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John W. Madden


 

John W. Madden was the son of James C. and Mary J. McDonald Madden, born on August 14, 1867 in Tennessee. The family moved to Denton County, Texas by 1870. He married Lilla Etta Graham (1872 - 1952) on July 2, 1893, in Denton County. He was in the retail dry good business with her father, A. E. Graham. For many years, John owned Madden's Department Store in Denison. He died on March 17, 1973, and is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Denison, Grayson County, Texas. John and Lilla had a son: John W. "Tobe" Madden Jr. (1903 - 1973).



BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN W. MADDEN
Source : Francis White Johnson, Ernest William Winkler, A History of Texas and Texans, volume 3 (1914), page 1421

Any analyzation of the career and achievements of John W. Madden would undoubtedly lead one to arrive at the conclusion that this prosperous merchant of Denison has been actuated at all times by a sense of duty - the duty which he owes to himself to improve best his opportunities and the duty which he owes to others, a duty which it would seem finds joy in its doing.  Laudable ambition was perhaps the first foundation stone that he laid, upon which he has built a success that stamps him as one of his community's most able men.  To this he added unfaltering energy and unabating persistency of purpose, but at all times he has recognized and appreciated individual responsibility towards those with whom he has worked and those who have worked for him, and it is as much for this reason as any other that he occupied the conceded position which is his today.

Mr. Madden is a native of Tennessee, born August 14, 1869, at Loudon, Loudon County, a son of James C. and Mary J. Madden, natives of the Big Ben state.  The father, a farmer by vocation, brought the family to Texas in 1871 and located in Denton County, where he continued to carry on agricultural pursuits with a fair measure of success until his death in 1887.  The mother, who still survives and makes her home with her son at Denison, is seventy-four years of age, yet retains her faculties in a remarkable degree and is very active for one of her advances years.  Two children were born to James C. and Mary J. Madden : John W. and James A., the latter engaged in the dry good business as an associate of his broth at Ardmore, Oklahoma.

John W. Madden was a child of two years when he accompanied his parents to Texas, and in the public schools of Denton County his education was secured. He was reared to agricultural pursuits, but the youth's inclinations turned toward a commercial career, and after the death of his father he secured employment as a clerk in a mercantile establishment, where he remained three years.

In 1890 he embarked in business at Temple, Texas, associated with the late A.E. Graham.  This partnership proved beneficial to both, the firm gradually extending the scope of its activities from town to town until a chain of sixteen stores represented the interests of Messrs. Graham and Madden.


"Madden, Graham & Co., Exterior."
Source : Robinson, Frank M., comp. Industrial Denison. [N.p.] : Means-Moore Co., [ca. 1909]. Page 36


"Madden, Graham & Co., Interior First Floor. Dry Goods and Clothing."
Source : Robinson, Frank M., comp. Industrial Denison. [N.p.] : Means-Moore Co., [ca. 1909]. Page 36

After the death of Mr. Graham, Mr. Madden concentrated his energies upon the development of the store at Denison, this establishment now being headquarters, with the branch at Ardmore, Oklahoma, under the management of James A. Madden, heretofore mentioned.  At the latter place the business is carried on in a building 40x188 ft., with a complete line of the most up-to-date goods, the trade extending far out into the country, about twenty-five clerks being necessary to handle the great volume of business.

The business at Denison is represented by a two-story structure, of modern style, 100x120 ft., with a floor space of 24,000 sq. ft.  A general line of dry goods and ready-to-wear gentlemen's and ladies' garments are carried and fifty clerks are employed.  It may be stated without fear of contradiction that this is one of Denison's most important industries and one which has done much toward furthering the city's commercial importance among the cities of North Texas.


Madden's Store
Interurban is coming down the street & the street is decorated with a "Season's Greetings" sign.
Eat Well Cafe down the street from Madden's Store


Madden's Store
301 West Main Street
Denison Texas


Madden Department Store plaque found in downtown Denison, July 2010.
"Founded in 1896 and rebuilt in 1967 by Tobe and Angie Madden and dedicated to the memory of
J. W. and Lilla E. Madden, father and mother, and A. E. Graham, grandfather, of Tobe Madden."
Photo by Brian Christopher Hander and Rachel Willis, July 2010. Used by permission.
When founded in 1896, the store was called "Graham, Madden & Co." After A. E. Graham's death, it became "Madden's Department Store."
It was at the northwest corner of Main Street and Rusk Avenue.

Mr. Madden is an extremely busy man, as is but natural in the management of such a large enterprise, yet he has found time to devote to the betterment of the general welfare of his community, and as a member of the Chamber of Commerce represents the municipality's best business interests.  He is a Democrat but has not sought public office, and his religious connection is with the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He has a pleasant and comfortable home at No. 1103 W. Morton Street.

Mr. Madden was married in Denton, in 1893, to Miss Lilla Graham, daughter of A.E. and Sarah Graham, the former of whom, for many years a prominent merchant of Denison, died in 1910, while the latter passed away about 1908.  Mr. and Mrs. Madden have one son, John W. Jr., a bright lad of ten years, who is attending the public schools of Denison.

1907 Denison City Directory, Living at:

 1030 West Bond Street

Mary Madden (widow of John Madden)

John W. Madden and wife Lilla

--President of North Texas Loan & Trust Co. in State Natl Bank Bldg.; W. G. Meginnis, secy and treasurer.

--J. W. Madden’s Dry Goods, Clothing, Men’s Furnishings, and Shoes, located at 301-305 West Main Street.

Jesse J. Madden, student

518 West Woodard Street

John Madden and wife Mary L. Madden. He works at Dan Tracy & Co., grocer.

Carrie A. Madden, bookkeeper at Knaur-Lindsay Grain Co.



Yellow Jacket
Denison High School
Christmas, 1910


Architect John Tulloch designed this Spanish Revival and Prairie Style home for John William and Lila (Graham) Madden.  He came from Tennessee to Denton, Texas, as a boy, married, and entered the dry-goods business with the Grahams (his wife's brothers and father-in-law), who managed operations in Gainesville and Hillsboro.


J.W. Madden House
1101 West Morton Street
Denison, Texas
Sherman architect John Tulloch designed this Prairie Style home around 1912 for leading Denison store owner John W. Madden
Postcard


Graham, Madden & Co. expanded to Denison, Texas, around 1898.  In 1912 this impressive residence was built at 1103 West Morton Street on the corner of North Tone Avenue.  It was one of two fine homes built at the same time, each comprising one-quarter of a city block.  By that time, John W. Madden owned Madden's Department Store at 301-307 West Main Street, and was president of the North Texas Loan and Trust Company. 

1915 Denison City Directory, Living at:

1103 West Morton Street

John W. Madden and wife Lilla Madden. He’s president of J. W. Madden Co.

Mary J. Madden (widow of James Madden).


1117 West Bond Street

Jesse J. Madden and wife Kathleen Madden. He’s department manager at J. W. Madden Co.


Madden's Dept Store ad, March 1917
March 1917 issue of the M K & T Employee's Magazine
Courtesy of Jim Sears


Madden's Department Store
ca 1960


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Madden House
1101 W. Morton Street
Photo by Brian Christopher Hander, May 2010



Entrance, Madden House, 1101 W Morton Street.
Photo by Brian Christopher Hander, May 2010.

More about the Madden Store


 

Maddens in Fairview Cemetery:

MADDEN  LILLIAN            ---     OCT 08, 1902

MADDEN   J  W   JR        JAN 25, 1903 – MAR 17, 1973

MADDEN  LILLA  E           DEC 16, 1872 – JUL 07, 1952

MADDEN  J  W  [TOBE]            AUG 14, 1867 – MAR 17, 1953 
  WED  ANGIE  WHITMORE, AUGUST 27,1949  SAN  ANTONIO, BEXAR  COUNTY, TEXAS

MADDEN  ANGIE  WHITMORE         AUG 30, 1899 – OCT  1981 
  BORN  SUMMERVILLE, TEXAS
  D/O-  Mr  &  Mrs  HARRY  WHITMORE

  WED  J  W  [TOBE]  MADDEN, AUGUST 27, 1949  SAN  ANTONIO, BEXAR  COUNTY, TEXAS



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