WILLIAM AUSTIN THOMAS MURREY

Editor and Fruit Grower, Wills Point, Texas
Information transcribed from The Southland Vol. XII. No 1
Waco, Texas; Established March, 1892

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WILLIAM AUSTIN THOMAS MURREY

The Murrey family came from Murrey County, Tennessee. William was the grandfather and was born in Tennessee but ultimately came to Texas, where he died. William Austin Murrey was his son and the father of our subject and was born in the Tennessee home, April 23, 1830, but was reared in Texas, coming to the State at the age of 5 years. He was a farmer and stock raiser. Miss Catherine Powdrill was born near Shelbyville, Tenn., November 18, 1834; came to Texas in 1836. She and Mr. Murrey were married August 1856. They became the parents of eight children. She died February 27, 1889, he August 8, 1885, both in Myrtle Springs. Our subject was born August 30, 1859, in Cherokee County, but came to Van Zandt County in 1861. He was educated therefore in the country schools and in the Wills Point High School. He is now a nurseryman and orchardist and also the editor of the Fruit Grower, a widely circulated paper. He began fruit growing in 1886. Began the paper January 1, 1896. November 18, 1885, he married Miss Ella Bateman. She died September 13, 1886. September 21, 1888, he married Miss Stella Mills. She died August 23, 1899. March 18, 1900, he married Miss Ella Bulgier, who still survives. He is the father of six children, two of whom are dead. He has been in the county forty-two years and has given her the best energies of his life. He loves the county and says she has great capabilities in fruit, vegetables, salt, timber and the staple crops. He is member of the church, the Bankers' Union of the World, United Benevolent Association of Texas and the Farmer's Union. He owns 283 acres of land near Myrtle Springs, in farms, orchards and nurseries. He has 150 lots in the town of Myrtle Springs. He has 1000 fruit trees, planted to orchard, and more than 400,000 nursery trees and plants. He has all of the best commercial varieties and is pushing this line of business with great energy. He believes in letting the world know what Van Zandt County is, and proves his faith by his works, and is the advocate of every good cause without regard to his own personal interest.


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