During 1877, Billy Brown and Horace Simms, who were ranching on Oak Creek, northwest of Ballinger in Runnels County, discovered two or three men that appeared to be Indians, driving a bunch of stolen horses. The Indians ran and were charged by the white citizens. When the savages reached a ravine, one of their number dropped off into the sunflowers, and his horse went on. In a short time, this Indian, who ambushed Brown and Simms on Mess Box Creek, wounded both of the citizens. Billy Brown died the same day.
Note Author interviewed: D.A. Cameron, and others.
The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by Joseph Carroll McConnell.