Week 19: May

Week 19: May 7th thru May 13th

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5/7 of… 1879

The verdict is in! The coroner’s inquest ruled the shooting self-defense. “Cockeyed Frank” Loving will not be charged.  {001}
see:
Wk. 18, 05/05/1879 – Loving and Richardson

1885

George Francis Hayes (Gabby Hayes) born in Wellsville, NY. Movie & TV actor.  {001}

1894

President Grover Cleveland signed a bill into law authorizing regulations that would finally protect the park, its geysers, and its wildlife. It was the “Act to Protect the Birds and Animals in Yellowstone National Park.”  {003}
see:
Wk. 11, 03/13/1894 – Edgar Howell – poacher

1895

Finally, the saga of Cherokee Strip outlaw Blue Duck (Bluford Duck) is complete as he dies of consumption (tuberculosis) and is buried at Catoosa, OK. Photo: U.S. PD, crop  {001}
see:
The Originals Index – Resources and Hazards – DiseaseTuberculosis

1901

Frank James Cooper (Gary Cooper) born in Helena, MT. Movie actor.  {001}

1947

Jeff Davis Milton,{31} age 85, died in Tombstone, AZ. Famous Old West lawman—not too many of ’em died of old age. Eight fights and six assists, but no kills credited to him personally, on Bill O’Neal’s list in his Encyclopedia of Western Gunfighters (1942). Bill’s statistics further state that the average life span of the gunfighters he studied (125), was 47 while the average age for long time survivors was 70. Billy the Kid made it to 21.  {001}

5/8 of…1792

President George Washington signs An Act to Provide For a Copper Coinage.  The Act stipulated that “the director of the mint… be authorized to contract for and purchase a quantity of copper, not exceeding one hundred and fifty tons… to be coined at the mint into cents and half-cents… and be paid into the treasury of the United States, thence to issue into circulation.” This legislation resulted in the birth of the copper cent and some joy in those interested in developing the resources of the new nation. Copper would be part of the mining boom to come in the West.  {001}
see:
Photo Gallery Index – Mining Photos – Mining MineralsCopper

1874

Earnest Whitworth “E.W.” Marland born in Pittsburg, PA. Pioneer Oklahoma Oilman, governor.  {001}

1904

Eadweard James MuybridgeKingston upon Thames, England, sees the passing of pioneer photographer Eadweard James Muybridge at 74 years. His first trip to America in 1860 ended with a horrific stagecoach accident which left him with a life changing brain injury. He returned to America in 1868 as a professional photographer and soon earned a reputation as a man with a keen eye. He did portraiture, architectural studies, and the landscapes of Yosemite and other places which made him famous—well before horse motion studies in 1872 for Leland Stanford, made him legendary. Stanford had made a $25,000 bet that a trotting horse had all four feet off the ground at some point. Muybridge developed the photographic techniques to prove it.* He then pioneered motion studies of all sorts, and thereby motion pictures. He was a lecturer and educator and a cuckolded husband who shot dead his wife’s lover in 1874 (big trial), among other things… Look up this amazing, interesting man and his phenakistoscope!  TYH! Photo:  This is a faithful photographic reproduction of an original two-dimensional work of art. Both U.S. PD  {001}
see:
*Wk. 25, 01/19/1878 – Horse in Motion Study

1905

Bill Randolph hanged for the murder of Pinkerton Agent Charles Schumacher who was pursuing him and his partner George Collins for the robbery of the bank in Union, MO.  {001}

1956

Ann BassettDied: “Queen Ann” Bassett, age 77, at her ranch in Utah. “Queen of the Rustlers”, rancher, rustler, one time paramour to Butch CassidyElzy Lay and Ben Kilpatrick. One of only five women ever allowed at “Robbers’s Roost”. Well educated, articulate, intelligent and possessing “classic good looks” (according to the Pinkerton’s). Bassett was also a competent rancher and a real cowgirl in her own right. She and her sister Josie Bassett fought a successful range war, with help from outlaw friends, to protect their ranch from predatory local cattle barons. They were suppliers of horses and beef to the Wild Bunch and no doubt provided a hideout for purloined stock for various rustler friends. Photo: U.S. PD  {001}
see:
05/12/1878 – below
Quotes Index – Women Quotes – sister Josie

1967

Andy “California Clyde, dead at 75.Old West Daily Reader Subscribe Today

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