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Book details
  • Genre:BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • SubGenre:Native Americans
  • Language:English
  • Pages:584
  • Format:Hardcover
  • Hardcover ISBN:9781098318369

White Fox and White Buffalo

Comanche Abduction Illinois Bend March 1863

by William A. Stricklin

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Overview
About the Two Books Recuperating from a bicycle accident the summer of 1948 on maternal grandmother Dollie's screen porch led to her disclosure she had hidden under the floorboards of her childhood home while her mother was scalped then killed in "DeKalb Indian Raid of June 9, 1900". This led to my 70 years of research into my Grandmother Dollie's most guarded secrets. This historical novel in fact is nonfiction except where facts are lost to history, and tells a horrific saga of Dollie's grandmother, being abducted as a two-day-old baby during a Comanche raid, being sold into slavery in Indian Territory to Mesquwaki Fox Native Americans, and there is named "White Fox" before escaping to freedom after a man four times her age purchases her in exchange for twenty ponies. My grandmother Dollie's mother, my half Native American half European white great-grandmother is "White Buffalo" the child of White Fox and Huritt, the son of Enola Fox, who owned White Fox all nonfiction except for the details lost to history.
Description
White Fox said: "My father noticed all the owls had stopped hooting. Families were huddled around a roaring fire in the great fireplace in our house when my father, Aaron Anderson, became aware that there were no sounds of hooting owls outside. It was a bitter cold, windy night in March of 1863 that an estimated band of 150 to 300 Native Americans led by white renegades attacked the little settlement of Illinois Bend. This attack was described in T.R. Stump's book, History of the Early Settlers in Montague County, Texas. The John Willett family, an Anderson family and a young man named Harris had established a small stockade located about a mile and a half southeast of the present-day Illinois Bend. They had moved there from the stockade at Head-of-Elm (now Saint Jo). Stump noted they were "tired of being couped up". They assumed they were safe from the threat of Native Americans. The families were huddled around a roaring fire in the great fireplace when Anderson became aware that there were no sounds of hooting owls outside. He went out to investigate and never returned. When he failed to return, Harris went out only to discover the entire settlement was surrounded by a large band of Native Americans. He rushed back inside giving the alarm to the others. Willett instructed all to flee for their lives. Mrs. Anderson was in bed with a two-day old baby and was unable to leave so John Willett remained behind to protect her. His 18-year-old daughter, Anne, stayed with her father. Mrs. Willett, her daughter, Cynthia, the12 year old Anderson boy, and young Harris managed to escape into the darkness. Cynthia, the Anderson boy and Harris followed the Red River downstream. The boy was caught by the Native Americans but later escaped. After two days, Cynthia and Harris found safety in Gainesville. The Anderson boy was found later by settlers who had to catch him as he was still in great fear of his life. John Willett, his daughter and Mrs. Anderson were killed and scalped at their new home. Mrs. Willett remarkably was able to make it to Head-of-Elm, but was half-frozen. She walked there in her night clothes and with bare feet, in the dark some fifteen miles to tell of the massacre. She told of running off a bunch of wild hogs and warming herself in their bedding. Upon arriving at the Head-of-Elm stockade, the settlers sent runners to warn other settlers of the threat of a large band of marauding Native Americans. Capt. Rowland responded with his troops from the Confederate outpost at Red River Station. His rangers pursued the Native Americans for three days. They caught up with them in Cooke County. There he decided the hold his position and not attack as his troops numbered only 115 men. Rowland reported the Native Americans were a superior force. The Native Americans moved back across the Red River unchallenged, leaving a path of bloodshed and horror behind them. The Aaron Anderson baby does not appear on the Texas Historical Commission's list of those killed at Illinois Bend on March 7, 1863. On May 20, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued his first Homestead Act, to be effective January 1, 1863. Many families arrived to homestead land the Comanche called Comancheria. March 15, 1863, did the Meskquwaki Fox carry out the raid or did the Comanche do so and then sell, give or barter to the Meskquwaki Fox band the white settlers abducted Aaron Anderson baby, born on Thursday, March 5, 1863, at Illinois Bend on Red River? Whether the child was or was not the Anderson baby or another homesteading family's daughter, the saga of White Fox is the same other than the comfort of knowing for sure. In this book we assume she is Aaron Anderson's newborn. My conjecture is the raiders were Comanche, then among the most warlike people in Texas, a hazard to voyagers through their domain as well as to settlers beyond it, mounting raids into northern Mexico for slaves, horses, young girls and women.
About the author
William Albert Stricklin JD PgMP, FAI-P/P Senior Expert III LEED AC Design and Construction Bill Stricklin is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar who earned his AB with honors at the University of California, Berkeley, followed by a doctor of laws JD degree at Harvard Law School and cloak-and-dagger training at the Fort Holabird Counterintelligence School for Cold War spy-craft. Military Training and Service • Life Member of the "Military Order of World Wars", • Ft. Lewis; basic infantry Ft. Benning; Fort Holabird, Counterintelligence Corps; Ft. McNair, Pentagon • Honorable Discharge two years active service (wartime); four years of U.S. Army Reserve Professional License History • State Bar of California Attorney 036559 Active 1964-2020 • Hawai'i State Bar Association JD0962 Active 1970-2020 • Washington State Bar Association Attorney 10456 Active 1969-2020 • State of Washington General Contractor: Type I steel/concrete 1968-1970 • State of Hawai'i "B" General Contractor CT6406: 2/16/1973-4/30/1996 • State of Hawai'i Real Estate Broker 1968-2015 ("inactive") • State of California Real Estate Broker 1958-1999 • Financial Consultant, Montecito Bank & Trust 1997-1998 Courts Admitted to Practice • Supreme Court of the United States • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit • United States Tax Court • United States District Court for the Northern District of California • United States District Court, District of Hawai'i • Supreme Court of the State of California • Supreme Court of Hawai'i • Washington Supreme Court Bar Affiliations, Activities and Memberships • Hawai'i Bar's Model Rules Committee for lawyers' conduct • Hawai'i Bar's Government Lawyers Section • Hawai'i Bar's Litigation Section • Hawai'i Bar's Natural Resources Section • Founding Charter Member Washington State Bar Assn Civil Rights Section. • Active Member 2020 of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) 162968 • Environmental Law Section of BASF • Ethics Committee of BASF • Race and Ethnicity Committee of BASF • Disability Rights Committee of BASF Honors and Awards • Order of Golden Bear University of California • Listed National Trust Directory of Historic Preservation Lawyers • Chair, Hawai'i Advisory Committee, AAA 1975 to 1985 • Natl Board of Trustees, American Arbitration Association 1990-1994 • Santa Barbara Board of Trustees, Planned Giving Chair, Red Cross 1998-2000 • Hawai'i's "Mediator of the Year" • Robinson Cox Visiting Fellow, Law School, University of WA (Perth) 1989 to 1990, teaching Law Society and students resolution of disputes • Charter Member Founding Secy, Hawai'i Lambda Alpha Land Economics Honor Society • Master Mason Berkeley 363; Oakland CA Scottish Rite 32 degree; Aloha Shrine Temple Published Books by William A. Stricklin: • Family Secrets a nonfiction ISBN 978-1-48098-155-3 • A Pregnant Nun a historical novel ISBN 978-1-09830-437-9 • A Hundred Secrets Books 1-100 nonfiction anthology ISBN 978-1-64530-835-7 • S'more Secrets fiction 3 Volumes bedtime stories ISBN 798-1-64530-433-3 • The Prince and I - Miss Olive historic murder novel ISBN 978-1-64530-432-6 • Senatorial Courtesy – nonfiction life-saving senatorial courtesy by Senator John William Warner III ISBN 978-1-54399-891-7 • Ladies Day – nonfiction misogyny Harvard professors 1960s ISBN 978-1-5499-920-4 • A Perfect Crime a historical novel ISBN 978-1-09830-140-8 • The Boss – nonfiction account 18 months service to Vice President Richard Nixon ISBN 978-1-09830-750-9 • Epilogue – nonfiction crimes of Nixon Presidential staff ISBN 978-1-54399-891-7 • George Sterling A Wine of Wizardry - ISBN 978-1-09831-102-5 • Ambrose Bierce 70 short stories ISBN 978-1-09831-080-6 • White Fox – Historical Novel ISBN 000-0-00000-000-0 • White Buffalo – Historical Novel ISBN 000-0-00000-000-0 • Easter Parade - nonfiction COVID-19 ISBN 978-1-09830-945-9 • Four Score and More – autobiography ISBN 978-1-54399-922-8
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