WHEN HE GOT BIG ENOUGH TO FIGHT, THE INDIANS WERE GONE, Page #0684
WHEN HE GOT BIG ENOUGH TO FIGHT, THE INDIANS WERE GONE
W. T. (Bill) Brite, Leming, Texas
I was born in this, Atascosa county, July 24, 1856, and I am now the oldest
native-born white man in the county. My father moved from Caldwell county in
1854 and settled seven miles above Pleasanton. This county was then a part of
Bexar county, and was organized in 1856.
I think he was the first treasurer the county ever had. In the
campaign he and Captain Peter Tumlinson were candidates for the position and
father was elected. He died in 1859. There were only three children in our
family ; Charles, four years older than myself ; he died in 1911 Dan, two years
older than I, died in infancy. My mother moved to Bee county in 1860, and we
lived in Beeville for a time during the Civil War. Coffee was then a dollar a
pound and lots of people parched meal bran and sweet potato peelings for coffee.
Flour bread was unknown to me until about 1867, and the first biscuits I ever
saw I thought were about the prettiest things in the world. The only biscuit we
had was the little fellow that was always cooked in the middle of three pones of
corn-bread baked in a skillet with a lid on it.
Indians were very bad in this country during the Civil War, but when I got big
enough to fight them they were all gone. I saw lots of them, but the folks
always put me under the bed when the Indians came, so I have never fought any
Indians. They would make raids down BILL BRITE