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,
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.