Transcribed from "The Southland" Vol. XII. No 1, Waco, Texas: Established March, 1892, furnished by Sibyl Creasey.
Mr. Stanhiser is an excellent example of pluck and energy. He is a son of Lawrence Stanhiser and was born in Smith county, January 1, 1867. His parents died when he was a child. He was therefore left an orphan and was reared by strangers. At his majority he found himself homeless, moneyless and without an education. His first effort then was to educate himself. This, in his mind, was a necessary preparation for a prosperous business career. He first intended to teach, but later preferred mercantile life. He says there is no excuse for a young man to remain without an education in this country. Also, there is no excuse for idleness. There are jobs here for all who desire them and will do them justice. At the age of 24 Mr. S. began as a clerk, and saved his money from the first. Five years ago he found himself with money enough to embark in business on his own account, and he chose Roddy as the place and opened a general store. He has advanced at every step since then and now carries regularly about a $12,000.00 stock. His large store house is full from front to rear of such goods as his trade demands. Dry goods, groceries, boots, shoes, hats, caps, crockery, tinware, hardware, cutlery, harness, implements, etc., in fact, everything the farmer wants. He is now absolutely and altogether a merchant, prides in his business and is here to serve his customers. He attends to his own business in person, and says he labors for the interest of his customers all the time and with them he is able to meet all competition in prices, accomodations and conveniences.
Roddy has a general store, a drug store, two doctors' (sic) offices, a gin, etc. It was established eighteen years ago. It is in an excellent section and is surrounded by a prosperous citizenship.