The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 472
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ranch and attempted to steal some horses in broad daylight
within seventy-five yards of the house. They were no match for
the old Ranger, who came running from the field where he had
been working and opened fire on them with his Spencer Carbine,
aided by his eldest son Louis, and the Indians were obliged to
flee without the horses. That period of Indian troubles doubt-
less reminded Kettner of his optimistic letter of 1856 in which
he believed the Indian menace to be gone forever.
Kettner decided to resettle in a safer place some six miles
from the town of Mason, and lived there until old age caused
him to move into town in 19o01. He had served Mason County
as sheriff, revenue officer, and cattle inspector, and was a most
respected member of the German-American population. He died
in Mason on September 9, 1907, at the age of eighty, only six
days after his Golden Wedding anniversary. He was survived by
his wife, three sons, two daughters, and fifteen grandchildren.
His descendants presently number about one hundred.34
Historians and historical geographers have often expressed the
belief that the German immigrants to America avoided settling
on the frontier, preferring instead to be secondary settlers. The
story of Franz Kettner and his fellow German pioneers of the
Texas Hill Country tends to refute that theory.
8"Answers to a questionnaire prepared by Terry G. Jordan and Gilbert J. Jor-
dan, supplied by Edna Kettner Kothmann of Menard, Texas, and Mary Kothmann
of Mason, Texas, March 12, 1963 (MS. in possession of the editors).
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