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IHISTORY OF TEXAS.
A. M. Vandivere was reared mainly in
Aiabama. Accompanying his parents to
Texas in 1861, he entered the Confederate
service here two years later, enlisting in May,
1863, in the Fourth Arizona Cavalry for
frontier service in Texas. I-e Ferved on the
border from that date till the close of hostilities.
For three years after the war he was
variously engaged, attending school part of
the time at Baylor Uniivertity, then at Independence.
He came with his parents to Milam
county in 1868, and settled on a farmn
near Maysfield, where lie engaged in agricultural
pursuits, first with his father, and later
alone, and there he has since resided. In 1868
Mr. Vandivere was united in marriage to
Miss Annie McKinney, a daughter of Jasper
McKinney, one of Milain county's old citizens,
and a sister of Hon. J. M. McKinney, a sketch
of whom appears elsewhere in this work. To
this union one child has been born: Bulah,
now the wife of I. R. Glenn.
Mr. and Mrs. Vandivere are members of
the Baptist Church, having held a membershid
in the Little River Baptist Church about
twenty-two years. He is also a Mason, as
was his father, both being active, zealous
members, belonging to Little River Lodge
No. 397. Mr. Vandivere is a Democrat, as
was his father before him, stanch in the
support of the principles of the party and
loyal to its nominees.
sE mM. SCARBROUGH, senior member
of the firm of Scarbrough & Hicks,
-I merchants of Rockdale and Austin,
was born in Calhoun county, Alabama, May
19, 1846. He was reared in his native
county to the age of seventeen, 'i/en, in
June, 1864, he entered the Confederate army,
enlisting in Comnpany A, Fifty-first Alabama
Cavalry, with which he served during the remainder
of the war. From 1865 to 1867 he
resided in Alabama, engaged in farming and
other pursuits. He then came to Texas, and
stopping at Bryant's Station, Milam county,
clerked for the firm of Hale & Evans, merchants
of that place, until 1870. At that
date Hale & Evans moved to Hearne, Mr.
Scarbrough accompanying them and remaining
in their employ for about four years.
With the arrival of the International & Great
Northern Railway at Rockdale, in February,
1874, the firm of Hale & Co. which had been
formed a few months previous, opened a store
in Rockdale, Mr. Scarbrough taking an interest
in the business and becoming the silent
partner of the firm. The partnership lasted
until the death of General Hale, in 1882,
when, his estate having been wound up, the
firm of Scarbrough & Hicks was formed, Mr.
R. H. Hicks, who had been with Hale & Co.
for some years as book-keeper, becoming a
partner in interest. Mr. Scarbrough gave
his attention actively to the business with
which he was connected at Rockdale until
1889, when, for reasons other than of a business
nature, he moved to Austin. For about
four years he lived somewhat in retirement,
but in February, 1893, opened a dry goods
and men's furnishing house in Austin, to
which lie is'now devoting his time and attention.
The houses of Scarbrough & Hicks at
Austin and Rockdale, are two of the strongest
mercantile establishments in central
Texas, and stand, each in its respective place,
at the head of the business interests of those
November 7, 1877, Mr. Scarbrough married
Miss Ada R. Ledbetter, a daughter of
Isaac and Julia Ledbetter, who moved to
Texas in 1853, settling in Milam county.
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