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JOHN HEXRY WILLIS, Senator from Navajo County, is the son
of John Henry Willis, a pioneer of Utah and Arizona, and w T as born
in the latter State May 15, 1858. His mother is a native of England.
His grandfather, William Wesley Willis, served in the United States
Army during the War with Mexico as Lieutenant in the Mormon
Battalion, with whom he went from the Missouri River to New
Mexico. In 1847 he was honorably discharged, and, returning to
his home in Illinois, he removed his family to Utah. Senator Willis
was educated in Utah and remained there until 1878, when he came
to Arizona with his father in January, but later returned to Utah
and in November of that year he was married to Miss Fanny Jane
Rourdy, whose father was a member of the Utah Legislature. The


next year they came to Arizona and made their home at Snow-flake,
then Apache County, where he has since resided and has been variously
engaged in farming, stock raising and mercantile affairs. He has
also been United States mail and transportation contractor from
Holbrook to Fort Apache, and hay and grain contractor at Fort
Apache. He was nominated for Probate Judge of Apache, but
defeated at the election, and in 1894 was elected Supervisor. The
next year the county was divided, and Snowflake, his home, incorpor-
ated in the new Navajo County, and the same year Governor L. C.
Hughes appointed him member of the Board of Supervisors in the
new county. He was afterwards elected to this office for the follow-
ing two terms. In 1908 he was nominated for member of the Assem-
bly in the Territorial Legislature, but declined to run for the office
because his business affairs demanded his presence. His friends
again nominated him as theii representative in the First State Senate
of Arizona, and he was elected by a majority which showed beyond
question that he was the man for this honor, and his record in the
Senate has demonstrated his fitness in this respect. In the special
session he was member of the committees on Counties and County
Affairs, Municipal Corporations, Labor, Educational and Public In-
stitutions, and Suffrage and Elections. Senator Willis is the father
of eleven children, all born in Arizona, and ten of whom are still
living here, five sons and five daughters. He also has eight grand-
children, all of whom are natives of this State.

SAM BLAIN BRADNER. of Cochise County, Speaker of the
House during the regular session of the First State Legislature, was
born in Wanvick, New V )rk, June 28, 1869. He was educated in
the public schools and at Warwick Institute. His first job was as
printer's devil on the Warwick Valley Dispatch. This he soon left,
however, to go into the dry goods business, but owing to ill health
he was obliged to seek outdoor employment, and he secured work as
brakeman. Mr. Bradner spent some time in the army during the
Spanish-American War, in the Sixth Massachusetts Volunteers, and
saw active service in Porto Rico. He came to Arizona in 1905, and
was first employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad. All his life a
consistent Democrat, and a party worker, he first attained prominence
in Arizona in August, 1910, when he was nominated by the Cochise
County Convention as delegate to the Constitutional Convention, and
the fact that his opponent was a wealthy mining and cattle man did
not seem to have any bearing on the vote, as Mr. Bradner secured
the nomination. His next political honor was in the fall ot 1911,
when he was elected one of Cochise County's representatives in the
First State Legislature, and by the House was chosen its Speaker. At
the special session in the spring of 1913 he w r as defeated for the Speak -
ership by but one vote. Mr. Bradner is a descendant of John Brad-


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Sam Blain Bradner


ner, who came from Scotland in 1709, located in what is now Goshen,
New York, and served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church. His
mother, whose maiden name was Sarah Catherine Vandervort, is a
descendant of General John Hathorn, who served under Washington
in the Revolution, while on his father's side he is a descendant of
Major Howe, who gained distinction during the War of 1812. Mrs.
Bradner, formerly Miss Bessie L. Gay, is also a native of Massachu-
setts, and a descendant of an old Puritan family. They were married
at Franklin, Massachusetts, March 28, 1901. Mr. Bradner as a
member served during the special session of the Legislature on the
Rules, Labor, Live Stock, and Constitutional Amendments and
Referendum Committees.

Dox C. BABBITT, Maricopa County, is one of the young men of
the House who has made an excellent record as legislator, which is
but a continuation of his record otherwise throughout Maricopa. Mr.
Babbitt has been prominent in the political field for some years, and has
held a number of official positions. As Treasurer he showed splendid
results from his capable management, and his influence was an aid in
placing Maricopa in the Democratic column in the election of the
first State officials and lawmakers and in sending an undivided delega
tion to the First State Legislature. Mr. Babbitt has been a resident
of Arizona since he was five years old, when the family removed here
from Utah. His grandfather, Almon W. Babbitt, was one of the
early pioneers of Utah, having gone there by ox team from Illinois
in its early days. He was one of the first practicing attorneys in
that Territory, and was the first representative sent by the Territory
of Utah to Congress. He was killed by Indians while on his return
from Washington, D. C. Don Babbitt has served as Justice of the
Peace and member of the City Council in Mesa. He is Chairman of
the Committee on Appropriations, and member of those on Ways and
Means, State Accounting and Methods of Business, and Public
Health and Statistics. Mr. Babbitt was married in 1902 to Miss
Orpha Standage. They have one daughter, Zelma, and one son,
Almon W., born December 12, 1912. He is a member of Phoenix
Lodge No. 335, B. P. O. E.

DAXIEL P. JOXES, member of the lower house from Maricopa
County, has been a resident of that county since he came to Arizona
thirty-six years ago, and during all those years he has lived in the
same vicinity, and has been one of the leading citizens of the east
end of that county, as well as a staunch adherent of the Democratic
party. Mr. Jones is the son of Daniel W. and Harriet E. Colton
Jones, of Provo City, Utah, where he was reared and educated. He
has held local offices during much of his residence here, and has been
especially interested in the development of the educational facilities of


Daniel P. Jones


Don C. Babbitt


the district in which he has lived. He has been Justice of the Peace
in Lehi precinct for twelve years, has also been school trustee
for many years, and is at present trustee of the Mesa High
School district. He is also Chairman of the Council of the Salt
River Valley Water Users' Association. In the House, and particu-
larly on the important committees, Mr. Jones has been one of the most
reliable workers of the First State Legislature. He is now serving
as Chairman of the Education, and Member of the Labor, Good
Roads, Public Lands, and Agriculture and Irrigation Committees.
On August 26, 1877, the year in which he came to Arizona, Mr.
Jones was married to Miss Mary E. Merrill, and they have reared a
family of twelve children, five of whom have been graduated from the
State Normal at Tempe. -

JOHN W. BUCHANAN, of Pima County, is a native of Mississippi,
having been born on a farm near Brandon, in that State. He was
educated in the public schools and at the completion of his education
took a position as salesman in a dry goods store. Preferring an out-
door life, he took up carpentry, and eventually drifted into railroad
work. He has been in the employ of the Southern Pacific Railroad
Company for the past eight years, most of which has been in their
accounting department. He was in the office of the car accountant
in Houston, Texas, two years prior to his coming to Arizona in 1905,
w r as then in the auditor's office of the Arizona Eastern and Southern
Pacific de Mexico until promoted to the position of car service agent
of these lines. Mr. Buchanan is a Democrat both by heredity and
from conviction, and although he has been actively interested in politi-
cal affairs since he has been entitled to vote, he had no inclination
toward political office until induced by his friends to be candidate for
lepresentative from Pima County in the first State Legislature,
when he was the only one elected to the lower house on that ticket in
the county. In the special session of the Legislature he served as
Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means, and member of the
Committees on Public Lands, Constitutional Amendments, and Public
Health and Statistics. Mr. Buchanan has many friends throughout
the State, especially in Tucson, where he makes his home. He is a
member of the Elks, and Woodmen of the World.

FRANK O. MATTOX, Navajo County's representative in the First
State Legislature, was born in Cable, Ohio, in 1874. He was edu-
cated in the public schools of Urbana, Ohio, and was graduated from
the High School. At the age of eighteen he entered the service of
the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, by w T hom he was employed five
years, and for the succeeding five years he was in the service of the
Big Four. He came to Arizona in 1900, and since the following
year has been employed by the Santa Fe, with headquarters at Win-
slow. Mr. Mattox is now holding his first political office in the
State, and in the House is member of the following committees:








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Ways and Means, Constitutional Amendments and Referendum,
Public Health and Statistics, and Printing. He is well known,
especially throughout Navajo County, and is a member of the Arizona
Club, Masonic Order, belonging to Flagstaff Lodge No. 7, F. & A.
M., Winslow Royal Arch Chapter No. 8, Ivanhoe No. 2, Knights
Templar, of Prescott, Winslow Lodge No. 536, B. P. O. E., and
Division No. 85, Order of Railroad Conductors.

