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planter. He inherited considerable property,
to which he added by his own industry and
good management, and left at his death a
handsome estate. He had no public record,
but was an official in the State militia, and in
the days when that was one of the institutions
of the land he was in military matters a
figure of some consequence in his section of
State.
Of the five sons of Samuel B. and Mary A.
Woody, the subject of this notice was the
second in age. He was reared in his native
county, and what education fell to his lot was
obtained at a private school at Harmony,
Virginia. At the age of sixteen lie entered
the Confederate army, enlisting in Decemnber,
1864, in Wright's Battery of Heavy Artillery,
with which he served in the Army of
Northern Virginia during the remainder of
the war, surrendering with General R. E.
Lee at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, before
he was eighteen years of age.
For a year following the close of the war,
lie remained at home. He then secured a
clerkship in a mercantile establishment at
Oxford, North Carolina, where lie was employed
for two years, after whichli he engaged
in business for himself as a member of the
firm of Bremer, Woody & Co., at Bloomsburg
(now Turbeville), Virginia. From there,
in 1875, he came to Texas, locating at Rockdale,
which has since been his home. He
has been variously engaged in this place.
Until 1882 he was engaged in merchandising.
He then becanle manager of the Kansas Manufacturing
Company, with headquarters at
Rockdale, which position he held until 1891,
when he became president and general manager
of the Southwestern Bridge Company,
of Little Rock, Arkansas, and in February,
1892, secretary and general manager of the
Rockdale Mining & Manufacturing Comn

pany, and in March, 1893, was appointed by
President Cleveland Postmaster at Rockdale.
November 8 1870, Mr. Woody married
Miss Mollie E. Walton, a daughter of Sidney
E. Walton, of Bloomsburg, Virginia, and the
issue of this union has been seven children,
all of whom are living: Samuel S., John C.,
Willa B., Ruby W., Kate R.. Helen V., and
Carrol.
Mr. Woody is a Democrat in politics, and
he and his wife are members of the Baptist
Church here, of which organization he is
Deacon, and has been since its foundation.
R. HIRAM HENRY IARPR, Caldwell,
Texas, was born on the old Darr
homestead in the vicinity of Yellow
Prairie, Burleson county, this State, April 4,
1853.
Dr. Darr's parents, George and Kittie A.
(Wooten) Darr, were natives of Tennessee and
and Virginia, respectively, the former born
in 1797. and the latter in 1819. Botll were
in Texas at an early date, Mr. Darr certainly
as early as 1825, and Mrs. Darr probably
earlier. They met in what is now Brazos
county, at the home of the latter's father, Dr.
Thomas J. Wooten, and in 1837 they were
married. As near as can now be determined
they settled within the present limits of
Burleson county, about 1840, and in this
county spent the rest of their lives. They
had seven children, the youngest of whom is
the subject of this article.
Hiram Henry Darr was reared at the old
home place, and received in the local schools
and by private study a good general education,
At the early age of seventeen (1870) he began
to read medicine under the instructions of
Dr. J. P. Oliver, of Caldwell, and graduated

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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/m1/674/ocr/: accessed October 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .