Biography - Everett Oscar Vaughn
 

Everett Oscar Vaughn
of Navarro County, Texas


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EVERETT OSCAR VAUGHAN. A veteran railway man, learning telegraphy in his native Virginia and coming to Texas over thirty years ago, Everett O. Vaughan is the agent of the Houston & Texas Central Railway at Corsicana, and has lived in this state since 1882.

Mr. Vaughan came to Texas direct from Halifax county, Virginia, at South Boston in which county he grew up. He was born in Amelia county, Virginia, February 2, 1858, and his childhood was spent in town. His father, Adolphus Vaughan, a mechanic, was also born in Amelia county, about 1828, and spent his time as a saddler, and died in 1878. The father married Mary Haskins, who died before her husband. Their children were: Albina, who married Hiram Carter and lives in South Boston, Virginia; Edgar H., who died in Virginia; James O., of Paces, Virginia; Henry T., who died in Navarro county, leaving one child; Rosa, who married W. H. Shepherd of South Boston, Virginia; Everett O.; Joseph, who died at South Boston; and Aaron H. of South Boston.

Everett O. Vaughan was educated in the public schools and as a boy learned telegraphy with the old Richmond and Danville Railway Company at South Boston. During his residence in his native state he continued in the employ of that company, and while there met the young woman to whom he gave his heart and hand, and after their marriage they came to Corsicana in 1882. Mr. Vaughan at once began work as an operator with the Houston & Texas Central Railway Company. After five years in that position, employed by both the Houston & Texas Central and the Cotton Belt, he was transferred to the Missouri, Kansas & Texas and Texas & Pacific Railway Company's joint office in Dallas. After a year there, in 1892, he returned to Corsicana and resumed work with the Houston and Texas Central. He was operator, bill clerk, car clerk, cashier and agent, and in 1911 succeeded W. L. Gibson, deceased, in the office of agent, at one of the most important stations in Texas.

Mr. Vaughan has never identified himself with official affairs in Corsicana, and has given all his time to railroad work and his family. He and is wife are members of the Baptist church. On June 11, 1882, he married Miss Blanche Mullins, daughter of Seth G. Mullins, a Baptist minister who moved to Texas from Crystal Springs, Mississippi, and spent his remaining years in Corsicana. His death occurred in 1913, at the age of seventy-nine, and for fifteen years he had been pastor of his church in Corsicana. Rev. Mullins married Ophelia Tillman. Mrs. Vaughan was among the youngest of a family of eight children. Her brother, Dr. Edgar Y. Mullins, is president of the Baptist Theological Seminary at Louisville, Kentucky. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan are: Frank Edgar, who died in San Francisco, California, as a commercial operator, and was unmarried; Everett Oscar, Jr., an accountant with the Western Pacific Railway at San Francisco, and Almyra, wife of C. A. Gordon of Corsicana.

[The above biography was published in A History of Texas and Texans, by Frank W. Johnson, ed. by Eugene C. Barker and Ernest William Winkler (Chicago & New York: The American Historical Society, 1914), vol. IV, p. 1728]

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