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later life, as an early training in routine of business.
About 1870 he took up the study of medicine in Mobile.
Alaliama, where he was graduated in 1873. Eeturning
home, he practiced at Burkville a few years, and then



interrupted his practice for another period of study, en-
tering Tulane University at New Orleans, where he was
graduated in 1880. From that time until 1883, Dr.
Ford was located at Jasper, and since then has had his
home and his office in Nacogdoches. His professional effi-
ciency has been increased by several courses in post-
graduate work at different times, and he has identified
himself with professional affairs as a member of the
County and State Medical Societies and National Asso-
ciation.

Ih. I'uni lias a noteworthy military record. His expe-
1 irih,' ill ihat direction began in 1887, when he joined
till' Xanii^do, lirs company of the Texas National Guards,
ami filially retired after having served as chief surgeon
and medical director. At the outbreak of the Spanish-
American War, Dr. Ford was commissioned by President
McKinley as brigade surgeon and assigned to the Sec-
ond Brigade of the First Division of the 7th Army corps.
His actual service, however, was as division surgeon of
1st Division, 7th corps, on staff' of General J. Warren
Keifer's command of General Fitjhugh Lee's corps. He
went to Cuba nitli hi^ command, and aided in establish-
in- <:iiii|i Cnliiiiiliia. iii'ar Havana, and helped to clean
ii|i till' ra|iital an^l make it a sanitarv place, after the
Spanish tinni^s lia.l 1,'ft. Dr. Ford left the island in
April, ISO!), and was discharged by general order of the
war department soon after that date.

In early years Dr. Ford did considerable service as an
active Democrat, representing his home district as dele-
gate to various state conventions. He was a delegate
when Governor Boss was nominated, and again in 1890
when Governor Hogg received his first call from the Texas
democracy. Outside of his profession, and his careful
attention to the large clientage in and about Nacog-
doches, with several other citizens he assisted in con-
structing the original water works plant at Nacogdoches,
now one of the best in the state. Dr. Ford affiliates
with the Blue Lodge and Chapter of Masonry, with the
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Knights of
Pythias, and the Woodmen of the World, and his church
is the Episcopal.

Dr. Ford in May, 1876, at Shreveport, married Miss
Fannie Gates, a daughter of Wesley Gates. She died in
Burkville in 1879, leaving a son, Francis C, a druggist
of Nacogdoches. At Nacogdoches, in June, 1898, Dr.
Ford married Miss Jane Thompson, whose father was
Judge Thompson, marine judge in New York City. The
doctor has no children by his second marriage.



Ed Hekdricks, senior member of the mercantile firm
of Hendricks and Anderson, of Cooper, Texas, is a rep-
resentative of one of the ante helium families of the
Lone Star state.

John Pierson Hendricks, the father of Ed Hendricks,
caiup from Springfield, Missouri, to Texas some time In
tlic "(I ^. III' was a native of Kentucky, born in 1834, and
Willi Irmi) tliire to Missouri when a child, where, in
Crnii." .niiiiiy, he was reared and educated, his educa-
tional achantages, however, being limited. At that date
St. Louis was the farthest west railroad point, and the
Hendricks family made the journey to Texas in true
pioneer fashion, namely, by wagon. Their destination
was Biardstown community in Lamar county, where
John P. Hendricks became a leading factor in the agri-
cultural and stock industry, and also in the gin and mill
business of that place. John P. Hendricks was a son of
Isaac Hendricks, who also came to Texas. Isaac Hen-
dricks' father was William Hendricks, who lived and
died at Baltimore, Maryland. He was the progenitor of
various branches of 'the family that are scattered
throughout the South. Isaac Hendricks married Hamsy
Webster, and their children were John P., Shadrick, Me-
shack, Marshall; Mary J., who has been twice married,
first to Kirk Johnson and after his deatli to John Evans;
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missa, wife of Benjamin Jackson, of Oklahoma. John
P. Hendricks died in 1907. He maintained a strong in-
terest in democratic politics, and was a man of Southern
prejudices and practices, but he took no part in the
effort to establish the Confederate States. His widow,
Serena (Smith) Hendricks, is still a resident of Cooper,
Texas. Of their children, we record that Robert, born
in 1862, married Miss Lillie Duncan, and is with the
Hendricks- Anderson firm of Cooper; Gay, of Paris,
Texas, married May Jackson ; Ed, whose name introduces
this review, was the next in order of birth, and the
youngest, Gertrude, is the wife of Neal Duncan, of
Paris, Texas.

Ed Hendricks was born November 13, 1873, at Biards-
town, Lamar countv, and spent the first sixteen years of
life on his father''s farm. In addition to a common
school education, he had the advantage of a course in a
business college, and when he was seventeen he entered
upon his business career. His chief training has been in
the broad school of experience, where he has rounded out
a character typical of the prosperous, genial Southerner,
on good terms with himself and everybody around him.
He earned his first money as an employe of the mill and
gin at Biardstown, and subsequently he ran a confec-
tionery stand at that place. On coming to Delta county,
he found cmplovment as clerk for S. C. Eatliff in the old
town of Charleston, at .$16.00 a month, and there famil-
iarized himself with all the details of the business and
developed into a successful salesman and merchant. His
ambition was to have a business of his own, and when
he had accumulated a small capital he put in a stock of
groceries and dry goods at Charleston, and thus opened
up an independent career. His first capital amounted to
only $425, but he met with success from the very start,
and subsequently doubled and trebled his stock. After
fourteen years spent at Charleton, he was ready for a
wider field of activity. At that time his cash on hand
and stock in trade were in marked contrast with the few
dollars he had put into the business.

On coming to Cooper in 1910, Mr. Hendricks em-
barked in the grocery business in his own brick house,
just off the main square of the town. The following
year he joined Carter Anderson in the purchase of the
business of Cooper Bros., and under the firm name of
Hendricks & Anderson is now identified with a mercan-
tile business that is at the head in its line in Delta coun-
ty. Mr. Henderson is one of the directors of the First
National Bank of Cooper, vice president of the Home
Relief Insurance Company, and president of the Delta
Retail Merchants' Association. Also, he is a member
of the Cooper Board of Trade.

Wliile a resident of Charleston, Mr. Hendricks was
married to Miss Nina Akard, daughter of Henry Akard
and wife, nee Terrell. The Akards, as the name sug-
gests, are of ("lerman origin, and Henry Akard is one of
the merchants of Charleston. Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks
are the parents of six children, namely: Gertrude, Bes-
sie. Noland, Earl, Gordon and Lucile.

Mr. Hendricks' social interests include membership
in the A. P. and A. M. and the I. O. O. F.

David K. Renfro. Brownwood, Texas, has among its
honored retired citizens many men to whom it owes
much, men of the highest tjrpe of responsible citizenship.
They have been useful to the community through their
activities in business, their public services and their
professional achievements, and now, having stepped
somewhat aside from the busy paths that their descend-
ants still creditably occupy, are entitled to the consid-
eration and respect which they universally receive.
Standing prominent among this class of citizens may be
mentioned David K. Renfro, who for years was en-
gaged in farming and as a druggist. He was born



March 16, 1840, in Sabine county, Texas, and is a son
of David and Martha (Dixon) Renfro.

The Renfro family is of Scotch descent, and many of
the name are to be found in the StAte of Missouri,
from whence came David Renfro to Texaj in 1822. He
was an early pioneer, farmer, stock raiser and slave
owner, and continued in active operations up to the
time of his death, which occurred April 13, 1865, the
day of General Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Dur-
ing the early days of the Texas frontier, he was coui-
missioned by the United States Government as captain
of the Home Guards, an organization for the protection
of the early settlers against the Indians and Mexican
desperadoes. Five sons and one daughter were born to
David and Martha (Dixon) Renfro, and of these David
K. was the 'next to the youngest.

