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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
Hnumbleton S. Mr. and Mrs. Eidiman and
foinr of the children are members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, in which Mr.
Eidmnan has served as Steward for a long
nulmbler of years, being also a member of the
building committee for the new church. He
has held all the offices in the K. of H., and
has served as Secretary and Financial Secretary
of the K. & L. of H. for over ten years.
Mr. Eidmnan is one of the most enterprising
and public-spirited citizens of Williamson
county, and his life is one of progression and
B ENJAMIN J. GRESHAM, a inerchant
of Smithville, was born in Bas.--
trop county. Texas, January 26, 1860,
a son of Joseph and Martha L. (Coats)
Greshain, natives of Georgia. The father
came to Texas in 1838, and engaged in farming
at Hill's prairie, Bastrop county. Two
years later he purchased a farm five miles
southeast of Webberville, on the old Walters'
league, where he was engaged in agricultural
pursuits until the opening of the war with
Mexico in 1846. He then entered the
United States service, and participated in
numerous battles. His death occurred in
1862. Mrs. Gresham still survives, and
makes her home with her children. They
were the parents of five children: Martha J.,
wife of J. M. Wilson; Antonette, now M[rs.
J. N. Sandifer; John W., the next in order
of birth; Anna, wife of J. W. Blair; and B.
J., the subject of this sketch. Mr. Gresham
was one of the most prominent Masons in the
State, having taken all the degrees in that
lodge from the first to the thirty-second. He
was also a member of the Methodist Episcopal
C hu rch.
Benjamin J. Gresham received his education
in the schools of Bastrop county. At
the age of twenty years he engaged in tlhe
mercantile business with W. IH. RIivers,
under the firm name of Rivers & Gresliamt,
at Elgin. Tllis firm continued from 1881 to
1889, although in 1887 Mr. Greshamn caine
to this city, wliere they established a branch
store. In 1889 they dissolved partnership,
our subject taking for his interest the store
of Smithville. He continued alone until
1891, and in that year entered into partnership
with E. H. Eagleston, under the firm
name of B. J. Gresham & Co. The firm
have two stores, in one of which they carry
dry goods, clothing, boots, shoes, groceries,
etc., and in the other hardware, saddles, furniture,
etc. They carry a stock amounting
to $10,000, and do an annual business of
about $35,000, employing three clerks during
the greater portion of the year.
Mr. Gresham was married in 1883 to Miss
Dora L. Davis, a daughter of Gallant Davis,
of Elgin, Texas. To this union have been
born. five children: Willer, Vernon, Bassil,
Shlerley and Charley. Mrs. Gresham is a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Our subject affiliates with the A. F. & A. M.,
J. Nixon Lodge, No. 421; with Bastrop
Chapter, No. 95, and the K. of P., Smithville
Lodge, No. 92. Mr. Greshamn is one of
the most enterprising young merchants of
Smithville, and is highly respected for his
honest and upright dealings witll all.
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y ETER J. GILL, one of the leading
farmers and country merchants of
Bastrop county, was born in Mississippi,
October 17, 1846, a son of
Robert and Sallie M. (Johnson) Gill, natives
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