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C. W. Forbes
o HARLES WESLEY * *
FORBES is the dean
of the far-sighted architects
who are filling the
Texas cities with skyscrapers.
He superintended the
erection of the first eight-story building
ever erected on Texas soil, the
Hurley building, which, before its
destruction by fire, stood on the site
of the Farmers & Mechanics bank.
He has also been a pioneer in the
movement for improved moral conditions,
and in 1892 as a private citizen
led the fight which with the assistance
of then County Attorney O.
W. Gillespie led to the closing of sa- I
loons in Fort Worth on Sunday. He .
still takes a deep interest in the liquor
problem and declares it his hobby
to drive the saloon from the face
of the earth. Born in Pettis County,
Missouri, Aug. 11, 1856, he has been
a resident of Texas 35 years and of
Fort Worth since April 5, 1887.
Though obliged to secure his education
by night study he read law two
years besides qualifying himself as
an architect. He is at present a
general contractor and head of the
Forbes Construction Co. of Los Angeles
and Pasadena, dividing his time
between there and Fort Worth.
His family, of Scotch ancestry on
both sides, numbers many men of
prominence, Judge Duncan Forbes
being his great-great-grandfather.
His father, Delia Fletcher Forbes,
fifth son of John Duncan Forbes,
served in both the Mexican and the
Civil Wars, being in the Confederacy
five years. Mr. Forbes' mother, Cary
Ann Forbes, was the second daughter
of David Ross and was born
near Bowling Green, Ky. He is the
father of seven children, the eldest ,twenty-eight
and the youngest ten.
A member of the Methodist church,
South. He has no lodge connec- - .
tions, belonging to his family only,
as he puts it. His wife was Miss =
Mary Josephine McGinnis, daughter
of Judge C. C. McGinnis. They
were married June 25, 1882.
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Newspaper Artists' Association, Forth Worth. Makers of Fort Worth, book, 1914; Fort Worth. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth41334/m1/56/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Amon Carter Museum.