Books [Miss Mattie Mather]
“Our family became very prosperous, my father was a good manager with family as well as business. Father soon owned and operated a grist mill, flour mill, saw mill, blacksmith shop, post office and general village store.
“When the Civil War broke out my father went to enlist but was not permitted but requested to stay at home where he could care for the little town, provide for the citizens, serve his country better at home than in the army.
“In the early days Texas was some what made up of outlaws evading punishment in their own state. Their children would say, 'What did your father do that he had to come to Texas?' Then they would relate murder and criminal stories that had brought their fathers to Texas.
“In those days Indians were still pilfering and pillageing the wooded sections of Texas. I remember one particular tragedy that happened to our friends that lived in Lampasas County near Williamson County.
“Marcus Skaggs 16, Benton Skaggs 12 and a kid friend about the same age put their oxen to the wagon and went to my father's mill to have the corn ground into meal. On the return some Indians stopped them, the kids had no protection except the large forest on one side of the road and a small one on the other. The boys chose the large forest knowing the customs of Indians. The Indians emptied meal out of the sacks, killed the oxen but did not enter the forest. The