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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
first constructing a corral for his cattle, in order to
keep them out of reach of the Indians, and afterwards
erecting a log cabin to house his family. He
arrived early enough to get in a crop, planting in
the woods without a fence. The Indians were a
source of annoyance from the start. They made
frequent raids into the country and committed many
depredations, the Comanches being especially
troublesome. Nearly every member of the community
lost stock, and many their lives. One
family in the neighborhood, that of Wafford Johnson,
was almost wiped out, only one, a little girl,
With the gradual. improvement of the country
Mr. Reed's fortunes improved until the opening of
the late war, when, as was the case with many
others, he lost a great deal, but these losses he
afterwards repaired in a considerable measure and
always lived in the enjoyment of plenty and gave
his family every advantage in the way of schools,
churches, good society, etc., within his reach. Mr.
Reed and his wife were among the first members of
the Methodist Church organized where they settled
(Hopewell Settlement) and was also a member of
the first Masonic Lodge in that community, Mt.
Horeb Lodge, Williamson County. He was a
zealous member of that order during the greater
part of his life, becoming a Royal Arch Mason.
He was also an Odd Fellow, joining the lodge at
Georgetown. He was County Commissioner of
Burnet County eight years and Postmaster at
Hopewell about the same length of time. He had
good educational advantages, being a graduate of
Kenyon College, Ohio, and was among the foremost
in his community in all educational matters.
His sons, four in number, and a nephew and
niece, who were also members of his household,
were sent to the best schools in the State, and three
of them afterwards became teachers.
Mr. Reed was past the age for military service
during the late war and was also incapacitated by
physical infirmities, having had the misfortune to
lose an eye in early life, but he was a strong sympathizer
with the Confederacy and assisted in
caring for the families of soldiers at the front.
Mr. Reed died in Runnels County, Texas,
February 4, 1886, whither he had moved a few
years previous. Surviving he left a widow, who is
still living, and four sons: Albert S. Reed, now a
banker at Ft. Worth; Thomas S. Reed, a merchant
and banker at Bertram and Marble Falls; Theodore
Reed, a merchant of Haskell; and James W. Reed,
a bookkeeper at Marble Falls. His nephew by
marriage, David Morgan, whom he raised as a
member of his family, resides in Ft. Worth, and his
niece, Nannie K. Reed, was married to Lon B.
Parks and is now deceased.
Mrs. Reed, the widow, was born in Tennessee.
Her parents were James and Elizabeth (Howard)
Russell, who died when Mrs. Reed was a child.
She was reared by her sister, Mrs. Morgan, in
Virginia, whose family she accompanied to Arkansas,
where she met and married Mr. Reed.
All of Mr. Reed's sons are doing well, showing
that the care which was bestowed upon them is bearing
Born at Cat Springs in Austin County, July 12,
1836. Son of Charles Conrad Amsler and Mary
Lowenberger Amsler, who were natives of Switzerland
and came to Texas in 1834. Subject of this
memoir was reared in Austin County. On July 11,
1861, married Miss Julia Meyer, duughter of J.
D. Meyer, an early settler of Fayette County.
Mrs. Amsler, was born in Houston, February
20th, 1844. Soon after his marriage Mr. Amsler
moved to Montgomery County, where he engaged
in the sawmill business until 1885, when he settled
in Hempstead, where he subsequently lived. At
Hempstead he built a cotton-seed oil mill which he
operated successfully until his death and which
still continues to do a large business. By industry
and good management he accumulated a considerable
estate and left his family well provided for.
Surviving him he left a widow, two sons, John
C. and Louis D., and three daughters, Mrs. Theodore
Abrenback, Mrs. Penn B. Thornton, and
Miss Julia S. Amsler, all residents of Hempstead,
except Mrs. Ahrenback, who lives at
Mrs. Amsler's father, J. D. Meyer, was a native
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