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here in 1S93; John, who passed away in 1859, unmar-
ried; and Calvin, who is a retired merchant and an ex-
Confederate soldier and resides at Lufkin. For his
second wife Mr. Mantootji was married to Miss Lydia
Dillon, a Tennessee woman and of Irish blood. She
was born in 1829 and she and her husband and a young
daughter passed away at the same time as a result of
poison administered to them by a quack doctor of the
community, who, however, had no intention of commit-
ting a crime. Of their eight children, seven grew up,
namely: Lafayette, a prominent physician and surgeon,
who died in 1911, at Lufkin, leaving a family; Edwin
J., of this review; W. Blackburn, who passed away here
in 1901 and left children; Florence, who is Mrs. "W.
H. Bonner, of Lufkin ; Hester, who married B. L. Mc-
Pherson, of Lufkin; and Thomas C, ex-sheriff of Ange-
lina county, who also is a resident of this community.

Edwin j. Mantooth was born in Cocke county, Ten-
nessee, April 10, 1852, and was educated in the rural
schools. His youth was passed as a farmer and at
eighteen years of age he took a clerkship at Homer with
a dry goods house. As a further preparation for life he
subsequently attended an academy at Pennington, Trin-
ity county, Texas, and made his law preparation in Cum-
berland University, Lebanon, Tennessee, where he was
graduated with the class of 1879.

Mr. Mantooth was admitted to the bar at Homer dur-
ing that same year by Judge Wood, and upon the
recommendation of his examining committee, composed
of Judge E. H. Guinn, Judge Sam A. Wilson, H. G.
Lane and E. E. Borden. He was elected county attor-
ney immediately and tried his first important case in
court as the incumbent of that position. He declined a
second term and entered the practice alone, and, save
for his present professional association, and his partner-
ship with W. J. Townsend, he has practiced his calling
alone. He is now senior member of the law firm of
Mantooth & Collins, and his practice for years has been
largely in land and corporations and in closing up
estates of deceased persons, several of which he has
handled as executor without bond and which have in-
volved property worth from one hundred and fifty
thousand to two and one-half millions of dollars.

Mr. Mantooth "s business connections are extensive
and varied. He owns a majority of the stock of the
Lufkin Telephone Company, which he promoted; was
one of the organizers of the Lufkin National Bank, and
has been its vice-president and a member of its direct-
ing board ever since; is a stockholder of several lumber
mills of the county and is general counsel for all of
them, and his contributions to the building interests of
Lufkin have been large, including his personal residence
on Eaguet street. Here his grounds are the largest of
any private home in Lufkin, and in addition he holds
much other valuable real estate in the city.

Among his early appearances in politics was as a dele-
gate in the convention that named Horace Chilton over
W. E. Herndon for delegate to the National Democratic
Convention. He was sUo a delegate to the state conven-
tion that nominated Hogg for attorney general, and
to the convention that nominated Throckmorton, Hub-
bard and Hogg for governor and supported the latter
all through his political campaigns. In the state-wide
movement of 1887, Judge Mantooth was in the campaign
for prohibition and has been more or less connected with
the battles for temperance in the state ever since. He is
not connected with any fraternal order, but is a member
of the Christian church, and has been liberal in its sup-

On May 31, 1874, Judge Mantooth was married at
Ijufkin to Miss Callie Watson, a daughter of David and
Jean (Clark) Watson. Mr. Watson came to Texas be-

fore the outbreak of the war between the South and the
North, from Mississippi. He spent his life as a farmer,
and reared only one child. Judge and Mrs. Mantooth
have had these children: Louis P., who died at the age
of thirty years, leaving four children by his wife, who
had been Lela Bonner; Edwin Wood, M. D., a graduate
of Tulane University, who died in 1910, at the age of
twenty -eight years; Dell, who is the wife of W. E.
Lanter, of Orange, Texas; Winnie, now Mrs. G. W.
ShotweU, a merchant of Lufkin; Milton, of this cityj
Chloe, the wife of C. B. Collins, law partner of Judge
Mantooth; Cleo, who married Kester Denman, a suc-
cessful practicing lawyer of Lufkin; Winifred, who died
at the age of thirteen years; and Misses Bobbie and
Mollie, who make their home with their parents.

John Hdmpheis. The real estate business of Presidio
county and Marfa has no more enterprising business
man than John Humphris, who does a general business
in real estate, but does not confine his attention to brok-
erage and handles a large amount of his own property.
One of the old residents of this section of the state,
although he is himself not an old man, but rather be-
longs to the progressive and vigorous young generation
of men who are doing big things in this part of the state.

John Humphris is a native of England, where he was
born December 23, 1868. His parents were John and
Mary (Walker) Humphris, both natives of England.
The father came to Texas about 1871 and was engaged
in the live stock and mercantile business for many years,
his name being prominently associated with business af-
fairs in Marfa. He took considerable interest in politics
and was at one time sheriff of Duval county. He was
an active member also of the Episcopal church, as is his
wife, who now makes her home in Marfa. The father
died in 1900 at the age of fifty-five years. There were
five children in the family, John, being the oldest.

The first settlement of the family after arriving in
the United States was in Maryland, where John Hum-
phris attained to the age of eight years, and then accom-
panied the family to Texas in 1874. He has now been
a resident of this state for nearly forty years. The
first home selected by the parents was at Corpus Christi,
where they lived for about five years, thence removed to
Duval county, where their home was for another five
years and thence to Maverick county, and finallv in
1SS3 to Presidio county. The early education of Mr.
.Tohn Humphris was as the result of private instruction
from his mother, who was a woman of unusual intelli-
gence and great strength of mind and soul. Suhse-
quently he studied in the public schools, and had a
high school course in San Antonio and a training in a
business college. When he was fifteen years of age he
left school, and attained his first position which" paid
him regular wages, as manager of the Commissary on
a sheep ranch. Subsequent to this he worked in a mer-
cantile establishment and continued in this way for
about twenty years. During part of this time he was
manager of the Shafter store, and subsequently cashier
of the Marfa establishment. In 1908 he resigned and
established his own office in the general real estate,
abstract and insurance business, and his deals cover a
wide scope of country in this part of Texas.

Mr. Humphris has a family of five children, three sons
and two daughters, named Herbert, Hester. Mav. Oren
and Eobert. The family worship in the Episcopal
church and he is a member of the Masonic order. He
is also an active worker in the Marfa Commercial Club.
In politics he is a Prohibitionist though he takes no
active part in party affairs. In the list of countv offi-
cers of Presidio county, Mr. Humphris' name is 'found
opposite the office of county treasurer, in which he served
for one term. He is a snj.iHirl.T of the wholesome out-
door sports, particiilnrly ,.f li:i^,'-liall, anrl has the distinc-
tion of having plnyod on tli.- lirsf hasp-ball team organ-
ized in Marfa. His tasti's .-ilsr, run to music and gen-



eral literature, and he bas bad a wholesome well-rounded
development of character which enables him to sym-
pathize with and take an interest in all the activities
of his community.

Dr. Marion E. Mahon. In ilarfa and Presidio
county the best medical practice is that possessed by Dr.
Mahon, who has been identified with this locality since
1906, and in that time has built up a splendid business
professionally and has acquired a foremost place in the
civic life of this town and county.

Marion E. Mahon was born in Gonzales county, Texas,
September 1, 1868, representing one of the old families
in that section. All his life has been spent in Texas, and
for his earlv education he attended private schools.
His career has been one of self -advancement and he
made his way from boyhood and followed different lines
of work in order to pay for his medical education. After
leaving high school, lie attended Trinity University at
Waxahachie, where he was a student for three years.
At the age of nineteen he became clerk in a merchandise
house. While a student in Trinity, and also while work-
ing in the store, he pursued his medical studies and
during four years of mercantile experience he was very
thrifty and saved his money to enable him to continue
his professional preparation in medical college. Then
in 1905 he came out to Marfa and opened his office and
soon attained his first cases. Dr. Mahon has a person-
ality in whom people naturally repose great confidence,
and his oft-quested ability as a physician has won him
rapid advancement and as already mentioned he un-
doubtedly enjoys the best practice in this section of the
state. Dr. Mahon has been twice married. At Cuero,
Texas, he married Miss Alice L. Heard, who died in
1903. His second marriage occurred at Austin in 1907
to Miss Lena Bishop. His four children are all by his
first wife, and are named: Mabel C, Willie Mae, Alice
L., and Eldnar, all being daughters. The doctor and
Mrs. Mahon are both active members of the Methodist
Church, and he is affiliated with Masonry in the Bine
Lodge and Chapter and is also a member of the Wood-
men of the World. As a public spirited citizen he has
membership in the Jlarfa Chamber of Commerce, is a
Democrat though not active in party affairs and since
1908 has been county health officer for Presidio county.
For the past six years he has also served as local and
examining surgeon for the Southern Pacific Eailway at
Marfa. Each year Dr. Mahon takes a trip for hunting
and recuperation in the splendid outdoor country of
western Texas. Among the various classes of amuse-
ment and entertainments he enjoys particularly a good
speech or lecture.

Dr. Mahon 's father was William T. Mahon, who was
born in VirgiiJia, and came to Texas when a boy of six-
teen, and in 1861 entered the Confederate army serving
as a loyal soldier of the South from the beginning to
the end'of the war. He also saw much service as a Texas
ranger, belonging to that intrepid force of citizen sol-
diery for a numlier of years. Stock raising and gen-
eral farming were the business occupations to which he
devoted his attention with much success. He was a
member and deacon in the Presbyterian church and died
in 1909 at the age of seventy a good Christian gentle-
man. He is buried in Gonzales county. His wife's
maiden name was Mattie Eandle, who was born in Texas,
where she married, and she now resides at the old home
in Gonzales county. She is also an active member of
the Presbyterian church. There were three children in
the family, all sons, the doctor being the oldest and the
other two named as follows: William E. JIahon, who is
a rancher and makes his home in the doctor's family at
Marfa; and Ernest Cliston, who runs the old home ranch
in Gonzales county.

William H. Monday, M. D. One of the most prom-
inent surgeons in the state of Texas, William II.

Monday is widely known throughout this region, his
home being in Terrell, Texas. Dr. Monday has been a
practicing physician for the past forty-two years in
Kaufman county, and each year has seen not only an
increase in his clientele but the winning of more friends.
He has been prominent in the public affairs of the city
in which he has made his home for so long, and being
a student and by nature progressive he has had a strong
influence in shaping the civic and political life of the
community. Dr. Monday is a firm believer in the con-
tinued prosperity of this section of the state and his
belief in its prosperity is shown by his ownership of
farm lands.

William H. Monday was born in Tennessee, in Law-
rence county, on the 27th of April, 1843. His father,
who was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1816, was the
son of William Monday. He came to Texas with his
family in 1857 and settled in Houston county. He was
a slave owner and a plain, practical man, typical of the
antebellum school, a man of limited education but a
successful farmer. He was a member of the Methodist
church and belonged to the Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons, being a Master Mason. He died in Kaufman
county, Texas, in 1885, and his wife, who was born in
South Carolina in 1818, died near Terrell, Texas, in
1878. Seven sons and two daughters were born to Mr.
and Mrs. Monday, of whom Dr. Monday was the third
in order of birth. The eldest, Isaphine, married J. C.
Cantrell and resides in Swisher county, Texas; Columbus
M. died at Lovelady, Texas, having served in General
Walker's division of the Confederate army and after-
wards living as a farmer until his death. He married
Cornelia Ellis. William H. is the next. John C. was
graduated from the medical department of Tulane Uni-
versity, married Louise Smart, of Louisiana, and was
practicing medicine in San Antonio when he died.
F. M. Monday is a merchant of Temple, Texas, and is
married. Josie married Joe MeCurdy for her first
husband, but is now the wife of Eufus Braught, of
Phoenix, Arizona. J. O. Monday is a banker, merchant
and capitalist of Houston, Texas. Lonnie A., who was
a farmer, married Willie Duesse and is now dead.
Harvey D., the youngest, married Mattie Gray and is
also dead.

William H. Monday received a limited education in
Harden county, Tennessee, and came to Houston county,
Texas, in 1858 with his parents, but left that locality
to enter the ranks of the Confederate army with the
outbreak of the Civil war. He became a member of
Company "1," of the Fourth Texas Volunteers, which
was under the command of Captain D. A. Nunn, of
Crockett, and Colonel James Eiley, of Nacogdoches.
The command rendezvoused at San Antonio and then
went to the frontier in New Mexico, to serve under
General Sibley. After some time in the territories, dur-
ing which the battles of Val A'erde and Glorietta were
fought, the army came back to Texas and the Fourth
Eegiment took part in the recapture of Galveston, then
went into the Bed Eiver country and became part of
the gallant little force that opposed General Banks'
arm ' " ~ , ^


n the famous Eed Eiver campaign. Dr. Monday
in :i number of battles, among them being
M:ll!^ll.■l.l. Pleasant Hill and Yellow Bayou, the
la^^t iiani.'d li.iii!,' the last important engagement in
whi.-h the .In.toi had a share. He was third lieutenant
of his companv during the last eighteen months of his
service and held that office when the command was dis-
banded at Mosley's Ferry on the banks of the Brazos
river in May, 1865.

After the war Dr. Monday took up his studies again
in the Eockwell High School and after completing his
literary course there entered the medical department of
Louisiana University, the Tulane University of today,
from which he was graduated in 1871. He then began
the practice of his profession at Johnson Point,
Kaufman county, " "" '""' "'"^'' "'

"Abner, Texas, but only remained




there a year and then he came to College Mound neigh-
borhood, near Terrell, Texas, where he located. Here
he engaged in farming as well as in the practice of
medicine, taking a keen interest in the developing and
improving of the farm on which he located. After many
years of this life, he found that he would have to aban-
don farming or medicine and since his heart was in his
medical work he gave up farming to devote himself
wholly to his profession, and this necessitated his mov-
ing to Terrell. He still owns the old home and also is
the owner of two other farms in this section. Since
coming to Terrell his practice has grown in size and he
has met with continued success. Dr. Monday has kept
clo.'iely in touch wuth the advance in his profession,
taking a post-graduate course in the medical department
of Tulane in 1893 and another in 1912, and thus being
enabled to give his patients the benefit of the latest
scientific discoveries and methods. In 18S8 Dr. Monday
was made local surgeon for the Texas & Pacific Railroad
Company and has held this position ever since. He was
later appointed local surgeon for the Houston & Texas
Central Eailroad, and when this corporation was trans-
formed into the Texas Midland he was made local
surgeon of the latter road. In 1893 this railroad ap-
pointed him chief surgeon and he has held this respon-
sible position since that time.

Dr. Monday is a member and an Ex-President of the
Kaufman County Medical Society and is also a member
of the Texas State Medical Society. For a time he held
membership in the National Railway Surgeons' Asso-
ciation and he was president of the Texas Railway
Surgeons ' Association. His only , fraternal allegiance is
with the Knights of Pythias and he is a trustee of the
local lodge.

In religious matters Dr. Monday holds allegiance to
no one creed. He is a member of the Commercial Club
and has rendered valuable services to the city through
his chairmanship of the educational committee and as
one of the directors of the club. He has always taken
a very active part in all matters pertaining to the wel-
fare of the general public, especially in educational
matters. He has served on the common council of the
city and for a long term of fifteen years was a member
of its educational board, during which time he was
president, and influential in all questions of education.
He has always been a man of wide and deep thought
and when the matter of a commission for Terrell was
being agitated Dr. Monday was one of the foremost men
in urging this departure from old ways. He was made
chairman of the committee that framed the charter and
was active in seeing the charter put into service. In
politics Dr. Monday is a member of the Democratic
part}-. He has served as one of the medical examiners
of his judicial district by appointment of Judge Rainey.

On the 13th of September, 1873, Dr. Monday married
in Anderson county, Texas, Miss Mollie J. Hamlett, a
daughter of William J. Ilamlett. She was born in
Shelby county, Texas, and died in 1883. Three children
were born of this marriage. The eldest of these, Dr. H.
Albert Monday, married Miss Essie Duvall, and is a
physician and mining man of Taviche, in the state of
Oaxata, Mexico, being one of the successful and promi-
nent A licaus in the Mexican republic. Charles B.

Miiii(l:iy, till' sivoud son, is a lumberman of Marlin,
TeN.i^. lie iiKiiried Miss Hannah Miller, of Lake
Charles, Lmiisiaiia, and they have two daughters, Louise
and Syliil. Jewell Monday, the youngest child, became
the wife of Paul Wooten, of New Orleans. Dr. Monday
married again in 1883, his wife being Miss Willie N.
Roberson, of Cherokee county, Texas, and they have five
children, namely, Mollie, Netta, William Luther, Nellie
and Raymond. Mollie married J. H. Waters, of Terrell,
Texas, employed by the Texas Midland Railroad.

Benjamin Fkanklin Berkeley, M.- D. Out in west
Texas, at Alpine, resides a Texan who is one of the vital

factors in the industrial and civic affairs of his state.
Locally, Dr. Berkeley is a successful physician and
banker, but has become known all over the state as an
advocate and practical worker for various lines of civic
reform, and more especially, perhaps, as president of the
Texas Dry Farming Congress.

Benjamin Franklin Berkeley is a native of Mercer
county, Kentucky, where he was born February 2nd, 1875.
He attended the common schools of his native state;
then was in high school, and later in the Hoggsetts
Academy, at Harrodsburg, Kentucky. He was a student
at Transylvania University, in Lexington, Kentucky, and
soon afterwards came out to Texas, spending about a
year in Sutton county. He then entered the College of
Physicians and Surgeons, at San Francisco, California,
where he was graduated M. D. in 19u2. Immediately
after his graduation he located at Alpine, where he has
enjoyed a large practice in medicine.

The Alpine State Bank was organized in 1907, and a
little later Dr. Berkeley became a member of its board
of directors. In 1911 he was chosen jjresident, and has
directed the affairs of this substantial financial institu-
tion to the present time. In the line of his profession, he
is local surgeon for the Southern Pacific Railway, and,
while his private practice is of a general nature, he is
recognized as probably the ablest surgeon in Brewster

Dr. Berkeley was married at Tucson, Arizona, Febru-
ary 2, 1903, to Miss Clara Louise Dugat, a daughter of
C. C. Dugat, who, with his wife, is now a resident of Al-
pine, Texas. A son and daughter comprise the home
circle of Dr. Berkeley and wife, the names of the chil-
dren being Ralph Gordon and Frances Louise Berkeley.
The family worship in the Christian church, of which the
doctor is a member of the board of trustees. His fra-
ternal affiliations are with the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias, and he has
filled all the chairs in the Lodge of Odd Fellows, and at
the present time is deputy district grand master. He is
an ex-president of the Alpine Commercial Club and now
a member of its executive committee. In polities, is
a Democrat. He is a man of wide reading and broad
information on political questions and events, and, while
not in practical party politics himself, is an influential
factor in local good government, and also in the public
afliairs of the state. His favorite recreations are tennis
and hunting, and he also enjoys the social amusements
and the pleasures afforded by his private library.

Dr. Berkeley has for some years been a well-known
speaker at various conventions, press associations, and
large farming congresses, and, by reason of his thorough
study and practical knowledge, is always listened to with
close attention by his audience. In May, 1913, he deliv-
ered the address of welcome at Galveston in the annual
convention of the Texas Bankers Association, and on
February, 17, 1912, at Del Rio, before the Ballot Puri-
fication League of Texas he delivered an address on that
specific subject, of ballot purification, which made an un-
usual impression, not only on the audience, but through-
out the state at large, following the general publication
of the address in the newspapers all over the state. Dr.
Berkeley thoroughly believes in the great destiny of
Texas, and points to its geographical location, its varied
resources, its immense area, and the general fertility of
the soil as reasons for his confidence that Texas is and
will always be the greatest state of the American Union.

Hal C. Although till a young man, and one
whose subjective modesty has made him refrain from
flu i-'iii^ 1, in.rlf into the limelight, Hal C. Dunbar has
-' ' - .i.tivities that his career has been one of

sijiii I I >ss to his community. He has been con-
iM . '. i i\ li ill,, .-ounty tax collector's office of Henderson
county for a number of years, and his management of
the affairs of his responsible position is vindicating the
confidence reposed in him by his fellow citizens. Mr.



Dunbar is a native of the Prairie State, having been born
in Greene county, niiiiois, January 28, 1882, and came
to Texas at the age of ten years, locating at Palestine,
Anderson county, where his father, the late Peter Dun-
bar, was a conductor on the I. & C. N. Eailroad.

Peter Dunbar was born near the city of Dublin, Ire-
land, in October, 1849, and was five years of age when he
left his native Erin and accompanied his parents to the
United States. He was one of five children, three of
whom are milliners, now located in Indiana, while the
other is a brother, Charles Dunbar of Buffalo, New
York. Peter Dunbar grew to manhood in Indiana, and
in his youth received only limited educational advantages,
as the family was in modest circumstances and his as-
sistance was needed in the family support. He early

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