Charles Brewington biography

CHARLES BREWINGTON, who since 1899 has been connected with the Barzelton and Johnson Lumber Company, managing their western interests and who is now a resident of Stamford, was born in Salem, Lee county, Alabama, February 27, 1872. His father was William J. Brewington, and the mother bore the maiden name of Lue Gassaway, both of whom were natives of Georgia, near Macon, where they made their home prior to removal to Alabama, taking up their abode in the latter state in 1871. There they remained until 1880, when they removed to Texas, settling in Milam county, and later came to Stamford, Jones county, where they now reside. William Brewington has practically followed farming throughout his entire business career, leading an active life until the past few years when he retired to enjoy the fruits of his former toil. In their family were seven children, six sons and a daughter.

Charles Brewington, the subject of this review, was born on his father’s farm in Alabama, and was about eight years of age when the family came to Texas. Here he made his home with his parents until twenty years of age. He acquired a common school education mostly in Calvert, Robinson county, but the last years were spent in the schools of Waco. His life has practically been given to the lumber business with which connection he was first in the employ of C. M. Patillo, at Crawford, Texas. Later he was associated with his brother, D. W. Brewington, at Brandon, Texas, and since 1899 he has been a representative of the western interests of the Brazelton and Johnson Lumber Company, one of the largest lumber firms in the west with headquarters at Waco. In January, 1900, when the town of Stamford was established, he came to this place and opened a lumber yard and office and also another lumber yard at Avoca, eight miles east of Stamford on the Texas Central Railroad. It is the intention of the company to practically cover the entire western country as fast as developments take place. They have an extensive business with trade extending throughout the country for sixty miles or more. The growth and development of the business is largely due to the efficient management of Mr. Brewington, who is thoroughly familiar with the lumber trade, is quick to recognize an opportunity and to utilize his advantages to the best possible end.

Mr. Brewington was married in December, 1892, to Miss Ida Wright, at Crawford, Texas. She is a native of McLennan county, and a daughter of Rev. J. M. Wright, a minister of the Baptist church. They have a family of five children, two sons and three daughters.

In connection with his other business interests Mr. Brewington is a member of the board of directors of the Citizens’ National Bank of Stamford, which was organized on the 25th of February, 1905, and opened its doors for business on the 17th of March, following. He is a most public-spirited man and has identified himself with all community affairs and important movements for the betterment and advancement of Stamford and this locality. Early in the history of the town he served upon the school board and upon various committees and for two terms he filled the important position as clerk of the board. He was also early chosen for alderman from his ward and served in that capacity until recently, when he severed his connection with the city council because he established his home just outside the corporate limits of the city. Here in the south part of the town he has recently completed his beautiful residence, which is a monument to the enterprise of the owner and his abiding faith in the future development of the country.

Source: B. B. Paddock, History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906), Vol. II, pp. 479-480.