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he has continued to raise stock, his iirodiict now being

1,000 head of cattle.
His first home here
lined with deer skins,
replaced by a resiilei
the finest homes in ^
still keeps the logs of


vhieh his first

:)gs annually.
,11x1 I feet,
^7s ll'is was
;,^ ,- one of

ttle home was
constructed, as a matter of sentiment and a memento of
the old Texas days now gone. Mr. McAnelly was one
of the organizers of the commission gathered to stop
wire-cutting, and was foreman of the Gr.and Jury which
sent the first crowd of wire-cutters, fourteen in number,
to the penitentiary. As a result his life was in constant
danger for a number of years thereafter. He is one
of the progressive, solid men of his county, ever ready
to assist in any movement which promises the advance-
ment of his section, and has won a firm place in the re-
gard and confidence of his fellow fiti?cns. He married
Mary J. Eedus, who was born in ]S."9. in ^Medina county,
on the ranch ad.i'oining that on whiih her husband was
born, and she passed away in 1007, liaviiig been the
mother of eight children, naimi : Km- -: i:., Eedus K.,
W.ayman W.: Eldo A., Honi. : - . '.'. i, m ('., Paul D.
and Stanley M,, of whom II. i :■ :i ■ I.

Eedus B. McAnelly received Lis laili ediuation in the
public and high schools of his native locality, and this
was supplemented by a course at the University of Chi-
cago, from which institution he was graduated at the

age of twenty-three years. At that time he adopted
the profession of educator, and for seven years taught
in the public schools in various parts of Texas, at the
end of which period he laid aside the cap and gown to
enter the business arena, as a dealer in builders' sup-
plies and real estate. He has been located in Waco
since 1913, and now maintains offices at No. 514 Amicable
Building. Mr. McAnelly was a successful teacher, and
he has been no less a successful business man. He has
a thorough knowledge of realty values, is shrewd and
farseeing in his transactions, aud wins the confidence
of those with whom he has transactions through his thor-
oughly honorable methods. He has large holdings in
realty, which include a u-idnire at No. 1709 Columbus
street, a residence and llulldln^ block at Devine, Texas,
four vacant lots at S;in Ann.nio, five vacant lots at
Houston and one lot at I'oipiis I'hristi. His hobby may
be said to be trading. Mr. McAnelly is fond of all out-
door sports, like most virile Texans, and is an enthusiastic
motorist, frequently taking long trips with his family.
He is a member of the Young Men's Business League,
and misses no opportunity of advancing the commercial
and industrial mteiests of his adopted city. In politics
he is a Democrat, but public life has held out no attrac-
tions to him. With liis family, he attends the Methodist
church, and has been liberal in his support of its move-
ments. During his resilience in Waco he has formed a
wide acquaintance, and his friendships are numerous
both in business and social circles.

On August 17, 1911, at Waco, Mr. McAnelly was
united in marriage with Miss Ada Coleman, daughter
of Mrs. A. P. Coleman, and one son has come to this
union: Eedus Boland. Mr. McAnelly 's uncle, Capt.
Charles McAnelly, is well remembered as a captain of
Rangers, aud became very prominent during the early
days of the activities of that famous organization.

Daniel C. Bellows, postmaster of Seymour, Texas,
has held this important position for a number of years,
and during his period of seixii-e lie lia> L;iven the utmost
satistartiou to both the pnldn- ai,d tlir uovniinient. Mr.
1-iellows was born iu Texas and la- -p.nd inann'ally .all
of his life iu the state, in muse jni'iire ,,f wliirli he has
that love for his state which native Texans ahva3-s seem
to possess, and is always active in every movement that
has the improvement and advancement of his state as its

Mr. Bellows was born in Lavaca county, Texas, on the
22nd of November, 1854, the son of Daniel C. Bellows,
senior. The latter was born and reared in Ohio after-
wards moving to Louisiana where he lived for a time.
He later moved to Texas where he lived for many years.
Eor over thirty-five years he taught school in this state,
being a very highly educated man, of varied training,
some of the subjects in which he was especially learned
being, law medicine and phrenology. He was highly
respected and universally liked and his devotion to his
family and friends was often commented upon. He died
in ISSO at the age of sixty-five aud is buried in Crockett
county. He married after he came to Texas to live,
his w"ife being Miss Henrietta Berry, a native of Texas.
She and her husband were both active members of the
Christian church. Eight children were born to Daniel
C. Bellows, Sr. and his wife of whom Daniel C. Bellows,
Jr., was the next to the eldest child and the eldest son.

Daniel C r.rlli.i > iri,'\,d Id- > Imm, ntary education
in the puli! - - 'iMd- :■! I- a- and 1 . -'ana, his parents
moving t.. ; -1:1 n,', h, nail boy. They

only lived |. ■ imi- m tlir Ini'rr -nr,. nnd he completed
his'ediieatinn in liis native state. He was fifteen years
of aye "hen he had to leave school and go to work. He
beuan life on the farm and for thirty years followed
farming. He later went into the stock raising business
and followed this for a few years. It was in 1906 that
he was appointed postmaster of Seymour and he has
since been re-appointed, now serving in his second term.



Mr. Bellows is a member of the Eepublican party and
takes a keen interest in politics, ehietly concerning him-
self, however, with national affairs.

In religious matters Jlr. Bellows is a member of the
Baptist church and in the fraternal world he is a mem-
ber of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He is
fond of out door life and his special joy is to listen to
a good public speaker, and the speaker must be good
indeed to satisfy Mr. Bellows.

On the 14th of January, 1875, Mr. Bellows was mar-
ried at West, McLennan county, Texas, to Miss Juda
Clara Bennett, a daughter of Walter and Mary Bennett,
of McLennan county. Seven children, five sons and two
daughters, have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Bellows.
The eldest, Oscar, is a traveling man. Daniel Short, who
is married, resides in Fort Worth, where he is in the
commission business. Lem is married and resides in
Seymour. Boy Robertson lives in Fort Worth and is
also engaged in the commission business. Mary Hen-
rietta, Martha and Dwight are all liviug at home.

Dr. William M. Tavlor. A man who has the real
liking and respect of the citizens of Goree, Texas, and
the surrounding country, not only on account of his pro-
fessional ability but also because of his personal char-
acteristics, is Dr. William M. Taylor, a physician and
surgeon of the above mentioned place. Dr. Taylor is
one of the most successful medical practitioners in this
section of the state but unlike so many of his busy pro-
fession, he finds time to interest himself in matters of
interest to the people about him. He is a public spirited
and broad minded man and is one of the active workers
toward the improvement and upbuilding of this part of

Dr. Taylor was boru in Eock Mills, Alabama, on the
28th of July, 1877, but he was reared under the influ-
ences of a city, for when he was only four years of
age his parents moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where he
grew to manhood. He attended the public schools of At-
lanta, and after leaving school followed various occu-
pations until he was twenty-one years of age. He then
entered the Georgia College of Eclectic Medicine and
Surgery at Atlanta. He was graduated from this in-
stitution in 1902 and began practice immediately in
Newton county, Georgia. After practicing in this
county for four years the doctor came to Goree and
established a practice here. He now has a large prac-
tice and is one of the prominent men of his profession
in this part of the state.

Very often physicians of good practical ability lack
the mental power necessary to grasp the theoretical side
of their work, and vice versa, and in both cases the man
so hampered has little chance of success. Dr. Taylor
is not only a physician of the common sense school but
he is also a brilliant scholar as was shown during his
college days when as a student he held the chair of
materia medica at his alma mater for a year.

Dr. Taylor is a member of the Baptist church, and
in politics he belongs to the Democratic party, but he
takes little active part in political affairs. He is a mem-
ber of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, belong-
ing to the Blue Lodge, the Chapter and the Council, and
he is at present Master of the Blue Lodge in Goree. He
is also a member of the Woodmen of the World. He
has always been an active member of the Commercial
Club, having been one of the board of directors at one
time. He is also deeply interested in the advancement
of education in this section and is one of the valuable
members of the school board of Goree.

Dr. Taylor was married in Staveville, Georgia, to Miss
Gladney Thompson. She died on the 4th of May, 1908.
Dr. Taylor married again after the death of his wife,
the marriage taking place in Goree, Texas, on the 29th
of June. 1909, and the bride being :\Iiss Chloe Malaney.
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Malaney of Goree.

Dr. Taylor says that in his opinion Texas is a great

state and the best place of which he knows for a young
man to come and settle. He thinks that the future
shows nothing but sunshine and brightness and that the
man who can live in Texas is one of the fortunate ones
of this earth.

Kalph S. Shuffler. As editor and publisher of the
Olney Enterprise, Ealph S. Shuffler is one who knows
full well the value of printers' ink, and does what he
can to impress that knowledge upon the minds of tenta-
tive advertisers. His own advertising is typical of his
deep understanding of the subject, and he has done
much through the columns of his paper to educate the
mind of the public in these matters. He has been
identified with newspaper work practically all his life,
or since he first undertook the responsibility for his
livelihood, and he was variously located in the printing
business until 1910 when he came to Olney and estab-
lished the Enterprise, later consolidating it with the
Oracle, another local paper. The Enterprise, since that
consolidation, has claimed the best equipped plant iu
these parts, and is beyond all question one of the most
up-to-date establishments of its kind in the county.

Born in Garland, Texas, on October 3, 1888, Ealph
S. Shuffler is the son of the Eev. Columbus M. Shuffler,
who was born in North Carolina, and was in his earlier
days a farmer. Later he became a Methodist minister.
He" died in 1910 aged fifty-nine years and is buried at
Olney. He married Huldah Henderson, a native
daughter of Te.xas, their marriage taking place in this
state, and she now makes her home with Mr. Shuffler,
of this review. He is one of the two children born to
his parents, and is the only one surviving.

Ealph S. Shuffler has lived in Texas all his life thus
far and gained his early education in the schools of
Texas. He followed his high school course with an
advanced course in a Polytechnic school in Fort Worth,
and then turned his attention to the printing business,
which has claimed him from then until now. He served
his apprenticeship in newspaper work on the Comanche
Chief, under Sydney J. Thomas, lately of Austin but
now deceased. " In " 1904 Mr. Shuffler established the
Plainview News and ran the paper for three years, when
he sold out and went to Baird, and there organized a
stock company to establish the Callahan County Xews.
which he ran successfully for eighteen months. In April,
1910, he came to Olney, here establishing the Enterprise
and in July of the following year he bought the Oracle.
another local paper, and the'consolidation of the two has
resulted in producing one of the best country newspapers
in the county. His plant is known to be equipped more
excellently than any other in this part of the state, and
his paper circulate"s widely in these parts. According
to his sworn statement, his weekly circulation is 1,412
copies exclusive of free copies mailed to advertisers, ex-
changes, etc. As he himself says in his advertising, it
is customary to take a country publisher's statement of
circulation ''with a grain of salt," but occasionally one
is found willing to offer a sworn statement. — a fact
that should properly impress the buying and selling
public, and usually "does. In addition to his publica-
tion of the Enterprise, JNIr. Shuffler runs a perfectly
equipped job printing plant, and a general job printing
business is carried on here.

Mr. Shuffler is a member of the Methodist church and
is especiallv prominent in church circles. He is a
Pvthian Knight, fraternally speaking, and is Past Chan-
cellor of the local lodge. A Democrat, he takes an
active and highlv influential part in the political affairs
of the countv, a"nd though he has never held office, his
work has always been of a high order and especially
valuable to the party. He is enthusiastic on the subject
of baseball, and is" manager of the local ball team,
while he confesses to a fondness for the game of tennis
as well. His particular mission on earth, he claims in
his jocular wav, is that of advertising the resources and



possibilities of West Texas, and he is doing a most
worthy work along that line, as many will witness.

On " December 24, 1907, Mr. Shuffler was married to
Miss Carrie Duke Henderson, the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. R. N. Henderson, of Greenwood, Virginia, and
they have one child, — Ealph H. Shuffler.

In further mention of the parentage of the subject,
it should not be omitted that Eev. Columbus M. Shuffler
was a very prominent man in church circles. He was a
member and secretary of the Board of Church Exten-
sion of the Northwestern Texas Conference, at one time
and at the time of his death he was in the service of
the church as traveling missionary evangelist of that
conference. In northwest Texas, where he did much of
his work, he w-as especially well known and loved. Ho
never took an active part in politics, but what he cl d
was in the interests of the Anti-Saloon League, ami he
campaigned for one year in that enterprise under the
direction of Sterling P. Strong. His influence in the
state was a most praiseworthy one. and while his son
is acting along different lines in his work in the inter-
ests of Texas, the results are no less pleasing and worthy
of the men who are putting forth valiant efforts in the
development and upbuilding of the state.

Eli H.\rbison Moores. Mrs. John C. Watts is a
daughter of Texarkana's most eminent pioneer citizen,
the ^first settler in this part of the state. A native of
Fairfirld cli-(ii,t in South Carolina, where he was born
in April. Is I,",, li,. lanie with his father, Charles Moores,
to IJuwii' rniintv, 'i'l'xas, in 1S40. That is the year which
marked iiriiirip;illy the beginning of settlement and
development in all the Red River Valley, and not a
family was more prominently or closely connected with
the early pioneer life and the development in this sec-
tion of the state than the Moores. Eli Moores family
located on the south of the future city of Texarkana,
though it was thirty-three years later before any town
development began there. Eli Moores bought the land
on which a part of the city now stands and the con-
sideration passed in this transaction was a yoke of oxen
and a wagon. When the town tinally began to extend
out over his land a number of years later, Mr. Moores
took a very liberal stand in promoting development and
especially the establishment of the religious institutions.
He donated a large sized lot to every church society
which desired to build in the new town. For many years
before the war he and his brother were noted as the
largest land owners in east Texas.

Eli H. Moores married Miss Minerva Janes, who also
represented a pioneer family in this part of the coun-
try, but their settlement was on the Arkansas side. She
was born at Fisher Prairie, Arkansas, January 13, 1829,
and died in 1867. Mr. Moores died at his home in
Texarkana, March 4, 1884. Of the eight by himself and
wife all have passed away except Mrs. John C. Watts.
The names of the seven now deceased were : Charles H. ;
William M.; Eli H.; Thomas B.; Sallie B.; Minerva J.
and Mary.

L.iWSOK C. Counts. The term self-made, hackneyed
though it is, is yet sufficiently expressive of certain
things to permit its application to men who have accom-
plished worthily in the face of heavy odds. It is there-
fore no misapplication and means exactly what it im-
plies in the case of Lawson C. Counts, who has reached
his present position in life as a result of his own
efforts, unaided and unsupported by others. Today he
takes his place among the more successful lawyers of
the district, and since he came to Olney in 1909 he has
enjoyed a particularly liberal clientele and gained the
good will and regard of the entire community. Born
in Madison county, Arkansas, on October 6, 1871, Law-
son C. Counts is a son of George Washington and Clara
(Jeffries) Counts.

Lawson Counts gained his education under

adverse circumstances, the public schools of Arkansas
affording him his early training, and he was fortunate
enough to continue with his high school course to com-
pletion. His dream of a college training, however, was
made possible only by his own activities, and he himself
earned the money in teaching school that supplied his
professional training. He was twenty-one years old
when he first came to Texas, having been engaged in
school teaching for three terms prior to that, and set-
tling in Collin county, this state, he again applied him-
self to pedagogic work, for which he possessed a sin-
gular aptitude, and indeed, the only work for which he
was fitted. He continued thus for six years, spending
his annual summer vacation delving into the study of
law in the various law schools of the state, and supple-
menting his summer training with judicious reading
during the school year. It was in this manner that he
laboriously gained his admission to practice in the state
of Texas, and when after six years of alternate teach-
ing and studying in Collin county, he moved to Ochil-
tree, he engaged in the practice of law and there estab-
lished for three years. During this time he further
supplemented his law studies by attendance at the
Lel^anon Law School for a year. He then went to
Shamrock, in Wheeler county, continuing in practice
there for a year, and in 1909 came to Olney, where he
established himself in a general practice that grows
with each succeeding season. He has taken his proper
place in the political activities of the place as a Demo-
crat, and as the representative of that party he was in
1910 appointed to the office of city attorney, wherein
he gave excellent service.

Mr. Counts was married in Collin county, Texas, on
June 22, 1898, to May Millican, a daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. F. M. Millican, one of the old pioneer families of
Collin county, where they have a host of good friends
and where they are widely and favorably known. Five
children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Counts, as fol-
lows: Austin, Velman, Alton, Lona May and Lasena.

