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James Ernest Van Horn, Sr
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Birth: Apr. 11, 1876
Corsicana
Navarro County
Texas, USA
Death: Jan. 8, 1949
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA

James Ernest Van Horn, was the secretary and treasurer of the Texas Power and Light Company, and was a popular figure in local civic life around Dallas, born in Corsicana, Texas, April 11, 1876, the son of James Faust and Mary Celestia (Boyle) Van Horn, deceased. James Faust Van Horn, was a native of Tallahassee, Florida, was engaged for many years in the steamboat transportation business, hauling cargoes from Frontero, Mexico, to the interior. He was a member of the Congregational Church, and a Civil War veteran. His father, Thaddeus Damascus Van Horn,, was a publisher and also a Civil War veteran. The Van Horn family is descended from one of four brothers, who migrated from Holland and settled in various parts of the United States. Mary Celestia (Boyle) Van Horn was a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam B. Boyle.

James Ernest Van Horn attended the public schools of Dallas, and after completing his high school education, he enrolled at the University of Texas, where he remained for one year. He then took a business course at Hill's Business College in Dallas. His first employment was during his high school days when he worked as a wrapper boy for Sanger Brothers in Dallas. After completing his education, he became associated with Hamilton Paint and Glass Company of Dallas, serving there as a bookkeeper for about two years. He next went to New Orleans, Louisiana, and entered the employ of the Gardner Motor Company, builders of machinery and boats, working as an apprentice for eighteen months, and then enlisting for service in the Spanish-American War. After receiving his honorable discharge, he reentered the employ of the Gardner Motor Company, and one year later went to Old Mexico to assist his father, serving as a captain of one of the latter's steamboats. he remained at this work for four years, and then in September 1903, came to Dallas, where he entered the employ of the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. He started as a clerk, and four years later, when he severed relations with this company, he had advanced to the position of chief clerk of the Division Plant Department. For the next two years he served as bookkeeper and credit manager for the Buick Automobile Company at their Dallas branch, and then he became associated with the Texas Power and Light Company, where he has continued steadily for the past twenty-five years. He served in a clerical capacity, and was advanced through various positions until 1914, when he was elected assistant secretary and assistant treasurer. His ability and strict allegiance to duty resulted in further promotion in 1916, when he took over his duties at TP&L. In 1920 he organized the Texpowlite Building and Loan Association, and served as president of this organization until it was sold in June 1937. As a diversion from his business activities, Mr. Van Horn enjoyed farm work, and he owned two farms in Dallas County.

Mr. Van Horn was a member of the First Congregational Church, an Independent Democrat, and a member of the Dallas Electric Club and the Loyal Knights of the Round Table.

James Ernest Van Horn married, April 11, 1904, Alice Marie Gwartney, a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, born January 12, 1876, the daughter of the late Captain Ernest Gwartney. Mr. and Mrs. Van horn became the parents of two children: 1. James Ernest, Jr. born December 23, 1907, now an accountant in the employ of Texas Power and Light Company. He married Ann Dell Chandler, of Cleburne, Texas. 2. Lurine Alice, born May 4, 1909; married Joe Orris Cramer, a Texas Power and Light accountant, and they are the parents of a son: 1. Joe Orris Cramer, Jr., born December 16, 1930. Alice Marie (Gwartney) Van Horn died at Dallas, November 13, 1925.

 
 
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 Parents:
  James Faust Van Horn (1844 - ____)
  Mary Celestia Boyle Van Horn (1852 - 1920)
 
 Spouse:
  Alice Marie Gwartney Van Horn (1876 - 1925)
 
 Children:
  James Ernest Van Horn (1904 - 1997)*
  Lurline Alice Van Horn Beck (1909 - 1981)*
 
 Siblings:
  Pearl Van Horn Stuart (1874 - 1931)*
  James Ernest Van Horn (1876 - 1949)
  Rowena May Van Horn Winston (1880 - 1946)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Cliff Cemetery
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA
 
Created by: Larry Van Horn
Record added: Jun 12, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 71227172
James Ernest Van Horn, Sr
Added by: Larry Van Horn
 
James Ernest Van Horn, Sr
Added by: Jeff Downing
 
James Ernest Van Horn, Sr
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