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NOTABLE HOUSTONIANS of TODAY

PUBLISHED by the HOUSTON CARTOONIST'S ASSOCIATION HOUSTON, TEXAS, 1931.

HOUSTON, a city which did not then exist, was first advertised by its founders, A. C. and J. K. Allen, on August 30, 1836. The ad was inserted in Borden's Telegraph and Register, printed at Columbia. It was the only paper in Texas at the time.

In November, eight months after Texas had won her independence at San Jacinto battlefield, the Congress of the Republic of Texas, meeting at Columbia, chose Houston as the seat of government until 1840. In January, 1837, the government moved to Houston from Columbia. There was not a completed wooden house in Houston at the time.

“Upon landing we found stakes and footprints,” says Francis Lubbock, later to be elected governor, who moved with the government to Houston. “Following these up the bank we saw some tents. One large one was a saloon. Several small houses were in course of erection.”

During 1837 work was begun on Houston's first hotel, the Mansion House, located on the corner now occupied by the Southern Pacific offices. The next year an election was held to determine whether or not the city should be incorporated. The Houstonians voted to do so, and in the same year the Texas Congress granted the City of Houston a charter.

There is some discussion as to who was the city's first mayor. Some historians say it was James S. Holman, others Dr. Francis Moore, Jr., who took office in 1838. If Moore was not the first mayor, he was the second. Those who believe Holman preceded Moore base their opinion on a document signed in 1837 by “Jas. S. Holman, mayor.” However, he was clerk of the Eleventh District Court from February, 1837 to 1842, and it is not thought likely that he could have been mayor at the same time.

Houston's first city limits were the bayou on the north, Walker avenue on the south, Bagby street on the west and Caroline street on the east. These limits were extended during the Moore administration to embrace nine square miles. This size was maintained until the reconstruction period after the Civil War, when it was increased to 25 square miles. When the native Houstonians regained power of the city government they reduced the limits to the old size of nine square miles, which was maintained until 1903.

Tradition gives the Moore administration and that of G. W. Lively, who was elected in 1839, credit for placing pine trees across street intersections so that the people could traverse the streets without bogging.

Charles Biglow became mayor in 1840, and let the contract for a combination city hall, jail and market house. It was a block long, extending from Preston to Congress avenue, and was two stories high on one side and one on the other. There was no floor, and the building became noted for the number of rats it housed.

J. D. Andrews was mayor in 1841 and 1842; Dr. Francis Moore, Jr. was re-elected and served in 1843; Horace Baldwin in 1844, W. W. Swain in 1845, James Bailey in 1846, and P. B. Buckner in 1847 and 1848.

Moore became mayor for the third time and served from 1849 to 1852. He was followed by Nathan Fuller, 1853-54; James H. Stevens, 1855-56; Cornelius Ennis, 1857 and Alexander McGowan, 1858.

Houston's population at the first census in 1850 was 2396. It had increased to 4845 in 1860, 9382 in 1870, 16,513 in 1880, 27,557 in 1890, and 44,633 in 1900.

W. H. King became mayor in 1859, T. W. Whitmarsh in 1860, W. J. Hutchins in 1861.

The first brick buildings in Houston were erected in 1845 by Cornelius Ennis and E. B. Nichols. The Houston post office was at first located on the west side of Main street. It was moved nine times before coming to its present location.

T. W. House became mayor in 1862; William Andrews, 1863-65; H. D. Taylor, 1866; A. McGowan, 1867; J. R. Morris, 1868. T. J. Scanlan was the first mayor to be appointed. He was named by E. J. Davis, reconstruction governor, in 1870 and served three years. In 1873 the reconstruction period ended for Texas and the democrats swept into power, electing Governor Coke. He appointed James T. D. Wilson mayor. Mayors since then have been I. C. Lord, J. T. D. Wilson, A. J. Burke, W. R. Baker, D. C. Smith, Henry Scherffius, John T. Browne, H. Baldwin Rice, Sam H. Brashear, O. T. Holt, Andrew L. Jackson, Ben Campbell, J. J. Pastoriza, Dan Moody (acting mayor) J. C. Hutcheson Jr., Earl Amerman, Oscar F. Holcombe, Walter Monteith.

In 1910 Houston's population was 78,800, in 1920 it was 138,276, and 292,352 in 1930.

In 1866 promotion for the Ship Channel was begun, and four years later Congress designated Houston as a port of delivery. The Ship Channel has since been completed at a cost of about $20,000,000.

Houston's first bank, with S. M. Williams as president and J. W. McMillan cashier, was chartered shortly after the founding of Houston. Houston banks now have on deposit about $170,000,000. The city's industries employ about 36,000 persons with an annual payroll of more than $63,000,000.

GOVERNOR ROSS S. STERLING

GOVERNOR of Texas, founder of the Humble Oil Company and newspaper publisher, was born at Anahuac, Chambers Co., on Feb. 11, 1875. He married Miss Maud Abbie Gage in 1898 and is the father of five children. Mr. Sterling launched his first oil enterprise at Humble in 1910. A year later he founded the Humble Oil Company. He is a former chairman of the Texas Highway Commission. He is chairman of the board of the Houston Printing Company, which publishes the Houston Post-Dispatch. Other interests are the American Maid Flour Mills, R. S. Sterling Investment Company, Houston National Bank and the First Texas Joint Stock Land Bank. He built the Post-Dispatch and Sterling Buildings and helped construct the Dayton and Goose Creek Railroad in 1917. He was chairman of the Houston Port Commission and trustee of the Hermann Hospital Estate. He belongs to the Houston Club, Houston Country, Houston Yacht and the Congressional Country Club of Washington, D. C. He is a deacon in the South End Christian Church and a trustee of T. C. U. He is a Mason, Knight of Pythias, W. O. W. a member of the United States Chamber of Commerce, and of the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association and the American Petroleum Institute.

ANDREW Y. AUSTIN

VICE-PRESIDENT, secretary and treasurer of the Standard Printing and Lithographing Company, was born February 22, 1870, at Marlin. He was educated in the public and high schools of Savannah, Georgia. On July 4, 1909 he was married to Miss Mary Agnes Malloy of Galveston Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Austin. Mr. Austin is a member of Sacred Heart Church. He belongs to the Houston Club, Houston Country Club, Lodge No. 151 of the B. P. O. E., and Knights of Columbus. His hobbies are golf, hunting and fishing.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BONNER

LUMBERMAN, was born April 14, 1869 in Angelina County. He was educated in the public schools of the county, and on April 22, 1891, married Miss Annie Wier. He is the father of two daughters. Mr. Bonner came to Houston in 1894. He established the first oil refinery in Houston. He was organizer of the Southwestern Oil Company and one of the incorporators and original directors of both the Houston Oil Company and the Kirby Lumber Company. He has been president of the Chamber of Commerce and was for several years a member of the Texas State Democratic Committee. He is now vice-president of the Blodgett Development Company, the R. W. Wier Lumber Company, the Wier Long Leaf Lumber Company, the Hercules Printing and Book Company, the San Jacinto Trust Company and the Gulf & Northern Railway Company. Mr. Bonner belongs to the Masonic Lodge, Lodge No. 151, B. P. O. E., the Knights of Pythias and his clubs are the Houston Country, Houston, Lumbermen's, Salesmanship, Houston Yacht, and Houston Riding and Polo. He is a member of the First Methodist Church and likes to hunt and fish.

JOHN MITCHEL BOYLE

PRESIDENT and general manager of the Eureka Laundry and Dye Company, was born at Shreveport, August 3, 1874. He came to Houston in 1889 and worked two years as a laborer on the dairy farm of E. H. Benefield. He was an employe of the Henke Ice Company for four years, and in 1896 worked as a laundry wagon driver. He started with the Burkhart's Laundry at the age of 23. After five years he started his own concern and since has developed it by dint of his own efforts into a huge and highly efficient concern. He was educated in the public schools. In 1903 he married Miss Rosie Iselt of Houston. Mr. Boyle is a member of the Masonic Orders, Woodmen of the World, Knights of Pythias, Rotary Club and the Turnverein.

EDWARD SEWALL BOYLES

LAWYER, was born at Houston on April 18, 1889. He graduated from the public and high schools of Houston with highest honors. In 1906 he entered the academic and law departments of the University of Texas, graduating in the class of 1911 with highest honors. Mr. Boyles married Miss Constance Stayton Weldon at Weldon Ranch, Yorktown, Texas, on October 30, 1918. He began practicing law as soon as he graduated, and now is a member of Boyles, Brown and Scott, attorneys for the First National Bank. During the war he was head of the legal department of the Food Administration of Texas. He lives at No. 2 Burlington apartments and is a member of the Houston Country Club, University Club, Delta Chi Fraternity and the Lawyer's Club.

FRANK CARTER CLEMENS

PRESIDENT of the Cargill Company, was born at Christ Church Rectory, Houston, on October 23, 1878. He was secretary of the Cargill Company from the time it started operating in Houston in 1901 until he was made president in 1920. He married Miss Helen Louise Gawlis at Baltimore on November 7, 1919, and is the father of two children. He has belonged to cadet, national guard and army organizations since 1894. In 1915 he enlisted in the army as a private and became a lieutenant, a captain and then a major. He served in France with the 11th Division, receiving his discharge from service in 1920. He is a member of the Houston Club, Houston Country Club, Houston Yacht Club, Elks, Kiwanis Club, and Purchasing Agents Association. He belongs to Christ Episcopal Church and his hobbies are baseball, the army and boy scouts.

HORTON C. COCKBURN

GEOPHYSICAL exploration (oil), was born at Kosse in 1888. He was educated in the public schools and married Miss Dorothy Bolinger in 1911. The couple have two children. Mr. Cockburn is president of the Cockburn Oil Corporation and lives at the corner of University boulevard and Buffalo Speedway He is a Thirty-second Degree Mason, member of Arabia Shrine, I. O. O. F. and Knights of Pythias. His hobby is locating salt domes.

LYNCH DAVIDSON

LUMBERMAN and former representative, senator and lieutenant-governor of Texas, was born January 3, 1873, on a plantation near Cotile, Louisiana. His father died of yellow fever in 1878, leaving his mother with two small children to rear. He made his way through high school by herding sheep and doing odd jobs, graduating at 15. His career as a lumberman started with a sawmill roustabout job at Groveton. In 1921 he consolidated his lumber companies into one corporation, Lynch Davidson & Company, with an investment of more than $2,000,000. He is president of that corporation, director in the Second National Bank, director and vice-president in the First Texas Joint Stock Land Bank. He was elected to the state legislature in 1918 and then to the senate. At the next election he became lieutenant-governor, retiring in 1923. He is a Methodist church member and belongs to the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Houston Club, Houston Country, Lumbermen's Club, Elks, and River Oaks Club. He married Miss Katy C. Calvert of Houston on June 26, 1897. They have three children. His hobbies are business and public life.

JOHN A. DEERING

OIL producer, was born at Caldwell, Kansas, on January 6, 1880. He attended public schools, Caldwell High School, and University of Kansas. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in 1920 he was in the real estate business and stock and farming projects in Kansas. Mr. Deering married Miss Gladys L. Barrow of Houston on December 31, 1913, and is the father of three daughters. In Oklahoma and later in Texas he continued his operations in cattle, real estate and later in oil. He is president of the Traders Oil Company and the Rich Oil Corporation. He is a Mason and belongs to the First Presbyterian Church. His hobbies are his home and his work.

THOMAS J. DONOGHUE

OIL man and vice-president of the Texas Company, was born at Titusville, Pennsylvania on May 13, 1869. His ancestors migrated to Canada in 1825 and his parents were born in Canada. He was educated in public and parochial schools in Pennsylvania, and on December 15, 1896, married Miss Mary Evangelist Sullivan at Bradford, Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Donoghue live at 17 Courtland place and have three children. Mr. Donoghue is a member of the Knight of Columbus, Houston Club and Houston Country Club. He is a member of the Catholic Church. His hobby is the Community Chest.

WILLIAM LEONARD EDMUNDSON

BUILDER of residences in owned subdivisions, was born at Galveston, January 15, 1878. He was educated at St. Edwards University. On April 14, 1903, he married Miss Harriett K. Paine. Mr. and Mrs. Edmundson have four children and live at 320 Branard avenue. Mr. Edmundson is vice-president of the Edmundson Refrigerating Corporation and president of the United Hay Company. He is an Episcopal church member and belongs to the Houston Country Club and River Oaks Country Club. His hobbies are playing golf and building brick bungalows.

JAMES DAVIS EUBANK

SECRETARY and chairman of the board of Forest Park Cemetery, was born February 21, 1867, in Clare County, Kentucky. He was educated in the public schools and on May 26, 1896, married Miss Brent Forbes. Mr. and Mrs. Eubank have one child. Mr. Eubank is a member of the First Christian Church and belongs to the Rotary and Houston Country Clubs. He is a Mason, and a life member of the Shrine and of the Consistory, both in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Eubank attended the international convention of Rotary Clubs in 1927 at Ostend, Belgium, being at the time president of the Shreveport club. His hobbies are golf and the Rotary Club.

ROBERT DAVIS FARISH

OIL man, was born at Mayersville, Mississippi in 1894. He completed his education at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. He is a bachelor and a member of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Farish is president of the Farlyn Oil Company. He lives at 4412 Montrose Boulevard. He is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and of the following clubs: University, Tejas, Houston, Houston Country, River Oaks County, Houston Riding and Polo, and Houston Yacht. His hobbies are playing polo and golf.

STEPHEN POWER FARISH

OIL man, was born at Mayersville, Mississippi on May 31, 1891. He completed his education at Sewanee, the University of the South, and on November 7, 1922, married Miss Lottie Baldwin Rice. Mr. and Mrs. Farish live at 2306 Crawford street and have two children. He is president of the Navarro Oil Company, the F. W. C. Royalty Corporation, the York Royalty Company and the Reed Roller Bit Company. Mr. Farish is a member of the following clubs: Houston, Houston Country, Houston Yacht, Houston Riding and Polo, Tejas, and the Eagle Lake Rod and Gun. His church affiliation is with Palmer Memorial Chapel. His hobbies are polo and hunting.

CHARLES SPENCER FAY

VICE-PRESIDENT and traffic manager of the Southern Pacific Lines,. was born in Minden, Louisiana on October 23, 1867. He completed his education at Louisiana State University. On August 14, 1922 he married Miss Clara Schroeder and is the father of four children. He is a member of Second Presbyterian Church and belongs to the Traffic Club, Houston Country Club and Houston Club. Mr. Fay lives at 4407 Rossmoyne Boulevard. His hobbies are hunting, fishing, playing golf and gardening.

MARCELLUS ELLIOT FOSTER

NEWSPAPER publisher and editor, was born at Pembroke, Kentucky on November 29, 1870. His father, a Confederate captain, moved to Texas in 1873 and Mr. Foster grew up at Huntsville. He was educated in the public schools, in Sam Houston Normal College and Texas University. He has served in every capacity in the newspaper business, beginning as a printer's devil on the Huntsville Item. He came to Houston from the University of Texas and became a reporter on the Houston Post. He was financial editor, Sunday editor and finally managing editor and in 1901 left the Post to found the Houston Chronicle. The first issue appeared October 14, 1901. He sold the paper in 1926 and on February 9, 1927, became editor of the Houston Press, Scripps-Howard paper. Mr. Foster is past president of the Southern Newspaper Publisher's Association, past president of the Texas Editorial Association, and an Episcopal church member. He belongs to the Houston Club, Houston Country Club, El Caballero (Calif) Country Club, University Club and Elks lodge. He married Miss Claire Collier LaBarge on March 9, 1919, and is the father of two daughters. His hobbies are golf and bridge.

