Indians Wound African Girl

Michael has a BA in History & American Studies and an MSc in American History from the University of Edinburgh. He comes from a proud military family and has spent most of his career as an educator in the Middle East and Asia. His passion is travel, and he seizes any opportunity to share his experiences in the most immersive way possible, whether at sea or on the land.

Mason County, Texas

    During 1873, an African girl named Emmak, about eleven years old, was in a tree about seventy-five yards from the Jno. Gammel ranch house, which was about fifteen miles southwest of Mason. The girl either fell, jumped or was knocked out of the tree and when she hit the ground started toward the house but was shot by an Indian with a large caliber rifle. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wartenbach were living at the ranch at the time, but Mr. Wartenbach was away.

    Note: Author interviewed Charles Wartenbach, himself.

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

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