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Beach, of Houston.

Dr. Jones was married in 1867 to Miss Mary Kennon Crisp,
daughter of Dr. John H. Crisp, a wealthy planter of Colorado
County, Texas, and formerly an eminent practitioner of west
Tennessee, and north Mississippi, who emigrated to South
America, at the close of the war, and died in Brazil July 8,
1888, in his ninetieth year. Dr. Crisp witnessed the abolition
of slavery both in the United States and Brazil.

Dr. and Mrs. Jones have five children — Sue Pattie, Samuel
P., John C, Marj' Kennon and Robert Elliott, and reside in an
elegant home.

Dr. Jones has prospered and amassed a handsome fortune.
Constantly occupied, by the demands of an extensive practice,
he has found little time to write; nevertheless, he has contributed
liberally to Texas surgerj', and has written some valuable papers
that have been published.

He is of medium size, five feet eleven inches in height, weighs


i6o pounds, has brown hair and dark hazel eyes, is retiring and
studious in disposition, and, like most of the descendants of the
old families of the South, is fond of fine horses and field sports.
He is a devout churchman, and has long been a warden of the
Church of the Messiah, Gonzales.



B. L. Crouch, one of the leading cattle raisers of Texas, was
born at Spring Arbor, Michigan, October 15, 1842; attended
local country schools, and completed his education at a high
school, conducted at that time in Jackson, Michigan. His days of
childhood and youth were passed like those of a majority of the
boys of southern Michigan, assisting in farm work and stock
raising on his father's farms during the golden summer days,
and through the long winters that succeeded them, attending
school. While such a life was uneventful, it moved happily
along the quiet and peaceful tenor of its wa^', bringing the bless-
ings of health, keeping the heart pure, and instilling lessons of
industry and thrift, that in after years have brought to him
fortune and friends, and that high social and business standing
everywhere accorded the upright gentleman and enterprising
and successful financier.

His tastes and talents eminently fitted him for the bar, and it
was his intention to read law, but at that time the tocsin of war
sounded throughout the land, and armies were marshaled for the
grandest and most fateful struggle that historj- has recorded; a
struggle that showed in all its grandeur the Anglo-Saxon char-
acter, and has shed undying lustre upon the American name.

In September, 1861, he entered the army of the Union, and
served gallantly until the close of the war. He came to Texas
in 1865 with his regiment, as captain of a company, and in
January, 1866, marched with his command to Springfield, Illi-
nois, where he was honorably discharged from the service.

In the early part of March, i866, he returned; in July located
in Williamson County, and December, 1869, removed to Frio



CoiuitN', where lie has since resiiled. Captain Crouch, soon
after making this State his home, engaged in sheep and cattle
raising, and is now one of the leading ranchmen in Texas. The
large measure of success that he has achieved, is due alone to
his fine business acumen, tireless energy, and early acquired
habits of industry.

He is unmarried. His carriage is erect and dignified: his
manner calm and courteous. Few gentlemen are so well in-
formed concerning current topics, or better versed in polite and
solid literature. Few men in Texas have more true friends,
and no citizen is more highly respected by all who know him.
In the full vigor of life he keeps busily engaged in its duties, and
is doing his full part as a member of that corps of workers who
are developing the commercial resources of the Lone vStar State.



R. J. Hofheinz was Ijorn in DeWitt County, Texas, in 1H56.
In his early boyhood his ])arents moved to Selma. where
he was reared.

In 1874 he came to San .Xntcmio, and entering the service
of a prominent hardware firm of that city, remained with it
for five years, during which time, by close application to busi-
ness and strict integrity, he built up for himself a reputation as
a live, wide-awake business man.

Being of an economical turn, he was able at the expiration of
the five years to open up on Militarx- I'la/.a for himself, where he
still holds forth.

From a small business, he has built up one of the best hard-
ware trades in west Texas. Being popular, energetic, and
always to the front in public enterprises, he may .safely be called
one of San Antonio's leading business men. He has contributed
no little to the success of the great fair, held in that city, by the
numerous premiums which he has so generously offered.

The following extract from an article in a leading Texas
newspaper, is a well deserved compliment:


Perhaps the most conspicuous and interesting mercantile feature of the
Southwest, and especially of San Antonio, is the fact that the largest estab-
lishments are owned and controlled by single individuals, who, possessing
pluck, energy, foresight and executive ability, have built up colossal con-
cerns in a short time. Standing prominently amid the successful business
men of San Antonio is R. J, Hofheinz, who, although comparatively a
young man, has achieved a lasting reputation in the mercantile world.
About ten years ago this now successful business man started in a modest
way to sell all kinds of hardware, agricultural implements, wagons, etc.
The small place soon gained favor; additions were made, stock was
increased, eificient clerks added, until to-day the hardware establishment
of R. J. Hofheinz is one of the largest in San Antonio and southwestern
Texas. * * * It is asserted by reliable business men in San Antonio-
that Mr. Hofheinz does the largest country trade in his line in the city.
His reputation for uprightness and fair dealing is widely known and has
won him thousands of patrons and friends.



It has been the cry, almost from the revival of letters, that
the learned professions are overcrowded, and young men have
been zealously advised not to seek eminence and financial success
in those directions. The advice is sound and timely, if addressed
to those who have not a real love for professional labors; who
are not willing to burn the midjiight lamp, and devote them-
selves with unswerving singleness of purpose to the high callings
in which they contemplate engaging; and, lastly, who feel no
pride in their intended life-work, and merely regard it as a means
of bread-winning. Failure would almost certainly attend them,
and, at best, they could hope in the end to attain only mediocrity.
Mr. Webster has said that there is an abundance of room on top,
and it may be added that there is space enough and honors in all
the higher walks of professional life. The history of the past,
and dail}' experience, confirm the truth of the observation.

Dr. Albert W. Wilcox, the subject of this brief sketch, started
in life with few opportunities, and no powerful influence to
invite success, and yet he has achieved an enviable position in
the noble profession of medicine, and is considered one of the



most learned and successful practicing physicians and surgeons
in southwest Texas. Although possessing abilities of a high
order, he did not rely solely upon natural talents, and wait in a
"fool's paradise," expecting position, professional reputation
and fortune to come to him without effort upon his part. He
knew that knowledge, experience, industry, time and personal
character above reproach, alone could bring those rewards
toward which he looked, at the commencement of his career,
and determined to secure. He learned to labor and to wait, and
is now enjoying the fruits of his efforts. Still a young man, the
future is full of promise, and it is safe to say that other and still
more inviting laurels await him.

He was born in Huntington, Ohio, May 25, 1854, and is a son
of Willis W. and Eliza Wilcox, of Michigan. His mother's
maiden name was Miss Eliza Sage. He received his literary
education at Coldwater High School, Michigan: came to Texas
in 1873, and located at Galveston, where he studied under Drs.
■Greenville, Dowell, Randell and Paine, and graduated in medi-
cine in 1879, and was appointed house surgeon of St. Mary's
Infirmary, and in 1881 accepted the position of surgeon for the
Mexican National Railroad, and removed to Laredo, where he
has since resided, with the exception of part of the year iS.Sg,
that he employed in attending medical lectures in Europe. Dr.
Wilcox served as surgeon for the Mexican National, under con-
tract, until 1884, and continued to practice for that road till
1889, since which time he has been surgeon of the Internationa!
•& Great Northern Railroad. He is now also surgeon of the Rio
Grande & Eagle Pass Railroad, and San Tomas Coal Mines,
at Laredo. He was one of the incorporators of the Laredo Im-
provement Company ; one of the directors and incorporators of
the Rio Grande & Pecos Railroad; and is one of the large.st tax-
payers and most public spirited citizens in Laredo.

He was married to Mrs. Alice Gorball, an estimable and ac-
complished lady, and their home is noted for its elegant

Dr. Wilcox is a member of the Masonic fraternity and
Knights of Pythias. He is polished and suave in his manners,
an agreeable conversationalist, firm, yet gentle as a woman, and


a lea. ned, studious and successful physician and surgeon, who
is a cr dit to the honorable profession of which he is a member.
He is an Independent, and takes that interest in public af-
fairs that is the duty of ever^' good citizen, but is in no sense of
the word a politician.



