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Alexander. Admitted to the bar in 1886 when twenty-
three years of age, his success has been one of steady
and consistent growth from that time until the present.
His private practice is carried on in the state and Fed-
eral courts, and is along general lines, while he has
long served as asssistant • county attorney, the county
attorneys under whom he has acted having been succes-
sively T. A. Blair, J. W. Taylor, Pat M. Nefif, C. F.
Thomas and John McNamara. Mr. Kingsbury was for
Beven years a member of the Waco Life Guards and is

a member of the Young Mens' Business League of

On April 19 1899, Mr. Kingsbury married Miss Oc-
tavia H. Phillips, daughter of J. L. Phillips, a Baptist
minister of Waco. They have no children. Mr. Kings-
bury is a member of the Episcopal church and is a
Democrat in politics. He owns a nice residence in Waco,
and it is at home that he finds his principal recreation,
gardening being a favorite pastime with him and one
in which he is especially successful.

Miss Maid J. Allen. It would be impossible for the
biographer to write a better appreciation of the life and
services of Miss Maid J. Allen, of Georgetown, than
those which have appeared from time to time in the
leading newspapers and periodicals of Texas. One of
the most brilliant women of her day, her personality
has been impressed upon the people not alone in the
line of newspaper work, but in the various activities
of life which make for moral educational and religious
advancement. Editors and writers throughout the state
have been unanimous in their admiration of her genius
and achievements, and it may not, therefore, be inappro-
priate to quote from their various notices in placing a
review of her career before the public. A short pre-
liminary sketch, however, will cover several salient points
not mentioned elsewhere.

Miss Allen is a granddaughter of Elisha Allen who
was of a line of patriotic ancestors, a Texas pioneer,
one of the first settlers of Williamson county, and one
of the gallant band under Gen. Sam Houston, who on the
battlefield of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836, won for the
Republic of Texas her independence. His brothers, Peter
and Nathaniel Allen, were soldiers of the War of 1812
and his kinsmen rendered valiant service in the Con-
federate army during the Civil war. Miss Allen is a
daughter of George A. and Susan (Eoberson) Allen.
She was given excellent educational ad%'antages, and
began newspaper work in 1901, at Bartlett, Texas,
where she remained three years. At that time she took
up work with the Knights of Pythias, as referred to in
a subsequent article, and after continuing thus engaged
for a year went to Granger and established the Granger
News, of which she was editor and owner about two
years. At that time she purchased the Commerce Com-
mercial, at Commerce, Texas, which she edited for five
years, and since severing her connection therewith, in
June, 1913, has devoted herself principally to special
edition work, although her name is frequently found
over poetry, articles and stories appearing in the lead-
ing magazines and newspapers of the country. She is a
Daughter of the Texas Republic, a Daughter of the Con-
federacy, a member of the State Press Association and
the Pythian Sisters, a charter member of Granger Re-
bekah Lodge, and a member of various literary and
social clubs. She was a delegate to the National Edi-
torial Association, at Chicago, in 1912, and has served
as essayist of the Texas Press Association and been
honored" in every possible way by the Central Texas Press
Association, of which she was president for three years.
In 1907 the largest meeting of the association ever held
gathered at her home town of Granger. Miss Allen has
been a member of the State Historical Association since
1907. Her religious connection is with the Christian

The following letter, one of hundreds received by Miss
Allen in a like vein, came to her from Prof. J. C. Chilton,
of Hill's Business College, Waco: "On retiring from
the Bartlett News as editor-in-chief, please, as an old
subscriber, allow me to say that the Bartlett Neit's
under your management has been a welcome visitor to
me every week for the past three years, and that I have
always considered it one of the nicest, neatest cleanest
and newsiest little papers published in the great state
of Texas. You certainly have done a good part by
Bartlett. I know not what you may have in view for



the future but do know that you will make a success
of any line of work that you may take up. ' '

The following, from the Smi Antonio Express, voices
the opinion of Texas newspapers in general: "Miss
Allen is a fine example of the capable woman in busi-
ness. She runs a newspaper and runs it capitally, hav-
ing the full confidence of her fellow-citizens and her
fellow-craftsmen of the Central Texas Press Association,
of which she is president, and who have never failed
to honor her when opportunity offered. "

