Herman Lehmann later in life
Now I don't want to steal the thunder of the other bloggers, so if you are interested in the story, I suggest that you stop now and read this article HERE and the other one HERE.
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If you're not the sort of person who likes to read more, I'll give you the basics. While out in the fields on their family farm in May of 1870, when Herman was 11 and Willie was 8 years old, a group of Apaches came and kidnapped both boys. After a few days, the cavalry caught up with the Indians and Willie was able to escape, but Herman remained a captive for eight years, eventually adopted by Quanah Parker and taking part in battles against the Army. Herman's mother never stopped looking for him and eventually Herman was reunited with the rest of his family.
The interesting part to me was that the Lehmann brothers still have living children. Esther Lehmann gave at least the two interviews above and has a sister, Gerda, who also lives not too far away in Kerrville, Texas – certainly makes me wish I lived closer so I could invite them to come talk to my classes. I just think it would be fascinating to hear from someone who could say, "Oh, yes, my dad was captured by the Indians."
Esther Lehmann (daughter of Willie Lehmann)
Even though at first glance this might sound unusual, if a person has children old enough, the connection to the past can span more years than seems reasonable.
A little less than four years ago, Woody Plaugher, a fellow I knew personally died. His father had fought in the Civil War. That's pretty remarkable when you think about it. And of course it seems perfectly reasonable to have children of Indian captives around if we still have the last children of Civil War soldiers still with us.
Of course, I've written about this kind of thing before on my blog when I mentioned President John Tyler (1790-1862) having living grandsons. I noticed the Internet picked up on it last month and New York Magazine even interviewed Harrison Tyler.
Do any of you know people similarly connected closely with the past? I'd love to hear your stories.