Description[Railroads]. Eber W. Cave Autograph Letter Signed "E. W. Cave" with related documents. One page, 8.5" x 11", on "Houston & Texas Central Railway and Branch Office" letterhead, Houston, January 10, 1884, thanking B. A. Shepherd for "the kind sentiments expressed in your letter" following the death of two colleagues. "The memory of our departed friends...is always present." Also a Houston and Texas Central Railway Receipt for goods received, 5.5 x 6.5", March 26, 1890; Houston and Texas Central Railway Transportation Bill for the transport of goods and payment received, one page, 8.5" x 5.5", n. p. [Houston], March 26, 1890; Houston and Texas Central Railway Bill of Lading, one page, 8.5" x 11", Houston, March 25, 1890, for "10 Sax cotton seed/ 1 Keg nails"; Receipt Certification for Twenty Eight Texas State Bonds, one page, 5.5" x 8.25", on "Houston and Texas Central Railway Co. Treasurer's Office" letterhead, Houston, January 4, 1877, certifying a receipt received from B.A. Shepherd. From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.
Eber Worthington Cave (1831-1904) was a former Secretary of State for the State of Texas and resigned the office after Sam Houston was forced out of the governor's office when Texas seceded from the Union.
Benjamin Armistead Shepherd was born in Virginia on May 14, 1814. Due to the poor conditions of the land and a dwindling family fortune, he left Virginia in the 1830s and arrived in Galveston, Texas. He married Mary Dobson in 1841 and settled in the growing town of Houston. A personal friend of General Sam Houston (whom he had met at age 19), Shepherd established himself as a prominent landowner and one of the foremost citizens of Houston, involving himself in many entrepreneurial adventures before founding and serving as president of the First National Bank of Houston in 1866. In 1875, he arrived in the newly formed San Jacinto County where he organized the town of Shepherd along the proposed Houston, East, and West Texas Railway. He died in Houston in 1891.
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