JOSEPH H. GANS

VICE-PRESIDENT of the Bennett Oil and Gas Company, Inc., was born at Sealy on May 25, 1888. He was educated at Sealy High School. On October 29, 1919, he married Miss Huldah Jane Thornton. The couple have no children. Mr. Gans is a member of the First Methodist Church, and member of the following clubs: River Oaks, Houston Yacht, Lumbermen's and Colonial Country Club. His favorite diversions are playing golf and hunting. He lives at 220 Emerson avenue.

HENRY JOSEPH GAZIN

PHARMACIST and manufacturing chemist, was born in 1882 in Glencoe, Minnesota. He was educated in a high school and in a school of pharmacy. He married Miss Nell Green in 1908. Mr. Gazin is owner of Gazin's Drug Store, and president of both the Medical Arts Drug Company and the Ben Milam Pharmacy. He belongs to the Houston Country Club and to the Houston Yacht Club. He is a First Methodist Church Member. Mr. Gazin's hobbies are golf, overland auto trips and travel. He lives at the Rice Hotel.

GEORGE GRAHAM HALL

SECRETARY-TREASURER of the Sam Houston Hotel Company, Inc., was born at St. Louis on October 24, 1890. He was educated at Texas A. & M. College, and lives at the Ben Milam Hotel. He is a member of the Presbyterian church and belongs to the Houston A. & M. Club, Conopus Club, Lodge No. 151, B. P. O. E., Knights of Pythias, and D. O. K. K. His hobbies are golf and motoring.

JAMES W. HALL

HARRIS County tax collector, was born at Snow Hill in Wilcox County, Alabama on December 8, 1868. His father died when James was 10 and he came to Texas with his mother and four younger brothers and settled on a farm near Bazette. He ran the farm, went to the public schools and when he was 21 married Miss Annah L. Terry and went into cotton ginning and mercantile business. He has been in Houston 26 years, lives at 4111 Connor street and is the father of four children. Mr. Hall has been county commissioner, a member of the county board of education, and state representative and senator. He also conducted the Hall Hardware Company at Houston. He is a member of the Christian Church, I. O. O. F., B. P. O. E., Lodge No. 1189, F. & A. M. His hobby is trying to earn a living.

BEVERLY DABNEY HARRIS

SENIOR vice-president of the Second National Bank and vice-president of the Second National Corporation, was born at Fredericks Hall, Virginia on April 11, 1872. He was educated in the public schools of Dallas and lives at the Rice Hotel. He is a widower and has no children. Mr. Harris is a member of the following clubs: Houston, Houston Country, Lodge No. 151, B. P. O. E., Lotos, Bankers. He belongs to the Southern Society of New York and is a past exalted ruler of the Dallas Elks. His hobbies are hunting and fishing.

HERMAN F. HEEP

OIL and gas producer, was born April 2, 1899, at Buda, Texas. After graduation from the Buda high school, he attended Texas A. & M. then matriculated to the University of Wisconsin. In 1927 Heep married Miss Harriette Paine Lopez and has one daughter, Mary Lou. Is a member of the Houston Club and Chi Psi Fraternity. When not at home, 2169 Troon Road, he will be found with his favorite hobbies—farming and cattle raising.

ABRAM CLAUDE HOWARD

IN the natural and manufactured gas business, was born at Annapolis on March 21, 1880. He attended St. John's College at Annapolis and the United States Naval Academy. On February 20, 1912 he was married to Miss Margaret V. Witham. Mr. and Mrs. Howard live at 5105 Main street and have four children. Mr. Howard belongs to the American Gas Association, Army and Navy Club at Washington, D. C, Military Order of Carabad, Germantown Cricket Club of Philadelphia, Society of Gas Lighting, New York, and was an officer in the Spanish-American War. He belongs to the Episcopal church and has swimming and boating for his hobbies.

GENERAL JOHN A. HULEN

RAILROAD man and soldier, was born in Centralia, Mo., September 9, 1871. He began his railroad connections in 1907 when he became city passenger agent for the Frisco lines. Mr. Hulen is vice-president of the H. B. & T. Railway and receiver of the T. & B. V. Railway. He is major general in charge of the Texas National Guard, Thirty-sixth division. He married Miss Frankie L. Race in 1893, and lives at 1706 Main street. Mr. Hulen is a member of the Houston Country Club, the Houston Club, the Turnverein, B. P. O. E. No. 151, and Knights of Pythias. He was lieutenant-colonel of the First Texas Cavalry in the Spanish-American War, and commanded the 36th Division in France during the World War.

EDWARD J. HUSSION

PRESIDENT of the Standard Printing and Lithographing Company, was born at Galveston, in 1876. He was educated in the public schools and married Miss Zuleika Jenkins of Galveston in 1897. Mrs. Hussion died in 1914. One child was born to Mr. and Mrs. Hussion. He is a member of the Houston Club, the Houston Country Club, Brae Burn Country Club, the Knights of Columbus and honorary member Veterans of Foreign Wars. His hobbies are golf, baseball and races, and he lives in the Lamar Hotel.

JAMES HUTCHESON

VICE-PRESIDENT and general manager of the Rio Bravo Oil Company, was born in Houston, December 25, 1883. He married Miss Queene Mignon Cameron on March 21, 1908, and lives at 2301 Wentworth street. Is a member of the Episcopal church and of the R. O. C. Club, Houston Club, Lodge No. 151, B. P. O. E., Knights of Pythias, D. O. K. K., A. F. & A. M., A. I. M. E.-A. P. I., Houston and Geological Club. His hobbies are raising fancy chickens and playing tennis and golf.

JAMES MADISON JOHNSON

LAWYER, with offices in the State National Bank Bldg. at Houston, was born at Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, June 2nd, 1891. He received his education at Sam Houston State Teachers College, graduated in 1913; Texas A. and M. College; graduated 1920, and the University of Texas. He married Miss Lilly Anders of Huntsville, Texas, October 2, 1913. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are the parents of one son, J. M. Johnson, Jr., and live at 1107 Fugate Ave. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Texas A. and M. and University Clubs, he is also a member of the Masonic Lodge, a Knight Templar and Shriner. He is affiliated with the Baptist denomination. His great hobby is duck hunting.

JESSE H. JONES

BANKER, lumberman and builder. Born in Robertson Co., Tenn., April 5, 1874. Attended the public schools. Came to Dallas in 1894, where he worked for M. T. Jones Lumber Co. Was general mgr. Three years later, directed the company business at Houston for seven years. In 1902 organized South Texas Lumber Co., The Texas Trust Co. in 1909, consolidated it with Bankers Trust Co. in 1911. In 1920 this was supplanted by the Bankers Mortgage Co., of which he is Pres. and Board Chairman. He built the Rice and Lamar Hotels, Chronicle, Kirby, Gulf and many other buildings. Is President of the National Bank of Commerce and Houston Chronicle Pub. Co. He is a member of the Bankers Club, Sleepy Hollow Country, Scaraborough-on-Hudson and Blind Brook Country Clubs, all of New York and other Eastern and Houston clubs. He secured the National Democratic Convention for Houston in 1928 and was Treasurer of National Democratic Executive Committe in 1924.

JOHN HENRY KIRBY

LUMBERMAN, born in Tyler Co. Nov. 16, 1860. Taught by his mother, had one term in a country school and one year at Southwestern U. Studied privately and became a clerk in the Legislature from 1882 to 1884. Admitted to bar in 1885. He entered the lumber business and in 1890 headed the two largest timber companies in Texas. Built the G. B. and K. C. R. R., afterward selling it to the Santa Fe. Organized $10,000,000 Kirby Lumber Co. and $30,000,000 Houston Oil Co. The Kirby Co. controls the largest hardwood holdings in the U. S. Member of Harding's Unemployment Conference, and on Brazilian Com. Pres. of Natl. Lumber Mfgr's Assn. and timber director of Emergency Fleet Corp. during the war. Is a 32nd Degree Mason, Knight Templar, Shriner, and member of many Houston Clubs. Married Miss Lelia Stewart Nov. 14, 1883, and has one daughter.

SETH SCOFIELD LAMB

STOCK and bond broker, was born in Galveston in 1895. He completed his education at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, and married Miss Pauline Gray in 1926. He is the father of one child. Mr. Lamb is associated with Seth Lamb & Company. He is a Baptist church member and belongs to the following clubs: Houston, River Oaks Country, Rotary, Houston Yacht, and Polo. He likes to handle horses, both show and riding.

CLARENCE OSCAR LAMBERTH

COTTON man, was born at Negreet, La., on September 1, 1884. He was educated in several public schools in Louisiana. He married Miss Willie Mae Jackson on December 24, 1906. The couple have three children. Mr. Lamberth is manager of the square bale buying department, Anderson, Clayton and Company. He lives at 2221 River Oaks Boulevard. He is a member of the Masonic lodge, Holland No. 1; Shriners, Arabia Temple, the Houston Country Club, River Oaks Country Club and the Baptist Church. His hobby is golf.

LESLIE A. LAYNE

OIL and water well supplies manufacturer and developer of water wells, was born in Hurley, South Dakota October 10, 1890. His father, a well-known waterwell driller, moved to Texas in 1902. Mr. Layne went to work in his father's shops in 1907 and since that time has held almost every position in the company. He married Miss Lula Mae Williams in 1909 and the couple have three children. The Layne family lives at 1528 Kirby Drive. Mr. Layne is president of Layne & Bowler Company, manufacturers of oil and water well strainers and supplies and of the Layne-Texas Company which contracts to supply water and develop wells. He is a Houston Yacht Club member and an ardent speed boat enthusiast, his Dixie Baby and Miss Dixie Baby being well known competitors in races. He also hunts, fishes and cruises on the Southern Breeze, a yacht driven by a gasoline motor. He was educated at San Jacinto High School and at Kinkaid school. He is a contributor to the Salvation Army and to the Evangelistic Temple.

THOMAS P. LEE

OIL operator and prominent Republican, was born at Petroleum, West Virginia, on March 19, 1871. He was educated in the common schools of West Virginia and got into the oil business when he was 16. Mr. Lee married Miss Essie M. Horton on April 24, 1900, and is the father of six daughters. He came to Texas in 1903 and was with the Texas Company until 1914, when he became president of the Republic Producing Company. He is vice-president of the State National Bank. He is a Thirty-second Degree Mason, a Shriner, and a member of A. F. & A. M. He belongs to the Houston Club and the Houston Country Club. His hobbies are hunting and fishing.

J. W. LINK

PRESIDENT of Dr. Pepper Company, was born December 1, 1868, in Gallatin, Tennessee.

He attended public schools and completed his education at Baylor University. Mr. Link married Miss Ihna Holland on October 21, 1891, and is the father of live children. He lives at 819 Lovett boulevard and belongs to the Houston Club. His hobbies are work and performing his duties at 10, 2 and 4.

A. J. (ART) LONG

OIL operator, was born in Milwaukee, Wis., July 26, 1894. Attended the University of Nebraska, the A. & S. Commerce and Law school. He married Miss Anna Rudd Mayes of Galveston on June 8, 1918. Mr. and Mrs. Long who live at 104 Hathaway street, have one daughter. Mr. Long served as first lieutenant of the 19th Infantry in the World War and is now captain of the 180th Infantry Brigade, 90th Division. He is a member of the Catholic Church and his hobby is engaging in activities of the Republican party.

SAM R. MERRILL

ATTORNEY in the law firm of Merrill and Grinstead, was born December 24, 1876, in Collin County. He completed his education at the University of Texas. He was married to Miss Della Triplett on April 26, 1906 and is the father of five children. Mr. Merrill is a member of the Baptist Church and is a Shriner and Thirty-second Degree Mason. He belongs to the River Oaks Country Club and Houston Club. Golf is his hobby. He lives at 3382 Del Monte drive, and has offices in the Esperson Building.

ROBERT JOHN MILLER

OIL well equipment executive, was born in Houston, May 9, 1896. He was educated in the public schools and in business college. He began his career as a newsboy, then worked as a Western Union messenger for three years. For three more years he was cashier for the N. O. Nelson Manufacturing Company. At the Lucey Manufacturing Company he became sales manager after remaining with the company eight years. He married Miss Marion Pauline Burge of Houston on March 20, 1920, and is the father of two children. He served as Color Sergeant, 111th Field Signal Battalion, 36th Division, during the World War from April 14, 1917 to June 19, 1919. Mr. Miller is president of Robert J. Miller Company, oil well equipment dealers, and of the Oil Field Specialty Company; also a director of the Burge Manufacturing Company. Mr. Miller is Past Commander, 111th Field Signal Battalion Association. He is a member of the Methodist Church. He is a member of the Houston Yacht Club; president of the Exchange Club of the Cinema League of America; member Temple Lodge No. 4, A. F. & A. M.; Ruthven Commandery No. 2, Knights Templar, and Arabia Temple. He lives at 2511 Inwood drive.

WALTER C. MOORE

OIL and real estate man, was born October 8, 1857, in Harris County. He went to work at the age of 14 as delivery and counter clerk and cashier for the Western Union. From 1878 to 1892 he was station agent for the Southern Pacific. Mr. Moore married Miss Emma D. Perryman in April, 1886, and is the father of four children. He organized the Moore-Cortes Canal Company, the Trinity Rice Land and Irrigation Company, the Texas Rice Development Company, the Palacios Townsite Company, the Hardy Oil Company and other corporations. He is a Mason, a Knight Templar, a Shriner, an Elk and a steward in the First Methodist Church.

ROBERT BUCKNER MORRIS

OIL man and United States Collector of Customs for the Southern District of Texas, was born in Houston December 9, 1864. He was educated in Houston public schools, Russell Military Institute at New Haven, Connecticut and in Yale University. Mr. Morris owned and operated a motion picture theater in Quanah when the industry was in an undeveloped stage. He was vice-president of the Planters and Mechanics National Bank for six years. For twelve years he has been president of the Morris Investment Company. He is a life member, Holland Lodge No. 1, A. F. & A. M., Thirty-second Degree Scottish Rite Mason, life member Arabia Temple of the Shrine, member Lodge No. 151, B. P. O. E., a charter member of Houston's Kiwanis Club and a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. He married Miss Elizabeth Hecker October 12, 1921. Mr. Morris is an Episcopal church member. His hobbies are fishing and politics.

WRIGHT MORROW

LAWYER, was born in Hillsboro, Texas, July 18, 1892. He completed his education with five years at Texas University, graduating with an LL.B. in 1914. He practiced law from 1914 to 1918 at Hillsboro, moving to Dublin in 1918 where he was a member of the firm of Hickman and Morrow until 1922. He moved to Austin and practiced law there, being made first assistant attorney general under Governor Moody in 1925. Mr. Morrow resigned nine months later to become general attorney for the Fidelity Trust Company. He was married to Miss Genevieve Bowman on April 27, 1916, and is the father of two daughters, Genevieve and Nancy. He is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and of Phi Delta Phi Honorary Legal Fraternity, Houston Club, University Club.

WILEY C. MUNN

MERCHANT and president of W. C. Munn Company and the Houston Land and Development Company, was born near Jefferson, Texas, on November 9, 1861. His parents came to Texas in 1842. He was educated in the private school of Professor R. P. Decherd, in Hill's Business College and at Baylor University. He entered the mercantile business in Weimar in 1885, moving to Houston to become a member of the firm of Mistrot-Munn in 1906. In 1912 he bought out his partner and organized his present store. Mr. Munn is a Mason and a member of the Second Baptist Church. He belongs to the Shrine, Houston Club, the Houston Country Club, and the Glenbrook Country Club, and is president of the Houston and Harris County Drainage Association. He married Mrs. Margarette Spencer May 12, 1923. Mr. Munn is the father of five children. His hobbies are merchandising, drainage and golf.

J. W. NEAL

BANKER, was born at Fountain Run, Kentucky, on January 12, 1865. He completed his education at Glasgow College, Kentucky, and married Miss Lizzie H. Mitchell June 22, 1893. The couple have one child. He formerly was associated with the Cheek-Neal Coffee Company but now is chairman of the board of directors, Second National Bank. Mr. Neal lives at the Warwick Hotel. He is a member of the Houston Club and the Houston Country Club and belongs to the Second Baptist Church.

WILLIAM L. PEARSON

CAPITALIST, was born in Bristol, England, on September 13, 1884. He took a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan in 1905, graduating in engineering. He is president of W. L. Pearson & Company and vice president of the Buhmann Lumber Company. Mr. Pearson married Miss Ruey M. Webster of Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1905 and is the father of four children. He is a member of the Houston Club, the River Oaks Country Club and is a Mason and a Shriner. He belongs to the Congregational Church and has golf and work for his hobbies. His contracting company has built the Stowers Building, Baptist Sanitarium, Cotton Hotel and other Houston buildings.

JOHN FREDERICK B. RAWCLIFFE

LUMBER and oil man, was born in Philadelphia October 11, 1886. He was educated at Gilbert's Academy, Pennsylvania Military College and the University of Pennsylvania. He married Miss Bess Kirby and lives at 911 Lovett Boulevard. He is an Episcopal Church member and belongs to Arabia Temple and the following clubs: Houston, Houston Country, River Oaks Country and Houston Riding and Polo. Mr. Rawcliffe is vice-president and treasurer of the Kirby Lumber Company and president of the Kirby Petroleum Company. His hobbies are fishing and foot-ball.

JUNIUS WESLEY REYNOLDS

LUMBERMAN, was born at Jacinto, Mississippi on July 19, 1871. He was educated in private schools. On August 23, 1906, he married Miss Nanie B. Job of Old Danville Mississippi. The couple have three children. He entered the lumber business early in his life. He is president of the Reynolds-West Lumber Company, Inc., and the Foster Buchmann Lumber Company, and vice president of the Sabine Lumber Company. Mr. Reynolds is a Methodist church member and a member of the Houston Club, the Lumbermen's Club, the Yacht Club and the River Oaks Country Club. His hobbies are fishing and golf and he lives at 3312 Austin street.

ARTHUR ALBERT ROSENFELDER

SALES engineer, was born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania on June 24, 1883. He was educated in John Marsh and Bowen schools in Chicago. He married Miss Della M. Wilfe and is the father of six children. He lives at 4620 McKinney avenue and is the president of the Rosenfelder Machinery Company, Inc. Mr. Rosenfelder belongs to the Presbyterian church and is a member of the Engineer's Club, Knights Templar, Arabia Temple and A. A. O. N. M. S. His hobby is selling machinery.

REV. J. N. R. SCORE

WAS born April 21, 1896, and is pastor of St. Paul's Methodist Church at Houston, Texas. He was educated at Scaritt Morrisville College, Emory University, New College, University of Edinburgh and Pacific School of Religion. On Jan. 12, 1921, he married Margaret Ruth Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Score have one son, J. N. R. Score II. He is a member of the Houston Lion's Club and a Mason and member of the Antithesis. His principal hobby is golf.

WALTER B. SHARP

MANUFACTURER of oil field specialties, was born at Dallas, November 8, 1897. He married Miss Patty Hall Summis in 1922, and the couple have one child. He is an Episcopal church member and belongs to the Houston Country Club and Tejas Club. His hobbies are hunting, and playing tennis. Mr. Sharp lives at 2402 Crawford street and is president of the Mission Sales Company.

HARVEY S. SMITH

OIL OPERATOR, was born at Beaumont on September 5, 1893. He was educated in the Beaumont schools, is a bachelor and lives at 2915 Blodgett street. He is a Methodist church member and belongs to the Houston Yacht Club. Mr. Smith is president of Harvey S. Smith Inc., oil operators and the Mutual Land and Investment Company. His hobbies are yachting, fishing and handling bird dogs.