Mr. Counts is fraternally identified by his connection
with the Knights of Pythias, in which he has held
office at times, and he and his wife take a leading part
in the best social activities of their town. In the matter
of religion, both he and his wife are interested in Chris-
tian Science. Mr. Counts is especially enthusiastic in
his regard for the state of his adoption and has ex-
pressed himself as willing to give careful consideration
to any inquiries that might be addressed to him on the
subject of the resources of the state and the opportuni-
ties for home seekers, — a question to which he has de-
voted no little attention and thought, and upon which
his opinion could be none other than valuable.

James E. Mitrkie. If James E. Murrie would tell
the story of his struggles to succeed the tale would
prove fully as interesting as any of the stories with
which we attempt to arouse the ambitions of the younger
generation. Now the president of one of the most
prosperous banking houses of Seymour, Texas, Mr. Mur-
rie was thrown on his own resources at the early age
of thirteen, and was not only his own support but also
the head of a family. Courage and strength of character
carried him over many obstacles that would have downed
a weaker man and his honesty and uprightness won
friends for him on every side.

.Tames E. Murrie was born in Quitman, Texas, on the
12th of February, 1856, and has spent all of his life in
his native state. His father, Robert S. Murrie, was
born in North Caroliua, but came to Texas before he
was t\i.>i!t\. TToie ho fi,\l,mr.\ farming and stock rais-
iiiy. :niii :iNn inii(lii.'t(M| :i s;i.Mli'ry and harness making
bii-iiiir<-.. Ill' w;i-; .-HI rx|ic'rt -.nldle maker and had the
<'ivil in.f iiiti'iveiUMl his t'.-iniily would not have had
to face hard times in all probability. He enlisted in the
Confederate service, however, and after two years he
died in the service, his death taking place on December



31, 1SG2, when he was but thirtj'-one years of age. He
married Miss Eebeeea Martin, who was a native ot
Texas, and their marriage took place in this state. She
died on the 25th of February, 1893, at the age of sixty.
Mrs. Murrie was a member of the Methodist church
and her husband was a member of the Presbyterian.
They had five children and of these James E. Murrie
was the eldest. His maternal grandfather was with
General Houston in the battle of San Jacinto and his
mother's uncle, whose name was Bobbins, was also there
and was one of the men who captured Santa Anna.

James E. Murrie received his early education in a
private school, and in fact, this was all the education
he had, for circumstances forced him to become a wage
earner early in life. He has, however, been a great
reader and a natural student, and is today a man of
culture and education. His father died when he was
six years old and at the age of thirteen he took the
responsibility of the family upon his young shoulders
and started out to earn a living for himself and to
aid in the support of his mother and the younger chil-
dren. He lived at home and worked at anything he
could find to do, taking his share in the work of the
ranch as soon as he was old enough. At the age of
seventeen he left the home ranch and went to work
in a cotton gin. He spent the next four years working
in the gin during the winter and on the farm in the
summer. Then he went to Mineola, Texas, where he
began clerking in a store. After seven years of this
work, during which he saved his money in the hope that
he could start in business for himself, he found himself
with enough capital to open a grocery store in Mineola.
His grocery business grew and prospered to such an ex-
tent that at the end of four years he determined to go
into the business on a larger scale and so moved to
Seymour where he continued in this business. Fortune,
which in this case was hard work and close attention to
business, again favored him and his store became one
of the Icniliiig estalilishments of this kind in Seymour.
After t-.M nrv tliiir years he sold out his business and
organized I lie liist Guaranty State Bank. He was
elected its iirishlciit and has been its active head since
that time.

Mr. Murrie is a member of the Democratic party but
takes no active interest in political questions. He is
prominent in the fraternal world, being a member of
the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In religious mat-
ters he is a member of the Baptist church.

Mr. Murrie was married at Fort GriiBn. Texas, on the
25th of February, 18S3, to Miss Margaret Gregg, a
daughter of Mr. "and Mrs. Joe Gregg, of Fort Griffin.
Mrs. Murrie died on the 2nd of January, 1891, and is
buried in Mineola. She was a member of the Methodist
church and was the mother of one child, Eobert G., who
is married and lives in Albany, Texas. On the 15th of
March, 1893, Mr. Murrie was married again, his wife
being Miss Salome Hargrave, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
J. H. Hargrave, of Sulphur Bluff, Texas, where the
marriage took place. Two children have been born

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