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HISOR OF TX A . 1
fant, and his father, William H. Steele, comTmitted
the care of Moses to his brother, John
A. Steele. Moses spent his boyhood days in
Kentucky with his uncle, and began his business
life in Nashville, Tennessee, afterward
returning to Hardin county, Kentucky. In
1855 he came on a business trip to Georgetown,
Texas, and a month later returned to
Kentucky, but was so pleased with the people,
climate and country of Texas that he returned
in the fall of the same year. He was
employed as clerk by the most prominent
merchants, E. V. Talbot, Josiah Taylor and
M. M. Rogers. In 1860 he embarked in
merchandising, in Georgeton, on his own responsibility,
and in October, of the same
year, was married. The war soon came on,
a financial crisis occurred, and at the close of
the struggle Mr. Steele was penniless. He
then tried farming, but failed in that enterprise;
next' embarked in hotel-keeping, and
later opened a store in connection with his
hotel. He next dropped the hotel and connected
banking business with his store, and
subsequently sold the store and directed his
energies to the banking business. Mr. Steele
was a kind and provident father, a devoted
and affectionate husband, and his death,
which occurred March 17, 1889, at the age of
fifty-five years, left a void in the business
and social circles of the town which will long
be remembered. In early life lie displayed
that energy and business capacity that in
later life enabled him, purely by his own unaided
efforts, to have a competency for his
declining years. The mother of our subject
is a daughter of John J. and Jane (Williams)
Ake. The father, a native of Alabama, afterward
removed to Arkansas, and in 1850
came to Williamson county. He was first a
hotel keeper, next a farmer, was widely and
favorably known, and his death occurred in
1864, at the age of fifty-three years. Botl
he and his wife were members of tihe Christian
Church. The latter died in 1873, also
aged fifty-three years. Mrs. Steele, their
only child, is still living, an honored resident
of Georgetown, and a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church for many years. Mr.
and Mrs. Steele had seven children, namely:
Mary, wife of Beaumnont Leavel. of this city;
Jennie. widow of E. H. Slaton and a resident
of Georgetown; Jack, our subject; Bell was
the next in order of birth; William IH., a
clerk and bookkeeper in the bank; Susie, a
pupil of the collegiate department of the
Southwestern University, in the class of
1892; and Nellie, a member of the same class
but now in school at Staunton, Virginia.
Jack Steele, the subject of this sketch, attended
the Southwestern University, and after
completing his education was employed as
bookkeeper and collector in his father's bank.
Since bis father's death he has had complete
control of the bank. Mr. Steele was married
in 1889, to Miss May Horton, a daughter of
Rev. II. C. Horton, a minister of the Methodist
Episcopal Church at Seguin, Texas.
She is one of a large family of children, and
the parents are still living. Mr. and Mrs.
Steele have one child, M. E. Mrs. Steele is a
member of the Methodist Church. Our subject
affiliates with the K. of P., in which he
is Master of the Exchequer. He takes no
interest in politics.
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fjf ARRY GARRETT, one of the leading
railroad engineers of Taylor, was born
in Ohio, in 1845, a son of Gaorge and
Susan (Davis) Garrett, the former a
native of Ohio, and of Pennsylvania-German
descent, and the latter of Scotch parentage.
The maternal grandfather of our subject
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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/m1/769/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .