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Vol 26 No. 04 - January 1949

W. D. Boydstun, Pioneer Merchant

Account of Will D. Boydstun, long-time pioneer dry goods merchant of Baird, TX. Mr. Boydstun arrived in Baird January 19, 1892, and went to work for his brother, B. L. Boydstun, who was in the hardware business, and had arrived in Baird three years before. He worked for his brother for sixteen years, then he opened his own dry goods business in Baird and was engaged in it for forty years.

Mentions: , born in Rockwall, Texas, January 16, 1875 , His father, John D. Boydstun , Miss Maude McGowan , Mrs. W. D. Ferguson , Mrs. Herman Harper , Mrs. S. L. Stokes , B. L. Boydstun , Mrs. J. C. Barringer , Myrtle Boydstun , C. E. Boydstun , 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner , the Eastern Star , Judge Boyer , Ben L. Russell ,

A Christmas in the Shadow of Death

Carlos DeFoe

This sad story was written by an American who was reared in Mexico, and was still living there in 1910, when he sent the manuscript to John Warren Hunter, then living at San Angelo. It was written in Spanish, and Mr. Hunter translated it. Defoe and Mr. Hunter met in Mexico during the Civil War, and kept up a fairly regular correspondence until the latter's death in January, 1915. It is a sad tale of brutality and bloodshed.

Mentions: , Father Jerome , Fort Leavenworth, Kansas , Carlos DeFoe , Captain Ortiz , Hermosillo, Mexico , Senora Guadalupe Ortiz , General Ortega , the Reforma (Liberal) , General Ortega Zaragonza, and Benito Quintana , Miramon , Marquez and Mejia , the battle of Calpulalpam , Vera Cruz , Juan Pablo Ortiz , Antonio Villegas , 3,000 traitorous Mexicans under Marquez , French general, Forey , Colonel Barnardo Smith , Colonel Foster , General Berriozabal , Puebla , Santa Rita , Vera Cruz and Jalapa , Captain Pechucca , General Forey , Contraguerrilleros , Keratry, a French officer , Habana , Don Juan de Dios Pezos , El Tigre de los Tropicos , The Rojos, or guerrilleros , the town of Thaliscoya , Don Jose Villegas , Costastia , Senor Molino , Captain Pechucco , Captain Avalos , Tamaulipas , a young man by the name of Jasper , Captain Avalos , Pepita , the village of Casas , El Guera , Carlos DeFoe, Elbert Jasper , General Mendez, the Bedford Forest of Mexico , Maximilian and his two Mexican Generals, Miramon and Mejia, , Tacuba, Mexico ,

Extermination of the Russell Family

Account of the massacre of Mrs. Polly Russell and her children in Wise County in 1868, at their home on Martin's Prairie, about three miles southwest of Chico - one of the most atrocious massacres ever committed on the frontier. Mrs. Polly Russell was a widow with four children. Here is the sad story.

Mentions:, Ben Russell, a young man , Sandy Creek , Harvey Russell , Jimmy Russell , Decatur , Martha Russell , Dick Couch , J. D. White , Denton County ,

In Texas Down By The Rio Grande

A tense true story of the glorious last stand of Seth Burr, dashing young cowboy who found himself facing death in behalf of his great love.

Mentions:, Charles H. Haynes, Alamogordo, New Mexico , Bill Dunman, young Burr's uncle , Bridge Street , a Sister of Mercy ,

In Quest of the Black Stallion

Account of a young lieutenant's ambition to capture a beautiful black stallion, and how the Americano was betrayed into the hands of El Mocho, a notorious brigand and robber, and how he finally found his way back to his command through the kindness of an Irish deserter from the American army.

Mentions: S. Compton Smith , General Taylor's Army , the city of Monterey , "Old Apollyon," , Trevinio , Comanche Peak , the Sierra Alba , Mazeppa , the notorious Mocho Martinez , Don Patricio , Patrick O'Brien , Camargo.

Austin Woman Recalls Chisholm Trip


Account of Mrs. Howell Bunton, a bride of three months, who told her husband, "I'm going with you" – that is, on a cattle drive up the old Chisholm trail rather than return to the home in Austin. This story describes the events of that trip.

Mentions:, ranch outside of Sweetwater, and Early , Howell Bunton , Coolidge, Kan , Dr. M. A. Taylor , Elmira Female College, in Elmira, N. Y , David Bolding ,

Early Day Homicides in San Antonio

Taylor Thompson

The author here recalls eyewitness accounts of early bloodshed on the streets of old San Antonio.

Mentions:, a man named Jonathan Hackett , Bob Wilcox , the old Lewis mill near the foot bridge on Market street. , Nat Lewis , a well known German citizen named Leffering , Eagle Pass ,

The Daring Feat of a Georgia Soldier

This thrilling story of prison life during the Civil War was written in 1910 by Rev. J. N. Hunter, an uncle of the editor of Frontier Times. J. N. Hunter rode with Forest's Cavalry through most of the four years of that great conflict, but was captured, and taken to Camp Douglas, near Chicago, where he remained a prisoner until June, 1865. He was an eye-witness to the flag-pole incident described in this story.

The Last Straw

N. H. Kincaid

“The five cowhands gazed at the decrepit chuck wagon with a baffled look on their dust-seamed faces. That it should fail them, and this so close to their goal, seemed incredible.

The drive itself had been undertaken on a shoe string by this handful of foolhardy kids. The boss was a youngster of sixteen who, because of his age, had been refused admittance into the Confederate army the previous year, 1865. So he had left Missouri for Texas and there launched himself into the cattle business. Buying a herd of about 500 steers at seventy-five cents a pound, and that on credit, and hiring five cowboys at forty dollars, also on credit, with promises to pay only in the event they made a profit on the cattle, they then headed for Sedalia, Missouri...”

Mentions:, Denton County, Texas , Ft. Scott, Kansas , Jim Daugherty , the 800,000 acre Figure 2 ranch near Van Horn.

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