There were 27 for the Morgan Mill Spring Break camping trip. The new campers this year were: Caty Reagan, Jacee Halliday, Bill and Linda Hodges and their two grandchildren, Barbara McKnight (who knows a lot about Dutch cooking), Barb and Lindsay Minix, Tallen Halliday, Jerry and Wanda Packwood and Laraine Waughtal. It is always good to get out of town with friends. The trip was just down the road in Jacksboro and Fort Richardson.The park ranger told us that the fort was really built to show a military influence in the neighborhood since most of the Indians had been moved to Oklahoma by the time this it was built.
The next trip will be sometime when the wildflowers are blooming.
With the talk of Indians, the story that Gene Williams relates in his book, Hurrah for Morgan Mill, came to mind. He states that Indians did not give the settlers in the Morgan Mill area much trouble, they mainly stold horses during the full moon times and took clothes off the fences and brush when they were drying.
A.D. Cantrell (Hoyte Cantrell’s grandfather) reminisced, “My father bought 1,476 acres of Paluxy valley land for $2 per acre. In 1868, the settlers were 10 miles apart. Mr. Hightower lived two miles from our house. Seemed like every time we got horses, the Indians would go on a raid and take them. Every light of the moon we looked for Comanches and we were never disappointed. We had 150 head of horses that had to be hobbled every night that it was light.”
Cantrell continued, “Indians made a raid near Bluff Dale, taking all the horses in the country. The best riders and riflemen banded together and went after them. They rounded up the Indians on Robertson’s Creek. They held them until about 75 riders got there — they killed all the Comanches.”
In 1870, A.D. Cantrell left the area to become a cowpuncher for three years. When he saved enough money to work for himself, he states, “I hit the trail for Erath County and home, and I made good time going.”
Cantrell became a prominent and successful rancher and merchant at Morgan Mill for many years. He married Sarah Parks and were parents of 11 children. Both are buried in the Hightower Cemetery.
Coming up, the Morgan Mill Methodist Church will be opening a food pantry soon.
Tarleton is having a “Fill the Field” drive on Thursday, March 31 for food and other items needed by area charities. They hope to fill Tarleton's Memorial Stadium and donate the items to area charities.