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I1ISTOI~~~~Y OF TEXAS. 499~~~~
He was born in Sweden, December 8, 1846.
His father, H. Anderson, was born in 1820
and died in 1889. He was a farmer, had a
fair education, and enjoyed ordinary thrift
for a man of his vocation. He married
Matilda Nelson, and they became tlhe parents
of three children, two sons and a daughter.
The other son, Gustave, is a farmer in Sweden.
The daughter is the wife of H. Anderson,
they also being residents of Sweden.
Alexander Anderson remained with his
father, engaged in farming, until 1869, when
he came to the United States, embarking for
New York, April 2, and landing at his destination
on the 26th of the same month. For
some time he was engaged in work at the
carpenter's trade. Two years after his arrival
in the United States he found himself in
Sherman, Texas, where he was employed on
the Transcontinental Railroad one year. HI e
then went to Columbus, Colorado county, this
State, and found employment on the Sunset
route, remaining with that company a year.
Deciding to quit the railroad and engage in
a more independent business, he accordingly
located in Travis county and began farming.
He rented land the first few years and found
that farming, even on rented land, was more
profitable than railroad work, so he concluded
to buy a farm. Learning of the fine country
surrounding Taylor, he came hither in 1877
and bought 140 acres, and to his first purchase
he has since added 410 more, all now
under fence and 300 acres under cultivation.
Corn, cotton and millet are his chief crops,
his cotton crop in 1892 amounting to 120
Mr. Anderson was married in Travis
county, Texas, in 1878, January 5, to Annie
Kreger, who was born in that county in 1858.
Her father, a native of Germany, emigrated
to this country in 1852. Mr. and Mrs. An
derson have had three children, namely:
Gustave, who died November 27, 1892, at
the age of thirteen years; Ludveg, eleven
years old; and Augusta, nine. The faimmily
J W. WALKER, a prosperous and progressive
young farmer of Williamson
county, is a native of the State of Georgia,
born in Crawford county, December 19,
18:50. hIis father, S. C. Walker, Sr., was
born in North Carolina, November 7, 1827,
and at the age of nine years accompanied Lis
mother to Georgia, the father having passed
to lhis eternal home; lihe learned the trade of
blacksmith and wheelwright, and carried on
these occupations in connection with farmigcr.
In 1861 he removed to Washington
county, Florida, and resided there until 1870,
when lie came to Texas with his family; he
first located in Bastrop county, and a few
years later came to Williamson county, of
which he is an honored citizen. The paternal
grandfather of J. W. Walker was a native of
North Carolina and a man of wide influence:
he was a politician of more than local note,
and had the confidence of his party, often
being called to fill responsible official positions.
He reared a family of five children:
Ned, Nat, S. G., Lazarus, and Margaret, who
married John Crooms. Ned, Nat, and Lazarus
died in the Confederate army, the last
named passing away while a prisoner of war
at Rock Island, Illinois. S. G. Walker, Sr.,
married Hester Croomns, a daughter of John
Crooms by his first marriage, and they became
the parents of a family of five children: J.
W., the subject of this biography; George;
Elizabeth, wife of J. B. Ganor; J. M.; and S.
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