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work as a preacher and pastor of the Christian denomin-
ation and occupied a number of important positions in
the church in Kentucky. Since 1895 his home has been
in Texas, and be became especially well known at Fort
Worth, where he was for some time pastor of the First
Christian church, and later upon the organization of the
Third Christian church of the city became its pastor.
Since 1901 Dr. Wilson has lived in San Antonio, having
moved to that city to take- charge of the Central Chris-
tian church. That was a flourishing congregation and
enjoyed his services as its pastor until 1905. Dr. Wilson
then retired from active church work as a minister in
order to enter upon what must be regarded as a larger
career on the lecture platform. His work as a Chau-
tauqua and Lyceum lecturer has brought him a fame

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and popularity in every section of the United States,
and it would be impossible to estimate the .wholesome
influence which emanates from a man of his power and
ability. A fine orator, possessed of a magnetic pres-
ence, a master of beautiful English, Rev. Dr. Wilson
has chosen for the subject of most of his lectures moral
and religious themes, and the titles of his best known
addresses are: "America's Uncrowned Queen," "The
Christ of History," "The Man of Galilee," "Sparks
from the Anvil, " "If We But Knew ' ' and ' ' Sculptors
of Life." His work has brought him a wide circle of
friends and acquaintances throughout the United States,
and he is particularly popular with the traveling man.
Dr. Wils.iii is iiiAv and has been for several years Na-
tional ('li;ipl;iiii nt tlic Travelers Protective Association
■>{ the r„,t..l Si;,t,...

Eev. Dr. Wil^mi married Annie Fitzgerald, and both
have their home in San Antonio. Their seven children
are as follows: Dr. Homer T. Wilson, Jr., physician and
surgeon at San Antonio; Edwin Barrett Wilson, who
at this writing is a medical student in the University of
Pennsylvania ; Florence, wife of Talbot O. Bateman,
well known as an artist and cartoonist with the ' ' Dallas
Morning News;" Annie, wife of Alfred Dieckmann of
San Antonio; Mamie, wife of Dr. A. L. Curry, of San
Antonio ; Lucile, widow of Victor Hugo of San Antonio ;
Corinne, wife of Dr. Frank C. Beall of Fort Worth.

Dr. Homer T. Wilson, Jr., who was born at Harrods-
burg, Kentucky, has enjoyed the highest of educational
advantages in preparation for the practice of his pro-
fession, which he began in San Antonio in 1912 and
which has already brought him unusual success. He at-
tended the high school at San Antonio, graduating from
that school, and finished his studies in the University of
Virginia at Charlottesville in 1906. His medical educa-
tion was acquired in the University of Pennsylvania at
rhiladel]ihia. By competitive examination after grad-
uation be was appointed on the stafl' of Bellevue Hos-
]iital in New York City, which position he held for two

Dr. Wilson has membership in the County and State
Medical Societies and the American Medical Association.

Captain Titus Caer Westbeook. One of the strong
and noble characters of Eobertson county was the late
Captain Titus Carr Westbrook, who here maintained
his home for forty years and who rpinc^jpiitod Tpxhs as
one of the valiant soldicv^ .■m.l olticn-; nT tlip ('nnfed-
eracy in the Civil war. II. • .■.■ini.' n. ilir l.unr ^tate

as a youth and here he .•irliir\rd n.iicudi iliy > .'^s as

well as inviolable place in the contiiteni-e and eslcem of
all who knew him. He died at his home in the city
of Hearne, Eobertson county, on the 17th of September,
1898, and his memory is revered in the community that
long represented him home and the stage of his produc-
tive activities.

Captain Westbrook came to Eobertson county in 18.59,
In company with his mother and stepfather, the latter
having been Lewis Wliillield (air. who established his
residence on lands in the :illinial bottoms of the
Brazos river, near Heariie. i ',i|.t:iiii Westbrook was born
at West Point, Olav .nnntv. Mi^si.-sippi, on the 1st of
October, l^t2. ;n»rwM< a -..u of Moses L. and Sidney
(Carr) \\r^;l.ronli. M(.^,~ I,. Westbrook was born in
Greene mniity, Xdith ( ainliiia, in 1812, and he passed
the closing years of his life in the state of Jlississippi.
Of his children Charles A. came to Texas and was a
resident of Lorena, McLennan county, at the time of
his death; Captain Titus C, subje.t of this memoir,
was the next in order of birth; ;iihl M. - .- I., is a resi-
dent of the city of Waco, Texn-. \-'. i 'lie .leath of
her first husband Mrs, Sidney (< :in w. ilnnok became
the wife of Lewis W. Carr, and tliry 1., ;niie tlie parents
of one daughter, Sidney, who is the widow of Beverly
Beckham and who resides at Hearne, Robertson county.
The original American progenitors of the Carr family



immigrated from England and settled in the South
prior to the war of the Eevolution. The widow of Cap-
tain Titus G. Westbrook likewise is a representative of
the Carr family and her husband was of distant kin-
ship. Her paternal ancestor who first came from Eng-
land to America settled in Nansemon county, Virginia,
whence his descendants later removed to Greene county,
North Carolina.

Captain Westbrook gained his early educational dis-
cipline in his native state and supplemented this by at-
tenting the military school at Frankfort, Kentucky, an
institution in which he was graduated in 1859, the year
that marked his arrival in Texas. When the Civil war
was precipitated on a divided nation he was moved by
definite patriotism and by loyalty to the cause of the
Confederacy, with the result that, in the spring of
1862, he enlisted in Company B, Fifteenth Texas Regi-
ment, commanded by Colonel Speight, M. D. Herring
having been captain of Company B. Mr. Westbrook
was commissioned lieutenant of his company, and his
regiment, in the earlier period of its service, was sta-
tioned in turn on Galveston Island and at Camp
Speight, at Milliean, Texas. It was thereafter ordered
to Arkansas, where it was stationed at Camp Daniels
until the summer or early autumn of 1862, and in
October of th:it year he proceeded to the city of Little
Rock, where it remained until just before the fall of
Arkansas Post. It was then ordered to Fort Smith,
Arkansas, from which point it next proceeded, under
orders, to Camp Kiamish, Indian Territroy. In 1863
the Fifteenth Texas, with its associate troops, was or-
dered to Louisiana and to join the command of Gen-
eral Taylor in repelling the advance of General Banks.
The brigade was commanded by General J. W. Speight,
Sr., General King and General Polignac, and it partici-
pated in the engagements at Fordoche Bayou Road,
Bayou Bourdeau, Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, Marksville,
and Yellow Bayou, besides taking part in other en-

gagements, of minor ordei
Westbrook was slightly w(
field, and he contimi.-i \\ it
of the war. Ho wa^ irm^
with the rank of r.-nitain.

in that campaign. Captain
i^lcd at the battle of Mans-
his rommand until the close
led out at Houston, Texas,
id was acting adjutant of

his brigade at the time of the final surrender of the
Confederate forces, his record having been marked by
utmost gallantry and by much ability as an officer. His
friend and comrade. Dr. Wallace, of Waco, paid to
Captain Westbrook 's memory the following tribute to
his status as a man and a soldier : "In camp he was
modest and unassuming, kind and jovial ; in the thickest
and hottest of the raging battle he was cooler than
most men on dress parade. Prompt to act and utterly
fearless, he enjoyed the respect and confidence of his
men and superior officers. Knowing him as I did, I can
truthfully say that he was a friend as true and tried
as Damascus steel; ,as a soldier and patriot, as brave
and devoted as any man that wore the gray. ' '

In the climacteric period leading up to the war be-
tween the States Captain Westbrook was an ardent
supporter of the cause of his loved Southland, and he
believed thoroughly in its institutions, under the in-
fluence of which he had been reared, as his had been a
slave-holding family and his original financial resources
were derived from the sale of the negroes and other
assets of the family estate after the death of his
father. His entire life was one of impregnable integrity
and his devotion to principle was as insistent as was
his courage in defending his convictions and opinions,
his nature having been essentially positive, though
marked by the gentleness and consideration that typified
fine breeding and the lack of bigotry and intolerance.

After the close of his long and gallant military career
Captain Westbrook returned to Mississippi, where he
collected what he could of his portion of his father's
estate, which had suffered from the ravages of the war,
his guardian having also loaned much of the money of

the estate. The funds which he received he invested
in land in the Brazos river bottoms of Robertson county,
Texas, where he became associated with his stepfather to
a large extent in development and reclamation work,
as much of his land was entirely unimproved. He be-
came a successful cotton-grower, and with the passing
years large and worthy success attended his earnest and
well ordered endeavors. He had admirable executive and
initiative ability and mature judgment, and he gained
rank among the wealthy and representative agriculturists
of the Lone Star state. He was one of the early farm-
ers to employ convict labor in Texas, and it was a source
of enduring satisfaction to him that he was able to
show kindness and consideration to the unfortunate men
in his employ, for his humane spirit was always in evi-
dence and showed itself in both words and deeds. His
military education and service made him a stickler for
system and order, and the officials of the penitentiary
system in Texas declared that Captain Westl irook 's
plantation was the best ordered and managed from the
head of the Brazos river to its mouth. The Captain
was most liberal and public-spirited as a citizen and he
contributed much to the development and progress of
central Texas, along both civic and material lines. He
was the acknowledged leader in effecting the construc-
tion of the Hearne & Brazos Valley Railroad, and was
president of the company at the time of his death.

In politics Captain Westbrook never wavered in his
allegiance to the Democratic party, and he was an ef-
fective exponent of its principles. His high civic ideals
caused him to take an active part in electing good men
to public office and to support all measures making for
effective government, both state and national. He was
a frequent delegate to the state and county conventions
of his party in Texas and was more than once impor-
tuned to become a candidate for the legislature, but he
invariably declined to consider such overtures with favor,
as he preferred to devote himself to his personal affairs
and to enjoy the associations of his ideal home.

On the 4th of December, 1878, was solemnized the
marriage of Captain Westbrook to Mrs. Jennie (Carr)
Handle, widow of Edward Thomas Randle. They had
no children, but the Captain accorded the highest pa-
ternal solicitude to the only child of his wife by her
previous marriage, this child having been Mary Randle,
who became the wife of Monroe Miller and who died
in 1895, at Austin, Texas. She is survived by three
children, all of whom reside at Hearne, Robertson
county, — Monroe, Nelleen, and Handle Westbrook. The
elder son chose as his wife Miss Hazel Wood.

Mrs. Jennie (Carr) Westbrook survives her honored
husband and still resides in Hearne, where she presides
most graciously as chatelaine of her beautiful home.
She is a woman of distinctive culture and literary talent
and is a most popular figure in the social circles of her
home community, as well as in the organization of the
Daughters of the Confederacy, in which she has been
president of T. N. Waul Chapter since its organization,
in 1903, besides which she is vice president of the
Texas State division of the same noble fraternal order.
Mrs. Westbrook is a daughter of Allen and Elizabeth
(Wooten) Carr, her father having been born in Greene
county. North Carolina, in January, 1S07, and having
removed soon after his marriage to Loundes now Clay
county, Mississippi, where he became a successful
planter. In 1858 Mr. Carr came with his family to
Texas, and he brought with him 100 slaves. He settled
near the old town of Washington, in Washington county,
and there he continued extensively engaged in agricul-
tural operations until just b.efore the outbreak of the
Civil war, when he sold all of his slaves with the excep-
tion of a few house servants. He died before the close
of the war and his remains were laid to rest on his old
homestead place, in Burleson county. His wife died in
Mississippi, in 1857. Concerning their children the fol-
lowing brief data are available. Robert, the eldest of

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the number, was in California at the inception of the
Civil war, but he forthwith returned to the East, after
the battle of Bull Eun. At St. Louis, Missouri, he gave
such strenuous statement of his loyalty to the South
that he was imprisoned by the Federal authorities.
After his release he raised a company in Arkansas, and
after a few months' service with this command he came
to Texas, where he became a member of the regiment
commanded by Colonel John S. Ford. With this regi-
ment he served until the close of the war. He passed
the closing years of his life at Hearne, Robertson
county, having previously lived for many years at
Bryan, Brazos county, where he was an influential citi-
zen and public official. He married Mary Fahrenholt
and is survived by two daughters. Martha Carr passed
her life in Mississippi, where she became the wife of
William McMillan, of Aberdeen. Elizabeth Carr be-
came the wife of Thomas Miller and died at Houston,
Texas. Titus Carr, who died at Bryan, this state, was
a soldier of the Second Texas Eegiment in the Civil
war. Mrs. Westbrook was the next in. order of birth.
Allen B. Carr likewise served as a member of the Second
Texas Eegiment in the war between the States, and was
orderly to Colonel William P. Eogers at Shiloh, at the
time of the historic capture of the Eobinett battery.
He became a prosperous agriculturist of Texas and
died at Bryan, Brazos county, where he had served
twenty-two years as city secretary. He left a number
of children. William Wooten Carr, who was for many
years in the mail service in Texas, married Miss Turner,
and died at Fort Worth, in 1885, leaving one son.

Fr.\nk L. Carroll. On Jiine 20, 1906, death removed
from the circle of his family, friends and associates in
Texas one of the most forceful figures that southwest-
ern lumbering and business enterprise had known dur-
ing the preceding forty years. In the development of
the great , lumber resources of the southwest the late
Frank L. Carroll was so conspicuous that his name be-
came synonymous with the lumber industry, and for
many years he was active head of some of the largest
lumber organizations. By reason of his success in busi-
ness he was in a position to exert a large influence in
public affairs and to contribute generously to the growth
and betterment of institutions and the state. The shrine
of his memory will always be at Baylor University, in
Waco, to which splendid college he was one of the most
liberal dnnnrs. Many tributes were paid to him at his
passiiiji, ImiI :isi(li' from the practical achievements of
his cariTi. thi' lust words were said when his was char-
aeterizeil :is ''a well rounded life," and when he was
proclaimed a ' ' Texas lumber man who tempered his
business life with Christian principles."

The ordinary facts of biography can be briefly stated.
Frank L. Carroll was born in Dallas county, Alabama,
May 25, 1831. He grew up there, was educated in the
common schools, had a wholesome training and the in-
fluences of a good home, and in 18-18, at the age of

nnd sisters and broth-
ears later Mr. Car-
father, Thomas A.
'arroll, and the firm

for five years did a

seventeen, moved with bii^ ]■

ers to Mansfield, Louisi^niii

roll formed a partncislii|i

Carroll, and his brother, -In-

buil.t a mill near Manstiel

large business as lumber manufacturers. Mr. Carroll

afterwards continued lumber milling at Natchitoches,


A loyal Southerner, when the war came on he entered
the Second I^ouisiana Cavalry and made a record as an
efficient and faithful soldier. Soon after the close of
the war he transferred his lumber interests to Texas.
In 1868, locating at Beaumont, which was then just
coming into prominence as a lumber manufacturing
center, he became associated with James M. Long, es-
tablishing the old Long shingle and sawmill. Subse-
quently Mr. Carroll engaged in business with Captain
W. A. Fletcher, and they erected a plant at Village

Mills, also in the Beaumont district. After conducting
operations together for some years. Captain Fletcher
organized the Texas Tram & Lumber Company, while
Mr. Carroll organized the Beaumont Lumber Company.
The Beaumont Lumber Company, which became one of
the largest constituent factors in the Kirby Lumber
Company in 1900, was a business organization that for
years represented the acme of Texas lumbering and was
the late Mr. Carroll's greatest achievement in that busi-
ness. After he had sold out to the Kirby Company in
1900, he joined with his son, George W. Carroll, and J.
jSf. Gilbert and established the Nona Mills Company,
Ltd., operating mills at Leesville, Louisiana, and with
the main office in Beaumont. Mr. Carroll was president
of that company and also president of the Nona Mills
Company of Texas, which had a mill at Odelia, Texas.
Mr. Carroll was also vice president of the Nash-Bobinsou
Lumber Company, had large interests in timber lands
and other lumber organizations, and was a director in
the Citizens National Bank of Waco.

The late Mr. Carroll had his residence in Waco from
1882 until his death. On December 22, 1853, in Louisi-
ana, Frank L. Carroll married Sarah J. Long. Besides
Mrs. Carroll he was survived by six children: George W.
Carroll, M. W. Carroll, W. M. Carroll, E. E. Carroll,
Mrs. J. Frank Keith, of Beaumont, and Mrs. Minnie
King, of Waco.

The philanthropies of the late Frank L. Carroll were
widespread, and the iuflnenco of his splendid life through
it's character and tlii"iiL:li its [iractical achievements
could not be estiiiKitcl m .my l.iief article. While the
help which he extendcil tn imlividuals has no record ex-
cept in the hearts of the recipients, his contributions
to Baylor University at Waco are well known, and he
was one of the most important factors in the upbuild-
ing and development of that institution of higher educa-
tion. For a number of years he served as treasurer of
the university, and one of his gifts provided one hundred
thousand dollars to be used in the erection of a memorial
hall. From the university circles and from many business
associates throughout the South came heartfelt tributes of
respect and admiration for the career and personality of
this great lumberman, and it would be difficult to quote in
sufficient measure to indicate the strength and symme-
try of his character. From a memorial address de-
livered by a member of the Baylor University faculty
a few sentences will be taken : "In this state, among
our own people, the people of the Baptist state con-
vention particularly, the name of F. L. Carroll is a
household word. You know him well, most of you — a
man of simple life and few words, qiiiet, unobtrusive,
modest, never ailvi-i t ismj; Innisclf as men are wont to,
no orator, never pd^mi; ;iv IchUt of the people, a cham-
pion of their viitm^ m .-iii iidvnoate of their cause —
never posing as iniytluiit;, imlci'd. claiming nothing,
boasting nothing, sini].ly living n liti>; a hard
worker, thrifty, with few wants; si,in<ji,ii- m the rank
and file of men, asking no qurirl.r :ii]il i;uiiig none;
with the love and the i.ursnlt of nghl, ami a prophet's
wrath against wroii-; his litr devoid alike to the outer

world, of tragic or t hnii; iiiri.lent; no learned titles

to his name, a plain ronmionor — what claim has he to
a day like this in the courts of the people, singled out
as one among ten, ay, ten times ten thousand? » • »
While his ample wealth would not classify him among
millionaires, and while his vocation and activities would
not enroll him among statesmen or generals or inventors,
or his learning among technical scholars, yet he has
well earned in its rarest sense that prefix 'great' in the
amplitude of his life, in those qualities that make mil-
lionaire and statesman and general inventor and scholar
both respectable and efficient, and add wealth and
worth and body and magnitude to fame — the qualities
of plain living and homely honesty and everyday re-
liableness. * » ♦

for us today and for all time to come



is bodied forth in the total veracity of his life and in
his wide and wise generosity. Honest, every inch of
him, never a tainted dollar touched his hands but was
sanctified anew; genuine to the core, sincere — I do not
use these words lightly — honest, sincere, no sham-man,
but God's modest, highborn gentleman. * * * With
such veracity and such honesty as clarify the fogs and
glooms of time, with the widest sanities of business and
religion and their unfailing practice he measured up to
the highest standards set for men, and we cannot else
but love him well and hold his memory; and, speaking
for the faculty, in this building which is a perpetual
memorial to his name, we honor him as a man, as a
Christian gentleman, as a neighbor, as a citizen, as a
benefactor, as a patron of learning, as an example and
an inspiration. We honor him for the total veracity of
his life, for this buUding whose grateful service shall fin
the future with its helpful memories; but a greater
building and a wider ministry than this he has left us,
the building, the ministry, and the memory of his noble

The career of the late Mr. Carroll was remarkable not
only in the brilliant success which he attained, but in the
fact that it was won not by speculation but by rare
business foresight and acumen, the ability to forecast the
value of projected enterprises. He never failed in any
of his business ventures, for the sufficient reason that,
guided by integrity of purpose, he never engaged in any
project that was not honorable and for which there was
not a legitimate demand. His business career was a
series of unbroken successes, because his judgment was
unerring, his energy unfailing and his will indomitable.

The four dominant principles of his life were said to
have been individuality, truth, honesty, will. But above
all he acquired the supreme attribute of character — the
vital force that underlies all worthy accomplishments,
that commands honor and affection, that is the basis of
all enduring greatness, that lives on when the earthly
tabernacle is dissolved. Men trusted the late Mr. F. L.
Carroll, believed in him, honored him. "It is necessary
that a man be true — not that he live. ' '

Frederick H. Kingsbukt. Frederick H. Kingsbury
has served eight years as assistant county attorney of
McLennan county, having given service under five suc-
cessive incumbents of the county office, his principal at
the present time being John McNamara. His oflSeial
duties keep him at AVaco, the county seat, and that
city has been his home since boyhood.

Mr. Kingsbury was born in Oxford, Granville county.
North Carolina,' on December 2, 1863, and is a son of
Russell H. and Elizabeth L. (Gilliam) Kingsbury. The
father, who was born in Clyde, New York, in 1813,
came to Texas in 1871, settling in Waco, and was en-
gaged in merchandising for a number of years until his
death in 1890. The mother was born in South Hampton
county, Virginia, in 18^6 and died in 1908. They were
the parents of nine children: Henry P., Williams G.,
Katherine S., Eussell H., Charles P., Percy C, Eliza-
beth L., Frederick H. and Bettie C. Kingsbury.

Frederick H. Kingsbury was educated in private
schools and in the W^co University, now Baylor Uni-
versity, up to the age of fourteen years. At that early
age he went on a ranch, spent eight years in that way,
and after his return to Waco read law with Judge L. C.

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