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Is one of the genial spirits, and one of the useful men of Van Zandt county. The Chrestman family came from North Carolina, but came to Texas and Van Zandt county in 1845. The grandfather's name was John W. Chrestman, and he was a farmer. The father's name is L. M. Chrestman, commonly known as Pone. He is a farmer and lives about four miles from Grand Saline and was born and reared in the county, and of course is well entitled to the pseudonym of old settler. He married Miss Allen, who was born in Arkansas and reared in Tennessee. They were married in 1871. They are both living and are the parents of four children. September 21, 1872, Edward was born four miles southeast of Grand Saline in Van Zandt county. He was educated in the country schools and at Summer Hill select School, Omen, Texas. He is pleasing in manner, affable and sympathetic, and lives blamelessly before the people. April, 1903, he was elected mayor of Grand Saline, fills that office with dignity and satisfaction to the public. December 24, 1893, he married Miss Flora Simpson, who still survives and they live happily together in their Grand Saline home. He has spent his entire life in the county and has never had a home elsewhere, and is of course, identified with her every interest. His father was also born and reared here, so he loves the county by inheritance and personal affection as well. He is a Baptist, a W. O. W. He has acquired a neat home in Grand Saline with other realty there, is identified with the salt manufacture of the city, and is faithful in the discharge of the duties of his office. A good man, a good officer, in sympathy with every good movement.