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Quanah Parker's home, near Cache, was a well kept, large white residence
with a red roof decorated with white stars.
It was called the :White House" of the Comanche reservation.
|Quanah Parker was one of the most noted Comanche leaders in
the history of Western Indian Territory. He was the son of Cynthia Ann Parker,
who as a small child had been captured by the Comanches in Texas in 1836,
and reared as a daughter of the tribe. Though her own family was among the
early day American settlers of Texas, she forgot the English language, grew
up as a Comanche, and later became the wife of a chief, Peta Nocona. Even
the Texas Rangers joined in the long search for Cynthia Ann, for from time
to time word reached her family that she was still living among the Comanches.
At last, in 1860, during an attack on a Comanche hunting party on the Texas plains, the Texas Rangers recaptured Cynthia Ann and her infant daughter. By chance learning her English name which was among the few words in her own language that she had not forgotten, the mother and child were taken by the Rangers to her relatives in Texas. After this she never saw her husband and two sons, one of whom was Quanah, for she was compelled to remain with her own relatives. She grieved for the members of her family and her friends among the Comanches, and upon several occasions, tried to slip away and go back to them. Four years after her recapture, during which her little daughter died, she herself died of a broken heart, it is said. Her son,
|Quanah revered her memory and, after his surrender in 1875 at Fort Sill, visited her relatives in Texas. Upon his return to the Fort Sill reservation, he advised his people to accept education for their children and to adopt new ways in their living. His home was in Comanche County, where he died in 1911.|
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