The Heritage of Daniel Haston


History of White County, Tennessee
By Rev. Monroe Seals

Chapter VI - Biographies
(Of People Alive at Time Seals Wrote)

In the preceding chapter we have given brief biographical sketches of those now dead who have helped to make the history of White County. The purpose in the present chapter is to give brief sketches of those yet living who have had a part in the life of the County.

R. L. Jones was born near Peeled Chestnut and received his early training at Onward Seminary. He taught school in White County. Was Superintendent of Schools for the County, moved to Chattanooga and became Superintendent of Schools for Hamilton County. He was appointed State Superintendent of Public Instruction by Malcolm R. Patterson; later he became President of Middle Tennessee State Teacher's College and is now Superintendent of the City Schools of Memphis.

Charles Lee Lewis, author and educator, was born at Doyle March 7, 1886. He took his A. B. Degree at the University of Tennessee in 1906, his A. M. at Columbia University in 1911. From 1911 to 1916 he was teacher of English in Robert College, Constantinople. In 1916 he was appointed teacher of History and English at the United States Naval Academy. In 1925 he became an associate professor in the same institution. He is the author of Famous American Naval Officers, Life of Matthew Fontaine Maury, Famous Old World Sea Fighters, and The Life of Admiral Franklin Buchanan. He has also edited a number of books and been a contributor to various magazines.

Dr. William Marcus Taylor, son of Joe W. Taylor, grandson of Creed Taylor, and great grandson of William M. Taylor who moved from Virginia to the Calfkiller Valley in 1800, was born at Cave in this County. His wife was Miss Laura Wilson. Dr. Taylor and his wife spent three years in Porto Rico as Superintendent of education and orphanage work. He traveled in various mission fields for five years. For four years he lived in New Orleans where he was pastor of Charles Avenue Christian Church. For several years he was pastor of All Souls Unitarian Church of Chattanooga. Dr. Taylor was pastor for seven years of one of the Christian Churches in Chattanooga. Dr. Taylor is the author of twenty-three books on psychological subjects.

J. B. Hill was born in Spencer on November 14, 1878. He received his early education in the public schools of White County and later graduated from George Peabody College for Teachers at Nashville. In August, 1898, he began his railroad career as a clerk and telegraph operator at Sparta. His rise from that time has been steady. During the war when the railroads were under the Government supervision, Mr. Hill was elected chief clerk to the Federal manager of the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railroad. When the war was over, he was appointed chief clerk in the office of Whitford R. Cole, president of the road. In 1926 Mr. Hill became President of the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis Railroad. He has recently been made President of the Louisville and Nashville.

S. Houston Proffitt was born in Putnam County. He was educated at Doyle and Spencer. He taught at Ver-del Normal School and other places in this County and at Cookeville. He was County Superintendent of White County for a number of years. He has been President of the State Teachers' Association and is now teaching in Chattanooga. He has published one volume of poems.

Dr. W. J. Breeding was born in White County and as a young man taught school. After his graduation in medicine he be. came a company doctor for the Bon Air Coal & Iron Company. Later, for a great many years, he had an extensive practice in upper Calfkiller Valley where he made his home. He was a public spirited citizen, member of the White County School Board, and identified with nearly every progressive movement in the County. During the World War he was a medical examiner to the White County Draft Board. For a number of years he has been connected with the State Health Department with residence in Nashville.

Robert Paine Hudson, born in White County, is the author of four volumes. He has written some delightful poetry. He has a degree of Doctor of Literature.

J. D. Gunn now living in Nashville, Tennessee, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but he came to Sparta in early manhood and became pastor of the Church of Christ. He was identified with many of the enterprises of the County and was for many years Chairman of the White County High School Board. He is an evangelist of great power.

H. Leo Boles was born at Gainesboro, February 22, 1874, but he grew up in this County on Cherry Creek. He was educated in the schools of this County and at Burritt College. He is a member of the International Council of Religious Education and the Editor in Chief of the Sunday School literature for the Churches of Christ series. He is one of the Editors of the Gospel Advocate. He holds a Master's Degree from Vanderbilt University. For more than a quarter of a century he has been identified with David Lipscomb College, first as a teacher and then as President. He has also done evangelistic work over a wide territory.

E. G. Rogers was born at Doyle. He was educated in the school at Doyle, White County High School, and Middle Tennessee Teachers College. While he was a student at White County High School he distinguished himself as a hard student, finishing the four-year course in three years, the honor man in his class. He is now principal of the High School at Chapel Hill, Tennessee. Mr. Rogers has published one volume of poetry which deals mainly with White County.

William Martin Young, son of Martin Young, was born in Sparta and received his training in the Sparta City School and White County High School. He received part of his training in music in Chicago and is an accomplished musician. He is now connected with the National Broadcasting Company in New York.

Earl Lollar, son of John I. Lollar, was born in Sparta, and received his early training in Sparta City School and White County High School, from which institution he entered the College of Arts and Sciences in Vanderbilt University taking the degrees of B. S., M. S., and Ph. D. from that institution, practically working his own way through all the years he was there. From Vanderbilt he went as an instructor in Leland Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

H. G. Hill began his business career in Sparta, later moving to Nashville and establishing the H. G. Hill chain stores. He is one of the most successful chain store operators in the South.

Bud Robinson, nationally known evangelist, brother of J. J. Robinson who still lives in this County, was born on a farm, twelve miles north of Sparta, January 27, 1860. He went to Texas in 1876 and worked for four years on a ranch. He was converted under an old-fashioned Methodist circuit rider in 1880 and began preaching soon after that. In his autobiography he gives much valuable information about the White County of his boyhood. He is the author of thirteen books, more than half a million copies of which have been sold. He has aided more than sixty young men in their education for the ministry. He personally supports three missionaries on the foreign fields. Bud Robinson has conducted evangelistic campaigns all over the United States. In a personal letter to the writer he says, ''Well, I can thank God for ever being born in White County, Tennessee. It is a great county and filled with the finest people in the United States. White County has produced as many fine preachers and school teachers as any rural county in the" nation. They have gone out from those beautiful hills to bless the world; may their tribe increase. In love to all the old White County boys and girls, I desire to meet them one and all in Heaven at the great marriage supper of the lamb.''

Q. M. Smith though not born in White County has an intimate connection with White County. He was for four years teacher of science in White County High School and he married Miss Esmeralda Robinson, a Sparta Girl, daughter of R. E. Robinson, a leader at the Sparta Bar. As President of Tennessee Polytechnic Institute he has had the training of a great many young people from White County.

William Harold Sims was born and reared in White County. He was a broadcaster over Radio Station WSM, accepting a job in the Congressional Building at Washington, was promoted to House Police, then promoted to the same office in the Senate Building. At his spare time he took a course at George Washington University and is now Secretary to the American Consul in Bridgetown, British West Indies.

Mrs. Minnie Allison Welch, widow of the late J. M. Welch, was one of the organizers of the W. C. T.
U. in White County and for a long time its President. For many years now she has been State President of the W. C. T. U. and has appeared on the program a number of times at the National Convention of that organization. She is now living in Chattanooga.

Hon. Tom Findley, an orphan boy born in Virginia, practiced law for several years in Cookeville. In the World War he was a staff officer. He is now a prominent lawyer in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Howard Sutton, son of Frank Sutton was born in Sparta and received his early training here. While pursuing his university work he won a scholarship to one of the great French Universities and studied for a while in France. Be is now a member of the faculty of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, as a teacher in the Department of Romance Languages.

Rev. B. B. Pennington, son of Jasper Pennington is one of the most brilliant young men in Southern Methodism. He has held the largest churches in the Tennessee Conference. Only recently he returned from a study tour of Philistine and the Near East.

Fred Sperry, who lives now in Chattanooga, represented White County one term in the State Legislature.

Creed Shockley was the first Superintendent of the State Agricultural and Training School for Negroes, near Pikeville. He was succeeded by another White Countian, William Mitchell, who still holds the position.

Oliver Anderson, who later built and operated a railroad and some great lumber mills, bought the first automobile ever brought to White County. He made money charging twenty­five cents a passenger for a mile ride out of town and back.

Thomas Passons, born in Hickory Valley, taught in White County and in Texas, and is now Professor of English in Tennessee Polytechnic Institute at Cookeville.

Rev. I. B. Keathley is a District Superintendent in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Joel Anderson practiced law for many years in Sparta and then moved to Knoxville where he has been very successful.

Oscar McPeak, son of the late J. W. McPeak, stands high in the firm of one of the largest corporation law firms in New York.

Dr. Edgar McPeak, brother of Oscar, is a successful doctor in Los Angeles, California. Roy Bosson, owns and edits two newspapers in California.

Miss Verla Hennessee, who was born and reared on Cherry Creek, has made good as a teacher in two states.

Gerald King was the manager of one of the actresses in Paramount Pictures in Hollywood for a few months and is now chief clerk of the Savoy Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Oliver Hill is a child specialist in Knoxville. He is a son of the late L. D. Hill. He is held in the highest esteem in his profession.

Dr. Lucius Hill, brother of Dr. Oliver Hill, is a leading physician in San Antonio, Texas.

Frank Y. and Paul Hill, sons of the late L. D. Hill, are lawyers in Laredo, Texas. Paul has been a member of the Texas Legislature. Both were in the World War. Frank was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for bravery under fire near Geneva, France.

Dr. Stanton and Iliff Marchbanks sons of the late Burt Marchbanks, for more than fifty years a druggist in Sparta, are making good, one as a doctor and the other as a druggist. D. Stanton Marchbanks is a skin specialist in Chattanooga and Iliff is a leading druggist in Cookeville.

John Bell, who was known in White County a few years ago as the Boy Orator, is connected with the
circulation department of the Chattanooga Times. His wife was the former Mrs. Will Little Kimsey.

J. M. Goodbar, an old White County boy, has the largest wholesale shoe store in the South. He is in Memphis.

Three of the leading members of the firm of Murray Dibrell Shoe Company were born and reared in White County. These are Byrd and Shade Murray and Will Dibrell.

Joe Doyle, born and reared at Doyle, is a wholesale shoe merchant in Knoxville. He is one of the men of whom Doyle is proud.

C. E. Snodgrass, a White Countian now living in Crossville, has been a Criminal Court Judge, a member of Congress, and is now a member of the Court of Appeals.

R. P. Webb, a White Countian, is a member of the firm of Foster, Webb and Parks, the largest lithographing company in the South.

Who's Who in White County Today

The men and women whose names appear in this section are some among those now living in this County who have made and are making their contributions to the life of the County.

J. R. Tubb, Sr., was born in DeKalb County in 1852. His grandfather, Colonel James Tubb, won his military title in the War of 1812, and was at one time the largest land owner and slave holder in DeKalb County. His father, John B. Tubb, was a lawyer and at the time of his death was Circuit Court Clerk of DeKalb County. Mr. Tubb came to Sparta. in 1879 and engaged in the produce business, being the pioneer in that business in this County. Mr. Tubb was the first in Tennessee to buy poultry by the pound, Nashville and other places following his example later. In 1890 he erected a roller mill at the West end of a dam which he built across the Calf killer just above the bridge. Eight years later he sold the machinery and established a spoke factory at the east end of the dam. This factory is now run by steam and the largest spoke factory in the world. There is probably no one in the County who has been more prominent in opening up the resources of the County, buying poultry, grain, and timber and giving employment to men, than has Mr. Tubb. Mr. Tubb is a man of fine judgment and a blameless character. He has been councilman, member of the Sparta School Board, and mayor of the town. One of his son's, J. R., Jr., recently resigned as mayor of Sparta, another is a doctor, another is president of one of our banks, another a merchant, and also one engaged with his brother in the spoke business.

H. N. Clouse, a native of White County; has been all his life engaged in the lumber business, and is now the Southern representative of the John I. Shafer Hardwood Co., one of the largest lumber companies in the United States. He is a public spirited citizen and is at the present time the President of the Civitan Club of Sparta, and member of the City Council.

Franklin Wilhite was born on Cherry Creek and lived there for a great many years. He now lives in Sparta. He is one of the largest farmers and stockmen in White County. He and his son-in-law, Comer Knowles, operate three big farms and deal in horses, mules and cattle on a large scale.

James R. Hennessee was born in White County and has lived here all his life. He has a. large farm and dairy herd, being one of the largest burley tobacco growers in the County. He has held many offices of trust in the County, having been Trustee of the County, high sheriff, and now the postmaster of Sparta.

S. C. Dodson was born in White County and has spent his life in the County. He has for a long time been prominently identified with the farming and business interest of the County. He owns a large farm in Stewart Cove and at one time owned the Sparta Roller Mill. He was for eight years postmaster of Sparta and now represents this district in the State Senate.

Beecher Hunter was born in Dry Valley, Putnam County, but came to Sparta when he was a young man and engaged in business with his uncle, J. L. Quarles. He was the first undertaker in White County. He is still engaged in the undertaking business and general merchandise.

Dr. William M. Johnson was born and reared in White County. A graduate of the University of the South, studied also at Johns Hopkins University and Bellevue Hospital, New York. He was for a while the company doctor at Bon Air. During the World War he was an officer in a medical corps. He is now one of the most prominent surgeons in this section of the State. He also does a large general practice. His wife has for several years interested herself in locating the graves of Revolutionary soldiers buried in White County and in other matters connected with the Daughters of the American Revolution.

A. G. Dibrell, son of the late Frank Dibrell, was born at Sparta. He graduated at Annapolis Naval Academy in 1902, and retired in 1933, being Commander of a battle ship. He is now engaged in insurance and real estate.

Mrs. Lucetta C. Sims. Mrs. Sims is a native White Countian. She was the first woman member of the State Democratic Executive Committee from White County.

Joe Fooshee was born on Cherry Creek and received his early training at Cumberland Institute. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee. For eighteen years he was principal of the Dayton High School at Dayton, Tennessee. He returned to White County and for a number of years was principal of White County High School and is now a teacher in that institution. His son, Malcolm Fooshee, was a Rhodes Scholar and spent three years in Oxford, afterwards going to Japan and other Oriental countries on business for his firm. He is now associated with the John W. Davis law firm of New York City.

J. R. Lee was born near Pikeville and came to Sparta many years ago and has been a large factor in the development of the modem Sparta. He owns a large farm, saw mill, planing mill, and ice plant. For many years his son-in-law, R. L. Fooshee, was in partnership with him in the operation of the largest column mill in Tennessee. His sons built the finest hotel ever built in Sparta. This hotel is now run by Will F. Lee.

W. E. Shockley was educated at Onward Seminary and Burritt College. He has spent his life as a teacher in White and Van Buren Counties. For a number of years he was a teacher in Burritt College. He served White County as Superintendent of Public Instruction for two terms. He lives now at Quebec and is still active.

E. L. Tyndale was born in Oxford, England, April 14, 1849. He was educated in Somersetshire. He became a druggist. In October, 1871, he came to New York City, remaining eight months, and then went to Chicago where he engaged in the drug business. After a few years he returned to England, married in Margate. He remained in England four years, then returned to the United States, going first to San Antonio, Texas, where he remained for three years, then back to Chicago where he remained seven years, then to Beaumont, Texas, and finally to Sparta in 1903. He has been an abstractor here for many years. In 1932 he won a place in Who's Who in Genealogy, an organization which operates more or less in every civilized country in the world. This was a deserved tribute to a man whose labors have been prodigious.

George H. Hudson was born in White County in 1860, a descendent of Abel Hudson, one of the first settlers of the County. Judge Hudson. served eight years as County Judge of White County. He has long been one of the prominent members of the Sparta Bar. He is the father of W. D. Hudson, Mayor of Clarksville and member of the State Democratic Executive Committee. His granddaughter, Isabel Ikard, little daughter of Sally May and Orville Ikard, when eight years old wrote an eight line poem. The little girl's father has a position in the legal department of the Veteran's Administration.

R. L. Hill son of R. Hill was, born in Blue Spring Cove. He is descended from some of the first settlers of White County. He owns a large stock farm, hundreds of acres of valuable land, a coal mine, and since the death of his father has been president of the First National Bank. Mr. Hill has for many years been a moving spirit in the good roads movement in White County and at present time is a member of the White County Road

Judge Harry Camp was born in White County. He was educated at Onward Seminary and Burritt College and became a teacher in White County, then editor of the Expositor, then a lawyer. He is now Judge of the Criminal Court of the Fifth Judicial Circuit, and is a man who has a very wide circle of friends. He is respected for his sterling worth. His son, Scott, is a member of the State Legislature from White County. His wife is the daughter of the late Scott Breeding, who for more than fifty years was influential in White County as teacher, farmer, member of the County Court, and man of large affairs. James and Scott, sons of Judge Camp, are lawyers in Sparta.

E. E. Carter, a native White Countian, has done much for the developing of the County. He has been a contractor, and has operated for years a saw and planing mill in Sparta. He long represented the Third District in the State Republican Executive Committee. He has served the County as Chairman of the School Board and has been Mayor of Sparta.

W. F. Story, Jr., was born on the Story farm near Sparta. He was educated in the Sparta schools and
attended the University of Tennessee and Middle Tennessee Teacher's College from which institution he graduated. He was for four years County Agricultural Agent of Warren County. While there he organized the Cooperative Creamery and Canning Factory. He returned to Sparta as a teacher in the city school for two years. He was for four years district manager of the Modern Woodmen, a fraternal order. Be represented White County one term in the State Legislature. He was one of forty-two who voted to impeach Governor Horton, He introduced a bill in the Legislature to develop Cove Creek before such a bill was introduced in Congress. He is secretary and treasurer of the White County Federal Farm Bureau.

Major William C. Grimshaw was born in England. Be has been a soldier by profession and has fought in the armies of many nations. He. served in our army with distinction in the World War and on several occasions was entrusted with important missions. He came to Sparta soon after the war ended and has lived here in retirement since. He has been a world traveler and is a man of rare culture. He is a contributor to some of the most exclusive magazines in the country. He writes both verse and prose but some of his verse is most exquisite poetry.

Dr. A. F. Richards was born in White County and received his early training at Onward Seminary and at Burritt College. He taught for a few, years and then went to the University of Nashville from which he graduated in medicine. He has done post-graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, and Tulane. During the World War be served in the army medical corps in the department of medicine known as Opthalmia. He was a medical examiner for the White County Draft Board in the early days of the war. Dr. Richards also had a son, Frank Argo, in the service, the only ease in White County of a father and son both being in the service. Frank Argo Richards is now T. E. R. A. Administrator for White County. Dr. Richards served for a number of years in the state public health service. He now practices his profession in Sparta.

Dr. R. E. L. Smith was born in White County and received his early training in Onward Seminary. He has had a large practice in general medicine hut he has specialized in nervous diseases and for many years was at the bead of the Eastern State Hospital at Knoxville. He now lives on his farm near Doyle and does a general practice.

Rev. Paul E. Doran, for three years head of the Department of History in Duncan School, Nashville, two years assistant in English at Vanderbilt, one year Instructor in English in Cumberland University, three years Principal of White County High School, is now Supervisor of Cumberland Mountain Presbytery, famous as one of the Presbyteries under the direction of Dr. Warren H. Wilson. He was educated at the E. W. Grove School, Cumberland University, Vanderbilt University, Peabody College, and the University of Chicago. He was the pastor of the first Larger Parish organized in the South. In 1928 he was sent by the National Headquarters of his Church to make a study of church administration in Great Britain and Ireland and on the Continent and to present the result of his studies in a book on Church Administration. He was invited to speak at the Irish Assembly in Belfast on, "Prohibition in the United States." He spoke also that year at the International Congress on Stewardship in Glasgow, and at the Edinburgh Minister's meeting in St. George's Hall on the "Budget Plan of Church Finance in the United States.'' He has twice been on the program as a
speaker at the Presbyterian General Assembly in this country.

Dr. S. E. Gaines is a graduate of the University of Nashville and has perhaps a longer continuous record as a practicing physician than any other doctor in White County now in practice. His hobby is his farm to which he gives much attention. His wife is prominent in music circles in Sparta and in the work of the church. She was the first President of the Parent-Teachers' Association in Sparta. He was a medical examiner to the White County Draft Board during the war. Recently he was President of the Upper Cumberland Medical Society.

Dr. E. B. Clark was born in White County from pioneer stock. He began his career as company doctor at Bon Air. He has what is said to be the best X-Ray machine between Knoxville and Nashville. He has a large general practice besides being County Health Officer for White County. Dr. J. C. Blankenship, who is a surgeon as well as a physician, is associated with Dr. Clark. He, also, is a White Countian.

Malcolm C. Hill, youngest son of the late L. D. Hill, was born and reared in Sparta. He is a graduate of White County High School and Vanderbilt University Law School. He studied also at the University of Tennessee. Until his father's death he was associated with his father in the practice of law at the Sparta Bar. Since that time he has practiced alone, occupying a suite of rooms over the Commerce Union Bank. He is a veteran of the World War, and was wounded in action. He is a member of the Civitan Club, was once District Governor of the Civitans, and one of the promising young lawyers of this section of the State. He is Chairman of the County Democratic Executive Committee. His wife was formerly Miss Rebecca Boone Lacy, a very
efficient teacher of English in White County High School, prior to her marriage.

Dr. E. G. Sullivan practiced in the northern part of the County for many years and was recognized as an able physician of the old school. He served in the Confederate Army. After his health failed he moved to Sparta and was a member of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank for many years. He and Mrs. Sullivan had two children, Dr. Bayard Sullivan of California and Mrs. C. T. Mayberry of Sparta. Both Dr. and Mrs. Sullivan have died within the past few years.

W. W. Hull, a Canadian, with his family located in Sparta in 1877 and established a tin shop which operated for about thirty years, selling to his son, E. H. Hull, but continued with the business for some years before retiring. He was one of the best mechanics Sparta ever had and was an enterprising citizen, always interested in the upbuilding of the town, especially the establishing of the Dibrell Normal School. He died at the age of 76.

Ernest Hull, the Hull of the Mayberry and Hull Hardware Company was raised in the tin-shop of his father, W. W. Hull, whom he bought out some thirty years ago and continued the business about ten years when he went into the hardware business with C. T. Mayberry. Mr. Hull is a Civitan and a Methodist, and has acted as local correspondent of the Nashville Banner for the past forty years. He was married in 1896 to Miss Lizzie Cannon of Shelbyville. They have one daughter, Mrs. Charles Bostick.

Joe V. Williams, one of the outstanding lawyers of Tennessee, who has made his home in Chattanooga for a number of years was reared in Sparta and began the practice of law here. He frequently demonstrates his loyalty to the "Old Home Town and County" by aiding in "putting over" things for Sparta. and White County. His ability as an attorney is much appreciated and frequently is retained in important cases, originating in the local courts. He is now President of the State Bar Association.

H. F. Srygley. Some of our foremost men of today had their start in White County. Professor H. F. Srygley taught his first school in White County, beginning at Quebeck in 1906. He is now Superintendent of City Public Schools, Nashville, Tennessee. Professor Srygley is one of the best loved and most honored citizens of Nashville and valued highly in the educational life of Tennessee. He is now President of the Middle Tennessee State Teachers' Association.

His keen intellect and broad vision have played a great part in the marvelous school system now enjoyed by the city of Nashville, and it is with great pride that White County has the distinction of having had him teach his first school in our County.

Dr. J. B. Snodgrass, a native of White County, who was one of the older and best known doctors within the recollection of the older residents of the County at this time. He began the practice of medicine in 1855 and served as a surgeon in the Confederate Army. He had the reputation of having ridden more miles on horseback in his practice than any other physician in the State. His ability as a physician was recognized throughout this section of the State. His latter years after retiring were spent in Nashville with his children.

Ray J. Clouse, a native White Countian, has devoted his life to the lumber business, having made an extensive study of Southern woods most suitable for the manufacture of furniture, and is now district manager of the Southern Desk Company, who enjoys the distinction of being the only factory in the South manufacturing a complete line of school and church furniture. Much of the lumber they use comes from White County and the hills of Tennessee. Mr. Clouse has offices in Nashville.

Mal C. Wallace was born in Hickory Valley, the son of Stephen Wallace. He is descended from pioneer stock. For seven years he was Superintendent of Sparta City Schools. Under his administration the new city school building was erected. At present he is connected with the State Department of Finance and Taxation.

T. H. Fancher, mill and farm owner1 merchant, was born at Fancher's Mill and has spent most of his life in White County. He has been of great benefit to the farmers of the County in that he has through his trading furnished them a ready market for their cattle and hogs. He represented White County one term in the State Legislature.

Dr. E. C. Hawkins, who does a general medical practice throughout the County, is a native Tennessean, but he came to Sparta from Pennsylvania.

Dr. E. F. Richards, was born in White County and received his early training in Burritt College. He graduated in Dentistry from Vanderbilt University and began almost at once the practice of his profession in Sparta. He has given freely of his time for the advancement of Sparta. When Sparta had a Lyceum and Chautauqua Club, he was one of its backers. He was one of the charter members of the Civitan Club.

Dr. R. B. Thurman was born in McMinnville, but soon after his graduation from dental college he moved to Sparta and has ever since been connected with the things that make for the development of the town. Of late years he has done much to develop the Sparta Band. He, more than anyone else, perhaps, is responsible for its continued existence.

Dr. G. J. Pemberton was born and reared in Scott County, but has for several years been a dentist in Sparta. By his fine spirit he has gained many friends in this County.

Rev. R. B. Brown, although now pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cookeville, is really still identified with Sparta since he has large business interests here. He is a native White Countian, a product of Cumberland Institute, and of Cumberland University. He was a teacher and preacher in White County before he went to the University. He spent a number of years in West Tennessee and in California as a pastor and then returned to Sparta to build the present Presbyterian Church of which he was pastor for many years. Probably no other minister in White County ever had the confidence of so many people.

W. C. Brown was born in Cannon County and came to Sparta when he was twenty-seven years old. For
a number of years he was principal of the city schools. After leaving the school room he engaged successfully in the retail grocery business. He was one of the organizers of the Sparta unit of the Ragland-Potter Wholesale Grocery Company and has since been the manager of the company. He has long been prominent in the management of the County Fair and is identified with other interests of the County. He was one of the charter members of the Civitan Club. He is one of the best known and best liked men in White County.

W. I. Jarvis was born at Mount Gilead. He married Miss Pearl Owen, daughter of the late M. W. Owen. He is a farmer and road builder. He has for many years been Road Supervisor of White County.

Bob Terry, now retired, was a large planter and stock raiser. In pre-prohibition days he ran a distillery. For many years he was a member of the County Court.

C. B. Johnson is County Superintendent of Schools for White County.

Rogers Cope is a farmer, merchant and traveling salesman. He is a member of the White County School Board and has served as its chairman.

Alex Moore is a successful farmer and is a member of the County School Board.

Tom Scott is a fine young farmer and has recently been elected a member of the County School Board.

James F. Erwin is one of the outstanding farmers in the County. He owns a fine dairy herd. For ten years he was chairman of the White County School Board. For thirty years he has been president of the County Sunday School Convention.

Mrs. Stoey organized the Rock House Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution in 1930. The Regents since then have been Mrs. W. M. Gilbert, Mrs. Herbert West, Mrs. J. T. Lee, and Mrs. E. H. Hull.

Immanuel Sorrell is descended from a long line of worthy ancestors. He has reared in White County a fine family. He was born in North Carolina.

Miss Edna Wallace is the efficient Register of White County, the first woman to hold that office.

Thomas J. Walling was the first railroad station agent in White County. He ran a store at Teters which was renamed Walling after him. He later became a lumberman.

S. G. Butler is a valuable citizen and splendid lawyer. He served one term as County Judge.

Wiley Steakely was a Confederate Scout. After the war he became a lumberman and has been an important factor in the development of the County.|

C. C. Geer is a young lawyer of promise at Sparta. His wife, the former Alice Bigler, directs the Tennessee Emergency Relief Administration schools of this district of Tennessee.

Rev. Ura A. Brogden was born in Hickory Valley. He was educated at Maryville College and Cumberland University, and finished at Lane Theological Seminary. He served three years as a Missionary in China. He is now pastor of Hickory Valley Presbyterian Church.

Miss Minnie Moyers has been a teacher for over forty years, one of the best the County ever produced.

I. B. Moore has been a teacher in the County for more than forty years. He has been Chairman of the
County Democratic Committee and a member of the State Legislature. He is no political trickster but an upright man.

Rev. Jerry Mulligan has for the period of a long lifetime been an upright and influential citizen. He is the only Two­Seed-in-the-Spirit Baptist preacher now living in the County.

Virgil McBride was born and reared near Sparta. For many years he was a farmer and stock trader. He is now connected with the State Highway Department as Supervisor of the District comprising the counties of this section.

J. J. Robinson, the brother of Rev. Bud Robinson, was a Confederate Scout. He is living in retirement at his home at Robinson Chapel. He is the oldest Presbyterian Elder in Tennessee having served his church continuously since 1865. He has been a member of the General Assembly, the highest court in his church.

John Snodgrass, the son of the late Squire Dave Snodgrass, was for several years a teacher in White County and is now Circuit Court Clerk, having been elected again and again without opposition.

H. W. Andrews was born and reared in Wilson County and graduated from Cumberland University. He succeeded C. M. Franklin as County Agent in White County and has since identified himself with the progress of the County. Under his direction much land has been terraced and other soil improvement methods have been adopted. He was a charter member of the Civitan Club. He has helped to promote the most successful county fairs the County ever had and thousands of dollars have come into the County as prizes awarded in the larger fairs, largely as a result of his labors.

Miss Iva Benton was born in Carroll County in West Tennessee, was educated at the University of Tennessee, and came to White County soon after her graduation as Home Demonstration Agent. She succeeded Miss Minnie Eldridge who was very popular here and who went to Texas as a District Agent. Miss Benton has organized many clubs of women and girls and has brought back many of the lost household arts in this section, such as cheese making. She has helped promote the County Fair.

J. M. Taylor was born and reared in the old Bethlehem Community near Doyle, and has for many years been the President of the Taylor and Burrough Factory, manufacturer of men's clothing, now located at Doyle. He is one of the most public spirited men in White County. For a great many years he has been connected with our County Highway Department, usually as President of the Road Board. He was largely responsible for the location of the Broadway of America through Sparta and White County. He has for many years given encouragement to every public enterprise in the County.

White County has for several generations been furnishing useful men and women in many callings to other sections. They are scattered all the way from New York to San Francisco. It has not been the intention here to name them all, but I have named those I happen to know about.