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to i:iii'ii ;iihl i:iizabeth (Harrison) Carroll, both natives
of (Mill -I.). Till' father, who was a planter, enlisted and
siTM'd in the Mexican war of 1S40, and thus was one
of the early residents of Tcx;is li:i\in- remained a short
time in the State about tlir tiii;r mI the war. He
returned to Georgia, wherr In' iluJ :ii a comparatively'
early age in 1856. The uintlu'r w.-is odmsated and mar-
ried in Georgia, and died in Coisicana, Texas, May 5,
1910, at the age of seventy-seven.

As a boy J. D. Carroll attended schools in Georgia,
and his first regular employment was on a farm. He
worked in a store in Mississippi for eighteen months,
and then came to Texas, and after spending a while in
different portions of the State, located in Freestone
county in 1S72. Froostniie ■'onnty at that time was
sp;ii-('ly Milled, aii.l lie aiiiMMl in time to take part in
its |iMiiMMT im'ikmI. Hi' wdiki'.l (in a farm for one year,
an. I tlii'ii was ,.ni]il(.y,.d in a stnro. In 1889 Mr. Carroll
moved ont tn Quanah, about three years after the rail-
road was Iniilt through the town, and was thus one of
the first business men to locate in the little village. He
established the first stock of hardware in Quanah, and
from that original enterprise has developed a large and
very important business, with a trade throughout this
section of Texas. In 1893 the business was incorporated
under the name of Stittler & Carroll Implement Com-
pany. The firm owns the buildings in which the business
is conducted and eight clerks are employed in attending
to the trade. Mr. Carroll is also a director in hardware
companies in Hardeman and Foard counties, and one
of the directors in the Texas Hardware and Implement
Association. As a citizen Mr. Carroll has served as a
member of the city council of Quanah and is a loyal
Democrat. He is a member of the Masonic order. On
December 24, 1878, in Navarro county, he married Miss
Bettie Burelson, a daughter of Edward and .Julia Burel-
son, old residents of Texas, and now deceased. The
five children of Mr. and Mrs. Carroll are: Mrs. Belle
O'Dell, born in Freestone county, now a resident of
New Mexico, and the mother of two children; Homer
Carroll, born in Corsicana, Texas, and secretary of the
Carroll Company; Jennie B. Carroll, born at Quanah;
J. D. Carroll, Jr., born at Quanah; Dorris Carroll, born
at Quanah.



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EoiiEKT A. Whitlock. Among the most poi^iilar busi-
ness men in the city of El Paso, Texas, is to be found
Eoliert A. Whitlock, the well known lumberman. He has
resided in El Paso for ten years or so and during this
time has succeeded not only in building up a fine busi-
ness but also in making myriads of friends. He is vice
president and manager of one of the largest lumber
concerns in this section of the country, and it is due in
no small measure to his practical business ability and
unlimited energy that the business has attained its
present size.

Eobert A. Whitlock was born in Alleghany City, Penn-
sylvania, on the 28th of May, 1872. He did not grow
up in the Keystone state, however, for when he was only
two years of age his parents moved to Indiana. Here
he spent his childhood and he well remembers the date,
the 23rd of October, 1883, when his father and mother
left Indiana for their new home in Nevada, Jlissouri.
Here he received his education attending the grammar
and high schools, and after finishing the courses herein
offered he was ready to go forth and play his part in the
world. It was in the spring of 1894 that he left home
to go to St. Louis where he had accepted a position of
a clerical nature in the office of the Bogwell Timber
Company.

After remaining in St. Louis for about three years he
came south to Alexandria, Louisiana, where he engaged
in the lumber business with the Tioga Lumber Company.
He remained with this firm for about two years, and
then accepted a position with the Central Lumber Com-
pany at Lineecum, Louisiana. He was with this company
for a year and then in 1901 came to Texas.

Upon first coming to the state he settled in Pine Eidge
where he held the position of secretary and treasurer of
the Pine Eidge Lumber Company. After three years
spent in this section of eastern Texas, he removed to El
Paso and in company with C. S. Woodworth, organized
the El Paso Lumber Company. He is now vice president
and manager of this concern, and the business which
started in a modest way has grown to large proportions,
and still continues to grow. The firm handles lumber
of all kinds and also deals in building materials. Mr.
Whitlock has given all of his life as a business man to
the lumber trade and no one is better equipped than
he to manage a large business such as the El Paso Lum-
ber Company. Much of the success which the firm has
met with has been due to the judgment and expert
knowledge of the young manager.

In his religious beliefs Mr. "Whitlock is a member of
the Baptist church. He is a member of the Knights of
Pythias, and belongs to the Texas grand lodge of this
order. He is also a member of the Hoo Hoo, a lumber-
men 's society, and his popularity and the high esteem
in which he "is held by his business associates is clearly
shown by his record "as a member of this society. He
was appointed for western district of Texas a vicegerent
snark just ninety days after becoming a Hoo Hoo, which
in itself is a record unequaled in the history of the
order, and he has held this office for five consecutive
years, a most unusual honor, and one seldom attained
by a man. Mr. Whitlock is an active member of the
chamber of commerce. In politics he is a member of the
Republican party, but takes no active part, other than
casting his vote at election time. When he resided in
eastern Texas he was connected with the school board at
one time, but his business cares have been too heavy to
permit of many other interests since coming to El Paso.
Mr. Whitlock owns a fine automobile and is very fond
of this form of travel or sport. He thinks that this
section of Texas is one of the finest spots in the world,
and says that a man who is honest and ambitious and
willing" to work will make no mistake in settling in this
valley for the climate and opportunities are here.

At Lineecum, Louisiana, on the 28th of May, 1902,
Mr. Whitlock was married to Miss Anna Janney Wood-
worth, a daughter of C. S. Woodworth of that place.



Mr. and Mrs. Woodworth now make their home in El
Paso. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs.
Whitlock, namely, Fred Janney and Jessie Jane.

Wayman F. WEIJ.S. (A sketch published in 1893.)
In portraying the lives of the pioneers of Texas, the
heroes of San Jacinto and the first settlers of Bastrop
and Travis counties, no name is more worthy of mention
than that of the subject of this sketch. " In looking
over the now thickly populated and finely cultivated
country it is difficult for one to imagine what great
changes have taken place during the active lifetime of
as early a resident as Mr. Wells.

In 182G Mr. Wells, then a lad of eleven years, accom-
panied his father's family from their home in Alabama
to this new and wild country, at that time belonging to
Mexico. There were then but few small civilized set-
tlements in what is now the great State of Texas, one
of which was situated in what is now Fa3-ette county.
With this last settlement the Wells family cast their
lot during the first year. The next year, however, they
pushed their way forward to the frontier, until they came
to what is now Bastrop county, which locality was then
principally inhabited by Indians and wild animals, the
Weils family being among the first settlers, the mother
and sisters of Mr. Wells being the first white women
that had ever ventured as far north on Texas soil.
Amidst these surroundings the youth of Mr. Wells was
passed, his time being occupied in assisting his father,
in opening up the frontier farm and in caring for the
stock. The farm was situated on what has since been
known as Wells ' Pyramid, fifteen mUes from where the
city of Bastrop now stands. For some years Mr. Wells'
life was spent much like that of other boys of his age,
but in those days boys matured to man 's estate early,
and, being the oldest son, many of the cares of the farm
and stock devolved on him, thus materially strengthen-
ing his independence and natural firmness of character.
This sort of life continued without interruption until
the year 1835, when the oppression and tyranny of the
Mexican government became so strongly felt that the
settlers resolved to bear their burdens no longer, and
war was declared. Mr. Wells was among the first to
join the army, which was composed of as brave men as
could be found on the globe. On account of his familiar-
ity with the country Mr. Wells was selected by his com-
mander as a spy, and through his efforts the army was
enabled to secure much important information of the
movements and number of the enemy. He participated
in the celebrated battles and defeats at San Antonio
and Goliad, and followed the fortunes of the Texas army
until its reorganization under General Sam Houston,
when it was resolved to make a last resistance. Accord-
ingly, on April 21, 1836, the battle of San Jacinto was
fought, when a little army of 783 brave men, poorly
equipped, scantily clothed and half starved, marched up,
and in less than half an hour (eighteen minutes says
Houston in his report), crushed to atoms an army of
1,500 men, splendidly accoutered, well fed and ably gen-
eraled by Santa Anna. This is little short of marvelous,
but these men were each a Hercules; their war cry was,
"Eemember the Alamo," and ten thousand men could
not have daunted their courage. They were fighting for
their lives and those of their loved ones, as well as aveng-
ing the death of those who had been murdered by the Mex-
icans. This little army was made up of such men as Mr.
Wells, and they followed their leader. General Houston,
with no thought other than victory. It is such men
that gained for Texas her independence and made her
a Republic. It is such men as these that have made
Texas the greatest State in the Union which constitutes
the grandest nation on the face of the earth, and the
posteritv of these men will look back over the history of
Texas with pride in the knowledge that their forefathers
were the ones who so nobly fought and bled that they
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and happy homes, which their posterity now enjoy.
Too much cannot be said in honor of the veterans of San
Jacinto. They will live in the memory of their posterity
as well as in that of the newer comers, who are enabled
to enjoy the fruits of their courage and valor.

Besides serving in the Texas and ilexican wars, Mr.
Wells subsequently took an active part in all the Indian
wars, and his extensive knowledge of the frontier aided
the settlers materially in keeping the savages at bay.

The early record of his life having been omitted, it
is now inserted. Mr. Wells was born in Lincoln county,
Tennessee, May 11, 1815, and was the oldest son of
Martin and Sally (Boyd) Wells, both natives of the same
state and county. When he was two years of age his
parents removed to Marengo county, Alabama, where
his father followed agricultural pursuits until the latter
emigrated to Texas in 1826. As previously stated. Way-
man lived at home with his father until the outbreak of
the Texas and Mexican war, which he entered at the
age of nineteen. After the war Wayman returned home,
where, during the same year, 1836, his father died, leav-
ing the care of the family and farm to him. The fam-
ily consisted of live sons and three daughters, two
daughters being then married.

He efficiently continued the management of the home-
stead until 1855, at which time he removed to Travis
county. He there first purchased eighteen hundred acres
on Walnut creek, to which he afterwards added one hun-
dred and sixty acres more, and subsequently bought one
hundred and seventy-five acres of timber land. He was
here extensively engaged in farming and stock-raising
until his death. Besides his large landed estates and
extensive stock business Mr. Wells owned numerous
slaves, of which latter property he was deprived through
the result of the late war. Not being discouraged by
the loss of his property, however, he pushed on, and be-
ing a shrewd trader he continued to increase the value
of his property, and at the time of his death was con-
sidered one of the wealthy men of his section of Texas.

March 4, 1848, Mr. Wells was married to Miss Mary
E. Bacon, native of Tennessee, born in Washington
county, October 30, 1817. Her j.arents. Tbom.is and
Julia Ann fHarderman) Bacon, were both natives of
the same county as herself, where they were married,
and whence they emigrated, in 1835, to Texas. They
first settled in San Augustine county, but in 1839 re-
moved to Wells prairie, Bastrop county, and afterward
to Travis county, where Mr. Bacon died in 1851, and
Mrs. Bacon in 1859.

Were but simple justice to be done the memory of the
subject of this review, it would be most consonant that
more particular attention be directed to those noble
characteristics which were a dominating power in his life
and which animated his every action during the long
years which were a power for good to the extent of
their duration. He maintained a lively interest in all
that tended to conserve the welfare and advancement O'f
the community in which he lived and he contributed lib-
erally to public institutions of all denominations and his
benevolence was as unstinted as it was unostentatious.
He was particularly concerned in the providing of edu-
cational facilities for the youth of the State, and con-
tributed largely to the building of the Southwestern
University of the Methodist Episcopal church. South,
at Georgetown, and the Baptist high school at Walnut
Creek. All public enterprises found in him a ready
friend. He was one of the board of trustees of the
State Insane Asylum, under Governor Lubbock, and
simultaneously sers-ed as County Commissioner. He had
ever a responsive recognition of the sufferings of the
fatherless and the widow and was never known to refuse
the extending of a helping hand. A man cast in tie finer
mold, one who dignified humanity and made the world
better for his having lived, there was in his death a con-
sistent consummation which can but rob the grave of its
victory and death of its sting.



Mr. and Mrs. Wells had nine children, six of whom
lived to be grown and five of whom still survive:
Amanda, wife of George LaKuc; Sally Boyd died aged
seventeen; Julia Ann died aged four; David L. and
Martin Thomas died in infancy; Peter C, of Elgin,
Bastrop county, married Katie Walling and they have
five children; George Henry married Annie Anderson
and resides in El Paso, Texas; J. M., and Wayman
Thomas.

Mrs. Wells, a lady of strong force of character, was
well fitted by nature and experience to be a helpmate
for a man making a frontier home. She dispensed hos-
pitality with a cheerful hand to friends and strangers
alike, in true Texas style, and in a way known only to
the true Texas frontier families. She has survived her
husband, and now, at the age of seventv-six, retains in
a remarkable degree the vigor of her youth. She is a
devoted member of the Baptist church and interested in
all good works.

After a long, active and useful life in Texas, Mr.
Wells was called to his last home, February 25, 1878,
but before his death, he espoused the cause of Christ
and died with a fuU conviction that he would be saved
and meet his loved ones in that place which knows no
parting. He was deeply mourned by a loving family
and a large circle of friends. His wife lost a loving and
tender husband, his children an indulgent father, and the
community a generous charitable citizen. He was identi-
fied fraternally with the A. F. & A. M., under whose
auspices his funeral services were conducted.

Since this memoir was written, Mrs. Wells has been
called to the home beyond, dying on the 19th of May,



G. F. LaEue. Much has been said concerning the re-
markable transformation in the live stock industry of
Texas, concerning the changes which have caused the dis-
appearance of the old Texas long-horn and the substitu-
tion of modern high-grade cattle, and at the same time
the subdivision of the open range into fenced fields and
pastures, and a development of the modern stock farm.
I'or the permanent economic wealth and welfare of
Texas no change has been more important than that,
and in a history of a development which has been so
significant wherever possible mention should be made of
and credit given to the individuals whose work was re-
sponsible for this transformation. There were many
instances of Texas cattle men who were successful as
range stock men, and who steadily resisted the progress
which brought about the division of the range into stock
farms. At the same time there were others, of a more
progressive nature, who advanced with the time, who
accepted the changing conditions of agricultural econ-
omy, and who became leaders in the new movement. One
of those prominently identified as a leader in modern
live stock farming, and who was abreast of if not often
in advance of the times was the late G. F. LaKue, who
was for thirty years actively engaged in the leading
Texas industry, and whose stock interests were large and
important in Travis county.

A son of David and Eebecca (Fauss) LaRue, G. L.
LaRue was born October 9, 1839, in Adams county,
Pennsylvania, the son of a farmer and stockman of that
state. Educated in the public schools of his native state
and with a training in a business college, he partly
earned his way while attending school by clerking in a
store. Early in life he went west, was in Nebraska for
a time, and from there in 1861 moved to Texas, and
at the beginning of the war joined Allen's Brigade. He
was captured with his command at Arkansas Post and
taken back to Pennsylvania, being released in 1862.
Thenceforward he remained in the north during the
war, and during a portion of the period of hostilities
was engaged as a clerk in the war department at Wash-



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return to tlie state, and the first three years were spent
in the re%-enue service at Cameron in Milam county. On
March 3, 18G9, Mr. LaEue married Miss Amanda Wells,
a daughter of Wayman F. Wells, one of the vetsrans of
the battle of San Jacinto, a noteworthy Texas patriot,
of whom a sketch will be found in preceding paragraphs.
After his marriage Mr. LaKue and his wife located on
the Wells' farm in Travis county. It was there that his
career as a stockman reached its greatest prosperity and
influence, and before he died in 1897 Mr. LaEue was
credited with having one of the finest farms for regis-
tered stock in this section of the state. He gave his
attention not only to cattle, but to sheep and fancy poul-
try. While he shipped stock to the regular markets, the
greatest benefit that came from his enterprise was in sup-
plying stock for other farms all over the state, and
it would be impossible to estimate the great value which
his leadership in improving and maintaining the finest
grades of live stock had upon that industry in this state.
He believed that high-grade stock was just as profit-
able to Texas as to older parts of the country, and his
own success in that line did much to stimulate other
stockmen to follow his example. The character which
he exemplified in his business was carried into all his
relations, and he was a man of fine personality, the soul
of honor, and highly esteemed for his integrity and abil-
ity. In his home and community he was a public spirited
citizen and a loving husband and father. After his
dea* Mrs. LaEue moved to Austin in 1901, and still
resides in that city. She is a woman of culture and
refinement, and for a number of years has been one of
the regular patrons and readers in the State University
library, dnd has kept herself fully informed on the many
subjects of interest in the world of art, science and
historv.

