SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 501.
James S. Hefley Ė Much as moralists may decry the habit of money-getting, that habit when formed under the guidance of an intelligent mind and directed by an honest purpose, represents the essence of some of the best virtues attributable to man. Money is a good thing and the man who is capable of making it, who does make it and uses it wisely, is a valuable citizen in any community. The subject of his sketch is a money-maker. His right to be so designated is unquestioned. An heir by birth to some of those qualities which develop into the granite of strong menís natures, he had been jostled by events, and the jostling has wrought a surprising improvement.
Mr. Hefley is a son of William V. Hefley, an old citizen of Milam county, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume. The subject of this notice was born in Henderson county, Tennessee, January 28, 1854. The same year his parents moved to Texas and settled in this county. His boyhood and youth were spent on the farm three miles from Cameron. There, in the typical old log school-house, with batten doors, puncheon floor and slab seats, he received all the education he ever obtained.
In 1879, with a capital of $150, he started out for himself, opening a livery stable in Rockdale, Milam county. A year later he moved to Cameron, continuing in the same line. For thirteen years he has given his attention unremittingly to this business. His $150 investment, supplemented by a full measure of pluck, energy and persevering industry, has grown amazingly. He has a business now which represents at least $9,000, $5,000 in realty and $4,000 in live stock, vehicles and equipments. In addition to this he owns ten residences and two business houses in Cameron, and a farm of 212 acres, worth $3,500, six miles west of town. He has made all this in the last fourteen years.
In April 1891, he was elected Alderman of Cameron for a term of two years, one year of which he served as Mayor pro tem., was re-elected Alderman in April 1893, and was unanimously chosen Mayor pro tem. for one year. He has interested himself as one of his energy and nature might be expected to, both in the affairs of the town and county. A Democrat of the progressive type, he advocates those men and measures that promise the most lasting good to his locality and the public at large without reference to political brands or names. He is a member also of the Knights of Honor and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Mr. Hefley married, in Milam county, March 25, 1882, Miss Fannie A. Hefley, daughter of Samuel M. Hefley, and is the father of five children.
We must say a special thank you to Lyndal Fisher of San Angelo, Texas, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.
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