Indian Attacks

For years that must have seemed like forever at times, frontier settlers lived under the cloud of possible disaster at the hands of those Indians who had inhabited the frontier for generations.

West Texas And The Dust Bowl Years

From pbs.org

My parents were William Cornelius Cox and Minnie Steward Cox. Daddy was a farmer and a very good one, very hard working. In the very early 1920s, Daddy’s brother, Joe Cox, and wife, Malinda “Linnie” Barker Cox, moved to West … Continue reading

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Nick Coalson Family Attacked By Indians

NICK COALSON MARKER

I believe I told you a while back that Rickey, Missy Jones, and I traveled to south Texas where I was able to do quite a bit of research for Texans United.  It was in the yard…yes, yard…of our motel … Continue reading

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Isaac Kountz Killed By Indians In South Texas

This marker sits on the spot where Isaac Kountz was killed.

Rickey, Missy Jones, and I recently visited South Texas, and it was in Junction, Texas that I first found the historical marker erected for a young man named Isaac Kountz of Kimble County, Texas. Of course, this finding led me to make a lot of phone calls as … Continue reading

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The Hog Creek Indian Fight In Brown County, Texas

Dave Cunningham as an older man

Today, we travel back to 1870 to the Jesse Dickerson League survey in Brown County, Texas; however, first we have to journey through Comanche County where Frank Brown, George Wallace, and B. Grissom, were making their way to the mill … Continue reading

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Fighting Indians Erath To Palo Pinto Counties

From Texasbeyondhistory.net

According to Joseph Carroll McConnell’s The West Texas Frontier, the following occurred in about 1867, during the days of Reconstruction and at a time when Indian attacks were so prevalent that many people in our area traveled at night in … Continue reading

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The Battle Of Adobe Walls In Texas History

Quanah Parker

Actually, the title I’ve given this article is misleading; it should read Battles of Adobe Walls since there were, in fact, two separate battles for the old post. These were fought a decade apart in 1864 and 1874 and featured … Continue reading

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Worshipping On The Frontier

CHURCH HOUSE

 It’s difficult to study history on the Texas frontier without studying E.L. Deaton, early settler to this part of the world. I quote him here as he describes worshipping on the Texas frontier. I pull this passage out in my … Continue reading

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The Murder of Joe Baggett By Indians

THE VIEW FROM THE OLD OAK TREE

The Baggett family lived in Cora, Texas in Comanche County. However, the family moved from Cora into what eventually became known as the Baggett Community, leaving vacant their cabin in Cora. When Comanche County was created in 1856, the Baggett … Continue reading

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The Fight At Salt Creek Mountain

THE VIEW FROM THE OLD OAK TREE

The following is a horrible story, but it is what it is, and it shows us yet again just how hard it was to live on the Texas frontier during the 19th Century. ********** No history of Central Texas in … Continue reading

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Peter Cartwright Johnson Attacked By Indians

Matilda Whatley Johnson

I suppose it was a good thing that the early settlers to Texas did not possess a crystal ball, could not know of the hardship and tragedy that awaited most of them. Peter Johnson Cartwright was no different. Peter was … Continue reading

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Some Indian Problems W/ A Humorous Twist

Kate Campbell

In 1856, construction was begun on a new home for the James Cunningham family who had moved to Comanche County, Texas. This home still stands today on Highway 16 South just a few miles south of Newburg, Texas, and it … Continue reading

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Did The Tonkawas Really EAT their Enemies?

JOHN JENKINS

Well, the television westerns that I grew up on let me down on this one if John Holland Jenkins told the truth in his book Recollections of Early Texas where he paints the Tonkawas as cannibals of a sort. In … Continue reading

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