Biographies  C-D


Cox, Walter Alfred
Cox, Walter Alfred, of Gulfport, is one of the prominent and progressive real estate dealers of Harrison county, and his operations have had marked influence in furthering the development and substantial upbuilding of this section of the State. He is a native of Harrison county, where he was born Nov. 14, 1874, being a son of Eli B. and Almeda (O'Neal) Cox, the former of whom was born in Georgia and the latter in Harrison county, Miss., while they are now resident of Mississippi, where the father is engaged in farming. After leaving the public schools Walter A. Cox completed an effective course of study in the commercial department of the Gulf Coast college, at Handsboro, Harrison county. Shortly after leaving school he became bookkeeper in a mercantile establishment at Wool Market, this county, where he continued to reside until coming to Gulfport, in 1903. While Mr. Cox does business in Gulfport, he is a resident of Wool Market, where he has served seven years as postmaster of the town and is numbered among the prominent young business men of the place. Upon locating in Gulfport, Cox established himself in the real estate business, in which he has since continued, directing his efforts along legitimate lines and bringing to bear that energy and discrimination whose natural con comitant is definite success. He owns or controls about 200,000 acres of valuable pine and hardwood timber land in this State, and in a more local way he devotes special attention to the handling of city properties, including residence sites along the beach and de sirable city and suburban lots. He is a stalwart adherent of the principles of the Democracy and fraternally is identified with the Improved Order of Red Men, and the Knights of Pythias. On Aug. 10, 1898, Mr. Cox was united in marriage to Miss Clara Stiglets, daughter of Capt. Joseph M. and Melissa (Stewart) Stiglets, of Wool Market, that county, and four children are the offspring of this union — Beatrice, Marion Palmer, Juanita Pearl (deceased) and an infant daughter, unnamed.
[Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips]
Added 2 May 2018

Collins, Frederick W., Jr.
Collins, Frederick W., Jr., is one of the popular young business men of Summit and served for some time as postmaster of this thriving little city. He was the youngest presidential postmaster ever appointed to that position in the State and never since has there been an appointment made of that age. He was born in Pike county, Nov. 15, 1876, and here his life thus far has been passed. In this State also were born his parents, Frederick W. and Mary E. Collins, who still maintain their home in Pike county, being well known and honored citizens of this section of the State. The subject of this sketch availed himself of the advantages of the public schools of his native county and thereafter identified himself with mercantile pursuits, having been individually engaged in business for several years. He was assistant in the Summit postoffice for some time, and in February, 1902, he was appointed postmaster, entering upon the discharge of his official duties the following month. He gave a most able and satisfactory administration and is held in unqualified esteem in the community. He is a Republican in politics, so far as national issues are involved, and in local affairs maintains an independent position. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, and is a young man of sterling character and gracious personality. In March, 1906, Mr. Collins resigned the office of postmaster to accept a position as deputy collector of customs at Gulfport, Miss., his father being collector of customs.
[Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips]
Added 15 Apr 2018
Clarke, David Gage
Clarke, David Gage, manager of the Great Southern hotel, at Gulfport, one of the finest resort hostelries of the South, is a native of the city of Chicago, I1l., where he was born March 25, 1872, being a son of Robert G. and Clara (Gage) Clarke, the former of whom was born in Chicago, being a member of one of its pioneer families, while the latter was born in New Hampshire, being a daughter of David A. Gage, who was long one of the most prominent hotel men in Chicago and one of its best known and most popular citizens. He was, at different intervals, proprietor of the Grand Pacific hotel and the Tremont and Sherman houses, whose names are prominent in the annals of the great metropolis at the foot of Lake Michigan. David Gage Clarke completed the curriculum of the public schools of his native city, including that of the high school, and when nineteen years of age he entered the theatrical profession, with which he was identified for a period of nine years, within which time he was a member of such well known organizations as those sent out under the management of Hoyt and Frohman, having been also in the company of Digby Bell and in those of other artists of equally high reputation. In 1890 he became associated with his uncle, C. H. Clarke, in the hotel business, in the operation of resort hotels at St. Clair Springs, Mich., and at Pass Christian, Miss. In 1902 he was assistant manager of the Lincoln House, in Pittsburg, Pa., and in January, 1903, he came to Gulfport, Miss., as assistant manager of the Great Southern hotel. Upon the death of his uncle, C. H. Clarke, in April, 190-1, he assumed the management of the business, succeeding his uncle in this responsible position. He is specially well fitted for the office, both by heredity and experience, and in the connection it is interesting to record that he was born in an hotel and has lived in hotels every day of his life thus far, while he has visited every city of appreciable population in the United States, principally while entour with the theatrical companies of which he was a member. The Great Southern hotel, of Gulfport, is recognized as one of the most modern and beautiful of the many great resort hotels of the South, and its popularity is fully attested by its representative patronage. The building is located near the shores of Mississippi sound, facing Cat Island, and from the broad and attractive galleries of the hotel may be seen the masts of all manner of craft lying at anchor or moving about in the great harbor, and a seven-mile channel, twenty-five feet deep and 310 feet wide, connects directly with the pier at Gulfport. The hotel has a frontage of 600 feet, has 250 guest rooms, each supplied with outside windows, telephone, hot and cold water, electric light, and all other modern facilities of the highest type, there being an average of one bath room for every two rooms in the house. The furnishing and general equipment of the hotel is of the standard maintained by the best metropolitan and resort houses, and the wide, airy halls and attractive verandas cannot fail to appeal to the guests, nor can the fine rotunda, in antique oak, or the spacious dining-room, finished in Flemish oak. Other attractions are the café, billiard room, palm room, basket-ball court, etc. Insect-proof screens protect the porches and rooms, sewage is carried a half-mile distant to the gulf, and the best type of steam-heating is utilized for heating the building in cold weather. Water for drinking purposes is supplied by an artesian well 840 feet in depth. The power house, adjacent to the hotel, furnishes heat, light and refrigeration. On the grounds is a nine-hole golf course and a tennis court, while boating, bathing and driving offer endless attractions and recreation to the sojourners in this idyllic resort, Pass Christian and Biloxi being within easy driving distance, while the shell roads are unexcelled. For those of sportsmanlike proclivities there is to be found alluring claims in the matter of quail hunting from October to April, while deer are to be found in the woods to the north. At the end of the hotel pier, which is more than a mile in length, is a fine club house, to which trolley cars run directly from the hotel every ten minutes. The hotel is operated on the European plan, and a fine orchestra is retained to furnish music for the regular dinners and luncheons as well as balls and other special functions. The Great Southern is an ideal resort, both for winter and summer, and the management of the place is well entrusted to the hands of Mr. Clarke, whose ability as a hotel man is on a parity with his personal popularity. From Chicago this fine resort is to be reached in twenty-six hours, while an additional ten hours will bring the New York guest to the hospitable doors of the Great Southern.
[Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips]
Added 24 Mar 2018

Daniel, Homer M.
Daniel, Homer M., president of the Gulf Coast Realty Company, with head quarters at Gulfport, Harrison county, is a young man who has intimately identified himself with the progressive movement which is bringing about so magnificent a development in this section of the State, and the company with which he is identified is one of the most important operating in real estate here. Mr. Daniel is a native of Mossy Creek, Jefferson county, Tenn., where he was born Oct. 16, 1880, being a son of John and Eliza (Powell) Daniel, both of whom were born in Wales, whence they came to America in 1867. locating in Ohio, whence they later removed to Tennessee, while they also resided in Kentucky for a time. In the public schools of Tennessee, Homer M. Daniel secured his preliminary educational training, which he supplemented by a course of study in the high school at Newport, Ky. After leaving school he was employed for a year in a clerical capacity in the law office of C. H. Avery, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and in 1901 he came to the South for the benefit of his health, making New Orleans his destination, while in 1903 he came to Gulfport and took up his permanent residence, here turning his attention to the real estate business, in which he has met with gratifying success. In 1905 he organized the Gulf Coast Realty Company, of which he is president. The company has acquired a large amount of valuable land in Gulfport and vicinity, has surveyed and platted a number of acres and has placed the property on the market, the same offering the most attractive inducements to investors as well as to those who wish to make this a permanent place of residence or a winter home. Mr. Daniel is recognized as a reliable and enterprising young business man and has gained a high place in the esteem of the people of Gulfport as well as in that of those with whom he has had business dealings. He is a member of the Presbyterian church. In 1906 Mr. Daniel married Miss Alma Majure Saxon, daughter of Dr. I. G. Saxon, who is a native of Oktibbeha county, Miss., and who has been prominently identified in the development of his native State.
[Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips]
Added 24 Mar 2018

Danjean, Bertrand
Bertrand Danjean, deceased, was born in France, October 20, 1829. He left his native country at the age of fifteen, and with an older brother came to America. He first located at Biloxi, Miss., then removed to St. Mary's parish, La. He followed various occupations after coming to this country, and for a number of years before the war was engaged in planting and the mercantile business. After the war he devoted his attention entirely to planting, which he followed until his death, which occurred in 1885. In 1861 he was married to Miss Odalie Carlan, daughter of Adelard Carlan, of St. Mary's parish. Soon after his marriage he removed to St. Charles parish where he remained until his death. To them were born five children three sons and two daughters, named Ernest, Ada, Oscar, Edgar and Louis. He was in faith and practice a consistent Catholic, and reared his family under the teachings of that church. Mr. Danjean was a son of Bertrand Danjean, Sr., of France, who followed the occupation of a vintner. He never resided in the United States, but in his old age he visited his sons in Louisiana, and started to return to France, when the vessel upon which he sailed was lost, and he was numbered among those who never returned. None of the children of Bertrand Danjean, Jr., are married. All live at the old homestead, save while traveling. The ladies of this family are famed not only for their beauty but for their culture as well. All the affairs of the estate are conducted in common, and in the conduct of their affairs there is remarkable unanimity and good will. Oscar Danjean, the eldest, is at the head of the household and the general manager. He is a very wealthy sugar and rice planter, well known in his parish.
[Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana; Chicago; The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1892; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
Added 19 Feb 2017

Davis, Charles C.
CHARLES C. DAVIS, merchant, Lockport, La., who merits the respect of all for his determination and energy, is a native Mississippian, born in Biloxi in 1848. He came with his parents to Louisiana when quite small and with them settled in La Fourche parish. He received a good practical education in the public schools of Lockport and afterward started out to battle for himself as a laborer on a plantation. This he continued for one year and then began peddling, which occupation he was engaged in for a year and a half. After this he was freighting on a boat for six months, then planted for the same length of time, and since then has been in the mercantile and butcher business. He has pushed himself to the front in business circles, and demonstrates his ability to cope with the realities of life. He carries a stock of goods valued at $4,000 and his annual sales amount to about $12,000.
He was married in 1869 to Miss Celestine Frolechler, a native of New Orleans, and of this union nine children have been the issue, seven of whom are still living - four sons and three daughters.
Mr. Davis is active in all enterprises of a laudable nature and contributes liberally of his means to each and all. He is trying to give his children every educational advantage in his power.
Mr. Davis' father died when our subject was very young, but the mother, who was born in 1824, is still living and has made her home with Charles C. the principal part of his life. Mr. Davis' son, C.J., received a thorough education in the public schools of Lockport and is now serving as book-keeper for his father. Mr. Davis is a member of the Catholic church, and in politics is democratic.
[Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana; Chicago; The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1892; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
Added 19 Feb 2017


(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 140)

Born Amite County, Mississippi, September 17, 1882.  Married Miss Mattie P. Moore in 1906 by whom there were 3 children, Martha Moore, Claude1 and Annie Rae. Came to Harrison County, 1904, engaged in mercantile business, selling out after some years and was elected Assessor in 1927 and has been serving continuously since.



(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 140)

Born in Harrison County, on September 2, 1881, son of the late Prof. D. I. Cowan and Miss Lillian Grayson Cowan.  Was educated at Mississippi State College and University of Mississippi and has practiced law in Gulfport since 1905.  He was a member of Mississippi Legislature from 1904 to 1906 representing Harrison County. He also served as County Prosecuting Attorney for nine years. He is serving his third term as District Attorney and has no opposition for the succeeding term.

His wife was the former Miss Shirley Robinson, and they have two children, Mrs. LeRoy Letcher, nee Shirley Cowan, of Montgomery, and Robert Cowan.



(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 141)

President of Gulf Park College, was born in Edensburg, Pennsylvania, in 1881. He graduated from high school and attended college in Ohio, completing requirements for a bachelors degree in Hiram College in 1902. His first teaching experience began in the fall of 1902 in Todd Seminary, Woodstock, Illinois. In succeeding years, he held positions oh the faculty of South Kentucky College, Columbia Military Academy, Drake University, and the Ward-Belmont School.

In 1917 he became President of the Nashville College for Young Women. A year later he went over-seas, and remained for nine months of war service with the Young Men’s Christian Association, as lecturer and educational secretary.  In 1919 Mr. Cox moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and joined Colonel J. C. Hardy in the task of establishing Gulf Park College. He became the first President and Colonel Hardy the first Business Manager of the new school. He has been President of Gulf Park College since its opening in 1921, and during this period the institution has become recognized as one of the representative junior colleges of the United States, and one of a very limited number of the leading junior colleges for young women in the entire south.

Mr. Cox was married in 1905 to Elizabeth Maddox of Owenton, Kentucky, who has shared with him his responsibilities as the head executive of Gulf Park College. She has held the position of Dean of the Home Department since the college was first established.

Mr. Cox is a member of the Christian Church, a Thirty-Second Degree Mason, and has served for many years as Director of the Chamber of Commerce of Gulfport. He was Governor of the Seventeenth District of Rotary International in 1925-26. He was President of the American Association of Junior Colleges in 1931.

His hobby, and chief recreation of recent years, has been flying. He holds a private pilot’s license.



(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 142)

U. A. Cuevas 1860, son of Ursin was born at Fenton, Miss., February 19, Cuevas and Emma Dedeaux Cuevas. He attended St. Stanislaus College at Bay St. Louis. He married Miss Mary La Barden whose father had established the “Batron” store on Bayou Portage about 1850. On the death of Mr. La Barden Mr. Cuevas succeeded to the business which he has conducted to the present day.

A Post Office was established at “Cuevas,” his store, in January, 1893, and he was appointed Postmaster, which position he still holds.

The Cuevas have one child, a son, U. L. Cuevas.  Mr. Cuevas holds the distinction of having caught the second largest Striped Bass in the United States, weighing 21 lbs., caught in Jordan River, on March 12, 1935. It was 33 inches long and 8 inches wide.



(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 143)

President of Gulfport Port Commission and Custom’s House Broker, general forwarding Agent, Stevedore and lawyer. Offices in G. & S. I. Building, Gulfport. Born at Old Westville, Simpson County, Miss., March 27th, 1888, moved to Gulfport in 1907, from Simpson County, as an employee of G. & S. I. Railroad, becoming wharf master under Capt. J. T. Jones. Later became indentified (sic) with the shipping interests of the port. His office handles all kinds of ship commodities, both import and export to all parts of the world.

His hobby is port development. After finishing high school, he attended Mississippi State College, Starkville, and Mississippi College, Clinton. At the beginning of the World War he left Gulfport with Captain “Spec” Hairston as a private and earned his promotion in France to major of engineers, U. S. Army. Among projects that he has fostered are: Creation of Port Commission; law giving the port two mills from Harrison County taxes; securing of compress. and warehouses in North Gulfport and on pier, securing government appropriation of $1,150,000.00 for west pier and warehouse, construction of which is now under way. Member of the American Legion, Masons, Elks, Chamber of Commerce, and Baptist Church.

His wife was Lenie Jane Hollyfield of Simpson County. They have no children.



(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 144)

Came to Biloxi from Indiana in 1873, as operator for the New Orleans and Mobile Railroad. He soon after was appointed agent. for the railroad and Southern Express Co. After a few years he married Miss Linda Lienhard. From this union there were six children.

Mr. Dukate then ioined forces with Lazro Lopez and formed the firm of Lopez, Dukate Co., who did a large business in shipping raw oysters and the packing of sea foods.

He was a public spirited citizen and did much toward the prosperity of Biloxi. He built the Dukate Theatre on Howard Ave., and did much toward the construction of the schools, one of which now bears his name. Mr. Dukate , died March 29th, 1916.

His wife, one son, Elbert L., and three daughters survive him and reside in Biloxi. His widow lives on West Beach, near ' Beauvoir.




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