Isaac N. Kountz

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.

Kimble County, Texas

    December 24, 1877, Isaac N. Kountz and younger brother, Sebastian Kountz, while herding sheep about two miles southwest of Junction, saw several Indians coming down the road behind a herd of stolen horses. At first, they thought the warriors were cowmen and made no attempt to escape. When it was discovered, however, the horsemen were Indians, Isaac N. Kountz, who was about sixteen years of age, suggested they run away. Shortly afterwards, however, he was wounded in the hip and the Indians came up and then shot him in the head. Sebastian Kountz, thirteen years of age, successfully escaped. He was pursued, however, by the Indians who got sufficiently close to knock his hat from his head.

    Note: Author interviewed: J.C. Kountz, a brother.

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

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