The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 56
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
in all probability, Comanches, who had not learned the use of fire-
With the approach of winter many of the settlers on Choctaw
became dissatisfied at the prospect of fighting Indians without
hope of any cessation of hostilities so that late in the autumn they
began to move to more secure locations. Some went further down
the river in Fannin County while others emigrated to Red River
County. The Dugans and a company of young men, however,
resolved to stay and fight it out. Among the latter were Joseph
Gordon and Calvin Hoover. Henry Green and his family were
prepared to go but delayed a few days to attend the wedding
of Mary Dugan and Colonel Daniel Montague. The couple were
married on Sunday afternoon, November 14, before a large num-
ber of the relatives of the bride and friends of the groom who
came from Warren to attend the ceremony. The following morn-
ing the wedding party left for Warren accompanied by George and
Emily Dugan. Green and his family went with them also, but
much against his parents' wishes the eldest son, William Green,
decided to remain. His sisters joined in entreating him to go,
but the prospect of a winter's hunting and trapping with Gordon
proved more potent than their pleading, and unfortunately for
him, he permitted them to depart without him.
After the departure of the guests, Gordon and Hoover went
hunting. In the meantime, William Dugan and young Green
began to make the house more secure against Indian attacks and
cold weather. They chinked the cracks between the logs, cut port-
holes and fitted blocks for them, and made bars for the doors
which had been fastened previously with wooden pegs. The house
proper was a long log structure, with an open "dog-trot" between,
facing north and south. At the west end was the kitchen, which
projected far enough on either side to allow a porthole to com-
mand a view of the yard and side of the house. The young men
slept in the room furthest east but George and William Dugan
had their quarters over the stable so that they might the more
easily watch the horses.
At night-fall, November 15, George and Emily Dugan returned
from Warren, and the hunters brought in a deer. William Dugan
and young Green completed their work, except that of placing a
bar on the door of the east room. It was noted that toward evening
the cows acted strangely, as if Indians were in the vicinity, but
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