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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
Annie Meyer, who was born in Houston in 1856,
and educated in that city. Her father died when
she was seven years old, and her mother when she
was ten. Left alone at so tender an age, she became
a member of the family of Dr. C. R. Nutt, an
eminent physician and scientist, of Houston.
Mr. and Mrs. Shaw have nine children. Ada, a
daughter of Mr. Shaw's by a former marriage, was
born March 15, 1858, in Chambers County, Texas,
and educated in Galveston and at St. Joseph Academy,
Emmitsburg, Maryland, and is a thoroughly
accomplished young lady. She is the wife of Guido
Ruhl, managing clerk of the grocery department of
Kaufman Marshall William, born July 25,
1880; Charles Leonard, born July 22, 1882, died
March 8, 1894; William Austin, born June 13,
1884; Hazel Phillepina, born October 29, 1887;
Annie Grace, born July 30, 1888; Chas. Trueheart,
born March 26, 1890; Viola Hildegard, born January
8, 1892, died April 2, 1894, and Bessie Grafton,
born July 30, 1893.
With laudable pride Mr. Shaw attributes his success
in life to industry, economy and fair dealing.
He has always been attentive to business. He
has never given a promissory note since he began
operating for himself. His credit, wherever he
is known, is unlimited, and whatever he contracts
to do, he does, and does in the time, manner and
He is a strong, independent and useful citizenone
of the class of self-made men upon whom the
stability of the social fabric so largely depends,
and by whom cities and nations are made prosper
ous and enduring.
. . . . .
JOHN M. DUNCAN,
Hon. John M. Duncan was born in Lawrence
County, Tenn., February 7th, 1851. His parents
were W. F. and M. C. Duncan, who came to Texas
in 1858 and 1859, respectively, Mrs. Duncan joining
her husband (who had found employment at
the Nash Iron Works, in Marion County), in the
latter year. Mr. W. F. Duncan was for many years
a respected citizen of Marion and Cass counties,
dying in Marion County a number of years since.
John M. Duncan, the subject of this memoir,
received a good common school education and
then, having learned the trade of a brickmason, by
means of which he could support himself, determined
to undertake the study of law, procured the
necessary text-books from Hon. John C. Stallcup,
of Jefferson, read under him the course prescribed
by the rules of court, and was then admitted to
the bar at Jefferson in 1872. He soon found that
the briefless young lawyer's license by no means
constitutes a talisman, whose magic influence will,
in every instance, bring immediate recognition
of abilities, and supply even modest wants. His
experience was no worse than that of many other
men, but the fortitude and determination that he
displayed under adversity were remarkable. He
hbd something more than genius, he possessed in
addition thereto the other qualities that compesuccess.
He very soon had to take down his shingle
and resume the trowel. He had no idea of
up the practice of law. He
simply saw that he must supply himself with further
means with which to again make a start.
Going to Longview he found no difficulty in securing
employment, and helped to erect many of the
brick storehouses now used in that town. In the
intervals snatched from toil he kept up his studies,
and four years after he had secured his license we
find him, after a number of futile attempts, well
established in the practice of his profession. Today
he is a lawyer second to no practitioner at the
Texas bar, and as a public speaker has no superior
in the State, either in the forum or upon the hustings.
His talents are of the highest order and
have been improved by cultivation. He was elected
County Attorney of Gregg County in 1876, but
resigned the office twelve months later, owing to
the fact that his growing practice demanded all of
his attention. From 1878 to 1882 he represented
the counties of Smith, Gregg, Upshur and Camp in
the State Senate, and made a brilliant record. In
1884 he was elected County Judge of Smith
County, and at the expiration of his term of office
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