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Daniel D. Fowler

SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 794 & 795.

Daniel D. Fowler, a prominent and prosperous farmer, residing in the vicinity of Gause, Milam county, Texas, is a son of Alexander Fowler, and a brother of Joseph D. Fowler.

Daniel D. Fowler was born in Butler county, Alabama, in 1850, but was reared in Guadalupe and Milam counties, Texas, growing up on the farm and receiving the usual educational advantages of the day. He was in his eighteenth year when his father died, and being one of a large family, he began at that time to look out for himself.

His first employment was as a teamster, hauling freight from Milam and Bryan, then the termini of Houston & Texas Central Railroad, to Austin and other western points. In this business he was profitably engaged for three years. As the railroad progressed westward his operations as freighter were cut-off and he turned his attention to live stock and the butcher business, furnishing supplies to the construction crews of the International & Great Northern Railroad then building north from Hearne. After a year so spent he bought a small farm on Cedar creek, on the south line of Milam county, where he settled and began farming. Two years later he bought his present homestead, consisting then of 320 acres of unimproved land, for which he agreed to pay $1,600, paying $1,000 down and agreeing to pay the rest in twelve months, which he did. Thus, by careful economy and good management, he was enabled to get a start.

The passing years have witnessed a marked change in his affairs. Now he owns 1,400 acres of land; 300 acres of which are under cultivation; his place is stocked with 800 head of cattle, forty horses and other stock in proportion. His comfortable home and other good farm buildings are among the improvements on his land, and while Mr. Fowler has accumulated a large fortune, his time has not been solely taken up with gathering the property about him.

He has a family, and in addition to a large household of his own, he has raised five orphans - brothers and sisters of his wife - whom he has trained to habits of industry and usefulness, and provided for in proportion to his means and their wants.

Mr. Fowler was married in 1872, to Miss Emaline Patty, who was born in Arkansas, and who accompanied her mother, Mrs. Delilah Patty, to Texas, her father having died in California a number of years ago.

Mr. and Mrs. Fowler have had ten children: Walter G. Fowler; Ella Fowler, who died at the age of seven years; Frederick Dow Fowler; Edgar Fowler; Addie Lou Fowler; Bertie May Fowler; Pearl Fowler; Daniel Webster Fowler; Charles B. Fowler, and one that died in infancy.

Mr. Fowler is a member of the Masonic fraternity, being Junior Deacon of Milano Lodge, No. 605, and he is also a member of the Knights of Honor, Lodge No. 506, at Cameron. Both he and his wife belong to the Methodist Church, in which he has served as Steward and Trustee, and in the affairs of which he takes an active interest.

We must say a special thank you to Sylvia Thomas of Georgetown, Texas, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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