History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families Page: 392
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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
principles were taking root and the habits being
formed which were to lead to better
things. The splendid mercantile establishment
of which he is the head may be said to
be in a large measure the concrete embodiment
of his principles and methods, the visible
expression of the mental and moral motives
of his life. Upon the career which has culminated,
with the aid of his associates in the
building up of this interest, he did not enter
with the impulsive or capricious flight of
gtnitus but under the steady and firm propulsion
of sound, practical sense, and his conduct
has at all times been accentuated by the
same steadfastness of purpose, the same persevering
industry and the same practical
sagacity with which he began his career.
One thing is noteworthy: Mr. Witcher has
always followed the safe practice of keeping
his funds invested in a business of which he
has full knowledge, and in lines where constant
personal supervision has been possible
if not at all times actually exercised. For
this reason he has never been caught in any
financial squeezes or suffered serious loss.
The firm of Witcher & Coffield, dealers in
hardware, implements, furniture, saddles and
harness, is the largest of its kind in Milam
county, carrying a full stock in all of these
lines and doing a business varying from $80,000
to $90,000 a year. Besides this interest
Mr. Witcher holds stock in a number of local
enterprises either individually or as a member
of the firm, the principal of these being the
1First National Bank, the oil mills, the waterworks,
the electric-light plant and the coal
mines. He lias served as Aldermnan of Rockdale
and in politics is a Republican, but concerns
himself very little with political matters,
being devoted strictly to business. It
is generally understood without questioning
that his name always stands pledged to the
support of every interest favoring the welfare
of the community. Public enterprises
-whatever will improve, elevate and adorn
the society in which he moves and the country
in which lie makes his home-meet his
cordial approbation and receive his prompt
advocacy and assistance. The education of
the masses, through free schools provided or
greatly assisted by State government, has always
found in him a friend and supporter.
By the exercise of industry and good managemnent
he has accumulated a competency,
but recognizing the difficulties that others
encounter in beginning business, he has taken
pleasure in extending to them aid by giving
them clerkships and counseling with them respecting
their future careers. In this way he
has created enduring friendships amongyoung
men of his acquaintance, and has assisted in
opening avenues of activity destined to lead
to successful and honorable lives. He is of
quiet, retiring disposition, temperate in habits,
liberal, earnest and active, one in whom the
domestic virtues preponderate, and who easily
makes friends and firmly holds them when
In 1884 Mr. Witcher married Miss Ruth
Stribling, a daughter of Rev. Dr. James H.
Stribling, then of Rockdale and for many
years an eminent minister of the Baptist.
Church in Texas. Mrs. Witcher was born
and reared in this State, and is a lady who is
in every way capable of affording her husband
the helpful service sought in this union.
Ws~s~ T. BROWN, one of the thrifty
young farmers of Williamson county,
dates his residence here from the
year 1881. He is a native of Texas, born in
Burnet county, October 23, 1858. He came
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/418/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .