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of Vernon and vicinity are unsurpassed in any other
locality of Texas. Mr. Sewell is fond of all outdoor
life, is an ardent fisherman, and takes his recreation
easily in that form of sport.



George L. Haidusek. Among the young men of prom-
ise in Seymour, Texas, George L. Haidusek is regarded
by his elders as one of the coming men. He is a bril-
liant young lawyer, the son of a father of unusual intel-
lectual attainments, and in addition to his natural gifts
he has had the advantage of a fine legal training. Al-
though he has been engaged in practice in Seymour only
four years, yet he has built up a good practice with the
prospects of increasing his clientele in the future. He
is of that type of young man of today, upon whom the
thinking men of the country are depending to drag the
nation from the mire of political intrigue and degraded
social conditions, for they have the knowledge that
combats ignorance, and the high ideals which will cause
them to use their knowledge rightly.

George L. Haidusek was born in La Grange, Fayette,
county, Texas, on the 6th of September, 1877. He is
a son of August Haidusek, who was born in Moravia,
Austria, but came as a boy to the United States and
located in Texas. August Haidusek is also a lawyer, but
it is as an editor that he is most widely known. He now
publishes a newspaper in LaGrange, which has a large
circulation. Mr. Haidusek has been very active politi-
cally, having been city mayor of La Grange at one
time and also county judge of Fayette county, for a
period of eight years. He was also a member of the
legislature at one time and in addition to his political
record he has a fine record for military service, having
served in the Confederate army during the Civil war.
Mr. Haidusek was married after he came to Texas to
Miss Annie Becka, who was born in the state. Five
children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Haidusek, of whom
George L. Haidusek is the third.

George L. Haidusek was sent to school as soon as he
was old enough, for his father was ambitious to give
his children a good education. After completing the
work of the public schools of La Grange, including the
high school course, Mr. Haidusek took a course at Add-
Ran College at Waco, Texas. After this he went abroad
and spent a year in Bohemia, studying the language.
After a short stay in La Grange on his return from
the Old World, Mr. Haidusek matriculated at the state
university where he took a special course in the literary
department. After two years in this department he
entered the law department of the same institution and
took the three-year course, from which he was grad-
uated with the class of 1906. Not considering his prep-
aration as yet complete, he then went to Harvard Uni-
versity where he did a year's work. He then returned
to La" Grange, opened an office and began the practice
of his profession, remaining in his home city until 1909.
In January of that year he came to Seymour and has
here been engaged in practice ever since.

In religious matters Mr. Haidusek is a communicant
of the Eoman Catholic church. He is a member of the
Knights of Columbus and of the S. P. J. S. T., a Bo-
hemian fraternal order. In politics Mr. Haidusek has
always taken an active part, being a member of the
Democratic party, and one of the presidential electors
in the campaign of 1908.

Howard J. Keger, M. D. A physician and surgeon
with a broad and ample experience in his profession,
Dr. Howard J. Beger since March 1911, has been prac-
ticing at Vernon, and is one of the leaders in his pro-
fession in northwest Texas. He is a grandson, through
his mother, of Dr. HUlary Eyan, who was distinguished
as one of the pioneer physicians and surgeons of this

Dr. Howard J. Eeger was born in Burleson county,
Texas, April 11, 1870, a son of Granville Jarvis and
Xanthia Zenobia (Eyan) Eeger. His father, a native
of West Virginia, came to Texas in an early date, after
the Civil war, located in Burleson county, where he
lived until his death in 1875. During the Civil war he
had served as lieutenant of Cavalry in a West Virginia

regiment, going through from the first year until the
close of hostilities, and was in the command of Col.
Cochran. He was weU known as a merchant, and was
also a musician of considerable ability. The doctor's
mother was born in Texas, was reared, educated and
married in this state, and is now living at Fort Worth
at the age of sixty-three. She is now the wife of T. H.
McMahan, of that city. Of the three children in the
Eeger family the doctor was the first.

He grew up in Burleson and Mitchell counties, at-
tended the public schools at Caldwell, in the former
county, and at Colorado City in the latter, and while
still a boy took up the responsibilities of life and by
his own labors found his way eventually into a pro-
fessional career. He entered Centenary College at
Lampasas, but left before graduation. Later he be-
came a student in the Texas Christian University, now
located at Fort Worth, and graduated in 1902. In
October, 1903, he became an interne and house surgeon
of St. Joseph 's infirmary at Fort Worth, remaining with
that institution until November 1904. At Fort Worth
he was engaged in general practice until 1906, in which
year he moved to Dalhart, but after a short time re-
turned to the former city and became an assistant in
jjractiee to Dr. Saunders, the eminent surgeon of that
city. In March 1911, Dr. Eeger moved to Vernon, and
since that time has built up an excellent local practice.
He has membership in the Wilbarger county Jledical

Dr. Eeger is prominent in Masonic circles, having
taken his Blue Lodge and Eoyal Arch degrees at Fort
Worth, Texas, and also the orders of Knights Templar
there. He is -., past hiyh priest of the Fort Worth
Chapter, and past rcnnnander of Worth Command-
ery, No. 19. lie il.'iiiitted and is now commander
of" Vernon Cunimanaciy Xo. 33, K. T. He is also a
member of the Dallas Consistory of Scottish Eite
Masonry, No. 2, and a Thirty-second degree Mason,
and also a Shriner in the Hella Temple of Dallas. In
politics the Doctor is a Democrat, and he worships in
the Presbyterian faith.

At Fort Worth on October 23, 1906, Dr. Eeger mar-
ried Miss Lena May Smythey, a daughter of James
and Ellen Smythey, both of whom are deceased. Dr.
Eeger is fond of outdoor life, and is a broad minded
young physician, whose successful accomplishments
presage a large field of useful service for the future.

Karl G. McDonald. One of the younger busiuess
men of Vernon, already successfully established in an
enterprise of his own, Karl G. McDonald has made his
success by following out one line of business, having
started in before he had reached his majority, and being
now proprietor of the Empire Laundry at Vernon. He
owns the business, also a good home in Vernon, and by
first-class service has made his laundry an institution in
the city and over a large surrounding territory.

Karl G. McDonald was born at Somerville, Texas,
October 4, 1884, the youngest of three children born to
David C. and Elizabeth A. (Pearsons) McDonald. His
father, who was one of the early settlers at Cleburne,
Texas, is still living there a successful farmer and
stock raiser, being now sixty years of age. The mother
was born in Texas, where she was educated and mar-
ried, and her death occurred in New Mexico m July,
1905, at the age of forty-six.

During his boyhood Karl G. McDonald attended
school in western Texas, and finished a business course
at Fort Worth in 1903. As soon as he was through
school he found employment with a laundry company
in New Mexico, and the four years that he spent there
gave him a solid foundation for his business career.
After working at different places he came to Vernon in
1909 and established the Empire Laundry. He has
developed this to an important concern, which employs
eight or ten hands, has a thorough equipment of up-to-





date macliinerT, aud a fine building, in which he L-on-
ducts the business.

In politics Mr. McDonald is independent. At Vernon
on March 25, 1910, he married Miss Lucy Belle
Fletcher, a daughter of F. C. and May Fletcher, a well
known family. Her mother is still living at Vernon.
The one child born to Mr. and Mrs. McDonald is Nora
McDonald, born at Vernon in 1911.

Frank P. McGhee. More than thirty years of con-
tinuous practice in the law at Vernon have constituted
Mr. McGhee one of the oldest attorneys in northwest
Texas, and his length of practice has been accompanied
by a corresponding degree of success and prominence
as a lawyer and man of affairs. All his success has
been due to his own efforts, and he practically educated
himself for the law, since he taught school in order to
get the money to pay for his courses through the Uni-
versity of Missouri.

Frank P. McGhee was born in "Walker county,
Georgia, January 30, 1853, and was the third of nine
children, five daughters and four sons, born to John
Forrest and Nancy Elizabeth (Harris) McGhee. Both
the parents were Teunesseeans by birth, the father born
near Knoxville. A farmer by occupatiun, he .spent some
years in Georgia, and in 1856 moved td \V:iyne county,
Missouri, where he spent many years iu the quiet and
substantial occupation of farming. His death occurred
in that state in October 1881, at the age of lifty-seven.
He went out to Missouri to serve in the Confederate
army, became second lieutenant, and was in command
of his company at his surrender on June 5, 1865. The
mother received her education and was married in
Georgia, and died in 1883 in Missouri at the age of

Frank P. McGhee grew up in Missouri, where he lived
from the age of three years, attended the local schools,
later took a course in the State Normal, and after sev-
eral intervals of teaching and farm work finally com-
pleted his education in the law at the University of
Missouri in 1881. His first practice was done m Mis-
souri, where he remained until 1882, and in March 1882
arrived at Vernon. Vernon at that time was still on
the frontier. The Fort Worth and Denver City Eail-
way had hardly been completed to that point, .'lud he
was well established in the confidence of local people
before Vernon began to improve and grow to an im-
portant business and commercial center.

