Week 17: April

Week 17: April 23rd thru 29th

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4/23 of… 1852

Bridge Gulch Massacre, (aka: Hayfork Massacre or Natural Bridge Massacre) northern CA: Trinity County Sheriff William H. Dixon led some 70 men to respond to the killing of Colonel John Anderson by local Indians. Tracking the Wintu to a part of the Hayfork Valley known as Bridge Gulch; they waited until early morning before attacking the camp to ensure that no one could escape. More than 150 Wintu were killed, only three children survived the carnage. The tribe massacred had no connection with the group who had actually done the killing. Typical of the times, there were no consequences to the whites.  {001}


First publication of the Rocky Mountain News in the Pikes Peak Region (Colorado territory-to-be).  {001}


Capt. Silas Soule - Week 17Captain Silas Stillman Soule abolitionist, jayhawker, prospector, and soldier — is murdered at age 26 by Charles Squires in Denver, CO. This is thought to be in retribution for Soule’s testimony against Col. John Chivington and the crimes of the Sand Creek Massacre. Squires escaped justice. Photo: U.S. PD , pre-1865.   {001}
Wk. 48, 11/29/1864 – Silas Soule
Photo Gallery – People & Places PhotosJayhawker Ten


Buster Crabbe - Week 17Clarence LindenBusterCrabbe, age 75, died in Scottsdale, AZ. Olympic swimming champion, Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and a “B” Western movie star. More than 100 movies, some of them westerns: Law and Order (1932), Man of the Forest (1933), His Brother’s Ghost (1945) and thirty-six films in the Billy the Kid/Billy Carson series with Al St. John, as sidekick Fuzzy Q. Jones. Buster Crabbe Comics (1951-53) 12 issues.  Horse: Falcon. (Photo: U.S. PD an early publicity shot).  {001}


Alferd Packer - Week 17Alfred G. “Alferd” Packer, “The Colorado Cannibal”, age 65, died in Deer Creek, Jefferson County, CO.  {001}
Wk. 16, 04/16/1874 – Cannibalism!
References – Dictionary Wendigo

4/24 of…1832

Navoo, IL: Founder of the Latter Day Saints (Mormons), Joseph Smith, dragged from his home by a mob, stripped and beaten, then tarred and feathered.* His wife and infant child, cast from his bed by the attackers, were threatened and forced from the home into the night; the infant, died from exposure several days later. Smith was left for dead, but limped back to the home of friends who spent much of the night scraping the tar from his body, leaving his skin raw and bloody. Even so, Smith spoke at a church devotional meeting the following day. It was reported that he was covered with open wounds and still very weak from the assault.  {001}
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References – Dictionarytarred and feathered
Quotes Index – Commentators QuotesHistoryJoseph Smith


Morgan S. “Morg” Earp born in Pella, IA. Lawman.  {001}


5,000 citizens turn out to see John Millain hang for the murder of popular madame Julia Bulette in Virginia City, NV.   {001}
Wk. 03, 01/20/1867 – Julia Bulette


The Manhattan Earthquake, the strongest to originate in the state, struck Riley County, KS. Measuring 5.1 on a seismic scale based on reports of how strongly it was felt in the area. Its epicenter was near the town of Manhattan. There were reports of minor damage in Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri. It was felt as far away as Indiana and Illinois, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. On the Mercalli intensity scale, its maximum perceived intensity was VII, “very strong”. {001}


The Lee faction promptly kills three Kansas gunmen imported by the Peacock side. Pilot Grove, TX.  {001}


Andrew Smith Hallidie - Week 17Gone at 65 years: Englishman Andrew Smith Hallidie, inventor/designer of the San Francisco, CA cable car system. Also a prolific builder of bridges and mining machinery in post gold-rush California. Photo: U.S. PD pre-1900, by unknown, S.F. Public Library.  {003}
Wk. 35, 09/01/1873 – Day One!


Renault Renaldo Duncan, aka Duncan Renaldo, born in Spain (or maybe New Jersey, or Romania—he said he didn’t know). Movie actor.  {001}


Willa Cather - c 1912 - Week 17Prolific writer and well known novelist Willa Cather, dead at age 73 in Manhattan, New York City, NY. She said, “Let your fiction grow out of the land beneath your feet.” She did just that. Added the characters she met in life and began by describing the America she saw fading away. First in her in magazine articles, and then with O Pioneers! (1913); The Song of the Lark (1915) and My Ántonia (1918). A Pulitzer Prize in 1923 for One of Ours (1922) and the publication of A Lost Lady (1923) brought her writing focus out of the old west and into her “modern” world. Photo: U.S. PD c. 1912 Aime Dupont Studio, New York.  {001 & 003}
Quotes Index- CommentatorsWilla Cather [3]
Quotes Index – Rules to Live ByWilla Cather
References – Books – Novels and History (non-ref)Cather, Willa

4/25 of…1852

Edgar Samuel Paxon, born in East Hamburg New York. Montana-based frontier painter, scout, soldier and writer.  {001}


New Mexico Territory (1850) - Week 17The Gadsden Purchase is ratified by the U.S. Senate. A strip of land across the southern edge of what is now Arizona and part of New Mexico was bought from Mexico to acquire a southern route for a proposed transcontinental railroad and probably to extend the influence of the slave states into the west. The graphic shows the 1854 New Mexico Territory in white, and in yellow the added purchase. Graphic: U.S. PD 2008 XcepticZP  {001}
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Wk. 5, 02/02/1848 – Treaty of Guadalupe HidalgoOld West Daily Reader Subscribe Today

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