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. ____.
A. J. Grubbs, secretary and treasurer of Strauss, Grubbs and Company, dealer in general merchandise, Thorndale, Texas was born in Grimes county, this state, in 1875.
His parents, Samuel J. and Susan (Gunter) Grubbs, natives of Alabama and Tennessee respectively, came to the “Lone Star” state soon after their marriage and settled in Grimes county, where about a year later Mr. Grubbs died, leaving A. J. Grubbs, their only child, with his young widowed mother.
Mrs. Grubbs subsequently became the wife of Captain L. L. Lee, and when the boy was three years of age they moved to Milam county, where he was reared. He finished his schooling with a one year’s course at the Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, after which he engaged in farming. For two years he cultivated rented land, then he bought a farm of rich black land in Milam county, which he operated nine years, carrying on general farming and stock raising, and at the end of that time sold out and moved to Thorndale. That was in 1904.
During the first year of his residence here he was engaged in a livery business, following which he was for three or four years a member of the German Mercantile Company, and on March 1, 1909, the present firm of Strauss, Grubbs and Company was organized. This firm established a general mercantile business, with a full line of dry goods, boots and shoes, gents’ furnishings, groceries, etc., the stock selected to suit both town and country trade and to the value of nearly twenty thousand dollars. Seven persons are employed in the establishment.
When in his twenty-first year Mr. Grubbs married Miss Alice V. Sides, and they are the parents of two children, Lovard G. Grubbs and Homer C. Grubbs. Mrs. Grubbs’ father died when she was quite small, and her mother subsequently became the wife of J. C. Copeland, by whom she has three children, Una Copeland, Beula Copeland and Lenace Copeland. By her first husband she also had three children, Mrs. Grubbs and her two brothers, Malcolm Sides and George Sides.
Mr. Grubbs is a member of Thorndale Lodge, No. 987, A. F. & A. M., of which he is tyler, and of Thorndale Lodge, No. 280, K of P. Politically he is a Democrat. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
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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