Saturday, February 16, 2019

How Wild Was Wild Bill Hickok? A Biographer Separates Life From Legend

(NYTimes) … In one such pencil-sketched interlude, we watch Hickok umpire an early baseball game between the Kansas City Antelopes and the Atchison Pomeroys. Hickok’s steadying presence is needed because the previous contest had ended in fisticuffs and a Kansas City headline that read “The Town Is Disgraced!”
Hickok crouches behind home plate; his single-action Colt six-shooters, famously worn cavalry-style with their butts jutting forward, dangle from their holsters. The Antelopes win by the astonishing score of 48-28. Continued

Tom Pickett

(Wikipedia) Tom Pickett (1858 – May 14, 1934) was a 19th-century American cowboy, professional gambler and, as both a lawman and outlaw at various points in his life, was an associate of Dave Rudabaugh and later Billy the Kid.
Born in Camp Throckmorton, Wise County, Texas, Pickett began rustling cattle as a teenager growing up in Decatur and was eventually arrested for stealing cattle at age 17. His father, then a member of the state legislature and ex-Confederate officer, was forced to mortgage the family home in order to pay his son's fine.
While in Kansas City, he would meet outlaw Dave Rudabaugh and traveled with him to the New Mexico Territory after being indicted in Cooke County for cattle rustling in 1879. He served as a peace officer for the Dodge City Gang in Las Vegas until the two were run out of town after Rudabaugh killed a deputy sheriff.
He later had a brief stint as town marshal of Golden, New Mexico. However, he was later run out of town by a lynch mob in 1882. Continued

Friday, February 15, 2019

George Coe

(Wikipedia) George Washington Coe (1856–1941) was an Old West cowboy and for a time gunman alongside Billy the Kid during the Lincoln County War.
Coe was born in Missouri, and ventured to New Mexico Territory in his youth, around 1871, alongside his cousin, Frank, to work on a ranch near Fort Stanton belonging to a cousin, and for a time during this period they lived near Raton, New Mexico.
... George Coe found himself dragged into the Lincoln County War by way of his own unjust arrest by county Sheriff William J. Brady. Coe and his cousin would join the Lincoln County Regulators, riding with Billy the Kid, and facing off against the "Murphy-Dolan Faction" and their supporters, to include members of the Jesse Evans Gang and the John Kinney Gang. Coe figured prominently into the events of the final Battle of Lincoln between the two factions, and was eventually arrested for the murder of Buckshot Roberts, a shootout which became known as the Gunfight of Blazer's Mills, and in which he lost a finger. Continued

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Flying Schoolgirl

(Wikipedia) Katherine Stinson (February 14, 1891 – July 8, 1977) was an early female flier.
... In January 1911, Stinson went to St. Louis to take flight lessons from Tony Jannus who only allowed her to fly as a passenger.
She then took her flying lessons from the well-known aviator Max Lillie, a pilot for the Wright Brothers, who initially refused to teach her because she was female. But she persuaded him to give her a trial lesson and was so good that she flew alone after only four hours of instruction.
A year after receiving her certificate, she began exhibition flying. On the exhibition circuit, she was known as the "Flying Schoolgirl." Continued

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Fannie Porter

Illustration by History Witch
(TSHA) Fannie Porter, madam, was born in England in February 1873 and the next year moved to the United States, presumably with her parents.
When the Wild Bunch, led by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, rode into her life at the end of the 1800s, she was widowed and running a thriving brothel in San Antonio's Second Ward.
... It was here that the beautiful Etta Place first met Harry Longabaugh, also known as the Sundance Kid, and that Harvey Logan, also known as Kid Curry, met Annie Rogers. Continued

Monday, February 11, 2019

Wildorado Grain Elevator 1

Wildorado, Texas

First railroad in Texas chartered

(Texas Day by Day) On this day in 1850, the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway was chartered, marking the beginning of the railroad age in Texas.
The BBB&C was the first railroad to begin operating in the state, the first component of the present Southern Pacific to open for service, and the second railroad west of the Mississippi River. Continued

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Big Fight: A deadly Texas shootout is little remembered today

(True West) It takes something for an Old West shootout to be called “The Big Fight.”
That’s the handle they stuck on a free-for-all in Tascosa, Texas, in the early hours of March 21, 1886. Continued

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Francine Neff

(Wikipedia) Francine Irving Neff (December 6, 1925 – February 9, 2010) was the 35th Treasurer of the United States, serving from June 21, 1974 to January 19, 1977.
She was appointed by Richard Nixon but continued serving as Treasurer through Gerald Ford's term in office after Nixon resigned in August 1974.
... Neff grew up on a small vegetable farm outside of Mountainair, NM. Continued

Friday, February 8, 2019

Jim Courtright

(Wikipedia) Jim Courtright (born Timothy Isaiah Courtright, also known as "Longhair Jim" or "Big Jim" Courtright) (1848 – February 8, 1887), was a Sheriff in Ft. Worth, Texas from 1876-1879. In 1887, he was killed in a shootout with gambler and gunfighter Luke Short.
Before his death, people feared Courtright's reputation as a gunman, and he successfully reduced Ft. Worth's murder rate by more than half, while reportedly extracting protection money from town business owners. Continued

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Cripple Creek miners' strike of 1894

(Wikipedia) The Cripple Creek miners' strike of 1894 was a five-month strike by the Western Federation of Miners (WFM) in Cripple Creek, Colorado, USA. It resulted in a victory for the union and was followed in 1903 by the Colorado Labor Wars. It is notable for being the only time in United States history when a state militia was called out (May/June 1894) in support of striking workers.
The strike was characterized by firefights and use of dynamite, and ended after a standoff between the Colorado state militia and a private force working for owners of the mines. In the years after the strike, the WFM's popularity and power increased significantly through the region. Continued

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Museum celebrates 50 years

(Quay County Sun) The Tucumcari Historical Museum will mark the 50th anniversary of its grand opening with four events that organizers hope will spark children's interest in local history and bring back memories to those who were there when the museum opened.
Cindy Lathrom, a member of the museum's board of directors, and Joy Young, a former board member and longtime volunteer, last week sat down in the museum's Herman H. Moncus Memorial Annex to talk about the museum's history, its sprawling collections, its upcoming events and its future. Continued

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

How a ‘Monster’ Oil Field Made the U.S. a Star in the World Market

(NYTimes) In a global collapse of oil prices five years ago, scores of American oil companies went bankrupt. But one field withstood the onslaught, and even thrived: the Permian Basin, straddling Texas and New Mexico.
A combination of technical innovation, aggressive investing and copious layers of oil-rich shale have transformed the Permian, once considered a worn-out patch, into the world’s second-most-productive oil field. Continued

Kid Curry

(Wikipedia) Harvey Alexander Logan (1867 - June 17, 1904), also known as Kid Curry, was an American outlaw and gunman who rode with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's infamous Wild Bunch gang. Despite being less well known than his counterparts, he has since been referred to as "the wildest of the Wild Bunch."
... He started riding with outlaw "Black Jack" Ketchum. Pinkerton detectives began trailing Curry shortly after his departure from Montana.
In January 1896, Curry received word that an old friend of Landusky's, rancher James Winters, had been spying on him, for the reward offered in his arrest. Curry and two of his brothers, Johnny and Lonny, went to Winters' ranch to confront him. However, a shootout erupted. Johnny was killed, while Curry and Lonny escaped.
Shortly after, Curry and Lonny argued with Black Jack Ketchum over the take in a train robbery. The two brothers left the gang and joined the circus. Continued

Monday, February 4, 2019

Darrel Coble

Coble headstone featuring the famous 1936 photograph by Arthur Rothstein of the FSA.
 Darrel Coble was the smallest member of the Coble family in the picture posted above. He had every right to be proud. Not only was it a great & famous picture of the Dust Bowl days, it served to point out that not everybody was leaving the Great Plains, many were sticking it out. This at a time when politicians in Washington were considering just giving the whole thing back to the buffalo, or even paving it all over. Believe you me, crazier things happened, back in the '30's.

I like the scenes on the back of stones that show when everything's just right,
those rare moments we all live for,
 the one's that try and explain just why people stuck it out.

And stick it out they did, there are still Coble's in Cimarron County, Oklahoma.