Curry County, New Mexico

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Sidney J Boykin

Sidney J Boykin, who is the president of the First National Bank of Clovis, and one of the foremost business men of the town, was born in Texas on the 16th of December, 1861. His parents were S R and Emily (Medford) Boykin, the former of whom died in 1903 and the latter of whom passed away when her son S J, was but seven years old. At the time of the Civil War S R Boykin served as captain in the Home Guard of Texas and his military record was highly creditable. He was a farmer by occupation and his labors were rewarded by good crops.

S J Boykin, who is one of a family of seven children, four sons and three daughters, was educated in private schools as as the time of his boyhood here were no public schools in Texas. When but fifteen years of age he went to work and he has since learned much in the school of experience. He rode the range in the employ of others until he was twenty-five years of age, when he went into the cattle business in the eastern part of New Mexico for himself. He was connected with ranching until 1913, when he sold his land turned his attention to trading in cattle, in which business he is still active. In the same year he purchased a large interest in the First National Bank of Clovis and was made vice president of the institution, which position he held until November, 1, 1915, when he was made president. The business of the bank is growing constantly and its prosperity is largely due to the sound judgment and business ability of its president.

Mr Boykin was married November 18, 1885, to Mrs Elizabeth Walters. His ballot is cast in support of the measures and candidates of the democratic party as he believes firmly in its principles, and fraternally he is a third degree Mason. He holds membership in the Commercial Club, thus keeping in close touch with the other progressive men of Clovis, and he is an important factor in the carrying out of the plans of that organization for the business expansion of the town. For many years he was resided in this State and he has great faith in its future, believing that its development has just been begun.

Source: The Leading Facts of New Mexican History, edited, compiled and annotated by Ralph Emerson Twitchell, Esq., Vice-President of the Historical Society of New Mexico, Vol III, The Torch Press, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 1917


A. J. Cain

From Georgia to Texas in 1891
Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Cain, who now live at Melrose, New Mexico, came to Texas from Georgia in 1891 and located in this county (Wilbarger County, TX) . They made their home in Vernon for a number of years before moving to New Mexico in 1908. Mr. Cain was born in Milton County, Georgia, and his wife, who was Miss Anna Britt, before her marriage was born in Cherokee County, Georgia. Children of this union include: Guy Cain, Ode Cain and Mrs. A. E. (Chole) Terrin. (Source: Charles P. Ross, "Early-day History of Wilbarger County". Vernon, Tex: Vernon, Times, 1933; transcribed by Susan Geist)
 



James S Fitzhugh

James S Fitzhugh, who is engaged in the practice of law in Clovis, Curry County, was born in Waco, Texas, on the 14th of July 1863, of the marriage of John S and Mary I (Everett) Fitzhugh.  The father was a farmer and also engaged in teaching school for a considerable period.  He was one of the early settlers in Texas and at the time of the Civil War fought in the Conferate army and his military experience also covered service against the Indians.  He held the office of justice of the peace and was highly esteemed in his community.

James S Fitzhugh attended the public schools and Baylor University at Waco and following his graduation from that institution in 1888 became a student in the law department of the University of Texas, where he remained for a year.  From 1889 to 1891 he taught school but in the latter year was admitted to the bar and began the practice of his profession at Waco, where he remained until 1903, with the exception of two years, 1900 and 1901, when he served as president of the Blum College at Burkeville, Texas.  In 1903 he went to Carlsbad, New Mexico, where he practiced until September, 1904, when he located to Portales, whence he removed to Roswell with  W W Gatewood in 1905.  In the following year he returned to Portales and in the spring of 1907 came to Clovis, where he has since resided.  In 1906 he was treasurer and legal adviser of the Brownhorn Townsite Company, which built Melrose, New Mexico.  In 1907 he gave up the practice of law but has since resumed it and has built up a gratifying clientage in Clovis.  He has invested in real estate in New Mexico from which he derives a good financial return.  In two years time he built many of the business blocks and residences of Clovis and accumulated over one hundred thousand dollars in that time and was the heaviest tax payer in Curry County.

Mr Fitzhugh was married in September, 1889 to Miss Hettie M Spalding, a daughter of Dr W E Spalding, a pioneer of Kimball, Texas, where he was very prominent in public affairs.  His brother, Dr A T Spalding, is now pastor of the Baptist church at Galveston, Texas.  The family came originally from Georgia, where its representatives were also well known.  Mrs Fitzhugh passed away in October, 1904, leaving five sons and three daughters. In 1908 Mr Fitzhugh was married to Mrs Ida Gossett of Clovis, and they have one child, Gordon.

Mr Fitzhugh is a democrat in politics and fraternally he belongs to the Masonic blue lodge, the Odd Fellows and the Maccabees.  His religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church.  He keeps well informed as to the events and issues of the day and is greatly interested in the advancement of his State although he has never been an aspirant for political office.  In 1912 he was urged to become a candidate for the surpreme court but refused.  He has been a member of the board of education of Clovis and has served as chairman of the board for three years.

Source: The Leading Facts of New Mexican History, edited, compiled and annotated by Ralph Emerson Twitchell, Esq., Vice-President of the Historical Society of New Mexico, Vol III, The Torch Press, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 1917



A W Hockenhull

A W Hockenhull of Clovis, who is now serving as assistant district attorney, was born in Missouri on the 16th of January, 1877.  His father, Charles H Hockenhull, was a farmer and stockman but has passed away.  The mother, who bore the maiden name of M A Long, is still living and resides in Oklahoma.

A W Hockenhull received his early education in the public schools and later attended the Southwest Baptist College at Bolivar, Missouri, from which he was graduated in 1897.  Subsequently he spent two year in the Univeristy of Missouri at Columbia, after which he entered the University of Texas at Austin, which institution conferred upon him the degree of Bachelor of Laws in 1904.  For four years he engaged in the practice of his profession at Bolivar, Missouri, but at the end of that time came to New Mexico and homesteaded land on the plains south of Tucumcari.  In 1909 he removed to Clovis, where he has since resided, and in the intervening years he has built up a representative practice.  He has also held office in the line of his profession, having served as probate judge and being at the present time city attorney and assistant district attorney.  In all of these capacities he has proved capable and aggressive and he holds the confidence of both the general public and his brother attorneys.  He is a director and stockholder of the Clovis National Bank and is interested in anything pertaining to the development of his town.

Mr Hockenhull was married on the 20th of November, 1901, to Miss Mamie Drake, by whom he has three daughters, Gertrude, Virginia, and Helen.  Mr Hockenhull is a stalwart democrat in politics, believing that the policies of the party are based upon sound principles of government, and he keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day.  He holds membership in the Commercial Club, fraternally is connected with the Knights of Pythias, and the Greek letter fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and in the relgious faith is a Baptist, while his wife is a Presbyterian.  Both are well known and highly esteemed in their community.

Source: The Leading Facts of New Mexican History, edited, compiled and annotated by Ralph Emerson Twitchell, Esq., Vice-President of the Historical Society of New Mexico, Vol III, The Torch Press, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 1917



Daniel L Moye

Daniel L Moye attended the public schools as a boy and has since learned much through observation and experience.  He remained upon the home farm assisting his father until he was twenty-seven years of age, after which he followed agricultural pursuits on his own account for a time.  In 1904 he left Kentucky and went to Paris, Texas, where he engaged in the grocery business for two years.  He decided, however, that New Mexico offered better opportunities and on the 15th of February, 1906, came to this State.  He homesteaded land in Curry County, on which he lived for five years, and for the first part of that period his only shelter was a tent.  He soon gained a high place in the esteem of the fellow citizens and in the early spring of 1911 was elected constable and in the fall of 1911 was chosen the first sheriff of Curry County under the state constitution for a term of five years.  He has made an excellent record in office, proving fearless, aggressive and sound in judgment in the discharge of his duties.  He has won the commendation of all good citizens of the county and is a candidate for reelection.  He is interested financially in farming and tock raising and derives a good return from his investments.

On the 20th of March, 1892, occurred the marriage of Mr Moye and Miss Florence Turner, a daughter of Newton and Sallie A (Goodman) Turner, of Simpson County, Kentucky.  Mr and Mrs Moye have two children, Newton Atkins and Ura Curtis.  Mr Moye is a democrat in political belief and is much interested in everything pertaining to local government affairs.  Fraternally he belongs to the Masonic blue lodge and to the Odd Fellows and he is also identified with the Chamber of Commerce, thus keeping in touch with other public-spirited citizens.

Source: The Leading Facts of New Mexican History, edited, compiled and annotated by Ralph Emerson Twitchell, Esq., Vice-President of the Historical Society of New Mexico, Vol III, The Torch Press, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 1917


Walter C Zerwer

Walter C Zerwer, of Clovis, is the present clerk of Curry County and is proving accurate and systematic in the discharge of his duties. His birth occurred in Ellis County, Texas, on the 3rd of January, 1885, and he is a son of Cris and Emma Zerwer, both deceased. During his active life the father concentrated his energies upon farming.

After completing the course offered in the public schools Walter C Zerwer attended business college at Dallas, Texas, and subsequently worked for a time in a grocery store. Later he was employed as stenographer for a few years, after which he engaged in the real estate and loan business. In December, 1908, he removed to Clovis, New Mexico, and from that time until January, 1912, was active in the insurance and real estate fields here. He was then made deputy county clerk and in 1914 was appointed city clerk of Clovis. He proved very efficient in that capacity and on the 25th of August, 1914, was chosen county clerk, which office he is now acceptably filling.

On the 14th of August, 1907, Mr Zerwer was united in marriage to Miss Nettie A Hyatt, a daughter of John C and Cora (Akers) Hyatt, who are now living in Clovis. Mr and Mrs Zerwer have two sons, Arthur Lee and Walter C. The democratic party has a stanch supporter in Mr Zerwer and his religious faith is that of the Church of Christ. He has thoroughly identified his interests with those of his community and state and is recognized as a progressive and public-spirited citizen.

Source: The Leading Facts of New Mexican History, edited, compiled and annotated by Ralph Emerson Twitchell, Esq., Vice-President of the Historical Society of New Mexico, Vol III, The Torch Press, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 1917






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