Mr. J. M. "Jim" Hooks, whose announcement for the office of district clerk appears in our column of announcements this week, was born in Hardin County, Tennessee, in 1876.
In 1882 he came with his father's family to Texas locating for one year in Red River county, near the state line. In 1883 the family removed to Milam county, settling in Cameron. Jim Hooks, as he is familiarly called, was then but 7 years of age, and he has since then for some nineteen years, made this town his home.
Four years ago he made the race for city assessor and collector of taxes and received the highest vote polled for any one candidate at that election. He was elected for a second term by a very large majority, and his term will not expire until next April.
His wife is a daughter of the late Maj. J. C. Rogers, one of the best known and most popular men that has ever resided in this county. Mr. Hooks is a young man of sobriety, genial disposition and pleasing manners. He is an excelletn penman and is thoroughly capable to fill the office to which he aspires. The position he now holds shows that he is popular with the people among whom he was raised, because they gave him one of the most important positions in the city government. The citizens of this city are properly exacting and men without merit can not reach important public stations in this city by a vote of the people. This is ample introduction for him. He is a democrat, in the strictest sense of that term and aided in making Cameron the Gibralter of Milam County democracy, and the banner democratic town in United States in 1896. Mr. Hooks is making a canvass of the county, and will meet all he can between now and the date of the primaries. We know him well and commend him as capable to discharge the duties of the office he seeks.
SOURCES: Cameron Herald, Thur., 23 Jan 1902
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