Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 1,107 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
of the plains. He is a man of large frame,
strong voice, and as well calculated
West in the matters of life generally as old
Peter Cartwright, of Illinois, was for the
ILL H. ATWELL, attorney at law,
234 Main street, Dallas, Texas, was
born in Sparta, Wiscolsin, June 91
1869. When five years of age his parents
came to Texas; locating on a plantation two
miles east of Mesquite, Dallas county. His
mother was a devout Presbyterian, and a
woman of much literary ability, and his
father was a soldier in the Union army, starting
out in the Thirty-sixth Wisconsin, and
after one year's service was transferred to the
Sharpshooters, where he served three years.
The subject of our sketch was educated
primarily in the public and private schools of
Dallas and Dallas county. In 1886 he entered
the Southwestern University, at which
institution he graduated in June, 1889. In
February of the following year he was admitted
to the Dallas bar, at the age of nineteen.
In September, 1890, he entered the State
University, graduating the following June,
with honors. He was the successful competitor
for the State Debaters' Medal, the
State Chautauqua Medal, and the World's
Fair Medal. He is an orator of much ability.
He was a delegate to the National Republican
Convention at Minneapolis in 1892.
His speech on Decoration day, May 30, 1892,
is recognized as a'patriotic effort, studded
with the jewels so necessary to an obliteration
of the animosity engendered by the unpleasantness
of 1861-'65, an extract of which
is here printed by request of soldiers from
"Looking around me to-day at the multiplied
magnificence of our Union, at its vestibuled
halls of justice, steepled palaces of
worship, granite sanctums of knowledge, million-wheeled
factories and steel-spanned country,
we of the rising generation cannot believe
that once the stability of the Governmental
fabric was tested. When the historian tells
us that the warm blood of the South mingled
with that of the North on the fields of Georgia
we almost instinctively arise with indignation
and say that it is the tale of some foul
"I am not here to talk sectionalism. Iam
one of a generation that has come to manhood
since the sword of Lee was handed to
your Northern general at Appomattox. The
legacy of the fathers is free from the taint
of northern or southern antagonism. I inherit
no bias, no prejudice, no spleen. Hard
though it must have been for the Southern
people to bury a principle they thought right,
yet they have done it graciously and only
remember it as linked to the lives of some
truly great men. The noble women of this
land pile high flowers sparkling with their
tears on the graves of your brothers who were
on the other side. The same spirit that
prompted the ' Johnnies' to exchange warnings
with the 'Yanks' on the eve of battle
shows itself most prominent now in cementing
the factions into one band of brothers,
one people, one nation, one flag. The bloody
flag is seen only by the unpatriotic, who fish
for the red shirt and flaunt it to individual
gain on either side.
"These memorial days are not for the purpose
of scratching anew the wounds of the
sixties, nor are they intended as a means for
proclaiming yourselves distinctively the people
who believe in the beauty of the stars and
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/1107/: accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.