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Joe F. Schoolcraft and Others Fight in Stephens County in 1869

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Stephens County, Texas

    About 1869, Wm. Cain, Joe F. Schoolcraft, Levi Current, John Carter, and three or four others, while out stock-hunting, about eighteen miles northwest of old Picketville, and about two miles from the Clear Fork, near Flat Top Mountain, discovered about twenty Indians, who were afoot and no doubt, on their way to the settlements to steal horses. When they were charged by the citizens, the red-men ran into a hole, where they could not be seen. Occasionally, however, an Indian would raise up, shoot, and then duck down again. Several shots were exchanged, but since the Indians had every advantage, they could not be dislodged.

    Note: Author personally interviewed: Sam Newberry, mentioned above, James Newberry; B.J. Thompson, and others who were living in this section at that time.

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

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