The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 3, July 1899 - April, 1900 Page: 42
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
There is no civilization without the refining influence of Chris-
tianity, and with the emigrants came religion. Churches were
established and suitable buildings put up as soon as practicable.
Just which branch of religion was first represented I do not know,
neither is it of importance to the non-sectarian reader. Masonry,
itself a companion to religion, established a lodge in the thirties,
one of the proofs of high civilization.
Among the notable names I recall that shed lustre on the his-
tory of this time honored town may be mentioned J. Pinkney Hen-
derson, 0. M. Roberts, whose career kept him before the public
so many years, R. T. Wheeler, R. S. Walker, and Judge Amos
Clark. The last three were familiar to the older citizens of Nacog-
doches, as they afterwards came here and lived many years. They
were lawyers and honored the profession. Alexander Evans, Otis
Wheeler, Elijah Price, C. I. Alexander, A. Huston, Jacob Garrett,
William Seigler, Henry Augustin, K. L. Anderson, David Kauf-
man, Alex. Greer, Thos. Scurry with his sons Dick and Bill, and
B. R. Wallace were all representative men. Alexander Horton,
Samuel Davis and William Kimbro were three heroes of San Jacinto
fame. Martin Parmer, E. O. Le Grand, and my father, were sign-
ers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Tom Ochiltree was
there, too, a mere boy, perhaps, for it was his father's home awhile;
and Col. John S. Ford, familiarly known as "Old Rip," was a one
time citizen who afterwards made his home in San Antonio.
For district judges San Augustine furnished Cullum, Corzine,
Terrell, Richardson, and others whose names I have previously
mentioned. Judge Terrell afterwards became a member of Hous-
ton's cabinet. Col. F. B. Sexton, who grew to manhood and be-
came a prominent lawyer in San Augustine, and was a member of
the Confederate Congress, now resides in El Paso.
David Crockett, on his way to the fighting grounds, stopped in
the classic town, where his fame had gone before him. It was cus-
tomary in those good old times to give a hearty welcome to the
stranger who claimed recognition, and David Crockett's coming
was celebrated by a complimentary ball.
Is not this a galaxy of names worthy to adorn the history of the
proudest town in Texas? Where can be found a greater list? Ah !
those old days when San Augustine was adorned with the presence
of men and women whose names live in history ! I have not men-
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