David K. Renfro secured his education in the private
schools of early Texas, and proved a diligent scholar,
making the most of his somewhat limited opportunities.
His first business was in freighting with ox-teams and
mule-teams from Grandoeo, Louisiana, to various points
in Texas, and while thus engaged hauled l.irge lo.ids of
merchandise from fifty to ninety miles. Mr. Eenfro
continued to be thus engaged until 1861, when the out-
break of the war between the North and the South
caused him to lay aside his private interests to join the
ranks of the Confederate army, and he accordingly en-
listed in the First Texas Infantry, Hood's Brigade,
First Division, under Generals Longstreet and Lee.
Serving throughout the war, Mr. Renfro participated in
fifty-one engagements, and made an excellent record
for bravery and faithful service. He was discharged
at the close of the struggle as orderly sergeant of his
command, and upon his return to private life engaged
in farming in Sabine county, where he hired twenty-
five negroes, cotton being his principal crop. Next he
opened a 400-acre farm on the Colorado river, where he
was the first to raise cotton in that country. In 1867
he moved to Shelby county, Texas, and continued to
farm until 1869, then returning to Sabine county,
where in addition to carrying on agricultural pursuits
he was the proprietor of a general merchandise business
at Milan. Disposing of his interests there in 1873, he
came to Brown county, and after spending about seven-
teen years in farming came to Brownwood and opened
a pharmacy. This, like his other ventures, proved a de-
cided success and he continued as proprietor of the drug
store until 1905, when he retired, turning over 50% of
the business to his sons, who are still conducting it. Al-
though now living a quiet life, he still takes an interest
in commercial activities, and is known as one of his
community's most substantial men. His business career
was one of untiring industry and perseverance, and at
all times he well merited the esteem of his business a.s-
sociates and the confidence of all with whom he had
transactions.

On October 23, 1867, Mr. Renfro was married in
Shelby county, Texas, to Miss Alif A. Tillman, of Scotch
descent, daughter of Elijah and Elga (Modlock) Till-
man, the former of whom was engaged in farming for
many years in Shelby county. Eight children have
been born to Mr. and Mrs. Renfro, four sons and four
daughters, all of whom are living, six being residents
of Brownwood, while the oldest son is in business in
Forth Worth, and another is a farmer and stockman of
Wagner. Oklahoma. All are married.

Mr. and Mrs. Renfro are spending their last days in
their comfortable home in Brownwood, surrounded by
their many friends. They are faithful members of the
Methodist Episcopal church. South. Always a stanch
democrat, Mr. Renfro has been active in his support
of his party's candidates, while his fraternal connection
is with the local lodge of the Masonic order, with the
members of which he is decidedly popular.




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Heber Stone. One of the ablest and most useful
oituens of Washington county and of the state was
the late Heber Stone, who died at his home in Bren-
ham September 22, 1906. Among Texas bankers he
held a high place, and the varied activities of his career
whether in business or in citizenship were a valuable
factor in Washington county for nearly thirty years.
Hundreds of people knew his work, his public service,
his high character and his great business enterprise, and
throughout his continuous business success he was always
guided by lofty ideals and dominated at all times by a
strong sense of duty.

Heber Stone was born in Louisburg, North Carolina,
August 26, 1853, a son of D. C. and Mary (Yarbarough) ,
Stone. The family moved to Texas about 1858, locating
at Galveston. D, C. Stone was one of Galveston's most
prominent citizens. A successful cotton factor, he had
the honor of election as the first president of the Gal-
veston Cotton Exchange, and served as mayor of the
citv of Galveston in 1877-78. His death occurred in
1SS4.

The late Heber Stone grew up in Galveston, attended
the public schools, finished his literary training in the
University of Virginia, and was a student of law in
Galveston in the office of General Waul until admitted
to the bar in 1875. While his best work was accom-
plished in fields outside of his profession, the late Heber
Stone was a lawyer of large attainments and powers,
aud for some years did a successful practice. He fol-
lowed his profession in Galveston, but in 1876 became
one of the pioneer members of the Brown county bar,
and from that county in 1879 moved to Brenham in
Washington county. During his residence in Brown
county he served as county attorney one term. On his
removal to Brenham Mr. Stone became identified with
the banking house of Giddings & Giddings, and remained
with that old financial institution for some years. Fi-
nally selling his interests there, he devoted himself to
his private affairs for several years, but in 1899 or-
ganized the private bank which was conducted under
his individual name, "Heber Stone." In 1890 his pri-
vate bank was consolidated with the First National Bank
of Brenham, and Mr. Stone acquired controlling interest
in that bank and became its president. With the ex-
ception of one year he was the chief executive of the
First National Bank of Brenham until 1903. From
that time until his death most of his time and atten-
tion were taken up in the supervision of his extensive
land and other investments throughout the state.

To this able business man political honors came, and
he might have gained more had he so desired. Prom
1896 to 1900 he sat in the state senate, and throughout
that time served as chairman of the finance committee,
a position for which his experience and training well
fitted him. While in the sen.ite he also displayed much
interest in educational ntT.iiis, unrpt.'d every oppor-
tunity to raise the staiulnul^ nf -t.-iic education and
improve its institutions, piii tiriiini ly tlir University of
Texas. Fraternally the latr ^Ir. Stone belonged to the
Masons, and had taken the Knights Templar degree in
that order.

