True stories of old Houston and Houstonians: historical and personal sketches / by S. O. Young. Page: 233
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HOUSTON AND HOUSTONIANS 233
Railway, five miles northwest of the city. The ladies were badly
frightened, of course, and were terrified when, on peeping out,
they saw a crowd of men on the front gallery and others in the
yard. They paid no attention to the raps on the door and those
outside, growing impatient, burst the door open with the butts
of their guns and entered the house. The nearest neighbor was
two miles away, but the outlaws took no chances of outcries
being heard, or of an escape being made, and help summoned.
They bound and gagged the ladies and, tying them securely to
bed posts, they proceeded to ransack the house at their leisure.
They broke open trunks, bureaus, wardrobes; in fact, everything
they thought might contain money or jewelry, and made a clean
sweep of everything they could lay their hands on. After they
had gotten everything in sight they left, leaving a scene of ruin
and desolation behind them.
Now, if they had been satisfied with the plunder they had, all
might have been well with them, temporarily at least. That
was not to be, however. Their thirst for plunder was insatiate
and they turned from the Rogers home to that of an old German
named Bache, who lived with his wife and two sons on a small
farm about two miles nearer town, about opposite where Houston
Heights now is. Old man Bache was about as tough a customer
as they could possibly have tackled. He would rather
fight than eat any time and everybody except those outlaws of
Davis' regiment knew that fact. His two sons, though quite
young fellows, were "chips off the old block," so the trio made
a strong combination.
About two hours after the Rogers robbery, old man Rache was
aroused from his sleep by a noise in his yard. He got up and
saw a couple of men coming toward the house. He seized his
gun and called to them to halt. They paid no attention to him,
but continued to advance. He fired and one of the foremost fell.
The fire was returned and the doors and windows were riddled.
The sons came to the rescue of their father and for a time a
pitched battle was fought. The casualties were heavy, but they
were all on the side of the outlaws. Finally the ammunition of
the Baches gave out, a fact which was recognized by the outlaws
when the brisk fire from the house ceased, and they prepared
to take the place by storm. Finally they charged and
broke the door down, thus gaining admittance to the house.
That move on their part was fatal, for old man Bache had a
cavalry saber, which he used with such skill and deadly effect
that he killed three of them before they could escape. The
others fled, leaving their dead on the ground, but taking away
It was nearly daylight now, so old man Bache sent one of his
sons to town to notify the authorities to come out and take the
dead men away. When it was learned that the dead men were
soldiers, a detail of soldiers was sent after them, but by the time
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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/m1/233/: accessed November 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .