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city. His public service has likewise been important and
stamps him as a public-spirited citizen. For eighteen

es, and also has been
His church is the

s board of stewards.
Masonic Lodge.

marriage of William

nue, a cousin of Col.
R. M. and W. B. Wynne. Her father was Colonel Rob-
ert E. Wynne, who c'ame from Tpiiuessee and whose wife
was Miss Marv W.-itkint; ..f tin' old San Augustine family
of that name.' Mr. ;iii,l Mis. I'.iirton's oldest child. Wil-
liam Peyton P.;irtoii. gi-nliiatod from Tulane University
with his niediciil degree in liM)4, and is now a practicing
physician at Overton ; Robert Virgil married Miss Lois
Gray, and their children are Gray and Sue; Henry
Miller Barton is associated in business with his father;
John W.vnne is a student in Columbia University, in New
York City, and the youngest is Mary Emily.

James M. Jones. The present popular and efficient
county clerk of Eusk county, James M. Jones, has spent
his life chiefly within the confines of the county and is
a member of a family widely known in this part of
Texas. He was born in the communitv of Pine Hill,
where his father, the Hon. J. Rnsmii- Ji'iirs. .,.ttl...l Feb-
ruary 5, 1867, coming here from ii.'.n Mille.lLicville.
Georgia. The latter 's public service to Tcx.-is lias been
given as a member of the lower house of the legislature,
in which service he won prominence as an investigator
of the state's penal affairs, as a man of measures, and
as a debater and legislator.

J. Easmus Jones, or "Eas" Jones, as he is known
among public men of Texas, was born in Georgia,
August 26, 1834. His education came from his perusal of

years he was one ot tlu- si I inisr^

a meml'er of the I'o.n ■! i : i ■ ' tic
Methodist, and he i^ ,: !

Fraternally, he is nllil :it. .1 \ ■: ilu
On October 7, 1S79. occurred the
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the old blue spelling book and from seventy-two days as
a pupil in school. He was a natural seeker after knowl-
edge, and when going' on an errand for his father or to
mill he was wont to carry his spelling book with him to
make good use of his idle time. To avoid the jeers and
scoffs of the other boys about the mill because of his
friendship for the junior Webster, he would hide the small
volume under his coat and seek a lonely place where he
could commit its contents to memory, and it is said that
he became so familiar with it that even in the decline of
life he could call the next word of any column one would
pronounce to him. Being ot an inquiring turn of mind,
"Eas" Jones acquired the habit of learning alone. His
fund of information came to mark him as a learned man,
and the accuracy of his knowledge surprised his friends
and his legislative colleagues as he displayed it in the
midst of debate upon the floor of the house or in stating
facts in the course of his speeches. He was master
of himself and of every situation when he occupied the
floor. Interruption did not perturb him and he answered
questions with such readiness and resumed the thread
of his discourses with such ease and confidence as to
gain him a wide confidence among his contemporaries
of the legislature. Mr. Jones w^as elected to the house
of representatives of his state first in 1884. His politics
harmonized with the dominant ]>arty of Texas, and he
represented Panola county at intervals during sixteen
years. He suffered defeats at home once or twice during
this long service, but the character of his service always
dimmed the lustre of his successor and his return to
power invariably followed. Among his committees was '
the one on Eoads, Bridges and Ferries, of whioh he was
chairman for a time, and it was his report of the in-
vestigating committee of the penitentiary management
that opened the eyes of Texans. He was a member
of this committee and its iiivesti
shortage to the st.-ito tlmr Tiixp:
the muddle their |i.-i 1 1 i^:iii fn.inl
for the commonweiili li. Mr. .Ion
the people and mingled so free.
as to establish his reputation ;
tionalist. In his home or among h
never tire. He deliv
fascination that neve

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.'ts so long before

ith Texas leaders

strong conversa-

among his neighbors his hearers

s himself pleasantly and with a

fails to entertain and instruct.

He delighted in communing with men of recognized
mental worth and formed friendshijis among the great
Texas public men. He always aided the ambitions of
Senator Bailey and had a warm place in his heart for
Governor Eoss, and in the contest of 190.^ he gave
valuable support to the candidacy of Hon. Pat Neff.^ the
successful contestant. During the Civil war he offered
himself to the Confederacy, but was rejected for military
duty and was assigned to hospital work as a nurse.
Mr. .Tones was a successful farmer after tlie old methods
and had a strong belief that a uoilo jnnl ;i |ilow, with
himself at the helm, was the mo^t imtrnt lor^o possible
in the production of a crop of lotton. So \\i,le a con-
fidence was bestowed upon him .nnioiiL: llniil.'rson mer-
chants that they always bought Ins cotton without the
usual formality' of inspection. All thev seemed to care
was that it was the product of his own' farm nnd of his
own picking, for that meant the best fiber of the season.
He sought no new method and seemed to give little
thought to the experiments going on to increase the
crop per acre or to find a new staple with a larger yield
per stalk. His unimportant fraternal work has been
done as a Master JIason. His religious faith is that of
the Missionary Baptist church.

"Ras" .Tones was a son of .John A. Jones, who came
to Texas some years after his son and didl on his farm
ne.-ir Pine Hill. His familv comprised L. Augustus, who
-lied at Pine Hill, Texas; .T. Rasmus .nnd Carrie, who
ninrried a Mr. Newman. These children were by his
first wife, who died in Georgia, and by a second union
Mr. Jones had Harrison of Clavton. Texas : Joseph ;
George; Christopher, who is deceased; "Coot"; Thomas,



who is deceased, and Mattie and Nannie, both of whom

J. Easmus Jones married Miss EmUy Eosseau, a
daughter of Lucius Eosseau, of a French family. Mrs.
Jones died June 8, 1906, having been the mother of these
children: Dr. John E., a physician of Arkansas; Charles
of Garrison, Texas, ex-county clerk of Panola county;
Mrs. Lizzie Liles of Winnsboro, Texas; Emma, who
married W. A. Liles, and is now deceased; W. E. of
Brownsville was educated in the public schools of
Eusk county, was admitted to the bar after teaching for
a time, was elected county attorney of Panola, and after
serving four years as district attorney resigned to take
up the practice of law at the mouth of the Bio Grande;
James M., of this notice; Daisy, who married W. E.
Lawrence of Clayton, Texas; Homer, who served as a
page of the Texas house of representatives as a boy
and now resides at Pine Hill, and Belle of Clayton,
Texas, who married first J. W. Langley and is now
Mrs. J. H. Jones.

James M. Jones was born May 2, 1876, acquired his
education in the public schools at three months yearly,
was appointed a page in the Texas legislature and
served as such in the session of 1889, gained some ex-
perience as assistant to a teacher in Pine Hill, and
when he abandoned the atmosphere of the school house
entered a drug store at Minden. A few months later
he came to Henderson and took a position in an abstract
office. He was made deputy tax assessor by Mr. W. D.
Arnold and served three and one-half years, and a like
period as assistant postmaster under Mrs. E. Y. Flan-
agan. He was appointed deputy county clerk in 1902
and served under Clerk Lonnie Smith during his ad-
ministration, and in 1912 made the race against two
competitors and was nominated for the office and elected
in the following November. His services have been of
such a nature as to inspire confidence in the people
of the community and to show that they made no mis-
take in choosing Mr. Jones for the position.

On November 10, 1904, Mr. Jones was united in
marriage with Miss Marie L. Sinclair, daughter of F. P.
Sinclair, whose family was of Louisiana French origin.
Two children have been born to this union: Thetys J.
and James Mason. James Mason Jones was born Novem-
ber 1, 1912, and died November 26, 1913.

AViLLiAM M. Cole, M. D. Among the active members
of the medical profession in Longview, the subject of
this review occupies an enviable position. He is a
native of the Lone Star state, having been born at
Ladonia, Fannin county, Texas, January 1, 1865, and
is a son of James H. and Zerelda (Houston) Cole, the
former one of the leading merchants of Ladonia. The
origin of this branch of the Cole family was in County
Cork, Ireland. Its American founder was Jacob Cole,
the great-grandfather of Dr. William Cole, who came
from' the Emerald Isle while the government of the
United States was still in its swaddling clothes and
settled at Baltimore. Jlaryland. A razor which he
brought with him from his native land and which has
done service in the family through the succeeding
generations, is now in the possession of Dr. Cole of
Longview. A son. Jacob, who was born in 1799, ran
away from home at the age of thirteen and made his
way to the neighborhood of Danville, Kentucky, where
he passed the remainder of his life, dying of cholera
in 18.5,3. He first married Miss Mary E. Hootsell of
Danville, and James H. Cole was the only issue of this
union. After the death of his first wife he married
again, and to this second marriage was born a son,
Andrew, who passed his entire life in the vicinity of
Low's Station, Kentucky.

.Tames H. Cole was born in Danville, Kentucky, in
1826. Opportunities for attending school were rather
meager at that period and he obtained little more than
the rudiments of an education in the local schools.

Being endowed with a strong native talent and an apti-
tude for making application of his powers, he added
to his limited education by observation and self-culture
until he could associate with the best informed men
without feeling in the least humiliated. History was
a favorite subject with him and one in which he ex-
celled many whose opportunities had been far better
than his own. The community in which he lived benefited
by his knowledge of history in the talks he made before
public schools and on sundry other occasions. Politically
he was in harmony with the dominant party in the
South, and served as the first mayor of his town, as well
as rendering other municipal services in various capaci-
ties. He was a soldier of two wars. In the war with
Mexico he was a member of Colonel Cassius M. Clay's
regiment, which served under General Zachary Taylor,
and took part in the battles of Monterey, Saltillo, Buena
Vista and a number of minor engagements. At Buena
Vista Mr. Cole was wounded, which ended his military
service in that contest. An incident that occurred while
he was engaged in the war with Mexico is worthy of
more than passing mention. On one occasion he was
captured by the enemy and condemned to be shot as
a spy. Seven men were detailed to carry out the order
and Mr. Cole happened to discover that the officer in
command of the squad was a member of a secret brother-
hood to which he himself belonged. At the first op-
portunity he made this fact known, when it further
developed that four of the seven members of the detail
were also members of the same society. The com-
mander then fent away the three members that were
not "brothers" and one of those remaining was in-
structed to conduct Mr. Cole to the American lines. The
grave was then filled up and the officer then reported
to his superiors that the duty had "been performed."
In this way Mr. Cole's life was spared. When tbe
Civil war broke out in 1861 he enlisted in the Con-
federate army until he was wounded in action near
Memphis, Tennessee, which ended his military career and
left him a cripple for life. He was a prominent mem-
ber of the Masonic fraternity, in which he attained to
the thirty-second degree, and, being a student of the
history and traditions of the order, he was frequently
called upon to deliver addresses before Masonic bodies.

Before leaving his native state of Kentucky and
coming to Texas in the year 1857, James H. Cole on
August 21, 1849, married Miss Zerelda Houston, a
daughter of Samuel Houston, who was a cousin of Gen-
eral "Sam" Houston, the liberator of Texas, and
whose name is still revered by her loyal sons. Mrs.
Cole's father was a Virginian by birth and her mother
was a daughter of Colonel Ricliard Lee, a member of
that illustrious family of soldiers and patriots whose
deeds of military daring and strategy adorn the pages
of American history. She was born in 1843 and died
at Ladonia, Texas,' in 1876, her husband surviving her
until March 10, 1908. Their four children are all living.
Eugene G. is a merchant of Durant, Oklahoma; Alice
is the wife of G. B. Yager of that city; Dr. William
M. ; and Virgil M. is a resident of Durant, Oklahoma.

Dr. William M. Cole came to Longview in 1886 and
entered the offices of Dr. Stansberry as a student. After
a thorough preparation under this able preceptor he
matriculated in the Kentucky School of Medicine at
Louisville and was graduated with the degree of M. D.
in 1891. Eeturning to Longview he began the practice
of medicine here and from that time to the present he
has devoted himself to his chosen calling, with the
result that he has built up a lucrative practice and
stands high in the estimation of the public and his
brother practitioners. Notwithstanding the numerous
calls upon him in his professional capacity he has found
time to serve the city of Longview as councilman, and
during his administration as mayor from 1906 to 1910
the citv was placed upon a cash basis. He has shown
his faith in the future of Longview by erecting some

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of the finest buildings and residences in the city. Eealiz-
ing the benefits that result from organization, Dr. Cole
holds membership in the American Medical Association
and the Texas State Medical Society. He is a Royal
Arch Mason and a member of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, in which he has held the office of district
deputy grand master.

On February 25, 1891, Dr. Cole was united in marriage
with Miss Gay Keener, daughter of Bowland and Mary
(Pogues) Keener and the only surviving child of the
family. Her parents came to Longview from Eusis
county, Texas. Dr. and Mrs. Cole have two children,
Nelwyn, aged thirteen years, and Zerelda, aged ten.

William R. Newton, M. D. The medical profession in
Milam county has no stronger member than Dr. Newton
of Cameron, who during the past fifteen years has built
up a splendid reputation as a skillful physician and
surgeon and enjoys a constantly growing prestige and
influence throughout his home community and in the
medical profession of that section of the state. His
most important contribution to the medical and surgical
facilities of Milam county has consisted in the erection
of a splendid hospital at Cameron, an institution that
is a credit to the community and the means of a com-
petent and excellent service to a large surrounding

Dr. Newton was born in Boone county, Arkansas,
September 1, 1873, and is a son of the late Major
George W. and Nannie (Brown) Newton. His mother,
who was born in Pope county, Arkansas, in 1847, now
lives in Cameron. The ten children of the familv were:
Jefferson D., Dixie, John H., William i;., Mary E.,
George W., Mattie, Jimmie, L;im:i if. nnd Minnie.

Dr. Newton is a son of a di~t iiii^iii^licd Confederate
soldier who spent his last years in .Milain county, Texas,
but whose career was cbielly identified with his home
state of Arkansas. Major George W. Newton was born
in Johnson county, Arkansas, in 1S35, and died at the
home of his son, Dr. Newton, in Buckholts, Texas, March
15, 1907. He was in Pope county, Arkansas, at the
beginning of the Civil war, haviiig returned from a
prospecting trip to California. He enlisted as a pri-
vate in Captain Thomas Lincoln's Company, Scotts
squadron. For gallantry at the battle of Pea Ridge in
March, 1862, he was promoted lieutenant and later made
a captain. He did faithful service in Arkansas until
after the battle of Elk Horn, and was then transferred
to Brook's battalion to Mississippi. After a period of
iU health he returned to the service as major in Jack-
man's regiment in Shelby's division. He took part in
General Price 's famous raid through Missouri in 1864,
marching over fifteen hundred miles in two months and
engaging with the enemy about forty times. Again and
again his bravery as a soldier wa*." com mended by his
superior officers. Returning tn ,\rl;an-as after the close
of the war, he went home wKli llic usi.hc to :;ccc],t the
fate of arms, but such were tlic cdnditams durint;- tlie
hateful period of reconstruction that he could not quietly
sit by and witness the tyranny of carpet-bag rule, and
to the outlaws and renegades who held the irresponsible
and arbitrary civil power in his section of Arkansas he
proved a leader whose name was a terror in the restora-
tion of law and order. For many years after the war
Major Newton operated a large plantation in Boone
county, Arkansas, and was one of the most influential
citizens of that locality. He was a minister of the
Baptist church and for many years carried on his gospel
work and took a leading part in establishing a seminary
in his section of Arkansas. His life deserves long
memory and two brief paragraphs from a tribute
written by a friend at the time of his death deserves
quotation at this point:

"He was always a positive force. His worth and
influence were always felt, respected and valued. He
was pre-eminently a man of peace, just, true, and the

soul of southern honor in all the duties and relations
of life. Since the birth of southern chivalry there has
not answered to the call of duty, country, home and
friends a nobler, truer, braver spirit, a more valiant,
faithful and unselfish patriot.

' ' In life he was known and loved by an ' innumer-
able eompa-ny' of the good and true; now, that he is
at rest, his devoutness as a Christian, his kindly and
genial spirit as a neighbor and friend, his sterling
worth as a citizen, and his distinguished valor as a
soldier are to his life-long friends a cherished mem-
ory, and to his surviving wife and children a heritage
of which they may be proud."

Dr. William E. Newton grew up in Boone county,
Arkansas, attended the public schools there, grad-
uating from the high school in 1895. His studies were
pursued at the Memphis Hospital Medical College in
Memphis, Tennessee, until graduating M. D. in 1898.
It has been his ambition to perfect himself for in-
creasing duties and responsibilities of a successful prac-
tice, and he has availed himself first of the advantages
of the New York Polyclinic for post-graduate study in
1904, and then at the Chicago Policlinic in 1910. After
two years of private practice at Russellville, Arkansas,
Dr. Newton in 1900 established his office at Buck-
holts in Milam county, Texas. His was a general prac-
tice until recent years, when he has given more and
more of his time to surgery and to hospital manage-
ment. In 1911 he built a sanitarium in Buckholts,
Texas, but it was burned down in the following year.
In 1913 he began the erection of his splendid hospital
at Cameron at a cost of more than sixty thousand dol-
lars, including the price paid for tlie grounds. It was
formally opened January 6, 1914. This hospital has
one hundred beds, and in its facilities and in its serv-
ice stands in the front rank of similar institutions
throughout the southwest.

