Killing of Hodges, McGee,
and Hill, and Narrow Escape
of John Keyser and His Father
During 1863, Wm. Hodges, John McGee, Pete Hill, John Keyser
and his father, all of whom lived at Red River Station, were out cow-hunting
on the Ten Mile Prairie in Jack County, very near the present town of
Post Oak. The five had just finished dinner and John Keyser started for
the horses, which had grazed a short distance away, when suddenly charged
by a large band of savages. Jno. McGee, Wm. Hodges and Pete Hill were
killed in a pile, Jno. Keyser was wounded in the foot, and his father
narrowly escaped. The two Keysers became separated, but after traveling
some distance, the father accidently came across his son who was hobbling
along toward Victoria Peak.
Note: Before writing this section, author personally interviewed
Joe Bryant, W. A. (Bud) Morris, A. M. Lasater, and perhaps one or two
others who were living in Jack Montague Counties at the time.
The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by
Joseph Carroll McConnell.