Makers of Fort Worth Page: 25
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LLIAM CAPPS, senior
member of the firm of
Capps, Cantey, Hanger
& Short, is at once
prominent as an attorney
business man. Professionally he is
the representative of many of the
leading corporations that have taken
a part in the building of Fort Worth.
He was one of the prime movers in
the development of the great South
Side residence district beyond the
Santa Fe Railway, and Capps Park
in that section is his gift to the City
of Fort Worth. He is president of
the Fort Worth Record and the Capps
Land Company and interested in
other business enterprises. Without
seeking office he has been a force
in political matters and at one time
served as a member of the Board of
School Trustees with Major K. M.
Van Zandt and other prominent business
and professional men. Mr.
Capps' father, A. F. Capps, was a
prominent attorney in Overton
County, Tennessee, where Mr. Capps
was born. His mother, Mrs. Hennie
J. Officer Capps, was a member of
another prominent Tennessee family,
her father being one of the largest
planters and slave owners in that
State before the war. Believing that
his children should be raised on the
farm, the elder Mr. Capps brought
them to Texas in 1878 and settled
near Arlington, where they were
raised. The family consisted of four
boys and two girls, Dr. E. D. Capps,
F. A. Capps of Benchley, Charles
Capps of Arlington, William Capps,
Mrs. Mattie Gill of Arlington and
Mrs. A. R. Eldredge of this city. Mr.
Capps married Miss Fannie Brooke.
They have three children, Mrs. H. G.
Lucas, Miss Mattie Mae Capps and
Count Brooke Capps. His latest
signal service for Fort Worth was
the institution of the movement that
led to formation of the Fort WorthDenton
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