Frank Coonis

Denton County, Texas

    We are not sure when Frank Coonis encountered the savages, but it will be reported at this time. The preceding day, he and his father-in-law, who lived near Greenwood, lost some horses. So Frank left home alone for the Hickory Plains, where some horses were supposed to have been recovered from the savages. But somewhere near the ranch house, in which he ran, he was charged by Indians, and the empty chambers of his six-shooter disclosed that he had fought them a brave fight. When he failed to return, home, however, William Weatherby Sr., I. Copeland, Jim Cooley, and, perhaps, one or two others, found him dead in the old vacant Keep Ranch House, in the western part of Denton County.

    Ref.: Page 190, Pioneer History of Wise County, by Cliff D. Cates, and W.A. Morris of Montague County.

The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by Joseph Carroll McConnell.

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