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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
father of our subject, William Grimes, was
one of the pioneer settlers of Harrison county,
Texas, and his brother, Jesse Grimes, wa4
the first to locate in Grimes county, this
State, that county being named in his honor.
He was one of the best known politicians of
the State in an early day, and was often a
member of the Senate of both the State and
Republic. He served in both wars with
Jesse W. Womack, the subject of this
shetch, was educated in the schools of Montgomery
county, Texas, and also attended a
commercial school in New Orleans, where lihe
graduated at the age of twenty-one years.
After returning to the former county, where
his parents had moved when lie was a babe,
he was employed as bookkeeper by a firm in
Montgomery. At the age of twenty-three
years Mr. Womnack embarked in the mercantile
business in that city, under the firm
name of W. T. Nobles & Co., Messrs. Womack
and Sturgis composing the company.
In 1877 they sold their interest in the business,
and in the fall of the same year opened
a mercantile store in this city, with a capital
stock of $3,000. They erected a wooden
store building, which was burned in 1878,
and they then built a one-story brick, which
they tore down in 1888. Their present
magnificient two-story brick building was
then erected, 120 x 52i feet, the .front of
which is now occupied by their large stock of
dry goods. The rear portion of the building,
separated by an arch, is 40 x 52i feet, and is
devoted to the retail grocery trade. The
retail grocery department handles and sells
about $200,000 worth of goods annually, and
employs about sixteen men, besides outside
help. In 1889, the firm of Womack & Sturgis
erected another fine two-story brick building,
fronting Broad street, and attached to
the main building. It is 60 x 125 feet, with
a basement sixteen feet square, tile latter of
which is used as the wholesale grocery 'lepartmient.
In this department they generally
carry a stock amounting to 860,000. Messrs.
Womack & Sturgis are members of the Taylor
Hardware Company, and are also interested
in the First National Bank.of Taylor,
of which Mr. Sturgis is Director and VicePresident.
They are largely interested in
the Cotton Seed Oil & Gin Company. The
firmly also own a block of land on the International
& Great Northern Railroad, where
they have a large warehouse for corn, hay
and oats, in which they are extensive dealers,
and also handle about all the hides used in
the city. During the cotton season of 1890
and 1891 the firmly handled 10,000 bales of
cotton, and during the past year they bought
about 13,000 bales. They also own a fine
stock farm of 714 acres, where they will soon
engage is raising mules and cattle.
Mr. Woliack was married in 1876, to
Aggie Yell, a native of Texas, and a daughter
of Judge P. M. and Mary (Rodgers) Yell
The father was one of the pioneers and leading
men in MIontgomery county, Texas,
where he reared a family of five children.
Mr. and Mrs. Womack have had six children:
Cecil, Olga, Frank B., Jessie, a babe unnamed,
and one deceased when young. Mr.
Womack affiliates with the A. 0. U. W.,
and both he and his wife are members of
the A. L. H.
THOMAS A. WIERMAN, a farmer of
Williaimson county, was born in Pennsylvania,
August 5, 1829, a son of
Thomas and Mary (Deardorff) Wierman,
natives also of that State. The paternal
grandfather, Nicholas Wiermau, was of Ger
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