Hi. I am seeking information on an early day Brown County, Texas man named L.L. Brumley. I have good reason to believe he served in the Confederate Cavalry and his name was Luke L. Brumley. Any information you can provide on this important man will be appreciated:
Re: One of Henry Ford's major accomplishments.
In order to learn as much as possible about some of the important
people in early Brown County history, I am trying to do some
background checks into some of the people listed in old newspaper
articles and books related to Colonel William C. Anderson. I
encourage any members who want to help in this herculean task to join
me. I checked the early Texas censuses for "L.L. Brumley" who was
mentioned below and found it strange that no person named L.L.
Brumley showed up on any of the Texas censuses for 1870, 1880, or
1890 despite the fact that he was mentioned as playing a big role in
bringing the second railroad to Brownwood in 1889. I did get a hit
on the name from the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (in our
Links section) for Luke L. Brumley who I believe is our man.
Luke L. Brumley (First_Last)
Regiment Name 11 Texas Cavalry
Soldier's Rank_In Corporal
Soldier's Rank_Out Private
Film Number M227 roll 5
From: "Old Brown Trivia", by Lex Johnston which first appeared in
the Brownwood Bulletin newspaper and was later re-published as part
of Johnston's biography of his great grandfather Henry Ford
entitled "Brown's Henry Ford".
"It Was Hard Work To Get The Rails"
"A Gulf Colorado and Santa Fe train steamed into Brownwood for the
first time on Dec. 1, 1885, an event that climaxed three years of
hard work by leading citizens of the county.
Brooke Smith, J.C. Weakley and Henry Ford concentrated on the
tremendous task of accumulating the land required by the Santa Fe for
right-of-way and freight yards. Various records reveal that Ford
conducted negotiations between the county and the railway company.
The final requirement of the city was construction of a depot. Ford
and nine other citizens guaranteed the payment of $10,000 if the city
failed to perform.
In 1889, Brooke Smith, Henry Ford, with L.L. Brumley, R.H. Segman,
and W.C. Morgan spear-headed action to bring a second railroad into
Brownwood. The action was initiated with a meeting of all interested
citizens and businessmen at the Burnay Opera House, Thursday evening,
Jan. 10, 1889.
Sufficient interest was created as evidenced by the raising of $4,000
to purchase county right-of-way and depot grounds, plus $30,000 for
a 'bonus' paid to the Fort Worth and Rio Grande Companies. The line
was completed from Fort Worth to Brownwood in the fall of 1891.
City fathers then began negotiations for a third railroad, with the
Rock Island Railway Co., to extend their tracks from Cisco to
Brownwood. That plan never reached fruitiion.
Railroads made towns in those early days, and the absence of
railroads often doomed communities to eventual non-existence.
Brownwood was fortunate to have city fathers with foresight and