A. J. Adrian

Ben Wheeler, Texas
Information transcribed from The Southland Vol. XII. No 1
Waco, Texas; Established March, 1892

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A. J. Adrian's family came from Georgia in the early days. John David Adrian, his father, was one of the first citizens of Smith county, and was one of the earliest representatives of that county to the legislature. He was also a charter member of the First Baptist church in Tyler. He was both prominent and useful in the early settlement of that county and in early Texas. In 1895 he married Miss Sarah McAdams. They became the parents of six children, two of whom are living. A. J. himself was born May 20, 1859, in Smith county, and was educated in the common schools, but in 1882 went to Summerhill select school at Omen, the school that has educated so many of the good citizens of the surrounding counties. He is a druggist and began his vocation five years ago. In 1888 he married Miss Mary Chandler. He came to Van Zandt county from Smith county twenty-five years ago. It is an old Texas family and Mr. Adrian is not in any way ashamed of the fact. When his father was elected to the legislature he had to go to Austin on horseback. The family have been here all the while and have watched the state develop from a wilderness to one of the best countries in the world. He is one of the firm of Tucker and Adrian, druggists. They are alive to the interests of their section and are doing their share in the support and development of their excellent little city.

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