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Rolland Nichols

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Kerr County, Texas

In 1858, Mr. Nichols lived about five miles west of Kerrville, on the beautiful Guadalupe River. While he was out turkey hunting with Jim Hampton and a friend named Hurt, Mr. Nichols told his companions he was going into the river bottom to a turkey roost, which was about one-half mile east of the present town of Ingram. His two associates soon heard shots, and only thought he was killing turkeys. Shortly, however, they heard Mr. Nichols holler, "Oh, boys, oh boys." And when the boys reached him, Mr. Nichols had already been killed. Previously, Mr. Nichols had carried his pistol along, but on this particular occasion, he told his family he never had occasion to use it, only on rattlesnakes, so the very time he needed it most, his pistol was at home.

Ref.: The author conferred with Lafayette Nichols, a son of Rolland Nichols, and others who were living in Kerr County at the time this tragedy occurred.

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

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