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same year he established himself in practice at Quanah,
the county seat of Hardeman county, Texas, and there
he continued his zealous labors until 1897, when he re-
moved to Greenville, in which thriving and imiiortant
city of Northern Texas he has since coutiniu'd in active
and successful practice. Dr. Becton has counted as
satisfactory to himself none but the highest possible
standard in his profession, and for several years past
he has given time to effective and advanced post-graduate
work in the leading medical colleges and hospital clinics
of the City of Chicago. Since 1900, with full recogni-
tion of the expediency of concentration in the work of
his profession, he has limited his practice almost ex-
clusively to surgery, and in this field of endeavor he
has gained distinct precedence as a skilled operator in
both major and minor surgery, with many delicate and
critical operations to hi; '" ~

lit. For the proper care
M^i's the Doctor maintains
■ hospital, and the same
Miithering the success of
Hi the American Medical
idjunct or subsidiary or-
ce-president of the Texas
IS president of each the
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and treatment of Iil
his admirably apiHii. ■ i i i
affords the best ot i i
his work. He is iilmtlin,! \
Association and its various :
ganizatious; has served as vi
State Medical Society, and ;
Hunt County Medical Sociel
Medical Society, and the Xml
besides which he has the t'uii
held the office of vice presiilml
Association, covering the state

Dr.- Becton is a loyal and progressive citizen and takes
special interest in all that tends to foster the civic and
material advancement of his home city. He is un-
wavering in his allegiance to the Democratic party and
is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and the Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows.

On the 14th of January, 1891. was solemni?ed the
marriage of Dr. Becton to Miss Anna Snyles, daughter
of Dr. Robert Sayles, a representative jihysician of
Greenville, and the three children of this union are: Mary,
who is the wife of B. Y. Collier, of CJreenville; Anna
Olivia, who is the wife of Jesse Boyken. of Greenville,
and Joseph, Jr. The family is one of prominence in
connection with the representative social activities of

James Louis Millspaugh. That a community should
be what it is largely as a result of one man 's 'life and
activities is perhaps the highest tribute possible to pay
to human individuality. None would dispute that the
flourishing city of San Angelo bears in its present com-
mercial and municipal organization the impress of the
character and influence of the late James Louis Mills-
paugh, who will long be remembered as a business
builder, a civic leader and a man of splendid personal
character. Mr. Millspaugh came here in the days of
old Fort Concho, more than forty years ago, was post

trader and general contractor and otherwise connected
with the government establishment here, and was thus
on the ground and became a pioneer in the development
of the little city, which has since become a metropolis
of central west Texas.

James Louis Millspaugh was born at Middletown, New
York, August 28, 1841, the youngest in a family of seven
children born to Virgil Millspaugh and Hannah Mc-
Veigh. The family on the paternal side was Holland
Dutch, and on the maternal was Scotch Irish, and many
of the names still U\r in Xow Vork state. In the pub-
lic schools of Xrw ^■.nk 111.' lat,. ill. Millspaugh had an
education bett.i tli.m tl nlmaiy, and qualified him-
self and taugiit srliool iu .\e\\ York for several years.
He was just at manhood when the war between the
states broke out, and he then enlisted in Company F, of
the 'eighty-third New York Infantry. On July 22, 1862,
he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant of Company
C of the Fifty-third New York Infantry. Not long after
that he was wounded and so incapacitated that he was
given his honorable discharge and returned home. He
did not remain long in New York, and went out west
and became connected with the railway contracting busi-
ness during the construction of the Union Pacific Line
from the Missouri Eiver west. After that he moved
around considerably in the western country, and finally
came to Fort Concho, in 1871, at a time when permanent
settlement had not advanced within many miles of that
point, and the only occupants of the entire region were
the soldii'is ainl rnitlemen. At Fort Concho he was ap-
pointeil |H'-l tiinl. 1. and for many years was postmaster
there, ilc did uii ixlcnsive business for the government,
being a gu\einnu'ni contractor for supplies not only at
Fort Concho, but for other government posts in Texas,
and this business made him very well known and placed
him in a position to be of great service to the country
when it should begin to develope. Thus a few years
later he assisted in platting the town site of San Angelo,
near Fort Concho, and he must be given credit for the
fact that the city has its streets one hundred feet in
width, and that in other respects San Angelo is one of
the best planned cities of the state. As population
came and the town increased, he showed much enter-
prise in taking the lead in those undertakings, which
are for the general welfare of all citizens, and among
other things he built the first ice factory, operated the
first electric light plant, and also organized the water
company, which supplies the municipality witli a gen-
eral water service. In late years much has been heard
and said in Texas about city beautifying, and special
emphasis has been placed upon the necessity of planting
trees in the streets. It is interesting in this connection
that Mr. Millspaugh took the lead at San Angelo, and
many of the trees which now give their grateful shade
to the passer-by were set out and cared for as a result
of Mr. Jlillspaugh in local citizenship. In this and in
every other matter affecting the general improvement of
the city he was foremost in advice and practical work.
Mr. Millspaugh was one of the active members of the
railroad committee which secured the construction of
the Santa Fe Railroad to San Angelo as its terminus,
a point at which it remained for so many years, and
which gave San Angelo its first great impetus as a com-
mercial center. He also constructed the dam across the
Concho Eiver, and thus provided for power and a per-
manent water supply.

The late James L. Millspaugh was a man of indomit-
able energy and of singular originality. He possessed
a mind very fertile in expedient and enterprise, and had
the courage of his convictions and the resourcefulness to
]:jut his plans into effect. He is remembered as one
who took great delight in reading and study, and his re-
tentive memory enabled him to employ the varied in-
formation to effective purpose whenever he needed it.
He was a very interesting conversationalist, and withal
one of the most popular men San Angelo ever had among



its citiiens. His ambitious and thought were all inter-
twined with the welfare of San Angelo, and to him
perhaps more than to any other indivnlii:! 1 m :li- ^
tion does San Angelo owe its present sii. . . -i! ; i
The late Mr. Millspaugh was one of tin . I J 1 1 . .. iL.
Concho National Bank of San Angeln, tli. iii~i linu
cial institution in the city, and of which he uiiu of
the first directors.

In politics he was always a Eepublican, and of the
Progressive type. His church was the Presbyterian. In
San Antonio, on December 31, 1879, Mr. Millspaugh was
united in marriage with Miss Sarah J. Sanderson of that
city. Her parents were K. B. and Mary (Currie) Sander-
son. E. B. Sanderson was a well known sheep farmer in
Tom Green county, and a very prominent man. He had
come to Texas in 1876 from Wisconsin, having previously
been a farmer in Columbia county of that state, and
several times having represented his county in both
houses of the Wisconsin legislature. After moving to
Texas he was in the stock raising business, and so con-
tinued until his death in 1887. His widow survived un-
til 1902. Mrs. Millspaugh was the oldest of the six chil-
dren in the Sanderson family, and the three others now
living are: Eobert C. Sanderson of Big Springs, Texas;
Mrs. Charles W. Hobbs of San Angelo, and Frank G.
Sanderson of Forth Worth.

To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Millspaugh were
born eight children, six of whom are living, mention of
them being made as follows: Sidney Sanderson Mills-
paugh, born in 1881, ni:nri.i| Sainh I', (nimiugham in
1908. Mary Bland nnu Mis. Dinohf L. Hunter, born
in 1884; Emily, born in ls^r>. ilic.l m Issd; Dorah, now
Mrs. L. F. Boulware was born in ISSO and married
in 1909; Helen, Mrs. Frank S. Hodgins was born in
1888, and died in 1912; Jeanette, and Louise, twins,
were born in 1890; the youngest child is Miss Minnie
Frances, who was born in 1894. Mrs. Millspaugh on
her father's side is of English descent, and Scotch on
the maternal side. She is now living in the old home
in San Angelo, near the site of old Fort Concho, in
what is now the south half of the city. She is surrounded
by her family and many friends, and is esteemed both
for her own qualities of heart and mind, and also for
the character and activities of her late husband who
died November 13, 1908.

Joseph William Bcgar. Abilene 's leading mercan-
tile enterprises include the dry goods house of Joseph
.William Bogar, who has been identified with this com-
munity something over ten years, having begun here as
a clerk and by attention to business and ambition to
succeed, and a thorough integrity has acquired a posi-
tion as one of the largest independent merchants in the

Joseph William Bogar was born in Lawreneeburg in
Lawrence county, Tennessee, January 17, 1861. He was
the second in the family of children born to Fletcher E.
and Nancy CWhite) Bogar, natives of Tennessee, who
moved to Texas in 1874 and located in Webberville, in
Travis county. The father was a farmer and stock raiser
in that locality and continued a career of honorable
prosperity there until his death in 1902. His death oc-
curred while on a visit to his old home in Lawreneeburg,
Tennessee. The mother passed away in 1880 in Bastrop
county. Of the five children the other four are men-
tioned as follows: Maggie, the widow of James W.
Ireland, formerly a substantial farmer, her home now
being in Bosque county; Hannah, wife of S. H. Gar-
rison of Abilene; John G. Bogar, a business man at Eoss-
well, New Mexico; Nannie, wife of George Brown,
proprietor of a cotton gin in Merkel.

Mr. Joseph W. Bogar received only a country school
education in Travis county, his opportunities be-
ing limited to the rural schools, which at the time had
not attained the standard of efiacieuey now prevalent in
the country schools of Texas. He went to school more

or less regularly until he was eighteen years of age
ami then determined to begin a business career and in
III. I . ii:;:: using. Dallas county was the scene of his
,. iial work, and he was clerk in a general store
I : i, . iiity for ten years, remaining there long enough

111 h.i'ri all the details of merchandising, and accum-
ulating some capital for future use. On leaving Dallas
county be came out to Merkel in Taylor county, where
he worked for one year as a clerk. Then in the fall
of 1902 he came to Abilene, where he accepted a place
as salesman with the firm of Morgan & Weaver, who at
that time conducted the best dry goods establishment in
Abilene. After being in their employ for one year, he
branched out on his own responsibility, and lierame or-
ganizer of the firm of Bogar, Caniplirll inni SiUais Com-
pany, a company which lounded ami riuMlin t,M a large
and profitable business under Mr. lioyar's management.
Mr. Bogar remained at the head of this firm until 1906
when he sold out his interest. He soon after organized
Bogar & Company, and he is president, general manager
and principal stockholder in this well known enterprise.
He has built up a store which now employes during the
busy season as many as twenty clerks, and its situation
on one of the best corners in one of the main streets
of Abilene commands for it a trade hardly second to any
of the trading centers in the city.

Mr. Bogar and family are members of the Methodist
church. He was married October 22, 1892, to Miss
Hattie Flnyd, who was born in Texas, a daughter of
GcoiL;r ami i:iiza1reth (Bains) Floyd, her parents hav-
ing Im'.ii aiming the early families of this state. Four
children lia\c hceii born to Mr. Bogar and wife. The
oldest is William, now eighteen years of age, and asso-
ciated with his father in business; Eugene is sixteen
years of age; Euth is twelve; and Floyd is seven. The
family reside in an attractive home, and Mr. Bogar owns
other city real estate. He is one of the leaders in the
Civic community, and has always interested himself in
any movement which would bring larger benefit and de-
velopment to Abilene or the vicinity.

Thomas D. Eoss. Senior member of the firm of Boss,
Eoss & Alexander whose offices occupy the entire sec-
ond floor of the State National Bank Building, Thomas
D. Eoss has been a member of the Port Worth bar for
a number of years, and is one of the oldest and best
known lawyers of the city and north Texas.

Thomas D. Eoss was born at Magnolia, Arkansas, Feb-
ruary 22, 1861, a son of Zeno C. and Mary J. (Davis)
Eoss. He acquired liberal educational advantages, at-
tended the University of Arkansas up to his junior year
and then entered the University of Virginia, where he
was graduated in 1882, with the degree of LL. B. He
continued his studies for the law in the Yale University
law school, where he was graduated Master of Law in
1883. In the same year he was admitted to the bar,
and at once came to Texas, locating in Fort Worth.
Fort Worth was then a comparatively small town, though
right at the beginning of its great expansion as a com-
mercial metropolis of all west Texas, He opened his
office, and has practiced law from that year to the pres-
ent, always enjoying a liberal share of "the patronage in
the local courts. He formed a partnership with his
father Zeno B. EofS who continued jn the firm until
his death in 1894. Since then Zeno C. Eoss, Jr., and
Aubrey G. Alexander have entered the firm. Eoss, Eoss
& Alexander have a large corporation practice, and rep-
resent a great deal of home and foreign capital, the lat-
ter principally English and Scotch.

Mr. Eoss is president of the Texas Securities Com-
pany, president of the Fort Worth and Tarrant County
Abstract Company, and a director in the Port Worth
National Bank.

On October 24, 1889, he married Miss Clara G. Dunn,
daughter of John B. Dunn of Kentucky. They have
two daughters, Jeanne D. and Jessie M. Ross.




Andrew Jackson Marbeert, M. D. Since 1881 a
raeml^er of the medical fraternity, Dr. Marberry has
since 1900 practiced as physician and surgeon in San
Angelo, where he is one of the best known members of
the profession, and enjoys a splendid practice.

Andrew Jackson Marberry was born November 20,
1853, in Wayne county, Missouri, a son of A. J. and
Mary E. (Eobinson) Marberry, both formerly from Ten-
nessee. Some of the Marberry family are represented
in Washington, D. C, and the immediate branch of the
family originated in the state of North Carolina, and
were slave holders and planters in the early days. The
ancestry on the paternal side is English, and Scotch and
Irish in the maternal line. A. J. Marberry was likewise
a physician, and for si number of years practiced at
Cape Girardeau, Missouri. From Missouri he moved into
Arkansas, about 1866, locating at Lonoke, where he
remained in practice until his death in 1881. His wife
survived him more than twenty years and passed away
in 1903. Of the sis children, five boys and one girl,
the doctor was the fourth.

Dr. A. J. Marberry, Jr., was educated in the public
schools of Arkansas, after which he took a medical
course in the Missouri Medical College, and was gradu-
ated M. D. in 1881. Since then, in line with his am-
bition tg keep abreast of the improvements and progress
in this science, he has taken post graduate work in New
York, Chicago and St. Louis. His first practice was in
Lonoke, Arkansas, from 1881 to 1893. In the latter
year he located in Ballinger, Texas, and was a pop-
ular member of civic and professional circles there until
1900. In that year Dr. Marberry decided upon his per-
manent location as San Angelo, and since that time
has been in regular practice in this city. As to politics
the doctor has always been a stanch supporter of Demo-
cratic candidates and doctrine. He has taken the Knights
Templar degrees in Masonry, and is also a member of
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. On July 3,
1888, he married Miss Sarah Young, a daughter of Dr.
F. E. and Martha E. Young of Arkansas. Her father
was for many years a physician at Morrilltown, Arkan-
sas, and was a man of distinction in his community.
The doctor and wife have two children living, Lilla Ruth
and Mary. Miss Lilla is now a student in the Univer-
sity of Texas, and Miss Mary is in the public schools
of San Angelo.

Thomas W. Shearer, M. D. Thirty years of
ful practice as a physician and surgeon are not the full
measure of the accomplishments and activities of Dr.
Shearer. While devoted to his profession, he is in a
peculiar sense a business man and has been identified
with the organi2ation and development of several im-
portant business concerns in South Texas. He was one
of the first to take up on a commercial scale the culti-
vation of rice in Chambers county. The honors of public
office have also come to him.

A lineal descendant of Robert Bruce, the liberator
of Scotland, Dr. Shearer has an interesting genealogy
and derives some of the hardy and keen business quali-
fications from his Scotch parents. Thomas W. Shearer
was born at Janesville, Wisconsin, in l^.'i(i, a son of
Robert Bruce and Elizabeth M.Kiiiiinri i •niipl-ell (Mc-
Dougall'i Shearer. Both parents wnr luiiri in Scotland,
the father in Glasgow, where diniiiL: liis I'lnly career he
was identified with a sash and bliml in.tiinf.-iituring con-
cern. The parents emigrated from Scntland to the United
States in 1848, and after a residence for a brief time in
New York City, then in Philadelphia, and later in Chi-
cago, finally located in Southern Wisconsin at Janesville.
About that time occurred a great niiyratinn from f^fot-
land to that section of Wis.'onsin and the Slioarer family
were among the Scotch colonists who did so much to de-
velop the country in the southern belt of Wisconsin
counties as pioneers. The father was a tradesman at
Janesville the rest of his active career.

Dr. Shearer received his education in the public
schools of Wisconsin and Iowa. He was a student in the
Iowa Industrial School at Ames, where he graduated in
1881 with the degree of Bachelor of Science, and in
1883 as Master of Science. After taking his Bachelor 's
degree he was assistant professor in chemistry at Iowa
Industrial School, and at the same time studied medi-
cine. His early inclinations and talents were all along
a scientific bent and he won many honors of scholarship.
Dr. Shearer in 1884 graduated M. D. from the College of
i'hysicians and Surgeons of the University of Illinois, at
Chicago. His practice began at Des Moines, and while
there he was professor of chemistry and toxicology in
the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Iowa, now
the medical department of Drake University. After three
years his health began to fail and he came to Texas to
visit his brother and recuperate. He had not been in the
state long before he determined to make it his perma-
nent home, and in 1887 settled in Chambers county. He
took up active practice and during the twenty years of
his residence in that county was prominently identified
with public and business afl:airs. For twelve years he
was honored with the office of county treasurer. As al-
ready mentioned, he was one of the business men who
utilized the opportunities presented by the rice industry
in the coast district of Texas. In 1903 he became one
of the organizers of the Old River Rice Irrigation Com-
pany, and was president and manager until he sold his
interest in 1907. He was also secretary of the Moore's
Bluff li'in. lrii:^;ilion Company. Since moving to Hous-
ton ill I',i'i7 111. sliearer has continued in the jjractice
of meili.iiu', aiiil at the same time has interested himself
in several business concerns. His offices as a physician
and surgeon are in the Beatty building.

Dr. Shearer was organizer of the New Era Gravel and
Development Company of Houston and has been presi-
dent and manager. This company has extensive gravel
pits at LaGrange, Columbus and at Alleyton.

On June 17, 1885, occurred the marriage of Dr.
Shearer and Miss Hannah Hutton, a native of Windsor,
Canada. Mrs. Shearer, who is of English parentage, was
a fellow student with the Doctor at the Iowa Industrial
College of Ames, and holds the degree of Bachelor of
Science from that institution. To their marriage have
been born a fine family of seven children, as follows:
Thomas Rodney Shearer, who graduated from the Ag-
ricultural and Mechanical College of Texas in 1912 with
the degree of Bachelor of Science of Agriculture, after
completing the course in three years and having been
captain of Company K in the college, is now secretary
and active manager of the New Era Gravel and Develop-
ment Company; Elizabeth Emma Shearer is a graduate
of the Houston High School ; Gerald Shearer is now a
student in the Fannin School, in Houston, and is adju-
tant of the Fannin School Cadets; Hannibal Shearer is
a member of the class of 1914 in the Fannin School; the
three younger children are Robert Bruce Shearer, Hutton
Shearer and Ross Sterling. The family home is at 3103
Louisiana street.

Col. James H. Parramore. Out in Runnels county,
in what was then the exclusively range cattle era of
Western Texas, a little irioi,- tliau thirty-four years
ago James H. Parramni,' lii-:iii his career as a cattle
man, a career which t^Mik liim iliiough all the ups and
downs, the vicissitudes of .nM wratlier and drought, and
the fluctations of markets, and until finally he had ad-
vanced to a place among the cattle kings of this state.
He has been for many years one of the prominent lead-
ers in the Texas Cattle Raisers Association, a member of
its executive committee, and in many ways identified with
the organized efi'orts of the cattle raisers of the state.

The most conspicuous fact in his career, however, is
not so much the ultimate success which he attained, as
the condition of its beginning. Mr. Parramore is like
most successful men, who have won their way fairly



and honestly, very modest about his own ability, and
achievements, and really gives most of the credit for his
successful performance to the kindly cooperation and
counsel of his wife. Mrs. Parramore died several years
ago, and her husband is still devoted to her memory,
and esteems her as one of the best and noblest women
that ever lived. When he took his family out to Run-
nels county many years ago his first home was a dugont
dwelling, standing out isolate on the prairie. A few
months later they moved into a two-room lumber house
he had built. That day Mr. Parramore characterizes as
one of the hajipiest of his life. In that shelter bare of
all the luxuries and nearly all the practical necessities of
comfortable living. Mrs. Parramore lived contentedly
with her six children during the years of hardships and
discomforts imposed in getting a substantial start in
the cattle business. She not only did much to soften
the hard conditions of living for the family, and pro-
vided for their wants, but at the same time instilled in
her children the principles of Christian life and virtues
of manly and womanly character which are now evi-
denced in the young men and women who represent and
do credit to her rearing.

Col. James H. Parramore was a son of William War-
ren and Rebecca Jane (Norwood) Parramore. Both
parents came from old and highly respected families
who were among the early settlers of Florida and Geor-
gia. In ancestry the Parramores were of French origin,
and the family history is that three brothers prior to

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