Killing of Bradweiser

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Lampasas County, Texas

    About 1863, Bradweiser, who lived with White McCaleb on School Creek in Lampasas County, about ten miles northwest of Lampasas, started over to the home of James Kolb, a hatter, who lived about eleven miles south and west of the McCaleb home. Bradweiser was going after a hat, horseback, and alone. And when he reached a point about one and one-half miles southwest of Lometa on the extreme north prong of South Creek, he was killed by Indians. Bradweiser was found several days later and buried under a large live oak tree, where he fell.

    Note: Author personally interviewed R. Kolb and others who were living in that section at the time.

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

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