Mr. McGhee has performed much useful public serv-
ice. In 1884-86 he was county attorney of Wilbarger
county, and was again elected to that office for 1904-
06, and in 1910-12. His influence and activities have
been helpful factors in Democratic success in this sec-
tion of the state. His church is the Baptist. In Wil-
barger county, in January 5, 1888, Mr. McGhee mar-
ried Miss Junia Miller, a daughter of John and Saman-
tha (Switzer) Miller. Her mother was a native of
Virginia, and her father of Pennsylvania, and both are
still living being substantial farmer people of Wil-
barger county. Six children have been bo.rn to Mr.
and Mrs. McGhee as follows: James B., born at
Vernon in October, 1888, is married and lives at Eos-
well, New Mexico, where he is serving as court reporter;
Mrs. Lelia, born at Vernon in February 1892, is a
graduate of the Vernon high schools; Frances and
Alpha are twins, born at Vernon in December 1895, and
Frances is a graduate of the high school ; George Lee
was born at Vernon in August, 1898, and is a school
boy; Nanie McGhee, also in school, was born at Vernon
in October, 1901.

Ex. Eev. Joseph Blum. Where eminent abilities and
unblemished integrity, combined with unimpeachable
virtue, derivable from the daily practice of religion and
piety, contribute to adorn the character of an individ-
ual, then it is most proper to be prominently set forth

as an example to those who would make themselves use-
tul to the rest of mankind. And the writer cherishes
the belief that he will perform this acceptable service
in giving a brief sketch of the reverend gentleman
whose name here appears. Et. Eev. Joseph Blum was
l)orn at Breyell, in the Rhineish Province of Prussia,
November 17, 1847, and is a son of Peter Joseph and
Anna Mary (Born) Blum, natives of that country.

Father Blum was educated by private tutors at Co-
blentz, in France, and in the government schools of
Prussia, proving himself an apt and diligent student,
studious and reflective. Coming to the United States
in 1866, he located at Galveston, Texas, in October of
that year, and there completed his studies for the church
at St. Mary's Seminary, remaining there one year and
being ordained at the age of twenty-two years, March
25, 1871, in the Cathedral at Galveston, by Bishop Du-
buis. At that time he was made assistant at Houston,
of St. Vincent 's Parish, and one year later, when the
new church was finished, took over the old St. Vincent's,
which was converted into a German church, and of this
he had charge for six years. He next went to Galveston
and assumed charge of St. Mary's Cathedral, but after
eight months came to Sherman, Texas, and was appointed
to take charge of St. Mary's here, continuing for seven
years. At that time Bishop Gallagher appointed him to
take charge of St. Mary's Cathedral at Galveston again,
but six years later resigned and went to Deuison, Texas,
remaining three months in charge of St. Patrick's
Church, and then being called by Bishop Gallagher to
take charge of the Sacred Heart Cathedral at Dallas,
where he continued for four years. On resigning that
charge, he took up his work at Munster, being the first
priest ever in that section, where he remained for four-
teen months. Again being called to Sacred Heart Ca-
thedral, at Dallas, he remained eight years, and then
resigned and again came to Sherman, where he intends
to remain, feeling that the needs of this parish should
receive his labors during the rest of his life. He has
built a magnificent church, school and an infirmary, and
has labored indefatigably in behalf of his congregation.
Father Blum has endeared himself to all classes, regard-
less of creed or nationality. His philanthropic work
alone would tax the strength and endurance of most
men, and all of his charities are carried on in such a
quiet, unostentatious manner that the extent of his
benevolences will probably never be known. The biog-
rapher approached a little urchin on the street and asked
him if he knew Father Blum. " Do 1 know himf"
asked the youngster, scornfully. ' ' Why, of course I
know him. Say, do you know the best man in the
world? Yes, and I love him, too. He knows all of us
fellows every time. " It is said that from the lips of
a child comes truth. At any rate it seems that this is
the general opinion where Father Blum is concerned.
That because he knows the people and understands them,
he is held in heartfelt afliection.

Cecil Storey. A young attorney who is rapidly
making a name for himself in northwest Texas, Cecil
Storey has been in practice at Vernon since 1909, and
besides his important relations with his profession in
that section, he is also prominent in politics. He be-
longs to one of the old Texas families, and has worthily
lived up to the traditions and standards of both the
old and the new generations of Texans.

Cecil Storey was born in Freestone county, Texas,
December 21, 1884. His parents are William F. and
Arabella Josephine (Johnson) Storey. The paternal
•;r;niii|.:iii'iits were Captain J. W. and Anginetta
( Will- I Slurry. Captain Storey made a record during
til' I !\il will lis a Confederate oiBcer, and was one of
til,' pidiHTis (if Freestone county. He died in 1900 at
the age of seventy-four. His wife was brought to
Texas as a child, and her family, the Wills, were
among the first to make homes in the wilderness of



Preestone county. Dr. J. E. and Amarilla Johnson,
the maternal grandparents, were likewise among the
older settlers. Dr. Johnson practiced medicine in this
state for fifty years, and died in 1897 at the age of
seventy-seven. His wife is still living, making her
home with her daughter in Freestone county. William
F. Storey, the father of Cecil, was born in Texas in
Freestone county, graduated from the Agricultural and
Mechanical College, and became an important factor in
the political life of Freestone county. He served as
county clerk for a number of years, and afterwards
engaged in banking at Fairfield. He is still a well
known banker in that part of the state and is now
fifty-two years of age. The mother who was born in
South Carolina, came to Texas as a child of eight ■
years, and was educated and married in Limestone
county. She is now fifty years of age. There were
six sons and two daughters in the family, of whom
Cecil was the third.

As a boy he attended public school in Freestone
county until the fall of 1905. For two terms he was a
student of shorthand and commercial arts in the
Metropolitan Business College at Dallas, and stood at
the head of his class in that work. In 1906 he en-
tered the University of Texas, and was graduated in
the law department in June 1909. In the July fol-
lowing he established his office at Vernon, and has
since been in active practice in that city. On locating
at Vernon be became associated w-ith Hon. E. W. Hall.
When Mr. Hall was appointed, on the Court of Appeals,
at AmariUo, Texas, Mr. Storey succeeded to a large
part of his practice, and now conducts a general and
large corporation business, representing locally two
railroads. In politics he is serving his second term as
chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee of
Wilbarger county, is also on his second term as chair-
man of the Thirteenth Congressional District Com-
mittee, and is chairman of the Seventh Supreme Jud-
icial District Committee. As to his political atfiliation
it is needless to say that he is a Democrat. Fraternally
Mr. Storey's associations are with the Knights of
Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America, and the
Masonic Order.

In Fort Worth, TExas, May 9, 1912, occurred the
marriage of Mr. Storey to Miss Fannie T. Boger, a
daughter of A. T. and Mattie (Fly) Boger. Her par-
ents were both born in Georgia, and her mother taught
the first school in' Vernon. Mr. Storey, though he
started out as a boy on his efforts has succeeded in
establishing himself firmly in professional and civic
affairs, and is regarded as one of the coming leaders
of the bar in Northwest Texas. He is fond of outdoor
life and during his college career and since has taken
much interest in athletic sports.

Henry L. Coleman. County surveyor of Wilbarger
county since 1908, Henry L. Coleman is a native Texan,
represents the sterling qualities of the Texan and west-
erner, and both in business and in his profession' has
made a 'success. Henry L. Coleman was born in Harri-
son county, Texas, May 27, 1872. He was the oldest
in a familv of eight children, born to William H. and
Ellen (Thiailkill) Coleman. The father was a native
of Alabama, and the mother of Mississippi, both com-
ing to Texas when young, and settling in Harrison
county, where they were married. The father, a farmer
and stockman, lived in Harrison county from 1853 to
1875. He then located in Coryell county, and now
lives at Wellington, at the age of eighty-two years.
Early in life he took part in the Civil war with a
Texas regiment, and belonged to Longstreet's corps and
Hood's Brigade. He was never wounded, although he
served from beginning to end of the war. The mother
is still living, and is sixty-one years of age.

Henry L. Coleman made his start in life a compara-
tively poor boy, and to his own efforts must be ascribed

his rise in his profession, and in business. As a boy
he attended school in Bell county, and then for several
years was engaged in farming in this vicinity. By
private study he perfected himself in civil engineering,
and became well qualified for all the work of that pro-
fessional art. In 1901 he moved to Wilbarger county,
and for five years was engaged in contracting and
building. In 1908 came his first election to the office
of county surveyor, and by reelection he holds the office
to the present "time.

Mr. Coleman has done work as surveyor in aU parts
of Wilbarger county, and there is probably no man
better informed as to the resources of this county. It
is his opinion that the farmers cannot do better than
to engage in mixed farming, combining the raising of
grain and forage crops with stock, and with the build-
ing of silos and proper management this will eventually
become one of the best agricultural regions in north-
west Texas.

In politics Mr. Coleman is a Democrat, and frater-
ally is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, the Woodmen of the World, and the Modern
Woodmen of America. He and his family worship in
the Baptist church. At Moody, Texas, October 14,

1896, occurred his marriage to Miss Ara B. Clarkson,
a daughter of James and Eachel Clarkson. Her par-
ents, who are farmers, now live at Blair, Oklahoma.
Mr. and Mrs. Coleman have been blessed with a fine
family of children, whose names are as follows: Ona
Coleman, born in Johnson county, Texas, August 22,

1897, and now an assistant in her father's office; Lee,
born in Johnson county in 1899; Erma, born in John-
son county in 1901 ; Floyd Coleman, born in Wilbarger
county in 1903 ; Allen Coleman, born in Wilbarger
county in 1905; Erwin Coleman, born in Wilbarger
county, in 1907; and triplets T. Marvin, Eoselyn, and
one that died unnamed.

Dr. Charles P. Brokaw. When Dr. Charles P.
Brokaw was graduated from the University of Ken-
tucky at Louisville in 1904, he established himself in
practice in Dalhart, Texas, where he continued from
the first of January, 1905, until June 1, 1911. On the
latter day he came to Eleetra, since which time he has
been successfuly engaged in the general practice of
medicine and surgery, and his advancement in his pro-
fession here, as well as in his former location, has been
noticeably good, each season gaining something to him
in popularity and prominence and the confidence of the
people. He has specialized somewhat in surgery, but
as has been stated, his practice is general rather than
otherwise, and he has made a creditable name for him-
self in professional circles since he began his life work.

Born in Pottawattomie county, Iowa, on April 9,
1880, Dr. Brokaw is the son of Isaac J. and Lucy
(Mann) Brbkaw, both natives of the state of Ohio.
They were married in that state and made their way
to Iowa in 1870, where they remained until 1882 and
then moved to Florida, where the father became a
prominent nurseyman. In 1899 he came to Texas, lo-
cating in the eastern part, and he died in Dallam
county in 1908, at the age of sixty-two years. The
mother is a woman of considerable education, and had
been a school teacher in Ohio prior to her marriage.
She is now living with her son at Eleetra, Texas, at
the age of sixty-six years.

Of the five sons born to these parents, the sub.iect
of this brief review is the fourth born. He received
fairly good educational advantages as a boy at home,
and when he attended John B. Stetson University in
Florida, he was graduated with the degree of A. B.,
receiving as well a scholarship from Stetson University
to the University of Kentucky, at Louisville. He at-
tended the latter institution in prosecution of his med-
ical studies and in 1904 was duly graduated, soon after
which he began his practice at Dalhart, as has already



been mentioned. His success there as well as in Electra
has been of a high order, and he takes his proper place
among the best known medical men of the county, re-
puted among his confreres to be one of the most suc-
cessful surgeons in this section of the state.

Dr. Brokaw is a member of the Wichita County
Medical Society, as well as the district and state
societies. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity,
and is a member of Dalhart Lodge No. 255, Eoyal
Arch Masons. He is a Democrat, politically speaking,
and is a member of the Methodist church.

On May 10, 1906, Dr. Brokaw was married to Miss
Mattie Wiggins, of Dalhart, Texas, a daughter of
Benjamin F. and Eola (Martin) Wiggins, of Clay
county, where the father is living, but the mother is
dead. The wife of Dr. Brokaw has also passed away,
dying on the 25th of August, 1913. One child has been
born to them, Charles Austin, born on May 23, 1909, in
Dalhart, Texas.

Ernest S. Flippo. In the list of commercial edu-
cators in Texas there is none with a better record and
better accomplishments to his credit than Ernest S.

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