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 Page: 276
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270 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
town of Wazen, February 15, 1840, and was
a child of six years when his father sailed
with his family to America. Soon after
their arrival in Austin, Texas, young Klein
was placed in school, where he remained
until he had secured a good English education.
At the same time he was cultivating
his mind he was exercising his muscle in
performing necessary labor upon his father's
farm; he also had some experience in the
bakery owned by his father.
Upon attaining his majority he took an
interest in a restaurant with his father, and
conducted the business until 1871. Having
concluded to engage in farnling, he invested
the nice sum he had accumulated in a tract
of choice land, consisting of 240 acres; he at
once set about making improvements and
placing the land under cultivation. He has
added to his first purchase until he now has
a tract of 800 acres, 200 acres being under
cultivation, and the balance in meadow and
timber. Among the modern improvements
on his place are to be found a gin and mill,
that were erected at an outlay of $4,000.
Fine herds of cattle graze rpon the pasture
land, and the whole place has an air of thrift
and prosperity, the just reward of every
Mr. Klein enlisted in the Confederate service
in 1862, and was first stationed at San
Antonio; he was afterward at Corpus Christi,
Houston and Liberty, but was in no regular
engagement; the command disbanded on the
In the month of March, 1870, Mr. Klein
was united in marriage to Miss Minnie
Clouchbache, a native of Germany, born in
1852. Her father, a blacksmith by trade,
emigrated to the United States in 1859, but
died soon after his arrival in this counry.
Tiltre have been born to Mr. and Mrs. ilein
a family of six children: Arnold C., Eda,
wife of Henry Hioley, Elizabeth, Josephine,
Rudolph and Awald.
It is the presence of such men as Mr. Klein
that give character to a community, and to
such men is due the credit of developing the
resources of this great nation.
J OHN B. DARLINGTON, of Travis
county, Texas, a large landholder, stockraiser
and farmer, was born near the
Colorado river, his birth having occurred in
1848. His parents, John W. and Ellen
(Love) Darlington, removed, soon after his
birth, to a place three miles south of Manor,
and when he was twenty-one years of age,
they settled in Brushy Creek, Williamson
county, whence they later moved to Taylor,
Williamson county, where they now reside.
The subject of this sketch began life for
himself when twenty-one years of age, previous
to which time he had accumulated some
property. When twenty-four years old, he
purchased his father's farm of 420 acres,
paying for it $5,000 cash. He now owns
considerable land, 1,040 of which is located
in Travis county, 300 of the latter being
under a fine state of cultivation. He has
565 acres in Williamson county, 200 of
which is cultivated, besides property in San
Antonio, Manor, and other places. Until
1891, with the exception of two years, he
resided on the old homestead of his parents,
which lie had purchased from his father.
During these two years he was engaged in
driving cattle to Kansas, and is justly numbered
among the substantial men of his
In 1874 Mr. Darlington was married to
Miss Mary Van Pelt, a native of Williamson
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