Waco in McLennan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Samuel Johan Forsgard
Born in Klockergarden, Forserum, Sweden, Samuel Johan Forsgard (1828-1912) came to Texas in 1855 during the first wave of Swedish immigration to Texas. In 1857, he married Mary C. Johnson (1827-1897) in Austin and they moved to Waco to make a home. Forsgard established a bakery, restaurant and confectionary business before joining Gurley's Regiment of the Confederate Army in 1861. After the war, he resumed some of his businesses, but also found time to invent and patent farming equipment and to establish Ambold's Sporting Goods Company. A well-known resident of Waco for more than 50 years, Forsgard played a significant role in the city's 19th-century development.
Erected 2001 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12758.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
Location. 31° 33.262′ N, 97° 7.111′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Texas Ranger Trail, Waco TX 76706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William McKendree Lambdin (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Hudson Barron (within shouting distance of this marker); First Street Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Texas Rangers and the Fence Cutters (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waco (about 400 feet away); The Original Fort Fisher (about 500 feet away); Hebrew Rest (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waco.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 26, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 26, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.