ROBERT H. CUBLEY
Robert H. Cubley, the popular and efficient ex-Sheriff of
Navarro county, is a native of Sumter county, Alabama, born March 27, 1838. He
is a son of the Rev. Robert M. Cubley, an able minister of the Methodist Church,
well known thirty years ago in east Texas, where he was for a long time engaged
in ministerial work.
The subject of this notice was reared in Alabama, having been
brought up on the farm and educated in the public schools of Sumter county. He
came to Texas in 1857, then in his nineteenth year, and engaged in teaching
school in Polk county. He became Deputy County Clerk of Polk county under L. S.
McMicken in 1860, which position he held until April, 1861, when he was elected
to fill a vacancy in that office caused by the resignation of McMicken. He was
Clark of Polk county until 1869. when he was removed by E. J. Davis as an
impediment to reconstruction. In May, 1862, he enlisted in the Confederate army
- D company E., Elmo's regiment - and served in the Confederacy three years in
the field, being engaged in the defense of the Gold coast and Louisiana border.
When he went out of the office of Clerk of Polk county he again turned his
attention to farming and school-teaching, and was so engaged for about two
years. In 1869 he became Deputy Sheriff of Polk county and held this position,
having the principal control of the affairs of the office until 1872, when he
resigned and moved to Corsicana to accept a position as teacher in Prof. J. C.
Mimm's school of that place. He had been a resident of Corsicana only a short
time when, his reputation as a criminal officer having become known, he was
offered a position as day officer on the city police force, which he accepted,
resigning his place in the school-room for that purpose. For two years he served
on the city police force, then became Deputy Sheriff, and later Constable of
Precinct No. 1, and again Deputy, alternating in service between these two
offices and that of City Marshal until November, 1890, when he was elected
Sheriff of the county, which office he now holds.
For over thirty years Mr. Cubley has been in the public
service, twenty years of which time he has been a criminal officer. There
is probably no man in central Texas better known as such than he is, nor one who
has a better record. His name is a terror to evil-doers and his presence always
a guarantee of good order. He was the principal officer of Corsicana during the
"flush times" of that city, and was for many years her main-stay in the
enforcement of the law. His ability as a n executive officer is admitted by all.
He is honest and upright, conscientious in the discharge of his duties, and a
man who is absolutely without fear. Men who have long been engaged in dealing
with criminals, too frequently take on a severe aspect, assume gruff ways and
exhibit in their own conduct no little of that "Toughness" which it is their
principal business to suppress. There is not the slightest trace of any of this
in Mr. Cubley. His manners are as polished as those of the most perfect
gentlemen, his conversation as subdued and refined at that of a man of letters,
while his heart beats in sympathy with all the world, and not the least with the
unfortunate ones whom it is almost his daily work to bring to the bar of
Mr. Cubley belongs to the State Sheriffs' Association and
contributes his share to the success of that order. He is a Royal Arch Mason and
is also a member of a number of a number of the benevolent orders and takes
great interest in their work, furthering their purposes in every way becoming an
efficient member. In politics he is a Democrat. In the canvas of 1892 Mr. Cubley
ran as an independent candidate for re-election to the office of Sheriff, but
was defeated by the Populist candidate.
On August 20, 1861, Mr. Cubley married Miss Eliza E.
Augustin, a daughter, of Colonel H. W. Augustin, an eminent old Texas veteran,
who helped to win Texas independence and guarded the frontier settlements from
Indians forays for many years, and a member of the Texas Congress, and when
Texas came into the Union, he was appointed Custom House officer at Sabine Pass.
Mr. [Mrs.] Cubley was born in San Augustine county Texas, where her
people were early settlers. The result of this union has been ten
children, six of whom are now living, most of them being grown: William H., now
residing in Dallas; Arthur H., same place; Ella R., Lulu Kirk, Augustin and
Maud. Mr. Cubley's private life has been successful. He is greatly devoted to
his family, being a man of strong domestic tastes, and having received such
training himself in youth as makes the name of home sacred to him and all its