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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
engaged) and soon came to take an active part in
the affairs of the community, of which he has been
a leading citizen from the beginning, working
always for the promotion of the best interests of
the town and for the upbuilding of the section in
which it is situated. No man in that part of the
State is more generally and justly esteemed for purity
of character and services rendered.
He married, in 1848, at New Braunfels, Texas,
Miss Sophia Fricke, an estimable young. lady of
that place, who has borne him three children: G.
H. Forcke, Mrs. Joseph Faust and Charles Forcke,
the latter of whom is deceased. Mr. Forcke has
served as a member of the Board of Aldermen of
the city of New Braunfels and of the Board of
School Trustees, in both of which positions he has
been an active worker for the best interests of the
city of his residence.
A. J. ROSE,
What Texas is to-day and what she may in the
future hope to be is founded upon the broad, liberal
and far-sighted wisdom and the stability of her
pioneers. The pioneers of Texas, as a rule, were
not adventurers as in most countries they usually
were, but were men of resolute and well defined
purpose who came hither to aid in the building up
of a free and independent government and identify
themselves with the development of a new and
promising commonwealth and to establish homes.
They were mostly young people with their lives
before them and with a strong determination and
willing hands to develop the country. The subject
of this brief memoir was one of that class and it is
doubtful if there is to-day a pioneer who has been
more closely identified With the material growth of
Texas than he, and the author's aim in publishing
this work would not be accomplished without making
a becoming record of his long and useful career.
Mr. Rose is a native of North Carolina and was
born in Caswell County, September 3d, 1830. His
father, H. S. Rose, was a farmer whose ancestors
were among the first settlers of North Carolina.
Mr. Rose's mother was Mary Durham, her family
likewise being pioneers of North Carolina. In the
early days of that State H. S. Rose removed with
his family onto the frontier in Missouri, lived in
Howard and Randolph counties, and in the year
1836 or 1837 removed to Macon County. Our subject
was then a small boy of about six years, still
he vividly remembers the skeleton Indian tepes located
on the old homestead that had been but
recently abandoned when the family located thereon.
The father secured land from the government,
developed a pioneer home and there lived until his
death in 1846. He was an active and enterprising
man, a typical pioneer and delighted in frontier life
and took a prominent part in opening up the Macon
County country. He erected the first saw and grist
mill in that section of the State, which proved a
great boon to the settlers of that and adjacent
counties. Of his eight children five grew to maturity
and our subject was of these the oldest. He spent
his youth on his father's farm and in the mill. He
was ambitious to make a start for himself in the
world and upon the discovery of gold in California in
1849 went overland in company with seven others
to the gold diggings with ox teams and wagons, consuming
134 days en route. This was a hazardous
and difficult undertaking in those days. He remained
in California until 1853, during which time
he engaged in mining and freighting, meeting, on
the whole, with fair success. He left Sacramento
City on the 23d of May, 1853, for his home in Missouri,
making the journey on a mule in sixty-six
days. After his return home Maj. Rose purchased
a farm and engaged in agricultural pursuits in
Macon County until 1857, when he sold his farm
and moved overland to Texas with a mule team,
bringing with him his young wife and two children.
They located in Travis County and he engaged in
raising stock, chiefly horses. He there remained
until 1860, when he removed to San Saba County,
where he had purchased a fine location for a home,
about fifteen miles west of the town of San Saba,
on the San Saba river, irrigating his farm from a
bold spring upon it. With his accustomed energy
he soon opened up a fine farm.
The war came on and every available white man
enlisted, but owing to the monthly visits of the red
man to steal and kill, all heads of families were retained
for the protection of the women and children,
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/806/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .