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Vol 19 No. 07 - April 1942

Some Of The Indian Troubles In Texas

Compiled by J. Marvin Hunter

Account details especially a raid upon the home of General Burleson and his son, Ed at the family's San Marcos Spring house in 1848.

Mentions: McCulloch's company of rangers * Placido, the Tonkaway chief * General Dick Scurry * Ed Burleson * Alf, Tom * Jim Wilkerson * Jim Carr * William Lackey * Barton * Captain Shapley P. Ross * North Fork of the Llano * Fort Martin Scott *

Break-Up Of The Notorious Quantrill Gang

By Major Morris U. Lively, Chaptain U. S. Army.

In August, 1863, the notorious outlaw, William Quantrill, and those under his command, staged the outrage at Lawrence, Kansas, which has come to be known at "the Lawrence Massacre," in which many innocent persons were killed. United States cavalrymen were ordered in pursuit of the raiders, which was made by virtue of the famous "Order No. 11," by the terms of which the desperadoes were to be hunted and harassed constantly. In the late fall of 1863, Quantrill and his followers established a rendezvous some fifteen miles northwest of Sherman, Grayson county, Texas. It is at this point that the actual disintegration of the Quantrill gang began. Here is the story.

Mentions: Bill Anderson * Miss Bush Smith * Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations * Ben Christian * Mrs. Butts * General Henry B. McCulloch * Colbert's Ferry * Taylorville, Kentucky * Mrs Julia Duncan Welder

Texas Rangers On The Scout

By A. J. Sowell (Continued from Last Month.)

In 1870-71 the Indians were very numerous and hostile on the Texas frontier, and a call was made by the Governor for several companies of volunteers to go on a campaign against them. There was an immense scope of country to protect, stretching from the Rio Grande to Red River. The Indians were more numerous in the northwestern part of the State, and committed many depredations under the notorious leaders, Big Tree, Satanta, Sittanka, and others. This account especially deals with the conditions of the Texas border at that time, especially in the northwest, and relates incidents of Indian warfare as recalled by old settlers in that region.

Mentions: in 1870 and 1871, nearly all the country from Fort Mason to Red River was a howling wilderness * Fort Griffin * Camp Colorado * Pecan Bayou * Hubbard's Creek * Dr. Gillespie * Sergeant Billy Thorn * John Fitzgerald * Billy Sorrell * Colonel Wood * Fort Cobb * The young chief, Casteel * Sergeant E. H. Cobb * Lewis Lee * George Jackson * Salt Creek * Fort Richardson * (Continued Next Month.)

Captain Ira Aten's Unique Letter

Account describes an old letter, written by Texas Ranger Captain Ira Aten, to his aged brother and sisters, and is characteristic of that gallant old Ranger, who was one of the State's outstanding peace officers in the 1870's and 1880's.

Mentions: Calipatria ranch * A. T. Boyce * Radium Springs * Camp Roberts * San Luis Obispo * Lelia Lake * Cutler, Indiana * the XIT Ranch * the Rhea Bros. ranch * Albert Boyce Aten * Hoover Memorial building *

Oliver Loving, The First Trail Driver

By Grace Miller White.

The dust of the cattle trails out of Texas has long been buried in plowed fields and lost in fenced ranches. The push of progress has obliterated these famous landmarks of another day, but in the history of the cattle kingdom the men who rode up and down these trails will live. The most vital chapter in the saga of the range is that made by the Trail Drivers of Texas. To this resolute breed of men the hazards of mirage-haunted plains, the dangers of encounters with fierce, hard-riding plains Indians, and the difficulties of handling slow-moving herds of range cattle were but challenges to their ingenuity and determination. In meeting a desperate need with fortitude, the Trail Driver made himself an essential character in the development of the cattle industry. This account details the life of one of the most foremost and perhaps the first - Oliver Loving. In 1845, with his wife, their five children, and other members of his household, Oliver Loving left their home in Kentucky to come to Texas where his cattle-ranching success grew to legendary proportions.

Mentions: Blocker, Saunders, Chisum, Driskill, Pryor * Colonel Charles Goodnight * son of John and Susan Bolling Loving * Hopkins county, Kentucky * Miss Susan D. Morgan * Mrs. Roach * erinda * Felix Grundy Miller * Jefferson, Texas * Caddo Lake * Lamar county * the Millers * a 640-acre tract of land in Collin county * Ft. Belknap on the Brazos * Loving's Valley * John Durkee * John Dawson * Kit Carson * Margaret Louise * John Flint * Isaac N. Roach of Weatherford * Mrs. J. P. Owens * Ann Maria * Weatherford * his son, William * Sarah * Ft. Sumner * the Goodnight - Loving Trail * Guadalupe Mountains * Rio Sule (Azul), *

The Egglestons; A Pioneer Bastrop Family

By Mrs. Julia Jones

Bastrop county archives and family oral tradition recount the prominent place that the families of two brothers -- Stephen V. R. and Zina Eggleston had in the early history of Bastrop, Texas where they arrived from South Carolina, in 1927.

Mentions: Josiah Wilbarger * Stephen married Julia Ann Mosely of South Carolina * Nancy Lee * Col. Stephen F. Austin * Mrs. Mary Austin Holley * Bolivar * Xavier Mina * the Barkers * the Dozier family * to Mr. and Mrs. William Burnham on the Colorado River * Judge R. L. Batts * the Bastrop Steam Mill Company * R. H. Grimes * Abner H. Cook * T. H. Mays * Samuel Wolfenberger * J. W. Bunton * John H. Brown * Smithville *

Alamo Phrase Buried In Obscurity

"Thermopylae had her messenger of defeat—the Alamo had none."

Who first used that famous phrase has been a question discussed for many years. When Judge W. A. Keeling, now of San Antonio, was Attorney General some years ago, he did some delving in the archives of the State as result of an inquiry on the subject from Senator W. E. Doyle of Teague. Research by Judge Keeling brought to light interesting information on the famous phrase - here is the story.

Mentions: Gen. Thomas Jefferson Green * Joseph Cox, a stone cutter * a sculptor named Nangle * Col. Potter * Col. Reuben M. Potter * the Crescent, a newspaper published in New Orleans * Col. Guy M. Bryan * Gen. Hugh McLeod *

In The Valley Of The Shadow

By L. C. Chamberlain

Mentions: Senator Wheeler of Montana, Charles A. Lindberg * Senator Tom Connally * Representative Lyndon Johnson * Senator O'Daniel *


Mrs. Sarah Riddle Eager, of San Antonio, celebrated her 100th birth-day anniversary on Thursday, February 19th.

Mrs. Eager was the first Anglo American born in San Antonio. She was born on Commerce St. near where the Aztec Theater now stands. She lives now at 434 South Alamo St., in the shadow of the metropolis which has replaced the quiet village of San Antonio de Bexar, Republic of Texas

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