Sage Nichols, Cattle Rustler?

The following was written by my dear friend, the late James Wyatt of Sipe Springs, Texas.


Tommy Patterson and I enjoyed traipsing the countryside with James while he told us his stories!

Tommy Patterson and I enjoyed traipsing the countryside with James while he told us his stories!

In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, I am not sure of the period of time when some of these things happened.

Sage Nichols was said to be a hermit who lived in the woods about 2 ½ or 3 miles south west of Sipe Springs. I don’t know how much of this is true, but seems like when Sage needed meat, he would just run somebody’s calf down and butcher it.

Well, the ranchers didn’t like it at all so they got together and tried to catch Sage for cattle rustling. They would see him and start the chase, and he would just disappear like he just vanished. Later, they found this hole in the bank of Nanny Branch. What Sage had been doing was run and get in this hole and pull a large round rock in front of the hole.

I don’t know whether they ever caught Sage or not. The story that I heard since I was very small did not comment on whether he was caught or not. I always thought it was a good story.

I have been to this hole on two different occasions. This hole (the best I can recall) is 2 ½ or 3 feet, perfectly round. I don’t know how deep it is. It is in solid rock and sure enough there is a large round rock by the entrance of the hole. This rock looks like it would fit the hole.

Old Sage sure must have been a strong man because that round rock must weigh 2-3 hundred pounds.

P.S. the reason I never did see how deep the hole is it was rattlesnake country. Nuff said-

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for and marketing small-town Texas.
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