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Biography of H. G. Laughlin

H. G. Laughlin, who follows the occupation of farming, his home being situated about two and two-thirds miles northwest of Ramona, in Washington county, was born in Milan, Texas, August 27, 1867. He is a son of James McClellan Laughlin, who was a native of Mississippi and went to California in the year 1849. There he engaged in farming in the Sacramento valley for several years, after which he returned to Georgia and was married in that state. He then started again for California but became water bound while en route and returned to Texas, where there was no danger of a water famine. From California on his first trip he had brought a souvenir ring made from the native gold, the design being an Indian digging gold with an arrow. H. G. Laughlin now has this ring in his possession and prizes it greatly as a souvenir of his father’s mining experiences on the Pacific coast. Upon returning to Texas, James M. Laughlin settled at Milan, where he carried on farming until advanced, age forced him to put aside his further work. He then removed to Bartlett, Texas, and passed away there, at the advanced age of eighty years. During the Civil war he engaged in freighting for the government. In early manhood he wedded Mary Ross, a native of Georgia, whose father was a Methodist preacher and went to Texas prior to the Civil war. Mr. and Mrs. James M. Laughlin became parents of seventeen children, the others being: Jimmie, Ed and John, twins, Jack, Carroll, Nannie, Mattie, Sarah, Robert, Thomas, Henry, Louis, Mary, Letitia, Alice and...

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