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forts, however, were undiminished, and
throughout the troublous times of 1861-'65
he devoted his entire energies to relieving the
wants of the families of Confederate soldiers
and to producing, from the fruitful fields
under his.supervision, the sinews of war.
On account of his professional attainments,
his executive ability and his general standing
in the community, he was the mainstay
of a large number of people in the locality
where he lived. But with the enforcement
of the proclamation of emancipation and the
great drainage of resources necessitated by
the war, Dr. Isaacs found himself at the
close of hostilties, like thousands of others,
stripped of almost all his property and placed
practically where he had begun ten years before.
Converting what he had into money,
he moved in 1866 to Milam county, settling
at Cameron, where he began the practice of
medicine and continued to reside there, engaged
in active professional duties, until
1873. Having in the meantime bought land,
he settled on it in the last named year, and
since then has given his attention almost exclusively
to his farming interests. He is
now one of the largest and most successful
farmers of Milam county, owning 3,000 acres
of land, more than one-third of which is in
cultivation, and all of which is susceptible of
it, which produces well of the staple products,
corn and cotton.
He has always allied himself with the interests
and influences favorable to the farming
community, and has been recognized as a
champion of the rights of the agricultural
class in all movements affecting their welfare.
He has been active at different times in
politics and has been honored with official
trusts. He represented Milam county in the
fifteenth Legislature-the first general assembly
following the date of the adoption
of the present constitution,-and took part
in the important legislative proceedings incidental
to the inauguration of the present
judicial, fiscal and economic system. Up to
within a few years Dr. Isaacs always affiliated
with the Democratic party and was always
loyal to its principles, as enunciated in its
platforms and official organs; but he has of
late become dissatisfied with the old party,
and has elected on several occasions to pursue
an independent course with reference to
pending issues. In 1892 he was made the
nominee of lie People's party for the State
Senate, and, although defeated, made a good
race and won considerable popularity among
the people of this section.
Dr. Isaacs is a man of strong personality,
accustomed to doing his own thinking and
fearless in the expression of his views. His
standing in the community where he lives is
of the first order, and he has many friends.
Even those who differ from him widely in
matters of opinion respect him for his devotion
to what he believes to be right, and for
the courage and earnestness with which he
maintains his views.
W ^ ]}\P. DEVER, proprietor of a livery,
feed and sale stable of Georgetown,
was born in Texas, June 22, 1838,
a son of William Dever, a native of North
Carolina. The father left his native State
at the age of seventeen years, and in 1824
located on the Brazos river, near the town of
Washington, Texas. He was a member of
Houston's army, and would have participated
in the battle of San Jacinto, but during that
time was sent up the river to move all the
families east of the. Brazos. Hle was a prominent
Indian fighter, took an active part in
the Mexican war, as a scout, and was one of a
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