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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
on a farm on the Brazos river in Bosque County,
and soon, in connectioh with this pursuit, engaged
in stock raising; in 1887 was. appointed Sheriff
and served four years; in 1892 was elected to the
office and re-elected in 1894.
He was married in 1888 to Miss Lelia Bifle, a
native of Bosque County, and daughter of John
Bifle, an early settler, who was also Sheriff of the
county for a number of years. Two children have
been born to them: Addie, and an infant daughter.
Mr. Metcalf is a Royal Arch Mason, a member of
the Blue Lodge and Chapter at Meridian and of the
Commandery at Cleburne. He is also a member
of the Sheriffs' Association of Texas. Since 1885
he has made his home at Meridian. He is still
identified with the farming interests of his section,
owning a fine prairie farm near Meridian, consisting
of two hundred acres under cvltivation and
several hundred in pasture. He has made and is
making a most valuable and acceptable public
official and is considered one of the most vigilant
and efficient sheriffs in Texas.
Hon. Thomas Carson, of Brownsville, Texas,
was born in County Down, Ireland, March 12th,
1838; received a liberal education in the Church
of England and parish schools; when seventeen
years of age came to America; had various experiences,
and, after engaging in the cotton business
at Mobile, Ala., for some time, became
business manager for Charles Stillman, and moved
to Brownsville, Texas, in 1871, where he could
give his personal attention to the diverse and
extensive interests of that pioneer investor in land
within and adjacent to the limits of that city.
Since the death of Mr. Stillman he has managed
the affairs of the estate.
He has pointed the way for many extensive
enterprises, which would have placed Brownsville
in a much more exalted position than she occupies
to-day had he been properly supported and seconded
by the community at large; but, the spirit
of conservatism, and the hesitancy to disturb the
primitive business methods of this completely isolated
city, have acted as constant stumbling blocks
in his way, and prevented progress, to a great
degree. Nevertheless, he knows that the value of
his plans remains undiminished, and quietly bides
the time when his work will be appreciated at its
In connection with the Stillman estate, he has
had 1,200 acres in the city of Brownsville plotted
into lots, and placed in marketable shape, by the
New York and Brownsville Improvement Company.
He is agent for a tract of land on which
is situated La Sal del Rey (the King's Salt), one
of the most wonderful salt lakes in the world; has
interests in immense fisheries on the coast of Mexico,
near Tampico, and is a joint owner of Mexican
silver and lead mines.
In an official capacity, the Hon. Thomas Carson
has been closely connected with the city and county
governments for a long term of years. He has
been successively installed as Mayor at every election
since 1879. In the fall election of 1892 he
was elected Judge of the County Court of Cameron
County, which of necessity vacated his office of
Mayor; but he continued to act in the latter
capacity until his successor was legally elected.
His services as a County Commissioner were gracefully
acknowledged by the citizens of the county by
placing him on the bench in 1892, where he has
presided with dignity, and exerted a powerful influence
Mr. Carson has been a principal promoter of
every public movement inaugurated in recent years
for the upbuilding of the town and section in which
he resides, and has thoroughly identified himself
with their best interests socially, financially and
politically, and no citizen of Brownsville is more
generally and highly esteemed.
He was married in Mobile, Ala., January 20th,
1870, to Miss Lydia C. Truwit. They have one
of the most elegant and best appointed homes in
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/487/: accessed May 28, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .