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Leonard Isaacs

SOURCE: Paddock, B. B., Capt., ed. A History of Central and Western Texas – Compiled from Historical Data Supplied by Commercial Clubs, Individuals and Other Authentic Sources. Chicago, IL: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1911, p. 665-666.

Leonard Isaacs - Mr. Isaacs belongs to the distinctively influential and enterprising men who have made Rockdale the little commercial center it now is. He was born in Lavaca county, Texas, in a farm, November 26, 1854. His father, Dr. A. C. Isaacs, was one of the first physicians to settle in Cameron after the war, and he became one of the most influential citizens of Milam county. He was born in Tennessee, but came to Texas in 1848 and located at that time in Lavaca county, this having been during the early history of that community and when it was very sparsely settled. Milam county was also very thinly settled and in an unimproved condition when he established his home in Cameron in 1866, and he remained there for eight years and then moved to the country and began farming. He was a slave owner in Lavaca county and one of its leading men, but after coming to Cameron he was obliged to make a new start without the help of slave labor, and after moving to the country he was elected to the state legislature, in 1876 and served for two years.

Dr. Isaacs was three times married, wedding first Elizabeth Hunnicutt, and there were four children of that marriage, namely: John F. Isaacs, whose home is in Eldorado, Texas; Leonard Isaacs, the subject of this review; Bettie Isaacs, the deceased wife of J. L. Lockett, of Rockdale; and Dr. A. Y. Isaacs, a practicing physician of Rockdale.

The Doctor’s second marriage was to Miss Alice O’Neil, from Alabama and a niece of Governor O’Neil of that state, and they had five children: Basil Isaacs, A. C. Isaacs, Edgar Isaacs, Lucinda Isaacs (wife of Buck Powers) and Robert Isaacs.

For his third wife he chose Miss Cora Barmore, and they reared two children, Weaver Isaacs and Irvine Isaacs.

Dr. Isaacs died in 1898.

Leonard Isaacs began his business life in a clerical capacity in Cameron, and in 1874 he opened one of the first grocery houses in Rockdale, and he has ever since been identified with the business life of this city. He is the president of the Gaither and Tanner Company, which consolidated with the Isaacs and Lockett grocery business in 1908 and formed one of the leading mercantile houses of Milam county. He is also the president of the Electric Light and Water Company of Rockdale. In 1882 he was elected the city’s secretary and treasurer, an office he is holding at the present time, having remained its incumbent throughout all these intervening years. And aside from all this he takes quite an interest in farming, owning as he does some five hundred acres of excellent farming land, all under a splendid state of cultivation.

Mr. Isaacs married first Miss Alice Brodnax, from Virginia, a daughter of D. W. and Jane (Merideth) Brodnax, the eighth born of their nine children, four sons and five daughters. The two children of this union are Leonard B. Isaacs, a practicing attorney at Birmingham, Alabama, and Mabel A. Isaacs, deceased, as is also the wife and mother, who passed away in 1878.

In 1880 Mr. Isaacs wedded Miss Annie King, born in Milam county, a daughter of Kenneth A. and Bettie (Letcher) King. The six children in the King family are: Dr. F. B. King, living in Houston; Annie King, who became the wife of Mr. Isaacs; Dr. Ben R. King, a dentist in Fort Worth; Dr. N. K. King, of Dallas; Harry T. King, a practicing attorney in Abilene, Texas; and Dr. K. A. King, a dentist in Dallas.

Mr. and Mrs. Isaacs have two children, Burford K. Isaacs, a practicing lawyer and the present city attorney of Abilene, Texas; and Conn R. Isaacs, assistant cashier of the First National Bank of Rockdale.

Mr. Isaacs is a member of the Baptist church and in Masonry has attained to membership in the Shrine.

We must say a special thank you to Karin Galindo of Omaha, NE, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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