Silas D. Ponder Sabine Parish, Louisiana
Silas D. Ponder (attorney-at-law) was
born on a farm six miles east of Robeline, Natchitoches parish,
January 15, 1860.
His father, William A. Ponder, was a
highly esteemed citizen of that parish, and, besides being a
successful farmer, was identified with progressive and
public-spirited movements; was member of the constitutional
convention, and assisted in the work of banishing carpet-bag
rule from his parish after the war, Silas D. Ponder spent his
boyhood days on the farm, was educated at the University of the
South at Sewanee, Tennessee, and subsequently graduated at law
from Tulane University and began the practice of law at
On account of a severe attack of fever
he removed to Texas, in 1886, where he lived for fifteen years,
and while a citizen of that state he filled several important
positions of trust, among them being prosecuting attorney of
Denton County. In 1901 he moved back to the beloved state of his
nativity, located at Many, and for several years was associated
with his brother, Amos L. Ponder, in law practice and for a
short time with R. A. Fraser, but at present is practicing
entirely on his own account.
He is a successful lawyer, a genial
gentleman and good citizen. Elected without opposition, he has
satisfactorily served as mayor of Many.
Mr. Ponder was married, in 1885, to Miss
Cora Templeman of Shreveport, and they have seven children now
living, two boys and five girls.
Source: History of Sabine Parish,
Louisiana, by John G. Belisle, Sabine Banner Press, 1913.