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has taken a post-graduate course for tlie past four years
in the Chicago Polyclinic. He holds membership in the
various large medical organizations and in every possible
way keeps himself fully abreast of the auvancements
made in his calling, a large portion of his leisure time
being given to personal research.

On January 27, 1897. Doctor Anderson was married
at Galveston.'Texas, to Miss Tillie Emmett of that city,
daughter of W. P. an.l .l,.se|.liiih> Emmett. The father
received an appoiiitmeut tin. lei tlie United States Gov-
ernment at Panama, but his death occurred during the
month of September, 1913. The mother died in 1910.
One child has been born to Doctor and Mrs. Anderson:
Kathryn Ellen, born January 20, tOOO, and now attend-
ing the public schools of Piiowih\(hic1. Airs. Anderson is
of Irish descent. Doctor aiiH Mis. AaJersnu are members
of the Methodist Episcopal Smitli. In polities,
he is a stanch Democrat, Imt his emineetion with polit-
ical matters has been limited to working for his party's
interests, as he has never sought personal preferment.
He is a Knight Templar of the Masonic order and a
member of the local lodge of Elks. He is an enthusiast
in regard to the healthful climate, progressive citizen-
ship, and unrivaled opportunities of his adopted locality,
and has done much to attract ambitious men to this sec-
tion, and thus and in other ways has assisted in its ad-
vancement and development.

John Wesley Dobkins. In the death of John Wes-
ley Dobkins which occurred at his home in Gainesville
on January 17, 1908, North Texas lost one of its oldest
settlers, and one who had been especially identified
with the earlier growth and development of Gaines-
.ville and Cooke county, where the family was first
established more than sixty years ann. Tlu' father of
the late John W. Dobkins helped survey the first town
site at Gainesville, and Mr. Dobkins himself, during
the early days, before the eenstnn-tion of the railroads,
helped to haul the first \\,,n.] and assisted in the con-
struction of the first at St. Jo. Texas, and brought
many loads of goods from Fort Smith, Arkansas, and
Shreveport. Louisiana, overland bv wagon to Gainesr
ville in the early, days. Mr. Dobkinsiffas one of .^f

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largest land holders and most successful farmers of
Cooke county, aud was a man of exceptional ability
and influence throughout his lifetime. John Wesley
Dobkins was born in Tennessee, in 1839, a son of Jacob
and Eachael (Speaks) Dobkins, both parents natives
of Tennessee. Their five children; all now deceased,
were: Ann, James, John Wesley, Lazarus, and Minerva.
The father was a farmer by occupation and when
his son John W. was twelve years old, immigrated from
Tennessee to Texas, locating two and a half miles
north of the present city of Gainesville. He took up
government land, on what was then entirely the domain
of the Indians and the buffalo. Fort Worth had been
established barely four years, and the Dobkins home
was one of the very few in the expansive country lie-
tueen the Trinity and the Ked Rivers. Gainesville had
not yet been jilatted as a town, aud the only residents
were the few farmers and rancliers who had ventnie.l
out into a country still infested by ili.- IihIkui^. 'I'h,'
Indians were very troublesome in tlir i.iilv ,l:iys. Imi
the Dobkins family was one of thi.~r tliat leniiiiHcd
in spite of all diiiieulties and hardsliips, and il was
in such pioneer conditions and surroundings that John
Wesley Dobkins grew to manhood. He was well trained
for his part in life, and was far beyond the average
successful in all his enterprises. He was a stockholder
in the First National Bank of Gainesville, having as-
sisted in the organization and establishment of that
institution. He was still one of the large holders of
in the institution at the time of his death, and his
widow maintains that interest to the present time. The
late Mr. Dobkins was especially well known as a stock
raiser, and was the owner of some three thousand
acres of farm land in North Texas. Mrs. Dobkins owns
half of this land, and the rest has been divided among
the children. The late Mr. Dobkins was a Democrat
in politics, was active during his early life in the Meth-
odist church, and was especially devoted to his home
and family, for whom he provided very liberally. The
family residence, where Mrs. Dobkins now lives, is at
311 North Taylor Street.

Mr. Dobkins was married in 1865 to Miss Susan Ben-
ton, a native of Tennessee, and a daughter of William
and Ursula (Wilson j Benton. The chiWren of the Ben-
ton family were: James, deceased; Sarah Jane, widow
of John Parsons, of Rhine, Oklahoma; Mrs. Dobkins;
and William, a stock dealer in Belcher, Texas. The six
children born to Mr. and Mrs. Dobkins were: One
that died in infancy. Rachel, is the wife of J. B. Hin-
ton, a farmer of Cooke county, and their three children
are Weldon, William and Beattie. Jonathan, is a sue
cessful farmer in Cooke county, and has one child
named Horace. Ida, now deceased was the wife of
Arthur McCann, of Deedsville, and she left a family
of eight children. Dovie is the wife of J. B. Burch,
one of the largest farmers :ind storkincn :ind dealers in
cattle in Cooke county, wlu'iv lir Ims nine hundred
acres of land, two hundre.l nt it m . ninviitioii. Mr.
and Mi-s. Burch are the pari'iits uf two children, Lacy
and Raymond.

Marcellus S. C.\rpenter. As a ciitzen of wide infor-
mation, unbounded popularity, and uni|uestioned gooil
standing in Lamar county, as well as :i Imsiiioss iii.'iii of
the most successful type, JlarcelUis S. ( ':ii|"'iitrr en jovs
a foremost place in the ranks of the ]jrniiiiiient men in
this section of the state. Fifteen years of connection
with public life in the county served to fully acquaint
the citizenship of his district with the many excellent
qualities that mark him, and no public official has ever
retired from service in Lamar .■(.unty nftcr years of of-
ficial position leaving a more woitliv or with ;i
more secure place in the hearts of his fellow men. In
the office of county sheriff and in others of a subordinate
n.ntiire he proved his worth as man and official, and tli;

approval of the public voice is the just reward of his
faithful work.

Born in Smith county, Tennessee, on March 18, 1868,
Marcellus S. Carpenter is the sou of Edward C. Carpen-
ter of Dixon Springs, Tennessee, whose life has been
passed as a successful farmer and stockman. The father
was born in Kentucky, in which stale the ('arpcuter fam-

ic family hail Ms Kentucky oi'igin in
11 r brothers Carpenter, namely — John
ili'orge. These brothers came from
ii'l settled in Lincoln county, Ken-
'II I It a liloekhouse, and the iilace was


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.iMiiliii.;. They were located three miles west of the
lewii nf Iluntwell, in Lincoln county, and there carried
nil l.nijiing activities. In the winter of 1779-80 one of
I he brothers made a trip through the wilderness, despite
the terrors of the region at that time, the journey being
made for the securing of provisions at Booneville. When
he returned, he brought also with him a bushel of corn,
and from that the first corn produced in their section
was raised. A daughter of George Carpenter, Margaret
by name, figured prominently in an Indian attack. She
was sitting in the lap of a negress servant in the yard
when they Here filed n|inn by In. linns, tlie negress being

killeil iniinedeitely. 'I'l Iiil,] i.-m (,, flie house, seized

■■< Ji'iii. niel Ine.l ii|i,,ii t lie ri.,| men. The shots aroused
tlie 111, Ml f,,lk, :iml th,..v eav,. ,lias,. i,, ilie Indians. Mar-
garet I nip.. Ill, T,|ii,.|iily ni.-in,,,! l.iii,N;,v Powell,
nn,l tlie Keiitm-ky l',,w,.|ls nf il,,. |nes,.nl ,ia\- are the
v.iic y,miii; WDinnn. One
L;e Carpenter, the grand-
ter of this review. The
s John, whose other sons
Cieorge Carpenter 's son,
Edward, was born in Kentucky in 1837 and is now a resi-
dent of Smith county, Tennessee, the town of Dixon
Springs being his home place. The father, George, spent
his remaining days in Wise county, Texas. He married
Sallie Powell in his early manhood, and soon after the
Civil war removed to the jdace named above, where he
employed himself in the liusiness of a farmer and stock-
man. His children were Lindsay, George F., Edward C,
William H., Lou, who became the wife of James Gill;
Liz7ie, who married Willis Montgomery, and James.

Eilward C. Carpenter was born in Kentucky, and there
acquired a liberal education. After his marriage, to
Miss Bettie Feagan, he settled down to the business of
farming, and in that industry he enjoyed a generous
measure of success. His wife died in 1875, with the
following issiR. : J,ilin M. of Paris, Texas; Marcellus S.
of this revi,.\\, .■unl M nnie, who became the wife of J. C.
Haley of W,.!liii;;t,,ji. Texas.

Marcellus tS. ( ariHiiier was one of the two of his fa-
ther's children who chose the hardships of the unknown
world in preference to those of what should have been
happy home, but which failed to contain that element.

of her , laughters mn
father of Marcellus
father of George I'ai
were Owen, Jacob, -.,

He was early inured to lia
i;nve niin-h of his youthfn



arm and
mess be-
. secured
1 month,

- \l"i'^- .Il tioiis, and with a hunger for the

fli^i' ''^"i ' II 'Imiied him as a boy, he save.l sufficient

from Ins e:ii nines to make possible a course of study
un.liT I'vofes-er Butler and Professor Walpole at Blos-
som, Tex.-is, and it may well l,e said that this added
training, iin'omplete ns it \\;is, vet aa%;e to him strengrfh
an,l fitness for the ,luti,.s ,,f iiti?enship and the responsi-
bilities of iniblic office that came to him in later life.

The second year that Jlarcellus S. Carpenter passed ift
Texas was on a ranch in Jones county, where he re-



ceived for his services $25.00 a month, and when he had
retired from his ranch duties he came to Paris and took
a position in the office of Sheriff Hammond of Lamar
county. His duties were somewhat in the nature of those
of an office boy at first, but, whatever they might have
been, he served a thorough apprenticeship in the duties
of the higher office, and for years he continued in the
position, tilling every niche in the department, from the
most insignificant duties to those of chief and managiug
deputy of the office. While he was serving his em-
ployer in the whole-souled manner that has ever cham.
terized his performance of duty, Mr. Carpenter was in-
advertently drawing to himself a host of friends through-
out the county and unconsciously creating a strong senti-
ment in his own favor. Thus it was that when Sheriff
Martin announced his candidacy for a third term in the
office, contrary to his expressed intention some time pre-
vious, Mr. Carpenter was prevailed upon to enter the
race for the office of sheriff. In the primary election
following he received more votes than both his competi-
tors, and in the November election he was elected to the
office by a flattering majority, and succeeded to the du-
ties of the office in 1902. He was twice re-elected, and
retired after a period of fifteen years of active public
service, honored of all and secure in the confidence and
regard of every honest man in the county.

The administration of "Sel" Carpenter, as he is fa-
miliarly known, as sheriff of Lamar county was notable
for the rugged persistence w'ith which it followed crim-
inals and lessened crime. Paris in his official regime was
prominent as a federal court town and was scourged
with the open saloon, with gambling, and with other at-
tendant forms of vice. It might almost be said to have
been as wide-opened, as ' ' wild and wooley " as an early-
day frontier town, and it offered an ideal opportunity for
a sheriff to make a record for efficiency and capability.
To preserve order and maintain a standard of decency
came entirely within the purview of the sheriff's oath of
office, and Mr. Carpenter proved himself to be the man
who possessed the firmness and the conscientious deter-
mination to make the law supreme in his bailiwick. He
entered upon his campaign of reform with the avowed
purpose of putting offenders behind the bars or else
causing them to seek other quarters. He forced the
liquor men to a strict observance of the regulations gov-
erning their business, and, in ordinary parlance, put a
"crimp" in the activities of the criminal habitues of
these places. Sheriff Carpenter faced almost as formid-
able a problem throughout the county as he did in the
city of Paris, for the county at that time was the ac-
knowledged rendezvous for horse thieves and other un-
desirables of the "hide and seek" variety from the In-
dian territory, near by. He was able to break up tli s
illicit and shameful traflSe in stock, and put stripes on
many who were found to be implicated in the work, as
well as on those who actually carried it on. Men who in
the stress of passion or in more calculating moods took
human life found in him a relentless pursuer, and few
offenders there were who failed to be summoned to the
bar of justice during the regime of Marcellus Carpenter.
Counterfeiters no longer pursued their nefarious busi-
ness with any degree of safety of success, and many of
the mosf noted gangs in the history of the state saw
their undoing as the result of his well-directed activities.
These constituted some of the chief features of one of
the busiest and most successful administrations of the
office of sheriff in Lamar county and gained for Mar-
cellus Carpenter a leading place among the strongest
peace officers of the state.

In 1908 Mr. Carpenter retired from the office of sheriff,
and for a time thereafter was engaged in various activ-
ities. He investetl in Paris real estate at a most timely
season for his own well-being and pecuniary advantage,
and in 1910 the situation was so favorable to his plans
that he decided upon a venture he had been turning over
in his mind for some little time, and engaged in the

furniture business in Paris. Prosperity has thus far at-
tended his efforts, and he occupies the place of a suc-
cessful business man in Paris today. Candor and fair-
ness are qualities that shine resplendent in his every ac-
tion, and no man in the county has a more stable or en-
viable reputation for honor and integrity than has he.
His career has been one of the most worthy order, and
the success that has attended his efforts is well worthy
of the name, and Lamar county will long remember him
as an official who did much for her honor and distinction
during the fifteen years of his service.

Mr. Carpenter has been twice married. On February
21, 1892, he married Miss Josie B. Thomas of Paris.
She died on October 28, 1898, leaving two children-
Bessie A. and Marcellus. His second marriage occurred
on August 25, 1904, when Lola Phillips, the daughter of
L. B. Phillips, became his wife. The children of the lat-
ter union are John Mead and Clara Aileen Carpenter.

EoLLiN W. RoDGERS. For nearly a quarter of a cen-
tury Mr. Eodgers has been engaged in the practice of
law at Texarkana, Bowie County, and he has won dis-
tinction and success in his chosen profession. His close
attention to business and integrity of purpose has caused
him to be recognized as one of the representative mem-
bers of the bar of Northeastern Texas. His loyalty to
the fine, old Lone Star State is vitalized by his being
one of its native sons and a scion of one of its old and
honored families.

Mr. Eodgers is one of the progressive and public-
spirited citizens of Texarkana, which has been his home
since his boyhood days and which he has seen advance
from a mere frontier hamlet to one of the most at-
tractive and prosperous cities of this section of the

Mr. Eodgers was born at Jefferson, the judicial cen-
ter of Marion County, Texas, on the 30th of September,
1867, and is a son of Colonel Eobert W. and Frances
(Montgomery) Eodgers, the former of whom was born
in the state of Tennessee and the latter in Missouri.
Colonel Eodgers accomjianied his parents on their re-
moval from Tennessee to Southwestern Missouri, and in
that state his parents passed the residue of their lives,
his father devoting the major part of his active career to
agricultural pursuits. At the inception of the war be-
tween the states, Colonel Eodgers subordinated all per-
sonal interests to tender his aid in defense of the cause
of the Confederacy. He was appointed by Governor
Claiborne F. Jackson as Division Inspector of the Sev-
enth Military District of Missouri on June 12, 1861. He
was in the engagements at Oak Hills, or Wilson's Creek,
Mo. ; Pea Eidge, Ark., etc., and then went to Memphis,
Tenn. Under orders of General Price, Col. Eodgers went
to Jordan 's Saline, now known as Grand Saline, in Van
Zandt County, Texas, to establish and operate the salt
works, the products of which were used by the Confed-
erate armies. He handled this enterprise with vigor and
efficiency and continued in active supervision of the
works until the close of the war. On the lands then
worked by him has since been developed one of the ex-
tensive and important industrial enterprises of Texas.

After the close of the war. Colonel Eodgers, who had
previously been engaged in the lumber business in Mis-
souri, decided to establish his permanent residence in
Texas, with whose resources, advantages, and attractions
he had become' much impressed. He accordingly located
at Jefferson, Marion County, where he erected and
equipped a sawmill, to which he continued to devote his
attention until 1874. His success was on a parity with
his energy and progressive policies. In the year men-
tioned he removed to the new and promising little village
of Texarkana, Bowie County, where he became a pioneer
citizen and a leading business men. Here he engaged
in the manufacture and sale of lumber, and with the
rapid development and growth of the town he built up
a substantial and profitable business. He personally con-


tribiited in generous measure to the social and material
upbuilding of the town. His was the first frame house
built in Texarkana, and the building is still standing, at
the corner of Third Street and Maple Street.

Colonel Eodgers gave freely of time, effort, and means
to fostering the development and progress of Texarkana,
and his death, in 1S84, was uniformly regarded as a
great loss to the thriving little city, as well as being
a source of deep regret and sorrow in the community, to
whose every interest he had been signally loyal. His
widow still survives, and resides in Texarkana. Of this
family, there are now living two daughters (Mrs. W. J.
Morouey, at Dallas, Texas, and Miss Frances G. Eod-
gers, at Texarkana) and four sons. Besides the sub.iect
of this sketch, they are Thos. F. Eodgers of Coll'ins-
ville, Texas, engaged in the banking business; Joseph
D. Eodgers, Manager of Moroney Hardware Company,
Dallas, Texas, and Leo Eodgers of the EodCTers-Thomas
Sales Company, Dallas, Texas, Manufacturers' Agents
for electrical machinery, etc.

Eollin W. Eodgers was a lad of about seven years at
the time of the family removal from Marion County to
Texarkana, and to the schools of the new village he is
indebted for his early education, which was supplemented
by an effective course in College at Bowling Cireen, Ken-
tucky. In preparation for the work of his chosen pro-
fession he began reading law under the able preceptor-
ship of the well-known firm of Todd & Hudgins of Tex-
arkana, and later he continued his studies in the law
department of the historic old University of Virginia, at
Charlottesville. Upon passing a most creditable exam-
ination, Mr. Eodgers was admitted to the bar of his ua-
,tive state at Texarkana in the year 1S89, and here he
began the active practice of his profession. He was
first associated with the firm of Todd, Hudgins & Eod-
gers (afterwards Todd & Eodgers) until 1897. He has
appeared in much important litigation in the courts of
this section of the state and has handled some of the
hardest fought cases, involving the construction of the
Interstate Commerce Act, in the U. S. Courts of this

He is now senior member of the well-known and repre-
sentative law firm of Eodgers & Dorough. Mr. Eodgers
was for six years the efiicient and valued incumbent of
the office of City Attorney of Texarkana, and while he
has been a zealous and effective worker in behalf of the
cause of the Democratic party, he has not sought public
office of political order.

In the year 1892 was solemnized the marriage of Mr.
Eodgers to Miss Mattie Lee Hudgins of Marshall. Texas,
her birthplace. Mrs. Eodgers is a daughter of the late
Captain William P. Hudgins and Harriet (Kirk) Hud-
gins. Captain Hudgins was a son of Colonel Thos.
Hudgins of Mathews County, Virginia. At the begin-

ning of the Civil war he
Northumberland Couiitv, \'ii^iiii;i
listed in the Armv of \'iiyiiM:i.
Malvern Hill, Virginia, .iml ^^llll,
mond became acquaintc.l willi 1
Postmaster General of tlie Confe.
ica, who had Captain Hudgins a
in the PostoflSce Department and

icting an Academy in
from whence he en-
Ue was wounded at
convalescing in Eich-
ju. Jno. H. Eeagan,
'rate States of Amer-
pointed to a position
lirected him to estab-

lish at Marshall, in Harrison County, Texas, the Post-
office Department's headquarters for the Trans-Missis-
sippi division of the Confederate Government. After
the war. Captain Hudgins opened an Academy at Mar-
shall, and for many years was one of the leading edu-
cators of this part of the state. He was Special Agent
of the U. S. Treasury Department under both of the
administrations of President Cleveland, with headquar-
ters at Galveston and San Antonio, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. Eodgers have one son, Eollin W. Jr., who
is a member of the class of 1915 in the University of
Texas, at Austin, and who is a popular factor in the so-
cial activities of his home city. Mrs. Eodgers is a gra-
cious chatelaine of the attractive family home, and the

same is a center of generous and unostentatious hospi-

John Baleigh Briggs, M. D. For more than twenty
years a practicing physician and surgeon of Dallas, and
the founder and proprietor of the Briggs Sanitarium at
the corner of Jefferson and Tyler Streets, in Oak Cliff,
the life of Dr. Briggs was a benefit and an inspiration
to the people of his community, and in his untimely
passing out, on December 28, 1907, Dallas and north
Texas lost a man who could hardly be spared from the
ranks of her valuable and admirable citizens. His life
and work among the people of the community, in which
he had been a familiar figure for so long, was of an order
eminently calculated to win to him the respect and love
of all, and in those qualities his life was richly endowed.
John Ealeigh Briggs was born in Meigs county, Ten-
nessee, March 3, 1851, and was fifty-six years ofage at
the time of his death. His early education was received
in private schools in his native state, and at an earlv
age he entered the Nashville Medical College, where he
was graduated M. D. at the age of twenty-two. In 1874,
a year after his graduation, he located at Savoy, in Fan-
nin county, Texas. He soon took rank as a nian of ex-
ceptional ability, and built up a large general practice
in Fannin county. His energy and ambition did not al-
low him to remain in the ranks of the average doctor,
however worthy their service, and there were frequent
interruptions to his regular work in order to better per-
fect himself for higher accomplishments. In 1880 he
took a post-graduate _ course in the Missouri Medical
College, at St. Louis, specializing in diseases of the eye,.
ear, throat, and nose. In 1882 he located at Gainesville,
and the following year moved to Fort Worth, and from'
there to Dallas in 1886. With the exception of time sjent
in various medical institutions and hospitals, both in this,
country and Europe, he continued in the practice of med-
icine at Dallas until his death.

Dr. Briggs studied abroad at various well-known medi-
ical centers, including Edinburgh, Berlin, Paris, and
elsewhere, most of his studies abroad being directed to
the treatment of tuberculosis. He was an ardent advo-
cate of the tubereuline treatment. It was as a result of
this preparation and post-graduate studies that Dr.
Briggs established at Oak Cliff his sanitarium in 1896.

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