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Jefferson County History
Extracts from a Letter Written by Mr. Fred Eggert, of Portland, Oregon, Sept. 6, 1912

How well do I remember Sept. 14, 1856. The four Eggert boys were in the little village of Franklin, attending Sunday school, which met at 2 p.m. Just about the time of the close of the exercises and dismissal of the school, we saw the Border Ruffians crossing the Wakarusa, at the "Blue Jacket Ford" and march up the creek into camp.

On Monday morning, my father and brother Henry, in order to save the horses, took them into the woods, leaving my mother and us three younger boys to guard the house. During the forenoon, a squa of two invaders visited the place, and proposed to take possession of a spring wagon, which was securely anchored to a bed post in the house by a chian passed between two logs. Our mother, armed with a pitchfork which she had one of us boys bring to her, stood guard and defied them "Now," she said, "the first man that lays hand on that chain will get this pitchfork through him."

Realizing that she was making no idle threat, none had the courage to make the attempt, and they left the pace, but with four of our best cows disappearing. (Lawrence Daily Journal-World, Sept. 17, 1912)

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