Their names are usually not familiar because the historical spotlight fell on a general or Indian chief which is unfortunate. Scouts and interpreters like Horace Pope Jones played an important role, building and mending the fragile truce between settlers whites and Indians in North Texas.
Jones had a talent for Indian languages and worked with different Indian tribes most of his adult life. His Tennessee grandfather was captured by Indians and told many stories about his life as a captive. Jones learned much about Native American culture and had more empathy for Plains Indians than most Texans. He grew up to be an outdoors and marksmen, practical skills that enabled him to survive the dangers of being a scout. (Read the rest of the story in the Oct. 20 edition of The Graham Leader.)