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H. G. Grimes

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. ____.

H. G. Grimes is one of Milano’s oldest business men, and he has maintained his residence here since 1897. During the greater part of this time he has been one of the city’s successful merchants, but in recent years he has put aside the care of an active business life and is now living quietly retired, though he takes an active and helpful interest in all things pertaining to the betterment of his community. On the paternal side he descends from a Welsh family, but they came to this country from England.

Robert O. Grimes, the paternal grandfather of H. G. Grimes, participated in the war of 1812 and in the battle of New Orleans. He became well known as a planter and slave owner, as did also his father before him. The family had come to America prior to the war for independence, and several of its members fought under General Washington.

Samuel Grimes, the father of H. G. Grimes, moved to eastern Mississippi in about 1854, locating in Washington county and engaging in farming. He was too advanced in years to take part in the war between the north and the south, but he rendered invaluable service in those dark days in taking care of the soldiers’ families. A regiment of Louisiana cavalry passed through that part of the country in the latter part of 1864, and Mr. Grimes with others suffered the loss of much cotton in the bale, the soldiers, they said, confiscating it to prevent General Banks, who was then passing through Louisiana and Arkansas, from doing so. The close of the war found Mr. Grimes unable to return to farming as in former days, and in 1867 he sold his land at less than the purchase price and came to Texas.

After a few years in Limestone county, where he had first settled, he moved to Bell county, settling not far from where Temple now stands, and he died there in 1871, his widow surviving him until 1874. She was before marriage Marguerite Malcomb, of a family who came to this country in an early day from Scotland and settled in Virginia.

Four sons and a daughter were born to Samuel L. and Marguerite Grimes, namely: Thomas L. Grimes, who was killed at the battle of Vicksburg in 1863; Virgil R. Grimes, who died in 1866 from wounds received during the siege of Vicksburg; H. G. Grimes, the subject of this review; Marion A. Grimes, a cattleman in northern Texas; and Alice E. Grimes, the only daughter, the wife of T. B. Tibbetts, of Mexico City, Mexico.

H. G. Grimes, born in the Old Dominion state April 14, 1840, was but a boy when the war began between the north and the south, but he enlisted in the service, in Company B, Fourth Mississippi Infantry, and served throughout the entire struggle. He was in the battles fought by General Johnston around Vicksburg and Jackson, Mississippi, and was wounded at Black River, near that city, just after the surrender, having been shot through the shoulder. He was paroled and returned home, his wound preventing him from again joining the army, and for several years after the close of the war his arm was too weak to enable him to do any heavy work. Shortly after coming with his father to Texas he began teaching a subscription school, later became a clerk in a store, and he was one of the first to open a store at Lott in Falls county. After some years there he began ranching in Jack county, and for a number of years afterward devoted his time to handling cattle, buying and shipping as well as raising. He located at Milano in 1897, and has since been prominently identified with the city’s interests. His political sympathies are with the Democratic party.

Mr. Grimes has two living children, a son and a daughter, Harry Grimes, of Houston, Texas, and Minnie Grimes, the wife of Robert R. Stillwell a conductor on the Texas & Pacific Railroad and residing at Dallas.

Mrs. Grimes, to whom he married in Falls county, Texas, in 1872, was Annie Mitchell, a native of Mississippi and a daughter of Richard and Nancy Mitchell, who came to Texas in about 1867.

He was engaged in stock dealing during the few years he lived after coming to this state, and he was accidentally killed among his stock about 1875. Mr. and Mrs. Grimes attend the services of the Methodist Episcopal church, and he is also a stanch temperance worker.

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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