The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961 Page: 234
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
J. Frank Dobie in his Vaquero of the Brush Country gives the
best and most accurate description one can find of border condi-
tions in that area at that time. He there speaks of the notorious
Juan Nepomuceno Cortina, "the Red Robber of the Rio Grande"
who commanded hundreds of bandidos in repeated raids into
Texas from his sanctuary south of the border. Even at that late
date some Mexicans still regarded the territory between the
Nueces and the Rio Grande as belonging to Mexico. They stole
cattle by the thousands, terrorized and murdered with utter
abandon. These cattle were moved to packeries and vast num-
bers were shipped to Cuba.
King's grandfather, James Fisher, moved to Texas from Illinois
about 1825, and settled in Collin County on Sister Grove Creek.
He was a primitive or "hard shell" Baptist, God-fearing and
straight-laced. One of his six children was named "Jobe," who
grew up and married Lucinda Warren, to which union were
born two sons, King and Jasper. This occurred in Collin County.
The mother died at childbirth when Jasper was born, King being
then about two years of age.
King's father remarried. Cam Warren, brother of King's de-
ceased mother, who operated a general store in McKinney, did
not think much of that second marriage, and offered to take
Jasper and King, give them a home, rear and educate them. But
this offer was bluntly refused by King's father, who took the
position he was quite capable of taking care of his own family.
A few years later, after living in Denton and Williamson
counties, King's father moved to Goliad because of his wife's
health. There he operated some freight wagons out of "Powder
Horn," on the Gulf, into the interior, and engaged in cattle
business. His second wife died after bearing two children-Laura
Word was sent by King's father to a relative' at Florence, in
Williamson County, that King was being thrown in contact
too much with some undesirable people at Goliad, named Brutons,
and he was afraid of the bad influence. He requested permission
to send King to Florence to live with relatives and attend school.
Approval was given and King rode alone a distance of about 150
'This relative was the grandfather of the writer.
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