June 19, 2013
1880-Feared ex-marshal George Flatt was on a Saturday night toot in Caldwell, Kansas and got into a bit of trouble with new Marshal Frank Hunt. Flatt was later ambushed and killed on his way to eat supper and witnesses identified hunt fleeing the scene.
June 17, 2013
1902-Another large gold discover is made in Alaska, this one at Fairbanks. Alaska is soon over-run by ‘sourdoughs’ (miners and prospectors) in rough mining camps.
June 14, 2013
1918-Terrell County Sheriff D.L. Anderson was shot and killed at the train depot in Sanderson, Texas by a drunken cowboy name of Ed Valentine. Within an hour of that shooting Valentine was lynched by citizens. In his youth Sheriff Anderson was known as Billy Wilson and was a participant in the Lincoln County War. He read more…
June 13, 2013
1878-The Sam Bass Gang was surprised in their camp on Salt Creek in Wise County, Texas by a possee led by Sheriff W.F. Eagan and some Texas Rangers. The posse killed Arkansas Johnson and captured the gang’s horses, but the rest of the gang got away on foot. They soon stole other horses and made read more…
June 11, 2013
1881-Bill Leonard and Harry Head were killed by Ike and Jim Haslett in Eureka, New Mexico. Leonard and Head were in the gang that tried to rob the Kinnear stage near Contention, Arizona on March 15, 1881.
June 3, 2013
1858-Commissioners from President Buchanan arrive at Camp Scott in Utah and proceed south to Provo. They bring a full pardon from the president ‘to all who will submit themselves to the just authority of the federal government.’ The pardon has been signed by the President two months earlier, and the commissioners admonished ‘to bring those read more…
May 31, 2013
1775-In a meeting in Boonesborough between Henderson and the Cherokees, the Indians formally yield their claim to the land the settlers are occuping through land grants from the Transylvania Company.
May 29, 2013
1875-The ever fractious Panch Griego killed three cavalrymen in a disput over cards in Lambert’s Saloon in Cimarron, New Mexico.
May 27, 2013
1887-The Swan Land and Cattle Company of Wyoming, only four years old, declares bankruptcy following the devastating winter of 1886-87. The demise of the huge livestock corporation is symbolic of the Depression that will grip the cattle industry on the Great Plains during the next 10 year. Over this period the number of cattle in read more…
May 24, 2013
1881-in Galeyville, Arizona Jim Wallace got tired of Curly Bill Brocious giving him sass all day and shot him in the neck. The bullet exited through Curly Bill’s cheek and knocked out several teeth. It was a serious wound, but Curly Bill survived and left the territory after he recovered.