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Ammie and Ennie Metzger

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Gillespie County, Texas

    Ammie and Ennie Metzger, daughters of Peter Metzger, who lived about three miles north of Fredericksburg, were returning to their home. Ennie, about thirteen years of age, had been staying with her uncle, John Metzger, in Fredericksburg and going to school. Ammie, about two years older, had been to town to do some work. When she returned home, Ammie encouraged Ennie to, also, go home. The girls walked. After reaching a point about one mile from Fredericksburg. Ammie and Ennie were captured by the Indians. Ammie, however, fought for her life, and because of her hostility, was soon lanced and scalped. Ennie was carried away by the savages. But several months later, she was recovered and returned to her people.

    Note: Author personally interviewed Peter Metzger and John Metzger, cousins of the two Metzger girls; also interviewed Peter Crenwelge, Mr. and Mrs. F.C. Striegler and others who lived 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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