ALLEN, RILEY HARRIS
ALLEN, RILEY HARRIS, newspaper editor, Honolulu; born Colorado City, Tex., Apr. 30, 1884; son of Riley Harris and Anna (Beck) Allen; directly related to Richard Stockton, signer of Declaration of Independence, also to Commodore Stockton; educated, grammar school, Kentucky and Seattle, Wash., Seattle High School; University of Washington, two years; University of Chicago, 1905, Ph. B., Lit.; married Suzanne McArdie in Seattle, Wash., Sept. 6, 1910. Began regular newspaper work with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1905; joined reportorial staff, Honolulu Evening Bulletin, Honolulu, T. H.; returned to staff of Post-Intelligencer, Jan. 1, 1906; editor Washington Magazine (monthly) 1907-08; newspaper work, Post-Intelligencer, 1908-10; city editor Evening Bulletin, Honolulu, and on amalgamation of Bulletin and Hawaiian Star, July 1, 1912, became editor of Honolulu Star-Bulletin; served as lieut. col. American Red Cross in Siberia during world war; returned to Honolulu Star-Bulletin as editor, 1921. Is a short story writer, being contributor to Collier's, McClure's, Saturday Evening Post, and others. Member Honolulu Ad Club, Rotary Club and Beta Theta Pi (college fraternity). [Source: "Men of Hawaii", vol 2, Edited by John William Siddell, 1921; tr. by Rhonda Hill]
EARNEST, JOHN DAVID
Texans are proud of the cattlemen of their State, and always point with pride to such men as John David Earnest, of Iatan, Mitchell County. Born in Arkansas in 1858, his parents came to Texas while he was yet so young that he is almost as thoroughly Texan as if native to her rolling prairies.
His father, Wm. McLain Earnest, was a Tennessean of German descent. He was married three times, his first wife being Rachel Bird, who died while her son John Davis was yet an infant. His second wife was Mrs. Winton, of Texas, and the third, Rachel Ghon, of Arkansas. He was the father of ten children. Those surviving are: L. B., residing in Menard County; Fred. W., residing in Indian Territory; G. L., residing in Mason County; W. A., residing in Howard County; Mary, wife of W. T. Patterson, residing in Mitchell County. He was a farmer and mechanic.
John David Earnest married Miss Florence Chalk, daughter of W. R. Chalk, a mechanic of Belton, Texas, and is the father of five children: David Pool, Mamie E., Joe Porte, Wm. Ellis, Richard Ware.
At the early age of eleven he commenced the battle of life, with the consent of his parents, by hiring to a neighbor for 37 1/2 cents a day and his board. His daily work was to herd on foot a small bunch of native cows in Hood County. At this he worked so faithfully that at the end of eighteen months his wages were raised to $20 a month, and he was transferred to the Colorado River in McCulloch County. Here he was given a pony and he was thus merged into a full-fledged cowboy. He enjoyed the privilege of being classed as a man, though he had to perform a man's duty to pay for it.
In 1876 he came to the North Concho River, taking a position with W. J. Holland, and with him went to the head of the same river, where they established the U ranch. It was the first ranch started west of San Angelo, and at that time nothing but buffalo, wild animals and Indians inhabited the country. During the three years he was on that ranch the Indians stole their ponies seventeen times. For protection, the ranch was divided into three sections or headquarters, one on the Concho, one at the mouth of Sterling Creek, and one at the head waters of Sterling Creek. They were twelve to twenty-five miles apart.
In '80 he joined Company B of the State rangers, but this life did not suit him, and he served only three months, returning to the stock business. While in this service, he was once scouting on the plains, under Lieutenant Dick Ware, when a fog came up and they lost their course, while their pack horse also strayed away and was never found, the party going seven days with nothing to eat but raw antelope meat. He took service with W. F. Lewis, on Hackberry Creek, and did range work for eight years. In 1886-'87 he began ranching for himself, locating in Glasscock County with 1,000 head of the 2 T H brand. In 1891 he took the management of the Mallett Cattle Company, of Gaines County, N. M., and handled their herd until sold to August Schuster, of Missouri, in the summer of 1894. After this deal, he moved his herd of 500 high grade steers and forty saddle horses to his 10,000 acre ranch on the west line of Mitchell County, where he now resides.
While ranching at the head of the Concho, he, with ten others, trailed a band of sixteen Indians who had raided the camp for ponies and overtook them just at dark at the foot of some hills, and pursued them so close that the Indians abandoned their ponies and took to the ledges. It being dark and the savages so well fortified, they left them, killing one horse and taking away fifteen Indian ponies as trophies of the fight, and returned to the ranch, two miles away. During the night the Indians fired at them at long range but did no damage, and the following night stole a horse each from one of the neighboring ranches and left. The redskins were not disposed to leave them at peace, and returned next moon and stole all their own ponies and sixty-eight head of picked cow ponies to boot.
In the same year, on July 4th, he and four cowboys and six rangers were trailing six Indians that had raided their headquarters. There was a large body of the savages when the attack was made and several ponies were stolen. The six separated and took a course that led toward Midland County, while the main body, with the stolen horses, took a different direction, as was afterwards ascertained. After following the trail for two days and nights without change of horses or food, they came in sight of the thieves some miles ahead and gave chase and gained rapidly. The Indians disappeared over the hill, near where Midland is now located, dismounted, and with their knives and tomahawks dug holes in the ground in which they buried themselves, leaving only head and shoulders exposed, their ponies going on. When the pursuers dashed over the hill the Indians were nowhere in sight, but a few seconds later they were met with a volley out of the ground. One man and three horses fell. The surprise was so demoralizing that the corporal could not control his horse, and his men being without orders, followed their leader and left the cowboys to fight or run as suited them best. The latter fired several volleys and, without waiting to see the effect or the condition of the enemy, followed the rangers. The Indians, apparently, were content to remain masters of the field, for nothing more was heard of them. Returning the next morning they found the body of Private Angling, stark and cold. They rolled it in a blanket, dug a hole and laid it away, and the stone they erected marks his lonely grave there in Midland County to this day.
John David Earnest is a pushing, energetic, self-made man, bright in conversation, active in business, and highly esteemed by all. He owns a spacious and elegant home, valued at from $5,000 to $6,000, with modern improvements and all comforts that make life worth living. (Source: Historical and Biographical Record of the Cattle Industry and the Cattlemen of Texas by James Cox, Published by Woodward & Tiernan Printing Co, St Louis, 1895 - Transcribed by Veneta McKinney)
JOHNSON, Captain FRANK
A former captain of the Texas rangers, and with a long record of official service in west Texas. Captain Johnson is a son of a Confederate soldier, and is in many ways typical of the strong and rugged character of the older generation of Texans. He has traveled extensively, has come to know men and affairs, and has recently settled down as a prosperous business man of Weatherford. Frank Johnson was born February 8, 1869, in Hartsville, Tennessee, a son of N. B. and Sarah Johnson. His father was a printer and newspaper man, and for more than twenty years served as postmaster at Weatherford. He moved from Tennessee to Texas in 1870, and his residence was at Weatherford up to the time of his death in 1901. During the war he enlisted from Tennessee, became a soldier in General Morgan's famous troopers, and served from the early months of the war until its close. His widow is still living, being now about seventy years of age, with her home in Weatherford. There were seven children, two daughters and five sons, two of whom are now deceased.
Captain Johnson the oldest of the family, had a public school education in Texas. His first important position was that of deputy sheriff of Dickens county, after which he was deputy sheriff in Kent county, and was a special ranger under Captain McDonald, who is now United States Marshal for the northern district of Texas. During his service as ranger Captain Johnson was inspector for the cattlemen's association of Texas, and also inspector for the live stock sanitary company several years. In 1901 came his promotion by appointment as sheriff and tax collector of Mitchell county, Texas. In March 1908 he was appointed captain of the Texas rangers, giving valuable service in making an excellent record with the state military organization until his resignation in November 1910. His career as captain of the rangers was followed by his taking a position as inspector for the live stock sanitary company, during which time he was located at Wichita Falls. In September, 1912, Captain Johnson went to South America to oversee a ranch in that country. On his return to Weatherford in May, 1912, he established an automobile transfer business, and has conducted it successfully to the present time. His support has always been given to the dominant political party in Texas, and he is one of the stanch admirers of the present administration of President Wilson. Fraternally he has taken thirty-two degrees of Scottish Bite Masonry, is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, the Woodmen of the World, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and is very popular in both fraternal and all other circles" of west Texas citizenship. Mr. Johnson was married in March 1894 to Miss Mattie Durrett of Weatherford, a daughter of Anderson and Malinda Durrett. Her father was one of the early settlers of Parker county, having moved from Illinois in 1871, and had been a Confederate soldier, seeing service from the start to the end of the war. Both her parents are now deceased. The captain and wife have two children, a son and a daughter, namely: Miss Dott, aged twelve, and Boy, aged nine, both in school. ["A History of Texas and Texans (Volume 4) by Francis White Johnson]
The merchandising and business enterprise of Big Spring has no larger and more prosperous establishment than that of the Rix Furniture & Undertaking Company. The members of the Rix family connected with this company have shown themselves to be business builders of remarkable ability, and have not only established a large concern, but have carried it through all the preliminary difficulties to permanent prosperity. The business supplies furniture, house furnishings, musical instruments of all kinds, and practically everything that goes into a home from cellar to garret as permanent furnishings, and a separate branch of the business offers the most complete undertaking service and equipment to be found in all this part of Texas.
Harvey L. Rix, the active head of the business, was born in Cedar Creek, Wisconsin, on January 30, 1880. His ancestry is full blooded American, the first members of the family having come from England in 1645, and through the many generations have furnished men of prominence in affairs and business. The parents of Mr. Harvey L. Rix are Barnett and Eliza M. Rix, of Washington county, Wisconsin. His father was engaged as a farmer in that county before coming to Texas, and he brought his family to this state in 1887, first locating at Colorado in Mitchell county, and in 1890 came to Big Spring. While in Mitchell county he was engaged in stock raising and on coming to Big Spring opened a stock of hardware, which in 1896 he sold and then in 1905 joined his son Harvey in the furniture and undertaking business.
In 1910 the business was incorporated under the name of the Rix Furniture & Undertaking Company with a capital stock of $20,000. The stock of goods carried by the firm values at from eighteen thousand to twenty thousand dollars, and three buildings are occupied with the stock and the display rooms, besides the barns and other houses for the horses, hearses, vehicles and other equipment. One of the buildings was constructed especially for undertaking, and all the goods of that class are kept in that special building. Among other features of its equipment it contains a reception hall and chapel and morgue, and as undertakers the Rix Brothers control nearly all the business for a distance of one hundred miles about Big Spring. Both Harvey L. and his brother J. A. Rix are licensed embalmers.
Mr. Harvey L. Rix received his early education in the public schools and subsequently attended the Metropolitan Business College at Dallas, where he was graduated August 28, 1896. In politics he has always voted the Democratic ticket, and fraternally is affiliated with the Woodmen of the World, and the Modern Order of Pretorians. His church is the Methodist South. On June 15, 1904, he married Bertha Deats of Big Spring, daughter of L. T. and Elizabeth Deats. Her father is now mayor of Big Spring and a well known financier, being vice president of the First State Bank of the city. Mr. Rix and wife have five children, three sons and two daughters, whose names are Ralph W., Lewis R., Paul A., Elizabeth Maywood and Lorena Lucile, whose ages range from eight to two years.
Killed Sam Bass and Helped Break Up His Gang
Captain of Texas Rangers
The death of Richard C. Ware at the Protestant sanitarium late Wednesday night caused much regret among his many friends in this city yesterday. He had been a sufferer from chronic heart troubles for a long while, and some time ago made a trip to Corpus Christi in the hope that his health would be benefited, but, receiving no relief, he returned to Fort Worth. All that the skill of physicians could suggest was done for him, but the disease rapidly progressed until the end came.
The deceased was 50 years of age, and was born in Georgia. He had been a prosperous business man in West Texas for a number of years, his residence in Mitchell county dating back some thirty odd years. By thrift he amassed quite a fortune, his ranches and cattle being valued at over $60,000.
At the time of his death his father, B. F. Ware of Colorado City, and brother, B. T. Ware, and family of Amarillo, Mrs. Carter of Colorado City, a sister, and Charles L. Ware, a brother, and family were present. The remains were taken to Colorado City last night, where the funeral will take place at 10 o'clock this morning. Revs. Armstrong and Harrold of Colorado City, old friends of the deceased, will officiate at the burial.
The deceased was rational up to his death, and conversed with relatives on different subjects. He was aware that the end was near several days ago, and made his will bequeathing his property to relatives. He was never married.
There was probably no better known cattleman in the state than Dick Ware. His acquaintance was not confined to Texas, but in all the large market centers where he had business relations for the past twenty-odd years he was equally as favorably known. Not only was he well known in business circles, but for a number of years he was a peace officer in Mitchell county, occupying the office of sheriff for four years. He was also United States marshal for the Western district of Texas under Cleveland's last administration, and for one year under McKinley he occupied acceptably the same position.
It was previous to the time he was United States marshal and sheriff that Dick Ware became best known. In 1875 he was made a private in the Texas rangers under Major Janes, and two years later was promoted to sergeant of Company E, commanded by Captain Reynolds. It was while in this capacity that Mr. Ware won distinction for the killing of the notorious train robber, Sam Bass. In company with a private Ware was scouting for members of the Bass gang, the rangers having chased them from their hiding place near Pilot Knob. He came upon Bass and two of his pals in Round Rock on the morning of July 21, 1878, when a battle ensued. Bass opened fire on Ware and his companion, who escaped uninjured, but Bass and one of his men were killed. The third desperado escaped and was never captured. The gang had just held up and robbed an International and Great Northern train. After this affair Mr. Ware was again promoted and made captain of the rangers, which place he held three years. He was a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows fraternities. [Fort Worth Morning Register, Fort Worth, Texas, Published on June 27, 1902 - Submitted by Cathy Danielson]
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