Euless, Texas 1895


E.A. Euless—among the leading representative citizens of Tarrant County few are more widely known or more prominent than E.A. Euless, the popular and efficient Sheriff of this county.


Mr. Euless was born in Bedford County, Tennessee, on the 26th day of September, 1848; his father, Martin Euless, was also born in that county, in October 1818; and his grandfather, Adam Euless, was a native of Tennessee.  So, it will be seen that the Euless family was one of the pioneers of that state. Martin Euless married Casandra A. Bobo, a daughter of Elisha Bobo, who was a native of South Carolina and was a Tennessee pioneer.


Sheriff Euless received a moderate school education by attending the school of his neighborhood.  Upon reaching his majority he decided to come to the Southwest, and he was soon thereafter a citizen of Tarrant County, where he has since resided.  He first located at Grapevine, but a short time afterward made a permanent location at a point a few miles distant from Grapevine, naming his place “Euless.”  Here he engaged in farming and running a cotton gin, at which he continued uninterrupted and successfully until 1892.


Politically Mr. Euless has been a Democrat ever since his twenty-first birthday, and has held his should to the wheel of Democracy from year to year, never faltering, always with enthusiasm and determination.  His first vote for President of the United States was cast in 1872 for Horace Greeley.  His first public office was that of Constable of precinct No. 3, of Tarrant County, to which he was elected in 1876.  In 1880 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the nomination for Sheriff, but his defeat did not dampen his enthusiasm or deter him from working for the election of his successful opponent.  In 1892 he again became a candidate for the nomination for Sheriff, and this time he was successful, defeating three strong competitors.  His election followed by a handsome majority of 934. So satisfactory was his administration of the affairs of the chief peace office of the county, and so well did he demonstrate his peculiar fitness and ability for the position, that in 1894 he was re-nominated by his party with practically no opposition, and elected by the majority of 800, after one of the hardest fought campaigns in the history of the county.  In the discharge of his official duties Sheriff Euless has won the respect and esteem of the public in general.  His one aim has been to do his duty alike by friend and foe, and in so doing he has won the friendship and well-wishes of the people of Tarrant County.  Sheriff Euless’ career in Texas has been both an honorable and successful one, and he has made his way up from the bottom by his own efforts and exertions.


When he came to Texas his possessions amounted to a draft for $200.  This he sold for seventy-five cents on the dollar, and with this he began the struggle for life in this new county. How he has succeeded in acquiring a competency and in earning honor at the hands of his fellow citizens, every one knows.


Mr. Euless is a member of the Grapevine Lodge, No. 288, of Fort Worth Chapter and Fort Worth Commander, No. 19, of the Masonic fraternity, and of Red Cross Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and of the A.H. of H.


Mr. Euless was married in Tarrant County, Texas, on July 6, 1870, to Miss Julia Trigg, the daughter of William Trigg, deceased, of Bedford County Tennessee. Four children have been born to their union, as follows: Martin, Suma, Edgar and Cassie.  Mr. and Mrs. Euless are members of the Presbyterian Church.


From the Lone Star State, Published 1895