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the First Maryland In-
fantry, joining General
Johnson's army at Har-
per's Ferry May 22,
1861. At the second
battle of Manassas he
joined General Robert E.
Lee, and served him per-
sonally. Later he be-
came a member of Gil-
more's battalion of cav-
alry. On the retreat
from Gettysburg Captain
Kelton was wounded at
Hagerstown, Maryland.
He was taken prisoner,
was confined at Fort
Delaware, and trans-
ferred to Point Lookout, Maryland, from which he escaped in 186-1,
and was organizing a company in southern Maryland at the time of
Lee's surrender. On May 7, 1879, Captain Kelton left Washing-
ton, D. C., with a party of eleven men under Major Hall, for Ari-
zona, and reached Tombstone in the latter part of June of the same
year. Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties have since been his
home, and during the intervening years he has filled many positions,
appointive and elective. He has been sheriff of Cochise, Inspector
of Customs and Deputy Collector of Customs. In 1885, when the
Indians were on the war path. Captain Kelton was sent by the United
States government to the Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico, where
he secured information that aided in the removal of the hostile In-
dians from Arizona. For some years he conducted a hotel at Tucson,
but he is now making his home at Kelton, where he is experimenting
in dry farming. As member of the Ways and Means, Banking and
Insurance and State Accounting and Methods of Business Commit-
tees, Mr. Kelton has been one of the active members of the House
of Representatives.



Perry Hall

PERRY HALL, Representative from Yavapai County, stands high
among law-makers who are deeply interested in the labor question.
A union engineer himself, he is ever on the lookout for any measure
that might prove detrimental to the interests of the men who toil, and
is equally watchful for those which may prove beneficial. Mr. Hall
was born on a farm in Missouri in 1852, and having completed his
education in the public schools of that vicinity, he worked on the
farm with his father, John R. Hall, for several years, and in April,
1874, went to California. There he served his apprenticeship as
engineer, which has since been his regular occupation, and he is now
considered one of the best qualified men in the Southwest in his line.
He was elected to the lower house of the Legislature in 1908, and
during his term established a record for activity in behalf of labor.
In the sessions of the First State Legislature Mr. Hall has been
counted one of the strong men in the House. At the first session he
introduced the bill drawn by the Mine Code Commission, which
provided for a mine inspector and a complete revision of the laws
governing mining. He w T as also Chairman of the Committee on
Mines and Alining and member of various others. In the special



session Mr. Hall was on the following committees: Mines and
Mining, Labor, Constitutional Amendments and Referendum, and
Ways and Means. Mr. Hall's daughter, Mrs. Mabel Conn, was
appointed clerk in the last Territorial and First State Legislatures,
and like her father, her record is one of efficiency. Mr. Hall is one
of the representative men of his section, who, as union man and legis-
lator, has established a reputation without blemish.

JOSEPH F. WOODS, Sheriff of Navajo County, is one of the best
known and most trustworthy peace officers in Arizona. He is
know r n throughout the Southwest, both in his official capacity and as
a prominent man in the cattle business for a number of years before

he was elected to office. For
years he was employed as foreman
for different cattle outfits, handling
some of the largest herds in the
Southwest, and later was in business
for himself. Mr. Woods is the son
of John W. and Elizabeth Feeley
Woods, who crossed the plains in a
prairie schooner in the early days,
and were numbered among the early
pioneers of California, in which
State Sheriff Woods was born.
During the years following the rush
of '49, John W. Woods was a well
known figure in California. Joe
Woods, as he is familiarly known,
having been raised in the environ-
ment of the pioneer, is thoroughly
familiar with conditions in a com-
paratively new country, able to cope
with any emergency likely to be
met in the discharge of his duties,
and does not know the meaning of
fear. Twice he was the choice of
his party for the office of Sheriff,
but with the party met defeat, but having been elected, he made a
record that was difficult to surpass, and he has been twice re-elected,
and during his long term of service his work has been highly creditable
to himself and most gratifying to his constituents. Mr. Woods was
married in 1890 to Miss Rowena Harris, and they have two sons.
The older, Chauncey Harris Woods, is a bright youth of nineteen,
with excellent prospects for the future, while the younger, Joseph
Huston Woods, is a lad of nine, possessing the characteristics of his
father, and a probable future sheriff.



Alexander Barker

ALEXANDER BARKER, Representative from Final County to the
First State Legislature, was also a member of the Twenty-first and
Twenty-third Territorial Assemblies. He was born in Lockport,
Louisiana, November 25, 1849, and is the son of B. F. and Louise
Hobbs Barker. He attended school in Sandusky, Ohio, in his early
teens, but left to join the United States Army. After serving three
years in the army, he was discharged as Sergeant of Company G,
Seventh United States Infantry. He returned to Louisiana, which
he made his home until 1881, and in the latter year came to Arizona.
During his residence in Louisiana he held positions of honor and trust
under three governors, William P. Kellogg, Republican, and L. A.
Wiltz and Francis Till Nichols, Democrats, and served thirteen
years as postmaster in Lockport, his native town. His first residence
in Arizona was at Florence, and for more than thirty years Mr
Barker has been one of Final County's recognized leading citizens,
and one credited with having at heart the interests of his State and
party. Mr. Barker's occupation has been mining and farming in
Final County. There he reared a family of eight children, all of
whom are living. One son, Captain Alexander Barker, is a member
of the Louisiana Legislature. His brother. Honorable C. J. Barker,


was one of the eminent men of Louisiana, and another brother, Frank
Barker, was President of the Senses Charity Hospital, the second best
of its kind in the country. Always a public-spirited man, and having
done much that redounded to his credit, and with a personality that
has endeared him to many, in no way could he have more generally
demonstrated the humane side of his character and his innate kindness
and forethought than by his one act of introducing here from his old
home state the beautiful umbrella tree. Mr. Barker saw years ago
what an advantage this would prove in future years, and had his
brother send him some of the seed, which was planted in Florence,
and produced trees so attractive that the seed has been passed on until
the trees are to be found today in every part of Arizona where it is
possible for them to grow. They have so greatly enhanced the ap-
pearance of so many places, and have proven such a boon to the State,
being among the most ornamental and best shade trees of the South-
west, that they are bound to prove an everlasting monument to Alex-
ander Barker. In the special session Mr. Barker was chairman of the
noted "Ax" Committee. He also served on the Committees on Labor,
Live Stock, and Counties and County affairs.

E. A. HUGHES, Assessor of Cochise County, has always taken a
prominent part in the State Assessors' Association, and at the last
election he was chosen Secretary and Treasurer. His parents were
William and Ann Long Hughes, pioneers of California. Mr.
Hughes was born in Contra Costa County, California, but his parents
came to Arizona when he was but five years of age, and settled in
Cochise County. Mr. Hughes attended the public schools and the
University of Arizona, and the Shattuck Military Academy at Fari-
bault, Minnesota, from which he was graduated in 1900. He then
entered the University of Minnesota, but before he completed the
course took a position with the Standard Oil Company, by whom he
was employed two years. He then went to Mandan, North Dakota,
to work in the First National Bank, and remained a little more than a
year, when he returned to Arizona, was appointed Assistant Clerk of
the Board of Supervisors and located in Tombstone. He next served
as Chief Deputy to the County Recorder. In the fall of 1911 he was
the Democratic party's nominee for the position of Assessor, and
received large majorities both in the primaries and at the election.
As Assessor his work has been most satisfactory, and the valuation of
property in Cochise County has been raised from a little over nineteen
millions in 1911 to nearly ninety millions. Mr. Hughes is a member
of the York Rite Masons and is at present serving as Master of King
Solomon Lodge No. 5. He is also a member of the B. P. O. E. In
1906 Mr. Hughes was married to Miss Mabel Feldman, of Tucson,
and to them have been born three children, Marjory, age five, and
Marion, age three.





JAMES H. KERBY, first Assessor of Greenlee County, was born in
Huntsville, Mo., April 30, 1881. He is the youngest son of Cliff T.
and Cassie Rutherford Kerby, whose parents were among the most
prominent and influential residents of Missouri. His father died
when James was but three years old, leaving a widow and five chil-
dren, four boys and one girl. Mr. Kerby was reared upon a farm,
and received only the advantage of a graded public school education.
Not being satisfied with this, through his own efforts he completed a
commercial course in one of the best schools of Quincy, 111., after
which he located in the City of St. Louis, where he was associated
with William Seely, Circulation Manager of "The St. Louis Star,"
for about a year. Mr. Seely then left this position and became inter-
ested in the Seely-Van Dyke Drug Company, East Orange, N. J.,
took Mr. Kerby with him, and for more than a year he was in the
employ of this company. Then, through correspondence with an
old schoolmate who was located there, he came to Arizona and made
his home in Clifton, arriving there in May, 1903. He first worked in
the drug department of the A. C. Co., and then took a position as
bookkeeper of the Cromb & Shannon meat market. In 1905 he re-
turned to Missouri and was married to Miss Cora Gibson, daughter
of George D. and Emilio Gibson, one of the prominent families of
Howard County, of which her father served as Sheriff for twelve
years. On his return, however, he became dissatisfied with working
for a salary, and started for himself in the real estate business. He
was deputy to Assessor John J. Birdno from 1907 to 1911 in
Graham County, and because of his fair, impartial and fearless
manner of assessing, and his knowledge of taxation, he earned the
reputation of being one of the best officers who ever served the
county in that capacity. In January, 1911, Greenlee County was
organized from Graham, making necessary the appointment of an
assessor for the new county. Certain interests fought the appoint-
ment of Mr. Kerby, but he secured the appointment. He started
out with a valuation of $5,762,447.66, and at the end of the first
year, though having worked at a disadvantage on account of not hav-
ing maps or plats, the result w r as remarkable, as after the equalization
was made it was found that the county's taxable wealth showed an
increase of $1,409,421.92. In the fall of 1911, when county officers
were elected, Mr. Kerby led his ticket in amount of votes received
by any candidate having an opponent. His assessment for the year
1912 showed a more remarkable increase, for after the equalization
was made it was found that the taxable wealth of the county amounted
to more than $12,726,000.00, an increase over that of 1911 of more
than $5,503,000.00, or a total increase of $6,993,562.34 for two years.
Mr. Kerby became a member of the Arizona County Assessors' Asso-
ciation in 1911, when it was organized, and has done some wonderful
work in having this association recommend tax measures to the legis-
lature, among which is the repeal of the bullion tax law. It was



his draft of the measure creating the Tax Commission that was
adopted by the Attorney General, and at the time of the appointment
of this commission Mr. Kerby was offered the position of Secretary,
and after the resignation of one of the members was offered a place on
the commission, which he refused because he was offered the short
term instead of the one made vacant by the resignation. Mr. Kerby
has the reputation of being one of the best informed men in the State
on the subject of taxation, always interested in the equalization of
assessments. He is a progressive Democrat, interested in working
for the best interests of Democracy. He organized the first Demo-
cratic club in Greenlee County, and the fruits of its labors are to be
noted at each election. Mr. Kerby is a member of Elks' Lodge No.
1174, and Coronado Masonic Lodge No. 8, F. & A. M., both of

Allan B. Ming

ALLAN B. MING, Assessor of Yuma County, having been identified
with the upbuilding of tne State since 1900, and having taken an
active part in the development of the section in which he resides, is
known as one of the most enthusiastic boosters for Arizona, especially
for Yuma County, that is to be found in the Southwest. As Com-
missioner of Immigration he did much to make known to the outside
world the advantages of Yuma County, and by means of his publicity
campaign while in this position, and as President of the Chamber of

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Commerce, the county received a strong impetus in its development
and made rapid strides because of the class of settlers who were
attracted to the vicinity. Mr. Ming is the son of Charles H. and
Louise Swackhammer Ming. He was born in 1874, in New Jersey,
where his father was engaged in the lumber business. His ancestors
were among the early colonial settlers, and can be traced back to
Revolutionary times. Mr. Ming has been active in the Good Roads
campaign, and is one of the directors of the Yuma County Association;
he is also a director in the Yuma Chamber of Commerce, one of the
most wide awake organizations of the Southwest. He is interested
in mining, irrigation and farming projects, and is Secretary and
Treasurer of the Thumb Butte Mining Company. In politics he is
a progressive Democrat, and has held important positions in the party
organization, both State and County, having been a member of the
State Central Committee and County Chairman. He is a member
of the Elks and Eagles, and of other fraternal organizations, is one of
the best known and best liked men in his county, and his administra-
tion of affairs in the Assessor's office during the past year has met
with the hearty approval of the people interested.

WILLIAM EATON MARVIN, Deputy County Assessor of Yuma
County, has been recently in charge of the State Highway construc-
tion between Ray and Globe, under the direction of the State En-
gineer's office. He was born May 11, 1868, in Mooreville, Mich-
igan. He is the son of Milton E. Marvin and grandson of William
E. Marvin, a well known financier who owned a large tract of land
in Michigan, and was one of the earliest pioneers of that State.
Milton E. Marvin managed his father's estate after his death until
it was swept away in a panic. He died shortly after, leaving a fam-
ily, of which William Eaton Marvin was the oldest, and it became
his duty to support his mother and the other children. He left home
at the age of fourteen, and his education was acquired at odd times.
However, he succeeded in mastering surveying and engineering, and
has been identified with some of the largest projects in the Southwest.
He arrived in the Yuma Valley March 29, 1893, where he worked
as engineer, and was a pioneer of that section. He also worked as a
miner, prospertor and at other work common to the frontier until
1898, when he went to Cuba with Roosevelt. He was elected County
Recorder and ex-officio Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, and was
one of the few Rough Riders elected to office that year. In 1900 he
was elected County Surveyor of Yuma ; two years later was elected
Supervisor by the largest vote ever cast in the county for that office,
and w T on the four-year term. He was re-elected in 1908. At the
expiration of two years he was again named for this office, and served
as member of the Board until Arizona became a State. In order to



have the benefit of Mr. Marvin's wide experience and knowledge of
values in the county, A. B. Ming appointed him Deputy County
Assessor. In June, 1912, he was asked to take charge of the road
building between Globe and Ray.

William t,aton Marvin

W. G. DUXCAX, Assessor of Gila County, was born in Burleson
County, Texas, in 1859; he was left an orphan at an early age, and
was the support of his widow T ed mother and his sisters. The Civil
War having reduced the fortune of the family greatly, he secured a
position as bookkeeper, and by his efficiency won the confidence and
esteem of his employers, and became known as a sterling, competent
and honest man. He was elected County Clerk and succeeded him-
self without opposition, because of his excellent record. Mr. Duncan
moved to Arizona in 1896 with his family, composed of his wife,
four boys and one girl. One of his sons is at present his chief
deputy in the assessor's office. Soon after his arrival he became
associated with J. N. Porter in the mercantile business at Fort
Thomas. He moved to Globe in 1901, and was associated with
different firms until 1903, when he went to San Carlos and engaged
in the business of post trader. In 1907 he returned to Globe, served
as Deputy Sheriff and Constable, and resigned the latter position to


enter the campaign for the office of Assessor, to which he was elected
over one of the strongest Republicans in Gila County, Dan R.
Williamson, the incumbent at that time. Mr. Duncan has a com-
plete knowledge of values, knows conditions thoroughly, and his
rugged honesty makes him an ideal man for Assessor of the rich and
prosperous County of Gila. Jeff A. Duncan, Chief Deputy Assessor,
like his father, is a Texas Democrat. He received an excellent edu-

W. G. Duncan

Jeff Duncan

cation in the common schools, and from an early age was employed in
the butcher business in Globe, until appointed Deputy Assessor. Wal-
lace A. Duncan, another son, received a good business training, and
at present is Chief Clerk for the Hayden Mercantile Company, at
Hayden, Arizona. John A. Duncan, the third son, is Agent of the
Arizona Eastern Railroad Company at Fort Thomas. The youngest
of the four boys is Clarence C. Duncan, a jeweler, who holds a good
position in Phoenix. The Duncan family, who swell the Demo-
cratic majority by five votes each election, will always be found on
the side of progress and modern methods.



R. W. SMITH, Clerk of the Superior Court of Graham County,
was born in Washington, Utah, April 22, 1875. His father, John
W. Smith, a native of Tennessee, was one of the early pioneers of
the West, having settled in California in the early fifties. He is now
living at Green River, Utah. His mother, Nancy Kilbreth Smith,
died in the spring of 1912 at the age of 63. Mr. Smith had but little
education, having been reared on the frontier, but, being studiously
inclined, by steady application was able to prepare himself for teach-
ing, and taught in the district schools of Graham County foi nine

R. W. Smith

years. He then entered the Los Angeles Business College, from
which he received a diploma in telegraphy, and entering the service
of the railroad company at Safford, Arizona, he filled the position of
operator and agent for a period of seven years at different stations
along the line of the Arizona Eastern. Receiving an appointment
as Clerk of the District Court under Judge E. W. Lewis, he resigned
his position with the railroad company, and has since been Clerk of
the Court. Mr. Smith is a Republican, but is one of the most
popular men of Graham County, and at the election of 1911 over-
came a normal Democratic majority of about six hundred. He was
united in marriage with V. Louie Worsley in 1897, and to the union


have been born seven children. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are members
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Mr. Smith,
as is customary among the members of his faith, was called upon by
the church authorities and in re-ponse thereto, proceeded south and
spent two years as a missionary in the Southern States, largely in
Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. He is a member of the Knights
of Pythias, and both he and Mrs. Smith belong to the Pvthian Sisters.

DANIEL JOSEPH CRONIN, Recorder of Coconino, has without
doubt as wide an acquaintance in the county as any of the pioneers,
although he has been a resident of the State but six years. Though
a graduate of San Xavier College, Cincinnati, in the class of 1900,

he did not wait until he was offered
a position suitable to the dignity of
a college man, but immediately got
busy at th? first thing that presented
itself, which happened to be in a
lumber camp. He was a willing
\vorker, his ability was recognized,
and he soon had a better position.
He next tried farming, then mining,
and has been interested in every sort
of work known to that section, with
the exception of sheep herding and
cow punching, but he declares he
may take up this work at any time.
He worked for some time as Clerk
of the Commercial Hotel, thereby
increasing his already large circle
of acquaintances, and his next move
was in the mercantile business, as
bill clerk in the employ of C. A.
Black & Brother. He was known as a careful, able and energetic
young man, was appointed Deputy Recorder under Jesse L. Boyce,
and it was probably the record he made in that position which elected
him to the ore he now holds. Dan J. Cronin came from real old
Irish stock, his parents, Dennis and Margaret Carroll Cronin, having
both been born a"d educated in Ireland. They came to Cincinnati in
the early days of Ohio, and there Dan was born in 1880. Mr.
Cronin is a power in the Democratic party of the State, of which
he is a staurch supporter. He is acquainted with the rank and file
of the voters of his county, and having had experience in many lines,
is versed in the needs and desires of the people, and it is safe to assert
that there never has been a more prudent and careful administration in
the Recorder's office than that furnished by the present incumbent.

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P. J. FARLEY, Clerk of the Superior Court of Yavapai County,
enjoys the confidence of a larger constituency than is the portion of
most county officials, and his conduct in office indicates that no one
more highly appreciates the honors conferred upon him, as every posi-
tion of trust he has
filled has been noted
for prompt and high
class service during
his incumbency. In
fact, it is said, dur-
ing his entire career
as a wage earner,
he has never been
discharged, invaria-
bly resigning to en-
ter other fields with
a view to bettering
his condition. Mr.
Farley was born in
Meath County, Ire-
land, on March 17,
1865. After com-
pleting normal and
civil service courses
in his native land, he
joined his father, an
Irish exile, in Mis-
souri, in 1883, en-
gaging in the stock
business. Later his
ambition overrode
his judgment, and,
separating himself from lowing herds and bleating flocks, he found
employment in Kansas City, where, though under twenty-one years
of age, he was General Foreman for Smith & Baer, one of the largest
contracting firms of the place. After three years in this capacity,
we find him in Arizona, engaged in mining. In the fall of 1900 he
was elected Recorder of Yavapai County, and re-elected in 1902 by
one of the largest majorities on the Democratic ticket. He served
as Enrolling ard Engrossing Clerk of the Council of the Twenty-third
Legislature, when Honorable George W. P. Hunt was president of
that body. Demand for his public services did not end here, for,
on reaching Prescott, his home, he was met at the depot by the County

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