Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. Helen Ketchum]
Nellie B. Cox
San Angelo, Texas
Mrs. Helen Ketchum of San Angelo, Texas, wife of the late J. Van Ketchum, tolls of Jim Ketchum (Van's father) being killed by the Indians. Eugene McCrohan, (now deceased) one of the early settlers of this country, gave the details of the story to Mrs. Ketchum. Jim Ketchum was a cousin of Tom Ketchum, the noted outlaw.
“In the spring of 1867, Jim Ketchum started with a large herd of cattle to Fort Sumner, New Mexico. The government had seven thousand Navajo Indians imprisoned at Fort Sumner and the range country supplied the beef for the prisoners.
“Other herds gradually joined that of Ketchum, two of those known being [Eugene?] McCrohan and Sam Gholson. They traveled slowly, reaching the Hondo River in New