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and the father still lives on the old home
place, which has been in possession of the
family for generations.
W. G. McIntyre, our subject, was raised
on one of the finest farms in Scotland, receiving
all the advantages that could then be
obtained, and his training to the age of fifteen
years was in view of becoming a minister.
At that time he spent one year traveling
over Great Britain with a friend of the
family, who occupied an important position
in the Agricultural Department of the Government.
His experience was such that
after returning home he resolved to eschew
the idea of the ministry, and follow in the
footsteps of generations of Mclntyres before
him. From that time on he was his father's
trusted assistant in the management of the
farm. However, when lie thought of cultivating
a thirty or forty acre tract when he
could secure hundreds of acres in America
with less means, he resolved to make the
change. Knowing that his father would not
consent to his coming, he embarked without
his knowledge, but, the latter learning the
fact, took a speedier ship and reached him
before he had put out to sea. As our subject
was determined to come, the father gave
him 200 and bade him God speed. Landing
in New York in March, 1857, he visited
relatives in Canada for a time, and then went
to Missouri. For several years Mr. McIntyre
freighted in the West, speculating in
goods, which he sold in the Utah mountains.
He has sold flour there as high as $30 a
sack. Just before the opening of the late
war he purchased several slaves, and contracted
to work a farm in Missouri belonging
to one Grayson, having been engaged in that
occupation when the war-cloud burst.
During that struggle the sympathy of Mr.
McIntyre was naturally with the South, and
he therefore enlisted in the Confederate
army, in McIntosh's regiment, in which he
participated in the battle of Springfield. He
was then put in charge of a body of scouts
and spies, his duty being to hover near the
enemy's lines and gather information for his
commander. He was with Quantrell when
the ravages of war visited the enemy at Lawrence,
Kansas, and did duty in many other
After the close of hostilities the bitter feeling
engendered by the war was so intense in
Missouri, Mr. McIntyre concluded to cast
his lot with the Texans, making the journey
by water from New Orleans to Galveston.
Although our subject had accumulated some
little means before the war, lie was left with
comparatively nothing, but with a stout
heart he immediately set out to find work.
In June, 1865, he was appointed overseer of
the large plantation of Nathan Davis, near
Brenham, and so completely did Mr. Mcintyre
capture the good will of the father and
love of his only daughter that December 21,
of that year, she became his wifA. The
father-in-law had died a month previous to
that event, leaving our subject administrator
of the estate. Mr. McIntyre continued to
reside in that vicinity many .years, engaged
in speculating in cotton and real estate, and
in the handling of the latter has been most
beneficial to his State. He secured large
tracts of land, converted the same into acre
lots, and interested himself in colonizing it
with settlers. In 1872 Mr. Mcintyre purchased
the William Armstrong tract of 1,600
acres, where he built his present substantial
home, and has added 400 acres to his original
purchase. He now has 450 acres of his
place under cultivation. Beautiful in situation,
rich in soil, and well kept, Mr. Mclntyre
has one of the best ranches in Texas.
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