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IINlDIA N AI1RS AND PIONYEERS OF TEXAS.
vance money to any one who has not proved himself
competent to accumulate something beyond
his expenses from year to year, however small his
capital may be at the outset. It has been said
that "success is the only measure of merit."
This truism applies not only to the making, or
accumulating of property but to all professions,
arts and sciences as well. Success is not a matter
of chance, the few exceptions noted by common
ex)erience proving rather than militating against
Show me your man who occupies a high and
useful place among his fellows and is adding to
the happiness and prosperity of the community
and country in which he lives anld, nine times out
of ten, I will show you a man who has made his
own way, and that, too, against all manner of
opposition, to the eminence, independence and
usefulness of his present station. The life of no
man who has made the world better or wiser by
living, or having lived, or who has added to the
comfort of his fellow-beings, or has set an example
worthy of emulation, ever has been or ever can be a
failure. To really fail is to fail in all these things.
There are men in Texas to-day whose lives are
like salt leavening the mass; whose lives are full
of wholesome lessons to the young; men whose
deeds have been prolific of good to the commonwealth;
men who have helped to lay broad and
deep the foundations of the State's greatness.
The development of natural resources and the
march of natural progress along all lines during
the past thirty years is without parallel in any other
period of time of thrice its length in the annals of
human history. This has been particularly marked
in the South since the war. She now no longer
mainly boasts of her statesmen and soldiers, but
tliat, from her best brain and purpose she has
evolved a race of able financiers and city builders.
Many railroads now traverse her hills and plains
and valleys, rich argosies ride at anchor in her
ports, furnaces glow deep red in her valleys, the
whiirr of ever-increasing spindles makes music in
her cities and a tide of hardy, industrious immigrants
is flowing into her waste places. Texas has
not been behind her sister States in the march of
industrial and commercial progress. A change
has been wrought that the most sanguine little
dreamed of in those sad days that followed after
the close of the war. The men who have been
leading workers in the bringing about of this wonderful
increase of wealth, unfolding of resources
and general development, are worthy of all praise.
They have made history
some of its brightest
pages. The enduring monuments that they have
erected are stately cities, great transportation lines
and churches, school houses and industrial enterprises.
One of the foremost of this band has been the
subject of this memoir, whose financial skill,
energy, liberality, patriotic purpose and constructive
genius have done much for Texas.
HENRY J. LUTCHER,
Henry J. Lutcher, one of the wealthiest saw-mill
operators in the United States and one of the most
widely known citizens of Texas, was born in
Williamsport., Pa., on the 4th of November, 1836.
His parents, Lewis and Barbara Lutcher, natives
of Germany, came to America in 1826 and located
in Williamsport, where they passed the remaining
years of their lives. The mother died in 1883 and
the father nine days later, leaving but little
The subject of this memoir was early thrown
upon his own resources. In 1857, he began business
upon his own account as a farmer and butcher
and continued in these pursuits for five years, during
which time he cleared about $15,000.00. He
then associated himself with John Waltman, under
the firm name of Lutcher
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