The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 353
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Horace M. Hall's Letters from Gillespie County
MOORES RANCHE WILLOW CREEK Nov 17th 187341
DEAR PA your letter of the 8th is before me and I will hasten to
reply, so that in the morning we can start the letter to Fredericksburg
by Johnnie [?], Mr Moores youngest son as the mail leaves town
hliesdays for Austin it takes just three weeks for a letter to go to you
and answer return, I recieved a letter from Ralph last Saturday he
wants to come out here dreadful bad.4i I believe Ralph would do well
in this country for you know he never was afraid of work and awful
accomodating among strangers, working himself into the good graces
of the "big bugs" and "sich" like, I wish Billie and Ralph either one
would come so that we could start us a little house of our own, and I
have rambled about just enough to know that a young man can have
nothing much till he settles himself in mind as well as body, now there
is lots of nice good preemtions that are just waiting for young men
without families to settle, now right over here this side of the En-
chanted Rock" is a good bottom of about 30 odd acres covered with
the best of building timber in the center of the best hog range in the
state, and one of the best springs in this country, and will make any
one rich that will take it up work and raise hogs, to be sure there is
some danger to be encoundered by indians, but two men armed with
Winchester rifles and Smith & Wesson cartridge shooting revolvers could
resist an awful party and the indians never molest any one unless they
Mrs. Dr. J. C. Hall,
The postmark reads (as far as legible): "Fredricksburg [sic] Jul 15." The postage
stamp had been removed.
41Horace was living at the Dan Moore Ranch, but was apparently still "running
cattle" for one of the Johnsons. In a letter written late in life, Horace wrote that
he taught school at this ranch.-Horace M. Hall to Joseph S. Hall, October 2, 1936.
42Ralph, Horace's cousin on his mother's side, lived in the Dr. Jesse Hall house-
hold and died there as a youth.
4aSee Biggers, German Pioneers in Texas, 11o-111: "The Enchanted Rock, about
twenty-two miles north of Fredericksburg, is one of the natural wonders of the
United States. It is a great globe-shaped, solid granite formation, the base of which
covers more than a section of land. It is several hundred feet from the base to the
top. The slope from the base to the top is so gradual that it is easily climbed,
except along parts of the north side where there are a number of rough places and
perpendicular bluffs. Along the north side are a number of great fissures and
According to the Handbook of Texas, I, 566-567, "The Enchanted Rock was so
named because of the belief of the Comanche Indians that the mountain was
enchanted or haunted. Their belief was based on sounds which are often heard
near the site especially at night. The sounds are caused by the contracting of the
stone in the cool night following a hot day, but the Indians credited the rock with
having a spirit and offered sacrifices, hoping for successful raids on white settle-
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