F.C. Kaiser Shoots Indian in the Temple

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Kendall County, Texas
F.C. Kaiser Shoots Indian in the Temple

    October 28, 1868, Indians were discovered on the Ammon ranch in Kendall county, about eight miles northeast of Boerne. So a messenger was sent to the Currey Creek Community. F.C. Kaiser, Jonce, Anson, Jim and W.K. Jones, Jim Nowlin, Charlie Williams, and about two others responded to the call. The Indians were followed all day into Kendall County, but were never overtaken, and the trail was abandoned in the Currey Creek Community.

    That night F.C. Kaiser, and Charlie Williams guarded about $2000.00 worth of horses, at the barn of Dr. Jim Nowlin. During the quiet hours of the night, the dogs disclosed the presence of two Indians, who had already pulled up several pickets, so the horses could be driven from the lot. F.C. Kaiser alarmed Charlie Williams, and since one Indian was in the open, and the other behind a post, Kaiser thinking that Williams would evidently shoot at the savage in the open, fired on the other, and when he did, hit the Indian in the temple above the eye. But Williams failed to fire. So the savage in the open ran away. He was pursued by F.C. Kaiser and the dogs, but escaped.

    Note:--Author personally interviewed: F.C. Kaiser himself.

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

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