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IN-DIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
ville, Texas, where he sold fancy groceries and
liquors and did a profitable business. In 1865,
Brownsville was raided by Federal colored troops,
who entered his premises and carried off his merchandise
by wagon-loads. His loss was later partially
made good by the United States Government.
He also sustained heavy losses by the historic
tornado of 1867, which demolished nearly one-half
of the city of Brownsville, including Fort Brown.
With his accustomed energy and undaunted
determination, he continued in trade and, despite
all misadventures, finally succeeded in laying the
foundation for a competency. In 1868, Mr. Jagou
married Miss Adolphine Mailhe, a lady of New
Orleans of French descent.
Four children were born to them, viz.: Christine
and Adolphe, who reside at home with their parents;
Michael, who lives near San Jose, California,
and Albert, who had charge of Mr. Jagou's branch
store at Laredo, Texas. Mrs. Jagou died in 1880
and in 1881 Mr. Jagou married Miss Agathe
Bourdet, of France.
Mr. Jagou is an enterprising, pushing business
man of tireless industry. Besides his large wholesale
and retail store in Brownsville, he has, as previously
stated, a branch store in Laredo. In 1879,
he purchased the Esperanza ranch, on which he has
the finest improvements and has demonstrated more
than any other man what Texas soil and water, in
the section in which he resides, will produce in the
line of tropical and sub-tropical fruits. He had
over 50,000 banana plants under the highest state
of cultivation. He believes that with irrigation
nearly all the tropical fruits can be profitably grown
in the lower Rio Grande valley. Mr. Jagou's success
in life is due entirely to his personal efforts.
Came to the Republic of Texas in 1845. He was
born in Germany in the city of Kassel, September
19th, 1820. He was reared to farming, which as
an occupation he pursued up to the time of his embarkation
for Texas as a member of the historic
colony of Germans who came to the New World
under the leadership of Prince Solms. Upon landing
at Galveston, he, with others of the colony, proceeded
to Indianola, where they were, for want of
transportation facilities, detained for about six
months. He finally made his way to San Ahtonio
during that year (1845), where he opened the first
saddler's shop established there. San Antonio
was then a town of about six hundred people. Not a
tradesman, he was, nevertheless, of a mechanical
turn of mind, handy with tools, and engaged in this
business, because he was quick to perceive that
such an establishment was needed and would pay.
His shop was located on what is now Commerce
street. He finally disposed of the business to advantage,
located in the suburbs near the city and
engaged in raising vegetables. For seven years
prior to 1861 he held the office of justice of the
peace. That year he entered the Confederate army
as Lieutenant of Company B., Third Texas Infantry,
commanded by Capt. Kampman, and upon the promotion
of Capt. Kampman to a higher rank, succeeded
him as Captain of the company. He remained
in the army two years. Returning home, he
engaged first in the lumber business; later served
as superintendent and architect for Maj. Kampman,
who did an extensive business as a contractor and
builder for many years; filled this position for
three or four years; in 1866 engaged in the fire
and life insurance business, which he followed until
1893 and then retired from active business pursuits.
He married in Germany and was the father
of nine children, four of whom are living: Otto,
Wilhelmina, Emilie, and Edward. Otto, the oldest,
was born in Germany, March 5, 1843; Wilhelmina,
wife of Max Krakauer, was born in San Antonio,
September 8, 1847, and has three sons and two
daughters; Emilie, wife of Julius Piper, born November
14, 1852, has four sons and three daughters,
and Edward the youngest was born January 16,
1855, and has one son and one daughter. All the
children live in San Antonio.
Otto Moye, the eldest, received a good common
school education and for eighteen years was identified,
as salesmen, with one of San Antonio's wholesale
hardware houses. Edward married, October
31, 1882, Miss Lillie, daughter of Louis Zork, who
was the pioneer dry goods merchant of San Antonio.
Mr. Edward Moye is a member of the well-known
mercantile firm of Krakauer, Zork
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