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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
put in another one to operate several new dynamos
for light and the transmission of power, all of which
will materialize this (1896) spring.
The firm as it now stands, is doing the most extensive
business of any institution in Western
Texas. It handled last year 3000 car loads of product,
which, with their enlarged facilities, will be
greatly increased this year. They are only awaiting
the advent of another railroad to build the
largest oil mill and flour mill in the State of
The entire business is managed by his son, Mr.
Harry Landa, with an efficient force of about
In 1851, Mr. Joseph Landa, subject of this notice,
was united in marriage to Miss Helen Friedlander,
daughter of Mr. Solomon Friedlander, of Albany,
Seven surviving children were born to this union,
three sons and four daughters.
Mr. Landa's home, facing the plaza in New
Braunfels, is one of the finest family mansions, in
point of architectural grace and completeness, in
interior arrangement, finish and furnishings, in
Southwestern Texas; and here he and his wife
with their son live in quiet retirement, surrounded
by a wide circle of friends to make serene and
happy the remaining years of life.
E. L. R. WHEELOCK,
Col. E. L. R. Wheelock, one of the first settlers
of Robertson County, Texas, was a native of New
England, where he was reared and partly educated.
finishing his collegiate training at West Point, of
which he was a graduate. He served in the War of
1812 and in the Black Hawk War; settled when a
young man in Illinois, where he lived for a while;
then went to Mexico and spent something over
three years trading in that country; returned to
Illinois. where he resided until 1833, engaged
principally in the mercantile and milling business,
and then came to Texas, and settled in Robertson's
Colony, on the prairie, named for him Wheelock
Prairie, and laid out the town of Wheelock, which
was also named for him. He remained in Texas
until 1846, when he returned to Illinois to settle up
some business matters there, preparatory to transferring
all his interests to Texas. He had considerable
landed possessions in Adams County and
Quincy, Ill., his name being perpetuated in the
history of that city by Wheelock. square and
Wheelock addition. While on this journey he was
taken sick and died at Edwardsville, Ill. His
trunk, containing many of his valuable papers, ws
never recovered by his family (who remained in
Texas) in consequence of which they lost some of
During the troubles of 1835-6 he was in Texas
and was in what is known to history as the "Runaway
Scrape." After removing his family to a
place of safety, he started with his son, George R.
Wheelock, and his afterwards son-in-law, Samuel
A. Kimble, to join the army under Houston, but
reached it the day after the battle of San Jacinto.
His wife was Miss Mary P. Prickett before marriage
and was born in Lexington, Ky. Her
parents emigrated to Illinois at an early day and
there she met and was married to Mr. Wheelock.
Sbe died in Robertson County, Texas, October 12,
1881, at the age of eighty-four years. To Mr.
Wheelock and his wife five children were born, the
youngest of whom, a son, Thomas Ford, died at the
age of five. The others grew to maturity. These
were: George Ripley, Annette Woodward, William
Hillman and David P. The three sons saw more or
less military service in Texas, George R. as a member
of the Minute Men and William H. and David P.
in the Mexican War, both the latter being present at
and taking part in the battles of Monterey and
Buena Vista. William H. and David P. also
served in the Confederate army during the war between
the States. But two of the family are now
living: William H., who resides at Franklin, in
Robertson County, and the daughter, Annette
Woodward, now Mrs. S. B. Killough.
Mrs. Killough, at this writing, one of the oldest
settlers of Robertson County, was born in Bond
County, Ill., in 1821. Accompanying her parents
to Texas in 1833 her entire life has since been
passed in this State -and that, too, within a mile
or so of where she now lives, near old Wheelock, in
Robertson County. She remembers many events
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