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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
came direct from Scotland to Ohio, where
Mrs. Garrett was probably born. Mr. and
Mrs. Garrett were the parents of eight children,
viz.: Isabella, wife of W. S. Sheek, of
Missouri; Mary, wife of John Jones, of Missouri;
Rebecca, now Mrs. Anderson, of Nebraska;
Adeline, deceased, was the wife of
W. F. Sheek; David, deceased; Henry, our
subject; Andrew, of Colorado; and Isaiah, of
Texas. The father died in Robinsonville,
Henry county, Missouri, in 1860. The war
coining on about that time, Mrs. Garrett was
left with eight children to care for, and she
resided at Leesville, Missouri, until the close
of that struggle. The eldest son, David
Garrett, was compelled to enter the service,
and he joined Company C, Forty-fifth Infantry,
United States Army, in the Army of
Tennessee. His first engagement was at
Jeff#erson City, where his company was engaged
with the remainder of the command
in fighting General Price's army. Mr. Garrett
was killed between Johnsville and Nashville,
Tennessee, in what is known as the
battle of Nashville.
Harry Garrett, the subject of this sketch,
moved with his father to Marion county,
Missouri. in 1858, in 1859 went to Bentun
county, that State, and one year later located
at Robinsonville, Henry county. On account
of the death of his father and eldest brother
during the war, he was left in charge of his
mother and younger brothers and sisters.
After it became necessary for people to take
sides with one cause or the other, Mr. Garrett
cast his lot with the United States forces
and joined the Seventh Missouri Cavalry for
three months, but was afterward transferred
to Company C, Eighth Regiment of thirteen
veterans, for the remainder of the war. He
participated in all the battles fought against
General Price on his raid through to Missouri
from Jefferson City to Big Blue, and at the
latter place Mr. Garrett received a severe,
flesh wound in the left leg. Previous to this
he was wounded in the chest by a bashwhacker.
This would probably have proved
fatal had not the same ball first penetrated the
upper portion of his horse's head. The
animal fell on Mr. Garrett, and the same
person who shot him would have completed
his work had not an officer arrested his hand.
Our subject was carried fifty miles on horseback
before surgical aid could be found.
After the close of the struggle he returned
to Henry county, Missouri, where he learned
the trade of distiller of spirits and malt
liquors, and followed that occupation two and
a half years. He was next employed as
manager of a farm three years, and during
that time also followed freighting from Sedalia
to various places. In the latter part of
1869 Mr. Garrett began staging, following
various occupations from 1870 to 1871, in
the latter year began farming during the
summer and railroading in the winter, and
in 1872 came to Texas. After arriving in
this State he found employment in the livery
stable of L. S. Owens, ex-Governor of Arizona,
for one year, after which he began
railroad work on the Choctaw division of the
Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad, where
he remained eighteen months before receiving
an engine. He remained on that division
seven years, was then given a run from
Denison to Fort Worth, afterward from the
latter city to Waco, from 1882 to 1886 ran
from Alvarado to this city, and since that
year has been on the Bastrop division, from
Taylor to Boggy Tank, a run of ninety-eight
miles a day. Mr. Garrett has been engaged
in railroad work since September 17, 1878,
and from that date until January 5, 1898,
has never missed a pay. day. In 1879 he
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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/m1/770/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .