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continuously in Smithville. Prior to his last
trip to California, and during the year of
1887 he attended the New York Post-Graduate
School for physicians, taking a general
course of study. In addition to his medical
practice, Dr. Powell is a member of the drug
firm of C. E. Deckers & Co., and is engaged
in ginning for the public at Smithville.
The Doctor was married January 15, 1885,
to Rachel Jones, a native of this county, and
a daughter of B. F. and Margaret Y. (Wilson)
Jones, one of the early pioneer and hoinored
families of Bastrop county. Mr. and
Mrs. Powell have three children: Leah M.,
Franklin J. and John H. MIrs. Powell is a
member of the Missionary Baptist Church.
The Doctor affiliates with J. Nixon Lodge,
No. 421, with the A. F. & A. M., Smithville
Lodge, and with the K. of P., No. 92.
Politically, he is a staunch Democrat of the
APTAIN B. I. ARNOLD.-Twentyeight
years' residence in Texas has made
of this gentleman what that number of
years' residence would naturally make of a
man of intelligence and observation, an enthusiastic
believer in the State's future, a stanch
supporter of her institutions and. a loyal defender
of her people. Although a Northerner
by lineage, birth and early training, it is
doubtful whether in an assemn bly of a hundred
native-born citizens he could be distinguished
from the most typical Teian, and certainly
even in such an assembly he would not yield
to any in his allegiance to his adopted State
and to all that is peculiarly Texan in name
Captain Arnold is a native of Ohio, born
in the town of Carlisle, Clarke county, Febru
ary 3, 1841. He was reared in northern
Illinois, whither his parents moved when he
was young. Before lie reached his majority
he entered the Union army, enlisting September
2, 1861, in the Fourth Illinois Cavalry,
with which lie began service at F'ort
Henry and served till the surrender, taking
part in all the engagements in which lhis
command participated, covering the State.s of
Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississip-pi,
Louisiana and Arkansas. 'At the close of the
war his regiment was consolidated with the
Twelfth Illinois, placed under General Custer
and sent to Texas as an army of occupati-un.
For about a year Captain Arnold was Stationed
at Brenhaim, where lie served in the
Freedmen's Bureau department. In May,
1866, he quit the service and for two years
engaged in farming in Washinlgton county,
then in the mercantile business, which lihe
followed till March, 1870, when lie came to
Cameron to accept the office of Sheriff of
Milamn county, under appointment from E.
J. Davis. then Governor of the State, under
reconstruction measures. lie held this office
till May, 1874, discharging its delicate and
difficult duties acceptably both to the court
and the people.
At the expiration of his term of office he
located permanently in Cameron, engaged in
business and has since made this place his
home. For sixteen years past lie has conducted
a successful real-estate and insurance
business, has served two terms as AMayor, and
has been identified with every movement
looking to the improvement of the town and
county. He has fairly won his way to the
confidence and esteem of the people of this
locality by his loyalty to them and their interests,
and has established his reputation as
a sound man of business by the success lie has
attained in his own affairs. A Republican
HITO YOF TXS
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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/m1/504/: accessed September 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .