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White Massacre on Dillingham Prairie in Jack County

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Jack County, Texas

    William Clinging and White came to Jack County with a herd of cattle. For a time they stayed with John Ribble, who lived near Dillingham Prairie. But when the Indians killed John Bottorff, Mr. Ribble moved his family to Weatherford. Clinging and White then batched, so they could look after their cattle.

    When Bill Clinging was away, the Indians stole the horses. White started over to an adjoining ranch and was killed by raiding warriors before reaching his destination. This massacre occurred on or near Dillingham Prairie in Jack County about 1860.

    Note: Before writing this section, the author interviewed W.A. (Bill) Ribble and Tom Ribble, sons of John Ribble; A.M. Lasater, James Wood, B.L. Ham, Tobe Parmer, and others who were living in Jack and adjoining counties at the time.

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

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