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BIDWELL ADAM

(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 135)

Was born in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 12th, 1894. His parents are E. J. Adam, Sr., and Mattie G. Adam. His entire life has been spent in Pass Christian, with the exception of that time spent in France during the World War where he served as Buck Private in Co. G. 152nd Infantry.

He is a graduate of the Pass Christian High School and received his legal education at Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss., receiving his degree in 1913.

He was elected as a member of the City Council of Pass Christian, served a full term and was re-elected without opposition. Entered the Military Service of the U. S. Government before commencing his second term. In 1920 he was elected as a member of the Board of Supervisors of Harrison County, and in 1927, he was elected to the Lieutenant Governorship of the State of Mississippi.

Bidwell Adam maintains his law offices in the City of Gulfport, and represents this Circuit Court District as a member of the Mississippi State Bar Commission. He has served three terms as a member of the State Bar Commission.  He was married to Edna Quick on Feb. 25th, 1920, and has three children: Cayton Bidwell, Jr., Robert B. and Jack C. Adam.

 

EMILE J. ADAM, SR.

(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 136)

Was second son of P. W. Adam and Mary Hanlan, was born at Pass Christian, Mississippi on February 24th, 1864, and spent the greater part of his life here. 

Leaving school at an early age, he worked for Eaton & Gillis in General store for several years, but having a desire for the Beacon art of  at its printing he became connected with the Coast first issue, continuing his connection with the paper for 10 years. He then went to New Orleans, and for eight years was connected with the Times-Democrat and the New Delta. While in New Orleans he married Miss Mattie G. Capers on October 15, 1890(The night that Chief Hennessy was assasinated (sic) ). A few years later he returned to Pass Christian, when he bought out the Coast Beacon and from that date up to and including the present time he was connected with the paper, which is now published as the Tarpon-Beacon. He was admitted to the bar in 1912.

Four children were born to this couple-Emile J. Jr., C. Bidwell and Hazel K. Woods; the elder daughter, Isabelle, died in infancy. Mr. Adam has been active in the social, civic and political life of his native city and county. He has served as alderman and as Mayor for a number of years. He served as postmaster for eight years, and as member of the Board of Supervisors of Harrison County for sixteen years, being president of that body for the past 12 years.  He has been re-elected for another term of four years as Supervisor from District No. Three.

For forty continuous years, he has filled the office of Clerk of Pass Christian Camp, Woodmen of the World No. 65, and is perhaps the oldest clerk in continuous service in the Woodmen of the World. He is also old in Unionism, having joined the Typographical Union No. 17 at New Orleans in 1886 and carries a card that entitles him, in deposit for such card, to resume active work.

 

JOSEPH I. BALLENGER

(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 137)

Joseph I. Ballenger was born in Atlanta, September 8th, 1854, being the son of Joseph I. and Mary (Steele) Ballenger. His parents moved to Mississippi when he was 3 years old where he grew- to manhood and studied law, graduating from law department of Cumberland University in 1876 receiving a Bachelor of Law degree.

He began practising (sic) law in Pittsboro, Calhoun County, Mississippi in 1880. In 1885 he was elected to the State Legislature from Calhoun County and in 1891 he was chosen to again represent the County and again as his own successor in 1895. In 1899 he was elected to the State Senate from the 31st District, but resigned the following year when he moved to Gulfport which is in another district. Here he practised (sic) law and in 1902 was elected to the office of Mayor of Gulfport.

He was elected president of the State Bank of Gulfport in 1905. He was married March 31st, 1880 to Miss Timpie Hayes, they having one son, Wm. Lester. Mrs. Ballenger died in April, 1886. On October and, 1889 Mr. Ballenger was again married to Miss Anna Gunn of Calhoun County, and they had 3 children, Roy, Ivan and Lucille, who survive.  Mrs. Ballenger died several years ago and Mr. Ballenger died June 14, 1934. His son, Ivan is now one of the City Commissioners of the City of Gulfport, being Tax Collector for his second term.

 

LUTHER H . BARKSDALE

(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 138)

Luther H.. Barksdale was born in South Carolina in 1893 and came to Pass Christian in 1911. He was an expert automobile mechanic and engaged in the automobile business when there were but few cars in this section.

He soon obtained the Agency for Packard, Fords and the general repair business and has made a great success.

He is now agent for the Packard, Dodge and Plymouth cars. He operates several filling stations and is agent for the Standard Oil Company in distribution of their products. He has acquired considerable and valuable real estate, owning his present plant at Front and Market Streets arid half interest in the Miramar Hotel, besides his splendid home and other valuable property, and is a successful chaser of the almighty dollar.

He was married on September 2ph, 1916, to Miss Ora James of Oklahoma. They have one daughter, Mary Beth.

NOTE: Mr. Barksdale died suddenly in Asheville, North Carolina, September 2gth, 1935.

 

NAT BOLTON

(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 139)

Born October 19th, 1865 in Mobile, Alabama, son of William Nathanial Bolton and Adaline Frances Goodwin.  He married Emma Viola Fout in 1887 by whom he has 8 children-seven living, Mary Viola, Wm. Nathaniel, Jr., Emma Helen, Ben, Julia A., Patrick Florian and Joseph Henry.

He moved to Biloxi on July Ist, 1891, and then .moved to Gulfport, January I, 1924 where he is still living. He was elected Constable in 1927, Justice of the Peace in 1931, and re-elected in 1935

 

EATON JACKSON BOWERS

(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 139)

Was reared in Canton, Mississippi, studied law, after graduation, then moved to the Mississippi Coast. He entered practice with Hon. Ben Lane Posey of Bay St. Louis, and married Miss Lula Posey, the daughter of his partner. Later he represented his county (Hancock) in the legislature, then moved to Harrison County and was elected to the State Senate. He was afterward elected to the United States Congress for several terms.

He finally retired and took up his residence in Gulfport where he owned and occupied a residence on East Beach He became the attorney for the Gulf & Ship Island Railroad and Capt. J. T. Jones. Several years later he had a stroke of paralysis, from which he never entirely recovered. He then moved to New Orleans where he is now living.

From his union with Miss Posey there were born four children, Eaton, Jr., Sally, Posey, and Sam. Mr. Bowers while congressman, was an ardent worker for Gulfport and the Port. He never lost sight of anything concerning the welfare of his district and Harrison County and Gulfport particularly.

 

 

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