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: 569
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age. The free, open-air life which he enjoyed
gave him a vigorous development and insured
him a splendid physique well calculated to
withstand the strain of the active business
career which he has since led. His educational
advantages were limited, being only
such as were afforded by the poorly-taught
local schools of the day. But lie was a shrewd
observer and possessed a bright, receptive
mind, and gathered from observation a fund
of practical information which has since been
of great value to him in the dealings of daily
At the age of seventeen, when the Civil
war had closed, and his family, like so many
others throughout the South, was left without
subsistence, young Hicks began his lifework
in earnest, supporting not only himself,
but helping to provide for a family of
younger brothers and sisters. The cattle
business being the only industry that then
gave much hope of substantial returns he
gave his attention to this and was engaged in
it for about five years. In 1875 he gave up
these pursuits and located at Rockdale, then
but recently started. Here he became bookkeeper
in the mercantile establishment of H.
P. Hale & Comnpany. In January, 1883, after
the death of General Hale, he took an interest
in the business, the firm becoming
Scarbrough & Hicks, and for ten years past
he has devoted hib time and attention solely
to the interests of this house. Since 1889,
the date of Mr. Scarbrough's removal to Austin,
Mr. Hicks has had personal charge of the
This house is well known throughout central
Texas, being one of the largest and financially
the most solid establishments in this
section of the State. The firm employs twenty
clerks, uses both the cash and credit system
and does an annual business of $250,000. A
reputation for honest dealing, for goods of
the best quality at the lowest living prices,
for courteous clerks able to converge will
buyers in any local vernacular, backed by
ample means, vigorous brains, keen business
forsight, tact and good management have
made the mercantile house of Searbrough &
Hicks what it is. The firm annually handle a
large amount af cotton and are leading stockholders
in every progressive enterprise.
Mr. Hicks' name always heads every list
gotten up for charitable purposes. It' the
cause is worthy he does not seek to know its
creed but donates liberally and substantially
as becomes one of his position and meanFs.
He lias been a Trustee of the Rockdale pi)blic
schools since the date of their organization
and lie has taken an interest in them second
only to that which he has taken in his own
personal matters. He is an upright member
in and officer of the Baptist Church, giving
it the warmest moral and financial support.
In 1879 Mr. Hicks married Miss Maggie,
Hall, daughter of John Hall, deceased. Miss
Hall established and taught successfully for
five ears before her marriage the first permanent
school in Rockdale. Intellectually
her husband's equal, her finer qualities a foil
to his more sturdy traits, the union has been
one of unusual happiness that charms and
cheers all who come under its benign influence.
Three bright, intelligent children
bless their home.
C. JOHNSON, one of the industrious
A and thrifty Swedish-Americans of
Williamson county, Texas, is the subject
of this article. He resides on a
farm four miles west of Taylor. His advent
to the county dates January 15, 1878, at
HISTOR Y OF TEXAS.
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