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1853. He also took part in the organization
of Parsons' Lodge, No. 222, at Manor,
Texas, of which he was Master for many
years?'
Such is an epitome of the life of one of
Travis county's most prominent and highly
respected citizens.
JOHN ISRAELSON.- Among the
Swedish pioneers of Williamson county
none is more worthy of mention in this
connection than John Israelson, who has resided
here since 1859. He was born in
Sweden, March 10, 1833, and was reared to
the life of a farmer, becoming accustomed to
the hard labor of tilling the soil. His father,
Israel Abramson, was a small farmer, and
under his careful management the earth
yielded him and his family support. He
married Anna Stina, and they reared a family
of thirteen children, only three of whom
are now living: John is the subject of this
notice; Anna married August Anderson; and
Adla is the wife of Carl Anderson.
The successes of his countrymen in America
proved a temptation not to be resisted,
and he finally set sail at Gottenberg for Boston.
After many weeks on the deep, land
was reached, and without delay lhe proceeded
to New York, going thence to Texas. He
first went to Austin, and finally to Williamson
county, where he found employment with
John Palm, with whom he remained ten
months. - He next worked for Mr. Swenson
for one year. By this time his experience
and observation had taught him that it was
better to farm for one's self than to hire one's
labor to another. Accordingly lie rented
land, but his operations were interrupted by
the breaking out of the civil war. During

this period he did freighting from Mexico to
San Antonio, and when at last peace was
declared he took charge of a herd of sheep
for a Mr. Forsythe. At the expiration of
three months he went to Mexico, where he
herded sheep and tramped through the country
for a period of two and a half years.
While this occupation was not particularly
profitable from a financial standpoint, it was
rich in varied experience, and quite worth
the time thus spent.
Coming back to Palm valley, he engaged
in driving cattle for the Palm brothers, mak.
ing trips to Kansas and other distant points.
At the end of another year he determined to
abandon his roving life and devote himself
to some fixed occupation. He turned his
attention to farming, and finally invested his
means in land, purchasing 103 acres. He
has made most admirable improvements, and
has one of the most desirable homes in the
county. He has sixty acres under good cultivation,
and in addition rents some land.
Profits come slowly yet surely, and wise investments
are sure to bring a competency.
Mr. Israelson was united in marriage in
the autumn of 1870 to Miss Mary Kugland,
one of his countrywomen; they have had
born to them seven children: Anna, wife of
Andrew Johnson; Adla, Gustave, Hannah,
Nora, Esther, and one that died in infancy.
Mr. and Mrs. Israelson are supporters of the
Lutheran Church and most exemplary mnembers
of the community in which they live.
RVIN A. McFADIN, deceased, was born
in January, 1842, in Jefferson county,
Texas, being the third son of David H.
and Jerusha (Dyches) McFadin. He was
but four years old when his parents re

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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 August 29, 2014.