Lewis Ludwick Spaet

Michael has a BA in History & American Studies and an MSc in American History from the University of Edinburgh. He comes from a proud military family and has spent most of his career as an educator in the Middle East and Asia. His passion is travel, and he seizes any opportunity to share his experiences in the most immersive way possible, whether at sea or on the land.

Llano County, Texas

    During the summer of 1871, A. Keefe, who lived on the Little Sandy near the Enchanted Rock in Gillespie County, while out hunting his oxen, saw an Indian slipping toward him. Keefe quickly fired, killed the Indian, jumped on his horse and ran rapidly home with other Indians in pursuit.

    A few weeks later, the Indians killed Lewis Ludwick Spaet, who lived at Sandy Springs about twnety-six miles northeast of Fredericksburg, while plowing with oxen in his field near the house. When shot, he was making a turn at the corner of the field. Mrs. L.L. Spaet saw the proceedings from the house and when she made a noise, the Indians ran away without scalping their victim. Frank, Jacob and a third child of Mr. Spaet were picking beans but were not molested.

    Note: Author personally interviewed Peter Crenwelge.

    Further Ref.: German Pioneers of Texas, by Don H. Biggers.

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

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