At Cameron on May 17, 1906, Dr. Newton married
Matilda J. Mondrick, daughter of Joseph Mondrick of
Cameron. They have two children : William Joseph
and George W. Mrs. Newton 's father is a retired merch-
ant. Dr. Newton has affiliations with the Masonic
order, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Wood-
men of the World, and the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks, and has relations with the medical socie-
ties. His church is the Baptist, and he has taken an
active part in the Democratic activities of his section,
having been chairman of the cmnilv f.r-iin ation for
four years. His diversions are in ii.i . i i iis family,
and in an occasional hunting ami i 'ii ;

Dr. Newton has important busin. -.- hUck -i^, and his
position as a business man is only second to his work
as a physician and surgeon. Besides his sanitarium
at Cameron he owns a good residence, has two hun-
dred and twenty acres of improved farm land in Milam
county, a section of land in Midland county, and four
luindred acres in Old Mexico. In 1907 Dr. Newton led
in the organization of the Buckholts State Bank and
of the Buckholts Mercantile Company.

Eev. T. J. Oliver Curran. It was a seeming bit of
ill fortune that sent Rev. T. J. Oliver Curran to Texas
in the year 1910, when continued ill health caused him
to locate in Terrell, Texas, in the hope of improving his
condition, but he regards that circumstance today as
one of the best things that has happened to him during
his very active and busy career, for he is well pleased
with Texas. He has been rector of St. Luke 's Episcopal
church in Denison for over two years, and is undeniably
one of the most popular and highly esteemed men in
the city.

A native son of Ireland, he was born in Lisburn on
August 8, 1863, a son of James and Susanna Curran.
His father was a noted artist of Ireland and a grandson
of the well known .John Phillpot Curran. He died in
Lisburn when he was about sixty years of age, and



the wife and mother died ou May 1, 1892, iu Chicago.
They were the parents of three sons and two daughters,
and of this family of five Eev. T. J. Oliver Curran is
the youngest born.

Educated iu private schools in Ireland and in Queens
University at Belfast, up to the age of eighteen, young
Curran came then to the States with his mother, an.i
they located in Chicago. There he became interested in
the insurance and real estate business and he was very
successful. So much so, in fact, that it is highly probable
that he would have achieved distinct success in that
field had he chosen to remain so identified. But the
natural inclination of the young man was toward the
church, and so strong was this conviction that he turned
his attention definitely to the study of theology in the
Western Theological Seminary of Chicago, where for
five years he was a close and careful student. He was
graduated in 1905 with the degree of B. D. and was
ordained to the ministry in Chicago by Bishop McLaren
of that city.

The first ministerial work of the young cleric was
that of a missionary in the Diocese of Chicago, and
after a number of years there he experienced a physical
breakdown that induced him to take up his abode iu
Wheeling, West Virginia. There his religious enthusiasm
and his love of humanity combined to make of him
one of the most potent forces for good in the factory
districts that the city had known in many years, and
he spent eight years of his life there iu his work among
the people of the mills and factories. These years were
crowded big with experience and results, and it would
be difficult to form any adequate estimate of the force
and effect of the activities of the young minister in
those years.

In West Virginia his health again broke down from
the hardships of his work and he left that field and was
under the care of specialists in Philadelphia for two
years. While in that city he assisted the Eector of St.
Andrew's church. Thirty-seventh and Barings streets.
At the end of that time his medical advisors sneLicsted
that he try the Texas climate, and ho :ii > m lin^ly Iri, uted
at Terrell". There he soon found rullv n mm. red
and in full po.=session of his former strrimtli an. I viyor.
Filled with renewed ambition he sought a wider field
for his labors and the result was his removal to Denison,
where he located on November 30, 1911. Here he has
carried on his work in the city and has continued to
enjoy the fullest physical health, so that he regards his
removal to Texas as most fortunate.

Eev. Curran, in addition to his duties as rector of
St. Luke's, is identified with considerable outside work
among the people of Denison. He is a Democrat politi-
cally and, unlike many clergymen, exercises his right of

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