The subject of this sketch, Calvin G. Brewster, is the efficient
Collector of Customs for the district of Corpus Christi, with
headquarters at I^aredo, and one of the most popular and influ-
ential men in southwest Texas. The appointment of Mr.
Brewster to the important and responsible office he now holds,
was made by President Harrison, in October, 1889, and gave uni-
versal satisfaction, expressions of gratification at his selection
eminating from the best citizens in the district, regardless of
party — expressions of confidence and good-will that have
been abundantly justified by the able manner in which he has
discharged the duties of his trust. He has handled millions of
government money, and his accounts have always balanced to a
cent. He has systematized the business of the department, has
selected as his assistants the best qualified men in the district,
has been active and vigilant, and it is not surprising that he has
earned and repeatedly received the commendations of his super-
iors in authority at Washington.

Mr. Brewster's special training admirably fitted him for the
position he now holds. In 1S68 he was appointed storekeeper
in the United States warehouse by Collector T. W. Ward; was
appointed inspector by Collector Thomas Kearney, in 1872, and
in 1874 was made deputy Collector of Customs at the Port of
Laredo, by Collector Nelson Plato. He served as deputy Col-
lector at the Port of Laredo for ten years, under the
administrations of Collectors Nelson Plato, Ridge Paschal and
Sam Johnson, and under Nelson Plato during that gentleman's
second term of office.



He was, in 1871, a candidate on the Republican ticket for
election to the State Legislature, and in 1888 was nominated,
and made a vigorous race for Congress in the Seventh district,
and had the honor of securing the largest vote ever polled for
a Republican nominee in that district.

He was born in Tiskilwa, Bureau County, Illinois; is a son of
Dwight W. and Emily C. Brewster, and is descended from a
fine old Pilgrim family — one that crossed to America in the
famous May Flower, subdued the wilderness, gained a measure
of civil liberty, and worshipped God according to the dictates of
untrammeled conscience. He has inherited much of the firm-
ness of purpose and unconquerable spirit of his sturdy ancestors,
and in its full power their love of truth and faithfulne.ss to duty.

His grandfather was a prominent political leader in Pennsyl-
vania, and his uncle, Colonel H. L. Kinney, was the founder of
the town of Corpus Christi. He is also distantly related to the
distinguished attorney-general who .served under President Ar-
thur. Young Brew.ster attended private schools at Peru, LaSalle
County, Illinois, and in 1847 came to Texas with his parents, who
located at Corpus Christi. After the death of his father, in 1852,
he returned to Illinois and went to school until war was declared
between the States. When the call to arms was sounded, he, at
the age of sixteen, enlisted as a volunteer in the cau.se of the
Union, and served honorably and bravely in Company H, Nine-
teenth Illinois \-olunteer infantry (Chicago Zouaves), arms- of
the Cumberland.

Young Brewster, three weeks after enlistment, was onlered
with his regiment to Mi.s.souri, where it spent several months
in long and tedious marches, skirmishing and fighting with por-
tions of Price's army. In July, 1861, his command was ordered
to report to General Anderson, at Louisville, Kentuck> , and
marched and counter-marched across the bloody battle grounds
of Kentucky, Tennessee and Georgia, participating in the many
noted battles from Stone River to Kenesaw Mountain.

At the battle of Stone River he was complimented (by .special
order of his division commander. General Negley) for gallant
conduct on the field of battle. He was captured at Chickainauga,
and held in different prisons (Richmond, Danville, Lynchburg


and a dungeon in Libb)' prison), for eight months. He returned
to Peru in 1864, entered Lombard Universitj-, and completed his

He was united in marriage to Miss Lydia A. Barnard, of Cor-
pus Christi. They have four children — Mar>' Emily, Lydia A.,
Alma K, and Lamar F. Brewster. Mr. Brewster is a member of
the Episcopal Church, Grand Army of the Republic, Masonic
fraternity, and a number of minor organizations. He is a thorough
business man, an enterprising and public spirited citizen, and
has secured from his financial undertakings a handsome fortune.
His social qualities and serling worth have endeared him to the
people among whom he lives, and a circle of friends extending
throughout the State.



The vim and ability of this well known gentleman as a
business man, appears in every line of his countenance.

Claude Tiblier was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on the
17th day of February, 1845, ^"d attended the Jesuit College
and University of Louisiana, until his seventeenth year, follow-
ing a course which peculiarly fitted him for mercantile pursuits.
He remained in business in New Orleans until 1863, when he
went to Paris, France, where he held a responsible position in
one of the largest houses in that metropolis.

In 1866 he returned to New Orleans, and continued in the
employment of a leading firm until 1875. Having heard flattering
accounts of Texas, he moved with his familj' to Duval County,
in this State, and engaged in sheepraising until 1879, when he
retired from that business to accept the position of chief clerk
in the e.stablishment of Gueydan Bros. , in San Diego. Mr. F.
Gueydan succeeded the firm of Gueydan Bros. , and two 3'ears
later (in 1887) Mr. Tiblier became associated in partnership
with Mr. Gueydan and Mr. George Bodet, under the firm name
of F. Gueydan & Co., and the business has continued to grow
and flourish. To a natural aptitude for commercial pursuits Mr.



Tiblier has added years of experience, and perhaps there is noi
better general business man in the South. It has been said that
genius is a capacity for hard and sustained intellectual labor.
Mr. Tiblier possesses this ability in a high degree. When he
first entered the business world as a clerk, there was no prim-
rose way to success, and the only means by which to secure pre-
ferment was by tireless attention to duty, and demonstration, to
the satisfaction of lynx-eyed employers, of fitness for more re-
sponsible positions. He soon displayed a capacity broad and
comprehensive, and at the same time capable of mastering all
the intricacies and details of business, and, as a consequence,
his thoroughness and executive ability were early recognized,
and he rose rapidly into favor.

Mr. Tiblier has traveled extensivel\ , is well informed, and is
a polished and courteous man of the world. Mr. Tiblier finds
time amid business cares for indulgence in social pleasures.
One of his favorite modes of recreation is to go a-field with dog
and gun. He is a crack shot, has carried off the first prize at a
number of State meetings of Texas gun clubs, and wherever he
has gone in the State, has, by his genial and affable manners,
made hosts of friends.

Mr. Tiblier married Miss Josephine Ernestine Pepin, daugh-
ter of Armand and Marie B. Pepin (nee Marie B. Giordono), of
New Orleans. Mrs. Tiblier died in that city in 1883, leaving'
three children — Claude P., Marie Eva, and Blanche Tiblier.
About two years after the death of his first wife, Mr. Tiblier
was united in marriage to Miss Leonie Martinet, at San Diego,
and has two .sons — Claude and Lawrence.

Mr. Tiblier took an active part in the memorable struggle
that resulted in the overthrow of the infamous Kellogg adminis-
tration in Louisiana, being a member of the White League, and
serving in Captain McGloin's company. He was selected out of
this command more than once for some daring expedition, and
behaved gallantly in the fight in which the Metropolitan Police
were routed. He did his whole duty as a member of that he-
roic band that re.stored honest government and the blessings of
civil liberty to the oppressed and plundered people of Louisiana.

When Mr. Tiblier came to Duval County, that part of the


State was thought to be adapted only to cattle raising and wool
growing, and more especially the latter industry. He has since
contributed largely to exposing the fallacy of this idea, by
bringing about the extensive and successful cultivation of cot-
ton in Duval County. That county now stands .second to none
in Texas for cotton raising, and in 1890, also this year (1891),
marketed the first bale. Mr. Tiblier, in partnership with oth-
er gentlemen, has introduced one of the best fire-proof gins in
the State. It has all the modern improvements. Mr. Tiblier
has control of the purchases for the establishment of F. (iueydan
& Co. , and is considered an expert cotton buyer.

He is five feet nine inches in height, has fair complexion,
black eyes and finely chi.seled features, and is erect in carriage.
He is a man who would be notable in any assembly.



John T. Lytle was horn in McSherrystown, Pennsylvania,
October S, 1.S44, and received a thorough literary education in
Conewago, Adams County, in that State. His parents were
Francis and Margaret Lytle. In i860 the subject of this sketch,
then a mere boy, came to Texas, and .secured employment from
an uncle, William Lytle, an old settler who emigrated from Ten-
nessee to Texas in 1836, and became one of the largest cattle
owners in the Southwest. John T. , as one of the hands, worked
for him at $15 per month, until 1862, and then took charge of
the ranch as foreman, at a better salary. In 1863 John T. Lytle
entered the Confederate army, as a soldier in Company H,
Wood's regiment, Thirty-second cavalrj% and served until the
close of the war. After the surrender his uncle again employed
him as foreman, a position that he filled until January, 1867,
and then engaged in business on his own account in Frio Countjs,
with .1,500 head of cattle. In 1871 he associated with him
Thomas M. McDaniel, engaged in buying cattle for northern
markets, and they soon became the heaviest drivers in the State.
They also had an interest in the herds driven north by Charles.



Schreiiier, of Kerrville, and handled probably more cattle than
any other firm in Texas. The financial returns were commen-
surate with the magnitude of their business transactions, and
they prospered greatly. In 1887 they sold out their large landed,
cattle and sheep interests, to the American Cattle Trust Com-
pany, for about $400,000. From the date of this sale until Feb-
ruary I, 1891, Mr. Lytle was the manager of the company's
Texas interests, consisting of about 300,000 acres of land, large
bodies of leased lands, and 80,000 cattle.

He was united in marriage to Miss Noonan, a sister of Judge
G. H. Noonan, of San Antonio. They have two children —
George N. and Helen — and their home at Lytle, Texas, is one
around whose hearthstone clusters every domestic joy.

Mr. Lytle is a Democrat of the Jeffersonian school, a member
of the Knights of Honor, and a citizen whose public spirit and
other civic virtues have made him one of the most popular men
in the We.st.



Busby G. Neighbors, county judge of Hays County, was born
in Cumberland County, Kentucky, January 9, 1854. His par-
ents were H. B. and Louise F. Neighbors. His mother's maiden
name was Miss Louise F. Sewell. On the maternal side he is
descended from the Dickens family, of England, and the Fair-
child family, in the United States. His father was the scion of
a distinguished Southern family.

The subject of this biography lived on the farm and worked
as a field hand until twenty years old, and at that age could
scarcely write his name, and had never seen a railroad train or
steamboat. His father was poor, had a large family to care for,
and could not give him the benefits of an education. However,
the boy was ambitious, and had an unquenchable thirst for
knowledge that made him resolve to better his condition, and
in life's battle take position as a man among men of intelli-
gence. He set himself diligently to the task, and, as a step in


the right direction, worked for his board, clothes and tuition,
and attended a country school until qualified to teach. He then
taught a part of the year, and attended school as a pupil during ■
the remaining months.

When he left home to attend the Glasgow (Kentucky) Nor-
mal, he had only $3 in money, and the first day walked thirty-
five miles, with his few clothes tied into a bundle and hung on
a stick, which he carried across his shoulder. By doing such
work as he could obtain, he earned enough to support himself
four years at the Glasgow Normal, and graduated from that
institution in 1879, with honor.

He then went to Texas; reached Austin with 75 cents in his
pockets, and four days later, although an entire stranger, secured
a school in Caldwell County, and taught through a part of 1879-
80, reading law during leisure hours. In 1882, after su.staining
with credit a rigid examination, he was admitted to the bar at
Lockhart, Caldwell County, and at once devoted himself to the
active pursuit of his profession. That year he was elected
county attorney of Caldwell County, served one term, and in
1886 was elected to the same office in Hays County.

September 6, 1887, he married Miss MoUie Moore Hubbard,
of Bastrop. They have one child — Bessie Neighbors.

November, 1889, he was elected county judge of Hays
County, which office he now holds. Judge Neighbors is a mem-
ber of the Bapti-st Church, Knights of Pythias and Knights of
Honor. He started, and during the years 1882-3, published the
Lockhart Register, a sterling Democratic newspaper; and in
1884-5 edited the Hays County Times, published at Kyle, Texas.





Thomas J. Hurley was born at Peterboro, Province of Ontario,
May I, 1S47. He comes from Revolutionary stock — his great-
grandfather having been in the Continental army, and his grand-
father in the war of 181 2. Shortly after his birth his parents
returned to Rochester, New York, where the subject of this
sketch spent some thirty years of his life.

He was attending school when the civil war commenced in

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