My ancestor, William R. BIGHAM, moved to Woodford Co., Illinois in 1858 with his widowed mother and two brothers. He lived in Panola in 1860, and in El Paso in 1870.
He ran a carriage and livery business in the area, and became mayor of El Paso in 1872. His business, with horses inside, was burned down in 1873 allegedly by an arsonist hired by a local saloon keeper who disagreed with his politics.
Shortly after he was burned out, he removed to Kansas with his family, but maintained connections to El Paso through the "Commandery", which I'm guessing had something to do with his Civil War service in Co. G, 4th Illinois Cavalry.
He went on to become the mayor of White City, Kansas, and a diplomat appointed by President McKinley.
I would like to learn more information about his life in El Paso.