...After entering the hallway, in compliance with the invitation of Dr. McMahon, Neasom informed the doctor that he had come to kill him. Neasom then drew his pistol and shot the doctor, who retreated into his room. Neasom fired twice again, but missed. The murderer then walked to his horse, mounted and rode off slowly, just as if nothing had happened....
The Post Oaks of 1870s
East of San Antonio, beginning at the watershed of the Salado, and continuing to the Rocillo, the Calaveras, Chupaderas and eventually Lipan and the Cibolo creek, existed a region that the people of Texas in 1870s called the Post Oaks. In the Post Oaks there were few communities, no railroads, and news traveled only as fast as the fastest horse.
Of the communities that existed then, few exist today. Places like Tenaha, Mays Crossing, Cottage Hill, Bethesda, Easterling, and Mount Olive are not even memories of the oldest people living today. The towns that came later with the railroad in the 1890s like Adkins, Carpenter, Anville and others, did not exist then. At the junction of Lipan Creek (Dry Hollow) and the Cibolo existed Lavernia. Lavernia was in the Post Oaks; in fact, its first name was Post Oak.
The Civil War of the 1860s, although fought in far away places claimed the lives and limbs of many of the boys from Lavernia. They were the Old South’s best and brightest. They volunteered early on and fought with Captain E. H. Cunningham’s Mustang Grays as a part of the Hood’s Texas Cavalry. They were General Lee’s shock cavalry, fighting in some of the worst battles of the Civil War. Many of the boys saw it all; several of them were present at Appomattox for the surrender. When they came back to Lavernia the planter culture based on slavery was gone and an occupying Northern Army ran the county.
However, these were resilient people. Many got involved in the economic revolution that visited the area: cattle. As a result many moved and became legends from Texas to Wyoming as the toughest of the tough, the trail drivers and cowboys of the Old West. Unfortunately, in the Post Oaks of the 1870s, lawlessness was the order of the day. Good people saw their lives in ruin and their children attracted to the easy money of outlawry.
The Post Oaks was considered an outlaw haven. The area in and around Lavernia was especially feared. The Minute Men, a militia formed by the men in the area, was the last line of defense. The stories of violence and criminal activities are too numerous to chronicle. However, the most heinous of these crimes took place at Lavernia in July of 1880. Listed below is the cast of characters.