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: 470
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4OHISTORY OF TEXAS.
in politics, his opportunities for political activity
have been restricted to the aiena of
conventions, where however he has been a
constant attendant and an effective worker.
He is one of the lights of Republicanism in
the State, but the recipient of few favors
from Federal authority, adherence to party
being with him a matter of principle and activity
in its behalf without thought of personal
August 28, 1873. Captain Arnold married
Miss Mary Tucker of Cameron, a daughter
of William H. Tucker, an old and respected
citizen of Milame county. Mrs. Arnold was
reared in this county, and is one of that type
of Texas women, not unfiequently met with,
who have grown to full maturity in sound
sense and all the essentials of true womanhood
without the aid of those numerous accessories
of boarding schools and popular
conservatories now thought to be so necessary
to the proper training of young ladies.
A pleasant home, graced by three daughters,
now promising young ladies, and a large
circle of friends, go to make the domestic
life of Captain Arnold as happy as his official
and business career has been successful.
HOMAS KRAITCHER, senior member
of the well-known mercantile firm
of Thomas Kraitcher & Son, of Caldwell,
Burleson county,'is a native of
Austria, Bohemia, where he was born April
8, 1848. His parents were Thomas and
Anna Kraitcher, natives also of Bohemia, the
father born in 1799 and the mother in 1809.
The parents, with their three small children,
two daughters and one. son, emigrated to
the United States in 1855 and settled at
Houston, this State. There the mother died
in 1866, and the father a year later. Both
were thrifty, industrious, law-abiding and
home.loving people, members for many years
of the Lutheran Church, and faithful in the
discharge of their domestic and religious
duties. The daughters married in this State,
the elder, Teresa, marrying Joseph Hajek
and residing now in Houston, and the
younger marrying first Paul Wickophen, and
after his death, Joseph Augusta, with whom
she now resides on a farm in Burleson
Thomas Kraitcher, the subject of 'this
notice, was the youngest of the above family.
He was reared mainly in Houston, in the
schools of which city he received a common
English education. December 17, 1867, he
married Anna Mikeska, of Houston, and for
the next three or four years continued his
residence in that place, being variously engaged.
In 1869 he moved to Washington
county, where he settled on a farm and followed
farming pursuits for the next year.
He then moved to Burleson county, where he
engaged in farming for seven or eight years,
after which lie embarked in the mercantile
business at Caldwell, and has followed the
same ever since. Mr. Kraitcher was one of
the first settlers of Bohemian birth in Burleson
county. 'The first five families that settled
in this 'county came in the following
order: Thomas Kraitcher, Frank Mikeska,
Thomas Elshik, John Gavenda and Joseph
Obadal, but two of whom now remain in the
county, these being Mr. Kraitcher and Mr.
Gavenda. The colony, however, has been
greatly augmented by other arrivals. 'In
1870 there were five Bohemian votes in
Burleson county; there are now about 550.
Mr. Kraitcher has always been a leader
among his people, having won their confidence
and respect by his business sagacity,
RISTOR Y OF TEXAS.
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