History of Montague County, Texas

It was the first purpose of the author of this book to write a history that would only be read in the homes of the county; but, after much deliberation and consultation with those best fitted to know, it was decided to condense the work and put it in a form that could be studied as a supplementary reader in the public schools of this county.

Believing that such a study would tend to cultivate that patriotism which is the heritage of every American citizen, and cause our youths to look with a greater degree of reverence upon the early settlers of this county, the writer makes this explanation for the benefit of those who have so kindly given the data which this book contains, that they may know why some of the smaller details are left out. The sketches of Indian depredations necessarily had to be condensed for school purposes. The author also wishes to express a sincere appreciation to the following friends who have assisted greatly in the compiling of this history : Mr. Bud Morris, Mr. Cash McDonald, Mr. C. Moore, Mr. C. Grant, Mr. Joe Box, Mr. Bob Savage, Mr. Levi Ferryman, Mr. W. E. Bel- lows, Mr. S. G. Dowell, Mrs. Charlie Moore, Mrs. Charlie Grant, Mrs. Levi Blankenship, Mrs. Nettie Bellows, Mrs. Bob Savage, Mrs. Chesley Marlett.


Table of Contents

Texas... 1
Early History of Austin... 5
Indians Some of their characteristics... 8
Sad Fate of Daniel Wainscot and Jack Kilgore... 13
Example of Indian Cruelties to Animals... 19
Death of Spencer Moore and His Son, Ira... 21
Attack on Jim Box and His Family... 24
An Exciting Chase... 27
The Fate of One Indian... 28
Death of Two Young Boys... 29
Indians Slay Nathan Long... 31
Capture of the McElroy Children... 38
Indians Charge on Mr. Jackson's Home... 40
Death of Lieutenant Van Roberts... 42
Another Indian Raid... 47
Indian Raid Near Spanish Fort... 51
Capture of Dick Freeman and John Bailey... 53
The Lost Soldier... 59
Among Other Indian Cruelties... 63
An Indian Attack... 65
's Peak Incident... 66
Old Tip's Dislike for the Indians... 68
Indians Disturb Preaching Service... 71
An Indian Skirmish... 75
A Pioneer Woman's Experience With the Indians... 75
Death of Andy Powers... 77
Indian Cunning... 78 Brother and Sister Defend Their Mother's Home... 80
Fate of the Keenan and Paschal Families... 87
Easter Sunday, 1871... 93
Story of Beale and Maxey Families... 94
Charging Victoria Peak, summer of 1870... 98
Indian Masquerades as Woman... 99
Indians Attack Lee Home... 101
Satanta... 102
The Indian Crossing... 106
The Last Indian Raid in Montague County... 107
Jim Ned Look Out... 114
Brushy Mound... 115
The Home of My Early Days... 118
The Home Life of the Pioneer... 119
To the Boys and Girls... 128
I'll Do What I Can... 130
Ode to Montague County... 131
Montague County... 133
Texas Rangers... 146
The Southland... 149
The United Daughters of the Confederacy... 150
The Old Coat of Gray... 157
United Confederate Veterans... 159
Progressive Montague County... 163
Patriotism... 184


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The genuine hardihood and true nobility of the pioneers of our county have never been fully appreciated. Their deeds of heroism and courage equalled those enacted by their ancestors in the early days of the "Colonies." There were dangers untold, dreadful days and nights of anxiety; Indian battles were fought, fierce and long; many a father, many a brother, sleeps where he fell, the forgotten, silent hero of civilization's advance.

Naturally, too, the interests of these pioneer people became interwoven with each other, and, as will be seen, when Indian dangers lurked, and the mutterings of war were heard throughout the land, they were drawn still closer together, and the citizens became as brothers, with the same feelings stirring their hearts.

I would not give the men the praise alone, for many a covered wagon, as it rolled away from home and loved ones bore many a tearful, heartsore daughter as she bade farewell to father and mother to follow the fortunes of her husband, who, answering the call of the wild, determined to make for them- selves a home in the beautiful west. Dangers lurked on every hand, but they were brave; privations awaited them, but they were enduring. Hope deferred, which maketh the heart sick, was theirs, but God gave them patience. What a heritage of progress, power and strength they have given us.