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0INDIDANI WARS IANDD PIONEE1S
Mason I). Cole, the oldest of the family of nine
children, was born in Pike County, Alabama, on his
father's farm, February 24, 1831. His boyhood
was for the most part spent in Macon County, Alabama,
and he there early engaged in agriculture
until the removal of the family to Louisiana and
soon after to Texas in 1849. He remained in Cass
County, this State, until he became identified with
the commissary department of the Confederate
government, in which he served during 1864 and
1865. He, in common with his fellow-countrymen,
suffered severe losses in consequence of the war;
but, gathering up the remnants of his estate, he embarked
in merchandising at Douglassville, Texas,
from 1865 to 1869, and in a measure repaired his
fortunes. His two brothers preceded him to Bryan
in 1867 and engaged in merchandising under the
firm name of Cole, Dansby Elk Horn, or
Pea Ridge, Arkansas; Corinth, Mississippi; and
those incident to all the great campaigns down to
Chattanooga, Tennessee, and on down into Georgia.
He returned to his home in Cass County after the
war and in 1867 went to Bryan and embarked in
merchandising in company with a younger brother,
Noah B. Cole, present junior member of the firm.
Mr. Cole married, October 21, 1869, in Brazos
County, Miss Nannie Walker, daughter of James
Walker, a pioneer of Brazos County. Nine children
born of this marriage are living, viz.: Mattie,
wife of Lemuel B. Hall, a well-known drug merchant
of Bryan; May, unmarried; Ella, wife, W. S.
Adams; Carl, Arrie, Alma, Nellie, Jasper, and
Ransom. Two, Claud and Earl, are deceased.
Mr. Cole is known in the financial circles of Texas
as the president of the Merchants and Planters
Bank of Bryan since 1889. He is also president
of the Bryan Cotton Seed Oil Mill.
Noah B. Cole, the director of the hardware store
of the firm, was born in Alabama, August 19, 1847,
the youngest of nine children, and lived on his
father's farm until 1864, when, at seventeen years
of age, he joined Lane's Regiment, so well known in
the history of the late war as the First Texas
Partisan Rangers, the services of which were confined
chiefly to the Trans-Mississippi Department.
He went through a lively Louisiana, Arkansas and
Missouri campaign of about eighteen months and at
the break-up returned home in August, 1865, unscathed.
He came with his elder brother, Jasper
N. Cole, to Bryan, in 1867, and engaged in business,
the outcome of which is three flourishing stores at
He has been twice married, first in 1879, to Miss
Mollie Rawles, who died December 5th, 1888, leaving
one son, Robert E. Cole. Mr. Cole married,
November 14, 1890, his second and present wife,
Miss Lula Davies, a daughter of Dr. Wm. Davies,
of Burleson County. Two children have been born
to them, viz.: Noah D., and Walter R. Cole.
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/222/: accessed March 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .