Collection: History of Fannin County Texas

History of Fannin County Texas

This collection represents the 24 biographies from the History of Fannin County, Texas – History, Statistics and Biographies. Business Cards, and a Complete Directory of the County.

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Biographical Sketch of William A. Bramlette

Mr. Bramlette, of this city, is from the “Blue Grass” state, though, raised in Lamar County, Texas. He began the study of law in the office of Hon J. C. Hodges, of Paris, and was admitted to the bar in 1876, twenty-one years old. He moved to Bonham in 1880, and opened his law and abstract office. He has reduced the land law, and titles to a fineness, that perhaps no other lawyer or notary, in North Texas has ever done. ‘His abstract of land titles is as near perfection as possible; his knowledge of the law regulating and settling questions of title is thorough. For five years, he has given this branch of his profession special attention. The abstracts, which he has arranged are not confined to the present territory of Fannin County, but include the old titles of Grayson, Cook, Collins and others. He has a complete map of nearly every town in this county, and is beyond question the best posted lawyer on this branch of his business in the...

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Biographical Sketch of J. P. Noble

County Clerk was born in Sabine County, Texas, in 1851. He removed to Fannin in ’18G8 ; attended school at Carlton College one session, and was appointed deputy clerk of court in 1873, in which capacity he faithfully served until November, 1884, when he was elected Clerk of the. County. Court. Mr. Noble is one of the most popular men in the county, having gained the good will and esteem of every person who has had business in the clerk’s office. As evidence of his popularity, in the primary election of 1884, he defeated, by a handsome majority, one of the best men in the...

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Biographical Sketch of Jerry L. Fryar

Is a native of Tennessee. He came to Texas in 1870, and like many other young men who came west to grow up with the country, followed various avocations, until early in 1885, when he settled down in business as the local and permanent agent for the “New Home Sewing Machine” Co. His office is situated on Post-office Row in Bonham; and he keeps a large stock of machines, organs, etc. Mr. Fryar has made himself popular by his fair dealing and gentlemanly conduct, since he has been in business in Bonham. His pleasant and agreeable address and the merits of his machine have made his business a success in Fannin...

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Biographical Sketch of Rev. A. W. Wilson

Principal of the High School at Dodd City, this county, is a native of Tennessee, and was educated at Washington and Greenville Colleges, having graduated at the latter in 1857, and afterwards received the degree of M. A., from the University of that state. In 1870, he was granted license by the Presbyterian Church, to preach the Gospel. For a number of years he was proprietor and principal of the high school at Morristown, Tennessee. From 1875, to 1881, he was president of’ a female college of that state. He came to Texas in 1881, and has lived at Dodd City ever since. Mr. Wilson is a fine scholar, a thorough teacher, a learned theologian and a gentleman in the true sense of the term. His interest and zeal in the cause of popular education, is unabating, and his name is prominently mentioned in connection with the office of state superintendent of public instruction. For this position, no better name can be put forward in the...

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Biographical Sketch of Will S. Thompson

The Artist of Bonham, is from the “buckeye” state, originally, but latterly from Shell City, Mo. -Mr. Thompson east his lot with the people of Fannin County, in July 1885, having just married one of Illinois daughters to share his fortunes in the south-west.. While his life may be said to have just begun in Fannin County, it is not so with his profession. For fifteen years has he applied himself to his profession, keeping pace with all the improvements in the art of photography and painting, and samples of his work in Bonham will convince the most skeptical that he has been awarded for his industry and diligence. Since he opened his gallery on Post-office Row he has had a fine line of custom, and from a class of people who are judges of art, and who are ready to attest his skill as an artist. His gallery is handsomely furnished, and he is provided with the latest improvements in photography. The lightning process for getting negatives of infants is indeed...

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Biographical Sketch of Benjamin N. Woodson

County Attorney of Fannin County, was born in Lincoln County, Kentucky, in 1850; came with his father to this state, four years later. He grew up, and was partly educated at Honey Grove. In 1872, he attended school at Glascow, Missouri, from which place he went to New York City, studied law and obtained his diploma in a law school of that city. Not long after this, he was admitted to the bar and licensed to practice by Judge Davis, of New York. In 1875, he came back to Honey Grove, but afterwards moved to Ladonia, where he remained until elected county attorney in 1884, when he, with his interesting family, removed to...

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Biographical Sketch of George A. Dailey

Is a native of Kentucky, born in 1844. He pitched his tent’ in the “lone star” state in the year 1857, a lad of thirteen years. He went into the mercantile business with a capital of $3000.00, in 1866, when about 21 years of age. His business was that of general merchandise, which he followed for two years, when he opened a drug store at Honey Grove, and has remained in that town conducting a large drug store, ever since. He does a gross annual business amounting to $18,000.00 or $20,000.00. Mr. Dailey is a fine businessman, a good pharmacist, pleasing and entertaining in his address and manner, and possesses a full store of knowledge and general information, as well as of drugs, books and jewelry. He is one of the stake and stay of Honey Grove, a Tree mason, a knight of honor, and member of other secret and benevolent orders, treasurer of the Honey grove Building and Loan Association, and Vice President of the Walcott Institute. Mr. Dailey is a young looking man for his age, and his usefulness as a citizen is not likely to be cut off...

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Biography of Col. R. H. Taylor

Mr. Woodson is a good lawyer, a conscientious officer and a vigorous and successful prosecutor. Of this county, was born in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1825. He began the study of law in the law office of Judge Warner, and was admitted to the bar by a special act of the legislature at the age of 18 years. He moved to Fannin County in 1844, and his abilities as a ‘lawyer were soon recognized, and. he was employed upon one side or the other of every important suit; both criminal and civil, in the county. In a few years, his reputation as a lawyer spread over north Texas, and later still, over the entire state. As a lawyer, he has been successful, both at the bar, and in a financial sense. The name of “Bob” Taylor has been closely connected with local, state and national politics in the county and in the state since 1845. From precinct organizations, to national conventions, inclusive, his voice and sound judgment has helped to shape the destinies of his party. Before the war, he was a Whig and strong Unionist, after the war, an active republican. He was elected to the legislature first in 1850, and served consecutively until 1861, in the legislature of which year he made the speech of his life, against secession. Again in 1866, he was elected to the...

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Biographical Sketch of Lake Wilson

Proprietor of the “Palace Livery Stables,” of Bonham, was born and raised to the age of 14 years, in the state of Arkansas, in 1839. He came to Texas in 1863, penniless, and went to work on a farm at six dollars per month, and followed that occupation for six or eight years. His wages were increased very little as he grew older, but during this time he managed to save about six hundred dollars, with which, and a little outside assistance, in 1860 he went into the livery business, with what success, the tax rolls of this county will show. For twenty-five years he has followed this business, giving universal satisfaction to his patrons. He was a member of the 15th, legislature of this state, and served in that capacity with perfect satisfaction to his constituents. He has raised, and educated a large family. Mr Wilson, while in good circumstances, makes no display of his possessions, but is plain and agreeable in his ad-dress, and upright in his business...

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Biographical Sketch of E. H. Lyday

Was born in Grundy County, Missouri, in 1852, and came to this state with his father’s family, who settled near Honey Grove, in ’61. In ’66, Judge Lyday moved his family to Bonham, and here it was that E. H. Lyday received his education and prosecuted his study of the law. He was admitted to the bar in ’77, and has been in public ever since. He was four times elected Mayor of Bonham, and at the election in ’84 was elected Justice of the Bonham precinct. Mr. Lyday is one of the “young democracy,” active in local politics, and universally liked. As a judicial officer, he has discharged his duties intelligently, and...

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Biography of Walter D. Allen

President of the Masonic Female Institute, this city, was born raised and educated in Louisiana. He left the Pelican state in 1877, to make his home and his name in Texas. He has done both. Shortly after his arrival in Bonham, he took charge of the Bonham Male and Female Academy, over which the presided for five years. At the end of this period he became tired of the principalship of a mixed school, and. at a great sacrifice, financially and obtained a charter for the college over which he now presides. In 1882, he leased the grounds and buildings of the Masonic Institute for a term of thirty years, one of the conditions of which lease imposed by the fraternity was, “that he should matriculate and teach free of charge, one pupil for every fifty matriculations of the first year, and for, every twenty thereafter.” The local lodge of F. & A, M. and Prof. Allen are careful that this charitable and highly commendable condition is fulfilled. The conduct and success of this institution under Prof. Allen’s guidance has been gratifying to himself, his patrons and the order, and what he probably thought was a sacrifice at resigning the principalship of his academy. has proved to be the contrary. Of course the Institution is not restricted to the matriculation and education of the daughters of Free and Accepted...

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Biographical Sketch of W. D. Wilkins

Of Honey Grove, was born in South Carolina, in 1845, and moved to this state in 1866. He followed farming, until 1873, when he went into business at Honey Grove. He commenced a small business with a limited capital, $300 but by superior business judge merit and close application, steadily increased his capital and credit in the commercial world, until the twelve years of mercantile life has placed him on a solid financial footing. His is a general merchandise business, and as is generally the case with that kind of a business, is very popular. His annual gross business is from $90,000, to $120,000 a year. Mr. Wilkins is a reliable and responsible businessman, and has the confidence of all with whom he has business...

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Biographical Sketch of F. J. Abernathy

Mr. Abernathy, of Bonham, was born in Giles County Tennessee, in 1834. He came to this state in 1862, and followed the business of school teaching for twelve consecutive years. In 1878, he was appointed as Notary public in this county, in conjunction with which he at once opened a real estate business. Mr. Abernathy is a prompt and reliable businessman, and thoroughly understands his business. , In his real estate transactions, he confines himself to this county, and is well posted on real estate values, land titles, and everything pertaining to the real estate line. His work as Notary is carefully and neatly done. A natural physical deformity renders it impossible for him to perform any manual labor, but the cheerfulness, with which he bears his deformity, and his promptness and efficiency in business, makes one loose sight of it. He can be found at any time during the day in his neat little office in the North West Corner of the Court House...

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Biographical Sketch of J. B. Ryan

J. B. Ryan was born in Kentucky of Irish parents, in 1854, and moved to Fannin County, Texas, in 1866, a mere lad, brought nothing with him, stopped at the town of Honey Grove, and by honest toil, prompt action, and natural intelligence, got his start. In 1877, with a small capital, he opened up a drug business in Honey Grove, which under his business eye and careful management, soon grew into a large, safe and paying business. Alive to the rapid strides of improvement all around him, M r. Ryan invested his surplus earnings in real estate, as fast as accumulated, and he now owns some of the most desirable property in Honey Grove. His business stand ” alone, which is a large double storied stone building, cost something over $20,000.00. His present gross annual business runs from $20,000.00 to $30,000.00. In Mr. Ryan, we have a splendid example of self-made men, from a business point of view. The west and southwest are full of them, yet more have failed, than have succeeded. His course and conduct in business might be profitably observed by the young men, who are continually pouring into this country, of push and business. As soon as Mr. Ryan established himself in business, he began to look around for a partner-not for the purpose of a limited partnership, but for a lifetime business-. In...

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