputation years ago as an attorney of
exceptional skill among the scattered population " and
semi-frontier conditions of Western Texas, and during
his residence at San Antonio has represented some of
the most important litigation originating among ■ the
livestock interests of the state. In the bar of Texas,
especially among jury lawyers, Mr. Ball ranks second
to none of his contemporaries, and his ability and stand-

ing may be estimated on terms of easy relationship with
any of the more prominent lawyers "and jurists of the
state. Though in recent years much of his attention
has been devoted to banking, Judge Ball still holds a
place of large prominence in the legal profession. The
famous Fant-SuUivan case of a few years ago, which
was carried to the highest courts, and in which Judge
Ball recovered over a million dollars for his client, is
but one ineident in many others of large cases in which

section ht.s beeu entrusted to his care.

Born in Jackson county, Missouri, in 1861, Robert L.
Ball rose to prominence out of conditions and environ-
ments which would naturally handicap any person not
possessed of unusual determination and ambition. His
parents, Robert Austin and Constance (Rose) Ball, the
former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Virginia,
were among the early settlers of Western Missouri in
Jackson county, their home being only six miles from
the Kansas line. Judge Ball became ;iii orphan at the
age of six years, and the results of tlie l,,tter border
warfare during the "eOs ii, We-teni Mi^. i .■,,,.! r:,,t-

ith. Reared ou a

I ,.ue of tue
;',t credit for
el by several
,dred dollars,
tion, and in
uuings in a
, IS 78 until
l-e Ball went
Major Frank

years of hard work accumulated a few h.
His ambition was to get a college edu,
pursuance of his plan he invested his
course at the T^iiiveisitv of Kansas fyi

1880. Having fill,slle,l 1,',- eelle^e .;M,k, ,1

to Galveston, Texa-. a,^J lead law le,'

M. Spencer until ti.ln,,,te.l tn ,l,e 1.:,, ,„

The s.'enes ,,f 1, , e:,,l', M, e- a-

laid in tl,e „,,,|-t nf tl.e e|.,.n.,a,,.T .
Locatiu-, I,, Is-:;, ni ' .A,.::,.],, < ,iv. l,e .,

a good ai,d ;;lntti,,L; ].,art|,'

attorney, and for six year:
rado Xtitional Bank. 'The
which he was the senior pi
attorneys tor the Texas C,
Texas, and inci'le,it:,ll\- a
practice came to tl,.' ti, ,,, t
that time and local, ty il,,' .
the conflicting int,i,sis ,
criminal cases. As ,a l,i,a
defense in criniintil .■:,ses.
equal in a large sertion ot
tation for his sue
murder cases.

Judge Ball has often been referred to as the "cow-
man 's lawyer ' ' of Texas, and it was his growing prac-
tice as attoi,,ev for jetidiug cattlemen that eventually
can-iM l,ii,, ,1, is;i) In locate in San Antonio, which city
lia~ i,o'\ liee,, his hi,, ,11' for the past twenty years. For
several veais he wa., ;l i,tirti,er of tlie lat'e Hon. Tully
A, Fuller. Besides his i.rofesMonal liusiuess, of which
a mere record of cases would 1,ardly I,e appropriate for
this article, Judge Ball has L'ained Itn ge business inter-
ests at San Antonio and vicinity, and is well known as
a banker. He was one of the organizers in 1903 and
the first vice-president of the National Bank of Com-
merce, later served for some years as president of the
bank, and is now chairman of the board of directors,
having at all times been aitive in tl,e direction and
management of the bank's affairs. Tl,e National Bank
of Commerce of San Antonio has in ten years made a
remarkable growth, and is now one of the strongest
banks in South Texas. Plans have already been pre-

president of the Colo-
of Ball & Burney, of
artner, were the first general
attle Raisers' Association of

la,-e a ,,i,t of individual

II lull 111,- relationship. In

li,ei' ^.,,,,,<rs of business were

.1' iiiilni^hnU cattlemen and

1 lawvev as counsel for the

All. Tiall j.robably had no

io,intry, .and gained a repu-

defense of numerous noted



pared for the erection of a new bank building on the
northwest corner of West Commerce and Soledad streets.
Judge Ball has taken a prominent part in Masonic
circles, is a Past Master of Alamo Lodge, A. F. & A.
M., Past High Priest of Burleson Chapter, E. A. M.,
and Past Eminent Commander and now Grand Captain-
General of the Grand Commandery of Texas Ejiights
Templar. In 189:2 occurred his marriage to Miss Ma-
rian Cooke, who was born and reared in Washington
county, Texas. Their three daughters are Constance,
Marian Ellen, and Hallie Cooke Ball.

Benjamin W'inslow Dudley Hill, M. D., of Daw-
son has been identified with this locality since 1886, when
he came here as a young physician, newly graduated from
the medical department of the University of Tennessee.
Since that time he has steadily advanced in his profes-
sion to a leading and recognized position, but his strength
as a citizen is based not only on his successful and hon-
orable record as a medical practitioner, but as a business
man, a financier, and a thoroughly useful and helpful
citizen who has steadfastly allied himself with those
movements which have made for civic betterment and
general progress. Doctor Hill was born in Warren
county, Tennessee, January 3, 1863, and is a son of Jon-
athan and Vesta (Scott) HUl.

The Hill family originated in Wales, and some of its
members came to America during Colonial days, settling
in Virginia, and from there drifting to Georgia and later
to Tennessee. Ervin Hill, the grandfather of Doctor
Hill, died in Tennessee when a comparatively young man,
being one of the pioneers of the Volunteer state, where
his father, Henry Hill, settled. Jonathan Hdl, the fa-
ther of Doctor Hill, was born in Warren county, Ten-
nessee, and was a farmer of the slaveholding class of c - -
izenship of that state. He was on detail for the Confed-
eracy during the war between the North and the South,
and had two brothers in that service. He also had a
brother killed at the battle of Monterey, Mexico, during
our war with that country, and another brother died on
the gulf while returning from that war. The family has
ever been lined up with the Democratic party, and Jon-
athan Hill had two uncles who helped frame the consti-
tution of Tennessee. One of them, H. L. W. HOI, went
to Congress, and another brother, George W. Hill, after
whom HiU county, Texas, was named, served as secre-
tary of war under President Houston, was one of the
congressmen of the Texas Republic, subsequently re-
turned to his medical practice in Navarro county, and
died in the vicinity of Dawson in 1859 without issue.
Benjamin J. Hill, a cousin of Jonathan Hill, was a
Confederate brigadier-general. Jonathan Hill was mar-
ried in Warren county, Tennessee, to Vesta Scott, who
was a daughter of Cooper Scott, a native of North Caro-
lina, who moved to Tennessee in boyhood and spent the
balance of his life as a farmer. He married Elizabeth
McCuUom, and they became the parents of a large
family. The children of Jonathan and Vera (Scott)
Hill were as follows: Ervin L., who is in business as a
merchant at Dawson; Lucian C, who died at Hillsboro,
was once county judge of Hill county and left a family
at his dc;illi; Dr. P.. W. D. of this review; Lee, a farmer
of Dawson; S,i,., who is the wife of C. M. Eetter of
Waco, ;ii)il Mi^-^ Liiula, who is engaged in teaching school
at Saeatoii, Arizona.

As Doctor B. W. D. Hill grew to manhood, he attended
the public schools of his native county, and later was a
student at Irving College, and, after leaving that insti-
tution, began life as a country school teacher. This he
followed for ten months in Grundy and Sequaehie coun-
ties, and then chose medicine as his life work and began
his preparation in the medical school previously men-
tioned. When he graduated, in 1885, he entered practice
at his home place, and was there a year before coming to
the West. Doctor Hill came to Navarro county without
acquaintances and found Dawson a wooden town with a

good farming trade and with four physicians already
here — Kirksey, Dean, Berry, and Meredith, all of whom
have since vanished. During the quarter of a century or
more that he has been located here he has taken post-
graduate work in New Orleans, at Tulane University, in
the Post-Graduate School at Chicago, and the Polyclinic
at New Orleans. He has been president of the Navarro
County Medical Society and is a member of the State
and American Medical Associations.

Soon after coming here, Doctor HiU became identified
with farming in Navarro county, and, associated with
his brother, purchased 633 acres of raw land, which they
brought nearly aU under the plow, put sis buildings upon
it, and, after years of cultivation, disposed of it. They
also purchased other tracts of land and have given labor
to numbers of wage-workers as farmers. Doctor Hill
has devoted his farms to cotton raising and grain. He
took an interest next in the promotion of the Dawson
Cotton Oil Company, of which he was vice president, and
was next prominent in the organization of the First
State Bank of Dawson, being elected its vice president,
and in 1909 was elected its president, a position he now
holds. The bank was chartered with a capital of $25,000
seven years ago, and now has $85,000 in the surplus and
undivided profits. The vice president is J. C. Keitt and
the cashier C. 0. Weaver, the other members of the
board of directors being P. L. Adams, M. L. Berry, J. L.
Taylor, F. L. Hill, J. F. Sims, W. N. Matthews, and C.
W. Akers, all well known in and about Dawson. In 1913
Doctor Hill purchased the Dawson Supply Company,
which he is conducting at this time. This venture is in
the nature of a department store, and, with all its de-
partments, is the chief business place of the town,
handling dry goods, hardware, saddles, harness and
implements. Doctor Hill has extended his building in-
terests only by the investment of his capital in improved
property in Dawson.

In politics, Doctor Hill is a Democrat, and has taken
an active part in the success of his party in this county,
having served as precinct chairman on several occasions
and as county chairman during the Bailey and Johnson
fight for delegates to the national convention at Denver.
His first state convention was at Waco, and the next at
Dallas, when Governor Campbell was nominated, and since
that time has been frequently selected as delegate, but
has declined the service. He advocated Woodrow Wilson
for president at the time the Professor was elected gov-
ernor of New Jersey, and has been steadfast in his sup-
port. Dr. Hill has served Dawson as city health oflicer
for five years and as president of the school board for a
period of four years. Fraternally, he belongs to the Blue
Lodge, Chapter, and Council of the Masonic order.

On January 17, 1893, Doctor Hill was married at Daw-
son to Miss Cynthia Adams, a daughter of Peter L.
Adams, il. D., who practiced medicine near Dawson, and
came here prior to the Civil War from Tennessee, and
served as a soldier in that struggle. Ten children have
been born to Doctor and Mrs. Hill, namely: Ermine,
Mark, Annie, Ada, Eobert, Virginia, Joe, Evelyn, Lynn,
and Benjamin Winslow Dudley, Jr.

Levi Franklin Gable. The life history of Levi Frank-
lin Gable, now one of the most prosperous and highly es-
teemed residents of Dawson, is lacking in no detail that
makes interesting biography. Beginning life handicapped
by lack of educational or other advantages, a soldier
when still in his early 'teens, thrown upon his own re-
sources before he had reached man 's estate, a pioneer in
a new and untried country, gradually fighting his way
upward in spite of the most discouraging circumstances,
and finally winning financial independence and the re-
spect of his fellow men — such are the salient points in
a career crowded with interesting events and character-
ized at all times by a faithful adherence to high princi-

Mr. Gable has been a resident of Navarro county since


September, 1885, when he came hither from Tishomingo
county, Mississippi. He was born in Anderson District,
South Carolina, July 29, 1847, and in 1852 his parents
left that locality and moved to Mississippi, where he
secured scarcely any education, the struggle between the
South and the North coming on at his most critical
school period. His father, Henry Gable, was a small
farmer, and became captain of the Home Guard during
the Civil War. He was born also in South Carolina, and
•died in Tishomingo county, Mississippi, at past eighty
years of age, while the mother, Martha Hanks, a daugh-
ter of George Hanks, passed away at the age of sixty-
five years. Their children were as follows: J. Asberry,
who died while in the Confederate service; Eveline, who
married Paul Finch of Tishomingo county, Mississippi;
George, who contracted a disease at Pt. Donaldson as a
wearer of the gray and died at Granada, Mississippi ;
Stacy, who passed through the war in the Confederate
service, but died soon after the close of the struggle, iu
Pemiscot county, Missouri; Levi Franklin of this review;
Elizabeth, who married Henry Pitts and resides near
Dawson, Texas; Jane, who married William Vinson and
lives at Dawson; Cordie, who married Jonathan Bolden
of Lomepa, Texas, and Tina, who married Jack Tank-
ersley of Mississippi.

Levi F. Gable joined the Confederate army in 1864,
enlisting in the Seventh Alabama Cavalry, Moreland's
regiment and Forrest's command. He saw service in
Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi, and took
part in a lot of skirmishing; also at Athens, Alabama;
Pulaski, Tennessee; Sulphur Trestle and Decatur, Ala-
bama; Monte Valley, and on down to Selma. The com-
mand was demoralized during the last campaign, and
scattered, and Mr. Gable, with others, made his way home.
He never surrendered and never reported to a Federal
officer for parole. After the war, Mr. Gable went out to
Pemiscot county, Missouri, and remained for three years,
accepting such honorable employment as presented itself.
He then returned to his home, but again went back to
the West, at Fort Smith and the Indian Nation, and one
year afterward again went back home, without having
accomplished anything worth while. Soon after going
home, October 5, 1874, Mr. Gable married Miss Elizabeth
Milford, a daughter of John and Frances E. Kay Mil-
ford, who was originally from Anderson District, South

Mr. Gable began about as humbl^ a married life as
could be imagined. He possessed one pony, and rented
land on shares, and during the first fall gathered his
crop and came out about even with the world. His first
home was a log house, furnished with primitive furniture,
worth perhaps twenty-five dollars. He was without a
cook-stove, a sewing-machine, or a rocking-chair, and for
a wagon he spliced in with a neighbor and made a team
and vehicle. When he found himself at the close of
business the first year just where he started, in the
spring he proposed to his wife that they wear their old
clothes and eat corn bread and thus stay out of debt the
next year, and this she agreed to do. They lived on the
same place again, and his record established for paying
as he went has been maintained ever since, save for in-
debtedness made when he purchased his first home in
Texas. When he left Mississippi, Mr. Gable sold all of
his property and came away with $350. Mr. Gable came
out to Texas on a prosjipcting tour first, at the sugges-
tion of his wdfe, and, after looking over much of the
black-land region of North Texas, as well as the central
portion of the state, selected Navarro county, and re-
turned and informed his wife that he could do better in
Texas than in Mississippi. She consented to come, and
they located at Dawson, the best place he had found on
his exploration, and here he achieved his first success.

Mr. Gable's first work on coming to Texas was as a
cotton picker on the black land for W. T. Moore at fifty
cents a hundred and board for himself and family, while

Mrs. Gable helped Mrs. Moore do the work about the
house. In his efforts to secure a place ou which to live
he failed, as did his employer in finding a place for rent,
and, about discouraged, was on the point of leaving the
locality when Mr. Moore asked him one day if he were
willing to take the ' ' Allen Carroll place. ' ' Allen Car-
roll was a negro in the last stages of consumption, and
Mr. Gable hesitated for a time, but finally agreed, be-
cause of his desperate situation, and accordingly moved
into the little home after thoroughly scouring and scald-
ing it. During the three years he lived there, Mr. Gable
declares, he never enjoyed himself more in his life. Wild

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