Bill Nix in the Watermelon Patch

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Parker County, Texas
Bill Nix in the Watermelon Patch

    It is difficult to determine whether Warren Hudson, whom the Indians treed in the pecan tree, or Bill Nix, had the most exciting Indian experience.

    About 1864 there was a watermelon patch near Goshan and about five miles west of Springtown. An unusual noise was heard in the watermelon patch. So Bill Nix and three others, went out to investigate. When Nix stepped over a low fence, he stumbled and as he fell and put his hand on an Indian's head. The Indian made a horrible noise, ran one way, and needless to say, Bill Nix ran the other. The Indian was stealing melons.

    Note: Author personally interviewed Mr. Kirby of Springtown and Dole Miller of Weatherford, who lived in that section at the time.

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

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