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Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.


     T. B. SOUTHARD is doing a real estate and insurance business in Almira.  He was born in Arkansas, on October 20, 1875, the son of Polk D. and Susan (Williams) Southard, natives of Tennessee and Arkansas, respectively.  In the latter state the father became a prominent and well-to-do business man and is proprietor of a large mill and cotton gin.  Our subject was educated in the public schools of Salem, Arkansas, and in 1897, went to Texas, where he engaged in the cotton business.  Later, we find him in Oklahoma and although he registered at the time of the opening of the Comanche strip, he was unable to obtain land.  Then he returned to Texas and managed a cotton gin for a while.  Afterward, on January 6, 1903, he came to Almira, since which time he has been engaged as stated above.
     In 1903, Mr.  Southard married Miss Ida M., daughter of John and L. F. (Cotner) Lloyd, natives of Missouri, and later well-to-do business people of Texas.  Mrs. Southard was born in Texas, on October 16, 1881, and she first met Mr. Southard in her native state.  The brother of our subject, William E. Southard, is an attorney at law in Almira.  He received his education in Arkansas, served as corporal in the Spanish-American war, and in 1898 was admitted to the practice of law, having passed a successful examination after eight months of study.  After practicing sometime in Arkansas, he came, in 1901, to Almira, where he began the practice of law and now has a fine clientage.  He has an office and a good library.  In 1892 he married Miss Ella Lyle, the daughter of Allan and Eliza Lyle, prominent farmers of Fulton county, Arkansas.
     The Southard Brothers are, comparatively, recent arrivals in Almira, but they have built up a practice of law here already, which shows their ability and worth, and they have great reason to be proud of the success which they have achieved.
 

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