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History of Fannin County Texas

This collection represents the 24 biographies from the History of Fannin County, Texas – History, Statistics and Biographies. Business Cards, and a Complete Directory of the County.

Biographical Sketch of W. S. Perkins

Proprietor of the Perkins House, of this city, was born in Georgia in 1841, and came to this state in 1856. His first occupation in Texas was that of farming. He followed this business in Lamar County, until in 1878, when he moved to Paris, and opened a hotel. He remained in Paris only a year, then moved to Marshall, Texas, with his family, and opened a large house at that place. At Marshall the “Perkins House” was very popular, and Mr, Perkins did a good business. Early in 1885, he came to Bonham, purchase d a very desirable lot, near the depot of the T. & P. road, on South Main Street and erected a large double storied building which is thoroughly completed in all of its departments, He and his estimable wife have had sufficient experience in their business to under-stand it thoroughly, and if a well patronized house, and financial success are any evidence of popular favor, Mr. Perkins and his house are certainly held in high esteem by all who know him, and by the traveling public. His investment in property in this city is sufficient to induce the belief that he will, as long as he lives, be a citizen and a hotel proprietor of Fannin...

Biographical Sketch of John P. Nelson

President of the Fannin College, was born in Virginia in 1860, and educated at the university of that state. He came to this state and county in 1883, just after the college of which he is` president was incorporated. He was at once chosen by the board of directors as principal and entered upon his duties as such. The two years he has had charge of this institution have proven beyond question, his thorough qualifications for the responsible position. The session of 1883-4 gave such satisfaction among his patrons as to increase the number of matriculations from 99 to 140, the following session. Prof. Nelson is a thorough scholar and a cultured gentleman, of the true “Virginia school.” He has already won the respect and good opinion of his patrons, and all who know him. Having accomplished so much in so short a time, age and experience will place him among the first of Texas...

Biographical Sketch of M. G. Hampton

The live grocer of Post office Row, in Bonham, is “to the manor born.” He was born in Fannin County, in 1859, and raised a farmer’s boy. At the age of nineteen he contracted marriage with Miss Mollie E. Carr, of this county, who is also a native of the state. In the fall of 1880, he went into the grocery business at the stand he now occupies, with a small capital. Many of his friends predicted that his free-heartedness and generous disposition would be detrimental to his chosen business, but their predictions have fallen to the ground. He has not only built up a magnificent grocery trade, on his little capital, but by promptness, good business tact, and fair dealing has made one of the most popular merchants in the county. In his business transactions he is just, rather than liberal, responsible and reliable, and faithfully adheres to the doctrine that a merchant’s success lies in quick and repeated sales at a small profit. Mr. Hampton’s course and success in business, affords another example of what application, economy and honesty will do for young men who adhere to these principles. With the same success that has attended him since he began business, his present trade, although large, will steadily increase, until he will be second to none in the...

Biography of J. Q. Chenoweth

Is a native of Kentucky, born in Louisville, in 1841, and raised manhood by his grand-parents, in Harrison County of that state. In 1872, he resigned his seat in the senate of Kentucky to come into this state, and the loss of Kentucky proved the gain of Texas. He came direct to Bonham and opened his Law Office people of North Texas are acquainted with his history from that time. Before he went into public life in Kentucky, he completed a thorough course of study in the law-office of Elmore, Keys & Gunter, at Montgomery, Ala., after which he was admitted to the bar of that and his native state. When the war came on, he enlisted as a private, from which he was gradually promoted to Colonel. A few of the battles in which he took a part, were Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Ringold Gap and Kennesaw Mountain. He represented this county in the 17th and 18th legislatures, and was appointed First Auditor of the U. S. Treasury in 1885. Judge Chenoweth possesses all the qualities of a statesman, jurist and soldier. During his membership of the legislature, be acquired a reputation as an orator and level-headed representative. While on the bench, his fair-mindedness and thorough knowledge of the law, rendered him popular as a judge, mid the chivalry and courage he displayed in many bloody battles of the confederacy, placed him among the first of Kentucky’s soldiers. Col. Chenoweth is a democrat of the bourbon school, strongly attached to his party and its principles. An old democrat of this county once said, “a political campaign...

Biographical Sketch of William A. Bramlette

Mr. Bramlette, of this city, is from the “Blue Grass” state, though, raised in Lamar County, Texas. He began the study of law in the office of Hon J. C. Hodges, of Paris, and was admitted to the bar in 1876, twenty-one years old. He moved to Bonham in 1880, and opened his law and abstract office. He has reduced the land law, and titles to a fineness, that perhaps no other lawyer or notary, in North Texas has ever done. ‘His abstract of land titles is as near perfection as possible; his knowledge of the law regulating and settling questions of title is thorough. For five years, he has given this branch of his profession special attention. The abstracts, which he has arranged are not confined to the present territory of Fannin County, but include the old titles of Grayson, Cook, Collins and others. He has a complete map of nearly every town in this county, and is beyond question the best posted lawyer on this branch of his business in the...

Biographical Sketch of J. P. Noble

County Clerk was born in Sabine County, Texas, in 1851. He removed to Fannin in ’18G8 ; attended school at Carlton College one session, and was appointed deputy clerk of court in 1873, in which capacity he faithfully served until November, 1884, when he was elected Clerk of the. County. Court. Mr. Noble is one of the most popular men in the county, having gained the good will and esteem of every person who has had business in the clerk’s office. As evidence of his popularity, in the primary election of 1884, he defeated, by a handsome majority, one of the best men in the...

Biographical Sketch of Jerry L. Fryar

Is a native of Tennessee. He came to Texas in 1870, and like many other young men who came west to grow up with the country, followed various avocations, until early in 1885, when he settled down in business as the local and permanent agent for the “New Home Sewing Machine” Co. His office is situated on Post-office Row in Bonham; and he keeps a large stock of machines, organs, etc. Mr. Fryar has made himself popular by his fair dealing and gentlemanly conduct, since he has been in business in Bonham. His pleasant and agreeable address and the merits of his machine have made his business a success in Fannin...

Biographical Sketch of Rev. A. W. Wilson

Principal of the High School at Dodd City, this county, is a native of Tennessee, and was educated at Washington and Greenville Colleges, having graduated at the latter in 1857, and afterwards received the degree of M. A., from the University of that state. In 1870, he was granted license by the Presbyterian Church, to preach the Gospel. For a number of years he was proprietor and principal of the high school at Morristown, Tennessee. From 1875, to 1881, he was president of’ a female college of that state. He came to Texas in 1881, and has lived at Dodd City ever since. Mr. Wilson is a fine scholar, a thorough teacher, a learned theologian and a gentleman in the true sense of the term. His interest and zeal in the cause of popular education, is unabating, and his name is prominently mentioned in connection with the office of state superintendent of public instruction. For this position, no better name can be put forward in the...

Biographical Sketch of Will S. Thompson

The Artist of Bonham, is from the “buckeye” state, originally, but latterly from Shell City, Mo. -Mr. Thompson east his lot with the people of Fannin County, in July 1885, having just married one of Illinois daughters to share his fortunes in the south-west.. While his life may be said to have just begun in Fannin County, it is not so with his profession. For fifteen years has he applied himself to his profession, keeping pace with all the improvements in the art of photography and painting, and samples of his work in Bonham will convince the most skeptical that he has been awarded for his industry and diligence. Since he opened his gallery on Post-office Row he has had a fine line of custom, and from a class of people who are judges of art, and who are ready to attest his skill as an artist. His gallery is handsomely furnished, and he is provided with the latest improvements in photography. The lightning process for getting negatives of infants is indeed...
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