Location: Paris Texas

Slave Narrative of Moses Smith

I was born in New Orleans, but don’t remember anything about that place for I was sold to Master Jack Dunn when a little boy and moved to Paris, Texas. Master Jack and his wife, Suda, owned four pretty big farms around Paris and he was kept busy all the time going around to each of them, with me going along sometimes on a horse beside him. He’d be gone for a week at a time, come home and get some home cooking, clean up and be gone again. There was twelve slave families on the farm where I lived and the overseers was three. More families on the other places, how many I don’t know, but the old master was well fixed with slaves and money, too. My father was Isom Smith. He lived on a different farm than mother and us children. Her name was Laura and my brother’s name was Max; my sister was Rochelle. We lived in a log cabin just like all the other houses on the farm. It was two rooms, one a kitchen, but they both had fireplaces made of mud, grass and sticks, and the biggest piece of furniture was the wooden bed put together with wooden pegs. Father worked out for extra money and every Saturday night he come over and give each of us children a nickel. That went...

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Biographical Sketch of Mary A Donaldson

When Carrie E. Crowe was called away in January 1906, the place was rather reluctantly assumed but very acceptably filled by Mrs. Sarah L. Wallace of Fairhope, Alabama. After two months she also was called away. The place was then filled by Mary A. Donaldson of Paris, Texas. She had been an attendant at the first Oak Hill Normal, in 1905, and then became a missionary teacher at Grant. Attendance at the Normal led to her recognition, both at Grant and Oak Hill. After teaching several years she pursued another course of training at New Orleans and has become a professional...

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Biography of Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown, whose ripened powers place him among the capable representatives of civil law practice in Muskogee and who is also numbered among the lawmakers of the state, having been a member of the fifth general assembly of Oklahoma, is descended from an old English family, several of the representatives thereof with the nobility. Having incurred the being connected with nobility incurred the displeasure of the reigning monarch, the original progenitors of the family in America were obliged to flee to the new world, this occurring about the time of the Revolutionary war, settlement being made by them in Virginia. One or more of the family made their escape by becoming stowaways on vessels crossing the Atlantic. From Virginia members of the family made their way into Kentucky and it was in that state that Allen K. Brown, father of Kelly Brown, was born and reared. He there married Eliza Lykins, also a native of Kentucky, and in support of their family he followed the occupation of farming and stock raising in Kentucky until about 1897, when he removed to Oklahoma, becoming a resident of Ardmore. Allen K. and Eliza (Lykins) Brown were parents of five sons and two daughters. These in addition to Kelly Brown are: Henry H., who is engaged in law, practice at Ardmore; John F., a farmer and stock raiser of Kentucky, residing in Lexington;...

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Biography of Patrick Cleburn Woodruff, M. D.

In the passing of Dr. Patrick Cleburn Woodruff the medical profession lost a representative member. For twelve years he resided in Stilwell and during that time endeared himself to every one in the community. A man of great charity, he served rich and poor alike and his sudden demise, on the 29th of December, 1914, came as a severe shock to his many friends. A native of Mississippi, Dr. Woodruff was born on the 31st of January, 1865, a son of T. P. and Elizabeth (Leatherwood) Woodruff, both natives of that state. In 1871 they removed to Paris, Texas, and resided there until 1898, when they located in Rogers, Arkansas. There the father engaged in the fruit growing business on a large scale and achieved gratifying success in that connection. They were among the representative and progressive citizens of Rogers, -where they lived until death. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Woodruff eight children were born, of whom three girls and three boys are living. Patrick Cleburn Woodruff, whose name initiates this review, was the third in order of birth. In the acquirement of an education Patrick Cleburn Woodruff attended the public schools of Paris, Texas, and upon determining to enter the medical profession, he enrolled as a student in the Louisville Medical College, from which institution he was graduated with the M. D. degree in 1888. He...

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Biography of Frank Lee

From the year which brought statehood to Oklahoma, Frank Lee has been a member of the Muskogee bar and is regarded as one of the strong and eminent representatives of the profession in this part of the state. He has engaged in the practice of law altogether for thirty-five years and his professional career has been marked by continuous progress and constantly developing power. Born in Stockwell, Indiana, December 9, 1864, he is a son of Captain Smith Lee, who served with the Boys in Blue in the Civil war, becoming a member of Company I, Eleventh Indiana Cavalry. After loyally aiding in the defense of the Union he filled various county offices in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and later removed to Texas, where he conducted a fruit ranch. Frank Lee pursued his more specifically literary education in Stockwell College, near La Fayette, Indiana, and took up the study of law in Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tennessee, where he was graduated with the class of 1886. The day was indeed a Commencement Day for him the commencement of a professional career which has been characterized by thoroughness, by faithfulness to his clients’ interests and by continuous study and research, making him a strong advocate before the court and a safe counselor in regard to legal matters. He entered upon the general practice of law at Paris, Texas, and was afterward...

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Stone, Wilson Jack – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Wilson Jack Stone, 93, of La Grande, died Feb. 1. A service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church. Wilson was born Nov. 24, 1913, to Benjamin and Byrdie Stone in Paris, Texas. He was one of 10 children and had a twin brother, Nolan, who preceded him in death. He spent his childhood traveling with his family picking crops throughout the states. Wilson married Esther Collie, and they had three sons before divorcing. In the early 1940s, he moved to La Grande where he worked at the Mount Emily Lumber Co., now Boise Cascade. On Jan. 19, 1949, Wilson married Lola Williamson. Between them, they had six children. He and Lola lived in the Anderson/Redding area of California from 1951 to 2001. He was a mill worker for Ralph L. Smith Lumber Co., which was later taken over by Kimberly Clark Corp. Wilson loved the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating and four-wheeling. He was still fishing and four-wheeling into his 90s. He loved gardening and produced a vegetable garden every year until he was 91. He always had a story or a joke to tell. Survivors include his wife, Lola of Clarkston; children, Dean Stone and Jim Stone, both of La Grande, Donna Satran of Redding, Calif., and Betty Davis of Clarkston; siblings, Vince Stone and Jack Stone, both of California,...

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Still, Pamela Kay – Obituary

Cove, Oregon Pamela Kay Still, 61, died July 30 at her home in Cove following a courageous battle with brain cancer. Funeral services begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1308 Washington Ave., La Grande 97850. The Rev. Larry Loftus will officiate. The services will be followed by a meal at the Presbyterian Friendship Hall. Burial will follow at the Cove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are welcome at Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 Fourth St., La Grande, on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. Pamela was born May 20, 1947, to Dorothy Bo and Lowell Albert Wolfe in Paris, Texas. She was raised in Broken Bow, Okla., where she attended grade school and high school. She played the flute and achieved the rank of first chair. Pam was a member of Glee Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Future Teachers of America and Future Homemakers of America. She attended Girls State. Pam was a majorette in the band and band queen attendant. She enjoyed reading and writing poetry. Pam attended Oklahoma State University and received a bachelor of science degree in family relations and child development in 1969. In 1967, she married David B. Still. The couple was married for more than 40 years. Upon graduation from Oklahoma State University, the Stills moved to Rock Springs, Wyo. Pamela was director of a daycare center there until the...

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Filer, Martha Ann Bacus – Obituary

After an illness of several months at her home near Twisp, Washington, Mrs. Martha Filer, died Thursday, August 25 [1913] age 73 years. Mrs. Filer was born January 8, 1840 in Illinois and when a girl moved with her parents to Texas, where in 1869 she was married to Jacob Filer. [Marriage date is incorrect. First child was born about 1862]. To this union twelve children were born, eight of whom are living; her daughters, Mrs. Jones of Twisp, Mrs. Tuverson of Kellogg, Idaho, Mrs. Manning of North Yakima, and Mrs. G. C. Charlton of this valley. Four sons Fred and Louis Filer of Twisp, John H. Filer of this city and Jacob Filer of Toppenish. In 1883 Jacob Filer, wife and family left Texas, headed for Washington. They got as far as Pendleton, Ore., where Mr. Filer, after some weeks took sick and died. [Jacob is buried in Ellensburg so this account seems to be in error.] After a few weeks, Mrs. Filer and her children gathered their all together and started for Kittitas valley. Once here, she bought the ranch now owned by J. H. Kresge near the Nanum Canyon and there reared her children to manhood and womanhood. In the early nineties Mrs. Filer sold her farm and with a part of her children and number of other Kittitas Valley people, moved to the Methow Valley...

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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...

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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...

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