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addition of T. E. Jones into membership brought about
the firm which has since been known as the Conway-
Dunean Company, one of the most successful mercantile
establishments in the county, with branch houses at a
number of different places throughout the district.

On June 26, 1895, Mr. Duncan married Miss Ida
Terrell, a daughter of G. I. Terrell, who was a repre-
sentative of one of the old southern families, having
come into the state in boyhood from his native state,
Kentucky. He is an old" soldier of the Confederacy,
and he married Fannie Patterson, from the Taladega
A'alley, in Alabama. The issue of Mr. and Mrs. Dun-
can are as follows: Louise, born January 27, 1897;
and Fannie Laura, born September 24, 1902.

Mr. Duncan's political activity has been in line with
the prohibition Democracy of Texas, and he has long
regarded the saloon evil as one of the greatest wrongs
of our country. He is progressive and liberal in his
ideas, and in this connection may be cited the fact
that he was one of the first men in Paris to sign a
petition in favor of womans' suffrage. His churchly
relations are with the Presbyterian denomination, and
he is one of the most estimable men of the city and

Judge G. Wootex. The month of May, 1913, rounded
out a period of twenty years of continuous serv-
ice as superintendent of the schools of Paris on the
part of Judge Given W'ooten, a period which covers an
era of phenomenal progress and growth in the public
school system of the city; and the brief facts pre-
sented here tell the story as it is, accurately and shorn
of all elaboration. Such a record can not fail to impress
a thoughtful reader with at least a comparative ap-
preciation of the great agency for the training of the
human mind in its formative period. A tenure of

twenty years or more as the directing head of any
enterprise, of whatever nature, indicates at once that
he who has held that position has proven to the people
that he has been the right man for the right place, and
in Judge Wooten the city of Paris, Texas, has indubitably
been justified in its long continued retention of his
services as the head of its public school system. She
has maintanied at the head of her educational system a
man who has proven his abilities as a navigator in the
waters of education, who has an accurate knowledge of
the rocky points, the shoal waters and the floating
derelicts upon which the ship of school administration
is too often wrecked.

Judge Wooten was born in Warren county, Kentucky,
not far from Bowling Green, on March 5, 1855, and is
the son of Joseph W. and Ann (Brawner) Wooten. The
father was born in Barren county, Kentucky, in 1828,
and was a brother of Dr. Wooten, one time president
of the board of regents of the University of Texas.
Joseph W. Wooten was a farmer and merchant in Warren
county and belonged to a Virginia family, of which his
father was an off-shoot. It may be stated here that
the grandfather of Judge Wooten was orphaned early
in his boyhood, so that it is impossible to give authentic
data concerning the ancestry and origin of this inter-
esting family.

Joseph W. Wooten, as mentioned previously, married
Ann Brawner, a daughter of William T. Brawner, a
man who came of the old Revolutionary stock of Mary-
land, and whose wife was a member of the Cooksey
family of that state, well and prominently known. Mr.
Wooten passed away in 1903 and his widow is now a
resident of Owensboro, Kentucky. They reared four
children: Judge Given, the educator of Paris, Texas;
Mrs. Walter B. Hill, of Oklahoma City; Mrs. T. J.
Townsend, the wife of a well known doctor of Owens-
boro, Kentucky; and W. B. Wooten of Gallatin,

Judge Wooten began his higher education at Bethel
College in RussellvUle, Kentucky, and from that went
to the University of Virginia, where he lacked but three
months of his graduation when sudden illness seized him.
He returned to RusseUville, Kentucky, and there, upon
his recovery, prepared for and engaged in the practice
of law. He was chosen to membership on the county
school board, and upon the occasion of a sudden vacancy
in one of the county schools, he was asked to fill the
place pending the engagement of a new teacher. Instead
of dropping out of the work in the ensuing month, the
young man stayed in the schools for three years, and
thus identified himself with the teaching profession,
discontinuing his connection with the law work that
appealed with great strength to his instinct for service
of the highest order. In his quite accidental acquaint-
ance with the work of the school room, he discovered
latent talent and possibilities along educational lines,
and his work was soon recognized in the community,
while his favor spread with the profession as well as
with laymen. His ability as a disciplinarian was not
less pronounced than his capacity as an instructor, and
when he learned that Yazoo City, Mississippi, required a
superintendent who, to quote their own terms, could gov-
ern "without regard to whether or not the children
learned anything, ' ' Judge Wooten applied for the place.
So readily did he adjust the difficulties that had beset
this community in its educational work that he con-
tinued for three years, resigning then to accept the
superintendency of the schools at Benton, Mississippi,
subsequently passing on to West Point and Oxford,
Mississippi. He was at the latter named place for five
years and came to Paris direct from there. While in
Mississippi he was president of the Teachers ' Associa-
tion of East Mississippi and secretary of the State
Teachers' Association, and for some years he gave an
added impetus to educational work in the state by his
numerous addresses and contributions to educational

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jomnals, and by his especially telling and effective work
in summer normals, a branch of school work that is
coming to be more and more recognized as a necessary
factor in the efficient training of teachers, aside from
whatever educational advantages they may have pre-
viously enjoyed along those lines, and which was in its
infancy in those days.

The facilities for education in Paris when Prof.
Wooteu assumed the duties of superintendent of the
schools of the city were most primitive in contrast with
present day conditions. There were two schools for white
and one for colored people, and the high school depart-
ment occupied a part of one of the ward buildings.
There were seventy-three high school students, a total
enrollment of about eighteen hundred, and a faculty of
twenty-four teachers. There had been five annual grad-
uations with a total of forty-nine pupils, and the system
showed a deplorable want of reform and repair at many
important points. Today, in 1913, seven buildings house
the white students and four the colored, while the total
enrollment is more than thirty-five hundred. One cen-
tral high school building, with the most ideal equipment,
enrolls four hundred and sixty-one pupils, with sixteen
teachers on the high school staff, and the graduating
class of 1913 numbered sixty-nine. There are four colored
teachers in the colored high school and seventeen grade
teachers of the colored faction, while there are forty-six
grade teachers in the white schools. During the regime
of Judge Wooten the course of study has been greatly
extended and amplified, and today embraces a Latin and
Scientific course, manual training, domestic science, and a
new department in the form of two companies equipped
for military drill composed of the high school boys.
Graduates from the high school numbering more than
eight hundred have gone forth in the business of life,
some into the field of finance, some into merchandising
and the professions, and a large percentage of the teach-
ing force of the Paris schools comprise former students
of the schools.

Judge Wooten 's relation to education in Texas has
continued earnest and active through the passing years,
and the State meeting of teachers has always known him
as a positive force for the onward march of progress
in educational affairs. As previously stated, he has been
president of the State Teachers' Association and also of
the Association of School Superintendents of the State,
and for many years has been active and prominent in the
conduct of surmner normal work.

In 1884 Judge Wooten was married in Adairville, Ken-
tucky, to Miss Anna Paisley, a daughter of J. B. Paisley.
Mrs. Wooten died in Paris in 1898, leaving him two
daughters and a son: Lynne is a teacher of Latin, Ger-
man and Spanish in Mary Connor College, in Paris ;
Lucile, a graduate of the Denton (Texas) Normal School;
and Jo Paisley, who has just finished in the Paris High

In 1899 Judge Wooten married Mrs. Etta Eead, a
daughter of William C. Klyee. Judge Wooten is a
thirty-second degree Mason of the Scottish Eite and has
also taken all the degrees in the York Eite branch and
is Grand Commander of the Knights Templar body of
Texas. He is a member of the Christian church, and
a Democrat.

Looking back over the two decades of service of Judge
Wooten in his high position in Paris, it would be diffi-
cult indeed to make any adequate estimate as to the
depth and breadth of his work among the student body
of the city in all these years. Certain it is that he has
recognized to the fullest his opportunity and his respon-
sibility, and Paris has in turn shown her recognition of
his splendid capacity for good in the work he long since
chose for his lifework. Whole-souled, generous in heart
and in mind, with splendid capabilities and possessing
an unbounded popularity, it is a pleasure to contem-
plate his work of past years, and Paris looks forward

to many years of future association with him as the head
of its educational system.

