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faithful services is shown by the practically
unanimous vote by which they have each
time elected him to this office.
In December 1884, Mr. Womible married
Miss Mary E. Oliver, a daughter of Dr. J.
P. Oliver, an old and prominent physician of
Burleson county, a sketch of whom appears
under an appropriate titlein this work. Mr.
and Mrs. Womble have three children, Herbert,
Oliver and Henry, and both are members
of the Baptist Church.
q EORGE S. GRAVES, Justice of the
Peace, merchant and Postmaster at
Lilac, Milarn county, was born in the
town of Independence, Washington
county, Texas, January 12, 1856, and is the
youngest child of Dr. John H. and Julia
Graves, of North Carolina, who moved to
Texas in 1852, and six years later settled in
Milami county, where they spent the remainder
of their lives. An extended notice of
them is given in the sketch of their eldest
son, Thomas H. Graves, which appears elsewhere
in tllis volume. The subject of tllis
notice was raised in Milam county in the
vicinity where he now lives. Lack of school
facilities interfered with his early education
but by industry and application on his
own part he acquired some knowledge of
books as he grew up and having determined
on a college course he entered Davilla school
at the age of sixteen, where he remained for
five years, defraying his own expenses and
taking the full course prescribed by the curriculm.
lfis inclination leading him to indoor
-pursuits he began the mercantile business
at Lilac in 1879, which, with the
exception of two years, he has followed at
that place since. Thle same year when tlhe
postoffice was established at Lilac he received
the appointment as Postmnaster and llas
held it since. In 1890 lie was elected
Justice of the Peace of Precinct No. 5, and
re-elected in 1892, which office lie has since
held. Mr. Graves has been moderately successful
in a worldly way, but his chief value
to the community in which he resides is not
so much for thle amount of his accumulations
as for his services as a citizen. He has become
to the people of his locality one of
those indispensable factors always found in
well regulated communities on whom everybody
feels at liberty to call for advice in mnatters
of law, business, politics and the like.
and who in the course of a year does as much
work gratuitously as many men do on handsoine
salaries. To llis credit it may be said
that he does such work cheerfully and does
it well. He has been frequently solicited to
run for office, but has never consented, simply
accepting the offices he has held as a matter
of accommodation to his friends and neighbors.
In politics he is a Democrat and takes
an active interest in everything of a political
nature. Public enterprises--whatever will
improve, elevate or adorn the society in
which he moves and the country in which he
makes his home-meet his cordial approbation
and receive his prompt advocacy and
assistance. The education of the masses
through free schools provided or greatly assisted
by the State government has always
found in him a friend and a supporter and lihe
has contributed from his own means in put.
ting the schools in the locality where he
resides on a permanent and advantageous
footing, lie and his two brothers, Thomas H.
and Fred A., having erected a building near
where they live; they have a good school
maintained nine months in a year.
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