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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
JOHN C. WARD,
President of the Beaumont Ice and Electric Light
Company, was born at Titus County, Texas, in
1851. His parents were Andrew J. and Nancy
Ward. He was educated at Beaumont where his
parents moved when he was a boy. He resided at
Corpus Christi and San Antonio for four years and
then returned to Beaumont. His first business experience
was acquired when sixteen years of age as
shipping clerk in a saw mill. He remained in the
lumber business for about twenty years, beginning
work at fifteen dollars per month and at the close of
the time specified owned a business which he sold
for $56,000. After the sale of his mill interests he
embarked in the business in which he is now
engaged. His financial success is attributed to
perseverance, patience and judicious speculation.
He is a member of the Masonic fraternity.
He has been twice married, first to Miss Pickie
Kyle, of Jasper, Jasper County, Texas, in 1877,
and second in 1885 to Miss Belle Carroll, of Beaumont.
Four children were born of each union,
viz. Westley Kyle Ward, aged seventeen; James
Dalton Ward, aged fifteen; John Keith Ward, aged
thirteen years; Andrew Jackson Ward, living at
Jasper County, Texas, with his aunt, aged eleven;
Mena Belle Ward, aged eight; Henry Levy
Ward, aged seven; Carrol Ward, aged four, and
Seawillow Ward, aged two years. All of the children,
except Andrew J., are living at home.
Mr. Ward has had strong competition to contend
against. His success has been due to tireless
energy and superior capacity. He has moved
steadily to and now occupies a leading position at
the front among the brainy financiers of Texas.
There is no man better known or better liked in
Travis County than Mr. Jeff. Johnson, the subject
of this notice. He is identified with the agricultural
interests of the county, owning a well improved
farm of 456 acres at Dell Valley, but
resides in the city of Austin, where he has been
for many years engaged in business. He has for
some years past represented the Union Central
Life Insurance Company, Cincinnati, Ohio, one
of the leading institutions of the kind in the
Mr. Johnson was born January 8th, 1845, in
Clermont County, Ohio, and completed his education
at the Ohio Wesleyan University. His parents
were Benjamin and Asenath (Tribble) Johnson,
the former a native of New Jersey, and the latter
a native of the State of Ohio.
Mr. Johnson came to Texas in 1879 and settled
in Travis County, where he engaged in farming,
and has since resided. February 5th, 1879, he was
united in marriage to Miss Hattie Houston, daughter
of David Houston, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and
now (1896) has five children, viz., Benjamin,
Augusta, Adele, Helen, and Cornelia.
He is a member of the order of Knights Templar
in the Masonic fraternity, and is also a member
of the Tenth Street Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, in the city of his residence.
He was appointed one of the trustees of the
State Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb at Austin,
by Governor L. S. Ross, still retains that position,
and has served through the administrations of
Governors Ross, Hogg and Culberson, the greater
part of the time as the President of the Board of
Trustees, and at present occupies that responsible
He is a member of the Free School Board of
Travis County, and is Chairman of the Democratic
Executive Committee of the county.
In 1894 he was, prior to the assembling of the
Democratic State Convention, chairman of Hon.
John H. Reagan's campaign committee.
He is a Democrat, true and tried, a man of
exceptionally fine judgment, has the rare faculty of
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/467/: accessed June 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .