Murder of Mr. Dillard in Bosque County

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.

Bosque County, Texas

    Dillard and a companion were returning from the settlements a few miles below their home, when they were charged by Indians, a few miles west and south of Meridian. Dillard's companion was riding a wild horse. Dillard then suggested that he talk to the Indians, but the bronco-buster said, "___! ___! No!" But the wild horse refused to go. When the Indians were reasonably near, however, the bronco pony became frightened, and ran completely away. Dillard, however, was killed.

    Note: Author personally interviewed: Cos Barry; J.M. Robertson; Ole T. Nystel; and others, who were early settlers in that section.

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

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