Rose Davidson in
Heart O' Texas News
30 April 1931
Mr. Willis moved to this part of Texas as a little boy, eight years of
age, coming from Rusk County where he was born. The family migrated
west as early as 1957, but moved to McCulloch in 1861. His father
and mother were originally from Alabama. The rocks along the San
Saba made a favorite hiding place for the redskins and he has heard his
father tell of many early encounters with the Indians. Voca escaped,
in a fashion, the savage bands in the pioneer times and the most blood-thirsty
tribes roved either to the north or to the far south of the Voca country.
However, the family suffered heavily from loss of horses stolen by the
Indians. The Willis family lived in the early pioneer log home by
the banks of a steam. In 1874 near the Willis home two neighbors
were overtaken by a band of Comanches and killed, speared to death.