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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
and has constructed engines, cotton gins, cotton
presses and machinery of all kinds against competition
from other cities, he looks back with pride to
his " rawhide reaper" job as he called it, as being
the most successful of his mechanical-undertakings,
considering all the circumstances under which he
built it. Later he went to Houston for castings
and other material and tools, and built five more
reapers and two complete threshing machines, which
were run by horse-power and carried the grain into
the sack ready for the mill.
During the war he was exempt from military service
on account of physical disability, but through
his machines he was able to do much toward supplying
the army with grain. After the war he opened
a general store and was building up a business
which promised fair for the future, but engaged in
an unlucky speculation in cattle by which he lost
most of his accumulations. He spent the winter
partly in Chicago and partly with his uncles in La
Salle County, 11. While in Chicago awaiting returns
from New York he came across the Walter A.
Wood's self-raking reaper and the Collins cast steel
plow, the agency of which he secured for his section
of the State of Texas and handled them with
success for many years.
Becoming convinced finally that the bent of his
mind was largely in favor of mechanical pursuits,
he decided to move to Waco, secured a good location,
and began the improvements necessary for a
foundry and machine shop and now has one. of the
largest and most complete establishment3 for
machine, foundry, implement and general mechanical
work in Central Texas. He is largely engaged
in the manufacture of fronts for buildings and other
structural castings, which he supplies not only to
Waco, but to the surrounding towns. Recently he
has begun the manufacture of cotton presses and
intends in the near future to add the manufacture
of other cotton machinery. At various times he
has engaged in other business enterprises that have
met with a fair degree of financial success and that
have made his name familiar to the people of
He was married in September, 1850, to Miss Ellen
M. Gunderson, a lady who came with his family to
the United States. To them have been born five
children: Caroline, now Mrs. F. W. Knight; Mary,
who was married to D. F. Durie; Lizzie, now
Mrs. S. J. Smith; Oscar, who assists his father
in his business; and Cora. In 1884 Mr. Canuteson
revisited his native land. He has conducted
his business with a constant increase for
over a quarter of a century without change of place
or firm name. The success he has met with is the
natural reward that follows honesty of character,
integrity of purpose, and a thorough knowledge of
the occupation pursued. He is a citizen of sterling
worth, a member of the Masonic fraternity and is
highly respected by all who know him.
MOSES AND STEPHEN FULLER AUSTIN,
Moses Austin was a native of Connecticut.
When but a youth he left the parental roof to seek
his fortune in Philadelphia, and there, at the age
of twenty, he married Miss Maria Brown. Shortly
thereafter, in conjunction with his brother, Stephen,
he established a commercial house in Richmond,
Va., a branch of the importing house in Philadelphia,
of which the former was the head. The operations
of the brothers were doubtless remunerative.
Ere long they purchased the lead mines
called "Chissel's Mines," on New river, Wythe
County, Va. Moses, the younger brother, was
placed in charge and at once commenced extensive
mining and smelting operations.
Around the mines quite a village sprung up,
which was named Austinville, and there, November
3, 1793, was born Stephen Fuller Austin, the celebrated
Texian empresario and patriot. The Philadelphia
and Richmond houses failed and the
mining speculation was abandoned.
Hearing flattering accounts of the lead mines of
upper Louisiana (now Missouri), Moses Austin
procured the necessary passports from the Spanish
Minister, visited that region, was highly pleased
with it, and obtained in 1797, from Baron de Carondelet,
Governor of the Provinces of Louisiana
and Florida, a grant of one league of land,
including the Mine-a-Burton, forty miles west of
St. Genevieve. Closing all of his affairs in the
United States, he removed his family, with a num
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