During the summer of 1872, the Indians killed Theodore Kindla while herding sheep for Judge J.B. Davenport, in the Sabinal canyon a short distance below the present town of Utopia. Kindla was roped, shot with several arrows, lanced and the savages peeled the skin from the soles of his feet before he died. They then left him for dead. But Mr. Kindla arose and walked about two hundred yards before he finally expired. The entire proceedings were witnessed by a Mexican sheep herder, who kept concealed because of his inability to render assistance.
The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by
Joseph Carroll McConnell.