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assured that his constituents will be ably and
honorably represented.
Fraternally, Mr. Jackson affiliates with the
Royal Arch Masons. He and his devoted
wife are earnest members of the Baptist
Church, to which his family have belonged
for several generations. He and his wife are
worthy people, and enjoy the universal esteem
of their community.
. EIATZ, deceased, was a well and
J F. HEINATZ, deceased, was a well and
I'faorably known character in William.
son county, and especially in the region
known as Bagdad prairie, where he had been
the leading business factor for nearly forty
years. As the name indicates, he was of
German birth and parentage, having been
born in Prussia December 6, 1822. He
early learned the blacksmiths' trade, and followed
that occupation in the fatherland until
1848, when he determined to try his fortunes
in the New World. Arriving at Galveston
November 27 of that year, Mr. Heinatz spent
the first few years in traveling throughout
the North and West. In the early '50s he
returned to Texas, and, after a sojourn in
Shelby county, located at Austin, where he
soon afterward married Miss Bertha Raven,
She died one year later without issue. In
the fall of 1853 our subject located on the
strip of prairie afterward known as Bagdad
prairie, having been among the earliest settlers
in that part of the county. Ile followed
his trade in a stone blacksmith shop for
a number of years, after which, on account
of failing health, he embarked in the mercantile
business. By honesty, fair dealing
and good business judgment Mr. Heinatz
gradually built up a large trade, mounting
from the condition of obscurity- and
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poverty to a position of influence and wealth.
December 10, 1863, at Austin, he married
Emilie Krohn, who still survives, and whose
many good qualities of mind and heart made
his success possible. Mrs. Heinatz was born
in Princelau, near Berlin, Germany, September
3, 1842, a daughter of Carl and Emilie
Krohn. In 1854 the family came to Austin,
Texas, where the father has ever since resided.
The mother died in Austin, Texas,
January 25, 1878. Mr. and Mrs. Heinatz
had eight children, viz.: Charles F., Mary,
John, William, Dora, Shelton, Marvin and
Sarah. The last suffered death January
13, 1891, by a most distressing accident.
Her clothing caught fire while she was
standing in front of a fire-place, and death
ensued in a few hours. J. F. Heinatz died
May 4, 1891, after a long illness, his demise
occurred at-his home in Bagdad. The business
world remembers him as a successful
and leading merchant, but the community in
which he lived will always feel his loss as a
promoter of every good work, as he was
liberal of his means, and untiring in his efforts
to promote the general welfare of the
community. He was an active worker in
the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and
in his church papers we find that, "He was a
Steward fair many years, and looked after the
interests of the church with a jealous care."
As a Sunday-school Superintendent he was
a success. On his death bed, as the minister
entered the room, he turned to his wife and
said: " Mamma, get that purse and make
that settlement at once." That being done,
he expressed his satisfaction, and said he was
now ready to depart. His last words were:
'" I am happier to-day that I have been for a
long time."
Charles F. Heinatz, eldest son of the above,
and who now successfully carries on the busi

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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed July 13, 2014.