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Allie G. and Willie S. All are living except
George R., wlho died at the age of three
years, and Martha I., whose death occurred
at the age of seven years and three mouths.
Mr. Lewis casts his vote with the Democratic
AMES S. HEFLEY.-AlMuch as moralists
may decry the habit of money-getting,
that habit when formed under the
guidance of an intelligent mind and directed
by an honest purpose, represents the essence
of some of the best virtues attributable to
man. Money is a good thing and the man
who is capable of making it, who does
make it and uses it wisely, is a valuable citizen
in any community. The subject of this
sketch is a money-maker. His right to be
so designated is unquestioned. An heir by
birth to some of those qualities which develop
into the granite of strong men's natures,
he has been jostled by events, and the
jostling llas wrought a surprising improvement.
Mr. Hiefley is a son of William V. Hefley,
an old citizen of Milami county, a sketch of
whom appears elsewhere in this volume.
The subject of this notice was born in Henderson
county, Tennessee, January 28, 1854.
The same year his parents moved to Texas
and settled in this county. His boyhood and
youth were spent on the farm three miles from
Cameron. There, in the typical old log
school-house, with batten doors, puncheon
floor and slab seats, he received all the education
he ever obtained. In 1879, with a capital
of $150, he started out for himself, opening
a livery stable in Rockdale, Milam
county. A year later lie moved to Cameron,
continuing in the same line. For thirteen
years he has given his attention unremittingly
to this business. His $150 investment,
supplemented by a full miieasure of
pluck, energy and persevering industry, las
grown amazingly. Ile lhas a business now
which represents at least $9,000, $5,000 in
realty and $4,000 in live stock, vehicles and
equipments. In addition to this he owns.
ten residences and two business houses in
Cameron, and a farm of 212 acres, worth
$3,500, six miles west of town. He has
made all this in the last fourteen years.
In April, 1891, he was elected Aldermain
of Cameron folr a term of two years, one ye:.a
of which he served as Mayor pro tern., was
re-elected Alderman in April, 1893, and
unanimously chosen Mayor pro tetu,. for
one year. He has interested himself as
one of his energy and nature might be expected
to, both in the affairs of the town and
county. A Democrat of the progressive
type, he advocates those men and measures
that promise the most lasting good to his locality
and the public at large without reference
to political brands or names. He is a
member also of the Knights of Honor and
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Mr. Hefley married, in Milam county,
March 25, 1882, Miss Fannie A., daughter
of Samuel M. Hefley, and is the father of five
S WOHLLEB.-Thirty-thiree years ago
a German lad of seventeen sat under
a tree in Baden and took a last tearful
look at his native village. His life there had
not been a happy one, for he had been left
an orphan at thirteen, and had had many
struggles. But one does not part from the
home of his childhood, however unhappy his
lot there may have been, without some feel
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