True stories of old Houston and Houstonians: historical and personal sketches / by S. O. Young. Page: 191
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HOUSTON AND HOUSTONIANS 191
In the late 40's there came to Houston a gentleman who was
apparently in the advanced stages of consumption. He was tall,
being over six feet, and as straight as an arrow. He was a man
of family and had but little of this world's goods. The doctors
told him that he must not seek employment that would keep him
indoors or be in any way confining; that he must go somewhere
where he could be in the open air and get all the sunshine possible.
The advice was the proper thing and it was easy enough
for the doctors to give, but it was not so easy for Mr. T. B.
Myer, the gentleman himself, to follow, since its adoption meant
the starvation of his family while he was attempting to get well.
He thought it all over and then concluded that there was but
one way in which he could follow the doctor's advice and at the
same time support his family, and that was by becoming a professional
Having formulated this plan, he set about putting it in practical
operation. Among his friends was a San Jacinto veteran,
a Mr. Arnold, who gave him a long rifle which he had used in
the battle of San Jacinto. Every school boy raised in Houston
remembers the long rifle, which was as well known as "Hunter"
Myer. It was very long and very heavy and we boys used to
wonder how anybody could ever handle it at all. Having probably
done some execution among the Mexicans at' San Jacinto,
it was destined to do much greater among the deer, turkeys and
other game near Houston. Hunter Myer used this rifle for over
a quarter of a century and when too old and infirm to hunt longer
he gave it to Tom Padgitt, then a Houston boy, but now one
of the leading merchants of Waco, who still has it.
Hunter Myer was a remarkable man in many respects. He
was over six feet high, did not have an ounce of fat on his body
and was nothing but bone, sinew and muscles. He was a powerful
man and had a grip like a vise. One of. the most vivid
remembrances I have of him was seeing him one day scare a
little Jew almost to death. The Jew kept a store on or near
the corner of Preston Avenue and Milam Street and had done
something that angered Hunter Myer and he had gone to the
Jew's store evidently with the intention of chastizing him.
When he got there and the Jew realized that Hunter Myer was
after him his terror was so evident and his attitude so groveling
that Mr. Myer changed his mind about giving him a whipping
and concluded to give him a good scare instead. He suddenly
reached over the counter and catching the Jew by the back
of his coat lifted him bodily over the counter as easily as if it
had been an infant he was handling. Then catching him by
the collar of his coat he bore him, shrieking, to the sidewalk.
There holding him out at arms' length he quietly pulled out his
long hunting kitife and pretended tp be searching among the
Jew's ribs for a soft place to shove the point of the %nife in.
Sheriff Hogan, who lived across the street on Milam Street, heard
the shrieks of the little fellow and concluding that some one
was being murdered, came on a run.
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Young, Samuel Oliver. True stories of old Houston and Houstonians: historical and personal sketches / by S. O. Young., book, 1913; Galveston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24646/m1/191/: accessed September 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .