Parker County Today May 2017 - Page 36

County, but as goes the post office, so goes the town. Postal service halt- ed in 1907, and Carter’s population dwindled away until in the 1920s the settlement had for all intents and purposes vanished. • • • ndians were known to enter the county through its far northwestern corner. That country up along the Parker-Palo Pinto County line could be downright dangerous when raiders out of Indian Territory drifted down across the muddy Red and into this area. On Nov. 8, 1870, well-known cowman Marcus L. Dalton traveled to the northwest corner along the Old Weatherford-Belknap Road, accom- panied by James Redfield and James McAster (McCaster). It would later be recalled that Dalton had with him a six-shooter which he set on the seat beside him, and a little dog that had followed him all the way to Kansas and back on a trail drive. Redfield and McAster were making their first foray into the frontier. I from the cover of a fallen live oak tree near the trail and murdered the travelers. “No doubt, Mr. Dalton was killed instantly, for his pistol had never been moved from its scabbard,” the Fort Tours website reads. “His mules, however, ran with the wagon out to the right side of the road, made a circle of perhaps 150 yards, and then crossed the roadway to the left. Redfield and McAster were each lying on the ground near the second wagon. All three were scalped, and their bodies badly disfigured.” The locked trunk baffled the pillagers, who decided to cut a hole through which to remove items from Whitt Tabernacle the bottom. The stashed money went undiscovered and was given to Dalton’s family — small but impor- tant consolation for the loss of a husband and father. The mutilated men were not found until the next day. It was a somber scene riders came upon — three men scalped and hacked up, Dalton’s faithful little dog lying near two of the bodies, as if waiting for someone to bear witness to the horror he’d seen unleashed the day before. It was in this vicinity, a little east inside the Parker County line, that a few years later, in the mid-1870s, Continued on page 51 Photo by Mel W Rhodes Marcus L. Dalton 34 Dalton’s wagon creaked beneath the weight of supplies and provisions bought in Weatherford. In the top tray of a traveling trunk filled with dresses and whatnots for his wife and daughters, Dalton squirreled away $11,000 in a shoe. He’d been long from home and looked forward to a joyous and prosperous reunion. But in Loving Valley, three-quarters of a mile northeast of present-day Salesville, 30 to 40 Indians sprang Whitt Cemetery Photo by Mel W Rhodes