Grandpa McKenzie

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.

Comanche County, Texas

    During 1861, Grandpa McKenzie lived on Indian Creek, about four or five miles east of Comanche. In company with a small boy, he went to the creek to secure walnut bark, to be used for dying purposes.

    The Indians shot Mr. McKenzie but the boy ran hurriedly to the house. The old man exclaimed, "Don't leave me, my pistol has gone off and shot me." He apparently did not know Indians were hiding.

    An examination of the gun of Grandpa McKenzie, who was seventy-three years of age, disclosed that it had not been fired. Grandpa McKenzie died the next day.

    Note: Author interviewed Dave Cunningham and one or two others who lived in Comanche County at the time.

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

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