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372 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
Russell and Bernard. The Doctor is interested
in both town and county real-estate, and is
one of the prominent medical practitioners
of his county. Socially, he is a member of
the F. M. C., of Taylor, and in religion both
he and his wife are members of the Christian
G ARL SWENSON, one of the worthy
representatives of the foreign population
who have aided so largely in the
development of this country, is a native of
Sweden, a son of August Swenson. He was
born April 18, 1863, and was brought to the
United States with his parents when a child
of five years; they located in Austin, Texas,
where Carl was educated in private schools.
At the proper age he went to serve an apprenticeship
in the cabinet shop of which his
father was foreman; there he remained three
years, and then came to Williamson county
for the purpose of improving the farm his
father had purchased.
The small capital given him by his father
when he started out to meet the responsibilities
of life and win his own fortune, was judiciously
in vested, and in 1886 he purchased his
present farm, a choice tract of 200 acres, lying
six miles from Taylor; the improvements are
substantial and models of convenience. Mr.
Swenson has placed 120 acres under cultivation,
and with the assistance of one man
plants and gathers his crops, which lie varies
with keen insight into nature's laws. He is
a man of untiring energy and strong purpose,
and has made the utmost use of all opportunities
to further his interests.
A loyal citizen of his adopted country he
casts his vote with the Democratic party,
though beyond the performance of thi du ty
his interest in politics does not extend.
Mr. Swenson was united in marriage in
December, 1884, to Mary Ann Newlin, a
daughter of A. Newlin, one of the old settlers
of Williamson county who reared a
family of eight children. Mr. and Mrs.
Swenson have one child, Albert Walter, born
January 17, 1887.
D AVID EPPRIGHT, of Travis county,
Texas, is a son of Jacob Eppriaht.
who was born in Maryland, in 1790.
He afterward moved to Tennessee, next to
Indiana, later to Missouri, and his death
occurred in the latter State in 1851.. He
was a miller by trade, and was a member of
the Lutheran Church. Mr. Eppright was
married to Catherine Wolfe, a native also of
Maryland. They had twelve children, viz.:
Susan, who married Adison McSpadden,
a resident of Texas, but both are now deceased;
Anna, who married a Mr. Combs,
both also now deceased; Jonathan, a farmer
of Missouri; Napoleon, deceased; David, the
subject of this sketch; Isaac and Jacob,
twins, the former in Texas and the latter in
Missouri; Polly, wife of Mr. Triplet; Benjamin,
a resident of Missouri; Joseph, deceased;
and Jane, who died when young.
David Eppright, our subject, was born in
Maryland, in 1817. At the age of four years
he was taken to Greene county, Tennessee,
later to Indiana, and next to Missouri. He
remained with his parents until 1841, and
worked at whatever he could find to do.
At tihe age of twenty-four years, in connection
with farming, he was employed as
a wheelright. In 1846 Mr. Eppright came
to Texas, where he followed the same occupation
until 1875, and in 1889 moved tQ his
present home. He now owns ahort 800
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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, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/396/?rotate=270: accessed February 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .