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

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The Livelys are from Kentucky. Judge Lively's father was Rev. L. P. Lively, a Methodist minister, who preached a great deal in Kentucky, and who came to Texas in 1864. He has lived an active and useful life since then and is yet living. Our subject was born January 6, 1854, near Fort Smith, Ark. He moved, however, with his father to Texas in 1864. They settled in Kaufman county, but came from Kaufman county to Van Zandt in 1877. He was therefore only ten years of age when he came to Texas, and most of his education was necessarily acquired in this State. He chose the law as a profession and began its practice in 1876. November 27, 1878, he married Miss Julia Cannon. They have two boys and two girls, and altogether constitute a happy family. Judge Lively served his county as county attorney in 1880-82, and is well known and honored in his profession. He practices in all the courts and takes cases in all the lines and is understood to be unusually thorough and painstaking, especially in civil business. He is a member of the Methodist church and W. O. W. He owns about 1000 acres of land, and when asked if Van Zandt county is destined to great development, promptly answers, most assuredly, and with a great many of her best citizens, thinks that even the most enthusiastic of her people have no real conception of what will come. With united effort on the part of such men as Judge Lively the wilderness can be made to blossom as the rose, and Van Zandt county can be made a garden of wealth and beauty beyond the wildest dream of the present. The resources are all that may be found in East Texas anywhere and are yet largely undeveloped, so that land and other values are cheap.


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