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O. K. REA  --1897
[OLE K. REA]

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Mr. Rea came to America from Norway in 1886 when he was 11 years old.  He lived in Wisconsin until 1877, when he came to Texas, living in Milam, Bell, and Williamson Counties before coming to Hamilton County

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in 1881.  To quote from the 1897 Herald:

"He came to Hamilton County with a flock of 900 sheep in which he owned a half interest and bought 638 acres of land where he now resides near Indian Gap.  He was soon launched upon his career as a wool grower and farmer, and by close economy and untiring energy he has succeeded in accumulating a competency.  He is now owner, in addition to his homestead,  of 1,300 acres of fine farm land on the north side of the Cowhouse, which he uses as a sheep ranch.  He has a flock of 1,200 sheep after selling a few weeks ago 800 head at $1.50 a head.  He cultivates only 100 acres of land, using the balance of 1,800 acres as pastures for his sheep and cattle.  He speaks his native tongue, together with German and English with fluency, and is among our most reliable citizens."

O. K. is the father of Otto [Otto Newton], Willie [William Andrew], Herman [Herman Paul], and Miss Anna [Anna Louise] Rea who still (1938) lives in Hamilton County.

 

 

PIONEER EDITION

HAMILTON COUNTY NEWS, Vol. VIII, No. 7

THE CARLTON CITIZEN, Vol. 30, No. 23

Friday, June 24, 1938

W. F. Billingslea, Publisher, Hamilton County, TX

[Ole K. Rea married Anna Carolyn Zschiesche in 1881 in Bell County, TX.   They were also the parents of Albert Sterling and Mary Nell]

 
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