Alvin Clark

    During the early summer of 1866, the savages were discovered north of Springtown, in the Terrapin Neck Community, near the Parker-Wise County line. Alvin Clark, John Hill, and nine others had followed the Indian trail from the Goshan Community. At the former place E. P. Curby, Jim Curby, Tom Nalls, Jack Gore, Negro Fane, Frank Holden, Curby, and Andy Gore, joined the expedition. After the trail was followed three miles further, the whites found themselves confronted by a large band of savages. It was agreed that the citizens advance and dismount so they could fight the Indians from the ground. Alvin Clark and John Hill, who were in the lead, seemed to have been about the only two to dismount. The Texans discovered the savages had overwhelming numbers, and December 23, 1866, Wm. Bailey and D. B. Green, two boys about eighteen years of age, who lived on Sandy Creek in Montague county, were out together in search of a pony. When they had gone about one-half mile from the latter's home, both were killed by about eleven Indians. When the boys failed to return they were soon found, and later buried in the same grave.

    Note: Author personally interviewed: W. A. (Bud) Morris and others.

    Further Ref.: History of Montague County, by Mrs. W. R. Potter, and a report of Indian depredations for the years 1865 and 1866 made about that time, by Wm. Fanning , County Judge of Montague County. This report is on file in the Archives in the State Library in Austin.

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

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