During 1867, Herman Stohl, who lived about eight miles northeast of Fredericksburg, was out one morning about two miles east of his home hunting oxen, when an old negro man asked him if he were not afraid the savages would do him harm since he was unarmed. Herman Stohl reached in his pocket and pulled out a small testament or Bible and told the negro as long as he carried that, he would not be harmed. A short time later, he was overtaken and killed by a band of savages.
Note : Author interviewed Kye Danley, a brother, and others who lived in Erath in that section at the time.
The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by Joseph Carroll McConnell.