A. G. CURRY, of Cochise County, was born on a ranch near
Visalia, California, in 1859. His father, Dr. E. J. Curry, was a
physician in Alabama who went to California in the early days, but
removed to Texas in 1865, retired from professional life and became a
cattleman and rancher. A. G. Curry was educated in the public
schools of California and Texas,, and came to Arizona when quite a
young man. Here he has been engaged in various pursuits, but he
eventually settled down to the cattle business and traded in Mexican
cattle for a time. He then bought a ranch on the San Pedro river,
and on this he made his home until about ten years ago, when he
removed to Douglas and engaged in business. He is now a member
of the firm of Curry & Co., one of the largest dry goods firms in the
City of Douglas. In the first session of the First State Legislature
Mr. Curry was chairman of the Committee on Public Expenditures,
and member of several other important ones ; and in the special session
he was Chairman of the Committee on Good Roads and member of
the Constitutional Amendments and Referendum, Counties and
County Affairs, and Agriculture and Irrigation Committees. He is
a member of the Masons and Odd Fellows, and is well known
throughout Cochise County in a business, fraternal and political way.
He married Miss Hughella Pyeatt, and their family consists of two
sons and two daughters, Roland, Joseph, Anna and Esther.

MATTHEW H. KANE, member of the First State Legislature from
Greenlee County, was born in Wisconsin March 4, 1869, and is the
son of James and Anna Martin Kane. In 1873 his parents removed
to Nebraska, then very sparsely settled, and there his childhood was
spent with only Sioux Indians for playmates. From them he thor-
oughly learned their language and the expert use of the bow and
arrow. For several years, up to the time he was eleven years of
age, his time was spent herding cattle. From the time he was eleven
years until he was twenty-one, he was employed as clerk, railway
mail clerk, and traveling salesman. About that time he removed to
Butte, Montana, where he became engaged in mercantile business,
and there he was married in the year 1900. In 1901 he came to
Arizona to accept the management of the store department of the
Shannon Copper Company, which position he retained until the time


of the convening of the First State Legislature. During the regular
session Mr. Kane was Chairman of the Committee on Counties and
County Affairs, and member of several others, and at the special
session he was member of the Committee on State Institutions and
Expenditures, known as the "Ax" Committee; also of the Corn-

Matthew H. Kane

mittee on State Accounting and Methods of Business, and Banking
and Insurance, and Chairman of the Committee on Counties and
County Affairs. On the adjournment of the regular session Mr.
Kane purchased a ranch in the vicinity of York, to which he is now
devoting his time.

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LAMAR COBB, State Engineer, was born in Georgia, May 3, 1870,
educated at the University of Georgia, class of '89. After this he
spent two years in Philadelphia, Pa., with the Baldwin Locomotive
Works, the following six years with the Sub-surface Department.
Washington, D. C. From 1896 to 1898 he was associated with the
United States Surveyor General's office and City Engineer's depart-
ment, Denver, Colorado, and was with the Mississippi River Com-
mission for the Fourth District at New Orleans, La., from 1898 to
1900. He came to Arizona and located at Clifton in 1900, doing a
general engineering business. He was a member of the 23rd Terri-
torial Legislature from Graham County. He was also a member of
the Constitutional Convention, and in 1911 was candidate for Con-
gress at the Democratic primaries. He was appointed to his present
position March 12, 1912. Mr. Cobb is a son of Major Lamar Cobb
and Ann Olivia Newton, and married Miss Margaret M. Keily, a na-
tive of Maryland, at El Paso, Texas, December, 1907. They have
one child.

CHARLES C. BERAULT, Chief Clerk in the office of the State En-
gineer, was born in Paterson, New Jersey, July 17, 1871. He was
educated in New Jersey, having first attended school in his native
town, and later the Sacred Heart College, at Vineland, from which
he was graduated in 1893. His mother, who is still living, was for-
merly Miss Sarah Powers, and his father, Wheaton Berault, deceased,
was one of the prominent attorneys of the New Jersey bar, especially
known as a criminal lawyer, and practiced in the courts of Vineland
and Camden. Charles C. Berault has been employed principally in
railroad construction. He is a Democrat, and has always been ac-
tively interested in the party's welfare in Arizona, but apart from
having been a member of the Central Committee of Pima County,
he has never held a political position, either elective or appointive,
until chosen to his present one by State Engineer Cobb. Mr.
Berault is a member of the Society of Cincinnati of the Rhode Island
Plantations, and the second member in the State of Arizona. He is
married and makes his home in Phoenix. Mrs. Berault was formerly
Miss Cora Estelle Dougherty.

THOMAS F. NICHOLS, Assistant State Engineer, is the son of
Charles Lewis and Anna Flint Nichols, and was born in Maine in
1870. He attended the public schools and then Bowdoin College,
from which he received the degree of A. B. in 1892. He then entered
Clark University, and in 1895 was graduated in mathematics and
physics, with the degree of Ph. D. The next year he was elected to
the chair of mathematics and surveying in Hamilton College, Clinton,
New York, which position he held for ten successive years, meanwhile
attending also to an outside practice in civil engineering. He was
Assistant Engineer of New York State from 1906 to 1908, then came



James A. Parker John C. Ryan

Thomas F. Xh-hols
Charles C. Berault Frank R. Goodman


to Arizona, and for the next four years was civil engineer for the Ray
Consolidated Copper Company, but resigned to accept hi> present
position, when appointed to the same by Mr. Cobb, State Engineer.
In December, 1900, Mr. Nichols was married to Miss Alice Gordon
Root. Their home is now in the Capital City.

FRANK R. GOODMAN, Division Engineer of the State Highway
Commission, son of Samuel Adams and Kate Vinson Goodman, was
born in Tyler, Texas, in 1882, and educated in that State. He first
attended the public schools, was graduated from the High School,
then took a complete business course and a course in engineering. He
has been in Arizona nine years, and has been connected with the State
Highway department as engineer under two administrations, having
been one of three out of thirteen who were retained on the force from
the preceding, under the first State administration. He has been also
from practical experience and night study. He came to Arizona in
ritory and State as Bridge Engineer, during this time having built two
May, 1902, and since February, 1910, has been employed by the Ter-
connected w r ith che State Engineer's office in Prescott, and it is largeiy
due to his efforts that that city can claim to be possessor of its pres-
ent well equipped water system, one of the best in the Southwe-t.
Mr. Goodman has also been connected with the government c ervi-:e
in the following departments: Commerce and Labor, Indian Affairs,
and Interior. While in the service of the Department of Commerce
and Labor, he compiled the data which he had gathered from personal
investigation of the numerous irrigation systems of the State. He
holds a commission as United States Mineral Surveyor. His head-
quarters are at Phoenix. Mr. Goodman's relatives on both sides
were in active service during the Civil War in the Confederate
army, and his father is now a member of the Confederate Veterans.
He is a Democrat in politics, and well known member of the Masons,
Knights of Pythias and Elks.

JAMES C. RYAN, Assistant to State Engineer Cobb, was born in
Denver, April 10, 1882, and is the son of John C. and Emma J. Ryan.
He was educated in the public schools of Denver and Grand Junc-
tion, Colorado, and graduated from the high school at the latter
place. He then engaged in engineering work in Sonora, Mexico,
where he was employed with the corps having in charge the building
of the Nacozari Railroad, and on the completion of that road was
employed by the Phelps Dodge Company as roadman, grading in-
spector, extra foreman and instrument man on their railroad work
until April, 1906, when he entered the employ of the Gila Valley,
Globe & Northern Railway as instrument man, and was promoted to
the position of Resident Engineer in charge of that division. Mr.
Ryan has never had a college course, having learned civil engineering



from practical experience and night study. He came to Arizona in
May, 1902, and since February, 1910, has been employed by the Ter-
ritory and State as Bridge Builder, during this time having built two
bridges in connection with the Territorial Highway, one of reinforced
concrete and one of steel. He was married January 28, 1907, to Miss
Edith Grace Boyd. Mr. and Mrs. Ryan have three sons, John David,
Richard Arthur, and Edward Boyd Ryan.

JAMES A. PARKER, Assistant State Engineer, is one of the best
known in his profession in the Southwest, and has been in charge of
the construction of a number of highways throughout the State during
the past year. He is a member of the Arizona Society of Engineers,
and has a wide acquaintance in almost every county in Arizona, both
professional and personal. Mr. Parker is the son of Judge P. P.
Parker, one of the best known pioneers and most public spirited men
in the State, who, for more than a score of years, has wielded a large
and beneficial influence in its political affairs. Much of the success
of Engineer Lamar Cobb can be attributed to his ability to judge
human nature and select a staff of capable assistants, and of his staff
Mr. Parker is one of the ablest.

J. Mos RUTHRAUFF, City Engineer and Water and Street Super-
intendent, Tucson, was born September 6, 1886, in Dixon, Illinois,
and is the son of J. M. and Ella Morrison Ruthrauff, of that city.
Mr. Ruthrauff first attended the public schools, then Wittenberg
College, Springfield, Ohio, from which he was graduated. He is
also a graduate of the University of Arizona, having been a member of
the class of 1909. Before assuming his present position Mr. Ruth-
rauff has been employed in various capacities, having been chemist for
the lola Portland Cement Company, Assistant Superintendent of the
Randall Ore Reduction Works, Ajo, Arizona; Superintendent of
Oxide-Calumet Copper Company, Owl Head District, and Assistant
Superintendent Oxide Copper Company, Silver Bell, Arizona, and
Assayer for the Mudd & Kavanaugh interests at Silver Bell and in
Mexico, by means of which he acquired much valuable experience.
While Mr. Ruthrauff is a very young man for his present position,
he is thoroughly capable, and as Engineer of the City of Tucson his
services have been extremely satisfactory. He is a member of Tucson
Lodge No. 385 B. P. O. E. and of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of the
Beta Theta Pi fraternity. With his wife, formerly Miss Nell
Kellum, and their two attractive little daughters, he makes his home
in Tucson.

CHARLES E. WOODDELL, Assistant City Engineer and Water Su-
perintendent of Tucson, was born in Dodge Center, Minnesota, Octo-
ber 6, 1883. He is the son of R. D. and Ella F. Hidden Wooddell.



The family removed to Arizona in 1891, and for the following ten
years Mr. Wooddell made his home in Phoenix, where he attended
the public schools and High School. He then took a course in the

J. Mos. Ruthrauff
Charles E. Wooddell Sidney F. Mashbir


University of Arizona and has since been variously employed. He
has been Engineer and Assistant Superintendent of the Minnesota Si
Arizona Gold Mining Company; instrument man for the Arizona &
Eastern Railroad Company; Assistant Superintendent of the Mudd
& Kavanaugh interests in Mexico, and in addition to these, spent two
years in the employ of the Ray Consolidated Copper Company in
various capacities. Before appointment to his present position he
served as clerk of the Tucson Water Department, and also as Assistant
Water Superintendent for two years. Mr. Wooddell was married
May 24, 1913, to Miss Emma Brown, of Tucson, and they are
making their home in that city.

SIDNEY F. MASHBIR, Chief Draughtsman of the City Engineering
Department, was born in New York City September 12, 1891.
He is the son of E. S. Mashbir, a native of Russia, who was educated
and studied law in his native country, and was the first Russian-
speaking attorney admitted to practice in New York City. A man of
scholarly attainments, and possessing a thorough knowledge of the
law, at the age of twenty-seven he held a chair in the University of
Moscow, the second largest university in Russia. On coming to
this country he held the chair of languages in the University of South
Dakota, the first one to occupy that position. In New York he
soon built up an extensive practice in law, especially among the people
of his own nationality, but as a result of overwork his system became
entirely broken down, and with the hope of restoring his health, the
family removed to Arizona in 1899 and located in Safford, which is
still their home. There Sidney attended the public schools, and com-
pleted the course at the age of twelve. He has since attended the
University of Arizona, where he studied engineering and took special
work, but attended school only six months each year, the remaining
six having been devoted to the practical part of engineering and the
accumulation of funds to defray expenses. Although only in his
twenty-second year, Mr. Mashbir is one of the most enterprising,
thorough and alert business men to be found, and in addition to his
duties on the City Engineering force, with which he has been con-
nected for tAvo years, has had professional connections with various
railroads in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona, was draftsman for
the Tucson Farms Company, engineer in charge of reconnoissance

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