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transportation to Wilmington, North Caroli1fa,
and from that place he was obliged to
go on crutches to his home, a distance of
forty five miles. During the latter part of
his imprisonment he was a victim to that
terrible disease called scurvy, which rendered
him a cripple for one year after reaching home.
In the latter portion of 1865 Mr. Frink
embarked in the turpentine business in South
Carolina, and one year afterward returned to
North Carolina, where he followed farming
about three years. In the fall of 1869, via
New Orleans and Galveston, he came to
Texas, spent two years in Chapel Hill, Washington
county, was engaged in the transfer
business at Belton, Bell county, until 1876,
and in that year began the lumber trade in
Taylor. The town then contained about ten
residences, two dry-goods stores, one grocery
store, three saloons, one hotel, and a population
of about one hundred. Mrs. Frink was
the second white lady to permanently locate
in what is now the flourishing city of Taylor.
In 1879 Mr. Frink was appointed to the
office of Postmaster, under Hayes' administrationl,
was re-appointed by President Arthur,
and again by Cleveland, holding the office
from 1879 to 1891. In 1880 the office paid
about $1,600 a year; in 1881, $1,500; in 1882,
$1,600; and during the latter portion (if
President Arthur's admicistration it was
made a third-class office. It now pays about
$1,900 a year. During his last six years as
Postmaster Mr. Frink also conducted a stationery
and jewelry store.
In 1890 he was elected to fill the unexpired
term of Mayor of Taylor, and in 1891
was re-elected to that office, in which he
served until April, 1892. In the spring of
the latter year he embarked in the real-estate
business, and in addition to his city property
he also owns a fine farm of 100 acres, located
within one mile of the railroad depot. He
also abtained an eighth interest in the Washington
Heights addition to the city, consisting
of over 200 acres of land, 900 lots of
which have been laid out. The land is located
on high ground within the city limits,
and is one of the prettiest additions to Taylor.
March, 7, 1893, Mr. Frink sold his interest
in the Washington Heights addition and embarked
in the grocery business, under the
firm name of Curry, Frink & Company,
where they do an extensive business. Mr.
Frink is also business manager for this company.
In 1866 our subject was united in marriage
with Miss Amanda M. Powell, a native
of Columbus county, North Carolina. and a
daughter of A. F. and Narcissa .(Norton)
Powell. To this union were born two children,-Araminta
and John M. The wife and
mother died in 1869. She was a member of
the Baptist Church. In 1871 Mr. Frink married
Miss Fannie A. Powell, a cousin of his
former wife, and a daughter of Robert M.
and Catherine Powell, natives of Robertson
county, North Carolina. They have three
children,-Herbert L., Willian O. and Albert
F. Mr. and Mrs. Frink are members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The
former also affiliates with the A. F. & A. M.,
the K. T., of Austin, and the K. of H., of
A J. LEWIS, ex-Sheriff of Milam county
and present Mayor of the town of
Cameron, was born in Wilcox county,
Alabama, November 27, .184:9. His
parents were Andrew Jackson Lewis and
Elizabeth, nee Keiser, the father a native of
South Carolina and the mother a native of
Alabama. The father was a volunteer in the
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