Clipped From The Paris News
MONDAY AFTERNOON, JULY BACKWARD GLANCES By A. W. ALBERT FALL WAS REAL ESTATER When He Lived In Clarksville Before Going to New Mexico Territory Red River County has supplied some men of more than local prominence, the biggest of course being John Garner, native born and reared. Others who were not born in the County but who lived in it a number of years include Colonel Charles DeMorse, Judge Reuben Gaines, Eugene Black and Albert B. Fall. Albert Fall was born in Kentucky in 1361. He carne to Texas, settled in Red River County and was a farmer for a time, later engaged in real estate trading, then went to New Mexico, became a Senator and a cabinet officer and finally got into trouble with the law. The Clarksville Standard of May 11, 1883, said: Wedding—We learn that our young friend Albert Fall, who has been in Clarksville for a year or two and whose parents now reside here, returned from Tennessee this week with Miss Emma Morgan as his bride. Miss Emma was born and has been mostly reared adjacent to Clarksville, is the daughter of the late Simpson H. Morgan, so long resident here, and who died -while a representative in the Confederate Congress. Miss Emma, who has but lately attained womanhood, has been a universal favorite in this community and the now united couple will have the quainted with them. Not having been furnished with any particulars we cannot say who officiated or on what day the marriage took place. In the same issue of the Standard was a small advertisement reading: A. B. Fall Jos. Enttan FALL & BRITTAN Real Estate and Land Agents Lands bought, abstracts procured, surveys made, taxes paid. Al! business attended to promptly. Fall later went to New Mexico, then a Territoiy. He was a member of the convention that wrote the constitution under which New Mexico was admitted to the Union as a State in 1912 and became one of the Senators to represent the state in the Congress. He was re-elected snd served until 1921, when he was appointed by President Warren Harding as Secretary of Interior. In ~I922 Fa!! signed a lease of the Teapot Dome oil district to the Sinclair oil interests and a lease of the Elk Hills oil reserve to E. C. Doheny. Conspiracy was alleged in the making of these leases. There was a Federal investigation, and while Doheny and Sinclair were eventually acquitted Fall was convicted of accepting $100,000 from Doheny!' The details of the affair will be recalled by many good wishes of all who are ac- I people.