of the Christal Brothers
About 1862, John, Richard, Isom and James Christal left
their home in Denton County for a buffalo hunt, at some point in the northwest.
The brothers established their permanent camp on the Wichita River, near
the mouth of Holiday Creek, not a great distance from the present city
of Wichita Falls. At that time bisons were extremely plentiful. So John
and Richard left their brothers, Isom and James, at the camp to cook supper,
while they went out in search of game. Shortly afterward, a gun was heard
to fire, and in a few minutes they heard the report of a second gun. When
dark came, supper was prepared, but John and Richard had not returned.
The two brothers in camp thought perhaps they were lost, so they gave
a large number of vociferous yells, answered only by the howling wolves.
Guns were also fired. The following day the two brothers had not yet returned.
So Isom and James saddled their horses and took their brothers' trail.
Before going a great distance they found where a buffalo had been killed,
and partly skinned, and also discovered one of the brothers had gone to
the creed for a drink. This was verified by his handkerchief which was
hanging on the brush. About one half mile further on, they also discovered
moccasin tracks, but otherwise no further evidence of their brothers'
fate could be found. After searching for four days, Isom and James returned
home and reported to their parents what had happened. A searching party
of about fifty men then departed to where the boys disappeared. But neither
could they ascertain what had happened to Richard and John, and their
disappearance today still remains an unsolved mystery.
The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by
Joseph Carroll McConnell.