“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Waco in McLennan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Forsgard House

Forsgard House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2022
1. Forsgard House Marker
Inscription.  Samuel Johan Forsgard (d. 1912) came to Texas from Sweden in 1855. Two years later, he married Mary C. Johnson (or Jonsson) (d. 1897) and moved to Waco. Their son, Edward Ferdinant "Fuzzy" (1870-1941), married Anna Marie Weaver (1877-1963), and he and his father designed this home, which was built by Swedish carpenters and completed in 1908.

Samuel lived in a small house built behind the larger home, where Edward and Anna raised five daughters and one son, who like his father and grandfather before him, was an expert marksman. Samuel and Edward were both Special Texas Rangers, and Edward held the 1908 world title in trapshooting. He and his father were also inventors. Anna, also known as Annie, or "Queenie" to the doctors she assisted, dedicated her life to sharing, giving food and drink to many at the back door. A log in the backyard served as a table for the travelers and as a storytelling venue for the Forsgard men.

In addition to Samuel's house, the Forsgard's lot included a hull house, where the hulls from the family's cotton farm were dumped for their many animals, including cows, horses, dogs, pigs, chickens, pigeons
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and deer. Two barns housed the feed and the animals, as well as the family's surrey, or buggy. Family servants lived in a small house, once a part of the barn.

The main house is a modified Ell, designed in the Queen Anne style with classical columns and decorative shingling at the roof gable end. The porch, modified in 1930, features a low, solid wall, reportedly added to hide the legs of women and girls as they sat on the porch. Today, the house remains an architectural landmark of Waco's history.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2002

Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12905.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsArchitectureCharity & Public WorkLaw Enforcement. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
Location. 31° 33.886′ N, 97° 8.41′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker is at the intersection of North 4th Street and Kentucky Avenue, on the left when traveling north on North 4th Street. The marker is located in front of the house by the sidewalk. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1122 North 4th Street, Waco TX 76707, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mount Zion United Methodist Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Hope Baptist Church
The view of the Forsgard House and Marker from the street (on the left) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2022
2. The view of the Forsgard House and Marker from the street (on the left)
(approx. ¼ mile away); Site of Waco Indian Village (approx. 0.4 miles away); William Cameron Park (approx. half a mile away); The C.C. McCulloch House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Rotan Drive (approx. 0.6 miles away); In Honor and Remembrance (approx. 0.6 miles away); McLennan County Gulf War, Iraq War, and War in Afghanistan Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waco.
The Forsgard House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2022
3. The Forsgard House
Credits. This page was last revised on August 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 13, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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Dec. 8, 2023