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Eugene L. Lawrence

SOURCE: Paddock, B. B., Capt., ed. A History of Central and Western Texas B Compiled from Historical Data Supplied by Commercial Clubs, Individuals and Other Authentic Sources. Chicago, IL: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1911, p. 669.

Eugene L. Lawrence, M.D., a prominent young physician of Thorndale, Texas, is a native of Giddings, this state, and a son of L. E. and Luana (Sample) Lawrence.

L. E. Lawrence was born and reared in Mississippi. He came to Texas just after the close of the Civil war and settled at Giddings, where he engaged in farming and stock raising, which he has since followed successfully, with the exception of a few years when he devoted his attention to photographic work. Today he is one of the well-known farmers of his locality. He married Miss Luana Sample, a native of the ALone Star state,@ whose parents had taken up their residence here previous to the Civil war, they having come hither from Alabama, where they were married. The Samples were originally from New Jersey.

To L. E. Lawrence and wife ten children were born, namely: H. A. Lawrence, Eugene L. Lawrence, Lemuel E. Lawrence, Jr., Annie B. Lawrence, wife of O. W. Oliver; Fred H. Lawrence, Zion B. Lawrence, Ralph B. Lawrence, Jessie R. Lawrence, Theodore H. Lawrence and Rufus M Lawrence.

His father a farmer, Eugene L. Lawrence passed his boyhood days attending country school and assisting with the farm work. Later he was a student at the Taylor High School, and from 1897 to 1903 was engaged in teaching. In the meantime he decided to fit himself for the medical profession, and by teaching pave his way to and through the medical department of the University of Nashville, Tennessee, where he graduated as a member of the class of 1906-7. In April 1907, he came to Thorndale and opened an office, and soon established himself in a successful practice in the town and surrounding country for a radius of eight miles. And in addition to his general practice here he is local surgeon for the I. & G. N. Railroad Company.

In November 1900, Doctor Lawrence married Miss Agnes Sides, daughter of J. J. and Luana (Olive) Sides, natives of Texas and North Carolina respectively. J. J. Sides came with his parents to this state at an early day, and has ever since been identified with farming here, having extensive interests. He and his wife are the parents of seven children: Charlotte Sides, wife of J. L. Hill; T. J. Sides; Agnes Sides, wife of the subject of this sketch; James E. Sides, Fannie E. Sides, Allie Sides and Frank Sides.

Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence have three children: Windel R. Lawrence, Orville D. Lawrence and Eloise Lawrence.

Politically the Doctor is a Democrat. Fraternally he is associated with the A. F. & A. M., the I. O. O. F., the W. O. W. and M. W. A. at Thorndale.

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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