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daughter of Alexander and Polly (Edmondson) Ander-
son, both natives of Kentucky. However, their families
had come from Virginia, and on both sides were of Scotch-
Irish stock. Mrs. Eobinson was the only child of her
parents. The six children of Mr. Eobinson and wife
were as follows : Mary E., is the wife of John A.
Hamm of Denton, Texas, and has six children. Sallie
B., is the wife of James W. Campbell of Cooke county
and has two children. Susie A., is the wife of Jose|ih
H, Garnett, an attornev of Gainesville, and has three
children, Clara Ella, is the wife of Elias H, Campbell of
Gainesville, who served as a soldier in the Confederate
war, was for many years a farmer, and also operated a
store in Greenville, being now retired. The three cliil-
dren of Elias H. Campbell and wife are Lula, principal
of one of the schools in Greenville; Clara, also a
teacher, and Mary E., who also follows the educational
profession. William B. is now deceased, and left two
sons. Lula E., is the wife of Charles H. Paddock, re-
tired, and living in Pasadena, California, and has one

Capt. John W. Vann. Now chief special agent for the
Missouri, Kansas & Texas Eailway Company, with head-
quarters at Dallas, Capt. John W. Vann has a notable
record in public affairs, both as a civil and criminal
officer, covering a long period of years. Whether as
executive officer of county and district courts or under
the jurisdiction of the federal courts, as special agent
of the federal government in different capacities, or as
an employe of corporations, Captain Vann has shown
both efficiency and courage in every emergency, and he
is easily one "of the best known officials of justice in the

Born in Favette county, Texas, March 19, 1860. John
W, A^inn is a" son of W. W. and Margaret L. (Bishop)
Vann. His father, a native of Tennessee, came to



Texas in 1854 and became a pioneer settler in Fayette
Lounty, but in 1869 moved to Kerr county, taking up
his residence in the mountain region northwest of San
Antonio. He died in 1908. Mrs. Vann, who was born
in Illinois, is still living, her home being in Austin.

John W. Vann was reared in Kerr county, Texas, edu-
cated ill the local schools, and he entered public life
when elected a county commissioner of Kerr couuty.
Following that he was deputy sheriff of the county under
F. il. JMonie, aud succeeded that gentleman as sheriff and

tax '. IN' i"i, ■ Ilice which he held continuously for ten

A,-!~ , ■ ^ , r.| every two years until his resignation,
will i - ;.- i liiiitted by the couut}- judge and com-
nii - MiiHi^ 1.1 ,rl,ct as his successor J. T. Moore, his
cousin, and who is now oceupyiug the position. During
that time Captain Vann was president of the Sheriffs'
Association of Texas, serving two terms, and he became
personally acquainted with every sheriff' in the state dur-
ing that time.

The most noteworthy distinctions of his career were
gained during his federal service. Captain Vann re-
signed the office of sheriff of Kerr rr, - iitv t-. n . cnt the
appointment, in July, 1902, as il. • 1 • ] states
marshal under W. M. Hanson, \\ , . li ; ' iins at
Galveston. Among the many dulu - | ,i hirnn >l i.y him
as deputy marshal special interest attaches to liis work
in connection with the famous Dodge-Morse divorce case.
That was one of the sensational cases which occupied the
attention of the papers and the public of the count ly
for many months. It will be recalled that early ju De-
cember, 1904, Charles F. Dodge was arrested at Houston,
Texas, and after a long fight over the extradition was
taken to New York and turned over to District Attorney
Jerome. During Dodge 's residence at Atlanta, Georgia,
his wife had divorced him and had subsequently married
C. W. Morse, a New York banker and head of the ice
trust, who subsequently came into unenviable jmblicity
as the wrecker of a New York bank. It appears that
Morse 's uncle, who was strongly opposed to the marriage
of his nephew to a divorced woman, had secured the
services of Abe Hummel, a noted New York lawyer, to
secure an annulment of the marriage. Hummel Iirought
Dodge to New York, induced him to sign an affidavit
that the summons in the divorce proceedings had never
been served on him, and on that ground the courts an-
nulled the decree of divorce, so that it became a question
whether his former wife was Mrs. Dodge-Morse or Mrs.
Morse- Dodge. Charges of perjury were subsequently
brought against Dodge and, with the powerful financial
backing of Hummel and his client. Dodge fled to Texas
and there made a vigorous fight to prevent extradition
and return to New York. It was, of course, in Texas
that Captain Vann first became connected with the case,
when he was one of the parties speciallv designated by
Federal Judge Walter T. Burns to eo'nvey Dodge to
New York and turn him (.ver to District Attorney
Jerome. It was tn Cai.taiii \"aiin tliat I'odge made his
confession that ho had ]in jind hinisiir in making the
false affidavit, and tliis sti.ry lie subsequently repe.ited
to Mr, Jerome, and on that officer's recommendation was
released. Most people will remember that Abe Hummel,
the lawyer who had engineered the entire deal, was subse-
quently convicted of conspiracy and served a term in the
federal penitentiary.

In 1900 Captain Vann was transferred from Galveston
and made chief deputy United States marshal of the
western district of Texas, under Eugene Nolte, with
headquarters at San Antonio. A short time later, how-
ever, in July, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt ele-
vated him from a marshalsliip to the position of collector
of customs of the Brazos de Santia-n .lisliict, with head-
quarters at Browusville. Tliat .li-iii. t .-.trnds along the
Rio Grande Eiver from its ihmiuIi i,, a short distance
below Laredo. During Captain \'ana ■> term there was
practically no military protection along the Mexican
border, and it was his duty, assisted by a number of

men employed under him, to patrol and protect the
border against smugglers and other offenders against
law and order. This service brought him into almost
daily contact with desperate characters, subjecting him
and his men to dangers, and many narrow escapes from
death. After a service as collector of customs for about
three and a half years, a special appointment from Presi-
dent Roosevelt made him special agent for the depart-
aent of justice, and he has the distinction of having been

sition of that kind.
iii'-'i with one of the

lit administration.

i.'aid," as a result
I'l the discharge of
ville. It was on Cap-
that Mr. Roosevelt's
liuons puljlished rcc-

the first to be

In this connection he lir a^i r i,|.
best remembered events n \. i,
That was the famous ■ ' I :
of which President Ron .\ili m
the negro troops stationed at JJio
tain Vann's report of that affa
action was based, and in the vo
ord of the Brownsville a Hair thp
document is Captain "\ "aha 's iijiint. As s|.rriaf a'j.'ut
for the department of jusln-u ('a|ilain. \:inriV .Intii-^ in-
cluded supeivision alou'i; llu- b'm Ciamlc as lav wrst a»
El Paso. He was on the border . luring the first revolu-
tinu .ayainst the Diaz regime in Mexico, as a result of
Hliirh Fraiiiisro Madero became President of that re-
luiblie. Jn following up the violators of the neutrality
laws between the two countries Captaiu Vann met with
many adventurous escapades and was almost constantly
within the 2one of danger. He was on duty in Juarez,
opposite El Paso, when that city was first taken by the

revolutionists, and among his ain^t \al I mementos

are the autographs of a numlici ni ilir m. Milts of for-
tune who were responsible for tin lall ni .Ih.utz. About
this time Captain Vann was iktailed bv the United
States attorney g.Mi.ial t.. investigate the noted Coppy
farm peonage cas,. m liiiil,:-nii county, Texas, where it
ivas charged that Waul M. |'ail,.r, a young white man of
Kansas City, Missouri, and many others had been bold
m bondage. The result of this prosecution practically
wiped out peonage in Texas.

Captain Vann's work in the government official serv-
ice was of such high order that it attracted the atten-
tion of the corporations, and in July, 1911, he was of-
fered and accepted the position of special agent for the
legal department of the Southern Pacific Railroad, with
headquarters at Houston. Early in 191,'j came his ap-
pointment to his present position, as chief special agent
for the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railwav, with juris-
diction extending over Texas and a portion of Okla-
,homa. Captain Vann is the kind of officer who has al-
ivaj-s been depended upon to take hold of an especially
knotty piece of business with deteruiinatiou, resource-
fulness and bravery, and those \ili,. ]r.:\r jilaced then
trust in him have never been disa|'|i,.iiii,.,i.

Captain Vann has four childim: Wah.i W'., who is
widely known as a civil engineer in tlie llrownsville
country, having built the Harlingen Canal and a nunibei
of other large public works; Charles C, Stewart, and
Amy, who is the wife of Judge Lee Wallace, of Kerr
county. Captain Vann's wife was formerly Mrs. Maude
(Parkmsj Sloan, who was born near Lonilon, England
but, coining to Texas with her parents, was reared near
San Antonio. Captain Vann is a Knights Templar Mason
and a Shriner, holding membership in various lodfea
m San Antonio and in the Ben Hur Temple at Austin."

H. Joe Is.iacs. One of the large and prosperous
mercantile enterprises of Amarillo is the Famous Clnth-
'ig & Fur Company, which is the result ef tlie cnei tic


enterprise of a young man wl

city seventeen years ago and who has applied all his
energy and talent to making one of the best stores In
the Pan Handle.

H. Joe Isaacs was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Aug. 19,
1875, a son of S. W. and Martha (Myers) Isaacs. His
father was born in London, England; came to America
ivhen a young man, and located in Cincinnati, Ohio; was



for a number of years connected with tlie P. F. Collier
Publishing Company of New York, and his death oc-
curred at Trinidad, Colorado, in 1892, at the age of
fifty-seven. The mother, who was also born in London,
where she was educated and married, died at Trinidml.
Colorado, June 13, 1912, when seventy-nine years of
age. There were nine children in the family, and H.
Joe was the seventh in order of birth.

He attended the public schools of Cincinnati, and
from that city moved to St. Louis, where he began his
practical career in merchandising as stoekkeeper for the
I. Harris Wholesale Clothing Manufacturers. After five
years of that experience he came to Texas, and in ISiiij
located in Amarillo and opened a small stock of goods
under the name of the Famous Clothing & Fur Com-
pany. His brother, S. L. Isaacs, joined him on Jan-
uary 1, 1910. and the brothers have enjoyed special suc-
cess in their line of enterprise. They have a large trade
outside of Amarillo and carry $40,000.00 worth of stock,
chiefly in men's furnishing goods. They employ four
clerks, and their goods go to supply the clothing of men
and boys in every section of the Pan Handle.

Mr. Isaacs is a Democrat, but not active in party pol-
itics. He is atiiliated with the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks at Amarillo.

William A. Price, M. D. A physician and surgeon
who stands high in his profession at Hereford, Dr. Price
won the privilege of practicing medicine through his
own efforts, working his way and paying his tuition
both through literary and professional schools. He was
graduated M. D. in the class of 1893 from the Louis-
ville Medical College, at Louisville, Kentucky, and was
eno-aged in practice at Tracy, in Milam county, Texas,
from the time of his graduation until 1906. In the lat-
ter year he moved to Hereford, where he has built u£ a
large practice, his attendance being called to the most
influential families in this region. Dr. Price is examiner
for a number of the old-line insurance companes and does
a general practice in medicine and surgery. He has
membership in the Deaf Smith, Castro and Randall
Counties Medical Societies, and also m the State and
American Medical Associations. .

Dr William A. Price was born September 11, ISb/, m
Tishomingo County, Mississippi, and is of Irish descent
on his father's side and Dutch on the maternal Ime.
His father was Eev. Joseph L. Price, a native of Missis-
sippi, who devoted the greater part of his active career
to the ministrv of the Methodist church South In Cor-

yell county, Texas, he

membered for his effect-

ive work "as one of the early preachers, and he located
in this state in 1876, and died at Rockdale m 1892 at
the age of fifty-two. During the Civil war he enlisted
as a private and fought with General Hood's Brigade
participating in the battle of Corinth and Shiloh and
other campaigns, and was never wounded or taken pris-
oner. He was a Democrat, though never active in i.olit-
ical affairs. The maiden name of his wife was Maitlia
Ann Huff, who was born in Mississippi, where she was
married on December 22, 1866. She came to Texas with
her husabnd, they making the journey m a wagon drawn
by an ox team. She now lives, at the age of sixty-eight
years, in Coryell county, having been born m 1845.
There were ten children in her family and all are still

'^Dr^' Price, the oldest of the children, was educated in
the country schools and at La.n|i:is:is Cllege. After leav-
ing the latter institution lir ,:ni,,.l Hie meanp which
enabled him to enter L<ini-Mll \lr,lir-,l College, at
LouisviUe, Kentucky, where li.> w;,s minlnnted as already
mentioned. The doctor is a Deiuoerat, though his po-
litical activity is confined to casting his ballot. He Is
affiliated with the Masonic Order through the Royal Arch
Chapter and the council of selec-t masters. His church is
the Methodist south.

In 1889 Dr. Price was married at Bee House, m Cor-

yell county, to Miss Annie Gardner, a native of Texas,
born in Williamson county and a daughter of John P.
(iavdiier. whn was also born in this state. Mrs. Price

.ii-l l'.l>!i:n- 11, 1S93, at Louisville, Kentucky, when
1 - ' ■■■:':]< oi age. She was laid to rest at her old

IniiiN- t: II i-ountv. The two children born of the

uiiiou ueiv iitlhi. I-„,ni'at House, Texas, May, 1891.
and Annie, lioin I'.-Iniiaiv 1, ]s93, only a few days be
fore her iiintliii '- Jiatli. In ls!i4, in Milam county, Dr.
Price luanie.l .Mi^s Nettie Adams, who was born in
Missouri, a daughter of Eev. J. M. Adams, who is a
.minister of the Missionary Baptist church and now re
sides in Tyler, Texas. By this marriage are two chil
dren: Bernadine, born in 1897 at Tracy, Texas, and
Gwendoline, born in Hereford, October 10, 1907.

J. Allen Kyle, M. D. On the roster of Harris
county's able physicians and surgeons is found the
name of J. Allen Kyle, M. D., who has gained distinctive
preferment in the science of medicine and surgery. The
reason is not far to seek. Advancement in the learned
professions depends entirely upon merit.

Doctor Kyle was born in Botetourt county, Virginia,
February 25, 1871, and is a son of John W. and Penelope
(Biggs)" Kyle. His father, a planter in Virginia, served
with a Aiiu'ii..! i.-iinent in the Confederate army dur-
ing the v.;i' ! .1 liie States. He came to Texas in
1877, settl .: lie first settlers of Victoria county
prior to tlir ihlxriii nf the railroads, and there passed
the remainder of his active career in farming and stock

J. Allen Kyle was six years of age when he accompa-
nied his parents to Victoria county, and he was prac-
tically reared and educated by his great-uncle, William
H. Kyle. The latter, a bachelor, had come to Soiitlieru
Texas' about 1850, and during the Civil war had served
as a member of Shannon's Scouts, a company which
formed a part of the famous Terry's Texas Rangers.
After obtaining his preliminary educational training in
the public schools of Victoria county, J. Allen Kyle evi-
denced an inclination for a medical career, but his fa-
ther was in moderate circumstances, and it was almost
impossible for the youth to secure the pecuniary assist-
ance necessary for a collegiate training. His great-
uncle had recognized and admired the yniinu iiuin's

ambition, however, and offered him the liel]! n li.|..nid

accordingly he enrolled as a student at the AuiuMiltinal
and Mechanical College of Texas, from whieh institution
he was graduated in 1890 with the degree of Bachelor
of Science in agriculture. He then went to New York
City and entered upon his medical course in Columbia
University, where he rereived tlie ileirree of Doctor of
Medicine" in 1894, and. fnllMuln- lil-; graduation, was
appointed interne at St. Vm.iMit 's ilespital, New York
Citv. He there served on tlie sinunal staff in various
ctipaeitios, first as ambulance surgeon, then junior sur-
..eiin, then senior surgeon, and finally house surgeon, and
all tills within a period of two years. In 1896 he came
to Houston, where he began a general practice of medi-
cine and surgerv. and here he has continued to the pres-
ent time, having offices at No. 402 Carter Building. His
professional career has since been such as to distinguish
him as one of the representative jOiysicians and sur-
geons of Houston. Dr. Kvl.' lias taken an active interest
in the work of the various iihMmiI nmani/.ai mns. and is
a member of the Mnlhail Assn.iation, the
Texas State Medical Assnciation, the fSoutb Texas Med-
ical Association and the Harris County Medical Society,
and is a director of the Agricultural and Mechanical
College of Texas and medical director of the Southern
Benevolent League.

In 1901 Doctor Kyle was married to Miss Mary Stella
Carr, a daughter of John O. and Mary Stella (Gallagher)
Carr of Houston. One son. William Allen, was born to
this union, in 1902. John O. Carr, father of Mrs. Kyle,
was born at Charlottesville, Virginia, and received excel-

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lent educational advantages, being a graduate of the
University of Virginia. During the Civil war he served
as captain of a battery of artillery of Virginia troops in
the Confederate army, while his wife's father was a
major in the Union army, under Gen. Phil Sheridan, his
regiment being commanded by Col. Phil Gallagher, one
of his brothers.

Dr. and Mrs. Kyle reside in a handsome home at No.
2002 Crawford street. He is widely known in social and
fraternal circles of the city, belonging to the Oleander
Country Club, the Houston Turn Verein, the Houston
Light Guards, the Houston Country Club, the Thalian
Club and the Z Z Club, of Houston, and to the local
lodges of the Knights of Pythias and the Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks.

Benjamin Schwegler. Until he was thirty-five years
of age, Ben Schwegler maintained his home in his birth
state, Missouri, coming to Texas in 1903, where he has
since continued. From farming, an enterprise that
claimed his attention here for five years, he developed
an interest in real estate activities, and when Burkbur-
nett was placed on the map of Wichita county, Texas, he
was the first to settle here and establish himself in busi-
ness. He has had an undeniably generous share in the
work of promoting and developing the town, and the
interest he has felt in the place well qualified him for the
office of mayor, to which he was elected recently when
the city was incorporated, he being the first to occupy-
the executive chair of the new city.

Mr. Schwegler was born in Gasconade county, Mis-
souri, on March 27, 1868, and is the son of Joseph and
Anna Schwegler, who passed their lives in that state,-
both dying about twelve years ago. Following the com-
mon school education that Mr. Schwegler gained in the
schools of Gasconade county, he enjoyed a college course
at Warrentown, Missouri, and a commercial course in
the Sedalia Business College, in Sedalia, Missouri. He
continued on his father's farm until he had reached his
legal majority, when he struck out for himself, and
going to Kansas City, Missouri, was there identified with
mercantile activities for ten years. Four years of that
time was spent in the wholesale grocery business, four in
Kansas City, and during two years of the time he was
in business for himself. In 1903 he sold out and made
his way to Texas. He settled in this county immedi-
ately upon arriving here, and for five years devoted him-
self to agricultural activities, coming to Burkburnett in
1007, when the town had its inception, and here engaging
in real estate operations. Success has attended his
efforts, and he does a general real estate and insurance
business here that reaches out into the more remote
sections of the county. He also does a considerable
business in oil leases and lands, and, though he still
owns and operates his farm, he manages it indirectly,
through a tenant. The farm, one of the fine ones of
these parts, is located five miles from town and is a
productive and creditable place.

Mr. Schwegler is one of the leading spirits in Burk-
burnett, and when the town was recently incorporated
his fellow citizens showed their appreciation of his activ-
ities by electing him as first mayor of the city. As pres-
ident 'of the school board he is rendering a valuable
service to the community also, and the fine new building
erected under his administration is a distinct credit to
the place and might well be regarded with pride by a
much larger and older city. A member of the Commer-
cial Club" of Burkburnett, he has an active part in the
work of promoting the best interests of the town and in
carrying out the plans of the club for the growth and
progress of business enterprise in the community.

Mr. Schwegler was married in Alma, Missouri, in 1892,
to Miss Pauline Giselmann, the daughter of Herman
Giselmann, a well-known resident of Alma. Two children
have been adopted by them: Ervin and Edna, twins,
whose birth occurred on July 23, 1904. The family are

members of the Lutheran church, and Mr. Schwegler is a
Democrat in his political adherence, his active interest
being confined to local rather than state politics.

Hon. James G. McDonald. A native son of the Lone
Star state, who has been prominently known both at the
bar and on the bench, Judge James G. McDonald is now
devoting the greater part of his time to the cultivation
of his handsome farm of 855 acres, which is located at
the county seat of Anderson, in Grimes county. He is a
son of the pioneer, Judge James G. McDonald, who came
to Texas in 1851 as a young married man from Carthage,
Tennessee, a grandson of Henry Brown McDonald, and
a great-grandson of Hugh McDonald, who came from
Scotland, settled in North Carolina, and was a conspicu-
ous Eevolutionary soldier of General Marion 's legion.
Henry Brown McDonald, who died at Carthage, Ten-
nessee, married Miss Mary Crowder, and they became
the parents of the following children: Melvina, who
married E. C. Eawson, of Waxahachie, Texas; Gen,
James G. ; Mrs. Page, who spent her life in Smith county,
Tennessee; Mrs. McKinley, who also spent her life in
that state, where she first married William Danley; Mrs.
Young B. Jones, who died in the same state; Dr. Henry
Clay, who practiced medicine at Carthage, Tennessee, and
died there; Orville, who went to California in 1848, re-
turned home after the war, but went out again in 1867
with a company seeking gold, and was lost to view for-
ever; Brown, who was the first man killed in Colonel
Parson's Texas Eegiment in 1862; William H., who was
shot in the head at Chickamauga, but survived until 1890
and died in Hillsboro, Texas. Henry Brown McDonald,
the grandfather of Judge McDonald, was married (sec-
ond) to Mrs. Julia Powell, and they had these children:
Mrs, Eobinson and Mrs, Waters, of Nashville, Tennes-
see; Alice, who died single; David M,, a graduate of
West Point Academy, who fought against the Ute In-
dians as a lieutenant and resigned from the army, dying
at Carthage, Tennessee,

Gen. James G. McDonald was born in Smith county,
Tennessee, September 20, 1824, and, inheriting his fath-
er 's predilection for the law, studied for that profession.
He was a student of Lebanon, Tennessee, where he gradu-
ated in law, and there began to practice. He came to
Texas by water to Galveston and by stage to Anderson
and settled among strangers here, making the law his
business from the first in Texas and following it all his
life. He was district attorney when his district em-

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