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Among the useful and widely loved citizens of Van Zandt County, may be numbered J. C. Heard. Ansell Cunningham Heard, Joseph's father, was a framer and lived in Georgia, but came to Texas in 1841, and consequently was one of the pioneers and the family have been identified with every interest and every development of this section since then. In due time he married a Miss Yeates. Seven children were born unto them and Mrs. Heard died in 1863 and he died in 1881. Joseph was born in Edom, Van Zandt County, May 8, 1861. He was reared in the country and received his education in the country schools and surrounded by the conditions of country life. He has been a farmer all of his life long, but in 1887, he became a ginner (sic), and has owned quite a number of gins in different sections of Van Zandt County, where he has operated his miss, and where he has made many friends, all of whom are at all times quite ready to say a kind word for Joe Hears., as he is commonly called. Oct. 11, 1883 he married Miss Tennessee Hodges, who still survives to bless his heart and home and is a helpmeet indeed in all the transactions of life in advancing their interests and benefitting the community in which they live. They have two boys and three girls, and live happily in their excellent home in Edgewood. Mr. Heard has spent his entire life in Van Zandt, and is identified with every interest and says now, he is quite sure that his section is destined to the greatest development. He is a mason, an Odd Fellow and W. O. W. He owns a home and small farm near the little city. He is now operating two gins and a grist mill. His newest gin is the latest Murrey system with four stands and a capacity of thirty bales a day. In 1902 both plants ginned and packed 1630 bales. Mr. Heard is a practical ginner (sic), knows his business well, is eminently fair in his dealings and deserves the wide patronage that he secures in his line. He adopts the latest methods, is careful to prepare the conveniences for the people and in every way to make the matter of ginning, packing and hauling cotton, the easiest and best. He is a good citizen and a useful man.