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Tullos B. Smith

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Menard County, Texas

    Tullos B. Smith was returning late in the evening to his home in Menard, from the Wilkerson Ranch, about sixteen miles away, was mounted on a large black pony, and was leading about two other horses. As he passed a cluster of bushes, a few miles from his destination, Tullos B. Smith was ambushed and killed. Late in the evening the stage going from San Antonio to El Paso came along and found him. Since he was not scalped, some local citizens thought perhaps he may not have been killed by Indians. Searching parties soon found moccasin tracks, however, and other Indian signs. Wm. Templeton, Lewis Wilson and David Thorp brought Tullos B. Smith's body to Menard in a spring wagon.

    Note: Author interviewed: J.F.P. Kruse, who intended to accompany Tullos B. Smith to the Wilkerson Ranch but was unable to find his pony; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Ellis and Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Carlisle, 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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