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Josiah and John Short

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Montague County, Texas

    During 1861, Josiah and his son, John Short, were about two miles from home and ten miles northeast of Montague on South Bonita, unarmed, hunting stock. His son rode a good horse, but the father's steed did not class so well. Seven or eight Indians came charging toward them. The father told the son to get away if he could. John hurried home for a gun, and when he again reached his father, the latter's horse had been killed and the Indians were chasing Josiah, who had been wounded two or three times. The arrival of the son, however, caused the savages to retreat. Mr. Short lay in bed a long time, but finally recovered from his wounds.

    Note: Author interviewed W.A. (Bud) Morris and Joe Bryant, who were living in Montague County at that time.

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

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