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502__~~~~~~ HISTORY~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ OF TEXAS
ings of regret. And so he paused at the outskirts
of the village, from which after a last
look he turned away, and, buttoning his
rough jacket over a brave heart, started out
to win his way in the world. The lad was
Serephin Wohlleb, born in Baden, June 20,
1841. A month later we find him in America,
a resident of Riley, Ohio, where lie had
secured employment at common labor, and
had made an humble but auspicious beginning.
This was in 1859.
Two years' residence in this country taught
him much of American life and put new impulses
in his breast, and so, when the late
Civil war burst upon the country, with the
generous impulsiveness of youth he offered
his services for the preservation of the Union.
They were accepted, and November, 1861, he
enlisted in Company G, Twenty-eighth Kentucky
Infantry. His regiment was assigned
to duty under Sherman, and remained in
Kentucky until the fall of 1863, when it was
started southward to join the Federal forces
then being concentrated about Chattanooga.
Entering the Georgia campaign in the spring
of 1864, it was in all the engagements down
to Atlanta, where, on the re-arrangement of
the Union forces, it was placed with Thomas
and was with him in his pursuit of Hood into
Tennessee, taking part in the battles of Franklin
and Nashville, where the final blow was
given the ill-planned Confederate campaign.
The Twenty-eighth Kentucky remained
about Nashville until after the general surrender,
when it was sent, in July, 1865, as
part of an army of occupation to Texas, and
was stationed at Victoria. It remained there
till January, 1866, when it was disbanded.
Young Wohlleb was with it in all these movements,
and shared its fortunes in battle, on
the march and in camp, performing tlk duties
of a soldier faithfully wherever placed.
After his discharge he went to work on a
farm in Austin county, where he remained
about a year. He then returned to Louisville,
Kentucky, and November 28, 1867, married
one of his country-women of that place, Miss
Augusta Jeckel, daughter of Joseph Jeckel,
and a native of Lenigan, Oldenburg, Germany.
With his bride he came back to Texas,
and, purchasing a small farm in Austin
county, settled down to agricultural pursuits.
He resided in tlat county until 1883, when
he moved to Milam county, where for five
years he engaged in farming and ginning.
In 1888 he came to Cameron and here started
his present business-conducting an ice factory
and bottling works. This business was
necessarily begun on a small scale, but it has
grown materially, and is really one of the important
local industries of Cameron. It represents
an investment of about $10,000, and
from March to December does a thriving
trade, two and a half tons of ice being manufactured
daily, and a proportionate quantity
of bottled goods sold. All of this is consumed
in the town of Cameron, and the demand is
steadily growing. Mr. Wohlleb has added a
cotton gin to his plant, which is kept busy
from September to December, the output
from which the last season was about 1,700
bales, and an equal number the season before.
Mr. Wohlleb was among the first to see the
possibilities of cotton-seed oil manufacture at
Cameron, and was identified in its earlier
stages with the movement which resulted in
the erection of the present mill at this place.
He is an advocate of immigration, and believes
that the future prosperity of the county
depends upon the coming of a thifty class of
small farmers, for whom the large tracts now
lying idle should be cut up and disposed of
in suitable quantities. Hardly any man
watches with closer interest the progress of
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