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Conrad Maechel and Yoakum Hench

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Mason County, Texas

    Conrad Maechel, a merchant of Fredericksburg and Yoakum Hench, who lived about two miles north of the above city, were returning from Bever Creek in Mason County, with some milk cows. When they reached a point about two miles northwest of Loyal Valley, both were killed by the Indians. They were found that night after dark by Ludorff Meyer, the mail carrier, carrying the mail from Fredericksburg to Mason. He then reported the circumstances at the home of Mr. Gustoff and elsewhere. The next day, Peter Crenwelge, Hen. Welge, and Christian Cody hauled them to Fredericksburg. Conrad Maechel and Yoakum Hench were killed during 1863, or shortly afterwards.

    Note: Author personally interviewed Peter Crenwelge, himself, mentioned above; also interviewed F.C. Straigler and wife; and one or two others, all of whom were living in Gillespie County at the time.

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

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