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Albert A., a merchant of Bastrop. The
mother died in 1889. The parents were
members of the Lutheran Church.
P. 0. Elzner came to America with his
father, and received hlis education in the Bastrop
schools. Ile began work for himself at
the age of twenty-two years, inl the restaurant
business, which he followed for a nunmber
of years. In 1867, with $600 in money,
he engaged in a small way in the general
mercantile business, in a two story frame
building, using the upper story as his residence.
Two years later lie purchased, for
$5,000, the lot on which his present commodious
building is now located, paying $300
down. The building is 25 x 90 feet, two stories
high, and he continued business there until
March, 1892. In the meantime Mr. Elzner
had purchased the adjoining building, which
he immediately began tearing down, and
August 1, 1892, he moved his stock of goods
to the new building, which has 32,000 square
feet of flooring, is two stories high, and one
of the most commodious structures in the
State. He now has a trade amounting to
$250,000 annually, and enjoys sixteen clerks,
two bookkeepers, and two ladies in the millinery
department. Mr. Elzner carries a full
line of dry goods, groceries, clothing, boots,
shoes, notions, hardware, wagons, farm machinery,
furniture, bran, hay, corn and
liquors. In 1893 he purchased 5,000 bales
of cotton, is also largely engaged in the
real-estate business, handling both town and
city property, and buys and sells cattle, horses
and mules. He is a director and stockholder
in the National Bank of Bastrop, and is the
largest stockholder of the Bridge Company.
The bridge was erected in 1891, at a cost of
$45,000, spans the Colorado river at this
point, and is one of the finest foot and wagon
bridges in the United States.
In 1875 Mr. Elzner was united in marriage
to Miss Mary labensburgr, a native of
Bastrop, and a daughter of Jacob and Mary
Rabensburg, natives of Germany. Tlle
parents came to Texas about 1860, and tlle
father is now engaged in farminic in this
country. Mr. and Mrs. Rabensblurg lhavo
eight children, viz.: George, of this county;
Mary, wife our subl)ject; Hinry, deceased;
Emma, wife of Julius Bodoie, of Fort Worth;
Bertha, widow of James Gossman; Helen,
deceased; Julia; and Otto. Mr. and Mrs.
Elzner are the parents of five children,--
August J., Bruno A., Prince O., Bernhardt
(deceased) and Julia (deceasedl). Our sillject
and wife are members of the German
Lutheran Church, but worship at the Methodist
Episcopal Church, South. Socially, Mr.
Elzner isa member of the A. F. & A. M., Gamble
Lodge, No. 244-; of the K. of P ., Bastrop
Lodge, No. 101; and is a charter member of
the L. of H. He takes no active part in
political matters, although he served as City
Treasurer from 1878 to 1879, and has held
the office of Alderman since 1880.
J OHN LLOYD, an insurance and realestate
agent of Taylor, was born in Pennsylvania,
in 1836, a son of Isaac Lloyd,
who was a native of Virginia, but who removed
to Pennsylvania in an early day. The
latter, a shoe manufacturer by profession, located
in Robertson county, Texas, in 1852,
where he engaged in the boot and shoe business
and other vocations until the opening of
the late war, when he began merchandising.
In 1866 he was elected County Judge of
Bobertson county, and previous to that time
had served as Justice of the Peace. His
death occurred in 1868. The wife of Mr.
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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/m1/582/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .