During 1871, the Bevers, J.C. Loving, and C.C. Slaughter outfits were gathering cattle in Loving's Valley, near the present town of Salesville, in Palo Pinto County. J.C. Loving, C.C. Slaughter, Spencer Beners, W.J. Hales, and John McClaren, Roy Merkeson, and nine others were present when the Indians attempted to drive away some of their horses. A running fight followed. The Indians were pursued into Jack County. These early citizens were rounding up cattle to drive over the trails to Kansas.
Note: Author personally interviewed W.J. Hale who was present at the time.
The above story is from the book, The West Texas Frontier, by Joseph Carroll McConnell.