Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills. Page: 68 of 163
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In I86I John Lemon, a gentleman of about my own
age, resided with his wife and children at La Mesilla,
N. M., fifty miles north of El Paso. I was not then
acquainted with Mr. Lemon, but soon after my escape
to Fort Craig from the Confederates at Fort Bliss in
I86I, and after the Confederates had taken possession
of La Mesilla, Lemon and one Jacob Applezoller and
a Kentuckian named Critendon Marshall, were arrested
and placed in the guard house as "Union men." One
midnight these three were taken from the guard house
by the guard and a party of citizens to a bosque and
Marshall was hung by the neck until he was dead.
Applezoller was also suspended by a rope, but for some
reason was cut down before death ensued, and I believe
is still living in New Mexico. Lemon and Applezoller
were taken back to the guard house and some time later
Lemon made his escape and joined the Union people
at Fort Craig, as I had done a few weeks earlier. There
we two refugees met for the first time, and there commenced
an intimate friendship which continued to the
time of his death by assassination, which occurred at
La Mesilla about ten years later. After the Confederates
were driven from the frontier Mr. Lemon returned
to his home, where he acquired wealth and popularity,
being repeatedly elected County Judge. One
night in 1865 an express came to my house at El Paso
with a note from Lemon requesting me to come immediately
to La Mesilla, but without intimating why. I
went at once, and Lemon explained that he had been
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Mills, William W. Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., by W. W. Mills., book, 1901; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6112/m1/68/?q=Forty%20Years%20at%20El%20Paso,%201858-1898:%20Recollections%20of%20War,%20Politics: accessed November 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .