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INDIAN I,ARS AND PIONEERAS OF TEXA,-S.
in Texas, the subject of this memoir secured a
clerkship in a store at Daingerfield and remained in
that place for nearly three years. In 1852 he married
Miss Mary A. Aikin, daughter of Col. W. B.
Aikin, then a resident of Cass Connty, Texas.
After marrying he moved to and engaged in farming
in Cass County, in which pursuit he continued
until the beginning of the war between the States in
18fl. He then enlisted in Company G., 19th Texas
Infantry, and was elected First Lieutenant of the
company. He served with fidelity and courage
throughout the struggle, a struggle that has no
counterpart in the annals of human history.
Among other engagements he participated in those
at Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, Jenkins' Ferry, Perkins'
Landing, Millican's Bend and the smaller fights in
Louisiana incidental to the defeat of Banks' army
and its being driven back to the lower part of that
State. In 1864, he was assigned to the Quartermaster's
department, in wLich he remaine(i until
the final surrender of the Confederate forces.
When he returned home after the war he owned
but little property, neve theless he possessed
enough to establish himself, in a small way as a
merchant and farmer in Red River County, where
he remained until 1870. In January of that year
he moved to Paris, Texas, and followed merchandising
there until 1877, when his stock, upon which
he carried no insurance, was burned in the fire of
that year that almost destroyed the town. After
sustaining this serious loss he devoted his attention
for a time exclusively to the management of his
various farms, but later acquired a considerable
interest in the Farmers but, owing to failing health, retired
from that position, and is now vice-president of the
bank. Capt. Connor is one of the largest landholders
in his section of the State. He is a member
of the M. E. Church, South, of thirty-three
years standing. He has six children: W. A., now
a farmer in Red River County; E. S., a prominent
lawyer at Paris; O. C., Jr., a cotton merchant and
farmer at Paris; Pearl, wife of John T. Dickson,
a leading merchant of Paris; Daisy, wife of P. J.
Pierce, a cotton merclhant of Paris; and Erminia,
wife of E. F. Bray, a representative of the Brown
Slhoe Company, of St. Louis, resident at Paris.
Since the war Capt. Connor has been uninterruptedly
engage(d in farming and has had as much
as three thousand acres under cultivation at one
IHe is in every respect a representative man and
citizen, has been an active promoter of every enterprise
inaugurated for the benefit of his section, and
enjoys the respect and esteem of his fellow-citizens,
among whom he has spent the best years of an
active and useful life.
The subject of this brief memoir is one of the
well-known and successful pioneers of the lower Rio
Grande Valley and probably lias done as much if
not more, than any living pioneer to develop its
resources. He is a native of France, born at Lasscube,
in the department of Basses Pyrenees. His
father, John Jagou, was a respected citizen and
property owner of that department. Young Jagou
received a partial education in the school of the
Christian Brotherhood in his native town and at
about the age of twelve years, his services being
needed at home, left school.
Two years later he entered a liquor distilling
establishment and learned the business. He was
restless and ambitious to accomplish something in
the world and, upon hearing the glowingceports
current of tile opportunities offered young men in
the United States, embarked from his native land in
1859, for New Orleans. There he remained until
1862, and then made his way to Bagdad, Mexico,
and very soon thereafter went to Matamoros,
Mexico. Matamoros was at that time the best
business point on the gulf coast, the depot for all
the cotton shipments of the Southern States, and a
city of about 100,000 people, which prosperous
state of affairs continued during the Civil War only.
At Matamoros, young Jagou was engaged in the
cotton-pressing business. When the war was ended,
all lines of business at Matamoros declined and
the people disappeared like the melting of the
In 1863, Mr. Jagou opened a store in Browns
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