Claiborne County Tennessee
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Articles taken from book "Prominent Tennesseans

These are typed just as they appeared in the book, I make no claims to their accuracy.

 

Davis, Gen. John P.

Estes, Ross Renford

Francisco, Alonzo Jacob

Greer, John Wesley

Ketron, James Robert

McCollough, Grover Samuel

Oakley, Lillie Freelyn

Rose, Mrs. Irene

Rose. John Wesley

Shumate, Albert George

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Davis, Gen. John P., Lawyer. Born at Tazewell, Tennessee, Feb. 8, ______. (some of this got chopped off in the copier)

Paternal grandparents were Jasper and Melvina Hodges Davis; maternal grandparents were Will B. and (    ) Hodges. Educated in the public schools

of Claiborne County; Claiborne County High, 1914; Lincoln Memorial University; Marion Institute; East Tennessee State Teachers College, Johnson City, Tennessee, LL.B., 1920. Member of the Baptist Church; a Republican. Gen. Davis was admitted to the bar in January, 1920 and began the practice of his profession in Tazewell, Tennessee in January, 1920, where he built up a large practice in Claiborne County. He was appointed Assistant Attorney General in May, 1937 by Gen. Howard H. Baker, which office he has filled with efficiency and credit to himself and the office he holds. He was a soldier in the World War, as a member of the Field Artillery Officers, Training Corps, Camp Zachary Taylor, Louisville, Ky.; he was discharged in December, 1918. He is one of the outstanding citizens in his section of the state where he has taken an active part in all civic and political affairs for the past several years. He was married to Miss Ann Louise McNeely on August 17, 1917. He is the father of three children: William Sidney, student in the Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., Katheryn Louise, and John P Davis Jr.

 

Estes, Ross Renford, Register of Deeds of Claiborne County. Born of Dutch Parentage on August 9, 1908 to Joseph and Dora Evelyn Hayes Estes, He was educated in the public schools of Claiborne County. Member of the Baptist Church; Democrat; T.O.O.F; Jr, O.U.A.M; D. of A. Mr. Estes was first elected to the office of Register of Deeds of Claiborne County in August, 1930 and re-elected in August, 1934, each time by an unprecedented majority in Claiborne County, and at the time of his first election was one of the youngest ever to be elected to public office in his county., having barely reached his majority. The records in his office prove both his efficiency and worthiness of the honor and trust imposed in him by his constituents, and his courtesy to the public has increased his popularity among the people. Mr. Estes is one of the leading citizens of his county. His paternal grandparents were Jechneias and Nancy Bray Estes; maternal grandparents were Rice and Nancy Ausband Hayes. Both his grandfathers were soldiers in the Civil War. He was married to Miss Onlee Margaret Smith on Dec. 28, 1936.

 

Francisco, Alonzo Jacob, Clerk and Master of the Chancery Court of Claiborne County. Mr. Francisco was first appointed to his office for Claiborne County in October, 1936 and was re-appointed in 19?, which post he now holds; the records in his office prove both his efficiency and worthiness of the honor bestowed upon him. Prior to his appointment to this office he was a teacher in the public schools in Claiborne County and Knox County for a period of nine years and for three years was High School Principal, during which time he established himself as one of the leading school men of his section. Born in Tazewell , Tennessee on Oct. 3, 1893 of Scotch-Irish descent to Aaron Jacob and Sarah E. Goin Francisco, he was educated in the public schools of Claiborne County; Claiborne County High, 1910; Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tennessee, A.B. 1916; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1924, 1925. Member of First Baptist Church; Republican; American Legion. His paternal grandparents were Christopher Francisco and Halena Bowen Francisco; maternal grandparents were Sterling and Mary Keck Goin. He married to Miss Ruth Jane Bird on Dec. 25, 1932. For the past several years he has taken a leading part in all matters which have been for the improvement of civic, educational and public conditions in his county. He was a sailor in the World War, stationed at Norfolk, Virginia for seven and one half months. He was discharged on Dec. 31, 1918. His hobbies are fishing and hunting.

 

Greer, John Wesley, Sheriff of Claiborne County, Tennessee. Mr. Greer was elected Sheriff of Claiborne County in August, 1936 by an overwhelming majority and at the time of his election was one of the youngest ever to hold the office of Sheriff of Claiborne County. He was for a short time U.S. Prohibition Enforcement Officer, serving in several states from New Orleans to the Ohio River. He was Deputy-Sheriff for a period of four years, serving under his father who was Sheriff of Claiborne County from 1922-26. Mr. Greer was elected on the strict law enforcement platform, which pledge he has kept to the letter, and is known in his section as one of the most fearless officers in the entire state._________(part chopped off by copier) he was born in Tazewell, Tennessee Feb. 1, 1901 of Scotch-Irish descent, Andrew Jackson and Margaret Chittum Greer. Paternal grandparents were Andrew Jackson and (             ) Greer; Maternal grandparents were William and (           ) Chittum. Member of the Methodist Church; Republican; Mason; Royal Arch., He married Miss Margaret Porter Davis on Feb. 1, 1926; he is the father of one son, John Davis, aged 8. His hobby is hunting.

 

Ketron, James Robert, Born in Claiborne County, Tennessee on March 3, 1874, of Scotch-Irish ancestry, to William Henry and Margaret Patterson Ketron, his father being a physician. His paternal grandparents were Rev. (             ) and (            ) Ketron; maternal grandparents were James M. and Margaret Fulkerson Patterson. Public schools of Claiborne County and American Temperance University, Harriman, Tennessee, B.L., 1898 were the sources of his school work. He studied law in the offices of H.W. Hughes and others. Member of the Presbyterian Church and a Democrat; Mr. Ketron passed the bar examination in 1901, receiving his licenses to practice in all the state and Federal courts. He began the practice of law at Tazewell, Tennessee, where he has had an enormous practice in Claiborne and adjoining counties, and over a wide section of the state, in Virginia and in Kentucky. He is one of the leading lawyers of his section of the state, representing some of the larger corporations---Tennessee Attorney for American Association, Inc; Local Counsel for L & N.; and Southern Railway Companies, Lincoln Memorial University, New Tazewell Municipal Corporations--and has for the past several years represented Claiborne County in its litigation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Lincoln Memorial University and has also served for seven years as a member of the Claiborne County School Board. He was married to Miss Victoria Edds on Oct. 16, 1901; he is the father of one son, James Robert, Jr., local manager for the Tennessee Electric Power Company, with headquarters at Livingston, Tennessee; he has two grandchildren, Betty Jane and Mary Jean. His hobby is farming.

 

McCollough, Grover Samuel, Banker. Born at Lone Mountain, Tennessee on July 22, 1896 of Scotch-Irish ancestry to Abiga Anderson and Cornelia Dunsmore McCollough. His Paternal grandparents were Samuel and Sarah McCollough; maternal grandparents were Doc and Jennie Breeding Dunsmore. Attended Claiborne County High School; of the Baptist belief; Democrat; Mason; Royal Arch; Eastern Star. Mr. McCollough began his banking career as a bookkeeper in the Claiborne County Bank in August, 1920, which position he held for three years, and after which time he became the Assistant Cashier of the same institution, holding this position until he became president of the same in March, 1937. His bank is one of the strongest in his section of the state, having survived the recent financial depression during which time so many were closed.  The capital stock has reached the $25,000 mark and the surplus and undivided profits, $25,000. Mr. McCollough has made wonderful progress in the banking business. He was also engaged in the U.S. Mail Service for two years. He was a sailor in the World War, serving in San Diego, California, from which place he was discharged on Feb. 20, 1919. He was married to Miss Selda Susan Hurston, Sept. 24, 1922; he is the father of one daughter, Barsha Inez, aged 13.

 

Oakley, Lillie Freelyn, Home Demonstration Agent of Claiborne County. Miss Oakley has been actively engaged in Home Demonstration work for the past nine years in Claiborne County, having organized forty-four active women's and girls' 4-H Clubs in the county. Her is work is unsurpassed in the entire state. She received her training in North Carolina and Massachusetts and Virginia, and began her career in Claiborne County, Tennessee, where she is now employed. Her efficient services and courtesy to the public makes her very popular among the people of her section of the state and beloved by the many women in the clubs she directs. She was born in Hillsboro, N.C. on Sept. 17, 1900, of Scotch-Irish parentage, to William E. and Sarah Cates Oakley. Maternal grandparents were Isaac and Mary Miller Cates; paternal grandparents James and Jane Holman Oakley. In 1927 she finished school at Boston, Massachusetts School of Domestic Science with B.S. degree. She is a member of the Presbyterian church; and a member of the State Home Economics Association. Her grandfathers were both soldiers in the Civil War, both serving on the side of the Confederacy, serving for the full duration of the conflict. Her hobbies are gardening and poultry.

 

Rose, Mrs. Irene, Postmistress at Tazewell, Tennessee. Born at Lone Mountain, Tennessee on December 10, 1896 of Scotch-Irish ancestry to John H. and Laura Breeding Atkins. Paternal grandparents were Dr. Samuel and Malissa Walker Atkins; maternal grandparents were Wesley and Margaret Johnston Breeding. Educated in the public schools of Claiborne County, Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee, 1916-17. Member of Methodist Church; Democrat; Eastern Star; Sodalites Book Club; National League of District Postmasters. Mrs. Rose became acting Postmaster of the Tazewell, Tennessee office on January 15, 1934. She received her commission of permanent appointment also. Prior to her appointment to this position, she was engaged in the teaching of music at Lone Mountain, Tennessee. She has for many years been actively engaged in club and civic work which has made her one of the leading women of her county. She has been outstanding in the political affairs of her county for the past several years. The receipts of her office have increased more than twenty-five percent since she came into office and her efficient service and courteous treatment of her patrons have made her one of the most popular officials the office has ever had. She married William Carson Rose on October 1, 1921, who died on June 10, 1934. She is the mother of one very talented daughter, Norma Jean, aged 16. Her husband was a soldier in the World War, serving in the Officers Training Camp at Lincoln Memorial University. Her grandfather Atkins was a medical doctor in the U.S. Army during the Civil War, Serving for the full duration of the conflict.

 

Rose. John Wesley, County Court Clerk of Claiborne County, Tennessee. Mr. Rose was first elected to the office of County Court Clerk in August, 1902 and has been re-elected seven times since then, having served longer in this office than any of his predecessors. His tenure of office has been continuous since since 1902 except for four years, 1914-1918. Mr. Rose is one of most widely and well-known people in his section of the state. He has rendered many years of service to the people of his county in many ways other than his official duties, having taken an active part in all civic and political affairs and has for many year been regarded as one of the political leaders in section of the state. Prior to his election to office, he was engaged in the mercantile business at Lone Mountain for a period of fifteen years and for many years was engaged in the lumber business. He is now engaged in farming and dairying, having one of the largest dairies in his county. He was born in Grainger County, Tennessee on April 16, 1866, of Scotch-Irish descent. His parents were Thomas Wesley and Nancy Mariar Jackson Rose;his father was a timberman and a merchant. His paternal grandparents were (          ) and Nancy Rose; maternal grandparents were James and Anne McDaniel Jackson. Educated in the Public schools of Claiborne County. Member of the Baptist Church; a Democrat; Mason; T.O.O.F. He was first married to Miss Lucy Lane who died on June. 9, 1918 and he later married Miss Ida Hodges on August. 15, 1924. He is the father of three children by his first marriage: Pearly, John Houston and Nancy; and two by his second marriage: John Wesley Jr. aged 12, and Edna May, born April 6, 1929, who died May 9, 1936.

 

Shumate, Albert George, Born at Lone Mountain, Claiborne County, Tennessee on August 19, 1899 of Scotch-Irish ancestry, to Marion Cornelius and Valley Campbell Shumate. Paternal grandparents were Mark and Eliza Johnston Shumate; maternal grandparents were James C and Lattissie Yoakum Campbell. Educated in the public  of Claiborne County, University of Tennessee, LL.B. 1933. Member of the Baptist Church; Republican; Mason. Mr .Shumate was admitted to the bar in 1933 and began the practice of law at Tazewell, Tenn., in Feb. 1933, where he is now engaged in the practice of law in all the courts of the state and has one of the leading practices in his section of the state. He was elected a member of the House of Representatives from Claiborne County in regular session of 1937. He was appointed on all the important committees of the House and took a leading part in legislative matters. He was elected County Judge of Claiborne in July, 1937, which office he now holds. Judge Shumate for several years has taken an active part in all civic and political affairs which have been for the betterment of affairs in his county. His hobby is fishing.

 

 

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