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J. W. Garrison, general merchant of Hillsboro, and a native of Georgia,
was born in 1842, and is the son of Saulsbury Garrison and Sarah (Brawner) 
Garrison, natives of Georgia, where they spent their entire lives.
The father was of French descent on his mother's side, and was a farmer
by profession.  He died in 1855, and the mother followed him in the 
same year.  Our subject was thus thrown upon his own resources at an
early age, and, as a consequence, his education was neglected.  In his
boyhood he learned cotton spinning and manufacturing from Henry Merrell,
a machinist and manufacturer, at Sackett's Harbor, N. Y., and in 1857
went to Arkansas, where he had charge of a cotton factory until 1863,
when he went to Texas and here operated a cotton factory for the 
Confederate Government until the close of the war, when he returned to 
Arkansas, and here remained for three years.  He then resumed the 
charge of a cotton factory, and continued at this occupation until 
1872, when he located at Hollywood, Ark., and engaged in mercantile
pursuits.  In 1875 he came to Hillsboro, and has since continued the
business with success.  Although starting life with small means, Mr.
Garrison, by his industry and good judgement, has accumulated considerable 
of this world's goods, and is well respected by all who know him.
He was postmaster for three years at Hollywood.  While in Texas, in 
1865, he married Miss Seline Brownfield, a native of Arkansas, and the
daughter of Theron Brownfield and Miss Elizabeth Terrell, natives of
St. Clair County, Ill.  Of the six children born to our subject and
wife only two are now living, Elizabeth and John T.  Our subject is a
Democrat in politics, and cast his first presidential vote for Greeley
in 1872.  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and wife are
members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.  Mr. Garrison has a 
fine farm in Arkansas, adjoining the town of Hollywood, also a residence, 
storehouse, warehouse, blacksmith and woodshop, hotel, etc., which he 
left on account of ill health.  At Hillsboro he has 200 acres of fine 
land, on which are 2,000 bearing trees of apples, peaches, pears, and 
plums, and two acres of grapes. Mrs. Garrison was educated at Mary Sharp 
College, at Winchester, Tenn., and her daughter, Elizabeth, was educated 
principally at Nashville, Tenn.