HENRY THOMAS STAITI

OIL, sulphur and natural gas man was born at Marshall on February 12, 1876. He went to the public schools and Marshall College, later going into the oil business. Mr. Staiti was one of the first oil prospectors and producers in the state. He married Miss Odelia Riesner of Waco on April 17, 1901. He is president of the American Sulphur Royalty Company of Texas, the Petroleum Producing Company, the Powhatan Oil Company, and the Valley Oil Corporation; president and treasurer of the Milam and Leeland Realty Company, and vice-president of the Texas Exploration Company, and the Universal Sulphur Products Company. Mr. Staiti belongs to the following clubs: Houston, River Oaks Country, Houston Country, Houston Yacht, and Galveston Country. He is a life member of the Royal Society of London and belongs to the Knife and Fork Club and Lodge No. 151, B. P. O. E His hobby is flowers.

FRED R. SWITZER

LAWYER in the firm of Vinson, Elkins, Sweeton and Weems, was born August 6, 1883 a mile and a half from Woodville post office in Macon County, Missouri. He completed his education at the University of Missouri. He is a bachelor and belongs to the Unitarian Church. Mr. Switzer is a member of Lodge No 151, B. P. O. E., Knights of Pythias, and Dramatic Order of the Knights of Khorassan. His hobby is doing that which no one else has the time or inclination to do. He lives at 401 Anita avenue and his office is in the Esperson Building.

JOHN HENRY TEER

VICE-PRESIDENT and general manager of Layne and Bowler Company, was born at Lufkin, January 28, 1888. He was educated in the public schools of Lufkin. He married Miss Ella French of Lufkin. Mr. Teer is the father of two children, Eugene and Nace Teer. Mr. Teer is a Mason, a Shriner, member of Scottish Rite and Rotary Club. He belongs to the Second Baptist Church. His hobbies are hunting, fishing and playing golf.

JAMES HOWARD WEST

VICE-PRESIDENT of Fogle-West Company, was born at Groveton, August 12, 1883. He attended high school and Sam Houston Normal College at Huntsville. He married Miss Stella Powell and is the father of one child. He is a member of the Baptist church and has no hobbies, lodge or club memberships. Mr. West lives at 815 Sul Ross avenue.

ROBERT WITHROW WIER

LUMBERMAN, was born July 4, 1873, in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. He went into the lumber business in Whitecastle, Louisiana, at the age of 23. In 1905 he organized the Central Lumber Company with yards in Houston and Beaumont.

Mr. Wier is president of the Wier Long Leaf Lumber Company and the R. W. Wier Lumber Company. He is vice-president and director of San Jacinto Trust Company, director of Union National Bank, the Houston Lighting and Power Company, Southern Drug Company, Beaumont, Sour Lake and Western Railway, and is trustee of the Hermann Hospital estate. He married Miss Mary Randolph Norwood on July 14, 1925, and has two children. Mr. Wier is past exalted ruler of Lodge No. 151, B. P. O. E., past president of the Lumbermen's Club, member of the Houston Consistory, Scottish Rite, a Thirty-second Degree Mason, Knight Templar, Arabia Temple of the Shrine. He also belongs to the Houston Club, Houston Country Club, River Oaks Country Club and the Kiwanis Club. He is a member of Christ Church. His hobbies are hunting, fishing, golf and work.

THOMAS P. WIER

LUMBERMAN, was born November 11, 1882 in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. He went to public schools and to the school of experience. On June 29, 1918 he married Miss Elinor Jones, and is the father of a boy and girl. Mr. Wier is secretary-treasurer of the R. W. Wier Lumber Company and the Wier Long Leaf Lumber Company. He is a steward in the First Methodist Church and belongs to Holland Lodge No. 1, Kiwanis and Salesmanship Clubs, Houston, River Oaks Country, and Houston Country Clubs, Lodge No. 151, B. P. O. E., Arabia Temple, and is a Thirty-second Degree Scottish Rite Mason. He likes to play golf in his spare time.

REESE ALLEN WOLFE

OIL and gas drilling contractor and operator, was born at Washington Court House, Ohio, in 1884 and has been actively engaged in the production of oil and gas in the Southwest for many years. Mr. Wolfe married Miss Goldie Rae Baker October 28th, 1907. Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe live at 2424 Courtland Drive, Houston, and have five children. Mr. Wolfe's great hobby is hunting and fishing in the Gulf Coast waters.

JACOB F. WOLTERS

LAWYER, political leader and brigadier general commanding the 56th cavalry regiment, was born at New Ulm in Austin County, September 2, 1871. He was educated in the public schools of Schulenburg and before he was 21 was admitted to the bar. Served as Fayette County attorney and member of the state legislature from Fayette County. He married Miss Sallie Drane of Columbus on April 25, 1893, and has two children. He served in the First Texas Cavalry during the Spanish-American War. As commander of military forces under martial law he sustained the civil authorities at Galveston in 1920, at Mexia in 1922 and in Borger and Hutchison County in 1929. He was commissioned brigadier general in the United States officers' reserve corps in 1921. The 41st Texas legislature by unanimous vote passed a resolution extending to him the thanks of the state and awarded him a gold distinguished service medal. The medal was granted for “meritorious military service to the State of Texas in time of peace.” General Wolters is a member of the Episcopal church. He belongs to the Masonic lodge, Houston Country Club, Houston Club, University Club, and Houston Turnverein.