Earl Killed by Reservation Indians

Hardeman County, Texas

    Earl, whose given name we do not know, lived near the present Quanah Cemetery, and was riding ahead of J. and Fred Estes, who were traveling along in a wagon, not a great many miles from the present city of Quanah. Earl was horseback. About thirty-five Kiowas came up to the Estes brothers and asked them how many there were in the party. Shortly afterwards, they rode on ahead in the direction of Earl. In a short time, the Estes brothers discovered that Earl was being killed by the savages. So they unhitched the horses from the wagon, and fled away. Earl was killed April 14, 1879. May 3, 1879, H.C. Justin, and about four others, gave Earl a frontier burial.

    Note: Author corresponded with H.C. Justin and Mrs. W.D. McElroy.

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


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