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and Tommy, and their cousins, Joe (10) and Fremont (7) Blackwell to their chores — picking peas to store for the coming winter. As one might expect, it was play awhile and pick awhile in the garden, boys being boys. Indians were probably the furthest things from their minds when they heard a ruckus in the horse lot. Five Comanches had slipped up to the farm and one was placing a rope around one of the Sullivan horses. The other four Indians charged the boys among the peas. Horror stole the blood from the youthful faces as they turned to flee. Harvey grabbed his younger brother’s hand and ran for a nearby canebrake; the Blackwell boys were right on their heels. As they ran for their lives a steel-tipped arrow pierced Harvey’s arm and rifle ball slammed in to Joe’s hip. What happened next would haunt Harvey and Joe the rest of their days. “It was obvious to both of the older boys [Harvey and Joe] that the Comanches would soon capture or kill them all since, due to their small size and lack of speed, [the Slipdown Road Sign / Wes Nations White’s Funeral Home Our family serving your family since 1908 Full Service Funeral Home • Cremation Services • Pre-Need Plans Azle • Springtown • Mineral Wells • Weatherford • 817-596-4811 • Kari Drake, Andy Browning, Anita White, Ken Corzine, Bob White, Richard Woodman, Jillian Johnston, Bruce Duncan, Robert Sheffield 31