Page 1 of 2
...The action moved quickly; a group of men at the front of the store turned to face the dismounted riders, all were armed with handguns. Angry words and curses were exchanged. It came as an explosion, the men drew their guns and opened fire, it lasted only seconds...
On December 15th 1900, Blas “Bill” Tudyk was thirty-three years old, 5’11” tall, and weighed one hundred and sixty-five pounds. He had light brown hair, blue eyes, with a ruddy complexion. The right side of his forehead was marked with a long scar, a small scar below his left elbow, round scars on the back of his legs and thighs and a scar below his right knee. He was not married and used tobacco. He had gone to school for four years and could read and write. The number assigned to him by the Texas prison system was #19928.
On Tuesday, October 17, 1899, Strzelczyk’s Store and Saloon in St. Hedwig
provided its usual services and goods to its patrons. Wagons, buggies, and horses were tied to posts and rails in front of the store as the patrons conducted their business inside. A group of men on horseback came to a sudden stop in front of the store, dismounted and tied their horses to hitching posts.
The action moved quickly; a group of men at the front of the store turned to face the dismounted riders, all were armed with handguns. Angry words and curses were exchanged. The men drew their guns and opened fire. A feud that had festered for years culminated in an explosion and lasted only seconds.
As the smoke cleared the patrons emerged from the store to find Marion Rakowitz shot in the head and through the breast just below the heart. They also witnessed Blas (Bill) Tudyk leaning in the saddle as he rode away wounded, bleeding from the mouth. Several others, limping from their wounds, mounted their horses and rode away. Someone recognized the Kosub brothers leaving the scene.
Doctors from Lavernia and New Berlin were summoned to St. Hedwig to save Marion Rakowitz who appeared near death. Miraculously, Rakowitz, who had a wife and seven children, survived.