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eight children, as follows: Peter, deceased;
David, Franklin county, Pennsylvania; Samuel,
deceased; Elizabeth, now Mrs. Elias
Clippinger, Franklin county, Pennsylvania;
Catherine, widow of a Mr. Harper, Franklin
county, Pennsylvania; and Professor Joseph,
deceased. The father of Mr. Holler, a farmer
and miller by occupation, and a man of excellent
business ability, died about 1867, and
the mother passed away the following year.
Both were Lutherans.
E. W. Holler was reared in Pennsylvania.
The day lie was twenty years old he started
West, and the following two years lie spent
in teaching school and traveling through
Ohio, Illinois and Iowa. In 1860 he cainme
to Texas, landing first in Jefferson, Cass
county, where he taught one term. Then he
taught in Dallas county- two years, whence
he went to Grayson county and there spent
two years in teaching and merchandising.
Next we find him in Lampasas county, where
for fifteen years he was variously employed.
In 1857-'58 he was Sheriff of that county.
Hie moved to Travis county in the spring of
1866, settling north of Austin, in the neighborhood
in which he now resides, and in
1876 lie moved to his present farm, six miles
from Austin. At the time he settled here
this land was all unimproved. He bought
185 acres, but has since sold off a small portion
of it. He also owns ninety-two acres
about two miles from his home place.
In 1883 Mr. Holler concluded there was
money in the peach business, and started his
present large orchard, setting out about 3,000
trees the first year and 3,500 the year following.
These trees began to bear in 1887,
since which time the only failure that has
occurred was in 1890, and that was when a
warm winter was followed in January by a
heavy freeze which even killed some of the

trees. In this orchard among the early
varieties are found the Alexander, Early
Rivers, Beatrice andl Amsden. Along those
that come later are the IRobert E. Lee, Old
Mixon, Early St. John, Stonewall Jackson
and Thurber; and of the late ones there are
the Crawford Late, Hale's Late, and several
other varieties. From this orchard he sold
as high as $1,000 worth of peaches in one
year. His average crop brings him about
$700. He also has some plum trees which
bear fairly well.
Mr. Holler was married in 1857, on the
12th of January, in Lampasas county, Texas,
to Lucetta Anderson, daughter of A. VW.
Anderson. She was born in Missouri and
reared in Texas. They have had twelve children,
nine of whom are living, lamely: A.
P., of Dickens county, Texas; Henry, Lee
county, Texas; Williamn, Indian Territory;
Robert, Dickens county, Texas; Armninta, at
home; Theodosia, wife of Morgan McClain,
resides near her father; and Mary, Sallie and
Nanniie, at home.
Mr. Holler affiliates witl) the Democratic
party. During the past twenty years he has
taken a lively interest in political matters.
attending conventions, etc., but has never
aspired to official position. He served as a
member of the Home Guards during the
Civil war.
Mr. Holler is a inmember of the Baptist
Church.
A ARON B U RLESON, deceased.From
the writings of Rev. Rufus C.
Burleson, of Waco, Texas, the following
is culled concerning this justly
celebrated family:
"The Burleson family is of Welsh origin,
and derives its name from Buries, meaning

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