Dear David & Dawn, Yes, I have heard of this treasure and disapearance.
Think it was in the series of Erath County Historic Calendars published
by Town & Country Bank, Stephenville, and written by Dan Young, history
teacher now at Hico, Texas High School.
I attended Stephenville High School, 1944-46 with Joy Nell French. There
were other French families in Duffau and Hico.There two in Hamilton on
old Stephenville road, 3 in Hico, one in Stephenville, phone book. You
can find them in Internet phone books or I can send them if you want
Never heard of the Duffau Creek being called a river. The main Duffau
Creek starts in Evans and Wyly and neighboring land 8 miles East of
Stephenville and passes through Duffau to the Bosque River near Iredell.
Some call the Prairie or Hurley Branch of the Duffau the Little Duffau,
but the Little Duffau Baptist Church and Salem School are between Duffau
town and Clairette, near the present Dutch owned dairies- on opposite
side of the main creek. These streams had many cold water springs and
sandrock and gravel swimming holes in the 1940's. It was a Federal Stream
stocked with fish. The bosque above Hico sometimes almost dried up-
Greens Creek did. The Duffau an East Bosque ran the Bosque to Lake Waco.
, then into the Brazos.
My Grandad Henry A. Wyly used to tell about being converted in a 2 week
"Protractive Meeting" or Revival and the last day of the Little Duffau
meeting, the Evangelist called the Pastor down to the front and announced
he had head knowledge of the Bible, but had been converted and convicted
by his own preaching. He and Grandad were baptized together in the Little
Dinasour bones have been found in the Duffau sandrock between Selden and
Tales of hidden treasure by jesse James persist in 2 areas near
Johnsville and East Waco, where heavy equipment dug for a safe two years
ago. They claimed the safe had papers to prove a Jesse James story and it
would move on the imaging machines when digging equipment was used, It is
in soupy quicksand type mud whis 90 feet deep on East end of the
suspension bridge- the Balconies Fault line. The East end is built on
large cedar logs made into a raft and sealed from decay by airtight mud.
Grand used to say the rain on his front porch went down Sims Creek to the
The rain on the back porch went (and still does, the years it rains that
much) goes down the main Duffau.
Stop at the Koffe Kup Kafe and you will see historic photos (Hico)
including a mass baptizing in robes in Cemetery Hole at Duffau.
On Wed, 07 Oct 1998 20:08:18 -0700 David & Dawn Roberts
Charles F. Stahley (Starley) was born 1836-1844 in Bern,
He met Mary Ann ( Moses Ann) Evans Thompson somewhere in LA, AL, or
Mary Ann had been married to a MR. THOMPSON (perhaps W. H. or G. O.)
and had a child William Alonzo Thompson.
Mary Ann's family had moved from AL to West Carroll Parish, LA. to
LEON Co TX. Somewhere along the way Charles met and married Mary
Ann around 1870. They made their way to Erath Co Tx and purchased
property on the Little Duffau River. I have heard that Charles
built some of the stone buildings in Hico. He was a stone mason,
cattle raiser etc. In about 1855 Charles disappeared from home.
There are several stories told of his disappearance. One states
that he had found a large amount of money around Austin where he was
tearing down an old building to rebuild another. And that when he
went back to Erath with the money some men followed him to his
home. He left with them and never returned. Later a skeleton was
found hanging in a canyon and there was speculation that it was
Charles. Have any of you historians heard of this man or a similar
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