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of this union, namely, Neil and Eebecca.

Dr. Hugh C. McKinnet. Though comparatively
young in practice, having finished his medical training
"as lately as 1908, Dr. Hugh C. McKinney is neverthe-
less regarded as one of the leading physicians of Young
county, and one whose future is especially bright. He
has applied himself to the duties of his profession in
the same ardent and energetic manner that characterized
his work during his college career, and it is the men
of his ambitious tendencies and combined skill who are
inevitably ordained to success in their chosen fields of

Born in Milam. Milam countv. Texas, on March 3.
1SS6. Dr. Hugh C. McKinney is the son of J. M. and
Sarah James (Molntyre) McKinney. The father was

born in Alabama, and the mother was born in Chappie
Hill, Washington county, Texas. When J. M. McKinney
was sixteen years of age he made his way alone to Milam
county, Texas, and there settled down to farm life. In
the years that passed he became well and prominently
known in his community and district, and in public
life he played a prominent part. For six years
he was the representative of the Eleventh Sena-
torial District, comprising Milam. McLennan and Falls
counties, Texas, and he rendered a service in that im-
portant" capacity that would be sufficient honor for any
one individual during his career. He was prominent as
a farmer and stockman in Milam county all his days,
and he died there on February 17, 1912, aged seventy
years. He was a veteran of the Civil war, and served
first with General Hood's brigade, later with the Seven-
teenth Texas Infantry. He passed through the long
period of the war, receiving only one slight wound that
incapacitated him for service for a short time, but
otherwise experiencing all the horrors of war.

The mother, who still lives in Milam county, was born
in Chappie Hill, Texas, in 1843, and spent the best
years of her life in Milam county, where she went to
reside upon her marriage. Six daughters and two
sons were born to the parents, of which goodlv number
the subject was the youngest born. He received good
educational advantages as a boy, and early made hi=
choice of a profession. His literary training was gained
in Milam county, and the lii^t v.m of his medical train-
ing in Galveston, in the ?\1VJi<,il I irii.ii tniriit of the State
University. He attended tlie I nn.Mstv at Fort Worth
for three years, being graduated in 1908 with the degree
of Doctor of Medicine. He initiated the practice of his
profession in Milam county, remaining there for three
years, after which he came to Olney in Young county,
and has here been active in his profession, and very
successful from every point of view. He has an ever
growing and lucrative practice, and has the confidence
and high regard of the public, while the medical pro-
fession of the county and district regard him as one of
the most successful and coming young phvsicians in
Young countv. He is a member of the Milam Countv
Medical Snciety and the State Medical Society as well.
Fraternallv he is connected with the Masons, as a
member of the Chapter, the Council and the Tioyal Arch
Masons. He is also a member of the Woodmen of the
World. Politicallv, Dr. McKinney is a Democrat, but
the demands of his profession are such as to preclude
the possibility of his taking more than a good citizen 's
part in the political activities of the district, even were
he so disposed in his inclinations.

On December 29. 1909, Dr. ]\IcKinnev was married
to Miss Eubv Flliston. of Temple, Texas, the daughter
of J. T. Elliston and his wife,— a well known and highly
esteemed family of that place. One child has been born
to them. — James Elliston McKinney, born in Milam
county, on November 29, 1911.

Arba a. Cooper. One of the most estimable and
popular young men of this city is found in the person
of Arba A. Cooper, postmaster of Olnev since 1910. and
prior to that engaged for something like eight years in
educational work, in Clay, Boyson and Young counties.
Of a sturdy type, he has done excellent work and most
conscientious, in his teaching experience, and when he
assumed the duties of the postmastership of Olney, he
brought to his new position the same qualities of
steadfastness and integritv that made him a successful
nnd dpsiial.lo teacher. His place in the eommunitv is
a .: . • ,1. -nil, In one, and he has a host of excellent
ii , I,! I \nrious communities with which he has

lirrii '.iiir ill former vears.

!->,<, in ill .larkr-boro, Texas, on July 22, 1882. Arba A.
Coo'ier is a son of C. C. and Mary fStaats") Cooper,
both natives of Illinois, who came to Texas soon after
their marriage, locating in Jacksboro in 1880. There




the father identified himself with agricultural activities,
aud continued to be so occupied. He is now living at
Jermyn, in Jack county, at the age of fifty-nine, and
his faithful wife, who was born in Illinois in 1863, still
shares his fortunes. They became the parents of nine
children, of which Mr. Cooper of this review was the

Arba Cooper attended the schools in Jacksboro and
was eventually graduated from the high school of that
place. His graduation came in 190:3, and soon thereafter
he identified himself with teaching work, in which he
continued to be active for the following eight years.
He taught for three years in Clay county, three years

at Bryson in Jack count
in Young county. lu 1'.
to the office of postiiii
duties of that office
he has faithfuUv .li>
He is a Kepiibln :,n i
formed the dutn^ nl
himself over s'wirr In -.
he has IK. ■,,:!„ :-:,.|, '■

ittle more than a year
lie iiM cived the appointment
1 (ilih y, aud he assumed the, llMii, since which time
Ml the duties of the office,
political faith, aud has per-
iship wherever he has fouud
I mau 's estate. Fraternally,
Alar.ahcos, but has no other

In |i. i ' i, \li. I uu|.,i >\as married to Sarah

Mantoii, uL r.rlluMir, Texas. ,sln.. is a daughter of W.
J. and Lucy (Maul on) Mantou, the mother being now
deceased. Three children have been born to Mr. and
Mrs. Cooper : Mary Catherine, boru in Bryson, Texas,
on July 3, 1907; Eobert Mantou, also born in Bryson,
in 1909; and William Cooper, born in Olney in 191i.

The family takes its place among the best people of
Olney, and they enjoy the genuine regard of a wide circle
of friends in those localities where they have been
known formerly. Mr. Cooper is enthusiastic in his opin-
ion of his adopted state and looks for greater develop-
ments than have been yet planned for the great com-
monwealth of the southwest.

HoJJ. Frank S. Egberts. The average mau is seldom
brought face to face with the stern realities of life before
he has reached years of near maturity. He is generally
given the opportunity to make a choice of occupations
— allowed to follow his natural inclinations insofar as
untoward circumstances do not prevent. Showing an
early predilection for one of the learned professions, for
one of the various fields open in the marts of trade and
commerce, or for the hazardous activities of the political
arena, he may be given the chance to develop his talents
in his chosen line, and his success or failure rests upon
the manner in which he exercises and directs his inherent
gifts. It is not the average man, however, who always
reaches the highest goal. The records of history and
biography distinctly show that many of the men who
have achieved distinction, who have grasped the great
things of life, the men to whom men have looked, have
had their start in comparative obscurity. It would seem
that the mere necessity of self support and self protec-
tion, which reallv mean self reliance, develops indwell-
ing power which would probably, under other circum-
stances, have lain dormant. The man who takes upon
himself the responsibilities of manhood when still in the
days of his youth, who bends his every energy toward
the accomplishment of those things which chance or in-
clination has placed before him, and who finally triumphs
over all and finds the fruits of victory sweet, is far above
the medial individual.

Hon. Frank S. Roberts, Judge of the Twenty-second
Judicial District Court, of Lockhart, Texas, is far from
being an average mau ; his present high position among
the judiciary of Texas could not have been attained had
he possessed only mediocre talents and ordinary ambi-
tions. When he decided upon a career in the law, he
found it necessary that he gain his own education, and
in the attainment of his ends he was willing to labor
in any honorable capacity, no matter how humble. At
all times, in whatever field of endeavor he has found

himself, he has continued to be an energetic, forcible
and industrious worker, and his career has finally been
crowned by the esteem of his fellow men aud an enviable
position in the calling to which he has so devotedly given
his life.

As in the wars the bravest fight, so in the emigration
to new sections the bravest travel, and it is tor this
reason that the great Southwest country has produced so
many stalwart, fearless men. Among the pioneers to
Texas in 1S51 came David Powell Eoberts,' the grand-
father of Judge Eoberts. He had been a planter in
Mississippi, and on coming to the Lone Star state he
settled on Walnut Creek, in Caldwell county, there estab-
lishing- himself upon a ranch, which he operated until
his ileal li. I MM 111- the war between the states he enlisted
in a Irxa- ii-iMK'ut, and saw active service with the
Coule.l.-iai,. aiiii.v along the Gulf. Elias Keetou Eoberts,
the father of Judge Eoberts, was born in Mississippi in
1848, and was a child of three years when he accom-
panied his parents to Texas. He was educated in the
country schools of Caldwell county, adopted the medical
profession, completed his studies at Tulane University
medical school, at New Orleans, Louisiana, and for manv
years was a country doctor in Caldwell and Blanco coun-
ties. He retired from active practice some ten years
ago, and is now living quietly at San Antonio. He mar-
ried Melvina Sheppard, who was born in Blanco county,
Texas, where her mother was also born, her father being
a native of Ireland who came to Texas during the days
of the Republic. She still survives and resides at San

Frank S. Eoberts was born November 20, 1877, in Cald-
well county, Texas, and early in life evinced that deter-
mination of doing and succeeding in his doing that has
characterized him through all his undertakings. He was
reared on a farm and received his early education in
the country school, this being followed by a course at the
Lockhart High school, where he was graduated in 1896,
although the last year of his term was only made pos-
sible by his working his own way. He obtained the
position of janitor that year, at a salary of ten dollars
per month, and was thus able to complete his course.
Following this, he taught school in Wilson county for
two years, saving his money with the intention of taking
a course at the University of Texas, but unforeseen cir-
cumstances found him at San Antonio in 1898, when
the Spanish-American War broke out, and he enlisted in
the Eough Eiders. He presented himself in person to
Lieut.-Col. Theodore Roosevelt, who assigned him and
made him a member of Troop B-. Mr. Eoberts departed
with the regiment to Tampa, Florida, and while in march-
mg order, ready to embark on the transport, to go to
Cuba, he was suddenly stricken in the ranks with a
fever which developed into measles and later into typhoid,
so he could not accompany his rPLriment to Cuba, much
to his disappointment. He reiiiaine.l in the hospital until
August, and was then remove.l i,, W'a-lnngton Barracks
Hospital, and rejoined his r.-yliiHiit. \ih('u it returned,
at Montauk Point, Long Island, and was mustered out of
the service in October, 1898.

Mr. Roberts then went to Danville, Indiana, with the
determination of securing the education so 'much de-
sired, and there worked his wav through the Central
Normal College, taking the full university course, study-
ing law and graduating in August, 1900, 'with the degree
of Bachelor of Arts and the degree of Bachelor of Laws,
While at college he earned his own living and tuition
fees, being engaged at all kinds of employment, including
janitor work. He was also married during this time,
his wife being a teacher in Hendrix countv and a student
in the college. After his graduation Mr. Eoberts re-
turned to Texas and took up his residence at Lockhart,
where he engaged in the practice of law. In 1902 he was
elected county attorney of Caldwell county, by the
largest majority ever given a candidate for that office,
and was reelected, serving two terms of two years each.



In 1906 he again took up private practice, but in March,
1908, was appointed by Governor Campbell district at-
torney of the Twenty-second Judicial District, to com-
plete the unexpired term of James L. Storey. In Novem-
ber, 1910, he was elected to that office for the term of
two years, but resigned November 1, 1911. As county
attorney and later as district attorney he displayed
such a deep and accurate knowledge of the law, that he
was considered eminently capable of occupying the bench
of the Tweftty-second Judicial District, which had pre-
viously been occupied by two of the most distinguished
jurists of the state. Judges L. W. Moore and H. Teich-
mueller, and on November 1, 1911, he was appointed by
acting Governor Davidson to that office, to succeed Judge
Moore, who had died. In November, 1912, he was
elected to that position for the fuU term of four years,
the youngest judge in years of any in the state. As
district attorney, during his last year in that office.
Judge Eoberts did not have a single acquittal, having
successfully prosecuted every case tried before a jury.
In his judicial capacity he has shown himself absolutely
impartial in his decisions, weighing carefully both sides
and deciding fairly to all interests. One of the rules
of his life and which has characterized his work on the
bench is as follows: "In all questions he seeks first to
determine from the facts upon which side is justice,
then to discover and announce the rule that is or ought
to be the law to obtain it. " He is truly a man of
the people, knowing full well of his own experience what
it is to tight single-handed against obstacles. Prater-
nallv. Judge Eoberts is past master of Lockhart Lodge
No. "690, A. F. & A. M., a member of Lockhart Chapter
No. 208, E. A. M., and Past Thrice Illustrious master
of Lockhart Council, No. 11, E. & S. M. ; and also holds
membership in Lockhart Lodge No. 52, Woodmen Df
the World, and Germania Lodge No. 15, Sons of Herman.

Judge Eoberts was married in 1899 to Miss Alice
Thomas, daughter of W. P. and Elizabeth M. Thomas
and the mother is now a resident of Whittier, California.
One son has been born to this union, George C. Mrs.
Roberts' mother was the widow of Henry Swain, who
died in Libby Prison. She also lost two brothers
during the Civil War, they having been soldiers in the
Northern army. She married William Pilton Thomas,
a native of Bristol, England, who died. He was a
Soldier of Fortune who fought with Garibaldi in Italy,
and who came to the United States after the Civil
war. Mr.s. Thomas was a Pickering of the old Quaker
stock, whose ancestors came over the ocean in the May-
flower, this family taking a prominent part in the win-
ning of American independence.

From the earliest times the Eoberts family has always
been pushing toward the frontier. Of Welsh stock, it
was founded by a pioneer settler of the A'irginia Colony,
who was killed" by the Indians while engaged in digging
ginseng roots for fever patients. The great-grandfather
of Judge Eoberts was Nathan Eoberts. a Baptist preacher
in Alabama and Mississippi, and from him have descended
men who have formed the advance guard of American
civilization in the great Southwest. A worthy represent-
ative of this family. Judge Eoberts is upholding its best
traditions, and if the past may be taken as a criterion
of the future he has still far to go in the making of
the history of his native state.

Lyctjkgus W. Porter. A resident of Texas since
1872, Lycurgus W. Porter has in the passing years ex-
perienced a variety of life in the great southwestern
commonwealth. Farming and the cattle business in its
various aspects occupied a good many years, and it was
in 1910 that he first identified himself with life in Pe-
trolia, when he established himself in the livery business.
He retired from business, however, in 1913, and has
since lived retired from active business pursuits. He
devotes practically all his time to his administration of
the office of mayor, to which he was elected in the spring

of 1913, and in which he has already demonstrated his
fitness for public service of that order. He has long
been one to give considerable attention to the matter ot
civic life in his locality, and at one time, while a resi-
dent of Baylor county, he was overseer of highways for
ten years, as a result of which many mUes of good roads
in the county are directly accredited to him.

Mr. Porter is a native of Missouri, his birth occurring
in that state on June 10, 1851, and he is a son of Eze-
kiel H. and Mandina H. Porter. They were native Ken-
tuckians, and for years the father was identified with
farming in Missouri. He was a successful and prosper-
ous farmer and a man of some position in his com-
munity, both he and his wife being devout church-
people. The father is buried in Texas, while the mother
died in Missouri and is there buried.

Up to the time when he was twenty-one years of age
Lycurgus W. Porter obediently remained on the home
farm, where he was his father 's main assistant. His
schooling was not elaborate in its scope and nature, be-
ing confined to the country schools of the community
where he was reared, and when he reached his legal ma-
jority he answered the call of the world to young man-
hood, and set out upon his own responsibility. He came
to Texas in 1872 and went to work on the cattle ranges
of the state, that field oifering a sure employment to
young and inexperienced men. For ten years he con-
tinued in the cattle business, and in those years he drove
cattle through numerous states, including Kansas and
Nebraska. He prospered in his work, and in 1882 he
bought a farm in Baylor county, Texas, and he carried on
a successful farming enterprise untU 1907. He then
went to Belleview and bought a farm and operated there
until 1910, when he sold it, and came to Petrolia. He
operated on a generous plan, and his profits were un-
failing with each season. He finally disposed of his
farming interests and in 1910 chose the town of Petrolia
as a suitable location for the enterprise he had in mind,
and in that year he established the livery business in
which he was so successful and which he has now rele-
gated to his son's sole charge and supervision, himself
having retired from all business activities. In the years
that he devoted to business Mr. Porter amassed consid-
erable wealth, and he is regarded as one of the finan-
cially stable men of the city and county.

The status of the man in his recently chosen com-
munity is that of a leader in every worthy enterprise
that is inaugurated within the limits of the city. He is
quite generallv known as the Peacemaker of Petrolia, and
he is the friend of all, and all are his friends. The peo-
ple bring him their problems of life and seek his advice
on matters of moment to them, and no man in the com-
munity has a greater following among all classes than
he. He has made good, in common parlance, in every-
thing he has undertaken. In his ranching and farming
business, he was undeniably successful, as success is
measured by the amassing of property. In his public
career he has given excellent service in every office the
people have called him to, and now, when he has retired
from business life and is giving his sole attention to the
administration of his office of mayor of Petrolia, he has
the esteem and confidence of all.

For nearly forty vears a member of the Methodist
Episcopal chuch, Mr."Porter is one of the active church-
men of the community. His family also have member-
ship in that body.

On Christmas Day, in 1881, Mr. Porter was married
in Baylor county, Texas, where he long made his home,
to Miss Mary N. Moon, the daughter of E. J. Moon, for-
merly of Alabama. To them were born eight children —
four" sons and four daughters — named as follows: Eolla,
deceased; Harley L. ; Attrice B.; lola; Lawrence;
A'erda; Boyd and Cleta.

The family have a leading social position in Petrolia,



and have a host of genuine frieuils in the city and

Fraxcis Gates Ford, M. D. It is now thirty years
since Dr. Ford began his practice at Nacogdoches. His
career as a menilier of the Texas iXedical profession is
even longer, since he earned his degree and began prac-
tice in the state in 1873. In his profession he has been
l^uown as a man always apace with the progress of his
great science, and by post-graduate worli and private
study, has never suffered severely from competition by
younger men. Both his family and his personal record
are interesting subjects for biographical mention.

Francis Gates Ford was born in Newton county, Texas,
September 17, 1849. The forefathers were descended
from the Stuarts of Scotland, came over the ocean and
founded a home among the American Indians, and as
early settlers of South Carolina joined the lighting forces
under Ceneral Marion, and lent their aid in effecting in-
dependence for the colonies. The grandfather of Dr.
Ford was John Ford, a South Carolina planter and slave
holder, who subsequently moved to Hinds county, Mis-
sissippi, where he died. His children were: Joseph and
Samuel, who were long identified with the profession of
law at Shreveport, Louisiana : AVashington. who died in
Mississippi; Gatherine, who married Mr. Wommacli and
died at Shreveport; and Sarah, who became the wife of
Bev. Thomas GrifSn, the latter having been a prominent
factor in the separation of the Methodist church into
Northern and Southern branches, and was one of the
fathers of the Methodist Episcopal Ghurch, South.

Eev. David Ford, the father of Dr. Ford, was a Meth-
odist minister, was born in the Marion district of South
Carolina in 1806, and came to Texas in the early forties
while the Eepublic was still in existence. He had a lib-
eral education, and it is believed that he was a student
at Princeton College, since he met his wife there. Though
a regular preacher of the gospel, he devoted himself to
farming, and had a household of slaves until the war
set them free. Though too old and physically infirm to
go to the front, during the war he was quartermaster in
his district, and did a fine service in relieving hunger and
distress, and in handling the mail as postmaster at Burk-
ville, where he lived. He furnished four sons to the Con-
federate army, two of them with the First Texas in-
fantry, in the army of Northern Virginia, and two in
the First Texas Cavalry. His son, John, in the Virginian
army, was captured with twenty-three comrades, while
fighting a regiment of Federals, after killing more than
two hundred of the enemy, and suffering capture only
because ammunition ran out. The bravery and resolu-
tion of these Confederates caused their captors to desire
their parole, but instead they were sent to Camp Chase,
Ohio, where John Ford died, and his body was buried
there. Eev. David Ford married Miss JIaria Van Dyke
Hamilton, who died at Nacogdoches in 1897. Eev. David
Ford died at Burkville, Texas, in lSi4. His children
were Thomas W., of Houston ; Mrs. Gatherine Nation
of Newton county, Texas; Mrs. Ellen Gates, died near
Shreveport, Louisiana; Addie, who married William Nor-
vel, and died at Burkville; John D., who was the soldier
above mentioned; Henry Harrison, who died at Orange;
William Hamilton, who died in Beaumont; and Dr. Fran-
cis C.

Burkville was the early home of Dr. Ford, and he re-
ceived his education both under private instnictions and
in the public schools. Though a boy just entering his
teens, when the war broke out, he was old enough to give
much assistance to his father, in the conduct of the
quartermaster 's business, and in handling the Burkville
postofiSce. That experience proved valuable to him in

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