In June, 1879, Heber Stone married Miss Louise Gid-
dings, daughter of J. D. Giddings, a sketch of whose
family is found In succeeding paragraphs. Mrs. Stone
was born in Brenham and still lives at her old home,
representing one of the most distinguished families in
Washington county and esteemed for her own beautiful
personality and social and charitable efforts. To her
marriage were born five children, as follows: Giddings
Stone, born in 1880, and now joint manager of the
estate of his father; Mary, born in 1882, wife of Dr.
E. E. Nicholson, a physician and surgeon of Brenham ;
Heber Stone, Jr., born in 1884, and joint manager with
his brother of his father 's estate ; Albert Stone, born
in 1886, a Brenham lawyer; and Louise Stone, born in
1892, and living at home with her mother.



C.-iLviN Denton Lindley, M. D. Since the year 1906
Archer City, Texas, has known the professional activities
of Dr. Calvin Denton Lindley, one of the younger medical
men of this section of the state, and a generous measure
of patronage is accorded to him in his professional capac-
ity. He is a native product of the state, born in De

1 1 'ill IiiNcniber 10, 1878, and is the son of D. and

~^lis. \;iih V ( Iifnton) Lindley, natives of Georgia and
T,. -Mv, irsiu-etively.

Mr. and Mrs. Lindley were married in Tennessee and
came to Texas soon thereafter, settling in Cooke county,
this state, where tlie father practiced medicine for years,
Burkett, Texas, having been his place of residence for
the past quarter century. The mother, wlio is now in
her fifty-fifth year, was reared an-l r.lnnii.'ri in ]trr na-
tive state of Tennessee. Five i-ImI.Ik n wrr,- Imhh i,, |ir.
and Mrs. Lindley, and Calvin Dt-ntmi l,iihl|r\ i^ tlir iliinl

of the number. He was educated m the >rl I< ,,i iul(>-

man county and the University of the SmuiIi at s.m.iihc,
Tennessee, taking his M. D. degree from ili.' latin insti-
tution in 1900. Soon after his graduatiun I >r. laiiilley
came to Burkett, and for three years was engaged in
practice in his old home town. He then went to Pioneer,
Texas, for the space of three years, after which he came
to Archer City, and here he has since been actively en-
gaged in a constantly growing general practice. In addi-
tion to his regular practice, he has the duties of the of-
fice of city physician to attend to, and finds himself one
of the busiest men of the community.

Dr. Lindley has membership in the County and State
Medical Societies, and is a member of the Christian
church.

In October, 1899, Dr. Lin.11.^ > a- „.:,n\.:] at Ard-
more, Indian Territorv. to Mis- -: I: n. a daugh-

ter of John and Mrs. Eober.;; i|, ■ l.iMun. The

father still lives and makes Ins 1 :'■ ai K'ash Springs,

Texas. Three children have been liorn to Dr. and Mrs.
Lindley. The eldest. Miss Jewell H., is attending school
in Burkett, Texas; Ray, born in 1904, also attemls
school there; and Harold, who was born in 1907, lives
with the parents in Archer City.

Although the early years which Dr. Lindley spent in
practice with his father in Burkett were invaluable to
him in establishing him and giving him an experience
beyond his years, his own efforts have had a great influ-
ence iu gaining to him the position he now enjoys. He
is studious and progressive, and devoted to his profes-
sion, and is rightly regarded as one of the coming medi-
cal men of the state. Dr. Lindley is especially enthusi-
astic on the subject of the development of Texas, and
has an unlimited faith in her future.

John Perry Alexander. John Perry Alexander has
done his full share in the work of advancing Olney in in-
terest and importance in Young county, for he has been
the main spring and movement in the work of making
his dry goods business to occupy the place of one of the
leading concerns of its kind in the county. He came
here iu 1908, and, together with Terrell Collins, they
have evolved a merchandise business that bids fair to
outgrow its confines within a brief time. Mr. Alexander
has shown himself to be a merchandiser of no slender
ability, and Olney has been fortunate in drawing to her-
self one of his character and capacity.

Born on July 1, 1883, John Perry Alexander claims
Decatur, Wise county. Texas, as his birth place, and
John Crockett and "Ella (CoUom) Alexander as his
parents. The father, a native of Mississippi, came to
Texas in 1878, and was one of the early pioneers of
Wise county. Early in his life he was a school-teacher,
but in his more advanced years he devoted himself to
stock-farming. He is now in the sixty-second year of
his age, and is hale and hearty, and yet carrying on his
business affairs. His wife and the mother of the sub-
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now forty-nine years of age, and the mother of eleven
children.

John Perry Alexander was the first born of the eleven
children that came to his parents. He was afforded the
privilege of attending the public schools of Wise county
as a boy, and at an early age identified himself with
the dry goods business, starting in the stores in Decatur
and there gaining the experience, for the most part, that
has made his later success possible. In 1903 he went
to Alvord for five years, where he was similarly occupied
and bent upon learning what he could that would be of
practical use to him in conducting an independent busi-
ness, and when he came to Olney in 1908 he felt himself
ready to put to use the accumulations of the few years
of experience he had behind him. With one Mr. Terrell
Collins he engaged in the dry goods business, and while
the.v started iu a small way, it is worthy of mention that
their establishment, after five years of growth, is one
of the leading mercantile stores in Young county. A
complete stock of all kinds of dry goods is carried, in-
cluding men 's and women 's wearing apparel, and theirs
is one of the best patronized stores in the county, and
one that bears a highly creditable reputation for honest
goods and honorable methods of business.

Mr. Alexander is a member of the Texas Volunteer
Guard, and of the Pythian Knights, but has no other
fraternal or social relations. He is a Democrat, but not
especially active in the party.

On March 9, 1909, Mr. Alexander was married to Miss
Susan Jackson, the daughter of John and Mary Jane
Jackson, a well known family in Wise county.

Mr. Alexander is a shining example of the successful
young business man who gained his foothold in the busi-
ness world through the exercise of habits of thrift and
integrity, and his success as such is one that is especially
pleasing to contemplate.

Sell Melugin. As county judge of Archer county,
Judge Sell Melugin is continuing a record of public
service that began in 190S with his election to the ofSce
of county and district clerk. In both positions he has
demonstrated a high order of ability and has proven
himself a wise choice on the part of the voters of the
district. Prior to his public service. Judge Melugin was
engaged in school teaching for some five years, and was
one of the promising young educators of the county.

Born in Jack county, Texas, on August 22, 1881, Judge
Melugin is a son of S. E. and Annie (Beard) Melugin,
the father a native son of Texas, born in Fannin, and
the mother born in Missouri. In her young days she set-
tled in Fannin, Texas, and she is still living at the age
of fifty-two years. The father is a prosperous stock-
man, who years ago removed from Fannin county to
Jack county, and still later to Archer county, where he
now resides, aged fifty-nine years. Four sons and two
daughters were born to ilr. and Mrs. Melugin, and the
subject was the third in order of birth. He attended
the schools of Jack county and finished his training in
the high school of Archer City, after which he taught
school for five years in Archer county. In 1908 he was
elected to the office of county and district clerk, a posi-
tion he filled with all efiiciency until 191L', when he was
elected on the Democratic ticket to the office of county
judge. Already has he given an excellent account of
himself in that office, and he gives promise of a worthy
career as a public official. Already he has a wide ac-
quaintance in this section of the state, and he is highly
esteemed of all who know him. His success has come
thus far as the logical result of his own excellent activ-
ities and in acknowled;.fment of the numerous worthy
traits that characterize him anumg his fellows. Judge
Melugin has membershi]i in the Woodmen of the World,
but has no other fraternal affiliations.

On January 28, 1906, the Judge was united in mar-
riage with Miss Cordie Moore, of Archer City, a daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Moore, both of whom are yet



living, and who came to Texas in their youth with old
pioneer families of the state. One child has been born
to Judge and Mrs. Melugin — Francis, born December 16,
1908.

Walter Jennings Crook, M. D., of Cooper, Texas,
holds prestige both as a professional man and as a rep-
resentative of one of the prominent pioneer families of
the State.

Doctor Crook's father, Jere S. Crook, came to Lamar
county, Texas, in 1840, with his parents, from Henderson
county, Tennessee, the journey being made by wagon
across the wilds of Arkansas and into the Texas fron-
tier. Their home was established about six miles south-
east of Paris, where Jere S. grew to manhood. He was
born in Henderson coimty, Tennessee, February 22,



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