Geokge W. Glasscock. Many pages of this publica-
tion are in the nature of a memorial to the pioneer
element of Texas citizenship, and as its chief author
w^as ' ' a leader of the Texas Eevolution, " it is eminently
fitting that the lives of early patriots and pioneers should
be given as much space as possible. Among prominent
early Texans none was more honored among his friends
and the several communities where he lived than George
W. Glasscock, who was one of the founders of George-
town, the county seat of Williamson county, where many
years of his life were passed and most of his interests

When he died in Travis county, February 28, 18fi8, it
was said that no death since the close of the war had
occasioned so much regret in that part of the state.
George W. Glasscock was born in Kentucky, April 11,
1810, grew up in his native state and in 1830 followed
the leadings of an adventurous spirit and left home,
spending two years in St. Louis as a merchant. Soon
after he located in St. Louis the Black' Hawk war broke
out, and called volunteers from every one of the middle
western states. Mr. Glasscock was elected first lieutenant
in Captain J. M. Early 's company of volunteers, and saw
service until the capture of the famous chief and the
close of hostilities. After this experience he engaged in
flat-boating on the Sangamon and Illinois rivers, and
had no less a partner in that enterprise than Abraham
Lincoln. From the river traffic he finally returned to
his uncle near St. Louis, and remained there a year or
more. The province of Texas was then exciting great
attention throughout the country, especially on account
of the troubles between the American colonists and the
Mexican government, and in 1834 Mr. Glasscock located
at Savalla in the extreme southeastern corner of the
state, in what was then known as the Municipality of
Jasper, later Jasper county. There he was engaged in
merchandising with T. B. Huling and Henry Millard,
and besides selling goods the firm did a large amount
of land locating, with Mr. Glasscock as the surveyor.
It was as a land looker and surveyor that Mr. Glasscock
first became acquainted with western Texas. In that
way he traveled all over the counties of Travis, William-
son, Burnet, Lampasas and Milam. He had many thrill-
ing experiences and hardships, and at one time was a
fortunate member of a party the other section of which
was captured by Indians and all massacred.

Mr. Glasscock was one of the soldiers of the Texas
Eevolution, and was a part of the army in the fall of
1835 which besieged and captured San Antonio, and
again responded to the call for troops early in 1836 ani
did service in the concluding months of the war. From
Jasper county Mr. Glasscock, in 1840, moved to the
present county of Bastrop. That was his home for three
years, and he lived in Travis county until 1848. It was
in the county of Williamson that his principal landed
interests lay, and there in 1848 he took up his home.
He was among the first to develop the wheat-growing
interests of that section of Texas, and in order to carry
out his plans and encourage the growing of that grain
he put up the first flouring mill ever seen in western
Texas. To advance the prosperity of Williamson county
seems to have been his most cherished wish. Its county
seat now bears a portion of his name, because of his
donation of the beautiful ground upon which it is situ-
ated. He used his influence and oftentimes liberally
contributed of his possessions to encourage settlement
and to help many a pioneer family that otherwise would
have been discouraged and could not have stood the test
of the struggle for existence.

From 1850 until the close of his life George W. Glass-
cock filled a number of public positions. He represented
the counties of Williamson and Travis in the tenth and
eleventh legislatures; was for many years county com-



missioner for Williamson county; was one of the con-
tractors of the lunatic asylum during the terms of Gov-
ernors Houston, Clark, Lubbock and Murrah; and was
president of the Air-Line Kailroad Company, by which
Austin first came into relation with the outside world
by means of railway! A short time before his death
he had perfected an arrangement with the Central Rail-
road Company for the completion of the line to Austin.

George W. Glasscock died as a result of injuries
received when a horse he was riding fell and he was
taken from life at a comparatively early age and when
the promise of many useful years naturally remained
for him. "Wliile living in Jasper county in 1837 he
married Miss Cynthia C. Knight. They shared together
the privations and diflSculties of pioneer existence in
Texas, and she died in the city of Austin in 1866. They
were the parents of ten children altogether, three of
whom died before the parents, and several of whom are
still living. One of the daughters is Mrs. E. J. Talbott,
of Georgetown.

The late George W. Glasscock was prominent in Ma-
sonry, was an active member of Austin Lodge, No. 12,
A. F. & A. M., and a portion of the tribute of respect
drawn up and published by the lodge' at the time of his
death will supplement the brief facts already related:

"Our deceased brother was no ordinary man. There
was a tireless energy in his character that entered into
all his pursuits, and was the grand element of success.
Possessed of a powerful native intellect and singularly
clear perceptions, he understood human nature in an
uncommon degree ; and few combinations of circum-
stances surprised him or found him unprepared for any
emergency that might present itself. Of a disposition
singularly generous, a heart tenderly mild, he was open
handed as the day to every call of charity made upon
him either as a Mason or a man.

"He was a Mason of many years' standing; and
those of us who have known him longest miss, and will
always miss, his presence from our mystic circle, and as
we cast our eyes around us, while we notice the absence
of many with whom we have been associated in former
years, the remembrance of no one will call forth a deeper
.sigh than we heave as we mark the vacant seat of him
whose loss we now deplore.

"And the suddenness of his departure from among us
increases the force of the blow under which we bend in
unavailing sorrow. One day we saw him among us,
living, strong, active, full of energy and vitality; and
though slightly past the prime of life, with the apparent
prospect of many years of active life and prolonged use-
fulness; the next, our hearts are chilled with the sad
news that he is done with us, and life and time and that
we shall no more see and associate with him till the
great Author of life shall call us all from the grave.
So stunning the event, that we hardly yet realize its
actual truth. * * *

"Eesolved, That in the death of our lamented brother,
George W. Glasscock, we feel that we have sustained a
loss not easily repaired; and while we bow in humble
submission to that Overruling Providence, more wise
than we, we cannot but give way to the grief so great
a misfortune is so well calculated to produce.

"Eesolved, That while we forget the frailties of our
departed brother, to which all are liable, we will cultivate
the recollection of his many virtues, and emulate his
example in all that was good and excellent in his char-
acter. * * * "

WiLLUM W. FiTZPATBiCK. The medical profession of
Paris, Texas, knows as one of its younger members and
at the same time one of its most promising ones. Dr.
William W. Fitzpatrick, who has hero lieen engaged in
practice since 1904. His tiiiiiiiii. i r iik ],rofession was
most thorough, and the :ilt( i ' , i h.' young doctor

has since given to his \mii1> I itnd him one of

the coming men of the iihjIi il ! :i:>iiiity, and indeed,

he has already won recognition of no small merit for
his ability and achievement in his chosen career.

A native son of Paris, born here on November 25,
1876, Dr. Fitzpatrick comes of stanch and sturdy Irish
stock, as his name indicates. His father, who came of
a family of prominence in County Ulster, Ireland, was
born in New York City in 1852. He left home as a youth
of fourteen, thereafter maintaining himself chiefly as a
clerk and salesman untU he turned his face in a south-
westerly direction. It was in 1872 that he first located
in Texas, settling in Denison, and coming to Paris two
years later. Here for some years the elder Fitzpatrick
was occupied in a cigar business, but he eventually
drifted in the wtton business as a shipper. Of late
years he retired from that business, in which he achieved
a pleasing success, and in recent times has identified
himself in a more or less active way with the real estate
business, although he is practically retired, his real es-
tate operations being more of the nature of an avocation
than otherwise. Mr. Fitzpatrick in his young manhood
married Ella, the daughter of Dr. Withrow, of Denison,
Texas, who located in that place from his native place,
Springfield, Illinois. D». William W. and Miss Fay
Fitzpatrick are the only issue of their union.

Although born in Paris, Dr. Fitzpatrick had but little
acquaintance with the city until after he had finished his
education and settled here as a member of the medical
profession. After his knickerbocker days he was alisent
practically all the time in the pursuit of an education,
first at St. Edwards College in Austin, Texas, and later
in the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, where he car-
ried on his literary studies. The year 1898 saw his
graduation from that institution with his Bachelor 's de-
gree, and he then begun his preparation for his lifework
in Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, from which
he was graduated in 1902. From that well known insti-
tution the young doctor began a thorough hospital train-
ing in St. Paul 's Sanitarium, in Dallas, Texas, passing
a year there in careful work and study, and thereafter
spent a like period in the famous hospitals of New York
and Chicago. Thus equipped with theoretical and prac-
tical knowledge. Dr. Fitzpatrick did not hesitate to pre-
sent himself to the people of his native community as a
member of the medical profession, and since 1904 he has
enjoyed his share in the work of healing in Paris, and
his practice has seen a continuous growth consistent with
the meritorious work he has performed in the commu-
nity. His interest in his profession is of a character
such as to exclude him from all connection with Inisincsa
or affairs of ordinary public concerns. He is a niembor
of the local and state medical societies, and likewise of
the National Medical Association.

In February, 1907, Dr. Fitzpatrick was married in
Paducah, Kentucky, to Miss Letitia Powell, daughter of
W. W. Powell, prominent there as a man of business, and
a grand-daughter of Governor Shelby of that state. Dr.
and Mrs. Fitzpatrick have one son, William W.. Jr.

Sam B. Gillett. A native son of the state of Texas,
Sam B. Gillett, well known to the legal fraternity of EI
Paso and vicinity, has spent the best years of his life
in his birth state, a period of something like sixteen
years having been given to professional associations iu
New Mexico in unison with Hon. Harvey B. Ferguson,
congressman from that state. He returned to Texas in
1903, and since that time has been active and prominent
in professional circles, and has gained a place among
the foremost among the legal men of the city and county.

Born in Gonzales county, Texas, on January 30, 1863,
Sam B. Gillett is the son of Eev. James D. and, Martha
(Johnston) Gillett. The father was born in Matagordo
county, this state, in 1833, in the days when Texas was
a republic, and all his life from mature years on till
retirement, has devoted his whole energies to the work
of the ministry. He is now an honored resident of El
Paso, where he is well known for his identification with



every charitable and philanthropic movement that has
origin in the city. His devoted wife, who also survives,
was born in Indiana, and she met and married her hus-
band in the Lone Star state. Nine children were born
to them, of which number the subject was the fourth
born. The father of Rev. Gillett was Eev. Eoswell Gil-
lett, who likewise lived a life of the uTmost usefulness
in his sphere in Texas.

Samuel B. Gillett, it may be said, is essentially a
Texas product, coming as he did from a father and
grandfather who carried on their life work in the great
southwestern state. He received his early education in
the public schools, later attending the Southwestern Uni-
versity at Georgetown. Between his public school and
colli'i^e (liiys, liiiwever, there elapsed a considerable gap
of tini.'. Ml the young student was engaged in
vaiioNs :irti\iti('s which enabled him to make a start in
his rolli'gc can'cr, and he finished that course by work-
ing his way so that his education came to him at the
cost of many a personal sacrifice. None will be found,
however, who will dispute that his training was none the
less elEcient or wholesome for that fact, and it is more
than probable that he learned during that time lessons
that have been of the greatest importance to him in his
later life, and have been significant factors in the high
order of success that he has achieved.

After Mr. Gillett had finished his hard won college
course, he engaged in the .sheep business, and continued
in that work for about four years, when he turned
his attention to the study of law. He was admitted to
the bar in 1891, and soon thereafter began the practice
of law in Silver City, New Mexico, where, as has already
been mentioned, he was associated in practice with one
of the most eminent New Mexico lawyers, Hon. Harvey
B. Ferguson. It was in 1903 that he returned to Texas,
locating at once in El Paso, and here he has achieved a
success in every way worthy of the name, and one that
has gained him a prominence and position that is in-
dicative of the possession of a high order of ability. He
has won distinction as one of the most noted criminal
lawyers in the state, and it is a fact of record that
during all the years of his practice in El Paso the jury
only once returned a verdict of "Guilty." A remark-
able instance of his unusual ability and success in crim-
inal practice was an occasion when he was called to
defend a man charged with a serious crime. Evidence
against the accused was almost overwhelming, and Mr.
Gillett was called on so short a notice that he had prac-
tically no time to prepare himself for the trial. It was
the belief of the court and attorney for the prosecution
that the man was guilty as charged, and they were con-

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