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494HISTORY OF TEXAS.
aCalvin Rogers Holt, with whom this article
is mainly concerned, was born near Cumnberland
river in Cuminberland county, Kentucky,
February 13, 1824. lie was reared in hlis
native county. lis boyliood and early youth
were passed on his father's farm. At tlhe
age of twenlty-four he married, settled himself
and bogan caring for a separate household.
Four years later, in 1852, he came to
Texas and located inll lurleson county, residing
for two years on l)avidson creek, a short
distance southeast of Caldwell. lie then
purchased land on Yellow prairie, where lihe
settled and lias since resided. Forty years
ago, when Mr. Ilolt took up) his residence
where lie now lives, the north and western
part of Burleson county was very sparsely
settled, practically unilmproved, and still subject
to occasional visits from straggling bands
of Indians. his nearest neighbors then were:
Alexander Thompson, William Wilkerson,
Isaiah Courtney and George It. Lewis. None
of these knew munch about frontier life except
Mr. Lewis. IIe had spent a number of
years on the border and was the " main-stay"
of the settlement on matters of common
interest. All of theso except Mr. Holt are
There being no railroads in the State at
that date a great deal of freighting was going
on from Houston to interior points, and Mr.
HIolt early sought employment in this business.
He was profitably engaged in this for
a number of years, making several trips to
southwestern Texas, and two, during the war,
to tlme Rio Grande country, where lie purchased
salt and coffee, whicli he brought back
and distributed among the settlers. After
the war he took advantage of the prosperous
times, and, in stock and farming, j/ade considerable
money, most of which he invested
in land and cattle, and thus laid the foundation
of that success which has since fallen to his
lot. Mr. Ilolt now owns about 1,500 acres
of land, two-thirds of which lies in Burleson
county, the remainder in Milam county, about
200 acres of which are in cultivation. His
place on Yellow prairie, near the railway station
of that name, is well improved and wellstocked.
Mr. Holt has inherited from his
Kentucky ancestors the love of fine stock,
which has made that State famous the world
over. It is conceded that lie raises the finest
mules in Burleson county. He is devoted
to farming, stock-raising and kindred pursuits,
in which he hlas met with good success.
Public matters receive a fair share of his attention,
but he has never held any public
office and lias never cared to. In the social,
moral, educational and religious welfare of
the community in which he resides, he has
always shown a marked interest, and has contributed
liberally of his means, his time and
his personal effort toward building these up.
He has been a member of the Cumberland
Presbyterian Church for years, this faith
corning to him naturally from pious parents.
He is no master in religious debate nor seeker
after vain things in scriptural analysis, believing
rather in the broad and benevolent
teachings of Christianity and the univeral
brotherhood of man.
In politics lie is independent, having voted
the Democratic ticket most of his life, but
is not wedded to the party.
Mr. Holt has been twice married, his first
marriage occurring in Cumberland county,
Kentucky, in February, 1843, when he wedded
Miss Oney Bow, a daughter of. John
Bow. This lady was born in Cumberland
county, Kentucky, and died in Burleson
county, Texas, in 1871. She left seven children:
Alice, who was first married to Green
Stilwell, and after his death to Henry (U. Dil
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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/m1/531/: accessed July 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .