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A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians, The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities. By E. Polk Johnson, Volume III. Illustrated. Publishers: The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago-New York, 1912.
GIP HUSBANDS. – Identified with a line of enterprise that has important bearing upon the material and civic prosperity of every community. Mr. Husbands is numbered among the leading representatives of the real estate business in his native city of Paducah, and is a scion of one of the sterling old families of the state, as may be seen by reference to the memoir dedicated to his honored father, the late Colonel Lorenzo Dow Husbands, on other pages of this publication.
Mr. Husbands, as already noted, is a native of Paducah, the judicial center and metropolis of McCracken county, and the date of his birth was January 24, 1856. He was afforded the advantages of the public schools of Paducah, including a course in the high school, and after leaving school he return to his father’s fine plantation, located a few miles distant from Paducah. He continued to be identified with the work and management of this farm until he had attained to the age of twenty-five years, when he returned to Paducah, where he has since been engaged in the real-estate business, in which he has handled both farm and city property and built up a large and prosperous enterprise. His operations have been carried forward with marked discrimination and the invariable fairness and integrity that have characterized his course during the long years of his identification with this line of business have gained and retained to him the confidence and good will of all with whom he has had dealings, the while his personal popularity in his native city and county has been of unequivocal order. Mr. Husbands is the owner of a fine landed estate of eight hundred acres in McCracken county, and he gives a general supervision to the same. The place is well improved and under effective cultivation and he also raises on the same excellent grades of live stock. He is likewise the owner of valuable property in Paducah. Though intrinsically loyal and public-spirited as a citizen and giving allegiance to the Democratic party, he has had no predilection for public office and has found it possible to do his share in conserving civic progress and prosperity without recourse to such preferment.
Mr. Husbands has been twice married, his first union having been with Miss Sarah Hammons, a daughter of Christian Hammons, who was a representative citizen of McCracken county. Mrs. Husbands died in 1888 and was survived by two children – William and Hannah, the latter of whom died in 1902. She became the wife of John McCullom and is survived by one son, John McCullom, Jr. In 1892 Mr. Husbands wedded Miss Bertha M. Martin, who was born and reared in France and who is a daughter of Christian Martin, a native of France. No children have been born of the second union.