Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 443 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTYi': 427
city, surrounded by every comfort and an interesting
family, of whichihe is very fond; he
enjoys his home. He has served the county
as Representative to the State Legislature for
three terms. In this capacity he has proved
himself an able legislator, and carefully
watched the interests of a large and appreciative
constituency. He is affiliated with
the Democratic party, and has been actively
identified with the deliberations of that body.
Mr. Caven was married in 1867, to Miss
Virginia Driskell, a native of Alabama. Of
their eight children six are still living. Mary
Pearl, their first child, died when five years of
age; Janie, the second child, a graduate from
the Montgomery Institute,Virginia; William,
David, George Payton, Virgie Rose, Thomas
Preston are at home; Effie, the youngest,
died when three years of age. Their children
are being liberally educated and well fitted
for the duties of life. Janie Caven was in
the awful railroad wreck, where a great many
lives were lost, at Thaxton Switch, Virginia,
July 2, 1889, where she was highly compliinented
by the press of the country upon her
heroic conduct in caring for the wounded and
dragging them from the burning cars out of
reach of the flames, and we give the following
quotation from a Virginia paper at the
"Realizing the awful condition of the
passengers Miss Caven, though delicately and
elegantly dressed, leaped unreckoningly into
the deep mud and water by which the train
was surrounded and hurried to the relief of
the suffering and dying. She labored untiringly
in their rescue and in caring for them
when rescued, tearing the clothing from her
person into strips as bandages for their
wounds. By such self-forgetfulness, such
fortitude in peril and blessed ministrations,
she has Wyqq ar endearing place in the hearts
of all who can appreciate a true and noble
Mr. Caven is not a member of any church,
is liberal in his religious views, subscribes
to no creeds or dognas and believes in the
universal brotherhood of man. Surrounded,
as he is, with an affectionate and interesting
family and all the comforts of a happy hoine,
he is what you might truly call a successful
%LBERT N. MANN, Dallas, Texas.This
successful and prominent business
man was originally from Indiana, having
been born at Mount Vernon in 1856.
His parents were Albert and P. G. Mann,
both natives of Indiana; the mother is still
living. The parents came to Texas in 1879,
where the father followed merchandising
until his death in 1884. They had eight
children, of whom Albert N. was the fifth in
order of birth.
Our subject grew to manhood in his native
State, attending the Indiana State Normal
School at Bloomington, and came to Texas
with his parents in 1879. When free delivery
was first instituted in Dallas, he was one of the
first force of carriers. He afterward became
bookkeeper for W. D. Knowles, who was
State manager for the New Home serving
machine, and it is there he gained an insight
into the business, which has since proven so
prosperous under his control. When Mr.
Knowles resigned, Mr. Mann became State
manager, which position he fills in a very
creditable manner. He has branches at
Waco, Fort Worth and Dallas. In 1890 the
New Home machine reached 5,503 sales, and
the business is prosperous and constantly increasing.
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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/m1/443/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.