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he rented a farmn and engaged in agricultural
pursuits. About this time he decided to
abandon the practice of medicine and began
reading of law. So faithful was he in his
studies in this direction that, in 1873, lie was
licensed to practice and has continued in this
profession ever since. Ile settled in Georgetown,
in 1875, and has resided here continuously
ever since. The office of County Judge
was offered him in 1876, and he held it until
1878, when he was again elected, holding
the position until 1880. At that date he retired
from public office until 1888, when his
name again caine before the people as nominee
for the same office on the Democratic
ticket. So popular is he that he was elected
without opposition, and re-elected in 1890,
with a majority of 2,414 votes over his opponent
a Third Party man.
Judge Chessher was married, November 7,
1860, to Miss Elizabeth Bettie Daughtrey,
daughter of Bryant and Anna Daughtrey, of
Austin county, Texas. Four children have
been born to them, namely: Nora; Daniel S.,
Jr., married to Miss Laura Sinider, of Georgetown,
daughter of Captain J. W. Snider;
John B., with his father in his farming interests;
and Joe M., still at home. Both our
subject and his wife are members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church in which he is a
Trustee and Steward. He is also connected
with the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Commandery
and has filled the position of High
Priest of his lodge and District Deputy
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas,
beside serving as a delegate to many State
conventions. He is also a prominent member
of the Knights and Ladies of Honor, of
On his mother's side our subject comes of
illustrious stock. Her father, James Gaines,
was a member of the committee that declared
the independence of Texas in 1836, and, belonged
to the committee which drew up that
instrument and also the first constitution of
the State of Texas. Judge Chessher is well
known throughout the entire county. being
noted for his impartial judgment and fair decisions.
q/ W. JONES, a prominent and successful
man of Bastrop county, was born
on the farnl on which lie still resides,
in 1864, a son of Benjamin F. and
AMargaret V. (Wilson) Jones. The father
came to Texas with his father and brother,
G. W. Jones, in an early day, and engaged in
farming where our subject now resides. He
died April 21, 1884, leaving five children: G.
W., our subject; Rachel, wife of Dr. Powell;
Frankie, wife of Granville Winston, of Smithville;
and W. D. C. and James S., at home.
The mother is still living. Mr. Jones was a
member of the A. F. & A. M., Gaimble Lodge,
and of the R. A. M., Bastrop Lodge, No. 95.
G. W. Jones, the subject of this sketch,
was educated at Bastrop and Tehuacana,
Limestone county. At the age of twentyone
years he began work for himself, as manager
of his father's estate, which contained
1,200 acres in cultivation. January 1, 1893,
the property was divided, and Mr. Jones now
has 350 acres of share under a fine state of
improvement. In 1892 he embarked in the
drug business, in company with 0. G. Decherd,
under the firm name of C. Decherd &
Co. They erected a two-story brick building.
In 1890 Messrs. Jones and Powell purchased
a steam cotton gin and gristmill at Smithville,
which they still operate. Our subject
also owns an addition to the town of Smithville,
consisting of eight acres.
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