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the local schools, and then lived at home and by hard
work obtained part of the means which enabled him to
complete his preparation for his profession. He' entered
the Memphis Medical College, where he was graduated
in 1901, and subsequently took post graduate work at
New Orleans in 1903, and in 1907. His first practice
was in his home county of Eed Eiver, where he remained
for five years. He then moved to Olney, where he spent
another five years and built up an excellent business.
In 1910 he came to Wichita Falls, and has since come
into favor of a great many residents of this vicinity. He
has membership in the Wichita County Medical Society
and the State Medical Society. His fraternal affiliations
are with the Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, and the Benevolent and Protective Or-
der of Elks. His church is the Methodist Episcopal
South, and in politics he is a Democrat. Besides his
private practice Dr. Daniel serves the Wichita Southern
Life Insurance Company as its medical director.

At Olney, Texas, December 19, 1909, Dr. Daniel mar-
ried Miss'Estella Campbell, a daughter of W. T. and
Frances (Wolf) Campbell. The parents of Mrs. Daniel
still live at Olney, and were formerly residents of Lamar
county.

Clifford Braly. Although Clifford Braly is one of
the younger attorneys in Dalhart, Texas, he is one of
the most successful and popular, not only in Dalhart,
but also in this section of the state. A professional man
who has started out a poor boy in life must always be
credited with an unusual amount of courage and per-
severance, for the way of the student who would be-
come a lawyer or a doctor is long and wearisome, and
what is perhaps of more importance, expensive. That
Clifford Braly won his struggle by his own efforts, is
only another way of saying that he has the qualities
necessary to success. A hard and close student, a bril-
liant lawyer, and a conscientious business man, Mr.
Braly has made a high place for himself in Dalhart.

Clifford Braly is a native of Texas, having been born
in Milam county, on the 12th of July, 1881. His father
W. T. Braly came to Texas in 1880, when the state was
just beginning to attract attention. He is a farmer and
is living in Milam county, Texas, having reached the
age of fifty-six. He married Mary Louise Frierson, who
was born in Lee county. Mississippi, he himself also
being a native of that state. Mrs. Braly is now aged



fifty and lives with her husband in Milam county. Of
the six children born to this union Clifford Braly was
the eldest child.

When the lad was old enough he was sent to the
common schools of Milam county, and after completing
the work offered in their curriculum, he left school
temporarily, and entered the attorney general 's ofSee
at Austin. Here he remained for five years and dur-
ing this time he studied law. At the end of this period
he matriculated in the law department of the Univer-
sity of Virginia, where he was a student for one year.
He then returned to Austin, this being in 1905, and
entered the land oflice, serving here for several months.
He next entered the treasury department and served
under state treasurer Eobbins and remained here from
the fall of 1905 to June, 1906. In 1905 he entered the
Uuiversity of Texas attending lectures as many hours as
possible when not on duty in the State Treasurer 's office.
After finishing his examination in June, he was nomi-
nated for the state legislature to which he was elected
during that year 1906.

He served in this thirtieth legislature which convened
in July, 1907, as the flotorial representative from Milam
and Robertson counties for one term. In the fall of
1907, he came to Amarillo, Texas, and began the prac-
tice of law. He was thus engaged until 1909, during
the summer which year he removed to Dalhart, and
there he has been living ever since. He has built up
a flourishing practice and has won many friends since
coming to this section. In connection with a general
law practice, Mr. Braly together with his associate,
W. B. Ghaunoey, are the local attorneys for the Fort
Worth and Denver City Eailway Company for Dallam
and Hartley counties. He has interested himself in liusi-
ness matters to the extent of being vice-president of
the Eowe Hardware Company, one of the important
firms of Dalhart.

lu politics Mr. Braly is a Democrat and has always
taken a keen interest in the welfare of his party. He
is a member of the national college fraternity, Sigma
Alpha Epsilon, and belongs to the Arrowhead Club at
the State University. He is also a member of the
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Knights
of Pythias.

On the 14lh of June, 1910, Mr. Braly was married
to Miss Mabelle Allison Oonsidine, at Amarillo, Texas.
Mrs. Braly is a daughter of Thomas J. and Angela
Considine, who are living in Amarillo, where Mr. Con-
sidine is director of the United States Weather Bureau.
Two sons, Clifford Braly, Jr., and Thomas Considine
have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Braly, the elder born on
the 16th of May, 1911, in Dalhart, and the younger
October 12, 1913.

Harrt Porter Noake. In that group of business men
who might .be accounted the founders and upbuilders
of El Paso 's commercial prosperity during the last
thirty years, the late Harry Porter Noake had a con-
spicuous rank. Mr. Xoake came to this city a quarter
of a century ago, at an early period in its modern prog-
ress, and established here a manufacturing plant, which
under his supervision and active control became one of
the largest and most prosperous of the kind in the south-
west, and at which he continued to be the head until his
death.

Harry Porter Noake, whose death occurred at his
home in El Paso October 8, 1911, was born at St. Thomas,
Canada, May 13, 1858. The family moved to near
Cleveland when he was a boy, and in that city he grew
up and attained his education. At an early age he
was apprenticed to learn the carriage manufacturing
trade, and became thoroughly skilled in that work. After
a considerable experience in his regular line of manu-
facturing, Mr. Noake came to El Paso in 1888, and in this
young western city established the H. P. Noake Car-
riage Manufacturing. That industry absorbed the greater




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part of his time anil energy for more than twenty years
ami its siifcos'5 w.-t^ Inr^elv a monument to his ability
as a Inisin.s^ I.inl-lrv.

In Soi'iniM. N, w .Mrxi.,,, on July 31, 1884, Mr. Noake
marrif^il Miss KImmiit .MrCalliard, a daughter of H. D.
and Carrie (Zeiyier) JlcUalliard. Her father was born
in Franklin, Warren county, Ohio, in June, 1837, and
her mother is a native of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, but
they were married at Troy, Ohio. The mother and father
are still living, making their home in El Paso. The one
child of Mr. and Mrs. Noake is now Mrs. Carrie Adine
Stafford, wife of T. J. Stafford of El Paso, where he
is engaged in the banking; Imsiness. The late Mr. Noake
was athiiated with tlir M,is,n,j,- Order through the thirty-
two degrees of Sintti-h iliti' :iiid York Eite, and the
various subordinate biain-ln's, and was also a member of
the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. In polities
he always maintained an independent attitude. A branch
of his retail and wholesale business was maintained
in Chihuahua, Mexico. At the time of his death, Mr.
Noake had become one of the wealtliy hkh of tlic city,
and left his family in very comforlnlilr in rmnslanrc^.
By his large business operations hi' liml I cronir w.ll



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the thorough integrity which
ized all of his transactions
less world.



Elmore Patrick Greenwood. A degree of i
business such as most men attain only at the high tide
of their career has been vouchsafed to Mr. Greenwood
before completing his thirties. He began to lay the
foundation of success when a boy. borrowing money in
order to complete his schooling, and working hard for
every stage of advancement. His steady persistence has
won him a place among the representative business men
of North Texas, with the best part of his life before
him in which to magnify his success. Mr. Greenwood
is now active vice president and general manager of
the Wichita Southern Life Insurance Company, and is
well known among insurance circles throughout the south-
west.

Elmore Patrick Greenwood was born at Cassville, "in
Barry county, Missouri, August 4, 1875, and is of Scotch-
Irish ancestry. His father, John F. Greenwood, was
born in Bentonville, Arkansas, and during the Civil war
moved to Missouri. He was a Confederate during the
war, and was a sou of a distinguished Arkansas citizen.
Grandfather Alfred B. Greenwood was for eight years
a representative in congress from the northern district
of Arkansas, and during President Buchanan's adminis-
tration served as commissioner of Indian affairs. .Tolin
P. Greenwood, was a blacksmith by trade, but followed
the lumber business for many years, and in 1877 came
to Texas, settling in Eed Eiver county, where he still
has his home. He is a Poniocrat in politics. The maiden
name o£ his wife was Mis': Florence Wright, who was
born in Lynchburg. Virginia, and who died in Eed Eiver
countv at the age of forty-seven, in February, 1S96.
There were eleven cliildren, of whom Elmore P. was the
fourth.

As a boy he spent all his years in Eed River county,
grew up in the country, attended the common schools,
and later secured the means to complete his education in
a hiffh school. At the age of eighteen he started out
for himself, nnalifying for teaching, and practiced that
profession with success and ability in Hopkins county
for seven years. During that time he took up the stndv
of law for two years, but never entered the profession,
which did not prove thoroughly tasteful to him. From
teaching he entered the life insurance field as a coun-
try solicitor. He first wrote business for the Equitable
Life of New York. He began in life insurance in
lOn.T, and from the beginning showed exceptional adapt-
ability and successful powers in that line. Prom a coun-



try solicitor he went ahead, was soon known as one
of the largest business getters in ToNas, antj cM'ntnally

became the chief spirit in tli,' ..i i^an i/ai I' tlir w i, lita

Southern Life Insmanr npaii\, oi \\\i\,\< lie has suae

been active vice pvfsid.ait and • ^^mcral niaii.ai^ia-. lie
devoted all his time and attention to this company,
and its record is one of which both he and the entire
city of Wichita Falls may well be proud.

Mr. Cireenwood is a Democrat in politics, and when
twenty yrais nld, and while teaching school, served a
fciiii as |n-tir,> of the peace in Hopkins county. He
ii^it;ii(i| tiun the office before the exjjiration of his
t.iin. |-ialrinally he is ntliliated with the Knights of
r>i!i a- I.M,|-,. ar Snipliiir Springs, with the Benevolent
aail I 'iii'rrt i\ ,_• iirdrr nt' I'illis, and the Independent Order
nt' ih\.l I'rllnws ai Salplinr Springs. He is also an in-
fluential member of the ('liaiiiber of Commerce, and is
on the board of stewards of the Jlethodist Church South
in Wichita Falls.

November 12, 1899, at Pine Forest, in Hopkins count.y,
li. nai"h-i M -s Tvln.a K. Miiiter, a native of Texas,
II I a _i.' Ill' i;. A. and Snsan E. ^Minter, who came
li ' 1,, I, _ ami wiMi' anions t lie carlj' settlers of Hop-

kia- •;. I'll,, tlirro i-liildrrii born to Jlr. and Mrs.

Greinnvood are: Euliy Ethel, born December 31, 1900,
at Pine Forest ; Patrick Minter, born October 4, 1906, in
Sulphur Springs; and Elizabeth, born August 10, 1908,
at Sulphur Springs.

James C. A. Guest, M. D. With professional con-
nections of the highest nnier, Dr. Guest, since 1906,
has liiTonic nni' nf flia laailn- | il i \ - !. la iis and surgeons
of AViilnt.a fall-. Ill- all' 1 I .i , - I iinice are backed
liy a lalrn; till' niai, III- 1.1,1 - , .. I mint for the most
|.iiilit..|l.li.. <i. fli.-it 111- sii,>,^.. lia- iiiM.r been a matter
of doubt.

James C. A. Guest was born in the state of Texas
at Kingston, December 13, 1873. He is a son of Joseph
J. and Mary T. (Williams) Guest, the father a native
of Texas, and the son of a pioneer, and the mother a
native of Arkansas. The father is a lumber dealer, and
a successful man, and now has his home at Haskell, is
a Democrat in politics, and is a member of the Methodist
Church South. The mother is also still living. The old-
est of eight children. Dr. James C. A. Guest received
his early education in the public schools of Celeste, and
alsa attended high school, and in 1903 was graduated
M. D. from the Memphis Hospital Medical College.
Immediately on graduating he began practicing 'at
Lingleville, Texas, where he was in practice for three
years, and in the fall of 1906 moved to Wichita Falls
where he has since enjo.ved a large general practice.
In 1910, he took post graduate work in the New Orleans
Polvi'linic. He is a member of the Wichita County
At,., Ural Sni.i,.tv, the Texas State Medical Society, and
is i.x.iniMiii fur a number of insurance companies, in-
clnilin- till' Amicable of Waco, the Guarantee Life of
iriinsiiin. til,, cicaf Southern Insurance Company, the
San Aniiiniri l.if,. Tiisnrnnce Company, and is also ex-
.■iiiiiini ti.r ilii. WiMi.linen and the Woodmen's Circle,
.■in.i fill till. Wiiliiia Siitithcni Life Insurance Company.
I'la .,..a ■ ■!. .a, -,,. I- ./.,.|| 1,11...- 11 as a member of
M-i I . . •.. ., I - ta: . •. all ■■ a. .la.rs of the Y'ork
l.'i'. . • 1". ■! -I.. . ! . ' lajs to the Eastern

Slai, -l,.. l:..| liaa an. I rn.ti'. Ir-i' unler of Elks. the

Kiiiulils of Pythias, the Woodmen of the World, and the
Kiiii^hts nml Ladies of Honor. His connections with
social and official activities comprise also membership
in the local Chamber of Commerce. He is a steward and
has served during the past vear as chairman of the
Board of Stewards of the Methodist Episcopal Church
South at Wichita Falls.

At Sulphur Springs, Texas, June 2S, l.<^97. Dr. Guest
married :\Iiss Minnie ilay Swcetoti. Afrs. Guest was
born in Tennessee, but was reared and clucated in
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one son James Wilbur, was born in Wichita Falls, Feb-
ruary 3, 1913. Dr. Guest owns a comfortable Lome at
1602 Tenth Street, and his offices are in the Kemp-
Kell Building.

Eev. Constantine Martix Beyer, pastor of St. Paul 's
Lutheran Church, Wichita Falls, Texas, was born August
24, 1882, at Altenburg, Perry county, Missouri, son of
George M. and Sarah (Kramer) Beyer, the former a
native of Bavaria and the latter of Saxony. George
M. Beyer vras brought to America by his parents about
1851, when about eight months of age, and vras reared
and educated at Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his par-
ents settled. His whole life has been devoted to the
work of teaching. For forty-three years he was a
parochial school teacher at Altenburg, the cradle of the
Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church, and the past
ten years he has been retired, still living at Altenburg. His
wife was about one year old when she came to America
with her parents, their settlement being at Altenburg,
where she was reared and married and where she is still
living. They became the parents of twelve children,
of whom Constantine M. was the eleventh born and is
one of the nine now living.

Constantine M. Beyer received his primary education
in the parochial school, under his father's instruction,
and remained at Altenburg until he was fifteen. At
that age he was sent to Concordia College at Fort Wayne,
Indiana, where he spent six years, and following which
term he took a theological course at Concordia Seminary,
St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated at the last named
institution in the spring of 1906, and in September of
that year he entered the ministry and took charge of the
mission field extending from Big Spring to Abilene,
Texas. After five j'ears of efficient work there, he was
transferred to his present charge at Wichita Falls. He
is the fourth pastor of this church, which now has a mem-
bership of 145, and which under his pastorate is in a
flourishing condition.

Mr. Beyer is an aggressive worker and exerts an in-
fluence for good that touches alike the old and the young
people of his own congregation and also is felt outside
his own immediate charge. Ardent sincere earnestness
characterizes all his work. He resides at 1411 Eleventh
street, Wichita Falls, and is enthusiastic over the future
outlook for this city. Mr. Beyer is unmarried.

G. 0. Davis. All his life G. C. Davis has spent in
Texas, where he was born in Robertson county, on De-
cember 31, 1884, and in consideration of his early ad-
vantages, or the lack of them, it must be conceded that
he has made an exceptional use of such opportunities
as came knocking at his door. He is today, by common
consent, regarded as the leading real estate operator
in these parts, and he is known to be a genuine builder
and booster, sparing no efforts to further the progress
of his town and county. He was only twenty-two years
of age when he first identified himself with real estate
activities in Byers. Having been up to that time occu-
pied in the operation of his mother's stock farm in
Archer county, the young man proved that he had within
him qualities that ever make for success, and he has
forged rapidlv ahead in the years that have passed.

G. C. Davis is the son of John E. and Mollie (Sim-
mons) Davis, both natives of the state of Georgia. In
1882 the father came to Texas, and all his life he was
engaged in farming. He died in 1899, when he was
only fifty-one years old. and is buried in Archer county.
He met and married his wife in Georgia, and she died
in July, 1911, aged about sixty-eight years. She was
a lifelong member of the Primitive Baptist church and
was a devout ehurehwoman and a genuine Christian char-
acter. Seven children were born to John and Mollie
Davis, and of that number G. C. is the youngest.

The public schools of his native community afforded
to G. C. Davis such education as he received, and he



did not extend his attendance thereon beyond the age
of seventeen years. From then until he was twenty-
two years of age he remained at home and busied him-
self with the care of his mother 's stock farm after the
death of his father in 1S99, and in 19U6, he came to
Byers, here becoming identified with the real estate
business in which he has since continued with much suc-
cess. In addition to that department of his business,
Mr. Davis also operates throughout the county as an
insurance man.

Mr. Davis is the owner of some exceptionally valuable
farm lands in and about the county, and is everywhere
recogniied as one of the most enterprising and success-
ful young men of the county. Not merely as a coming
man, but as one who has already arrived.

A Democrat, as any man should be who writes the
initial " C " after the Christian name of Grover, he
gives his moral support to the principles of the pui ty,
but is not active in the party ranks save as a voter.
He is a member of the Commercial Club, and is espe-
cially interested and active in any movement planned to
further the best interests of Byers, and with a view to
aiding in its growth and prosperity. He and his wife
are members af the Methodist Episcopal church.

Mr. Davis was married in Wichita Falls, Texas, on
June 15, 1907, to Miss Hattie King, the daughter of I.
C. King and his wife, residents of l3enton, and of an old
Pioneer Texas family. They have had two children Ed-
win Q., now deceased, and Lucile.

Mr. and Mrs. Davis have an excellent social standing
in Byers, where they have a host of good friends who
love them for their many excellent traits, and they par-
ticipate in the representative social activities of the com-
munity.

John C. Watts. In the sudden and tragic death on
Sunday morning, July 7, 1912, of John C. Watts, Tex-
arkana lost one of its best loved citizens. Mr. Watts,
while prominent and successful in business and civic
affairs, was best known to his fellow citizens for the
sterling integrity and intrinsic beauty of his character.
After his death many were heard to remark that ' ' he
was the best man in Texarkana. ' ' He possessed to a
peculiar degree the very attributes of a good man in the
general estimation. He was generous to a fault; his
kindness was conspicuous on every occasion ; he was
never known to hold a grudge. Among all classes of
citisenship he was held in affection. The colored people
of Texarkana not only respected him, but would do any-
thing in order to serve him and gain his commenda-
tion. On the morning of his death Mr. Watts had just
placed upon a train his daughter Lizzie who was start-
ing on a visit. As he stepped from the train he was
struck and run over by a locomotive in the Cotton
Belt yards and was instantly killed.. The circumstances
of the event were especially grievous to his wife and
children, and as a matter of fact, to the entire citi-
zenship of Texarkana.

The late John C. Watts was born in Lownde^ county,
Alabama, July 22, 1846. He came to Arkansas as a boy
with his father who located in Nevada county where
he was reared and where he lived until he came to
Texarkana on the Texas side, in 1884. He was a
very young boy at the beginning of the Civil war and
yet he enlisted and gave loyal service as a Confederate
"soldier, during a part of the long period of hostilities.
From the time of his arrival in Texarkana until his
death he took a very prominent part in the varied affairs
of the city. For several years he was a member of the
school board, being president for some time. He was an
alderman and at one time city treasurer and a member
of the board of equalization. A short time previous to
his death he had interested himself as the leading spirit
in the organization of the Watts Gin Company, a local
enterprise which is the largest plant of its kind in North-
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aud machinery for the gin and was very much inter-
ested in its installation. Since his death the gin has
been put in operation on West Nineteenth street.

Mr. Watts ' residence was the old Eli Moores residence,
adjoining the city ou the northwest, and for many
years he was engaged in farming operations on that
estate. The J. C. Watts Addition and tlic WC^i mmvland
Addition were original parts of the ilnurrs r>i;iii'. On
the 13th of February, 18S4, Mr. Wail^ was uiiiled in
marriauc witli ).riss Nannie H. Moores, who was born on
the ul.i Miinn,- jilare, which has been her lifelong home,
and she » iili tlinr .iiiht children survive her lamented hus-
band. '\ hr naiiMv ,if the children are as follows: Eli
M. ; Li5zie E.; John C; Thomas J.; David M. ; Minerva
J.; Monroe and Nannie M.

Kedus B. McAnellt. The name of McAnelly is one
than which there is none better known in the history
of Texas, and the family has furnished to the Lone
Star state men who have been prominent in military
and civil life, in public affairs, in business and in agri-
culture. Lacking five years, a full century has passed
since the founder of the fariiily located here, and dur-
ing this time those bearing the name have been men of
substantiality, progressiveness, courage and public spirit,
who have done much to contribute to the advancement of
their various communities. A worthy representative of
this old Texas family is found in the person of Eedus
R. McAnelly, of Waco, an energetic and enterprising
young business man, who is dealing extensively in real
estate and builders' supplies.

Mr. McAnelly was born at Medina, Bandera county,
Texas, September 29, 18S3, and is a son of Pleasant E.
and Mary J. (Eedus) McAnelly. His grandfather. Pleas-
ant E. McAnelly, was a native of Ireland, who emigrated
to the United States in 1820, and located at once in
Texas, where he became famous during the days of the
Mexican revolution and was also widely known as an
Indian fighter. He subsequently turned his attention to
ranching, accumulated a handpome propeitv, anil at tlie
time of his death, in 1892, when eighty-seven years of
age, was one of the substantial men of his coniinunity.
Pleasant E. McAnelly, son of the founder of the family,
was born at Port Lavaca, Calhoun county, Texas, in
1845, and for years was associated with his father in
ranching. At the time of the grandfather's death he
secured the home ranch, known as the P. JI. Eanch, a
tract of 4,500 acres located in :\todina county, on which



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