Week 21: May

Week 21: May 21 thru 27th

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5/21 of…1832

LaSalle County, IL: The Indian Creek MassacrePotawatomis Indians kill 15 settlers over a sawmill dam and a beating. The dead were gruesomely mutilated and two women were taken hostage. The incident caused widespread panic among the white settlers and a retreat to the protection of local forts, a side effect of The Blackhawk War (east).  {001}

1856

Under a red flag proclaiming “Southern-rights”, a pro-slavery “posse” of 800 southerners led by Douglas County Sheriff Samuel Jones sacks Lawrence, KS, destroying the offices and presses of two antislavery newspapers and burning down the Free State Hotel. Only one death (among the attackers) but the town was looted and many structures damaged or destroyed. One of a variety of events that would earn the title of “Bleeding Kansas” for the state, and stoke the animosity building towards civil war.  {001}
see also:
05/24/1856 – below
Wk. 48, 12/02/1859 – John Brown
Photo Gallery Index – People and Places Photos – “Immortal Ten

1864

Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian Joseph “Emperor of Mexico” arrives in Veracruz to cheering crowds and the joy of the monarchists. The Republicans, Benito Juárez, and others are not so pleased.  {001}
see also:
PLAYERS – Timelines Index – Timelines M-Z Index
Mexican History Timeline

1878

A Kansas & Pacific RR train crashes in a washout at Kiowa Crossing (Bennett, CO) with three dead.  {001}

1894

Doolin Gang member, “Arkansas Tom” Jones found guilty in the murder trial over the killings of three deputy marshals in the shootout at Ingalls, OK Territory in September 1893. Tom will go to prison, but he will be pardoned in 1910.  {001}
see:
The Originals Index – Outlaw Gangs Index – Doolin Gang – Wild Bunch

1996

Lash La Rue” Alfred La Rue, age 78, died in Burbank, CA: Western actor, master of the bullwhip. Movie sample: Law of the Lash (1947), King of the Bullwhip (1950), The Frontier Phantom (1952). TV in Judge Roy Bean (1956), as Sheriff Johnny Behan in The Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp (1959-60) and numerous other TV appearances. Lash La Rue Comics (1949-61) 100+ issues. One imitator, Whip Wilson and a few tries at the whip by other western stars.  {001}

5/22 of…1821

Alfred F. Sully born in Philadelphia, PA: military officer.  {001}

1841

Born in Clinton County, MO: Braxton “Brack” Cornett. He did his outlawry in Texas.  {001}

1843

Missourian Peter Burnett (later, first governor of California) heeded the call of the West and so helped assemble a wagon train of 300 men, women, and children in fifty wagons leaving Independence, MO, on this day. They were guided by John Gantt for $1 per person. Accumulating more settlers along the trail, their numbers had more than doubled by the time the train had reached Topeka, KS. There were frequent arguments over who would keep watch, or guard the cattle at night. They came across vast herds of bison and seemingly endless communities of prairie dogs. Averaging 16.75 miles a day they made Fort Laramie, WY, in 40 days. Marcus Whitman (see: Wk. 48, 11/29/1847) guided them through the Rocky Mountains and across rivers as they headed west to Fort Bridger and Fort Boise.  After five hard months of bone grinding travel, they finally saw the Willamette Valley in Oregon Territory.  {003 & 001}
see also:
The Originals Index – TrailsThe Oregon Trail – bottom of page
Quotes Index – Commentators QuotesPeter Burnett
PLAYERS – Timelines Index – Timelines M-Z Index – Oregon Trail Timeline

1857

The Sixth Hand Cart Company (Evans), the first to try the route after the double disaster of the 1856 crossings, sets out with 126 to try their luck at reaching Salt Lake City, UT.  {001}
see also:
PLAYERSHHand Carts
Photo Gallery Index – Transportation PhotosMormon Hand Carts

1867

James-Younger Gang robs the Bank at Warrensburg, MO. Tom Little is lynched at Warrensburg shortly after.  {001}

1868

The Reno Gang robs a Jeffersonville, Madison, and Indianapolis Railroad Train pulling out of the depot in Marshfield, ID. They throw Express Agent Thomas Harkins from the train to his death and take an estimated $96,000.  {001}
see:
The Originals Index – Outlaw Gangs Index – Reno Gang
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