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George Gentry Shoots Indian

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Kimble County, Texas

    About 1871, the Indians charged the Riley Gentry place at Kountz Spring, about one mile west of Junction. The natives were attempting to steal horses, but Geo. Gentry, a son of Riley, began to drive the bullets so straight and fast, the savages fled with one of their number wounded.

    J.F. Milligan, Buck Nolan and George Gammel were out killing cattle for the hides, at the time. Fifteen or twenty men went to their rescue but found them unharmed.

    About ten days later, J.F. Milligan, while hunting his oxen about one mile west of Junction, found an Indian shield, hair rope, bloody Indian shirt and discovered signs of twisted grass used by Indians to puncture a wound. Evidently Gentry wounded at least one warrior.

    Note: Author interviewed: J.F. Milligan.

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

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