At the time of Miss Allen's removal to Granger, the
Belton News commented as foltows: "Miss M. J. Allen,
former editor of the Bartleti News, is now in Granger
making arrangements to put in a paper at that place.
Miss Allen is a successful newspaper woman and since
she sold the News has been connected with the Texas
Pythian BatMer-Knight , and the Texas Eailway and
Industrial Journal of Fort Worth, and if she handles
her Granger property as she did her Bartlett paper the
people of Granger may well congratulate themselves on
receiving such a wide-awake and energetic newspaper
woman." At the same time the Pythian Banner-Knight
said editorially: "The Banner-Knight can testify to
all the Neics says of Miss Allen. She does not know
the word 'Fail.' It is not in her vocabulary. Energy
and push with business qualities rarely found in her
sex will warrant us in saying in advance that the
Granger News will be a success." Further comment
was made by the Temple Tribune, as follows : "An item
of interest to the many friends of Miss Allen, who has
been traveling for the Banner-Knight is that she has
purchased the Granger Times and will conduct that
paper, changing its names to the News. Miss Allen
has worked out a problem without saying much about
it. She went into a newspaper office at Bartlett, 'stick-
ing type,' and finally acquired the property, greatly
improved it, and sold it out at a good figure. She now
takes hold of a fine paying business at Granger and it
is safe to say that she wiU improve it and will make
about as much money as the ordinary mercantile enter-
prise. With all these things accomplished, Miss Allen
has not grown old, nor has she lost her good looks nor
her womanly graces. Some wonien can do things. ' '

The Farm and Banch, of Dallas, Texas, in its issue
of April 2, 1904, speaks as follows : ' ' Miss Allen is a
successful newspaper woman, owning and editing and
publishing the Bartlett News. Poems and sketches
from her pen have appeared from time to time in the
Household. The News is one of the best papers of its
class in the state and enjoys the hearty support of
large portions of surrounding counties of Bell, William-
son and Milan. Miss AOen is a Texas product, her
grandfather, Elisha Allen, having settled in Bell county
many years prior to the Civil War. Early thrown upon
her own resources by the death of both parents through
her tact, energy and mental ability she has made herself
mistress of her chosen calling. Though timid and re-
tiring in her nature, she has won for herself many
friends, and a host of patrons, as is ])roven by the
number of pleased subscribers of the News. ' '

The following extract is taken from the McGregor
Mirror: "Miss Allen is a bright, talented lady, one
whom it is an honor to know. She is capable in busi-
ness and versatile with the pen. For the past year she
has been president of the Central Texas Press Associa-
tion, a position she fills with credit to the organization."
In commenting on the foregoing, the Temple Mirror
said: "To all of which, the Mirror can say 'amen.'
Miss Allen is one of the two lady publishers who are
members of the T. P. A. She is president of the C. T.
P. A. embracing some twelve counties, has been presi-
dent of the Bell County Press Association, where she
learned the art of the preservation of all arts, and since
the death of her parents many years ago has been the
means of the only support of a large family of brothers
and sisters left to her care to educate and clothe. She

was for several months the traveling representative for
the Gresham Printing Company, publishers of the Texas
Pythian Banner-Knight; it was here that her true
worth was discovered as a gracious lady, a painstaking

rhich time, four

years ago,

•y Grand Lodge convention for
that paper. She numbers her friends by the thousands,
both in and out of the order of the Knights of Pythias.
Such a lady deserves the best the world can give. ' '

The appreciation that follows appeared in the Fort
Worth Becord: "Miss Maid J. Allen is one of the
young women of Texas who has made a notable success
in life by reason of her lovable traits of character, her
devotion to her duty and her firmness of resolve when
she determined to accomplish a given object. And, above
all, she has retained her delightfully feminine demeanor,
demonstrating that any woman can be of great im-
portance in this world and do a noble work for the
public without losing her feminine charm. Miss Allen
has the love and esteem of every member of the profes-
sion in Texas. She has made a notable success of the
Granger News, all of which she rightly deserves, and
nowhere are she and her efforts honored more than in
the town in which her lot has been cast."

In closing this all too brief and woefully inadequate
review of one of the foremost women of Texas, a few
excerpts will be taken from a number of press notices
which appeared at the time of her connection with the
Commerce Commercial.

"Miss Maid J. Allen, one of the madame editors of
the Texas Press Association, and an experienced news-
paper woman has purchased the Commerce Commercial
and will henceforth pilot that sheet over the journalistic
sea. We welcome Miss Allen to this section of the
Lord 's vineyard and wish her success. ' ' — Ladonia News.
"Miss Maid J. Allen one of the popular and successful
Madam editors of the state, has assumed charge of the
Commerce Commercial and will be its editor and pub-
lisher. Miss Allen is a charming editor and successful
publisher, and we are indeed glad to see her return to
the fold of newspaperdom. " — Mineola Monitor. "Miss
Maid J. Allen has, we understand, purchased the Com-
merce Commercial and will have charge of that paper
in the future. Miss Maid is one of the best newspaper
women in the whole state, and is extended a hearty
welcome to the press of North Texas. She is a mem-
ber of the State Press Association, and is well known
to the press gang as a most excellent young lady. ' ' — •
Honey Grove Citizen. "The Tribune is gratified to
learn that Miss Maid J. Allen, erstwhile of the Granger
News and for a year president of the Central Texas
Press Association, will again be a 'newspaper woman'
— and that she is in the best sense of the term. She
has purchased an interest in and will be editor of the
Commercial at Commerce, Hunt county. Miss AUeu
has a host of friends, true friends, among the news-
paper folk of this state. She has been creditably suc-
cessful as an editor and published and her personality
is engaging and interesting. A brave, capable woman
is Miss Allen, and in our opinion the community that
commands her presence and influence as the head" of its
newspaper is to be congratulated. Success to you. Miss
Allen." — Waco Tribune.

John A. Cooper. In 1910 the electorate of Titus
county chose for the office of sheriff one of the citizens
of the county who had spent all his life here and who
had long been known as a successful young farmer and
a public spirited and progressive citizen. Mr. Cooper
brought to the discharge of his duties in the important
office of sheriff a degree of efficiency and fidelity such
as had made his conduct of the affairs a standard which
his successors may well strive to attain.

John A. Cooper was born near Argo, in the northeast
part of Titus county, Texas, August 19, 1870. His
parents were William and Beatrice K. (Flippin) Cooper.



The father, who was a native of
Titus county, Texas, the same year this county was
organized, in 1846, and became a pioneer settler in the
wilderness region which then comprised most of north-
eastern Texas. As a farmer he spent the remainder of
his life in the county, and was a citizen whose integrity
and character were ne%er questioned, and who always
enjoyed to the fullest the esteem of his neighbors.

The present sheriff of Titus county was born and
reared on a farm and with a fair education obtained in
the public schools at an early age applied himself with
characteristic industry to the business of farming, fol-
lowing the industry actively until he was thirty years
of age. His public career began as constable, a posi-
tion which he held for four years. In 1910 occurred
his first election to the office of sheriff, and in 1912 he
was re-elected. Mr. Cooper is one of the most popular
citizens of the county, and his record has been very
gratifying to his numerous friends. Since taking the
office of sheriff his home has been at the county seat.
Mount Pleasant. He owns a good farm in the county,
and is a substantial man of affairs as well as promi-
nent in political life.

Mr. Cooper has been three times married. His pres-
ent wife, whose maiden name was Miss Minnie Gray, a
daughter of E. J. Gray, county commissioner of the
fourth precinct of Titus county for a number of years,
was born in this county. The six children comprising
the family of Mr. and Mrs. Cooper are named as fol-
lows: Mrs. Kinnie Luke; Jessie, who on the 9th of
February, 1914, married Sam Wilson a son of W. F.
Wilson, a merchant of Mount Pleasant and also one of
the wealthiest farmers in this section of the state; and
Lorine, Annie, John Edward and Lester Lee.

J. Amos Fleming, president of the Citizens Guaranty
State Bank of Lindale, has for many years been actively
identified with the sawmilling interests of East Texas.

Mr. Fleming was born in Smith county, Texas, July
15, 1870, and his education, — except that which he ob-
tained at coimtry school during the winter months —
has been received through the channels of business.
He remained on the farm until he had passed his
majority, when he turned his attention to sawmilling,
at first on a small scale in Smith county. Afterward
he moved into Wood county, where he laid the founda-
tion for his subsequent business success. To detail the
movements by which the smile of Fortune was attracted
to him would add little more than personal or family
interest to the narrative, so we forbear and give only
the salient facts of Mr. Fleming's rather brief career.

Mr. Fleming engaged in the banking business in Lin-
dale as the successor of W. E. Stewart in the First
National Bank, which institution was liquidated and
revived with a new name, The Citizens Guaranty State
Bank, with a capital of $20,000. This reorganization was
effected in February, 1912, and Mr. Fleming was made
president; T. J. Morris vice president; W. R. Ward,
cashier. Other enterprises with which Mr. Fleming is
connected are the Lindale Canning Company and the
Farmers Canning Company, in both of which he is a
stockholder; and he has large fruit-growing and stock
interests. Also he is largely interested in cotton grow-
ing, and is a stockholder in the Lindale General Com-

Of Mr. Fleming 's parentage, we record that the late
Amos M. Fleming, who died near Lindale in 1892, was
his father. Amos M. Fleming was born at Milton,
Flordia, in 1826. At the age of twenty years he came
to Texas, and in Smith county this State he passed the
rest of his life as a farmer. In the war between the
States he served as a Confederate soldier. He married
in Smith county Miss Aran Chambers, who survived him
a number of years. She died in February, 1912. Their
children are: J. Amos, the subject of this sketch; Jesse
L., of Lindale, Texas; Julia, wife of James Thedford,

of Palestine Texas and Ida who died unmarried. Amos
M. Fleming had been previously married to Nancy Cham-
bless and the children of his first wife are Maude, wife
of Caleb Simmons, of Texas; "Sis," widow of William
Heghey, of Smith county, Texas; Columbus and Sula,
of the same county, the latter being the wife of John
Bowman; Aden, deceased; Milton of Smith county; Gus,
of Kusk county; and Mattie, wife of Lon Pranks, of

In February, 1891, J. Amos Fleming married Miss
Dora Ferryman, daughter of James Ferryman, a
prominent citizen and faftner of Lindale. Seven chil-
dren have been given to them, namely: Elmer, Esther,
Amos, Eva, Ora, Pauline and J. W. all of whom are
living except Eva, who died in childhood.

Mr. Fleming's fraternal relations are confined to a
membership in the Woodmen of the World; politically,
he is a Democrat, and his religious faith is that set out
in the creed of the Baptist church, of which he is a
member. His identity with Lindale has been marked
with many activities, all of which have contributed to
the material growth and welfare of the town. He has
erected four of its several blocks of new brick business
houses, and his support is always given to any move-
ment tending toward betterment. While his own ad-
vantages for schooling were limited, he is a progressive
on school matters and is a member of the school manage-
ment of the town.

Augustine Haidusek, a native of Moravia, was a
member of the first colony «f that nationality to settle
in Texas west of the Colorado river. It is a distinction
generally accorded to Augustine Haidusek that he is the
most prominent Bohemian in the state of Texas. Early
in his career a Confederate soldier, a member of the
Texas liar hvit forty years, now president of the First
Natiniial r.,iiik of La Grange, and editor and proprietor
of Tin Siu},(„I,i. the most influential journal published
in that lanmiai;.' in Texas. Mr. Haidusek 's attainments
and services in behalf of his people and his thorough
American spirit are scarcely to be appreciated from the
following brief recital of his career.

Augustine Haidusek was born in September, 1846, at
Missi, a village in the northeastern part of Moravia.
His parents were Valentine and Veronika (Kladiva)
Haidusek, and the mother died in 1847, leaving three
children : Theresa, who married Joseph Lebeda ; John,
who died at Brownsville, Texas, February 14, 1863, while
serving as a member of Captain Alexander 's company of
Texas troops during the war; and Augustine, the
youngest. In 1848 the father married Mary Broz, and
in September, 18.56, when Augustine was just ten years
of age, all the family left the old country for Texas,
arriving at Houston in November of that year, and from
that city they trav.l..,! west by ox wagon to La Grange.
Two weeks lain tlicx- s.'ttled at East Navidad (now
Dubina. Fayi.-tir n.iiiiiN -. with six other Bohemian fam-
ilies. These were thc'lirst Bohemians that settled west
of the Colorado river. Incidentally it may be noted
that Fayette county is one of the chief centers of Bohe-
mian population in Texas. According to the last census,
of a total population of about thirty thousand, the
county had about twenty-five hundred inhabitants born
in Austria, and nearly four thousand native Americans
of Austrian parentage on both sides. Subsequently the
father moved on a farm four miles west of Scliulen-
berg, where he died December 23, 1867.

Augustine Haidusek had but little schooling as a boy,
and his knowledge of the English language was very
meagre until the beginning of the Civil war. About that
time he attended a school taught by a man named Black.
In 1863, at the age of seventeen, he went with a drove
of beeves to Louisiana, swam the cattle across the Mis-
sissippi river at Port Hudson and they were sold to the
Confederate Government. On his return home he enlisted
in Company F of the Bates Regiment, was stationed at




Velasco on the Gulf coast and continued in service until
June 13, 1SG5, when he returned home and helped his
father jrat in a crop.

The year 1866 was spent in farming and in attending
a school taught by old man Mays below Weimar. During
1867 he clerked for G. W. White in La Grange several
mouths, then returned home and spent the fall in cutting
and splittiiiL: four thousand post-oak rails for George
Jlciivs;ik, iiii.l put the evenings to good advantage by
studyiug the English language by the light of the fire.
The year 1S6S was a continuation of his farming experi-
ence, though he also taught a term of school in the
summer. Difficulties and disadvantageous circumstances
seem to act only as a spur to the efforts of some men,
and while he undoubtedly has possessed exceptional
native endowments of intellect and character, Mr. Haid-
usek during his early career overcame obstacles which
would have disheartened a man of ordinary determination.
In 1869 he settled at LaGrange, read law in the office
of Jarmon & Cross, and was admitted to the bar on
December 22, 1870. He claims distinction to have been
the first Bohemian to practice law in the United States.

During the following Congressional campaign between
John Hancock of Austin and Degner of San Antonio and
between Giddings of Brenham and Clark of Galveston,
he took an active part supporting the Democratic can-
didates who were elected. During 1872 Mr. Haidusek
taught school at Boss Prairie, near Fayetteville. He was
elected chairman of the Fayette County Democratic Ex-
ecutive Committee in 1874, and in the following year
was elected mayor of La Grange, defeating A. H.
Brandt, and was re-elected in 1877, defeating P. Y.
McAshan. His election to this office gave him another
premier distinction, since he was the first Bohemian
mayor elected in the United States. In 1878 the Hon.
J. C. Stiehl defeated him in his race for the office of
county .judge.

In 1S80 Mr. Haidusek was elected representative to
the Texas state legislature from the counties of Fayette
and Lee, defeating John L. Smith by over two thousand
majority. His work was notable in the legislature. It
included the introduction of two amendments for the
state constitution. One was to amend the immigration
clause so as to authorize the dissemination in foreign
countries of facts as to the revenues, resources and bene-
fits of Texas; the other was to authorize the investment
of the permanent school fund in county bonds and sim-
ilar securities. Both propositions were defeated. He
opposed the amendment to the constitution, proposing
that voters should be required to pay their poll tax
before being permitted to vote. This amendment was
introduced by C. L. Wurzbach of San Antonio. Mr.
Haidusek secured the amendment of the law compelling
county convicts to work public roads.

When, in 1882, Mr. Haidusek was urged by some of
his friends to make the race as an independent candidate
for the office of Congressman, he replied in an open
letter that he was a Democrat for principles and not for
office — that he proposed to stand by the Democracy be-
cause that party in 1856, when know-nothingism was
rampant, had stood by the foreigners.

Fayette county has among many other things reason
to be grateful to Mr. Haidusek for his work thirty years
ago as county judge. He was elected to that office in
1884, defeating the Hon. J. C. Stiehl, and continued to
administer the fiscal affairs of the county for six years.
His administration was notable for his work in improv-
ing the public schools, and especially in raising the
standards of the local teachers. As Fayette county was
chiefly populated by Germans and Bohemians, he "found
that the local schools employed either the Bohemian or
German language exclusively and neglected English
books and the English language altogether. As county
judge he required the school trustees to employ teachers
qualified to teach the English language and urged all
the teachers to make English the language of the school
room. At the time this was a daring" step, and for it he
was pronounced a renegade by nearly all the Bohemian

papers of the United States, particularly by the Slovan,
a Bohemian weekly published and edited by Joseph

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