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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
joined the army of Gen. Taylor, then in Mexico. He
was engaged with Hays' Regiment in guerrilla warfare
until discharged in May, 1848, when he
returned to Texas.
During September of that year he settled in Burnet
County, then unorganized, where he purchased
land on Hamilton creek, three miles below the
present town of Burnet, twenty-five miles from his
nearest neighbor, and there commenced farming.
He invested eight or nine hundred dollars, the
amount he had saved out of his pay for services
in the army. Capt. Holland has been married
three times. He first married Mary Scott in 1852,
by whom one son, George, who now lives in Mason
County, was born to him. She died in March,
1855. December 6, 1855, he married Miss Clara
Thomas. Nine children were born of this union,
four sons and five daughters, viz.: David B., John
I., Sam W., Porter D., Mary R., who married
George Lester, of Llano County; Martha M., who
married Henry Hester; Louisa, Catherine and
Elizabeth. Mrs. Holland died January 8, 1887.
September 22, 1887, Mr. Holland married Mrs.
Susan A. McCarty, by whom he has had three
children, Charles Hamilton, Thomas A., and William
Capt. Holland has been a successful business
man. He was a member of the Texas Mining and
Improvement Company, which built the Northwestern
Railroad from Burnet to Marble Falls. He
is largely engaged in farming and stock-raising and
owns fine lands on Hamilton creek, in Burnet
County. He is a Royal Arch Mason and a leading
man in the Grange. He has always espoused the
cause of law and order, given a ready and active
support to the constituted authorities and been
looked to and relied upon in time of public danger.
Burnet was, for a long time after he settled there,
a border county and subjected to Indian raids. He
responded to every call of his neighbors to repel
the Indians and protect the settlers and their property
and was engaged in numerous Indian fights.
At one time there was a band of counterfeiters on
the Colorado river. Some of them were arrested
and brought to trial, but none but negro evidence
could be obtained, and they were acquitted. But
they were notified by Capt. Holland and others to
leave the county, which they promptly did.
After the war a number of parties commenced
rounding up the yearlings, branding them, and
driving off the beef cattle. A number of these
men were indicted, but Judge Turner refused to
hold court unless he was protected. Capt. Holland,
at the request of a number of respectable citizens,
organized a small police force and Judge Turner,
knowing of what kind of stuff the men were made,
said to him: "Holland, I look to you to protect
this court, else I can't hold it;" and he did protect
the court, notwithstanding the threats and show of
armed resistance that were made.
Capt. Holland, although past middle age, is yet
vigorous and active.
We have selected for the subject of this
memoir the head of the Dallas branch of
a great mercantile establishment that, starting
from a very small beginning a number of
years since, has grown to be the pride of the
State of Texas. We refer to Mr. Philip Sanger
and to Sanger Bros., who own mammoth emporiums
at Waco and Dallas. This house is considered
the largest wholesale and retail establishment in the
Southern States. Its working capital is several
million dollars. It has three hundred and fifty
employees at Dallas, and one hundred and fifty at
Waco. It is conspicuous, not alone for its wealth
and the magnitude of its yearly transactions, but
for the high personal character and the important
services, both in time of peace and war, rendered
to the country by the gentlemen who compose the
firm. Men who follow any occupation or pursue
any profession are apt to consider theirs as superior
to all others. The soldier prides himself upon
being a member of the profession of arms. He
looks about him and says: " That man is actuated
by the greed of gain; that man humbles himself to
secure votes to put himself into some petty civil
office; that man is spending his days in representing
in court clients who have defrauded their neighbors
or committed crimes for which they ought to be
placed in the penitentiary or hanged, while we
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Brown, John Henry. Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/360/: accessed May 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .