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HISTORY OF TEXAS.
Business College, to mean a training in all
the English and a few special branches, necessary
to give a well rounded, thorough,
symmetrical English education, developing
the powers to apply the knowledge.
Professor Walden was married in October,
1887, to MWis Alice L. Phillips. Mrs. Walden
is a native of Texas, her parents having
come to this State at an early (late. She was
educated in the public schools of Austin, in
the high school, and in St. Mary's Academy.
She is a teacher of ability, and has charge of
tlhe short-hand department of the institution.
Mr. and Mrs. Walden are members of tlhe
Methodist Episcopal Church South, in which
the former has been a teacher in the Sundayschool.
He is a member of the Masonic
order,-blue lodge, chapter and co[mmnandery,
and is J. D. in the blue lodge.
W \ ] ILLIAM JUVENAL is one of the
prominent poineers of Williamson
county, and is entitled to more than
passing mention in this connection. lie was
born in Vermilion county, Illinois, September
22, 1834. When a youth of fourteen
ycars his family with some relatives, and
other families from their neighborhood, set
out on tlhe long journey to Texas. Enoch
Oxley, an uncle of MIr. Juvenal, liad visited
Williamson county a few years Ibefore this
time, and liad been very favorably impressed
with the Bushy creek country; hero he
bought a considerable tract of land on which
Mr. Juvenal was entitled to settle.
This long and weary trip was fraught
with accidents and filled with privations.
Near Rock Island, Illinois, the Sny bridge
fell, precipitating three teams into the
stream; there were many tedious waits for
swollen streams to fall, and finally sickness
and death invaded tile little co1lmpany. Tlie
mother of our subject succuinled t, tlhe
hardships, and her remains were buried at
Ashley, Missouri. They finally reached their
destination; the country was new, thinly
settled and wild game abounded from tlhe
jack rabbit to the buffalo. In the spring'
of 1849 Mr. Juvenal constructed a breaking
plow, and using his ox teams with this imnplemment
prepared much of the land on Bushy
creek for cultivation. Ile next engaged in
freighting goods from Htouston and distributed
them throughout the upper country:
this proved a very profitable occupation in
which lie continued for sixteen years. The
approach of the "iron horse," however, destroyed
this industry, and Mr. Juvenal was
forced to retire. Turning his attention to
agriculture lie began to improve a farm, and
with the exception of the years 1869 and
1870 spent exclusively in the cattle business
lie has devoted himself to agriculture. He
purchased his present farm, in 1865, paying
for tlhe first 320 acres at the rate of $5
per acre, and for the remaining 118 acres at
the rate of $15; 300 acres are cultivated by
James Juvenal, father of William Juvenal,
was born in Ohio, October 15, 1806; he emigrated
to Illinois in early days, and participated
in the Black Hawk war. Although
his opportunities for obtaining an education
had been poor he surmounted all obstacles in
his career as a business man and gained success
in the end. He was a Whig in his
younger days, but later became a Democrat.
His father, a native of England, emigrated
to the united States, and located in Pennsylvania;
thence lie removed to Ohio, and later
to Illinois, where he died at tlhe advanced
age of eighty-four years. He married Polly
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