SOURCE: The Gause Gazette, Fri., June 22, 1906, Vol. I, No. 30, p. 1, c. 1 & 2. [Microfilm: Texas Newspaper Collection - Reel 1320083474 - Ganado Jackson County to Gause Guide, Center for American History, University of Texas-Austin, Austin, Texas].
Article - “Local History - Joseph D. Fowler” from the original manuscript prepared for Lewis Biographies
The subject of his sketch is one, who though aspiring to no distinction, may with justice be ranked among the successful men of his community, the story of whose life deserves perpetuation among his kindred and neighbors. He is a son of Alexander Fowler who was born and reared in Butler Co., AL, in 1820; moved to Milam Co., TX in 1850, and to his last residence in Milam Co. In 1860, dying here on Dec. 29, 1869. He was a farmer and stock-raiser of temperate industrious habits, discharging the functions of a good and useful citizen, passing away with the esteem and good will of .... [tear in paper] ....
Alexander fowler married Amanda Pate in Alabama in 1840. Of this union, eight children reached maturity: Thos B. Fowler, who died in Milam county in 1872; Joseph D. Fowler, the subject of this sketch; Mrs. J. F. Ely and Mrs. J. C. York of Milam county; Jane E. Fowler, who died unmarried; Daniel D. Fowler and Mrs. John F. Needham of Georgetown, and Mrs. P. K. Pittman.
Joseph D. Fowler was born in Butler Co., AL in 1846; came to Texas at the age of four; was reared mainly in Guadelupe county. Living on a farm his education advantages were limited, and were further curtailed by the civil war, in which he took part as a wagoner in the Confederate army.
In 1884 he settled at Milano in the employ of Fowler & Beard, and at the expiration of a year succeeded to the business as proprietor. After a career in the mercantile business at Milano, he retired to the farm and ranch on which he is now living near Gause.
In 1868, Mr. Fowler married Miss Nancy J. Watkins, who died in 1881, leaving six children: Mrs. D. E. Barmore, Mrs. J. D. Peeples, Mrs. T. A. Eggleston, Mrs. F. C. Shoemaker, Rufus A. Fowler and Jos. H. Fowler. Subsequently he married Miss Jennie Smith, daughter of Peyton and Mary Smith, and a native of this county. They have one child, Daniel Earle Fowler.
Mr. Fowler is a member of the Odd Fellows, Knights of Honor, Knights and Ladies of Honor, and the Baptist church, to all of which he accords hearty support, as well as to all other laudable enterprises to promote the interests and welfare of the community in which he lives.
Thirty-five years ago, Mr. Fowler began life with one pony as his capital; today he is possessed of a comfortable fortune, acquired by patient thrift and industry, at the same time giving to a large household every comfort and luxury, and every advantage of education and social accomplishment afforded by his environment.
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