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                    Beginnings                                                                                                   Alan Terrell

In the Beginning:                                                                                       Visit the historical marker that marks the
                                                                                                      spot of Isaac Kountz’s death located on US
Indian problems plague pioneers                                                                     377 S about 2 miles SW of the Kimbe County

                                                                                                             Courthouse. Marker #2613
                                                                                                      Sam Speer’s historical marker is located near
                                                                                                    the entrance to the Kimble CountyAirport on
           By Frederica Wyatt       in the Gentry settlement.             (sic) County think dif-   US 83/377 about a mile north of the I-10 near
  Few areas of Texas had more In-     In the ensuing Battle of Brad-      ferent. Can you not do
dian troubles than the picturesque                                        something in our aid?                 Junction.Marker #5007.
                                    bury Hills, James Bradbury was
hill country, and coincidence was mercilessly slain by the Indi-          Tell President Grant
interwoven into many of the fatal ans. The other members of the           that it is very, very
raids in Kimble County, in the      posse carried his body back to        wrong.
heart of the area.                  the mourning village. He lies in      Respectfully, CHAS.
In the latter 1850’s, Raleigh       an unknown grave near the North S. JONES”
Gentry built a wilderness home      Llano River.                          In 1875, Dr. Ezekiel
on the banks of Bear Creek and      Sentiment of the Kimble County Kountz moved his
became Kimble County’s first         settlers was expressed in this        family from Kansas and
white settler. The Gentry family    letter written to the San Anto-       purchased the Brad-
consisted of several grown sons     nio Daily Herald: “Kimball (sic)      bury property. All went
who helped their parents “prove County, April 30, 1872-Editors,           well until Christmas
up” a claim.                        Herald:                               Eve, 1876, when the
More settlers came in the           “On this day at eleven o’clock last Indian raid was
1860’s, and in 1862 Gentry sold     a party of Indians, about fifty        chronicled in Kimble
his holdings to Rance Moore and in number, passed through this            County.
moved a few miles away to the       county and found a man by the         On that event-
Teacup Mountain area.               name of James Sewell making           ful morning, Isaac
Typical of many pioneers, the       rails.                                Kountz, aged 16, and
Gentrys met tragedy headon. A       “They killed him, scalped him, his eleven year old
son, William, marched away to       took his horse and moved on           brother, Sebastian,
war and died while in the Confed- down the country about five miles were herding sheep on
erate Army.                         where they killed three cows and the mountainside near
In 1867, another son, Allen, was one yearling and were feasting on the home. Suddenly, a
killed by Indians while hunting     them when they were trailed and band of marauding In-
wild hogs on Little Saline Creek    attacked by nine citizens.            dians came upon them,
near the spot where the Henry       “The fight was kept up but a           shooting and killing
Parks family was slain by Coman- short time as the citizens were          Isaac with a Davy
ches on April 2, 1862. Allen’s      so much outnumbered, and the          Crockett-type rifle.
body was interred in the Gentry     Indians having the advantage in       Sebastian escaped to
Creek cemetery near the family      arms...all of them being armed        tell the story. The band
home.                               with Winchester rifles. The attack- of Indians traveled on
Over on Bear Creek, the Moore ing party think, or almost know, northward through the
Colony continued to prosper.        they killed four Indians, but as      Llano River valley past
Among the newcomers was             the Indians kept the ground they Round Mountain.
James Sewell, who had brought       would not know with certainty.        After crossing the
his young bride from Coleman        “One thing they do know, they North Llano River at
County in 1868. Sewell was          lost one man, killed. The man         the foot of Doran’s
surprised by Indians while cutting killed was Mr. James Bradberry         Bluff, the Indians
wood some distance from the         (sic), aged sixty-five years; he       encountered two more
settlement. He was killed instantly had spent forty-nine years on the young brothers, Tom                     led through cedar brakes and over

and was the second person buried borders of Texas and was brave           and Sam Speer. Tom managed to rocks. The horses finally became
in the Bear Creek cemetery.         as could be. Mr. Rance Moore          escape, but Sam, aged 17, was
  Some time earlier James Brad-     was the leader of the brave and       killed.                             too exhausted to go farther, and
bury, Sr. had moved to Kimble       intrepid nine who had the cour-         The entire settlement was
County from Williamson County       age to attack fifty Indians, but of                                        the Kimble County men gave up
and had established a flourish-      course they did not know that the     grief-stricken and shocked by the   the pursuit at Wallace Creek, a
ing settlement on the banks of      Indians were so well armed.           killing of the Kountz and Speer     tributary of the Medina River.
the South Llano River about two                                           boys. A company of Texas Rangers
miles above the junction of the       “Now Messrs. Editors, what do       led by Captain Henry Moore and a      The Indians were not through
North and South Llanos.             you think of this style of business?  posse of frontiersmen, consisting   with their trail of blood. Coming
                                    Is it not a splendid government       of John A. Miller, Jerry Roberts,   upon Bandera County Deputy
  When the news of Sewell’s         we have, to arm the Indians on        Billie Waites, Dr. E.K. Kountz,     Sheriff Jack Phillips in Seco Can-
death reached him, Bradbury ea-     the Reserves with the most im-        N.Q. Patterson, Andrew Patterson,   yon, they shot and killed him.
gerly joined a posse and followed   proved guns and send them down        Billie Gilliland, and P.C. Lemons,
                                                                                                                In later years, Phillips’ nephew,
                                                                                                              T.B. Phillips, moved to Kimble

the Indian trail. The redskins were to kill us? You may think it is all took up the Indian’s trail. It was County and became one of its
overtaken near Teacup Mountain right, but we up here in Kimball a difficult course to follow, as it            leading citizens.

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