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employed wood choppers to cut mahogany in the
forests. In addition he shipped goods to all parts
of the isthmus on pack-mules and on the backs of
natives, paying his native employees in goods which
they were eager to procure. Doing a very heavy
business, he took an Englishman, Mr. Welsh, in as a
partner. They entered extensively into the mahog-
any trade, bought vessels and shipped many car-
goes of the valuable wood to Europe. Mr. Allen
was United States Consul for the isthmus during
his stay. He and the Mexican President, Juarez,
were personal friends, and he could at all times
secure infiuence and concessions from that ruler.
Finally his health again failed and, realizing his
condition, he recognized that the inevitable was
near at hand. He closed out his business affairs
and went to Washington, D. C, to surrender the
consulship he was no longer physically able to fill.
This was in 1864. When he arrived in Washington
the weather was severely cold. Tne sudden change
from an extreme southern climate to one so much
further north affected his lungs (always weak) and
he was stricken down with pneumonia and died
after a few days of intense suffering. Kind friends
from New York City were with him during his last
illness until he breathed his last. " Life's fitful
fever" over, at last the suffering body found
repose. He lies entombed in Greenwood cemetery
on Long Island in the loved soil of his native
State. The sighing winds from the sea sweep
over and birds sing in the branches of the trees
that grow about his grave.



Hon. Robert M. Henderson, of Sulphur Springs,
one of the best known public men in the State and
a man who has always commanded a large political
and personal following, was born in Huntington,
Tenn., February 18, 1842, and educated in the
common schools of Tennessee and Texas.

His parents were Dr. A. A. and Mrs. Agnes P.
(Murray) Henderson, both Tennesseeans by birth,
who came to Texas in 1856 and settled at Paris.

Mrs. Henderson died September 20, 1866, in Lamar
County, and is buried there. Her husband died in
November, 1873, at Sulphur Springs, in Hopkins
County, Texas.

The subject of this memoir entered the Confed-
erate army in 1861, before reaching his majority,
as a private soldier in Company A. , Ninth Texas
Infantry, and served throughout the war, during
which period he rose to the position of Captain, and



Adjutant of Col. (afterwards United State Sena-
tor) S. B. Maxey's Regiment, his promotion being
due to gallant and meritorious service. He served
througii the Mississippi campaign and the hundred
days fighting of the Georgia campaign, when John-
ston and Hood were falling sullenly back toward the
sea, contesting at every step the irresistible advance
of Sherman's army. Among other battles, he partic-
ipated in those at Shiloh, Chickamaugua, Nashville,
and Altoona Mountain. He was wounded severely at
Shiloh, left on the field, captured, and, as soon as he
was sufficiently recovered, sent to Johnson's Island,
where he remained three months, until exchanged,
after which he immediately rejoined his command.
He was also severely wounded at Cartersville, Ga.,
but escaped capture. After the sun of the Confed-
eracy had set to rise no more, he returned to his
home in Texas and engaged in farming for two or
three years, and then commenced the study of law
under his old regimental commander, Gen. Maxey,
at Paris, and in 1870 secured admission to the bar
and entered upon the practice of his profession at
Sulphur Springs, to which place he removed. After
six years, during which time he met with a liberal
measure of success, he retired from the bar to
engage in the private banking business at Sulphur
Springs, in which he continued until 1885, when
he was appointed by President Cleveland Col-
lector of Internal Revenue for the Fourth Dis-
trict of Texas, which position he held until
October, 1889, when the Republicans again assumed
control of the Government and the Republican
President appointed his successor on purely parti-

san grounds. Since that time. Col. Henderson has
been engaged in the real estate and insurance
business. Col. Henderson has been an active
worker in the organization of the U. C. V. of the
State. In 1894 his friends placed his name before
the people as a candidate for the Democratic nom-
ination for State Comptroller of Public Accounts
and he went into the convention with a following
that seemed to insure his nomination on the first or
second ballot. They claim that his failing to
secure the nomination was due to political chican-
ery and to no want of strength upon his and no
want of loyalty upon their part. He served two
terms as a member of the State Democratic Ex-
ecutive Committee and was for ten years Chairman
of the Democratic Executive Committee of the
Fourth Congressional District. He has always been
a constant and earnest Democrat and has been
looked to as a leader in his section in every con-
test that has occurred for many years past both
there and in the State at large. He is a " Sound
Money " Democrat, and this year (1896) a member
of the State ' ' Sound Money" Executive Committee.

December 9th, 1873, he was married to Miss
Virginia C. , daughter of Dr. H. H. Beck, of Sul-
phur Springs. They have five children, viz: Mur-
ray Maxey, aged twenty-one years ; Mary Agnes,
aged eighteen years ; Robert Beck, aged fifteen
years ; Thomas Louis, aged twelve years, and
Ralph Maurice, aged ten years.

Col. Henderson is a member of the Masonic
fraternity and has been a Knight Templar since



Rev. Horatio C. Howard, the learned and much
beloved Episcopal minister at Columbus, was born
at Bristol, England, October 22, 1823. In 1827,
his parents, John and Matilda I. Howard, moved to
America with their family and established them-
selves in Philadelphia, Pa.

The subject of this notice has resided in Colum-
bus since 1879, and has been thrice married: to
Miss Jane F. Cox, in 1844 ; to Miss Margaret O.
Allen (daughter of the late Rev. Thomas G. Allen,
of Philadelphia), in 1858, and to Miss Sue S. Staf-

ford (daughter of Robert and Martha Stafford, of
Waynesville, Ga.), January 19, 1881, and has
three children, born of his first and second mar-
riages: Alfred R., treasurer and secretary of the
International and Great Northern Railroad ; T. G.
Allen, and Margaret M. Howard. Mr. Howard
has been for many years a member of the Masonic
fraternity, in which he has attained the 32°. He is
an earnest and devout. Christian pastor, and i
beloved by his flock and a wide circle of friends
throughout Texas.

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Hon. Waller S. Baker was born March 30, 1855,
in Lexington, Fayette County, Ky., a son of John
H. and Amanda (Saunders) Baker, came to Texas
with his parents in 1859, and was reared at the
family homestead on Tonk creek, McLennan
County. He was educated at Baylor University, in
the city of Waco, from which he graduated in June,
1875. After leaving the University he immediately
began the study of law in the office of the late
Thomas Harrison and, April 10, 1876, was admitted
to the bar, since which time he has been actively
engaged in the practice of his profession and has
made his way to a distinguished position at the
bar. From the beginning of his career he has
taken a deep interest in public affairs and for
many years past has been one of the most trusted
and capable leaders that the Democratic party can
boast in this State^ but at no time has either sought
or desired public office. He has been sent as a
delegate to nearly every State Convention since
attaining his majority. He was elected Chairman of
the Democratic Executive Committee of his county
in 1884, and was unanimously, and without solici-
tation on his part, nominated to the State Senate
in 1887 and overwhelmingly elected at the polls.
In 1892, at the Lampasas State Convention, he
received the Democratic nomination for elector from

the Seventh Congressional District and January 3,
1893, cast his vote for Cleveland for President and
Stephenson for Vice-President. At the State Con-
vention, which met in the city of Houston, August
16, 1892, to nominate State officers, he was unani-
mously and without opposition elected Chairman of
the State Democratic Executive Committee. This
was at a time when all eyes were turned in search
of a man whose generalship could lead the Demo-
cratic hosts to victory against the combined efforts
of the Populists, Republicans and disgruntled wing
of the Democratic party. He was selected for the
trust. How well he met the great responsibility that
he was called upon to shoulder is attested by the
overwhelming victory won in favor of Hon. James
S. Hogg for Governor. Mr. Baker was married to
Miss Mary M. Mills, January 14, 1886, in Waco,
Texas. She is the daughter of Mrs. Mattie Bonner
Mills and Samuel D. Mills (deceased) of Galveston.
Mr. Baker is one of the most notable figures in
public life in Texas to-day. An excellent lawyer,
genial and affable in social life, he enjoys the confi-
dence and friendship of his fellow-members of the
bar and all who know him personally. A true and
tried popular leader, his name is one that needs but
to be mentioned to send a thrill through a Demo-
cratic assembly.



Hon. W. T. Armistead, for many years past a
leading lawyer of East Texas and for several terms
a distinguished member of the Texas Legislature, is
a native of Georgia and was born in that State on
the 25th of October, 1848. He graduated from
the University of Georgia in 1871. In 1864 he
enlisted in the Confederate army as a private,
participated in engagements around Atlanta, was
wounded at the battle of Jonesboro, Ga., and was
made a prisoner at Gerard Aba during the closing
scenes of the war. He had, however, been pro-
moted and commissioned Captain before he was

Mr. Armistead came to Texas immediately after
his graduation and located atDouglassviile, in Cass
County, Texas, where he taught school. He moved
to Jefferson, Texas, in 1872, and commenced the
practice of law in 1873, which he continued for
many years as a copartner of Honorable D. B. Cul-
berson, under the firm name of Culberson & Arm-
istead. He has since practiced alone.

He has been elected a delegate to every Demo-
cratic State Convention since 1874.

He was elected to the House of Eepresentatives
of the Eighteenth Legislature and was re-elected to
the Nineteenth by an increased majority. He was



elected Senator to the Twentieth and Twenty-first
legislatures from the Fourth Senatorial District over
Hon. D. S. Hearne, by nearly 5,000 majority. He
was elected to the House of Representatives of the
Twenty- third Legislature from Marion County and
wielded an influence second to that of no other
member of that body. He is a Knight Templar
Mason, a member of the Baptist church, the Legion
of Honor and the Ancient Order of United Work-

men. As a lawyer he has met with uncommon suc-
cess and has won for himself a place in the front
rank of his pi'ofession. To a broad knowledge of
the principles and practice of law, he adds the power
and grace of a finished logical and magnetic orator.
He has done yeoman service for the Democratic
party and should he consent to remain in public life
the people will doubtless confer further honors
upon him.



George Hobbs was born in Derbyshire, England,
January 21, 1841, and came to Texas with his par-
ents (James and Sarah Hobbs) and brothers and
sisters in November, 1852, as a passenger on the
sailing vessel, "Osborne," the voyage from England
to New Orleans requiring seven weeks and from
New Orleans to Corpus Christi one week. The
family were a part of the immigrants introduced
into Nueces County by Capt. H. L. Kinney, and
had contracted for one hundred acres of land near
Corpus Christi, then a village containing only six
houses. Hostile Lipan Indians infested that section
of the State, rendering life and property insecure
outside of the settlements. The head of the
family found the condition of the country so dif-
ferent from what it had been represented to him
that he concluded not to open a farm or stock
ranch, rested a month in Corpus Christi, and then,
with his family, moved to the town of Nueces,
where eight or ten families soon followed. Here he
resided until the time of his death, which occurred
in August, 1868. His wife died of yellow fever in
Corpus Christi in 1854. They left seven children :
Rebecca, who married a Mr. Mitchel in England,
and did not come to America with her parents;
William ; Sarah, now Mrs. Reuben Holbein ;
James, George, Priscilla, now Mrs. Thomas
Beynon, and Miriam, the wife of George Littig,
who died soon after their marriage. All of the
boys joined the Confederate army during the war
between the States and made enviable records as
soldiers. George volunteered as a private in Capt.
Matt Nolan's company, Pyron's regiment, Sibley's
brigade. The companies of Capts. Nolan and
Tobin (detailed for duty on the Rio Grande), were
sent from Laredo to Brownsville and took charge

of the United States posts and arsenals, when the
United States forces evacuated that territory
at the beginning of the war. Later Mr. Hobbs
participated in the famous battle of Galveston,
which resulted in the recapture of that city by the
Confederates, and not long thereafter was a mem-
ber of the " Belle Crew " of volunteers that boarded
and captured at Sabine Pass the " Morning Light,"
a Federal war vessel carrying six guns. After
taking the vessel and finding that she was of too
heavy draft to be brought across the bar into the
harbor, she was left in the charge of a single
private, Eugene Aikin, of Nolan's company. Next
day the United States mailship hove in sight, and,
drawing alongside to discharge and receive mail as
as usual, requested that an officer be sent aboard.
Aikin replied in a ferocious and stentorian voice
that the "Morning Light" had been captured by
the Confederates, ordered imaginary marines to
quarters and imaginary cannoneers to clear the
guns. The captain of the mail steamer lost no time
in putting out to sea under a full head of steam and
left Aikin master of the situation. The day fol-
lowing this humorous incident, worthy to bring a
smile to the physiognomy of grim-visaged war,
the "Morning Light," was burned to prevent her
from being retaken by the Federals. Nolan's com-
pany, of which Mr. Hobbs was a member, was next
ordered to Lake Charles, La., where it was sent to
watch and report upon the movements of Gen.
Banks and did courier, scouting and picket duty for
eight months. It was then ordered back to Texas
for coastguard duty at Cedar Lake and afterwards
at Padre Island, which he performed until the end
of the war. The close of hostilities found Mr. Hobbs,
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broke." December 31, 1867, he was united in
marriage to Miss Margaret Beynon, and shortly
thereafter made his home in Corpus Christi, where
he followed various occupations until he started in
business as a merchant in 1872. In 1875 he moved
to Collins, situated on the line of the Mexican Na-
tional Bailroad, where he continued merchandising
during the following twelve years and was for
eleven years Postmaster. He then moved to
Alice, where he has since resided, and is now a
dealer in general merchandise, carries one of the
largest stocks of goods west of San Antonio and
conducts a large and paying business. He built
the first house in Alice, erected in May, 1888, one
month before the railroad reached the place. He
was one of the men who christened the village
Alice, a name selected in honor of the wife of Mr.
R. J. Kleberg, youngest daughter of the late Capt.
Eichard King, of Nueces County, and has done
much for the upbuilding of the place, which is now
a thriving town of twelve hundred souls. Mr.
Hobbs has four children — Philip, Felix, Rufus
and Nettie. He is a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South, and Democratic party,
but has never taken an active interest in politics.
In 1872 he joined Lodge, No. 189, A. F. and A. M.,
at Corpus Christi ; and is a faithful member of the
Masonic fraternity. At the time his parents made
their home in Southwest Texas, that part of the
State was almost as far removed from the beaten
tracks of civilization as Central Africa is to-day,
but notwithstandins that fact a few brave and

hardy pioneers settled within the limits, determined
to establish homes, conquer the wilderness and act
as the vanguard of the tide of population that was
to come pouring in in later years. In 1852 the
year the Hobbs family located in Nueces County,
Capt. "Van Buren, of the United States army, was
ambushed and mortally wounded by an arrow
shot from the bow of a Lipan Indian. He was
nursed by the subject of this memoir, then a
boy of eleven years of age, until death relieved
him of his sufferings about a week later. The
hostility of the Indians was unrelenting, but
they were soon taught to fear the vengeance, if
they did not respect the rights, of the settlers.
Mr. Hobbs' childhood, youth and early manhood
were passed amid trials and scenes of danger
that developed the full strength of his character
and gave him that firmness and self-reliance that
has since enabled him to win his way to success in
the face of difficulties that few men would have
found it possible to overcome. His educational
opportunities were restricted but he took full ad-
vantage of such as were within his reach. What
he learned from text-books has since been sup-
planted by the wider knowledge obtained in the
school of experience, extensive reading and asso-
ciation, and he may be justly described as a strong,
well-poised man. He has led a quiet, peaceful
life, and made it a rule to attend strictly to his
own affairs. No man in Nueces County is more
highly respected or generally liked by all who
know him.



To the iniquitous religious persecutions which pre-
vailed throughout Europe during the greater part
of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, America
owes a large proportion of its population. From
this source came not only the " Pilgrim Fathers,"
but the Catholics under Lord Baltimore, the Hugue-
nots and the Scotch and Scotch-Irish Presbyterians.
The influence of the last named of these has per-
haps been more far-reaching than that of any of the
others, because the Scotch showed a greater dispo-
sition to migrate, were a hardier and more inde-
pendent people, were better fighters, and were thus
better equipped to withstand the hardships and

vicissitudes of a new country and to solve the
pressing problems of civilization. So it happens
that the terms, "of Scotch" and "Scotch-Irish
origin " are of so frequent occurrence in the
biographical literature of this country.

The subject of this brief notice is of Scotch
ancestry, "old blue-stocking Presbyterians " says
family tradition. Two of his paternal ancestors,
great-grandfathers, Boone and Greene, were oflScers
in the Revolution. His father was Joseph G-reene
Boone and his mother bore the maiden name of
Harriet N. Latham — the former a native of North
Carolina, belonging to the historic Boone family of



that State, and the latter a native of New York.
Joseph Greene Boone and wife migrated from
North Carolina in 1827 and settled in Tipton
County, West Tennessee, when that was a compara-
tively new country. " Mountain Academy neigh-
borhood," where they settled, was made up mostly
of Presbyterians who had been attracted to that
vicinity by Church ties and were kept there
through the influence of the academy, which had
been founded by a pioneer Presbyterian minister,
the Eev. James Holmes, a graduate of Princeton
College. In that neighborhood H. H. Boone was
born, February 24, 1834. In 1842 his parents
moved to DeSoto County, Miss., where, nine years
later, his mother died, and whence in 1852 his
father, accompanied by his two sons, the subject
of this sketch and an elder brother, came to Texas,
settling in the " old Rock Island neighborhood,"
in what was then Austin, now Waller County.
The boyhood and youth of H. H. Boone were thus
passed in the three States, Tennessee, Mississippi
and, Texas. His education, begun under the Rev.
Mr. Holmes at Mountain Academy, in Tipton
County, Tenn., was continued under the tuitor-
ship of Professor John A. Rousseau (brother of
the Federal general of that name) in Mississippi,
and, after coming to Texas, at Austin College,
Huntsville, under the direction of the Rev. Daniel
Baker, the distinguished Texas pioneer, Presby-
terian minister and teacher. While in Austin Col-
lege he took up the study of law, first under Judge
W. A. Lee, and afterwards under Col. Henderson
Yoakum, the historian, and Judge Royal T.
Wheeler, of the Supreme Court of Texas. The
illness of his father caused him to quit college fo'ur
months before graduation, but not until he had
obtained his license to practice law. For four
years after returning home he gave his attention to
the management of his father's plantation, until
1859, when he began the practice of his profession
at Hempstead.

When the late war came on between the North
and South young Boone, like hundreds of others,
was filled with the war-spirit and at once offered
his services to the Confederacy, enlisting, in Feb-
ruary, 1861, as a private in Col. John S. (" Old
Rip") Ford's regiment, with which he proceeded to
the Rio Grande frontier and participated in the
capture of the Union posts in that vicinity. Not
wishing to do garrison duty he returned home after
the capture of the posts and again enlisted in a
six months' company under Capt. McDade, with
which he was assigned to duty at Dickinson's
Bayou and in the vicinity of Galveston. A short
time before the expiration of his term of enlist-

ment in this command he was detailed as recruiting
oflficer to assist Maj. Edwin Waller in raising a
cavalry battalion. Five companies were recruited
from the lower Brazos country which, after rendez-
vousing at Hempstead, left that place July 4, 1862,
under orders to go to Louisiana. At Vermillion,
La., a sixth company under Capt. Joseph E.
Terrell, from Fort Worth, was added and Waller
then becoming Lieutenant-Colonel, Boone was made
Major. The command was attached to Sibley's
(afterwards Green's) brigade and was in active
service from that lime on along the Louisiana,
Texas and Arkansas border. Maj. Boone was in
all its operations up to September 29, 1863, when
he was wounded in the affair at Fordoche, La.,
losing his right arm and the first two fingers
and thumb of his left hand. By these wounds he
was disabled for further field service. Marrying
Miss Sue H. Gordon, of Washington, St. Lan-
dry's Parish, La., he returned to Texas and
reported to Gen. Magruder, then commanding the
department of Texas, for such duty as he was able
to perform. He was assigned to post duty at dif-
ferent points, and remained in the service till the

After the war Maj. Boone removed from Hemp-
stead to Anderson, in Grimes County, where he re-
sumed the practice of the law in partnership with
Hon, I. G. Searcy, and continued in the active prac-
tice of his profession until 1876, when, having been
made the nominee of the Democratic party for
Attorney-General of the State, he accepted the
nomination, was elected and served one term. On
the expiration of his term of office he moved to
Navasota, where he again took up his professional
duties, which he has since followed to the exclusion
of everything else, although a number of times im-
portuned by his friends to again enter the political

As a lawyer Maj. Boone has achieved consider-
able reputation, and justly so, for he possesses all
of the attributes of a successful practitioner, a clear
legal mind, sensitive conscience and diligent habits.
He has been in the practice now for thirty-odd
years and still he pursues the arduous duties of his

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