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480 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
county; Nannie, wife of M. Barnell, a tinner
of Taylor; Lizzie, who married Fred
Turner, also a farmer of this county;
Southey, wife of J. L. Root, a dry-goods
merchant of Taylor; and Florence, wife
of Harry Durrett, engaged in the hardware
trade at Wichita Falls, Texas. Mr. Easley
is independent in local politics, and was
formerly identified with the Democratic
party, but during later years has cast his vote
with the Prohibition party. In 1874 he was
elected a member of the Legislature, his district
comprising seven or eight counties.
Socially, he is a member of the 1. 0. 0. F.,
and religiously both he and his wife are
members of the Methodist Church.
(UILIUS F. COBB.-The subject of this
sketch is a native of Georgia and a member
of that distinguished family of
Cobbs who have figured eo conspicuously in
the history of Georgia for the past threequarters
of a century. His father, Frank A.
Cobb. was a Georgian by birth and spent his
entire life in his native State, dying at Clopton,
Alabama, in 1860, while yet a comparatively
young man. He was a teacher by profession,
a man of scholarly taste and superior
The mother of Julius F. Cobb was a Georgia-born
lady, her maiden name being Mary
J. Collier. She is still living, being a resident
of Caldwell, where she makes her home
with her son, the subject of this sketch.
Julius F. Cobb is the only child of Frank
A. and Mary J. Cobb, and was born in Chat'
tahoochie county, Georgia, October 15, 159.
He was reared in his native county afd in
Russell county, Alabama, whither his mother
moved when he was about ten years l1d. His
education was obtained in the country schools
of the localities where lie grew up, being completed
by a business course in a school at
Dawson, Georgia. From this school he went
to Opelika, Alabama, where he secured a clerkship
with Kahn & Bloomingfelt, merchants,
with whom he remained until coming to
Texas in February, 1881. He came to this
State by the advice and through the influence
of his uncle, Professor J. P. Collier, then superintendent
of the public schools at Caldwell,
at which place young Cobb located. He
began his business career in this town as a
clerk for W. G. Wilkins, with whom he continued
about a year, when Wilkins sold out
to A. F. Carroll & Company. With this
firm Mr. Cobb remained until August, 1886,
when, having married and with the aid of his
wife saved between $400 and $500, he opened
a small millinery and notion store. Mrs.
Cobb had charge of the business during the
first two years, Mr. Cobb being the local
agent of Wells-Fargo Express Company, to
the business of which and to buying cotton
he gave his attention. The sales of the store
for the first year were about $7,000; the
second year they were a little better. Then,
in July, 1888, D. P. Moser became a partner
in the business, putting in $5,000, at which
time the lines were extended to include ladies'
and gentlemnens' fine dress goods and
furnishings of all kinds. The business ran
prosperously under the firm name of Moser
& Cobb until January 1, 1890, when Mr.
Cobb bought Mr. Moser's interest, assuming
exclusive ownership and control which he has
since held and exercised. Mr. Cobb is rated
at $10,000, but is safely worth $12,500. He
does a business of $35,000 a year, two-thirds
of which is for cash. He carries one of the
* cleanest, neatest, best-kept stocks to be found
in any town of comparable population in
HISTOR Y OF TEXA~tlS.
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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/m1/516/: accessed October 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .