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nently returned, and
the youngest of the
my i family was laid to

.V^ rest twenty-five years

L ago on the bluffs

xV^ /?* overlooking the St.

Croix River, in Min-
nesota. Having had
a commercial school
education, Mr. Bris-
ley was first em-
ployed at the age of 15 years as dispensary and surgery assistant to a
Scotch surgeon, and later legally articled by his father as apprentice
to a chemist and druggist of London. At the expiration of this term,
at the age of 20, he came first to Toronto, Canada, then joined an


older brother in Minnesota, and later went to Illinois, where he was
graduated from the Chicago College of Pharmacy, now affiliated with
the University of Illinois. Developing a weakness of the lungs and
happening upon a pamphlet issued by the Immigration Commissioner
of Arizona, he came directly to Phoenix in February, 1888, and
under the influence of Arizona air and sunshine and out of door
life he soon regained health and vigor. His first Arizona dollar was
earned by irrigating a young forest of cottonwoods planted under
desert land entry. This was very soon after supplemented by others
received for a good crop of beans, sweet potatoes and tomatoes planted
by his own hands. During this first year in the Salt River Valley
he frequently packed his blankets from one job of work to another,
sleeping, if night overtook him, under a tree by the canal side, or
resting "never so sweetly" on the hay in a Phoenix corral. In an
endeavor to remain out of the drug business he was successively cook
to farm hands, tender of bees on a bee ranch, carpenter at $2.50 per
day, and adjuster of collars and neckties upon a p'air of mules, and
from the latter job he was "fired" for physical and mechanical dis-
ability. By this time, the September sun being too ardent for
enjoyable exercise out of doors, he obtained steady employment with
the late Don Charles T. Hayden, of Tempe, as clerk in general mer-
chandise. In November of this first year in Arizona he was visited
by the lady to whom he had become engaged before leaving England,
and after a happy renewal of courtship days they were married at
Phoenix on December 16th by Rev. Dr. Pearson, one of the first
incumbents of the Episcopal Church at Phoenix. Mrs. Brisley is a
lineal descendant of Sir Edward Pinchon, who, about 1575, was a
prominent figure in her native county of Essex, and a monument in
his honor is today a work of art adorning one of the old churches of
the country side. One of his immediate descendants became one of the
settlers of Springfield, Massachusetts, and his name has been given
to one of its streets and one of its banks. In 1889 Mr. and Mrs.
Brisley removed to Prescott, purchased an interest in a pharmacy,
and have resided there since, excepting during two or three visits
made to their home land. Two children have blessed their union
Mabel Evelyn, aged 20, and Harold Roy, aged 17. On locating at
Prescott, one of Mr. Brisley's first acts was to take out full citizen-
ship papers, and a number of years later, on the formation of a local
militia company, believing it to be the duty and privilege of every
able-bodied man to have military training for the organized support
of his country, he joined as one of the rank and file, served a term
of three years, gained the badge of a marksman, and enjoyed the
experience of acting as a unit of a fighting machine, marching shoulder
to shoulder with mighty good comrades. Being one of the earliest
graduated and registered druggists in Arizona, he was for several
years the sole representative here of the American Pharmacuetical
Association. On the passage of the Pharmacy Act, he was appointed



a member of the first Board of Pharmacy by Governor Brodie, and
acted as examiner in chemistry under three governors, until the
present time. He is a registered pharmacist in Illinois, Minnesota
and Arizona. Mr. Brisley is a member of the Masonic, Odd Fellows,
Fraternal Brotherhood and Mystic Circle Lodges, while in the St.
Luke's Church, Prescott, he has served for several years as Treasurer
and Junior Warden.

William Morgan

WILLIAM MORGAN, member of the Sheep Sanitary Commission,
is one of the most conspicuous examples of self-made man to be found
in Arizona. He was born in Chicago August 11, 1857, and lived
there until he was eighteen years old. Mr. Morgan's entire
education was received in the public schools of that city, but having
lost his father at an early age, he began earning his livelihood when
quite a boy. His first position was as messenger boy, and later he
was employed for several years in the stock yards about the city.
When eighteen he went to Texas and for two years was employed
herding sheep near San Antonio. In October, 1879, he came to
Arizona and located at Show Low, then in Apache County, where he
was again employed as sheep herder for several years, when he en-



gaged in the sheep business for himself, and with exceptional success.
Since, he has devoted practically his entire life to this industry. Mr.
Morgan is well qualified for a place on the Sheep Sanitary Com-
mission, and his suprior judgment in matters brought before them
should be an invaluable aid. Mr. Morgan has been a life-long Dem-
ocrat, and has filled a number of important political positions locally,
and in the County and State. He w r as first Justice of the Peace for
four years, and has served as Supervisor of Navajo County seven and
one-half years, having been first appointed to the office and subse-
quently elected to succeed himself. In the Territorial Legislature
he served two terms in the Assembly and one term in the Council
from Navajo, and in each session was a member of important com-
mittees and proved an effective worker. He w T as also a member of
the Constitutional Convention. Personally Mr. Morgan is generous
and public spirited, a valued member of society, and has made hosts
of friends throughout Arizona.

Charles B. Keppler

CHARLES B. KEPPLER, Chief Deputy to Sheriff John Patty of
Greenlee County, was born in San Angelo, Texas, July 2, 1877. He
was reared and educated in New Mexico, however, as the family re-
moved there when Charles was but a small boy. His first occupa-
tion was mining and prospecting, which he followed in both New
Mexico and Arizona, and in this State he has also been interested in



ranching. Mr. Keppler came to Arizona and located in what is
now Greenlee County, in 1893. In 1902 Sheriff Parks appointed
him one of his deputies, and until 1908 he was thus employed, having
during this time made a record that can scarcely be excelled for
ability, keenness and perseverance. During the term of Sheriff
English, Mr. Keppler returned to ranching, but when John D. Patty
was elected Sheriff of the County, he appointed Mr. Keppler his chief
deputy, despite the fact that Sheriff Patty was elected on the Repub-
lican ticket, and Mr. Keppler is a consistent Democrat. The ap-
pointment was made February 15, Statehood Day. One of the feats
which has been notable in Deputy Sheriff Keppler's career is the trail-
ing of the men who killed two deputies, the chase having included a
large part of New Mexico before he succeeded in capturing them.
He has practically been in charge of the field work In the county dur-
ing this administration. Air. Keppler is a member of trie Eagles and
the W. O. W. He was married April 14, 1913, to Miss Dona C.
George, of Carlsbad, New T Mexico, and they make their home in

LEO FREDERICK VERKAMP, Secretary of the Hart Cattle Company
and Tyler Sheep Company, is one of the most thorough cattle and
sheep men in Arizona today. For several years he was with Babbitt
Brothers, of Flagstaff, holding positions in various capacities, and is
now one of the firm's financial advisers. Mr. Verkamp also has an
interest in the Flagstaff Lumber Company. He was born in Cincin-
nati in 1879, where his father, Gerhard Verkamp, was one of that
city's old-time merchants. Gerhard Verkamp came to this country
without means when but a boy, and at the time of his death had reared
a family of eleven children, and by dint of his own effort had become a
thoroughly successful business man. His industry, ability and in-
tegrity have been passed on in a notable degree in the members of his
family, especially in his sons, John and Leo. Leo Verkamp was
educated in Cincinnati, and graduated from the St. Xavier's Jesuit
College with a B. A. degree. When only tw y enty-five he was elected
mayor of Flagstaff by a large majority, and administered the affairs
of the city as he would those of an individual, giving a clean, economic
administration, although the youngest mayor in the country. He is
an active Republican, and deeply interested in the affairs of his party,
and for two terms has been chairman of the Central Committee of
Coconino County. He is also prominent in fraternal life, a member
of the Knights of Columbus, Elks and Eagles. He is an able after
dinner talker, and w T ell known as one of the best toastmasters within
the State. Genial of disposition, a good mixer and a man of much
experience, Leo Verkamp is favorably known throughout the South-
west. His present home is in Flagstaff, where three of his sisters are
the wives of three of the well known Babbitt family.



W. S. McKNiGHT, Sheriff of Santa Cruz County, is one of the
best known peace officials in the state, even though he has been in
office less than two years and is serving his first term. His work in the
capture of the border sneak thieves and shop lifters at Nogales and

the capture of many
hundreds of dollars
worth of their plunder
gave him prominence
among the officials of
the entire state. He
was born on an Illinois
farm and educated in
the common schools of
Illinois. In 1887 he
came to Arizona and
has been here ever
since, having been a
resident of Santa Cruz
County when that
county was cut off
from Pima. He has
had a variety of occu-
pations, as cowboy,
miner, rancher, and in
fact in almost every
line of business, and he
brought to his present
position a great fund
of experience, as well

as wide knowledge of the County and State, which were of valuable
aid in his official capacity. Sheriff McKnight is the son of William
P. and Eva Buck McKnight, both of whom were born and raised in
Illinois, his ancestors having been pioneers of the state. He married
Geneva Villa, a member of one of the best known families of Cali-
fornia. To the union have been born nine children, eight of whom
<re living, five sons and three daughters. During his twenty-fiv*
years' residence in Arizona Sheriff McKnight has made a large circle
of friends, and demonstrated his immense popularity by polling the
largest number of votes of any member of the official family in the
county. He takes an active part in the social, fraternal and civic life
of the community. He is a member of the A. O. U. W. and the Odd
Fellows. Importuned to seek the office by his friends, he accepted
against his will, but once in the fight made a thorough campaign of
the county, and since assuming the duties of the office has performed
the work in a manner which has been most satisfactory to all except
the law breakers of the county.


JOSEPH WILEY AKER, Superintendent of the Schools of Greenlee
County, was born in Grant County, Va., July 7, 1881. His father,
A. D. Aker, died the next year, leaving five children who were soon

forced to support and
educate themselves with
the aid of a devoted
mother. Their efforts
in this respect have been
well rewarded, as two
of his brothers are suc-
cessful ministers and the
remaining one a teacher.
Their only sister died at
an early age. When but
1 7 years old, Wiley Akei
joined the 4th Tennes-
see Volunteers and spent
four months in active
service in Cuba. Hav-
ing been mustered out he
returned to his home,
and proceeded to the coal
fields of West Virginia,
where he was employed
until in 1901 in a wreck
he lost his right hand
and right foot. The fol-
lowing September he be-
gan attending school at Princeton, W. Va., continued studying and
in 1906 was graduated with a B. S. degree from Emory & Henry Col-
lege. He next went to Lordsburg, N. M., where he served three
years as minister of the M. E. Church, and was married to Rae
Miller, a music teacher of that town. In 1909 he took charge of
the M. E. Church at Clifton, Arizona, and when Greenlee County
was organized in 1910, he was elected to the position he now holds,
when he resigned his work in the ministry. For the present term
he was elected by a large majority. Mr. Aker helped make the first
school law of the State, and at a meeting of school officials at Tucson
in 1912 was made a member of the committee to get up a course in
moral instruction for the pupils of the State. Mr. Aker is deeply
interested in school work. He is also author of several short stories,
and one book of fiction, which is now in course of publication in New
York City. His family consists of three sons, Malcome M., Cecil E.
and Greenlee M. Mr. and Mrs. Aker are interested workers in
all church and educational affairs.



ALVAN W. HOWE, Deputy Sheriff of Cochise County, though not
a native of Arizona, has been a resident of Dear Old Cochise since
he was but eight years old, when the family removed to the Territory.
While still a young man, he is one of the oldest peace officers in point
of service in Arizona, and has taken more people to the penitentiary
and to the insane asylum than any other officer in the State. Mr.
Howe was born in Chicago November 25, 1873, and October 8, 1881,
landed in Tombstone. His parents, Henry G. and Louise Willett

Allie Howe

Howe, were among the pioneers of Tombstone, and the former was
for many years Surveyor of Cochise County. A mining and civil
engineer by profession, he practiced in Arizona many years, and helped
in the location of many of the greatest mines. The first daily paper
started in Bisbee, The Daily Orb, was the property of Allie Howe,
and later being consolidated with The Review, became one of the
strongest papers in Arizona. After having completed the course !n
the public schools of Arizona, Allie went to Pomona College, where
he spent three years taking a special course. He has held numerous
positions in the court house, but is best known as a Deputy Sheriff,
having held a commission under every Sheriff during the past seven-
teen years. Mr. Howe was married at Bisbee in July, 1902, to Miss
Ella Sheppard, a native of San Francisco, whose parents had moved
to that place. They make their home in Tombstone.



THOMAS M. WILLS, chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Final
County, is one of the pioneers whose energetic career has done so much
to make Arizona one of the greatest states in the union. His father
was Harrison Roland Wills and his mother Rachel Elizabeth Gann.
Thomas Wills was born January 17, 1866, in Mariposa County, Cali-
fornia, but when he w r as very young the family moved to Bakersfield,
California, where his father engaged in the stock business and became
prominent on account of his business qualifications and his strong per-

Thomas M. Wills

sonality. Thomas Wills was educated in California, and coming to
Arizona July 5, 1883, he settled in Agua Caliente. He lived there
about a year, then moved to San Pedro, where he has since lived, ex-
cept for a short time in 1892 when he was with the Arizona Charley
Wild West Show, which started for the World's Fair in Chicago and
was a big advertisement for Arizona. Soon after coming to this state
Wills became a stockman and rancher and has succeeded until today
he is one of the big men in his line in the state. He was almost
forced into public life and in 1900 was elected for a two years' term as
supervisor. At the end of this term he was elected for a four year



term as sheriff. He was afterward elected twice for a four year term
as supervisor and during two years of the first term was chairman of
the board, which position he now fills. In 1910 he was elected to the
Constitutional Convention. Mr. Wills is a member of Tucson Lodge
No. 385 of the Elks, being one of the oldest members of this order in
the state. He is also a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the
Mystic Shrine. In 1895 Mr. Wills married Miss Elizabeth C.

A. J. HEAD, pioneer of Hassayampa, and president of Head Lum-
ber Company, has cut more timber in Arizona than any other one
man. He is not only a builder by profession but a constructor
through force of habit. He was one of the first mill men in Arizona,
having come here by stage in 1876. He comes of a line of machin-
ists, brought to Arizona considerable experience as a mill man, and
when the great mills were started at Hassayampa was foreman of the
Clark and Adams mills for several years. He was born on an Ala-
bama plantation in 1848, and having attended little country district
schools, his educational advantages were very limited. His father
died at Mobile in the Confederate Army in 1864. He continued to
work on the cotton plantation until 1870, when he engaged in saw
mill work with his uncle in the southern part of the state, and for
six years continued to work in and about saw mills in Alabama and
Florida. He left Florida in June, 1876, and arrived in Prescott,
August 4th, where his first job was making hay with a hoe near
Camp Verde for government post, after which he carried a hod for one
week, and moulded brick for one month, when he secured work at his
regular occupation, as head sawyer in a saw mill, and has been in that
and lumber business since, except frcm 1886 to 1890, when he was
postmaster of Prescott. During this time he bought a 'ranch, improved
it, and sold it at a good profit. He built the Prescott postoffice building,
as well as many other notable buildings in the city, and is owner of
the Head Hotel, a theater and much other valuable property. The
Head Hotel, Prescott, which is conducted mainly by Mrs. Head, is
one of the most thoroughly comfortable in Arizona. The rooms are
large, airy and well kept, and each one has running water both hot and
cold. It is conveniently and pleasantly located, and is consequently
one of the most popular hotels in the section for permanent or tran-
sient trade. Mrs. Head, who prior to her marriage in 1884, was Miss
Susie Tigh, is a native of Wisconsin. She was well known as a pio-
neer of the territory and was known throughout Arizona as one of
the first teachers at Ash Fork and one of the best educated w r omen in
the territory. She is a graduate of the State Normal School at Platte-
ville, Wisconsin. They have one daughter, Viva, who has been gradu-
ated from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, and has
been in Europe for the past two years studying grand opera.



ANDREW THOMPSON HAMMONS, cashier of the Old Dominion
Commercial Company, of Globe, Arizona, was born in Angelina
County, Texas, March 7, 1868. In 1877, his father, J. T. Hammons,
an attorney of note, removed to Eastland County, Texas. Here he

was elected Judge of the Coun-
ty Court by popular vote, and
served in this capacity for six
years. Judge Hammons was an
excellent pleader and public
speaker, and was generally ac-
knowledged the leading orator
of Northwest Texas. Among
his admirers he was mentioned
for U. S. Senator. He is still
living in Texas, but being ad-
vanced in age, has retired to
private life. Andrew Thomp-
son Hammons was elected Clerk
of the District Court of his
county at the age of 21 years,
and held this office for three suc-
cessive terms. He came to
Globe, Arizona, in the spring of
1900 and immediately went to
work in the Old Dominion
Mines, where for two years he
served in various capacities,
from mucker to ore sorter, and
when he left the mines he rank-
ed as an expert on the ores of
the district. In the fall of 1902
he was appointed cashier of The
Old Dominion Commercial
Company, one of the largest
banking and commercial com-
panies in Arizona, and has been
in their employ continuously
from that time. In addition to attending to the duties of his position
as cashier, he is at the present time acting as assistant to the general
manager, Governor George W. P. Hunt, and during the absence of
Governor Hunt made necessary by his duties at the capitol, Mr.
Hammons has assumed entire charge of the affairs of the corporation.
He is also a heavy stockholder in various mining enterprises, and
president of the Manitou Hill Copper Company and the Five Points
Copper Mining Company. As a business man Mr. Hammons has
been a thorough success from every viewpoint and is held in highest
esteem among the public with whom he has dealt for more than

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twenty years, having by his integrity, veracity and firmness won their
implicit confidence. He has ever chosen to retrace a false step rather
than pursue a shadow, and this is probably the keynote of his success,
material and otherwise, and has undoubtedly enabled him to get
ahead. Socially Mr. Hammons stands in the front ranks. He has
attained the highest degree in Freemasonry, is a member of the Odd
Fellow, Knights of Pythias and Elks, in all of which he is promi-
nently known. Politically he is a Progressive Democrat, a great ad-
mirer of Champ Clark and the principles which he advocates, and has
been a member of the Democratic Central Committee for the past
eight years, having served as chairman of that committee for two
terms. Mrs. Hammons, who was Miss Harriet A. Baker, of Onar-
ga, 111., is also well and favorably known in Globe, where she takes a
prominent part in church and social matters. She is the daughter of
Colonel H. P. Baker, who went to Illinois from the East in the early
"Go-West" days and became the owner of prairie land that is today
worth many times its original cost, and has proven a very profitable
investment for Colonel Baker. Mr. and Mrs. Hammons have two
daughters, Edith and Dorothy. Miss Edith has been attending an
eastern seminary from which she is about to graduate as valedictorian
of her class; and Miss Dorothy is attending the high school of Globe,
their home town, preparatory to taking an advanced course in the east.

Vic E. HANNY, whose slogan, "//' you don't knoic fie Hanny you
ought to," has made the originator one of the best known figures in
Arizona, and his unique methods of advertising, in which catchy slo-
gans dealing with common sense and backed up by honest methods and
fair values has made his store one of the best known and most popular
men's clothing and furnishing stores in the state. Mr. Hanny arrived
in Phoenix about a quarter of a century ago, but soon left for Tucson.
He came to Arizona with plenty of confidence, a pleasing personality
and a determination to make a success of the clothing business, and to
this end worked in various capacities, including salesman, clerk and
drummer, having covered Arizona on the road for several years, mak-
ing acquaintances and a reputation as a booster. He was first associ-
ated in Tucson with Harry A. Drachman in the shoe business, and
later in the firm of Brannen & Hanny. That his confidence in his
ability to make good was well founded has been proven by the fact
that he has now one of the finest stores of its kind in the Southwest,
and a business that is growing. Vic Hanny received his education
mainly by contact with the world and in the school of experience. Al-
though he enjoys a large acquaintance and many friends in the many
cities in which he has resided, he has never held any public office. As
member of the Pima County Republican Central Committee, he took
a prominent part in politics, but the urging of his friends and the im-
portuning of the party leaders were futile in their efforts to have him



accept a nomination for office. "Vic" Hanny is a charter member of
Phoenix Lodge 335, B. P. O. E., and the founder of Tucson Lodge
385, having been chosen as Exalted Ruler of that organization in
1903. He is a life member of the order. He is also a member of
Arizona Consistory No. 1, Tucson, and El Zaribah Temple A. A. O.
N. M. S. He was born in Cairo, 111., September 26, 1873, and mar-

Vic Hanny

ried in Buffalo, N. Y., to Miss Alice Hughes, daughter of John
Hughes, one of the best known men of that city. He was one of
President McKinley's party w T hen the President was shot. Mr.
Hanny's home is in Phoenix, where he takes a prominent part in the

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