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Mrs. Scarbrough was born in this county,
July 1, 1857, and was here reared. On the
death of her mother in 1864, she, with her
twin sister, Ida, now Mrs. Dr. E. J. Powell,
of Maysfield, Milam county, was given to an
older sister, Mrs. Lizzie Wilson, by whom
both were reared, receiving every advantage
that Mrs. Wilson's ample means and social
position could obtain for them. After her
marriage Mrs. Scarbroough entered at once,
with all the ardor and devotion of an intelligent
and affectionate nature, into the plans
and purposes of her husband, and for fourteen
and a half years she bore him a faithful
companionship. She died May 24, 1892.
The cause of her death was an hereditary
trouble developed by an attack of la grippe
during the winter of 1890-'91. This attack
left her with a cough, which, even under the
best medical treatment and most skillful nursing,
refused to be cured. Knowing of the
hereditary lung trouble in the family, steps
were early taken to prevent the cough from
running into an attack on the seat of vitality,
two special examinations by the family
physician and one by two of the most eminent
physicians of the State being made, and
other measures, including a trip north during
the summer of 1891, being taken for her
relief. But all efforts failed, and after a
lingering illness covering several months,
during which time she had every attention
demanded by her condition, being attended
constantly by the best physicians, by her
family and numerous lady friends of Austin
and Rockdale, she passed away. She left five
children. The four eldest were born in Rockdale:
Emerson M., September 3, 1878; Julia
McRay, October 25, 1879; Ada Pearl,
February 17, 1881; John W., October 20,
1885; the youngest, Lemnuel, was born in
Austin, September 13, 1889.
Wherever lie has resided Mr. Scarbrough
has alway been identified with the best interest
around him. HIe was a memlner of the
Board of Aldermen of Rockdale, Mayor of
the town, Chairman of the School Board, and
active and liberal in his efforts in behalf of
the public good.
Having mnet with more than the average
measure of success, hie appreciates and rates
at their true value his accumulations, and
wisely uses then for his own and the good of
others. He has given financial aid to a nunmber
of young men of his acquaintance, enabling
them to make successful starts in business,
and has in other instances lent aid to
young ien in securing educational advantages.
Ile has thus created enduring friendships
among young men of his acquaintance
and opened the way to a number of successful
and honorable careers.
1T wJ. GASSAWAY, of Jones Prairie,
Milam county, was born in Talbot
county, Georgia, in 1829, and when
eight years of ave his parents removed
to Harris county, that State, where he resided
until nearly grown. He was a farmer's
boy and secured only such education as was
afforded by the common country schools.
At the age of twenty (1849) he went to Louisiana,
locating in what was then Claiborne,
now Webster parish, where he commenced
life for himself as an overseer, which occupation
he followed for four years. By economy
and industry he wab enabled to lay up a small
sum of money with which he embarked in
farming, following the same peacefully until
the troublous times of 1861. The second
year of the war he enlisted in the Minden
Rangers, which was a company raised in
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