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Biography of Luth Waggoner

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Luth Waggoner was born in the state of Missouri in the year 1833, and moved with his parents in the year 1839 to Red River District, Texas, and stopped where Blossom Prairie is located. The family remained there and farmed and raised stock for a period of ten years, and moved to Hopkins County where L. Waggoner has lived all his life. Luth’s father, Solomon Waggoner, had a large family when they came into Hopkins County. There are only two of this family living in Hopkins County at this time, Luth and N. B. Waggoner. Luth married Miss Nancy Millsap at the age of twenty-one years, a daughter of Jacob Millsap, an old time Texan. To this union four children were born. One of these is living in Hopkins County, Rufus, a planter, a splendid citizen, and enjoys the respect and confidence of all who know him. Luth Waggoner has engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock rising, has devoted his time to this business and has been reasonably successful. He has suffered some serious and severe losses.

He lost his first companion, and subsequently married Miss Louise Forbus. This union has been a happy one. They have raised a large and interesting family of bright children of manly men and womanly women. Two of his daughters have married and are among the best class of citizens in the county. Luther is a sincere, conscientious, God-serving man, honest and just in all the relations of life, and has a heart full of charity. He saw hard service in the Civil war. He volunteered in Hopkins County and entered the service in the Twenty-third Texas Cavalry, Gould’s Regiment, and served during the war. He returned at the close of the war and began life over. Soon a dark cloud overshadowed him-the loss of his companion. This calamity was a great shock to Mr. Waggoner, and brought financial ruin upon him. He is a zealous member of the Baptist church, and has been for twenty-five years. He is now an old man and in feeble health, and feels that his days here on earth are few. N. B. Waggoner is a native Texan, born in Red River County, and has lived in Hopkins County all his life. When he grew up into manhood he married Miss Lucy Crisp, daughter of Uncle Carroll Crisp, an old pioneer citizen of Hopkins County. Uncle Carroll was famous for his great liberality and generosity.

His unbounded hospitality gathered around him many friends, and his numerous acts of kindness will long be remembered by those who were the beneficiaries. Kind and noble-hearted Uncle Car-roll Crisp has left behind him “footprints on the sands of time..” Mr. Waggoner and his wife have raised only one child, a daughter. She has been twice married, and lives near her parents with her second companion. Mr. Waggoner has been successful in accumulating property. He is a member of the Baptist church. His membership is at Pleasant Grove, a beautiful country church, situated in the heart of one of the most prosperous neighborhoods in the county. Its membership consists of some of the most refined and substantial citizens of the county. James R. Beck, Sid Lackey, Zack Bailey and other prominent men in the county are members of this church. Bro. Gaddy is their pastor, a splendid gentleman and a great gospel preacher. A man’s true wealth hereafter is the good he has done in this world to his fellow man. When he dies the people will ask what property he has left behind him, but the angels will ask what good deeds has he sent on before him.


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