The children of Mr. and Mrs. LaEue are: Inge, wife
of Eobert Walling of Austin; Myrtle, who lives with
her mother; Etta, wife of H. L. Yeager, an extensive
farmer of Milam county; Fay, wife of H. H. Harris, a
farmer and real estate man of Austin; Norton, who is
interested in the oil fields of California; Miss George,
a trained nurse and a graduate of the medical depart-
ment of the University of Texas; Euth, graduate from
the University of Texas in 1910, and is the wife of I. S.
Kibbe, cashier of the First State Bank of Fowlerton,
Texas.

James K. Middlebrook, M. D. After five years of
active practice at Alpine, Dr. Middlebrook has been ac-
corded the position of the leading practitioner of medi-
cine in tliat town and vicinity. He has won this dis-
tinction by ability of unusual order, and is one of the
skillful representatives of the modern class of medical
men, who are fortified by thorough training and who
bring to their practice the experience and knowledge of
all the generations of doctors who has preceded them.

Dr. Middlebrook not only has an excellent practice in
his profession, but enjoys a place of special esteem as a
citizen of Alpine, and "has a most happy family life.
James Middlebrook was born in McLennan county, Texas,
August 29, 1879, and all his career with the exception
of the years spent in the study of medicine have been
passed in Texas. His father was John W. Middlebrook
who was a Virginian by birth, but came to Texas when
a young man and followed farming in McLennan county
for many years. The maiden "name of his wife was Sallie
'Donnell, who was born in Missouri, and was ftiarried
in Arkansas. Dr. Middlebrook, the oldest in a family
of five children, had his early education in the public
schools, and then went to St. Louis, where he was a
student for a time in the Marion Sims medical ' college.
He completed his iireparation for the profession in the
Memphis Medical Hospital College, where he was grad-
uated M. D. in 1903. Equipped with his degree in medi-
cine. Br. Middlebrook first located at Stratford. Texas,
but after two years moved to Fort Worth, where he



was engaged in practice for three years, and from that
city came out to Alpine and established his ofliice and
began acquiring patronage among the inhabitants of this
locality.

On April 16, 1901, Dr. Middlebrook was married at
Leroy, xexas, to Miss Laura Waters, whose family is
one of the oldest in Texas, and its members bore an
honorable share in making Texas during its pioneer
period. Her father, Samuel E. Waters, who now resides
in Hutchinson county, Texas, was born in Alabama, and
came to Texas alter the war. He went through the war
as a Confederate soldier, serving with the Seventeenth
Louisiana Infantrj-, and his record of engagements in-
clude many of the notable battles of the war. At the
present time, as for a number of years past, he is en-
gaged in ranching and has also had an active part in
politics, having tilled various public oifices. He is a
member of the Masonic Order. His vi'ife, whose maiden
name was Jennie Matthews, was born in Texas, and her
father lived in this state under four different govern-
ments and flags, first during the Eepublic, then as a
state, then as a confederate state and finally as the
modern Texas. There were seven children in the Waters
family, and :Mis. MitMlebvook was the fourth.

Dr. Miil.llelaonk inoters the Baptist church among the
various reliL;ious dcnoiuinations, but gives his support
to all without discrimination. Fraternally he is affili-
ated with the Masons, the Pretorians, the Woodmen of
the World and the Kniglits of Pythias, while his wife
is a member of the Eastern Star Chapter. Dr. Middle-
brook is examining physician for the Woodmen of the
World, and is local surgeon for the G. H. & S. A.
Eailroad. In politics he is a Democrat, though never
active in party affairs. For recreations he enjoys hunt-
ing and reading, and is one of the well informed men
who see a great future for western Texas, not only as
a mining and stock raising region, but as a country which
in the course of a few years will be settled up by pros-
perous farmers.

Julian Clarence Feild. The precincts assigned for
this review of the career of an active and eminent mem-
ber of the profession of civil engineers are wholly inade-
quate to give even a cursory notice of the many brilliant



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