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In 1872 Mr. Porter married Miss Susan canvass of the situation resulted in the
Howlett, a daughter of James Hlowlett, of selection of Cameron as the place for the enMilam
county. This lady died not long after- terprise. lie gathered together all of his
ward, leaving no issue. lie married again own funds, and ei!isting tlhe interest of his
in 1875, Miss Fannie C. Martin, daughter brother, Henry T., wlLo was then at I'loomof
Dr. Ed A. Martin, an old citizen of ington, Illinois, they launched the Milain
Milam county, a sketch of whom appears County Bank, as stated, in 1883, on a capital
elsewhere in this volume. To this union of $30,000, furnished by themselves. The
have been born three children: Ed Franklin, conditions were favorable, as had been beWilliam
Martin and Raymond Beaufordl. lieved, and the enterprise started off well.
Mr. Porter is a Knight Templar Mason The deposits for the first year amounted to
and a member of the Methodist Church, to about $20,000, and the net earnings to $2,which
latter his wife also belongs. 000. Each year brought increased prosperity,
the business growing at a steady pace, until
----.~. ~ ^"^*g1888, when the bank entered on a period of
growth not theretofore known, and wlich
RAAWFORD AND CRAWFORD, pro- fortunately continues to this time. Its
prietors of the Milam County Bank, working capital has been increased to 8125,Cameron,
Milam county, Texas.-- 000, its average deposits have risen to $100,With
the exception of the railroads probably 000, while its earnings have been correspondno
single industrial or financial factor has ingly satisfactory. From a small loan and
contributed so largely to the advancement of discount business of a local nature it has
the material interests of Milam county, and come to handle a large volume of general
particularly to the commercial interests of commercial transactions, and has facilities
the town of Cameron, as the Milain County and equipments for carrying on safely and
Bank, owned and operated by Messrs. Craw- expeditiously all kinds of legitimate bankford
& Crawford, brief biographical mention ing. It numbers among its patrons a majorof
whom, together with a sketch of the bank, ity of the leading business men of Cameron,
is here given. is the specially designated depository of valThis
institution was founded ten years ago, uable public and trust funds, and has on its
or, speaking by date, in 1883. It was the list of correspondents such well known and
conception of Wilbur F. Crawford, then as conservative institutions as the following:
now senior member of the firm of Crawford The Continental National Bank of St. Louis,
& Crawford. Mr. Crawford is a Maine man in which Messrs. Crawford & Crawford are
and made his advent into Texas in 1882, as a stock-holders, the First National Bank of
representative of the general Government. New York City, the Southern National
He had had no previous experience as a Bank of New Orleans, the Gardner Savings
banker, but being a shrewd inan of affairs he Institution and the Maine Trust and Savwas
not long in seeing the advantages offered ings Company of Gardiner, Maine, Ball,
by several towns in the State for banking Hutchings & Co. of Galveston, the First
business, nor was he long in deciding to take National Bank of Houston, the City Nationup
operations in that direction. A careful al Bank of Dallas and the Austin National
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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/m1/475/?rotate=90: accessed May 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .