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was married to W. C. Sparks, and who died
inBell county, this State, April 21, 1888;
Mary C., wife of Mike Rogers, Milam county;
Wade H., a resident of Oregon; Joseph P.,
who died in 1881, leaving a widow and three
children; Artilla, wile of James Swann, Bell
county, died February 2 1890; Dora, wife of
J. W. Smith; and John D.. a farmer of Milam
county. Mrs. Dauieldied September 19,
1871, and May 18, 1873, Mr. Daniel married
Mrs. Sarah Riggan, the widow of Rev. M. T.
Riggan, formerly of Milam county. The
present Mrs. Daniel is a daughter of John
and Elizabeth Gillmore, natives of Alabama.
Her father was a leading Methodist divine
of Alabama and Mississippi for many years,
dying in the latter State, October 2, 1844, of
typhoid fever. His wife died on the same
day and of the same disease. Mrs. Daniel
had five children by her former marriage,
none of whom are now living. By her last
marriage she had no children. Mrs. Daniel,
as was also her late lamented husband, is a
member of the Methodist Church and zealous
in the support of all church work.. Politically,
Mr. Daniel was originally a Democrat,
but in later years was independent, with a
leaning toward the People's party. Fraternally,
he was a Chapter Mason.
On the 5th of April, 1893, Mr. Daniel was
stricken down with paralysis and lay until
the 29th of August, when he departed this
life, sincerely lamented by all.
mD ANIEL D. FOWLER, a prominent
and prosperous farmer, residing in the
vicinity of Ganse, Milam county,
Texas, is a son of Alexander Fowler, and a
brother of Joseph D. Fowler
Daniel D. Fowler was born in Butler
county, Alabama, in 1850, but was reared in
Guadalupe and Milam counties, Texas, growing
up on the farm and receiving the usual
educational advantages of the day. He was
in his eighteenth year when his father died,
and, being one of a large family, he began at
that time to look out for himself. His first
employment was as a teamster, hauling
freight from Milamn and Bryan, then the termini
of the Houston & Texas Central Railroad,
to Austin and other western points. In
this business he was profitably engaged for
three years. As the railroad progressed
westward his operations as freighter were cut
off and he turned his attention to live stock
and the butcher business, furnishing supplies
to the construction crews of the International
& Great Northern Railroad then building
north from Hearne. After a year so spent
he bought a small farm on Cedar creek, on
the south line of Milam county, where he
settled and began farming. Two years later
he bought his present homestead, consisting
then of 320 acres of unimproved land, for
which he agreed to pay $1,600, paying $1,000
down and agreeing to pay the rest in twelve
months, which he did. Thus, by careful
economy and good management, he was enabled
to get a start. The passing years have
witnessed a marked change in his affairs.
Now he owns 1,400 acres of land; 300 acres
of which are under cultivation; his place
is stocked with 800 head of cattle, forty
horses and other stock in proportion. His
comfortable home and other good farm buildings
are among the improvements on his land,
and, while Mr. Fowler has accumulated a
large fortune, his time has not been solely
taken up with gathering the property about
him. He has a family, and, in addition to a
large household of his own, lie has raised five
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