Other Ennes Pioneers
While New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio were being settled by Ennis and hundreds of others, so was Texas and other states.
of Belleville, New Jersey, Cornelius Ennis went to work in a drug store
in New York City in 1834. Hearing a great deal about Texas, in 1838 he
moved to Texas, bring with him a stock of drugs and merchandise.
he formed a partnership with James W. Kimball, who had recently arrived
from Vermont. The partners operated a general trade store, and shipped
the first bale of cotton from Galveston to Boston in 1841.
same year, Mr. Ennis married his partner’s sister, Miss Jeanette Ingalls
Kimball. In 1842 Kimball and his family took passage for New York to buy
stock. The brig went down in a storm off the Florida coast and all were
lost. However, the business continued to expand under the management of
of Houston in 1856-57, Ennis devoted time and his own money to apprehending
robbers who were preying on the wagons that came to Houston to trade.
of the incorporators and directors of the Great Northern Railroad (later
the International Great Northern), Ennis was also a builder of the Houston
and Texas Central Railroad (today a part of the Southern Pacific) He served
the road as general superintendent, controller, and later as financial
agent, The town of Ennis, Texas, once the railroad’s terminus, was named
in his honor.
the Civil War, Mr. Ennis was a blockade runner. After the war he opened
a cotton exporting business in Galveston. While in Galveston he became
interested in the “Galveston News”, and was chairman of the building committee
for the present home of that newspaper. This was said to be the first fireproof
building in Texas,
Ennis’ eldest daughter married Alfred H. Belo, owner of the “Dallas News” in later years.
died in Houston on Feb. 13, 1899* A tall man, grand in stature, and holding
himself erect, he bore himself proudly to the end. He left upon his community